North Korea Expands Travel Routes For Chinese Tourists
North Korea is expanding its travel routes between China and its scenic resort in Mount Kumgang as Pyongyang’s continued efforts to earn much-needed cash from Chinese tourists, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Monday, citing a source.
The new routes will include extra flights from Chinese cities to Mount Kumgang on North Korea’s east coast, in addition to trains and expressways linking Beijing to the mountain resort via Pyongyang, the source said on condition of anonymity.
The move comes after North Korea recently ran a trial cruise from its northeastern port city of Rajin to Mount Kumgang.
Kenya tourism faces crisis after second kidnapping
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Kenya tourism faces a crisis after the abduction of a second foreigner by suspected pirates from neighbouring Somalia in less than a month.
British travellers have been warned away from coastal regions within 150km of the Somali border.
The change to travel advice was issued by the Foreign Office after the weekend kidnapping of a 66 year old disabled French woman Marie DeDieu on Kenya’s northern resort island of Manda.
The kidnap comes three weeks after a UK couple were attacked further north. Gunmen shot dead husband David Tebbutt and kidnapped his wife Judith in Kiwayu. She was taken across the border to Somalia.
India and 25 others oppose EU airline carbon charge plan
European Union plans to charge airlines for carbon emissions are “discriminatory” and violate global laws, a group of 26 countries including the United States and China said in a joint declaration released by the Indian government on Friday.
India, which hosted a two-day meeting in New Delhi this week, said delegates from the non-EU countries, which are also members of the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO.L executive council, agreed to lodge a formal protest against the EU’s new rules at the council’s next meeting.
“There was wide concern expressed by all countries present, without exception, that the unilaterally imposed EU (emissions trading scheme) measures were inconsistent with the international legal regimes,” the statement said.
Paul Gauguin Cruises to expand with new ship
Luxury line Paul Gauguin Cruises, known for its year-round sailings in the South Pacific, today announced plans to expand into the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Latin America with a new ship.
The company says it has acquired an unnamed, 90-passenger vessel that will begin sailing under the Paul Gauguin banner in December 2012 as the Moana. The line currently operates just one ship, the Tahiti-based, 332-passenger Paul Gauguin.