World Watch: News Affecting World Travel

Bahrain frees opposition chief but bans him from travel

Foreigners found guilty can face a fine of $3,100, two weeks in jail and deportation. Crimes against members of the LGBT community often have been dismissed, and LGBT Americans should take precautions while traveling in Russia. Turkey: Police used water cannons, smoke grenades and tear gas Dec. 22 to break up crowds of protesters at Istanbul's Kadikoy Square. What was meant to be an action against the government's construction and development plans in the city's threatened green spaces quickly turned into protests over recent corruption and bribery scandals involving government officials and at least one bank chief.
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Sun Travel gets military contract

That advice extends to air travel. "Using one-way flights, alternate airports, and split tickets almost always saves money, creates more convenient itineraries, allows free stopovers, and provides more choices," he says. The World's Smartest Traveler is a weekly series about the visionaries who inspire us to travel smarter. Its curator, Christopher Elliott, is the author of the upcoming book, How to Be The World's Smartest Traveler (National Geographic Books). Want to nominate someone for this feature?
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Solo Travel Vs. Couple Travel

Making friends on the Great Wall of China Paul Coleman says Sun Travel has survived the sea change in the industry as people began making their own travel arrangements on the Internet by offering great service to customers planning complicated vacation trips and cruises. Over half of Sun Travels sales are still in airline tickets for business and personal travelers. Its service after the sale, he said. If you have a problem before, during or after your trip, you have a professional who can jump in and help. We have 24/7 emergency travel service so if youre stranded by weather or a disaster, were available to help. And going through a travel agent will still get you the lowest travel, hotel and car rental prices, he says, because of the relationships travel agencies have with vendors, including airlines and hotel chains. The Internets not going to call you back and tell you if the fare for your flights gone down, Coleman said. We also have the ability to unblock seats. In the mid-1990s, travel agencies were hit hard when airlines began cutting back the commissions they had paid agencies for booking flights. The big reason was that air travel has become a commodity where theres no distinction between the products, Coleman said.
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Travel agents optimistic for 2014

Couple Travel RSS Follow me on: Though I started my travels as a solo traveler, I've actually spent more time traveling as part of a couple. A few months into my trip, I met a fellow traveler, fell in love, and have spent the past two years traveling with him. While I love traveling as part of a couple, I do still love traveling solo, and fortunately, my partner feels the same way. Every few months, we will decide to get some solo travel in and set off on different paths, meeting up a few weeks later when we're fully refreshed. It works for us, because there are some definite advantages to solo travel that we both miss when we're traveling as part of a couple. The biggest advantage for me is the people that I meet. When I travel as part of a group I find it so much harder to meet people because I no longer have a reason to make an effort. When I travel solo, I'll stay in dorm rooms, I'll chat to every person I meet in the hostel and I'll make the effort to make friends.
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Cool Travel Advice: Take The Alternate Route

How to Be the World Six opposition groups including Al-Wefaq have issued a statement denouncing Salman's detention as an "attack on freedom of expression in Bahrain". Al-Wefaq, the most important opposition grouping in Shiite-majority Bahrain, wants a constitutional monarchy in the Gulf nation ruled by the Al-Khalifa dynasty. It repeatedly says it rejects violence, but the authorities in turn blame its supporters for the trouble. A month-long protest that erupted on February 14, 2011, was dispersed in a mid-March deadly crackdown helped by security forces from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. At least 89 people have been killed in Bahrain since the Arab Spring-inspired protests erupted, according to the International Federation for Human Rights. Demonstrators frequently clash with security forces in Shiite villages outside the capital.
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World watch The findings are from the companys third Travel Agent Mood Index, an annual poll that aims to gauge the level of optimism in the UK travel trade. The nationwide survey found that 84% of travel agents feel positive about the health of the travel industry during 2013, a 2% increase from last Novembers study. Only 1% of agents felt very negative about next years summer season. The survey also revealed that 76% of British agents hit their sales targets during Q2 and Q3 this year, and a further 79% predict they will hit their targets for Q4. Agents were most confident about booking all-inclusive holidays, package holidays and cruise holidays. 17% of agents said safety was one of the biggest challenges facing the cruise sector in 2013 down significantly from 33% last year. Adolfo Perez, managing director for Carnival Cruise Lines UK, says: Its been a challenging year for the industry so its great to see agents in positive frame of mind heading into 2014.
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