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Caught In The Extended Stay Motel Trap

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Tourists walk along a beach in Malay town, on the Philippine island Boracay, last week. President Duterte's decision to close Boracay has rocked the island. The Philippines is set to deploy hundreds of riot police to keep travelers out and head off potential protests before its six-month closure to tourists. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Philippines Shuts Down A Popular Tourist Island, Residents Fear For Their Future

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Trunk Bay on St. John. The U.S. Virgin Islands were hit hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Tourism — a large part of the economy — declined as a result, but people are starting to return. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Visitors Slowly Returning To Virgin Islands After Hurricanes' Destruction

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Two people swim at a beach in Vieques, Puerto Rico. One of the bays on the island is famous for its bioluminescent plankton, which are slowly recovering after Hurricane Maria. Ricardo Arduengo for NPR hide caption

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After Maria, One Of The World's Best Bioluminescent Bays Slowly Begins To Glow Again

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Wat Arun or the "Temple of Dawn" is a Buddhist temple on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. It is one of the best known of Bangkok landmarks and often used as the icon for the city. John S Lander/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Tourists stay at a halal-friendly hotel in Bukit Tinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Three Indonesian provinces have been officially listed as halal tourist destinations by Indonesia's Tourism Ministry, in a bid to increase the number of Muslim travelers from Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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To get to Civita, one must take a long, winding footbridge from the neighboring town of Bagnoregio. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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In Italy, A Medieval Town Confronts A Double Threat — Erosion And Too Many Tourists

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The first lady, born Melanija Knavs, is from the town of Sevnica in central Slovenia. Before 2016, it was known for its underwear factory, salami festival and sport fishing. "Melania put us on the world map," says Mayor Srecko Ocvirk, who has helped lead a Melania-themed campaign to attract more tourists here. Joanna Kakissis for NPR hide caption

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For Melania Trump's Slovenian Hometown, First Lady's Fame Is Good For Business

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The steps of Florence's Basilica of Santa Croce are a popular gathering spot for tourists visiting the historic Italian city. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The China-Korea Friendship Bridge crosses the Yalu River from Dandong into North Korea. Seventy percent of North Korea's trade passes over the bridge. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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A Chinese Border City Gives Tourists A Glimpse Of Life In North Korea

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Tourists take pictures in front of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church. The city of 1.6 million gets more than 30 million tourists a year. Manu Fernandez/AP hide caption

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For Barcelona, Tourism Boom Comes At High Cost

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Robert Ley (center), head of the German Labor Front, visits Ruegen in 1936. ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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Along Germany's Coast, A Nazi Resort Becomes An Upscale Destination

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Despite cloudy weather, beaches are packed in Brighton, England. With airfares rising and the British pound down after the Brexit vote, some Britons are vacationing closer to home. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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For Post-Brexit British Vacationers, Staying Home Now Seems Appealing

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Passengers aboard the Lady Michigan peering through its glass bottom in hopes of spotting one of the area's many shipwrecks. Veronica Volk/WXXI hide caption

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In Lake Huron, Underwater Treasures And A Marine Sanctuary Boost Tourism Industry

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Kidlington is home to a number of 17th century cottages near its medieval church. This is the most historic part of the village, but it's not where the tourists went. Instead, tour buses dropped them off in a residential area built in the 1960s and '70s. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Why Did Busloads Of Asian Tourists Suddenly Arrive In This English Village?

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