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Florida

Chili Cook-off events canceled

Next month’s 10th annual Indian River County Firefighters Chili Cook-off and the Florida Bacon & Garlic Festival, which were featured on the Miami Herald Travel section’s Destinations page on Oct. 13, have been canceled. The events were to run Nov. 8-10 at the Indian River County Fairgrounds in Vero Beach.

Washington

White House

tours to resume

Public tours of the White House, canceled earlier this year because of budget cuts, are resuming next month on a limited basis.

The self-guided tours of the ground floor, first floor and East Wing of the White House are to resume Nov. 5 and continue through Jan. 15. Tours will be allowed an average of three days a week, down from five, said the Secret Service, which is responsible for White House security.

The White House scrapped the tours after mandatory budget cuts took effect in March. The cuts, known as sequestration, affected many government departments and agencies, including the Secret Service, which then told the White House its options included cutting the tours or furloughing officers as a result. Uniformed Secret Service officers are stationed in rooms along the tour to provide security and help tourists.

Iran

Visa rules eased, but not for U.S.

Iran will issue instant visa for the tourists at the country’s airports, the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) said last week.

“The move aims at attracting more tourists from all around the world especially the neighboring countries and the Southeast Asian states like China,” the IRNA News Agency quoted Mohammad-Ali Najafi as saying.

Najafi, however, said that the rule does not apply to the citizens of 10 countries, including Great Britain, the United States, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Afshin Azizi, a member of the country’s Tour Leaders Society said foreign tourists have been more interested in visiting Iran since the June 14 election. The foreign tourists were mainly from India, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Air Shows

Blue Angels

To return

The Navy’s daredevil fighter jet pilots, the Blue Angels, are set to return to the skies above air shows nationwide in 2014. The Navy has announced that the popular flight demonstration team will have a full schedule for the 2014 season.

The team suspended its 2013 performance schedule this spring after forced federal spending cuts.

Airlines

New Service

Qatar Airways has announced it will begin service to Miami, its sixth U.S. destination, beginning June 10. The airline will offer non-stop flights from its hub in Doha four-times per week aboard a Boeing 777.

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