Tourists few, NY gift shops struggle but don't lose (heart)

NEW YORK (AP) — In souvenir shops from Times Square to the World Trade Center, shelves full of T-shirts and trinkets still (heart) New York. But the proprietors wonder when their customers will, again...

South Africa reopens to foreign travelers amid virus creep

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In an effort to revive its tourism industry, South Africa has opened up international travel to visitors from all countries, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced. ...

Hong Kong, Singapore to launch travel bubble

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hong Kong and Singapore will allow 200 travelers a day to visit in each direction beginning Nov. 22 without having to spend 14 days in quarantine after their arrival, repo...

China opens import expo under anti-disease controls

SHANGHAI (AP) — Chinese leaders are conducting an import fair under intensive anti-coronavirus controls in their latest effort to revive the world's No. 2 economy while the United States and Europe st...

Taiwan currently has 69 banks offering English services

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan has seen the establishment of 69 banks providing services in both Chinese and English as part of its initiative to go bilingual by 2030. Financial Supervisory Co...

Facing pandemic economic woes, Nepal reopens to adventurers

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Adventurers looking to scale Nepal's Himalayan peaks and trek its mountain trails can finally do so for the first time in seven months, as the country reopens to foreigners eve...

Taiwan considers travel bubbles for business people and diplomats

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) is considering establishing travel bubbles, but only for travelers who really need to visit Taiwan and are prepared to socially ...

Thailand reopens borders to groups of tourists from China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A group of 39 tourists from China arrived in Thailand Tuesday (Oct. 20) after the Southeast Asian country kept its borders closed for seven months due to the Wuhan coronav...

Thailand admits first first foreign tourists in 7 months

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s tourist industry on Tuesday took a modest step toward reviving its coronavirus-battered fortunes by welcoming 39 visitors who flew in from Shanghai, the first such arrivals s...

Spain's overcrowding exacerbates pandemic

When the filmmaker Pablo Cerda came to the Spanish capital, Madrid, from Santiago de Chile to study, he was a little amazed at how small the apartments were in which people there lived. But when he s...

Taiwan government announces visa extension for foreign visitors

Taiwan will grant an additional 30-day extension of stay to foreign visitors who entered the country on or before March 21 and have no record of overstaying, the National Immigration Agency announced ...

Commission blames Austrian government for poor handling of Ischgl coronavirus outbreak

The reaction to one of Europe's first coronavirus outbreaks in Tyrol, Austria was littered with mistakes, from Chancellor Sebastian Kurz all the way down to Ischgl's mayor, an independent comm...

Madrid officials reluctantly ready city for partial lockdown

MADRID (AP) — Madrid's regional government has appealed against a national order that requires a partial lockdown of the Spanish capital just hours before a Friday night deadline for enacting the rest...

Bubble Redux: Canada's MLS teams making home away from home

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — At first glance, it was certainly surreal. Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers, was festooned in Vancouver Whitecaps colors. The electronic advertise...

Asia Today: South Korea has virus jump before holiday period

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 113 new cases of COVID-19, its first daily increase over 100 in five days, as the country entered a holiday break that officials fear would possibly ...