Stories: Tourism

  • For Senegal island’s residents, famed slavery heritage site incurs a cost

    Each day, Deguène Gaye watches the ferry chug in from the mainland, disgorging a herd of sunburned tourists onto Gorée Island’s white-sand beaches. From there, she knows, they’ll probably trace a familiar itinerary, following their guides somberly past a memorial to the transatlantic slave trade and then to the famous House of...

  • Potentially the World’s Least Fun Beach Beer

    Outside, the Indian Ocean was the temperature of bath water, lapping gently at the shore. The dull murmur of the waves was barely audible above the incessant horns of passing rickshaws and motorized three-wheelers scooting through Cox’s Bazar, a burgeoning tourist town in Bangladesh’s southeast corner. The beach runs unbroken for 75 miles, allegedly the longest in...

  • With a forgotten temple city, Myanmar hopes to strike tourism gold

    When time began there lived a lonely monkey who met a peacock, who laid an egg from which was born a mighty prince who built a city on the spot of his birth and called it “monkey egg”. Whatever the myths around its creation, by the 15th century, Mrauk U (Monkey Egg) was the capital of a powerful...

  • Rio hits the brakes on controversial favela cable car

    The black cables scarring the skyline of Complexo do Alemao stopped running months ago. For the residents of the favelas below, they're a constant reminder of how even one of Rio de Janeiro's most ostentatious projects built ahead of the 2016 Olympics has fallen victim to the financial crisis gripping the state. From the start, plans for the...

  • This Abandoned Island Near Rio Could Be in Store for a Miraculous Comeback

    Ilha Seca is the closest island to Rio, but humans have barely touched it in the last half century, leaving it overgrown with weeds and dotted with crumbling buildings. Now it's newsworthy, thanks to the 2016 Olympics sailing competition, which will happen in the surrounding Guanabara Bay. The Bay has been making headlines for its...

  • Turismo é setor mais afetado por terremoto no Nepal

    KATMANDU - Uma semana após o terremoto que devastou o Nepal, dia 25, Rabindra Shresta recebeu o dinheiro da primeira venda que fez em sete dias com uma oração. O comerciante, que sustenta seis pessoas da família com o que tira na pequena loja de souvenirs de Bhaktapur, não esconde o desespero...

  • Tourists Abandon Ghana Despite Its Successes Against Ebola

    Each evening the fishermen set out in their hand-carved wooden boats. By nightfall, the horizon is dotted by a long row of small lights, their own constellation. Fish are caught, the haul is sold in markets and life continues. But one group is noticeably absent from Elmina and other towns along Ghana’s coast – tourists. ...