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France

Food, wine, women: 15 reasons why France is so popular

Tourists enjoy the sun on the beach during a sunny summer day in Nice, southeastern France.

Jolyon Attwooll 10:59am France was confirmed as the most visited country in the world this month – and by a huge margin. So why is this non-English speaking nation, with a reputation for insularity, so popular?

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Tony Abbott, Barack Obama: Western leaders 'banned' from Russian airport's duty-free shop

The sign was spotted in Vladivostok by Michael Idov.

Oliver Smith 9:42am Tony Abbott and six other western leaders have been banned from a Russian airport duty-free shop.

North Korea

North Korea tightens grip on SIM cards used by tourists

Phones

9:19am North Korea is ensuring once tourists leave the country, their SIM card doesn't fall into local hands.

Burma

Burma opens e-Visa application service

The Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. Situated on a hilltop in the old capital of Yangon, the 99-meter (326-foot) high Shwedagon draws hundreds of visitors every day.

Natalie Paris 9:07am Burma has opened its e-Visa application service, but there are some restrictions.

Queensland

New 368-room, $90 million Brisbane CBD hotel approved

An artist's impression of the 368-room, $90 million hotel planned for Elizabeth Street in Brisbane's CBD.

KIM STEPHENS 10:35am Mid-range hotel brand ibis will establish its largest Australasian hotel in the heart of Brisbane's CBD, the Lord Mayor announced on Tuesday morning.

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Airlines

Can I help you? Inside the world's most hated airline's complaints department

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary

Lizzie Porter 5:27pm Meet the Ryanair team with the unenviable task of dealing with complaints, and take a peek inside Michael O'Leary's costume cupboard.

Africa

'Beware Ebola': Ignorance of Africa's geography hurting tourism

A seller of bananas walks past a slogan painted on a wall reading

When Canadian tourist Shauna Magill posted on Facebook that she'd arrived safely in Uganda, a friend warned her to beware of "a thing called Ebola please".

Global

Holiday.com domain name could sell for $A37 million at auction

Couple snorkelling.

Natalie Paris Holiday.com could fetch $A37 million when it is auctioned off at the World Travel Market later this year, it is claimed.

South America

Brazilian village filled with beautiful single women seeks men

 The women of Noiva do Cordeiro gather for a publicity shot taken for their Facebook page.

Remote village almost entirely populated by single women appeals for men.

Cruising

Giant, eight-tonne polar bear added to giant cruise ship Quantum of the Seas

Polar bear on Quantum of the seas

KYLIE MCLAUGHLIN What does the 'world's most advanced cruise ship need'? A giant, 9-metre high polar bear of course.

Bargains

Traveller deals: Abu Dhabi discounts

St Regis Abu Dhabi entrance

JULIETTA JAMESON Stop over at one of Abu Dhabi's most luxurious hotels for 45 per cent less.

Orpheus Island resort takes luxury to another level

Guests sit on the beach at Orpheus Island.

JULIETTA JAMESON Orpheus Island Beach Resort on the Great Barrier Reef has just opened its newly renovated South Suites.

Bargains

Deals of the week: Cruising goes half price

Mexico beach
Credit Shutterstock

edited by JULIETTA JAMESON Ambling from Scandinavia to sunny Miami, this 47-night cruise package is now almost half price.

Traveller letters

Traveller letters: Understand how a cash passport card works

Traveller letters dinkus

I purchased a cash passport card and have widely used it throughout Europe.

Airlines

Qantas reroutes flights as PNG's Rabaul Volcano erupts

The smoke and ash from Mount Tavurvur

MICHAEL KOZIOL A giant ash cloud is affecting some flights to and from Australia following a major eruption of the Rabaul caldera in Papua New Guinea.

Czech Republic

Czech hotel threatens peeing tourists with YouTube post

Don't pee here

Oliver Smith A Czech hotel is hoping to deter public urination by threatening to post videos of offenders on YouTube.

USA

Family fuming after wheelchair-using granny left in corner of Newark Airport for 11 hours

wheelchair

A family is fuming mad after an airport worker parked a wheelchair-using grandmother in a departure lounge and an airline's "processing error" led her to be left there for up to 11 hours.

Russia

'Roofing': The best way to see Saint Petersburg

Russia, St Petersburg, state Hermitage Museum.

Thrill-seekers believe the best way to see Russia's imperial capital is by hopping roof to roof.

Airlines

Ryanair launches low-budget flexible business class tickets

A Ryanair plane takes off

European budget carrier Ryanair is offering a new type of business-class ticket to woo more business travellers.

Aviation

Etihad to fly A380 superjumbo with luxury 'Residence' on Sydney route

Etihad Airways' new ?residence? class on board its Airbus A380 superjumbos and Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Jamie Freed Etihad Airways will launch A380 services on the Sydney-Abu Dhabi route from June 1 next year, in a move that will boost its capacity to Australia.

South Korea

Korean pop culture lures tourists for plastic surgery

Jun Ji Hyun/Facebook

In a district made famous by the song Gangnam Style - women walk down the street with bandages over their faces and around their heads.

Airlines

The decline of first class as airlines add business beds

A Singapore Airlines suite on an A380 superjumbo.

World's top airlines may follow in the in footsteps of Virgin Atlantic abandoning the traditional three-class seating plan.

Airlines

Legroom gadget sales jump after seat recline spat on plane

Knee defender.

Demand is high for a gadget that blocks seats from reclining after a scuffle between two passengers forced a jet to make an unscheduled landing.

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Hong Kong

Teens take world's scariest selfie

World's scariest selfie, Hong Kong.

KYLIE MCLAUGHLIN Three students have gone to sickening lengths to take the world’s scariest selfie.

US

Tourist arrested for scaling Brooklyn Bridge to take iPhone photos

Brooklyn Bridge

For one Russian tourist, getting the best shots of New York atop Brooklyn Bridge has come at a cost.

US

Passengers kicked off flight over seat recline spat

United Airlines.

When one passenger was denied that bit of personal space, it led to a heated argument and the unscheduled landing of their plane.

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Airlines

Qantas, Virgin passengers can use electronic devices in-flight

Passengers on Qantas and Virgin flights will now be able to use their electronic devices during the entire flight.

Jamie Freed Qantas and Virgin passengers can now keep electronic devices powered on during all phases of flight.

Queensland

Queensland Government backs down on Gold Coast terminal

An artist's impression of the Broadwater Marine Project.

The Queensland Government has backed away from controversial plans to allow a cruise ship terminal to be built on state-owned land on the Gold Coast.

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India

Tourist haven Kerala bans alcohol sale

Drinking on holiday.

Dean Nelson Tourists will no longer be able to have a drink when holidaying in Kerala - India's hardest-drinking state.

Europe

Europe's cheapest city for a culture trip

The statue of 'The Mermaid', emblem of the city of  Warsaw, at the Warsaw Old Town Market Square.

Natalie Paris The Polish capital city offers the most value for money for fans of European museums, galleries and cultural events, according to a recent study.

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