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  • LONDON— With its classic red phone booth, pub, and medieval church, Harmondsworth's center looks quintessentially British. Harmondsworth is under threat because London and southeastern England need more airport capacity to meet the growing demands of business travelers and tourists. Heathrow and rival Gatwick, 30 miles south of central London, have offered...

  • Protest against pickpockets shuts Eiffel Tower Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:18 PM ET
    Tourists take pictures under the rain in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

    The Eiffel Tower is closed to the public because workers are protesting a recent rise in aggressive pickpockets.

  • PARIS— The Eiffel Tower closed to the public for most of the day Friday as workers protested a rise in aggressive pickpockets around the Paris landmark that attracts thousands of visitors daily. The walkout came a day after Paris authorities announced that crime against tourists in the French capital had dropped this year thanks to reinforced police...

  • GOLETA, Calif.— Images of sticky black beaches and stories of the stink of oil from a broken coastal pipeline shouldn't force canceled plans for the vast majority of tourists planning ocean vacations in California. People who had immediate plans at two popular state-owned beaches— Refugio and El Capitan— need to make new ones, as those two spots in the immediate...

  • Honolulu mayor vetoes expanded sit-lie ban Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 5:31 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has vetoed a bill that would have expanded the city's ban on sitting and lying down on sidewalks. Caldwell has been a champion of the city's sit-lie bans, which began in Waikiki after complaints from the tourism industry and local residents and expanded to include Chinatown and other commercial areas.

  • PARIS— Authorities in Paris say crime against tourists in the city, famed for its monuments and troubled by petty theft, appears to be dropping after a reinforced police presence and increased video surveillance. In addition to an increased police presence intended to protect tourists against petty crime, Paris has overall ratcheted up security since the...

  • Greek firms making big bucks—despite the crisis Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 1:47 AM ET
    Blue-domed church in Santorini, Greece

    CNBC takes a look at those industries that are – just about – keeping Greece afloat.

  • This is the 'tremendous tourism market' for US   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 9:46 PM ET
    This is the 'tremendous tourism market' for US

    Chris Thompson, CEO of Brand USA, says the extension of visa validity for Chinese travelers is a huge driver of growth for tourist travel between the mainland and the U.S.

  • Hong Kong economy tepid as Chinese tourism weakens Friday, 15 May 2015 | 5:41 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Hong Kong's economy expanded tepidly in the first quarter as exports slumped and fewer mainland Chinese tourists visited following a backlash against their influx. Exports were "lackluster" as declines in shipments to Europe, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan outweighed growth in exports to the U.S. and some Southeast Asian markets including India grew,...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 13- Santa Monica, a prime Southern California tourist destination, has approved restrictions on short-term home rentals that will limit companies such as Airbnb, in what the city's mayor touted as model regulation for other communities to adopt. Santa Monica officials estimated about 1,700 housing units in the city were regularly rented out...

  • LONDON/ BERLIN, May 13- TUI Group, the world's largest leisure and tourism company, expects annual profit growth of more than 10 percent over the next three years and said it will retire the Thomson brand in Britain as part of its post-merger shake-up. In its first strategy update since last year's merger of London- listed TUI Travel and German owner TUI AG, the...

  • LONDON/ BERLIN, May 13- TUI Group, the world's largest leisure and tourism group, expects profit growth over the next three years to exceed 10 percent annually, as the merger that created it six months ago bears fruit. In its first strategy update since it was formed from the combination of London- listed TUI Travel and German majority- owner TUI AG, TUI said on...

  • WASHINGTON, May 11- Complaints among U.S. air travelers soared more than 55 percent in March from a year earlier, mainly due to flight problems, a federal government report said on Monday. The 53- page report by the U.S. Transportation Department recorded 1,733 complaints about U.S. and airlines, travel agents and tour operators for the month, which reflects the...

  • How Airbnb plans to avoid more horror stories: CEO Monday, 11 May 2015 | 1:36 PM ET
    Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO

    Airbnb's Brian Chesky explains what measures the company is taking to protect hosts' homes.

  • Airbnb makes its move into Cuba   Monday, 11 May 2015 | 11:33 AM ET
    Airbnb makes its move into Cuba

    Brian Chesky, CEO & co-founder of Airbnb, discusses fostering the entrepreneurial spirit, and the road to 1.2 million homes on its websites. Airbnb found the company brought $1.15 billion to New York City in 2014.

  • Uganda's 'oil rush' town stuck in the slow lane Sunday, 10 May 2015 | 5:00 AM ET

    *'Oil town' property prices soar as boom takes hold. HOIMA, Uganda, May 10- Before the discovery of large amounts of oil in Lake Albert, Hoima was a forlorn and remote town in Western Uganda, whose main sources of income were farming and the trickle of tourists heading to nearby national parks. "Everybody in the country and the region is looking at Hoima," said Betty...

  • *'Oil town' property prices soar as boom takes hold. HOIMA, Uganda, May 10- Before the discovery of large amounts of oil in Lake Albert, Hoima was a forlorn and remote town in Western Uganda, whose main sources of income were farming and the trickle of tourists heading to nearby national parks. "Everybody in the country and the region is looking at Hoima," said Betty...

  • Economic impact of Airbnb services   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 11:18 AM ET
    Economic impact of Airbnb services

    Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb co-founder, discusses growth and valuation of the company.

  • NAIROBI, April 29- Kenya's economic growth eased to 5.3 percent in 2014 as tourism fell and agricultural output slowed, but should pick up this year, a minister said on Wednesday. Waiguru said an improving global economy, helped by lower oil prices, would help Kenya's economy. "This is expected to impact positively on Kenya's economic growth," she said, adding any...

  • NEW YORK, April 28- A night of arson and looting in Baltimore has shaken the confidence of people running businesses beyond the areas hardest hit. While Baltimore's unemployment rate is higher than the national average and it is lagging in per capita income, the city government's budget is stable, it has a diverse business sector, elite universities and medical...