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Britain’s second-biggest tour operator is set to run package holidays to Tunisia “towards the spring”, according to the company’s boss. On Wednesday the Foreign Office took Tunisia of the “no-go” list, giving a green light to UK holiday companies to run trips to the North African destination once more. The ban had been in force for two years following the murder of 38 people, including 30 British holidaymakers, at a hotel in the resort of Sousse.
A flight from New York to Portland was delayed by two hours after an argument between a pilot and a flight attendant on board. The row took place on Monday morning before the Delta flight left LaGuardia Airport. Six Port Authority officers, some armed, then interviewed flight attendants in the jetty according to the witness.
Several social enterprises have recently sprung up, offering travellers who care about giving back lots of ways to do so. It’s never been so easy to eat a delicious meal while supporting disadvantaged young people, or to participate in the #refillnotlandfill movement by grabbing a reusable water bottle from your hotel’s lobby. At long last this city is stepping out from the shadow of the temples of Angkor and into its own light, as a destination for sustainable tourism.
Every year in August, a small rural village outside of Mandalay transforms into Burma’s unofficial gay village. “It’s a chance to meet guys from all across the country,” says Moe Kyaw, “when it’s normally hard to find one!” He travelled here to Taung Pyone from Bagan five days ago, and is clearly smitten with new boyfriend, Nay Lin. “That’s for the nat who loves gays, and the gays love her.” He adds, “She doesn’t drink,” by way of explaining a lone can of Fanta next to the dish, amidst a tapestry of decorated offerings and booze.
“Banning a destination gives a sign to the terrorists they are winning,” said Tarek Aouadi, UK director of the Tunisian National Tourist Office. More than two years after Seifeddine Rezgui gunned down sunbathers at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, the British Government has finally eased its travel advice for Tunisia. While German, French and Italian holidaymakers have been returning in increasing numbers to Tunisia, the British market is crucial to the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people.