Greece woos tourists with pledge of 'maximum' virus safety

Greece has taken every possible care to shield tourists from COVID-19 as it prepares to open additional airports to travelers on July 1, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Thursday.With a quarter of the nation's economy dependent on touris

Amsterdam bans AirBnB rentals in old center from July 1

Amsterdam announced on Thursday that it would ban vacation rentals including those on the home-sharing site Airbnb in three areas that make up the central old town from July 1.In the other neighborhoods of the Dutch capital, vacation rentals will b

As visitors stay home, Iraqi Kurdistan tourism collapses

 In a normal year, Ahmed Hazem's mountainside restaurant would be teeming with tourists. But a nationwide curfew aimed at combating the novel coronavirus has starved Iraq's Kurdish region of visitors."Everything is empty. With th

Thai marine tourism likely to face changes in post-COVID world

In the decade prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of tourists visiting Thailand's 26 marine national parks increased dramatically, with the majority of them coming from China.Supporting such high demand, hordes of boats from various t

UK to ease virus quarantine rules for 'low risk' countries

Britain said Friday it will lift its two-week coronavirus quarantine rule for visitors arriving from some "low risk" countries, after pressure from airlines and the tourism sector.The government said it will publish a list next week of th

Croatia touts dazzling coastline to rescue virus-hit tourism sector

Croatia is touting boating and camping on its azure 1,800-km Adriatic coastline to woo back visitors and revive its coronavirus-battered tourism sector. After travel restrictions across the European Union were relaxed earlier this month, forei

Some Disneyland workers protest reopening plans amid pandemic

Workers at California's Disneyland Resort protested from their cars on Saturday, arguing that the Walt Disney Co has not agreed to adequate protections for employees when the destination reopens to the public amid a pandemic.The company had pla

A world redrawn: Lebanon film director fears nothing will change - People

Prize-winning Lebanese documentary filmmaker Carol Mansour fears the world has learnt nothing from the novel coronavirus shock and will go back to square one or worse when normal life returns.The director, who lost her father living in Canada to the

Black lives celebrated and mourned at emotional BET Awards

Black power, suffering and the fight for justice took center stage at the BET awards on Sunday, the first Black celebrity event in the United States since nationwide mass protests broke out this month over systemic racism.The show, which celebrates

Starbucks to pause paid advertising across social media to help stop hate speech - Food

Starbucks Corp will pause advertising on all social media platforms as it explores the best ways to help stop the spread of hate speech, the company said in a statement on Sunday.The company will "have discussions internally and with media part