tourism in the East

Iran's big plans for its tourism industry crash

Iran's once optimistic tourism industry has been left in disarray following the reintroduction of U.S. sanctions against Tehran in early August. The move by President Donald Trump has led to tourists shying away from Iran, …

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Israel to build island for new Tel Aviv airport

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported a plan for building an artificial island alongside a Tel Aviv beach to replace an airport due to be shut down. Netanyahu backed the project proposed for Israel’s …

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Russians prefer Baku as tourist destination

Baku topped the list of the most popular destinations for summer holidays among Russian citizens, according to TurStat. The top-5 places also include Minsk, Almaty, Yerevan and Astana. They are followed by Tashkent, Chisinau, …

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Minibus with Russians runs into tractor in Turkey

At least six Russian tourists were hurt in a road accident in southwestern Turkey, CNN Turk reported. According to the television channel, a minibus carrying Russian tourists bound from the resort city of Marmaris to the international …

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World's largest coral garden to be built in UAE

The United Arab Emirates' Fujairah wants to cultivate the world's largest coral garden to encourage biodiversity, boost tourism and attract divers and nature enthusiasts. The move was revealed by the Ministry of Climate Change …

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Ancient city on sale in Turkey

The ancient city of Bargylia, a community dating back some 2,500 years, is seeking a new protector.  Bargylia, on the Turkish coast of the Aegean Sea in what was once governed by Athens, has been put up for sale for a snip at 35 …

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Russians to be able to use rubles in Turkey

Russian tourists will be able to use their national currency - the ruble - in Turkey, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said. The minister explained that the talks are underway between Turkey and Russia in this …

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 Will Russia Turkey to ease visa regime?

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu will discuss the possible easing of the visa regime for the two countries’ citizens, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in …

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Gabala to be Islamic Tourism Capital in 2020

Azerbaijan's Gabala was selected the Tourism Capital of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the OIC said on its Twitter page. Following the 10th Islamic ministerial conference on tourism held today, Dacca (Bangladesh) …

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Women above 25 can travel to Saudi Arabia alone now

Women aged 25 and over can be granted a tourist visa to go to Saudi Arabia without the need to be accompanied by a family member, local media reported. "The tourist visa will be a single-entry visa, and valid for 30 days maximum. …

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Storm injures dozens of people in Turkey's Antalya

More than twenty people were injured in a heavy storm in Turkey's Antalya, the administration of the province said in a message. Several amounts of agricultural fields, greenhouses, houses and vehicles on seaside were damaged …

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