Turkey is returning as a popular holiday destination for Germans. Booking numbers for January up by 50%. The world's largest travel trade show ITB Berlin reveals tourism is still a booming industry.
2018 broke all the records: more people than ever spent their holidays in Germany. Among the visitors from abroad, nearly three quarters of overnight stays were by other Europeans.
Speaking ahead of the world's largest tourism fair, ITB Berlin, Malaysia's tourism minister made the claim after being asked whether Malaysia welcomed gays and Jews. Malaysia hopes to see 30 million visitors in 2019.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has threatened to arrest German "terrorists" and "traitors" at airports. In response, the German government reiterated warnings about travel to Turkey.
In Bulgaria, parts of the former Eastern Bloc barrier are still standing, now weathered and overgrown. It was here that East Berliner Hendrik Voigtländer tried to escape to the West — but it didn't end well.
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