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Turkey: tourist numbers decline amid security worries

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say the number of foreign visitors has declined by nearly 30 percent in April amid security concerns and strained ties with Russia. Tourism Ministry figures released on Friday showed that 1.75 million foreigners had arrived in Turkey last month, down from 2.43 million visitors …

Tourism to France rose in 2015 despite Paris attacks

PARIS (AP) — The overall number of tourists visiting France in 2015 rose marginally compared with the year before to reach an all-time high despite the two deadly attacks in Paris in January and November. Government figures released Friday show that 84.5 million tourists visited continental France, an increase of …

Long waits at security checkpoints become new normal at MSP

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Long waits at security checkpoints have become the new normal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where the number of screeners has fallen while the number of travelers is rising. And officials said Friday there’s no relief in sight as the busy spring break and summer travel seasons …

US probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how …

Rampant Ebola fear takes toll on Africa tourism

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ebola is thousands of miles away from Kenya’s pristine Indian Ocean beaches, but the deadly disease appears to be discouraging tourism there and elsewhere in this vast continent. Harald Kampa, a hotelier near Mombasa, says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is hurting his business. For …

From beaches to Bangkok, tourists ask ‘What coup?’

BANGKOK (AP) — When Thailand’s military staged a coup last week, Phil Koenighaus was on a beach enjoying the debauchery of the country’s infamous “Half Moon” festival. Not a soldier was in sight on the white sands of Koh Phangan and the raucous party that attracts revelers from around the …