December 28, 2004 |
Paul Forkan, a 15-year-old British high school student, woke up Sunday to find 2 feet of water surrounding his bed at a beachfront resort in Weligama, Sri Lanka. He started to pile his belongings on the furniture to keep them dry, but soon a second and then a third wave roared in, smashing down hotel doors and sucking people out. Paul escaped by climbing onto a roof. Eventually, he located his younger sister, but not his father. "People just floated away," said the shaken teenager, who was evacuated this morning from the international airport in the capital, Colombo.
June 25, 2008 |
Tibet reopened to foreign tourists today, a Chinese official said, after the region was closed to foreign visitors following riots there in March. The first group of foreign tourists, from Sweden, arrived at the airport near the capital, Lhasa, this morning, said Tibetan Tourism Bureau spokesman Liao Lisheng. New China News Agency cited another tourism official as saying the Olympic torch relay over the weekend through Lhasa, the regional capital, proved that Tibet was stable enough to let foreign tourists back in. China closed Tibet to tourists after riots that erupted in Lhasa on March 14.
April 24, 2000 |
Six masked assailants took more than 20 people hostage on a remote resort island in eastern Malaysia, police said today. The abductors surprised the group, including foreign tourists, on a beach on Sipadan Island late Sunday, and two foreign tourists managed to escape, police said. The hostages were put aboard a boat and police today were trying to trace the vessel, officials said. Police said the tourists may have included Americans, French, Germans and South Africans.
November 21, 1990 |
lane carrying tourists to a southern resort island crashed today during heavy rains, and police said all 37 aboard were killed. The Bangkok Airways turboprop crashed into a coconut grove as it was approaching the airport on Koh Samui, said Prateep Pakdeepol of the island's police station. Prateep said there were 33 passengers, including an infant, and that almost all were foreign tourists. There were four crew members on the flight from Bangkok.
March 11, 2008 |
Mexican police searching for drug gangs seized a cache of automatic weapons and grenade launchers at a luxury apartment in the Caribbean resort of Cancun, near hotels full of foreign tourists. Tipped off by an informant, police found 22 guns, 14 grenades and about 500 rounds of ammunition at an exclusive beachside golf course development, a spokesman said. They also found police hats and car stickers with official police insignia.
April 1, 2013 |
Female tourists are avoiding India and canceling trips there after violent rapes made headlines around the world, according to a business association based in New Delhi. The number of tourists coming to India has fallen 25% since December, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India found in its recent survey of 1,200 tour operators around the country -- a trend that frustrates government plans to ramp up the number of tourists by 12% every year. Women are even more likely to steer clear of India: The flow of female travelers has plunged 35% as women from Britain, Canada and the United States scrap tours they had already booked, local businesses told the group.
January 19, 2012 |
President Obama wants to make it easier for foreign tourists to come to the United States without making it easier for terrorists to get in. Speaking to a crowd at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Obama announced new initiatives to increase travel and tourism in the United States, including one that will make it easier for tourists from Brazil and China to get visas to visit. As first reported this morning by the Orlando Sentinel , the new executive order signed by Obama calls for a 40% increase in processing capacity in both countries over the next year.
April 23, 1993 |
A military court convicted a group of Muslim extremists of attacking foreign tourists and trying to overthrow the government and sentenced seven of them to hang. In the first trial of extremists charged in recent attacks on tourists, 25 men were given prison terms of up to 25 years, while 17 were acquitted. Six of the death sentences were for a Nov. 12 attack on a tour bus in southern Egypt. The extremists have targeted tourists, a main source of foreign currency.