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Asia Minute: Australia Bush Fires Hit Tourism

Asia Minute: Australia Bush Fires Hit Tourism

It was another fiery weekend in parts of Australia. Scores of brushfires are still burning — especially in the states of New South Wales and Victoria. While the destruction has been vast in recent weeks, the intensity of the flames has declined a bit in recent days. But there are ...

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A short history of credit cards in Russia

A short history of credit cards in Russia

Credit cards arrived from the West long before the collapse of the Soviet Union. American Express opened an office in the country back in 1958, followed by Diner’s Club, another pioneer U.S. card service provider – also the first independent payment card company in the world. Basically, they catered to ...

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Iran’s tourism nosedives after Ukrainian plane crash

Iran's tourism nosedives after Ukrainian plane crash

Iran’s tourism industry is facing a new challenge following the crash of a Ukrainian Airline passenger jet earlier this month after cancellations of most foreign incoming tours. According to Jamshid Hamzei, the Head of Iran’s Hoteliers Association, as much as 80 percent of all incoming tourism tours to Iran from ...

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There May Be 33000 Birth Tourists Annually

There May Be 33000 Birth Tourists Annually

This blog updates our prior estimate from April 2015 of the scale of birth tourism. Our new estimate it that there were 33,000 births to women on tourist visas in the second half of 2016 and the first half of 2017 who had a child and then left the country. This estimate ...

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