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  • ATHENS, June 29- Greece, at pains to protect one of the economy's only bright spots, rushed on Monday to assure tourists that their holidays would be untouched by the restrictions imposed to protect the tottering banking system. But it stressed that credit or debit cards issued abroad would be unaffected by a 60 euro per day limit on withdrawals from cash machines--...

  • DUBAI, June 29- An assault on a Tunisian resort, which killed 39 people, has sent holidaymakers fleeing and dealt a major blow to the country's tourism industry, but the broader economy should be robust enough to withstand the shock. European tour operators are evacuating thousands of tourists after Friday's attack by a lone militant on a beach in Sousse and many...

  • Greece still banking with tourists Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Greece still banking with tourists

    Greece tells visitors from other countries they can make transactions and ATM withdrawals despite its bank shutdown.

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A team of aviation investigators has been working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight cruise ship passengers and the aircraft's pilot. Seven investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board made it to the crash site on Saturday morning and are...

  • ATHENS, Greece— The latest news on Greece's financial woes as it closes its banks and limits money withdrawals:. Osborne said several thousand Britons who live in Greece but receive British pensions would continue to get their payments. He said British tourists who go to Greece should take more euros than usual.

  • *Creditors want Greece to raise VAT rates. PAROS, Greece, June 28- Alexis Kalaitzoglou makes a swift gesture to describe what he thinks about Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: the shopkeeper on this busy tourist island pulls his leg back and swings it forward as if to give Greece's leader a good kicking. A rise in consumer taxes on the islands' goods and services is one of...

  • In Seattle, still 'Sleepless'—yet raking in cash Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger and Tom Hanks, left to right, in a scene from the film “Sleepless in Seattle.”

    "Sleepless in Seattle" is a goldmine for tours and shop owners, contributing to the nearly $5 billion the city generates in travel spending yearly.

  • Greek tourism draws line in the sand over tax hikes Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 | 9:21 AM ET

    PAROS, Greece, June 28- Alexis Kalaitzoglou makes a swift gesture to describe what he thinks about Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: the shopkeeper of this busy tourist island pulls his leg back and swings it forward as if to give Greece's leader a good kicking. A rise in consumer taxes on Greek islands' goods and services such as the ones Kalaitzoglou sells is one of...

  • North Korea cracks down on porn-smuggling tourists Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 11:46 AM ET
    A teacher watches over his students at a computer class Pyongyang, North Korea.

    North Korea has warned foreigners living in Pyongyang not to share outside media on memory sticks with its citizens.

  • Bygone HK theme park comes back from the dead Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 7:55 PM ET

    Eighteen years after its closure, Lai Yuen Amusement Park - a nostalgic symbol of childhood for many Hong Kongers - will make a flash comeback.

  • What Greek turmoil? Tourists still flocking there Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Tourists visit Acropolis Hill in Athens, June 23, 2015.

    Despite fears of Greece possibly leaving the euro zone, the country's tourism industry has stayed healthy.

  • PARIS— French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem. Travelers going to and from the airport were forced to walk alongside highways...

  • South Korea cuts growth forecast as MERS saps spending Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:32 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea's finance ministry said Thursday that economic growth will slow this year as the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome saps spending and tourism. The ministry cut its forecast for South Korea's growth to 3.1 percent from 3.8 percent. The outbreak that began last month is having a bigger effect on South Korea's economy...

  • South Korea cuts growth forecast as MERS saps spending Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 10:56 PM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea's finance ministry said Thursday that economic growth will slow this year as the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome saps spending and tourism. The ministry cut its forecast for South Korea's growth to 3.1 percent from 3.8 percent. The outbreak that began last month is having a bigger effect on South Korea's economy...

  • Cuba's popularity concerns Caribbean tourism officials Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:18 PM ET

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Caribbean tourism officials are pushing for a partnership with the U.S. government because of concerns that warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba will result in a significant loss of visitors to the rest of the region. The plan would be modeled on the Caribbean Basin Initiative, a U.S.-led program in the 1980 s that sought to boost trade...

  • Developing retail in the Middle East Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 5:20 AM ET
    Developing retail in the Middle East

    Ken Himmel, co-managing partner at Gulf Related, and president & CEO at Related Urban, discusses consumer spending in the Middle East.

  • Chinese dump Korea, pick Japan, on MERS fears Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 7:02 PM ET

    South Korea, the top international destination for mainland tourists last year, may experience a shift in fortunes as an outbreak of MERS forces tourists to Japan.

  • Sicilian town hopes free homes lead to commerce Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 5:27 PM ET
    The historic center of Gangi, a Sicilian town whose local administration is giving away abandoned houses.

    Gangi, a town in Sicily, is giving away older homes for free, but requiring the new to owner renovate the building, NYT reports.

  • Athens tourists feel potholes, not cash worries Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    ATHENS, June 22- Tourists exploring the antique sites of Athens on Monday said they weren't sufficiently worried about Greece's debt crisis to stock up on extra money, despite warnings by some travel groups that bank dispensing machines could shut. Greece is locked in last-ditch talks with its creditors in Brussels for an urgently-needed aid deal to avoid a...

  • LONDON/ MUNICH, June 19- An escalating debt crisis that may force Greece's banks to shut next week has only slightly dented tourists' appetite for island holidays in the country, with advance demand for package tours still robust, travel operators said this week. Europeans make up the lion's share of visitors to Greece, with Britons and Germans accounting for 20...