Myanmar targets 5 million tourists with e-visa

Myanmar targets 5 million tourists with e-visa
Myanmar launched an online visa application on Monday promising an end to painful waits for permits to visit the once secretive nation as it tries to lure five million tourists a year by 2015.

Cruises explore Mediterranean wines

Cruises explore Mediterranean wines
This fall, MSC Cruises will operate three new cruises spotlighting the wines of the Mediterranean.

Famous historical structures to be restored under World Monuments Watch initiative

Famous historical structures to be restored under World Monuments Watch initiative
Nine of the world's most famous historic buildings are set to undergo restoration works thanks to a $1.5 million grant from American Express and the World Monuments Fund (WMF).

Images of the week: Seoul, New York, Bunol

Images of the week: Seoul, New York, Bunol
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New York kicks off Broadway Week

New York kicks off Broadway Week
Taking place from September 1 to 14, the latest edition of Broadway Week once again offers tourists and New Yorkers 2-for-1 ticket pricing at the city's top theaters.

Everest on speed: UK guide promises summit in 42 days

Everest on speed: UK guide promises summit in 42 days
Raise your game, skip the queues and scale the world's highest peak in 42 days: that's British guide Adrian Ballinger's ambitious pitch to climbers preparing to summit Mount Everest.

'The one with the free coffee' - Central Perk hits NY

'The one with the free coffee' - Central Perk hits NY
It's been 20 years since "Friends" took the world by storm.

India to turn Orwell's birthplace into a museum

India to turn Orwell's birthplace into a museum
India on Thursday began work to restore the dilapidated house where "Animal Farm" and "1984" author George Orwell was born and turn it into a museum.

Royal Caribbean touts Quantum of the Seas' modern tech

Royal Caribbean touts Quantum of the Seas' modern tech
Due to set sail this fall, the cruise operator's new flagship will be outfitted with several high-tech innovations for a more enjoyable journey. A luggage tracking app, robotic bartenders and apps that let crew members keep track of passengers' individual preferences are among the new technologies coming to the Quantum of the Seas.

Tourists revel in goo at Spain tomato-squishing fiesta

Tourists revel in goo at Spain tomato-squishing fiesta
Half-naked revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo on Wednesday in Spain's Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for "the world's biggest food fight".

Foreign pilgrims flock to Spain's Santiago trail

Foreign pilgrims flock to Spain's Santiago trail
Despite her sore feet, Federica Simonetto smiles for a photo by the last signpost on the Way of Saint James -- one of a new wave of young pilgrims bringing fresh life to the Medieval trail.

'Roofers' get a thrill exploring St. Petersburg from up high

'Roofers' get a thrill exploring St. Petersburg from up high
Saint Petersburg has long been a tourist favourite, but if this band of young Russian thrill-seekers is to be believed, the best way to see the country's imperial capital is by hopping roof to roof.

Wine tourism: the vineyards of Bordeaux

Wine tourism: the vineyards of Bordeaux
As the grape harvest season approaches in France, we take a look at some of the country's most iconic wine regions. In and around Bordeaux, some of the most prestigious wineries on the planet open their doors to oenophiles along five main wine routes, each representing the diversity of the region's production.

Notting Hill Carnival brings reggae beats to London streets

Notting Hill Carnival brings reggae beats to London streets
Europe's biggest street party the Notting Hill Carnival in London drew vast crowds on Sunday as revellers gathered for reggae, steel bands and dancing.

Spain reports record tourist numbers in July

Spain reports record tourist numbers in July
Spain reported Friday record foreign visitor numbers in July, raising the prospect of a significant economic boost from the important summer tourism season.

Even Europeans can't help working while on vacation

Even Europeans can't help working while on vacation
Though stereotypes may suggest Europeans are better than Americans at drawing a line between work and leisure, a new study from Lastminute.com reveals that even they have trouble cutting ties with the office during a vacation. In fact, more than seven out of 10 of Spanish survey respondents said they have been contacted by a co-worker during their vacation and have worked two hours per week on average despite being officially on a break.

Google Street View takes fans behind the scenes of Emmy-nominated shows

Google Street View takes fans behind the scenes of Emmy-nominated shows
Fans of Emmy-nominated TV series like "Downton Abbey," "Breaking Bad" and "House of Cards" can get psyched for the awards show Monday by making virtual visits to filming locations and TV sets via Google Maps.

Russian Communist park restored amid wave of nostalgia

Russian Communist park restored amid wave of nostalgia
Sliding into shabbiness after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, a giant Moscow complex extolling the days of the old planned economy has been restored amid a wave of nostalgia for Russia's past.

Ancient Ethiopian walled city keeps modern life at bay

Ancient Ethiopian walled city keeps modern life at bay
Hyenas howl and feast on flesh every night outside the ancient walls of Harar -- one of Islam's holiest cities that is holding out against the pressures of the modern world.

NASA launches crowdsourcing project to identify photos of cities taken from space

NASA launches crowdsourcing project to identify photos of cities taken from space
NASA has launched a crowdsourcing project in an appeal to the public to help identify some of its 1.8 million archive photos.