AP: On a recent sunny morning in northern Afghanistan, excited children and bemused policemen lined the banks of a fast-flowing river to watch a group of Europeans in multi-coloured kayaks navigate the white water. A drone-mounted camera also followed the kayakers’ progress, buzzing and hovering above them like a mosquito. Click here to read more
Khaama Press: A group of young Afghan girls is working to produce a mobile phone application in a bid to help the foreign nationals visiting the country for tourism. The latest attempt by the young Afghan girls comes as several Afghan youths are busy to achieve breakthroughs in technology defying the threats posed by terrorism. Click here
Tolo News: Marking World Tourism Day, the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) said on Tuesday that despite a five percent drop in the number of foreign tourists to Afghanistan, due to insecurity, the sector had generated an annual income of almost one billion Afghanis. MoIC spokesman Harun Hakimi said foreign tourists can travel to 12 provinces
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 5, 2016 The Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) has said that it will ground Safi Airways, one of the country’s major airlines, for failing to pay taxes amounting to 1.6 billion afghanis ($16.7 million). “On September 6, all domestic flights, and on September 8 all international flights are suspended,” ACAA
Khaama Press: The operations of a major airline in Afghanistan, Safi Airways, was suspended due to a large outstanding debt and taxes payable by the airline, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) said Sunday. Click here to read more (external link).
Ayaz Gul VOA News August 31, 2016 ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Pakistan will reopen a southwestern border crossing with Afghanistan for routine traffic on Thursday after days of closure, stranding thousands of travelers and trade convoys on both sides, officials said. The Chaman border facility was closed about two weeks ago when Afghans staged an anti-Pakistan demonstration
Tolo News: In a recent policy shift, India’s traditional rival Pakistan has slapped new sanctions on Afghan nationals who have an Indian visa in their passports. On Tuesday, director of Hamid Karzai International Airport, Jabbarkhail said that over the past few days Pakistan has deported or banned entry to at least ten Afghans after finding Indian visas
Business Insider: New York City, Paris, Hollywood, Afghanistan? That’s what some tourists are considering when it comes to making their next sightseeing trip. Even though the US State Department has issued a travel warning to the country, the tourism business in Afghanistan is an active industry for those brave enough to go. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: The flow of foreign tourists into Afghanistan has dropped dramatically this year amid security threats and insurgency, said Noor Mohammad Hassankhail, head of the Afghan tourism board. Rising violence and ongoing security threats have had a negative impact on the economy in terms of tourism, particularly regarding the vast array of historical sites and monuments
Stuff.co.nz: Christopher Foulkes expected to stay in Kabul for five weeks but a year and a half later, he’s still there. Most people see Afghanistan as a war zone. But even from behind bullet-proof glass, Christopher Foulkes sees the most beautiful country in the world. Click here to read more (external link).