News and Deals: February 6, 2012 – Severe Winter Weather Continues Its Hold on Europe‎, Eco-tourism still brown in Thailand, Police Strike Leaves Brazilian Tourist City on Edge and Aruba offers Super Bowl losers a consolation trip

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Severe Winter Weather Continues Its Hold on Europe‎

Voice of America

Severe winter weather continues to dominate in many European countries with air and road travel disrupted and gas supplies running low.

The hardest-hit country is Ukraine, where temperatures as low as minus 32 degrees Celsius have left at least 122 people dead. Oleksandr Heits, head of a rescue unit in Kiev, said many of the victims are homeless citizens of Ukraine’s capital.

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Eco-tourism still brown in Thailand
Bangkok Post

The growth of eco-tourism in Thailand is still limited to a small number of green operators and few concerns about protecting nature, says the Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA).

Tourism operators and local tourists pay little attention to eco-tourism. Operators think they will have to invest a lot to make their properties and services more environmentally friendly while local tourists simply don’t care.

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Police Strike Leaves Brazilian Tourist City on Edge
‎Wall Street Journal

Nearly 3,000 Brazilian troops patrolled the city of Salvador Sunday, appearing to lift the climate of fear that gripped the seaside tourist destination since a statewide police strike set off a spike in homicides and looting.

President Dilma Rousseff ordered the military to deploy to Salvador, in northern Bahia state, after the all but police-less city registered more than 30 killings Friday. At least 55 people have been murdered around the bustling port city since the strike began last week, around double the same period last year, officials say.

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Aruba offers Super Bowl losers a consolation trip
USA Today

The Dutch island of Aruba has a creative campaign to stir interest in the Caribbean island.

It’s cheering up Super Bowl losers — the New England Patriots — with a winning offer: a free stay on the island.

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