By Caroline Copley and Ilona Wissenbach BERLIN (Reuters) - Travel specialists say the overseas tourism industry could lose billions over the next five years if Britain crashes out of the European Union later this month without a divorce deal. With just three weeks to go until Britain's scheduled departure from the bloc, the two sides have yet to agree a mutually acceptable deal. Executives at the ITB travel trade fair in Berlin said many holidaymakers were in wait-and-see mode as uncertainty over visas, insurance and whether they will need an international licence to drive in EU countries weighed on sentiment. "Brexit is a concern," Mark Okerstrom, chief executive of online-booking platform Expedia told reporters, adding it had seen a significant slowdown in people booking flights from and to the UK beyond the scheduled March 29 departure date. Consultancy firm Oxford Economics said a no-deal Brexit could cause a 5 percent fall in overseas travel and tourism trips by Britons in 2020. … [Read more...] about Tourism industry fears ‘no-deal’ Brexit will cost it billions
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JOURNALIST Jamal Khashoggi is feared to have been butchered after recordings reportedly emerged of his final hours inside a Saudi consulate. The 59-year-old was last seen entering the diplomatic mission in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 - but he never emerged again. Britain and the US have demanded answers from the Arab kingdom. Who is Jamal Khashoggi? Jamal Khashoggi is a Saudi Arabian journalist, columnist, author and former editor-in-chief of Al Arab news. In September 2017, he started work as a columnist for the Washington Post. Khashoggi has more than 1.6million Twitter followers and is known as an outspoken and high-profile critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He lived in self-imposed exile in the US after a number of his friends were arrested. Khashoggi was born in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, on October 13, 1958. After going to school in his home country he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Indiana State University in 1982. He has worked on a number … [Read more...] about How did Jamal Khashoggi die in the Saudi consulate in Turkey and what did the journalist’s audio recordings reveal?
A HOLIDAYMAKER has been left "breathless and weak" after he contracted Legionnaires' disease on his four-star TUI trip to Turkey. Thomas Molloy, 64, and his wife Jean, 65, relaxed and lounged around a pool at the Sun City Hotel and Beach Club in Olu Deniz for ten days. But on their flight back to Beverley, Hull, his health drastically deteriorated to such an extent, he ended up spending six days in Hull Royal Infirmary upon landing. Medics at the hospital told him he had caught the lung infection, which is usually contracted from inhaling water plagued by legionella bacteria. Jean, who also became unwell, managed to recover. But Thomas is unable to work or carry out minor tasks around the house. He told Hull Daily Mail: "My legs became very weak and I was really short of breath, and on the day we were flying home I wasn’t even able to stand for very long in the queues or pull our bags, Jean had to do it. It was quite frightening.” WHAT IS LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE?Legionnaires' … [Read more...] about Man’s TUI nightmare after getting Legionnaires’ disease during luxury Turkey trip
Erdogan was visiting the top EU economy, home to three million people of Turkish descent, in what German media have described as a charm offensive. Merkel, under pressure at home for giving Erdogan the red-carpet treatment, said during a press conference there was "on both sides a joint strategic interest in good relations" despite "deep differences... especially in questions about a democratic, open society". But she stressed that continued dialogue was the best way to overcome those differences. She also vowed to keep pushing for the release of five German citizens still being held in Turkey. "I have called for these cases to be resolved as quickly as possible," Merkel said, referring to the Germans who are detained. Turkey is suffering economic turbulence aggravated by US sanctions stemming from a row with US President Donald Trump. The three-day state visit is being held under tight security as thousands were due to protest against the Turkish leader under the banner … [Read more...] about Merkel to push for release of detained Germans in Turkey as leaders vow to rebuild bridges
His message has found support in a country that has grown used to his Trump-style economic nationalism — to the despair of his critics. “This crisis is totally the fault of Erdogan, but he blames America and people believe him,” said a 70-year-old retired teacher who gave her name as Muzeyyen. “Erdogan is just like Trump — he tells people what they want to hear.” On a fixed retirement pension but facing rising food prices, she said she would save money by not buying new clothes until the economy improves. Former lawmaker Baris Yarkadaş, who is now spokesman for the opposition CHP party, said Turkey’s crisis was caused by out-of-control government spending on construction contracts that mainly benefit Erdogan’s allies. “This investment is only to make money for his family or friends,” he said. “If you look at the media, there is no sign of a crisis, but when people started to feel the crisis for themselves, Erdogan … [Read more...] about Trump tariffs, sanctions offer Erdogan excuse for Turkey’s economic woes