Japan was one of the last countries in the world to keep its borders shut to foreign tourists because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but that is slowly changing. The government is cautiously taking steps to revive tourism. But in a crucial election year and with the border restrictions popular among voters, it's a tricky balancing act for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. We speak to Professor Seijiro Takeshita from the University of Shizuoka.
Recent visitors to France will no doubt have noticed the return of foreign tourists. Two years of Covid-19 took a heavy toll on what is otherwise a booming business and an important part of the French economy. Now things appear to be looking up again for the tourist industry. For decades, France has been the number one tourism destination in the world, ahead of Spain and the US. So what explains this lasting success? We take a closer look in this edition of French Connections.
New Zealand has opened its borders to tourists for the first time in over two years. Meanwhile, Germany recorded no COVID deaths in a day for the first time since September 2020. DW has the latest.
9 Oct 2021
The stunning azure waters of the Band-e Amir lakes are once again attracting Afghan tourists, who brave bumpy roads to experience the so-called 'Grand Canyon' of Afghanistan.
1 Oct 2021
Peru has the world's highest number of Covid-19 deaths compared to its population. The figures have kept the country's potential tourists at bay for months. But little by little, travellers are starting to return, attracted by iconic sites like Machu Picchu or the former Inca capital Cuzco. Our correspondent Thomas Nicolon reports on how many people working in Peru's tourism industry are finally starting to hope for better days.
18 Sep 2021
A retired Boeing passenger jet has been hauled to the top of a seaside cliff in Bali to lure tourists to Indonesia's popular holiday island, which has been hard hit by Covid-19. More than a dozen workers used cranes to assemble parts of a Boeing 737 on a cliff near the Nyang Nyang beach this week. Felix Demin, the plane's new owner, is planning to convert the aircraft into tourist accommodation and expects it will become a popular photography spot.
12 Aug 2021
The aircraft with 16 people on board crashed into a volcanic lake in Russia's far east. Several remain missing, feared dead.
19 Jul 2021
56,000 Germans planned vacations in Algarve for this July. That was before the warning. Now, no one knows how many of those holidaymakers will even show up.
3 Jul 2021
Since the United States was placed on the European Union's green list in mid-June, American tourists have been making a timid return to Paris after almost a year and a half of absence. With more than 4 million tourists visiting France each year before the health crisis, Americans rank 9th among countries of origin.
30 Jun 2021
Lavender, basil or roses: history and aromatic plants are being grafted in Cyprus to broaden its sun-and-sea appeal and regain its lofty status dating back to Roman times.
29 Jun 2021
Visitors are trickling back to the Turkish resort of Bodrum, a lavish holiday destination for celebrities, jetsetters and sun-seeking foreigners, but the number of visitors still pales in comparison to the resort's pre-coronavirus glory.