Tourism

A Palestinian girl jumps into a swimming pool as she enjoys the warm weather with her family at the Blue Beach Resort in Gaza

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A Palestinian girl jumps into a swimming pool as she enjoys the warm weather with her family at the Blue Beach Resort in Gaza. A luxurious new tourist resort has opened in the Gaza Strip, its manicured lawns, sparkling pool and private beach in stark contrast to the impoverished territory still struggling to recover from last year’s war. The Blue Beach Resort, made up of 162 chalet-style rooms set among palm trees and overlooking the Mediterranean, hopes to become the “most significant tourist attraction and entertainment venue in Gaza”, according to its website

Tourists visit Karnak temple in Luxor, a town 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on June 11, 2015. The ancient temple was open as usual despite a foiled suicide and gun attack on the world-famous site that police said would have been a "massacre".

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Tourists visit Karnak temple in Luxor, a town 700 kilometres (435 miles) south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Thursday. The ancient temple was open as usual despite a foiled suicide and gun attack on the world-famous site

A pedicab ("bicitaxi" in Cuba) with a US flag drives along a street of Havana, on January 16, 2015.  The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement.

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A pedicab (bicitaxi in Cuba) with a US flag on a street in Havana. The US is to ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties since announcing a historic rapprochement

A man walks in front of doors in a wall of Rabat's Medina...A man walks in front of doors in a wall of Rabat's Medina September 23, 2014. UNESCO made Rabat a World Heritage Site two years ago and media and tour operators call it a "must-see destination." But it seems the tourist hordes have yet to find out. While visitors are getting squeezed through the better-known sites of Marrakesh and Fez, the old part of Rabat - with its beautiful Medina and Kasbah of the Udayas - remains an almost unspoiled oasis of calm. Smaller and more compact, its labyrinths of streets, passages and dead ends are a treasure trove of shapes and colours, of moments begging to be caught by the photographer's lens. Picture taken September 23, 2014.    REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (MOROCCO - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)     ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 05 OF 24 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'RABAT'S TREASURE TROVE OF COLOURS'  TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'RABAT DAMIR'

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A man walks in front of a door in Rabat’s Medina. Unesco made Rabat a World Heritage Site two years ago and media and tour operators call it a “must-see destination”. But it seems the tourist hordes have yet to discover its charms. While visitors squeeze through the better-known sites of Marrakesh and Fez, the old part of Rabat – with its beautiful Medina and Kasbah of the Udayas – remains an almost unspoilt oasis of calm. Smaller and more compact, its labyrinths of streets, passages and dead ends are a treasure trove of shapes and colours, moments begging to be caught by the photographer’s lens. 

***BESTPIX***Crime Reduction Campaign In Pattaya Clamps Down On Thai Ladyboys...PATTAYA, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Thai ladyboys are detained inside a police van on their way to the police station September 21, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it's image doing nightly sweeps in the popular red-light district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA). They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***

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Thai ladyboys are detained inside a police van on their way to the police station in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it’s image doing nightly sweeps in the popular red-light district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants. They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). 

Thailand's Military Coup Continues As General Prayuth Receives Royal Endorsement...BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 26: A woman waits for business in the red light district called " Soi Cowboy" as sex tourism continues despite the curfew May 26, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. General Prayuth received the Royal Endorsement as the military coup leader on the fourth day of the coup. Thailand has seen many months of political unrest and violence which has claimed at least 28 lives. Thailand is known as a country with a very unstable political record, it is now experiencing it's 12th coup with 7 attempted pervious coups. Thailand's coup leaders have detained former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, along with Cabinet members and other anti-government protest leaders for up to a week.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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A woman waits for business in the red light district despite the curfew in Bangkok, Thailand, following a coup. The country’s new military ruler on Monday declared the coup royally approved and warned his junta would use force to crush peaceful anti-putsch protests

A hot air balloon provides a view of the temples as it hovers over Bagan in Myanmar on February 4, 2014. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, Bagan in Mandalay province in Myanmar was the kingdom's capital, one of the most important centres for learning in Asia, if not the world. The kings and rulers built thousands of temples, more than 3,000 of which are still standing today. The city is one of the Myanmar's most treasured religious sites and attracts hundreds of visitors a day. But over the past 20 years, many of the temples have been renovated and now bear little resemblance to their original structures.

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A hot air balloon hovers over the temples of Bagan in Myanmar, on Tuesday. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, the city, in Mandalay province, was the kingdom’s capital and one of the most important centres for learning in Asia.

People cross the medieval Charles Bridge as the sun rises in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Lined with Baroque statues the Charles Bridge dates back to the 14th century. Its unique beauty draws millions of visitors every year.

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People cross the medieval Charles Bridge, lined with baroque statues, as the sun rises in Prague, Czech Republic, on Thursday

South Korean tourist police officers queue up for their inauguration ceremony near the Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace and also one of South Korea's well known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. South Korea unveiled its new tourist police force to protect foreign tourists during their stay in Seoul. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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South Korean tourist police officers queue for their inauguration ceremony near the Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace and also one of South Korea’s well known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea unveiled its new tourist police force to protect foreign tourists during their stay in Seoul. 

A walker passes wicker beach chairs, which have been brought from the beach in order to be transported to their winter quarters, in Cuxhaven-Doese, Germany

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A walker passes wicker beach chairs in Cuxhaven-Doese, Germany, which have been removed for transportation to their winter quarters

Bedouin women wear traditional costumes as they sit in their tent during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa...Bedouin women wear traditional costumes as they sit in their tent during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa August 28, 2013. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen's stability.

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Bedouin women sit in their tent during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen‘s stability 

Bedouins perform a traditional fighting dance during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa August 20, 2013. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen's stability.

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Bedouins perform a traditional fighting dance during the Sanaa summer festival in Sanaa on Tuesday. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen’s stability

A Bedouin man jumps over camels during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa...A Bedouin man jumps over camels during the Sanaa Summer Festival in Sanaa August 20, 2013. The two-week festival aims to stimulate domestic tourism and reassure local and international tourists about Yemen's stability. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A Bedouin man takes a leap of faith and jumps over three camels delighting visitors to the summer festival in Sanaa, Yemen, on Tuesday. 

Tourists check city maps while sitting on a bench in the gardens at the Place des Vosges square, with landmark architecture of building that date from the seventeenth century, in Paris, August 14, 2013.

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Tourists check their maps in the Place des Vosges square, in Paris

A member of the public has their picture taken with street performer during The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Picture date: Monday August 5, 2013. Comedians, musicians, dancers and actors from more than 40 countries have taken to the streets and stages of the Scottish capital for the next month in what is said to be the world's biggest arts festival. Organisers said 2013 will be a record year with 2,871 shows to be performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues, an increase of 6.5% on last year's programme.

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A member of the public has her picture taken with a street performer during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Comedians, musicians, dancers and actors from more than 40 countries have taken to the streets and stages of the Scottish capital for the next month. Organisers said 2013 will be a record year with 2,871 shows to be performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues.

A tourist wearing an umbrella drinks a bottle of water at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The National Meteorological Center forecasted that the temperature in most regions of China is likely to be one to two degrees centigrade higher than normal in July.

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A tourist wearing an umbrella hat drinks a bottle of water at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The National Meteorological Center forecast that temperature in most regions of China is likely to be one to two degrees centigrade higher than normal in July

Cassiopea ornata jellyfish are seen in the Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, south west of Tokyo, Japan. The aquarium displays various jellyfishes as its key feature.

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Cassiopea ornata jellyfish are seen in the Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, southwest of Tokyo, Japan. The aquarium displays various jellyfishes as its key feature.

Gold Coast Battles Beach Erosion

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A lifeguard puts up flags at Main Beach Southport on Monday. Large sea swells and king tides are eroding the beaches of the Gold Coast in Australia, increasing fears of the effect the damage will have on tourism.

 A hot air balloon goes down during a trip in Cappadocia, Nevsehir City, Turkey, 20 May 2013. One tourist died and 18 were injured when a hot air balloon crashed to the ground in central Turkey after colliding mid-air with another, the Anadolu news agency reported.

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A hot air balloon on Monday goes down during a trip in Cappadocia, Nevsehir, Turkey. One tourist died and 18 were injured when the balloon crashed to the ground in central Turkey after colliding mid-air with another.

Fishermen (L) paddle a traditional boat during sunset at Waiara beach in Maumere on Flores island in East Nusa Tenggara on May 20, 2013. The Indonesian government has set the ambitious target of welcoming a total of nine million foreign tourists in 2013 increasing to 10 million by 2014. AFP PHOTO/SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images

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Fishermen paddle a traditional boat during sunset at Waiara beach in Maumere on Flores island in East Nusa Tenggara on Monday. The Indonesian government has set the ambitious target of welcoming a total of 9 million foreign tourists in 2013 increasing to 10 million by 2014.