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  • EU bans investment in Crimean, targets tourism Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union has imposed a ban on investment in Crimea, and other economic sanctions including measures aimed at keeping tourists away. The new measures on investment, services and trade, announced Thursday, beef up the EU's previous sanctions taken in response to Russia's annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine in March.

  • US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday of plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba doesn't suddenly lift the ban on U.S. tourism. "Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean, so there's some exciting possibilities," said Roger Frizzell, spokesman for Carnival Corp. He said "some...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 17- The billionaire behind shopping mall developer Dalian Wanda says China's era of rapid urbanisation will end within a decade, so he is speeding up his company's shift toward tourism and entertainment after a $3.7 billion initial public offering. Wang Jianlin became China's fourth-richest man in part by following the migration of 300 million...

  • Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress. The travel and tourism industry won a six-year renewal of the Corporation for Travel Promotion, or Brand USA, to promote tourism in the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 15- Investors are snapping up Japanese stocks in the retail and transportation sectors, thanks to a weaker yen that has lured a record number of foreign visitors in one of the few bright spots for the economy. The yen has tumbled to seven-year lows making Japan cheaper for tourists and helping companies that cater to tourists such as railway operators...

  • WARSAW, Dec 14- Poland's next big European-funded airport project is at Szymany, a remote airfield which the CIA used just over a decade ago to transport al Qaeda suspects to a secret interrogation centre it ran in Poland. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, was probably among detainees who landed at the airfield en route to the...

  • Hawaii envisions presidential library on the beach Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:21 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii hopes it has an offer Honolulu- born President Barack Obama won't be able to turn down. Hawaii officials predicted Thursday that the prime 8- acre spot on a rocky shoreline between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, combined with the state's many tourists, would make the facility one of the nation's most heavily visited presidential centers.

  • Newest top-ranked tourist destination is...Queens? Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:43 PM ET
    An elevated subway in Queens, with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

    New York City's largest borough by area won the top spot in Lonely Planet's annual ranking of best places in the U.S. to visit.

  • EU considers tightening ban on energy, tourism in Crimea Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Dec 10- The European Union is considering widening its ban on investment in Crimea to include barring the sale of technology used for oil and gas exploration and stopping EU firms running tourist businesses there, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. The proposals, being worked on by EU officials, would also ban EU citizens from buying or...

  • Art, commerce battle over soul of London's Soho Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 2:32 AM ET

    LONDON— Madame Jojo's is dead, but the risque London institution is not passing quietly. As soaring London property prices fill once-scruffy areas with glass condos and office buildings, protesters including actor Benedict Cumberbatch are rallying to try to stop Soho going the way of New York's Times Square, a tourist playground with the rough edges removed.

  • New Las Vegas tourism ad features Imagine Dragons Saturday, 6 Dec 2014 | 11:09 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— The latest' What Happens Here, Stays Here' Las Vegas ad campaign features a familiar musical act from, well, right here. The creative crew for R&R tasked with keeping the ad campaign fresh, had their idea: two ads, one with a man, the other a woman, who both crisscross through Las Vegas scenes running into each other pool-side, or amid a fire-breathing variety act,...

  • Mismanagement allegations at Pearl Harbor memorial Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii— The USS Arizona is one of the nation's most hallowed sites, an underwater grave for more than 900 sailors and Marines killed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and sank their ship in 1941.. An internal report from the National Park Service, which operates a visitors' center for a memorial at the battleship, said tour companies sold tickets with the...

  • Online booking in Eastern Europe  Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 4:20 AM ET

    Jozsef Szigetvari, CEO of online booking company Szallas.hu, focuses on local, domestic tourism in Eastern Europe, which he sees as a growth area.

  • Your lost bags go to this Alabama store Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 6:21 PM ET

    It is a secondhand store, one of a kind. A spokeswoman estimated annual traffic at nearly a million, from every state and at least 40 countries.

  • Amazon reportedly getting into travel business  Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    Amazon has reportedly been working with hotels and resorts to start a new travel department, and the New York Post reports Amazon will roll out a new ad supported streaming service. Kara Swisher, Re/code co-executive editor, weighs in.

  • Vail Resorts expects big spending  Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    Discussing how the holiday ski season is setting up already, with Rob Katz, Vail Resorts Chairman and CEO.

  • Dubai's police supercars can be seen patrolling the streets of the emirate. Here's how law enforcement deals with tourists who break the law.

  • Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Tourism, says the country wants to welcome everyone, but visitors need to be mindful of the laws and cultural traditions.

  • How Dubai weathered the 2009 crisis  Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Dubai was hit hard by the global economic crisis in 2009 with major projects halted, but the emirate has since bounced back with tourist numbers set to boom.

  • How Dubai lures tourist to its luxury paradise  Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Once a desert emirate, Dubai has transformed itself into one of the world's top luxury holiday hotspots. But how has it been able to transform?