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Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The Kenyan tourism ministry says the sector has lost $750 million in 2020 – roughly half of the total revenue in 2019

Cultural performers from the Maasai tribe wear cloth masks as they gather outside their manyatta (village) in Talek in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where their work of performing for visiting tourists has dwindled, in Talek in Maasai Mara, in the Narok county in Kenya, on June 24, 2020. - At the heart of the majestic plains of the Maasai Mara, the coronavirus pandemic has led to economic disaster for locals who earn a living from tourists coming to see Kenya's abundant wildlife. Even before the virus arrived in Kenya mid-March, tourism revenues plummeted, with cancellations coming in from crucial markets such as China, Europe and the United States. (Photo by Tony Karumba / AFP)

Coronavirus leaves Spain's interior a tourist desert

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:25 PM

The plunge in tourism, a sector that accounts for 12% of Spain's economy, will be felt like a body blow

A lone tourist walks around The Mezquita in Cordoba on July 8, 2020 after restrictions were lifted following a national lockdown put in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic. - In Spain, the world's number two tourist destination behind France, spending by foreign tourists has plunged by 62 percent in the first five months of the year compared with the same period in 2019. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

Absence of U.S. tourists hammers Italy's Amalfi coast

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The coronavirus pandemic means tourists from the United States – where cases continue to rise – are not currently allowed into Europe

A view taken on July 2, 2020 shows tourist and residents sunbathing and swimming at a beach in Amalfi on the Amalfi coast in southern Italy. - With its white and multicoloured houses perched on the mountainside about the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean, Italy's Amalfi coast is suffering from this year's lack of US tourists. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)

Dubai counts on pent-up demand for tourism comeback

Jul 10, 2020 - 1:15 PM

With its advanced medical facilities and infrastructure, Dubai is betting it will be an attractive option for tourists

This picture taken on July 8, 2020 shows an aerial view of the Burj al-Arab hotel in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, with the man-made Palm Jumeirah archipelago seen in the background behind, during a government-organised helicopter tour. - After a painful four-month tourism shutdown that ended this week, Dubai is betting pent-up demand will see the industry quickly bounce back, billing itself as a safe destination with the resources to ward off coronavirus. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Dubai reopens doors to tourists after long shutdown

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Gulf emirate of Dubai again welcomes foreign visitors, as it seeks to boost its ailing economy

A man sunbathes along the Marina beach near the Ain Dubai Ferris wheel in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on July 7, 2020. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Bali eyes September reopening for foreign tourists

Jul 06, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The island will reopen beaches, temples, and other tourism spots for domestic visitors by the end of July and welcome foreign holidaymakers from September 11

REOPENING. In this file photo, a Balinese security employee stand on a deserted beach amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in Kuta near Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on May 29, 2020. File photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Looters target Myanmar temple treasures in tourist slump

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Souvenir seller Wyne Yee is convinced a curse will see the crooks receive their comeuppance

ON GUARD. This photo taken on June 22, 2020 shows a policeman standing guard on a patrol around a temple complex in Bagan, Mandalay Region. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Tourism slumps in Boracay after gradual reopening

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Recent statistics showed 81 tourists arrived on the island from June 16 to June 30. Meanwhile, Kalibo International Airport, resumes some commercial flights.

BORACAY. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tourism faces minimum $1.2-trillion hit from virus – U.N.

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The world's tourism sector could lose $1.2 trillion due to the coronavirus pandemic – but that's not yet the worst-case scenario

HOLIDAY ISLAND. An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsula along the western coast of Cyprus on May 31, 2020. Photo by Etienne Torbey/AFP

Croatia touts dazzling coastline to rescue virus-hit tourism sector

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Boats and tents might be the cure, offering travelers distancing as they relax on Croatia's idyllic coast

A view taken June 17, 2020, shows the Marina Punat on the northern island of Krk, Croatia's oldest and one of its biggest marina's. - The Marina was founded in 1964 and has 1,300 annul berths while its guests are mostly from Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Relaxation of travel restrictions within most European Union nations earlier this month enabled the arrival of foreign guests to Croatia and raised the Adriatic nation's hopes that boating and camping, as socially-distanced tourism options, could save some of the season. (Photo by DENIS LOVROVIC / AFP)

'Travel bubbles': DOT eyes tourists from virus-free countries to visit PH

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:27 PM

The government is looking at tourists from countries with low to zero coronavirus cases such as Australia and New Zealand

BORACAY. The government is eyeing to open up tourism sites to tourists from countries with low coronavirus cases. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

As visitors stay home, Iraqi Kurdistan tourism collapses

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:30 AM

The coronavirus shutdown brings the private sector to its knees across Iraq, but the Kurdish region's tourist sector is particularly hard hit

A mask-clad man stokes burning wood by teapots at a traditional cafe in the historic city of Shaqlawah, about 48 kilometres northeast of Arbil, in the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region on June 25, 2020. - A nationwide curfew in Iraq, aimed at combatting the novel coronavirus, has starved the country's Kurdish region of visitors just as the tourist season was getting under way. The shutdown brought the private sector to its knees across Iraq, but the Kurdish region's tourist sector has been particularly hard hit. (Photo by SAFIN HAMED / AFP)

Greece woos tourists with pledge of 'maximum' virus safety

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:15 AM

With a quarter of Greece's economy dependent on tourism, the government faces an urgent challenge to reassure potential visitors they can safely vacation there

REOPENING. A staff member wearing a face mask works at the welcome desk of a hotel in central Athens on June 1, 2020, as Greece eases coronavirus measures. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

'Desperate' Fiji eyes virus-free tourism bubble

Jun 24, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Without streams of international travelers flocking to their palm-fringed shores, tens of thousands of Fijians are left without work

This photo taken on November 20, 2019 shows a beach at a resort at Natadola Bay in Fiji. - Tourism-reliant Fiji on June 2020 has proposed a "travel bubble" to welcome visitors from virus-free countries, as the South Pacific holiday hotspot desperately tries to revive its stalled economy. (Photo by AILEEN TORRES-BENNETT / AFP. / AFP)

Macaque attack: Humans try to take back Thai city from monkeys

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Welcome to Lopburi, an ancient Thai city overrun by monkeys super-charged on junk food, whose population is growing out of control

MONKEYING AROUND. A longtail macaque climbs on top of a monkey statue in front of the Prang Sam Yod Buddhist temple in the town of Lopburi, some 155km north of Bangkok. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Maldives to reopen tourist resorts on July 15 after virus closures

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Foreign visitors entering the Maldives will not be required to undergo coronavirus tests or carry virus-free certificates

TOURIST DESTINATION. An aerial view of the island of Male, capital of the Maldives. File photo by Robert Schmidt/AFP

Turkey strives to revive virus-hit tourist sector

Jun 23, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Turkey is trying to lure tourists to save what it can of the summer season

This picture taken on June 20, 2020 shows a general view of an empty beach at Lara district in Antalya, a popular holiday resort in southern Turkey. - In normal times, the tourist would have to get up at dawn to find a free sunbed on this beach of Antalya, a popular holiday resort in southern Turkey. Today even after a sleep in, the best locations are all available. The novel coronavirus pandemic has hit the tourism industry -- the backbone of the country's economy. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)

Iceland cautiously opens for tourists, with tests for all

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Iceland will shoulder coronavirus testing costs for travelers until the end of June 2020

People stand with their drinks outside a bar on May 31, 2020 in Reykjavik, Iceland, as bars reopened after a two-month closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Haraldur Gudjonsson / AFP)

Thailand eyes 'travel bubbles' to resuscitate tourism

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:00 PM

'Travel bubbles' being considered would allow people from countries with a similar coronavirus situation to visit Thailand without the mandatory 14-day quarantine

SHOPPING. People look for bargain items at Chatuchak flea market in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 30, 2020. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Tourism returns timidly and cautiously to Mexico's Cancun

Jun 11, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Tourism accounts for 90% of the economy in Quintana Roo state where Cancun is located, and local authorities consider it an essential activity

Aerial view of an almost empty beach in Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, on March 28, 2020. - A significant drop in the number of tourists is registered in Mexico's resorts due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by ELIZABETH RUIZ / AFP)

Egypt cleans up for return of tourists

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Egypt looks to slowly open up to tourists in the summer season, promising 'exemplary sanitary conditions'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 25, 2020 Egyptian municipality workers disinfect the Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo, as protective a measure against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. - Hotels have ramped up hygiene, archaeological sites have been sanitised and beaches cleaned up -- Egypt is gearing up to welcome back tourists kept away by the coronavirus pandemic. Egypt has since March halted air traffic and shuttered archaeological sites, museums and hotels to stem the spread of COVID-19. The North African country, like elsewhere, has in recent weeks started loosening confinement measures as it looks to slowly open up to tourists in the summer season. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

French Polynesia to welcome tourists again in July

Jun 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'We are no longer in a health emergency, but we are facing an economic and social emergency,' says French Polynesian Tourism and Employment Minister Nicole Bouteau

People and families enjoy the sunny weather maintaining a social distancing, on the beach of Vairao, southwest coast of Tahiti, French Polynesia, on May 2, 2020, as Tahiti is lifting the lockdown with the reopening of shops and recreation sites, after five weeks of a strict lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). (Photo by Suliane FAVENNEC / AFP)

Cyprus sets stage for tourism recovery as airports to reopen

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The Cyprus government will cover accommodation, dining, and medical care for tourists who fall ill with COVID-19 during their stay, and also quarantine expenses for their close contacts

An aerial view shows the Akamas Peninsula along the western coast of Cyprus on May 31, 2020. - Cyprus opens back up for international tourism on June 9, with airports welcoming visitors after an almost three-month shutdown, and a bold plan to cover health care costs for visitors. But with arrivals expected to be down by 70 percent this year due to the chaos brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, it's a leap of faith for the small Mediterranean holiday island. (Photo by Etienne TORBEY / AFP)

Sri Lanka to reopen for tourism in August, with multiple coronavirus tests

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Sri Lanka will implement strict guidelines for tourists when it allows arrivals again starting August 1

Tourists wearing protective face masks to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in Wuhan, walk along Galle Face Green promenade in Colombo on January 29, 2020. - Sri Lanka confirmed its first case on Monday -- a 43-year-old Chinese tourist from Hubei province. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Greece 'more than sea and sun', says PM in tourism launch

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Greece desperately needs to attract visitors to boost its coronavirus-hit economy

GREECE TOURISM. Tourists walk in the Plaka area of central Athens, Greece, on March 13, 2020. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Greek hoteliers reopen, anxious for bookings

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hotels in Greece are resuming operations, but it is uncertain how the rest of the year will play out

A staff member wearing face mask works at the welcome desk in a hotel central Athens on June 1, 2020, as Greece eases coronavirus measures and reopening some of the hotels , priomary schools and nurseries. - Greece on May 30, 2020 expanded its list of approved flights from EU destinations to include airports in countries hard-hit by the coronavirus, but flights from the worst-hit regions will still be subject to quarantine measures. (Photo by Louisa GOULIAMAKI / AFP)

South Korea taps domestic tourism to revive industry

May 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Can we find tourism with eased social distancing? The brief answer is ‘yes’ but it’s going to be in domestic tourism and in a very limited way, very careful way,' says Korean tourism expert Wangoo Lee

Photo by Nikko Dizon/Rappler

Air corridors can kickstart post-virus tourism – U.N. agency

May 28, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The World Tourism Organization proposes that tourists be allowed to travel between countries at low risk of coronavirus contagion

GLOOMY. This aerial picture taken on March 19, 2020, shows closed cafes and restaurants in the center of Tbilisi, Georgia. Photo by Vano Shlamov/AFP

From Wall Street to Bethlehem, iconic sites reopen from virus

May 27, 2020 - 9:20 AM

The illness has killed more than 346,000 people worldwide and forced most countries to mothball their tourism industries, a crucial source of revenue

PRAYER. A Christian worshipper prays in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity following its reopening as Palestinian authorities eased coronavirus restrictions in the occupied West Bank, on May 26, 2020. Photo by Musa Al Shaer/AFP

Greek tourism operators see massive drop in 2020 arrivals

May 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Still recovering from a decade-long debt crisis, Greece badly needs tourism income that accounts for over a fifth of the economy

GREECE TOURISM. Tourists walk in the Plaka area of central Athens, Greece, on March 13, 2020. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

PH tourism revenues, arrivals halved in first trimester of 2020

May 20, 2020 - 3:37 PM

The Philippines earns P79.8 billion from January to April 2020, against last year's P180.52 billion

AFFECTED. Tourists along Boracay Island's shores during Holy Week 2019. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Coronavirus crisis punctures Tunisia tourism rebound

May 17, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The coronavirus fallout strikes just as Tunisia's tourism sector is bouncing back to levels not seen since before the 2011 revolution

Tunisians spend time at the beach in La Marsa, on the outskirts of the capital Tunis on May 16, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. - Although the North African country has been relatively spared by the COVID-19 outbreak with 45 deaths and no new infections for several days, its vital tourism sector is bracing for an uncertain future, as the pandemic wipes out a rebound that followed several jihadist attacks. (Photo by Fethi Belaid / AFP)

France announces rescue plan for virus-stricken tourism sector

May 14, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The French government's coronavirus aid package for the tourism sector is worth 18 billion euros ($19.4 billion)

EMPTY. A man walks on the deserted Trocadero square in front of the Eiffel Tower on March 21, 2020 in Paris on the 5th day of a strict nationwide lockdown seeking to halt the spread of the COVID-19 infection caused by novel coronavirus. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Tourism giant TUI to slash 8,000 jobs over virus crisis

May 13, 2020 - 3:00 PM

TUI is among the latest firms to announce job cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic

TUI. This picture shows a Boeing 737-800 of the TUI airline during takeoff on September 24, 2019, at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

How will European tourism survive the virus?

May 08, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Here are immediate questions for Europe's tourism industry as it reels from the coronavirus pandemic

TOURISM. People wear protective face masks as they walk in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on March 12, 2020. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

International tourism to plunge up to 80% due to virus – U.N.

May 07, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has plunged international tourism into its worst crisis since records began in 1950, says the World Tourism Organization

EMPTY. The empty swimming pools of the closed Dan Eilat hotel in the southern Israeli Red Sea resort city of Eilat on April 17, 2020. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Spain foreign tourist arrivals slump 64% in March 2020

May 06, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Although Spain is the world's top tourist destination after France, only two million tourists visit in March 2020

SPAIN OUTBREAK. A picture shows an apartment building in Salou near Tarragona on March 12, 2020. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Egypt reopens slowly to revive pandemic-hit economy

May 06, 2020 - 11:30 AM

The Egyptian government gradually loosens coronavirus measures, but tourism – its biggest cash cow – is reeling from the crisis

This picture taken on April 24, 2020 on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan shows a view of the area around Bab Zuweila (background), one of the remaining gates in the walls of the old medieval city of Egypt's capital Cairo, almost empty due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP)

[Letters from Mama] Optimism, thanks to my children

May 04, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The Philippines' Tourism Secretary writes about finding hope through her children

TO MAIA AND VITO (AND BIGGIE TOO). The tourism secretary with her children – fur baby included. Photo from Berna Romulo-Puyat's Instagram

‘He gave generously’: Aquino’s tribute to late tourism chief Mon Jimenez

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III remembers Jimenez as someone who ‘helped unify the majority of our people towards achieving the successes that we could be proud of as a nation’

President Benigno S. Aquino III is received by DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr, Heads of International Tourism Organizations , Members of Diplomatic Corps upon arrival at the Philippine International Convention Center for the attendance to the Opening Ceremony of the ASEAN Tourism Forum. (Photo: Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

Former tourism chief Mon Jimenez dies

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The 'It's More Fun in the Philippines' campaign was launched during Mon Jimenez's time as tourism chief

G20 vows to spur recovery in virus-hit tourism sector

Apr 25, 2020 - 8:40 AM

G20 tourism ministers pledge to help businesses, entrepreneurs, and workers 'to adapt and thrive in a new post-crisis era'

DROP IN VISITORS. A family sits on the sand along the shore of Finikoudes beach in the Cypriot coastal city of Larnaca on March 15, 2020. Photo by Christina Assi/AFP

Israel's Red Sea resort 'paralyzed' by virus lockdown

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi of the Israeli resort city of Eilat says 75% of residents are now unemployed

A pictures shows the empty swimming pools of the closed Dan Eilat hotel in southern Israeli Red Sea resort city of Eilat on April 17, 2020 amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic some 80 percent of Eilat residents lost their jobs as the city depends mostly on tourism activity which was shut down completely. (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

Coronavirus crisis 'devastating' jobs, output – ILO

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Tourism and car manufacturing are especially hard-hit, says the International Labour Organization

A group of visitors, wearing face masks amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, visit the Great Wall of China in Beijing on April 18, 2020. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)

Cuba's private sector suffering from lack of tourists

Apr 19, 2020 - 11:10 PM

'The private sector was already struggling' in Cuba before the coronavirus pandemic, and now COVID-19 is making matters worse

Cuban Loliet Gonzalez puts stools upside down on a table at the closed Nelson's Cafe in Havana on March 16, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. - With American convertible cars in their garages and closed bars and restaurants, Havana is a dead city. The private sector in Cuba is suffering the lack of tourists as a consequence of the lockdown imposed as a measure against the spread of the new coronavirus. (Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP)

Sweeper flight takes 143 foreign tourists in Mindanao to Manila

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:36 PM

The marooned foreigners are gathered by the Australian Embassy and the Department of Tourism from 3 regions in Mindanao

TEMP CHECK. A police officer checks the body temperatures of tourists entering the Laguindingan Airport in Laguindingan, Misamsi Oriental. Photo provided by DOT10

German tourism giant TUI seals 1.8-billion-euro state loan

Apr 08, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The loan for TUI is one of the biggest examples yet of German companies making use of a huge government rescue package

TUI. This picture shows a Boeing 737-800 of the TUI airline during takeoff on September 24, 2019, at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

WATCH: PH tourism dept pays tribute to coronavirus frontliners in 'With A Smile' video

Apr 05, 2020 - 12:31 PM

The video features footage of an empty metropolis and stills of medical and service frontliners as Luzon enters its 4th week in lockdown

German tourism giant TUI eyes 1.8-billion-euro loan

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:30 AM

TUI operates a host of airlines, cruise ships, and hundreds of hotels. The cash lifeline is still subject to final approval by TUI's banks.

TUI. This picture shows a Boeing 737-800 of the TUI airline during takeoff on September 24, 2019 at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

Gov't buildings, hotels, resorts may soon be used as quarantine sites

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:57 AM

Local government units and other government agencies will report to the National Task Force COVID-19 facilities that may be temporarily designated for isolation or quarantine purposes

ISOLATION TENT. A member of the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office on March 24, 2020, fixes the isolation tent at the transformed covered court of the Quezon Memorial Circle into a field hospital for patients under investigation/monitoring for COVID-19. The facility will be manned by doctors and healthcare workers from the Quezon City Health Department. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler