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Army rescues stranded Deosai tourists

RAWALPINDI: Rescue and relief mission to evacuate 20 stranded tourists, including a foreigner, was successfully undertaken by Pakistan army in Deosai near Skardu. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military's media wing, said the stranded individuals were searched and rescued by the army's aviation helicopters. The commander of the Force Command Northern Area also met the stranded tourists. One tourist has also been evacuated in Skardu and his health is said to be stable. The army in coordination with…

More than 2,000 tourists evacuated after Indonesia quake kills 98

MATARAM: Indonesia Monday sent rescuers fanning out across the holiday island of Lombok and evacuated more than 2,000 tourists after a powerful earthquake killed at least 98 people and damaged thousands of buildings. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake sparked terror among tourists and locals alike, coming just a week after another deadly tremor surged through Lombok and killed 17 people. Rescuers on Monday searched for survivors in the rubble of houses, mosques and schools destroyed in the latest disaster on Sunday…

‘Boycott Murree’ campaign gains momentum after videos of tourists’ harassment go viral

MURREE: A social media campaign has been launched urging tourists to stop visiting Murree during the current season after videos showing local hoteliers and transporters misbehaving with tourists surfaced on the internet. The campaign addresses the issue that the local hoteliers and transporters are overcharging and mistreating the tourists. Some of the allegations leveled on the local business mongers are substandard food, lack of hospitality ethics and sky-high prices for accommodations. It is reported that the…

1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017: report

KARACHI: Following a significant improvement in the security situation, tourism in Pakistan has increased by 300 per cent over the past few years, a report said here. According to the report published by the APP, 1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017 alone. Statistics from the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) show that 30 per cent travelers were domestic. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), last year, revenue from tourism contributed around $19.4 billion to Pakistan's…

Snow traps 13,000 tourists at Swiss Alpine resort Zermatt

GENEVA: Heavy snowfall has trapped some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, the Alpine resort said Tuesday. The snow has blocked all roads and the train leading to the resort in the southern Swiss canton of Valais, which was also hit by some power outages, head of the station Janine Imesch told a French wire service. There are currently "around 13,000 tourists at Zermatt," she said, while the station website warned that "arrivals and departures are not possible at the moment."…

Even Irma could not hamper delighted tourists’ plans to visit Disney World

LAKE BUENA VISTA: Not even a hurricane could keep tourists from the happiest place on Earth on Saturday. With Hurricane Irma looming over the entire state of Florida, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom remained open until 9 PM on Saturday night, well before the storm was expected to threaten the area but close enough to fray a few nerves. The four Disney parks — just southwest of Orlando — were due to shut down on Sunday and Monday, the company said in a statement, allowing guests, many of whom made plans months in…

Elephants rescue tourists from flooded Nepal safari park

KATHMANDU: Elephants helped rescue hundreds of tourists from a flooded jungle safari park in Nepal, officials said on Monday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides after four days of heavy rain rose to 70. The Rapti River overflowed its banks in Sauraha, 80 km (50 miles) south of the capital, Kathmandu, inundating hotels and restaurants and leaving some 600 tourists stranded. Sauraha, on the fringe of Chitwan National Park, is home to 605 rhinoceroses and is popular with foreign tourists, including Indian…

Moon tourists risk rough ride, experts say

PARIS: Non-stop vomiting, a puffy face and the constant need to pee: Volunteers for a week-long loop around the Moon may be in for a rough ride even if all goes to plan. In the week that SpaceX announced it would launch two tourists to skirt Earth's satellite in 2018, experts agreed the health effects would chiefly be minor and short-lived. These are the stakes: Feeling green "Like every single astronaut who goes into space, they're going to get... very bad motion sickness," Daniel Grant of the Centre for Altitude…

SpaceX to send two tourists around Moon in 2018

MIAMI: SpaceX said on Monday two private citizens have paid money to be sent around the Moon in what would mark the farthest humans have ever traveled to deep space. The United States has not sent astronauts to the Moon since NASA's Apollo missions of the 1960s and '70s. "We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year," said a statement by CEO Elon Musk. "This presents an opportunity for humans to return to deep space for the first time…