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Shopkeepers in Kyoto are sharing photos of empty landmarks that are usually overrun by tourists, and it shows the effects of the coronavirus on tourism in Japan

Japan received a record 32 million visitors in 2019, approximately one-third of whom were Chinese. But tourism in Kyoto is taking a hit amidst fears of the coronavirus spreading, and a group of local shopkeepers is sharing photos of empty landmarks that are usually overrun by visitors. Japan is one […]
Shopkeepers in Kyoto are sharing photos of empty landmarks that are usually overrun by tourists, and it shows the effects of the coronavirus on tourism in Japan
Lifestyle

15 streets in the US that tourists love but locals hate

Tourists from all over the world love to flock to iconic streets throughout the US – the same streets that locals avoid at all costs. Bourbon Street in New Orleans and Fifth Avenue in New York City are constantly congested with crowds of people. Whether you are going for a […]
15 streets in the US that tourists love but locals hate
Lifestyle

Hilton has temporarily closed 150 hotels in China due to the coronavirus outbreak. That’s more than 60% of the hotels the brand has in the country.

Hilton announced yesterday that it has temporarily closed 150 hotels in China as a result of the novel coronavirus. Hilton now joins a growing list of hotels and short-term rental companies, including Airbnb, that are easing cancellation policies for bookings in China as a result of the outbreak. Airlines and […]
Hilton has temporarily closed 150 hotels in China due to the coronavirus outbreak. That’s more than 60% of the hotels the brand has in the country.
Lifestyle

Forget the Galápagos and Iceland — here are 10 under-the-radar destinations to visit in 2020 if you want to escape the crowds

Intrepid Travel, the world’s largest small-group adventure travel company, has released its fourth annual “Not Hot” list, highlighting off-the-beaten-path and emerging destinations to visit in 2020. This year’s list ranges from the “Galápagos of the North,” a wild archipelago off the coast of British Columbia, to the deserts of northern […]
Forget the Galápagos and Iceland — here are 10 under-the-radar destinations to visit in 2020 if you want to escape the crowds
Lifestyle

7 places being ruined by cruise ships

Cruise ships bring thousands of tourists to popular destinations like Santorini and Venice every day, overwhelming the infrastructure. A cruise ship spilled waste in the Great Barrier Reef, further damaging the fragile coral. Some municipalities are imposing limits on the number of cruise ships allowed to dock per day to […]
7 places being ruined by cruise ships
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10 of the most overpriced items at airports you should never buy

From souvenirs to a turkey sandwich, practically everything inside an airport seems overpriced. Many items inside the airport, including phone chargers, food, and gifts, can reportedly be significantly marked up compared to “street prices” – often by 10% or more. Carrying an empty water bottle through security and then filling […]
10 of the most overpriced items at airports you should never buy
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A tour helicopter carrying 7 people has gone missing off the coast of Hawaii

A helicopter carrying seven people, including two children, is missing off the coast of Hawaii’s Kauai island. The helicopter was touring Kauai’s Nā Pali Coast on Thursday evening when it disappeared. It remains unclear what company the helicopter belonged to, but its owner contacted the US Coast Guard after the […]
A tour helicopter carrying 7 people has gone missing off the coast of Hawaii
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10 tourist destinations that were damaged in the 2010s

Some tourist destinations were damaged in the 2010s. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris caught on fire in April, making 2019 the first time the famous church will not hold Midnight Mass on Christmas in 230 years. Some structures were destroyed during the decade due to natural forces, such as Malta’s Azure […]
10 tourist destinations that were damaged in the 2010s
Lifestyle

Inside Swarovski Crystal Worlds, a dreamlike attraction nestled among the Austrian mountains that features a carousel made of 15 million Swarovski crystals

Swarovski Crystal Worlds opened in 1995 in honour of the 100th anniversary of the brand of the same name. The dreamlike tourist attraction features crystal art installations, including an ice passage, a crystal tree codesigned by Alexander McQueen, and a “Crystal Cloud” made with 800,000 hand-mounted crystals. Earlier this year, […]
Inside Swarovski Crystal Worlds, a dreamlike attraction nestled among the Austrian mountains that features a carousel made of 15 million Swarovski crystals
Lifestyle

The one ‘tourist trap’ that’s actually worth visiting in 20 US cities

Plenty, if not most, tourist traps are not worth your time. They can be crowded, smaller than expected, or plain boring. But sometimes, tourist attractions are popular for a reason – they’re beautiful, fun, and interesting. These 20 so-called “tourist traps” around American cities are definitely worth your time, from […]
The one ‘tourist trap’ that’s actually worth visiting in 20 US cities
Lifestyle

22 destinations that were ruined by tourists over the past decade

The 2010s saw more people travelling than ever before, according to The Guardian’s report on recent figures from the World Tourism Organisation. But millions upon millions of people going on adventures has put pressure on numerous destinations. Some, like Venice, have long been affected by overtourism, but others like Dubrovnik, […]
22 destinations that were ruined by tourists over the past decade
Lifestyle

The golden age of at-home genetic testing may be over — but it’s still a critical part of one of the biggest trends in how people will be travelling in 2020

Sales are slowing for leading direct-to-consumer genetics testing sites AncestryDNA and 23andMe, Business Insider’s Lydia Ramsey reported. Despite sales projections for genetics testing companies, ancestry tourism is still booming. In 2018 and 2019, major hospitality brands including Airbnb and Cunard entered the ancestry travel space, offering trips and recommendations based […]
The golden age of at-home genetic testing may be over — but it’s still a critical part of one of the biggest trends in how people will be travelling in 2020
Lifestyle

Planning a trip in 2020? Avoid Bali, Big Sur, and these other popular travel destinations ruined by tourists, Fodor’s says

Fodor’s Travel recently released its fourth annual “No List,” highlighting the destinations, activities, and businesses travellers should think twice about in 2020. This year’s “No List” includes popular places like Big Sur, Bali, and Cape Town, select hotels and bars, and elephant riding as a tourist activity. Poison beer, dying […]
Planning a trip in 2020? Avoid Bali, Big Sur, and these other popular travel destinations ruined by tourists, Fodor’s says
Lifestyle

9 ways people ruined nature in 2019

In 2019, there have been some shocking stories of people ruining nature. This year, landscapes like Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in Iceland and Joshua Tree in California have been badly damaged or defaced. Wildlife has also been hurt in 2019. One off-duty police officer reportedly killed a wombat in Australia by hitting […]
9 ways people ruined nature in 2019
Lifestyle

Tourist attractions that became obsolete in 2019

We lost beloved tourist attractions this year due to overcrowding, bankruptcy, or a lack of visitors. Australia’s famed Uluru rock formation closed in October after years of protests from the Aboriginal community. The last flower shop in Amsterdam’s floating Bloemenmarkt closed in April 2019. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
Tourist attractions that became obsolete in 2019
Lifestyle

The Croatian city featured in ‘Game of Thrones’ is so flooded with tourists that it may ban new restaurants. It’s one of many cities buckling under the weight of overtourism.

Dubrovnik, Croatia, is proposing a ban on new restaurants, Julia Buckley reported for CNN Travel. The ban would prohibit restaurants from adding outside tables and chairs, Buckley reported. Mayor Mato Frankovic told Buckley that most Dubrovnik restaurants operated with outside tables since indoor space was so limited. The city – […]
The Croatian city featured in ‘Game of Thrones’ is so flooded with tourists that it may ban new restaurants. It’s one of many cities buckling under the weight of overtourism.
Lifestyle

9 tourist destinations that became obsolete in the 2010s

The flagship Toys R Us store in Times Square closed in 2015 after rent became too expensive. Famous rock arches in Malta and Morocco collapsed due to erosion. The Newseum in Washington, DC, is closing at the end of 2019. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Over the last 10 […]
9 tourist destinations that became obsolete in the 2010s
Tech

Hanoi shut down its Instagram-famous ‘train street’ cafes because they were overrun with selfie-taking tourists. Here’s how it got to this point.

Vietnamese government officials asked cafes along Hanoi’s Instagram-famous “train street” to shut down by October 12. The tourist hotspot is known for its single train track that runs perilously close to local homes and cafes. It drew so many tourists that the government called it a hazard, necessitating the shutdown […]
Hanoi shut down its Instagram-famous ‘train street’ cafes because they were overrun with selfie-taking tourists. Here’s how it got to this point.
Lifestyle

I’ve spent a month of my life visiting my family on Guam, and I think it’s one of the most underrated tourist destinations in the US. These photos will show you why.

Guam is a US territory in Oceania that is often overlooked by American tourists.According to travel search site Skyscanner, few Americans plan trips to this destination. As the largest island of the Mariana Islands, Guam’s rich culture and adventure-friendly terrain make it one of the most underrated travel destinations in […]
I’ve spent a month of my life visiting my family on Guam, and I think it’s one of the most underrated tourist destinations in the US. These photos will show you why.
Lifestyle

12 tourist attractions around the world that locals hate

New Yorkers notoriously avoid Times Square. Camden Market in London is not a place where a local would take a leisurely stroll. Iceland’s Blue Lagoon keeps getting more crowded and more expensive. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. When you’re a tourist in a new city, visiting famous attractions and […]
12 tourist attractions around the world that locals hate
Lifestyle

The 25 best countries for tourists in 2019, ranked

The World Economic Forum released its ranking of the best countries for tourists in 2019. The organisation looked at factors including business environment, safety and security, tourist infrastructure, cultural resources, and price competitiveness. Spain,France,Germany, and Japan tied for the top spot. The US, the UK,Australia, and Canada all made the […]
The 25 best countries for tourists in 2019, ranked
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For less than $100, you can tour the abandoned towns around Chernobyl. Just watch out for radioactive trees and dogs, crumbling buildings, and the occasional selfie stick.

On April 26, 1986, the world saw its worst nuclear disaster in history when an explosion at the Chernobyl NuclearPower Plant, in what was then the Soviet Union, resulted in a cloud of radioactive particles spreading across parts of Europe. About 350,000 people were evacuated, and now the parts surrounding […]
For less than $100, you can tour the abandoned towns around Chernobyl. Just watch out for radioactive trees and dogs, crumbling buildings, and the occasional selfie stick.
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New Zealand bans tourists from swimming with dolphins in a popular holiday spot in order to protect the species from being ‘loved’ into extinction

New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) has banned tourists from swimming with friendly bottlenose dolphins in the popular Bay of Islands because they were “loving the dolphins too much.” According to DOC, human interaction with the dolphins has led to a population decline since 1999. Research shows that just a […]
New Zealand bans tourists from swimming with dolphins in a popular holiday spot in order to protect the species from being ‘loved’ into extinction
Lifestyle

Forget Champagne and infinity pools: High-end travellers today want to make an impact on the places they visit, according to a luxury safari operator

Luxury travellers in 2019 want more than just Champagne and infinity pools, according to the business director of a luxury safari company. Chris Roche, the business development director at Wilderness Holdings, which owns luxury safari company Wilderness Safaris, told Business Insider that big-ticket travellers in 2019 have high expectations of […]
Forget Champagne and infinity pools: High-end travellers today want to make an impact on the places they visit, according to a luxury safari operator
Lifestyle

13 travel warnings other countries have issued about visiting the US

Some countries issue warnings or advisories for their citizens about travelling in the US. Many of them mention the ongoing threat of terrorism and mass shootings. Others touch on cultural differences such as laws around consuming alcohol in public or swimming nude at beaches. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. […]
13 travel warnings other countries have issued about visiting the US
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11 places we didn’t hear about before Instagram

Instagram has transformed people’s travel habits. Social-media-minded travellers who sought out lesser-known spots for the perfect photo could be credited for creating irresistible destinations. Aside from the great cities and structures of the world, here are several places that shot to fame from Instagram popularity. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
11 places we didn’t hear about before Instagram
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Foul-smelling algae has overtaken Mexican beaches. Experts believe climate change could make things worse and threaten the country’s tourism industry.

A type of foul-smelling algae called sargassum won’t stop washing up on the shores of Mexico’s most popular tourism beaches like Cancun and Tulum, The Wall Street Journal reported. These resort-packed beaches are part of of Mexico’s $US100 billion tourism industry. Resorts now spend millions annually attempting to get rid […]
Foul-smelling algae has overtaken Mexican beaches. Experts believe climate change could make things worse and threaten the country’s tourism industry.
Lifestyle

The most iconic tourist attraction in 26 countries around the world

Every country has landmarks and natural wonders that are internationally recognisable. You can’t visit France without seeing the Eiffel Tower, or Iceland without swimming in the Blue Lagoon. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a symbol of Italy, and Canada calls Niagara Falls to mind. Visit Insider’s homepage for more […]
The most iconic tourist attraction in 26 countries around the world
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Over 1,000 people reported falling ill while staying in the Dominican Republic on a popular food-safety site as reports of mysterious tourist deaths and rampant sickness plague the Caribbean island

The Dominican Republic has seen a spate of widely publicized tourist deaths and illnesses. The website IWasPoisoned.com has also experienced an unprecedented wave of reports from people saying they fell ill in the Dominican Republic. The website has been flooded with about 1,600 reports concerning the Dominican Republic in 2019 […]
Over 1,000 people reported falling ill while staying in the Dominican Republic on a popular food-safety site as reports of mysterious tourist deaths and rampant sickness plague the Caribbean island
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There’s been a spate of seemingly suspicious tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic, but vacation deaths happen more than you think. Here’s how to stay safe.

Tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic have been widely publicized this month, but officials say the number of American deaths there is nothing new. Traffic accidents and drowning are among the most common causes of international travellers’ deaths, but taking certain precautions can go a long way in preventing them. […]
There’s been a spate of seemingly suspicious tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic, but vacation deaths happen more than you think. Here’s how to stay safe.
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The Dominican Republic is turning to ‘crisis management’ specialists in the aftermath of several tourist deaths and controversies on the island

André Van Der Horst, the tourism adviser to the Dominican Republic government, told the Washington Post that the country has hired “crisis management” specialists amid news of recent tourist deaths. He said the incidents are unrelated but “coincided in timing,” and the Dominican Republic is trying to “establish reaction protocols.” […]
The Dominican Republic is turning to ‘crisis management’ specialists in the aftermath of several tourist deaths and controversies on the island
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Here’s what travellers can do to stay safe in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is currently on a Level 2 travel advisory from the US State Department which means travellers should exercise increased caution while visiting the country. In 2019, four American tourists have died in their hotel rooms, two have died in a car crash, and several others claimed they […]
Here’s what travellers can do to stay safe in the Dominican Republic
Lifestyle

Disappointing photos show what vacationing in Hawaii is really like

Hawaii is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on the planet. But no place is perfect, not even the Aloha State. There’s an extreme amount of traffic in Honolulu, and the affordable hotels can be less than ideal. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. When planning your […]
Disappointing photos show what vacationing in Hawaii is really like
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Tourists in Japan are flocking to ‘otter cafés,’ but there’s evidence that the animals are illegally taken from the wild and kept in small cages

Japan is home to tons of animalcafés, many of which charge visitors to pet and spend time with Asian small-clawed otters, a threatened species. In a new documentary, British environmentalist and photojournalist Aaron Gekoski worked with World Animal Protection, an international nonprofit organisation, to investigate the state of these animals. […]
Tourists in Japan are flocking to ‘otter cafés,’ but there’s evidence that the animals are illegally taken from the wild and kept in small cages
Lifestyle

Disappointing photos of roadside attractions in real life

If a road trip packed with roadside attractions is on your bucket list, be prepared for the occasional disappointment. Overcrowded sites and underwhelming curiosities are often the reality. The Mystery Spot, for example, isn’t all that mysterious. Lucy the Elephant, the oldest roadside attraction in the US, is essentially in […]
Disappointing photos of roadside attractions in real life
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Martha Stewart reveals how to find the best secret spots while travelling

While promoting her new partnership with MSC Cruises,Martha Stewart spoke about how she finds the best “hidden gems” and little-known local spots while travelling. The key to finding secret spots is talking to locals and others with knowledge of a destination. Stewart also collects articles about the destination and brings […]
Martha Stewart reveals how to find the best secret spots while travelling
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Notre-Dame Cathedral will never be the same — but not all is lost

A fire destroyed parts of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in a blaze that lasted more than 12 hours between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Fire officials said the fire was likely an accident, possibly connected to renovations going on within the cathedral. While the fire destroyed the cathedral’s spire, its […]
Notre-Dame Cathedral will never be the same — but not all is lost
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20 places around the world that are being ruined by tourism

Tourists can make everyday life much harder for locals in cities all over the world. Some tourists vandalise ancient monuments, like one traveller who carved his name into the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Cities often receive an influx of tourists during peak season, sometimes far more than their own population. […]
20 places around the world that are being ruined by tourism
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13 of the best and most underrated things to do in Japan

There are lots of tourist hot spots in Japan like Mount Fiji and the Imperial Palace. But, there are lots of other places in Japan that are worth the visit. From robot hotels to museums, these places are underrated but worth the time. Japan is one of the world’s fastest-growing […]
13 of the best and most underrated things to do in Japan
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10 things in Spain to put on your bucket list

With its variety of climates and culinary styles, Spain is a traveller’s dream. You can participate in the world’s largest food fight and zip-line to Portugal. Spain is a traveller’s dream. It has a variety of climates – one day you can be lounging on La Concha beach in the […]
10 things in Spain to put on your bucket list
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41 countries around the world that charge a tourist tax

Many countries around the world, including Switzerland and Bhutan, have implemented a tourist tax. The money from the tax goes to protecting natural resources and maintaining tourism facilities. The tax is becoming more popular as a tool to battle the growing issue of over-tourism. If you’ve travelled, you’ve likely paid […]
41 countries around the world that charge a tourist tax
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7 things you should do if you have 24 hours in Moscow

If you have just one day in Moscow, you can easily see many of the city’s biggest attractions. The GUM department store, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and Russia’soldest bathhouse are all within walking distance of each other. The metro is brightly lit, clean, and beautiful – and it’s fast, so you […]
7 things you should do if you have 24 hours in Moscow
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14 places to visit in Paris that aren’t the Eiffel Tower

Paris, France is a popular tourist destination getting nearly 18 million visitors each year. The Eiffel Tower, alone, gets over 7 million visitors a year. Aside from the Eiffel Tower, consider visiting the Jardin des Tuileries or the Musee d’Orsay. Paris, France attracts nearly 18 million tourists a year with […]
14 places to visit in Paris that aren’t the Eiffel Tower
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12 places you should visit in France that aren’t Paris

Paris isn’t the only travel destination France has to offer. Between the fairytale villages of Alsace and the beaches of Cannes and Nice, there’s an ideal vacation spot for everyone. Here are 12 underrated places to visit in France. Paris regularly ranks as one of the most romantic, lusted-after, and […]
12 places you should visit in France that aren’t Paris
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12 world-famous landmarks that every travel buff should visit

Seeing a world-famous landmark can be the best part of travelling. Sites like the Sydney Opera House and Machu Picchu may be crowded, but they’re worth seeing. Here are 12 we think you should visit. One of the best parts about travel is seeing a site that makes your jaw […]
12 world-famous landmarks that every travel buff should visit
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11 US attractions that tourists love but locals hate

Throughout the US, there are places that tourists love and locals try to avoid at all costs. Party locales like the Las Vegas Strip and Bourbon Street in New Orleans see high tourism rates but don’t see many locals. Famous sights like Mount Rushmore and the Cloud Gate can also […]
11 US attractions that tourists love but locals hate
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Israel’s luxury real estate market is booming, and it’s driven in part by Jews buying ‘insurance homes’ to flee political strife in Europe and South America

Israel’sluxury property market is on fire, particularly in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Herzliya Pituach. Economic growth and an increase in overseas buyers and travellers have contributed to real-estate prices in the country doubling in the past 10 years. The demand for luxury properties in Israel mainly stems from three factors: […]
Israel’s luxury real estate market is booming, and it’s driven in part by Jews buying ‘insurance homes’ to flee political strife in Europe and South America
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