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Chinese tour guide loses it: "Buy more souvenirs or I won’t get paid!"


Footage filmed in China’s Yunnan province captures a tour guide berating tourists for not buying more souvenirs, as their frugal spending deprives her of the commission she earns on their purchases. This system allows her to compensate for the paltry salary she is paid by the travel agency, as they try to beat fierce competition by offering tours at rock-bottom prices. Read more…
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Tunisia attacks: 'Why I posted photos while the assault was underway'

Hidden away for two hours in a room in Tunis's Bardo museum, one man managed to take dozens of photos and post them online as terrorists launched an attack on the building. The images instantly began circulating on social media networks. He agreed to tell us how and why he did it...

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Human safaris threaten the Mashco-Piro in Peru


In the past few months, tour groups in Peru have been organising “human safaris,” promising to bring tourists into contact with the Mashco-Piro, a tribe living isolated in the Peruvian Amazon. Our Observer explained the grave consequences of this illegal activity, both degrading and dangerous for the Mashco-Piro. Read more...
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Iraq: your next holiday destination?

 
The word “Iraq” generally evokes images of al Qaeda, terrorism, sectarian strife, and so on. But what if there was another face of Iraq to explore? Our Observer is trying to prove exactly that. He believes that certain areas of the country that used to be tourist hotspots could relive their glory days. Read more…
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Venice residents versus the giant cruise ships

Venice: its canals, its gondolas, its historic buildings… and, looming over all this (quite literally), its giant cruise ships. Several of these behemoths pass through Venice every day, eliciting the ire of many local residents, including our Observer. Read more…

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“Lhasa's Tibetans will soon be nothing but decorations for tourists”

 
Lhasa, the ancient city at the heart of Tibetan culture, contains several sacred sites that have been visited by Buddhists for centuries. But the city’s face is changing as Chinese presence in the area grows, giving way to mass tourism and large shopping districts. Read more...
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Volunteers face gargantuan task of cleaning New Zealand’s oil-soaked beaches

 
New Zealand’s government is calling it the country’s “most significant maritime environmental disaster” ever. A massive oil spill off New Zealand’s North Island has got hundreds of volunteers scrambling to limit the damage to beaches. Read more…
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Chernobyl: radioactive jungle...and new tourist hot spot

 
Nearly a quarter of a century has passed since the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. The ill-fated power plant lies abandoned in a jungle of overgrown weeds and forest, like an apocalyptic sci-fi movie set. Yet the site of the world’s biggest nuclear catastrophe is attracting a growing number of tourists. Read more…
 
 
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