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Tourism logo from New Zealand called "pornographic"

Tourism logo criticized for being everything from lewd to looking like "Loch Ness monster on legs" Tourism logo from New Zealand called "pornographic"

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Ever put in hard hours on a creative project and finished it to the satisfaction of everyone involved, only to have the whole thing derailed by bizarre complaints that ...

Whale sharks draw hundreds of tourists to sleepy Philippine village

Tourists come to Tan-awan to swim with sharks Whale sharks draw hundreds of tourists to sleepy Philippine village

TAN-AWAN, Cebu, Philippines - Two years ago, it was a sleepy village that never saw tourists unless they were lost or in transit.

Chinese tourists to Japan called "traitors" at home

Tourism between China and Japan remains stagnant Chinese tourists to Japan called "traitors" at home

Tourism between China and Japan remains stagnant because of the political standoff over the Diaoyu Islands dispute, though about 2,200 tourists visited the island nation on a cruise ship and ...

Virgin Australia passenger: As soon as I boarded I was a presumed pedophile

Virgin Australia: No male passengers sits next to kids traveling alone Virgin Australia passenger: As soon as I boarded I was a presumed pedophile

An Australian airline's policy prohibiting male passengers from sitting next to kids traveling alone has fueled a social media firestorm and caused the company to review the rule.

"Ghetto alert" app helps tourists avoid trouble spots

New Microsoft Travel App Stirs Controversy "Ghetto alert" app helps tourists avoid trouble spots

Travelers wandering around foreign cities could soon be given an instant warning if they stray towards dangerous areas with a new GPS feature developed by Microsoft.

TripAdvisor: Red flag them first, sort them out later

Punishing hotels with kneejerk actions TripAdvisor: Red flag them first, sort them out later

Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Uganda

A raging controversy has broken out between a previously Number One ranked hotel and TripAdvisor, after the latter had red flagged the property for allegedly ‘writing their own reviews’.

War breaks out in UK cruise industry

Liverpool bids for a bigger share of cruise market War breaks out in UK cruise industry

A war has broken out in the UK's £2bn cruise industry setting leading ports on a collision course with the government over a controversial bid by Liverpool for a bigger share.

Kenya wades into Serengeti highway controversy

Tanzania News Kenya wades into Serengeti highway controversy

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN

(eTN) - The Kenyan government, with the referendum and promulgation of the country’s new constitution now behind them, is seemingly now once again focusing on matters arising as information ...

Serengeti highway plans raise more controversy

Tanzania Debate Continues Serengeti highway plans raise more controversy

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN

(eTN) A government minister waded into the Serengeti highway debate last week, when the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism – supposed to protect ecosystems – claimed the new road ...

Controversy brews over Uganda concession agreements

Tourism Contracts Controversy brews over Uganda concession agreements

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN

Information was leaked to the media last week indicating a possible change of government’s policy to stick to and uphold contracts entered into with private sector investors, when news surfaced ...

Moratorium for new establishments in the Mara

Masai Mara Game Reserve Moratorium for new establishments in the Mara

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN

Calls for a moratorium of building of new lodges and permanent tented camps inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve have been ongoing for a long time now, considering that the general view of ...

More controversy over hunting in Uganda

Tourism Blood Sport More controversy over hunting in Uganda

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN

Recent reports sent to this correspondent speak of yet more hunting permits to be given by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, this time in the northeastern Karamoja region, where such reserves as Pian ...

Royal Caribbean return to Labadee causes controversy

Royal Caribbean Returns To Haiti Royal Caribbean return to Labadee causes controversy

Ginny Light

The controversy surrounding Royal Caribbean International's decision to dock its ships in a Haitian port is not new for the travel industry.

Air NZ 'sexy cougar' ad shut down after critics blast it

Air New Zealand 'Sexy Cougar' Does Not Fly Air NZ 'sexy cougar' ad shut down after critics blast it

AUCKLAND - An advertisement for an airline competition that portrays older, single women as "cougars" who prey on young men at night is to close on Monday after incurring the wrath of both male ...

Tanzania tour operator offers belated response to elephant controversy

Camp Manager Missing Tanzania tour operator offers belated response to elephant controversy

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN

Late last year this correspondent featured an item of a camp manager in Tanzania’s Serengeti national park gone who had gone AWOL when an elephant carcass was found near the camp with its tusks ...

Hotel partnership a thorn in Ugandan government’s side

Commonwealth Summit Controversy Hotel partnership a thorn in Ugandan government’s side

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa

In what now appears to have been hasty arrangements to enter into a partnership between government and a privately owned hotel company ahead of the Commonwealth Summit in late 2007, problems have ...

Malaysia's "moderate" image marred

Malaysia Malaysia's "moderate" image marred

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – After a series of flip-flops, authorities in Malaysia decided this week that a 32-year old Muslim woman caught drinking beer in violation of Islamic law would not be ...

Part-timers defended by stunned travel industry after controversial speech

UK Part-timers defended by stunned travel industry after controversial speech

Senior travel agency HR directors have defended their use of reduced-hours staff after a senior figure publicly told them: "don't employ part-timers".

UK The great Heathrow con

The British public have been led to believe the third runway is essential.That's untrue.

New advert rap for budget airline Ryanair

Ryanair. Again... New advert rap for budget airline Ryanair

LONDON — Britain's advertising watchdog rapped Irish low-cost airline Ryanair Wednesday for a flights promotion that showed a young woman dressed like a schoolgirl.

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