Tourism

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. Read more

Tourists on traditional boats sail in the Beihai military water tunnels on the island of Nangan in the Matsu archipelago...Tourists on traditional boats sail in the Beihai military water tunnels on the island of Nangan in the Matsu archipelago, off northern Taiwan, May 8, 2013. The Matsu archipelago, which was once front line against China, is now a military tourist spot.

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Tourists on traditional boats sail in the Beihai military water tunnels on the island of Nangan in the Matsu archipelago, off northern Taiwan on Wednesday. The Matsu archipelago, which was once the front line against China, is now a military tourist spot. Read more

Foreign tourists on a traditional boat enjoy the sunset at Kuta beach in Bali on April 26, 2013. According to data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in February 2013, the number of foreign tourists arriving in Indonesia increased 14.5 percent to 678,400 at the beginning of the year.

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Tourists on a traditional boat enjoy the sunset at Kuta beach in Bali. Read more