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  • BANGKOK, March 31- The Thai central bank's private consumption index crept up in February, but it said economic recovery continued to be slow and was being driven mainly by the return of tourists. On Tuesday, the Bank of Thailand released a raft of economic indicators that showed consumption and investment remain weak 10 months after the army seized power to end...

  • PETRA, Jordan— It's high season in Petra, an ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan's biggest tourist draw. Petra's slump is part of a sharp decline in tourism as Jordan's economy pays a price for regional turbulence and its high-profile role in the U.S.-led battle against Islamic State militants next door. Jordan's involvement in the...

  • Hong Kong retail rents drop as Chinese shoppers stop Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 7:30 PM ET

    HONG KONG, March 30- A drop in Chinese tourist numbers is driving down shop rentals in Hong Kong, with vacancies increasing in the same prime areas that just three years ago pipped New York's Fifth Avenue to become the world's most expensive retail real estate. Spooked by months of cross-border tensions and pro-democracy protests, tour groups visiting Hong Kong...

  • Jack and Sandra Looney sure hope so. "The Coal Miner's Blood sells more than any of them," Jack Looney says of the sweet red. Seco, like so many Central Appalachian communities, owes its existence to coal— its very name an acronym for South East Coal Company.

  • Business travellers spend $611 here per day! Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 6:40 AM ET

    Most will admit that business travel never comes cheap. U.S. domestic trips cost $990 (2014), yet these prices pale in comparison to this city.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 26- A bill to create two casino gambling "destination resorts" in south Florida divided the Republican-controlled statehouse on Thursday, with the expansion of craps, slot machines and high-stakes gaming opposed by family-oriented tourist attractions. Proponents argue that Florida is losing billions in tourism revenue to Caribbean...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico is preparing to welcome the world's two largest cruise ships for the first time next year. The executive director of the island's Tourism Company says Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas will bring an estimated 60,000 passengers to San Juan in 2016. Next year's visits are expected to generate an estimated...

  • VICTORIA, March 26- The Seychelles' economy is seen growing by 3.5 percent this year from an estimated 3.3 percent in 2014, helped by a recovery in tourism, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. "Although the weak euro is putting some pressure on yields, tourism arrivals are rising moderately, and growth is projected at 3.5 percent, higher than...

  • 3 Chinese killed in bus crash on Thai island of Phuket Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 5:25 AM ET

    BANGKOK— A tour bus carrying Chinese tourists plunged off a road on the popular Thai resort island of Phuket on Wednesday, killing three and injuring 16, police said. He said it was on its way from Phuket's Kata beach to Phang Nga province, another popular beach destination in southern Thailand. Phuket is a popular destination among Thai and foreign tourists.

  • Critics worry firing squad law will tarnish Utah's image Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 2:44 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— Utah lawmakers say they took a pragmatic approach in approving the firing squad as a form of execution if lethal-injection drugs aren't available. But critics say bringing back the firing squad in Utah— the only state to use the method in the past 40 years— could tarnish the state's image with visitors. Tourism is big business in Utah, home to...

  • Atlantic City leaders aim to stave off bankruptcy Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 4:50 PM ET
    Several bank owned lots are for sale next door to the shuttered Revel casino on the north end of the boardwalk. Locals are pinning their hopes on Mayor Don Guardian as Atlantic City suffers through a run of casino closings.

    A report by a turnaround team tasked with reviving Atlantic City said possible options would be to cut costs and jobs.

  • Russia to resume space tourism in 2018 Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 5:32 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia officials say they will resume space tourism in 2018 after years of sending into space only professional cosmonauts and astronauts. Russia had sent seven paying guests to the International Space Station since 2001 before curtailing the program in 2009. Sending a tourist has been all but impossible since 2011 when the United States shut down...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— New Hampshire's tourism website was inaccessible for less than an hour Monday due to a cyberattack against an outside server. The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development says the company that hosts visitnh.gov experienced a "distributed denial of service" attack on servers at one of its datacenters. Maine's government website was also...

  • YASMIN HAMMAMET, Tunisia, March 23- The European visitors strolling Tunisia's Hammamet resort are an encouraging sign for a government determined to minimise the fallout of last week's shooting of 20 tourists in the nearby capital. Japanese, Spanish, Italian and Colombian tourists were among the victims when at least two gunmen opened fire on their buses as...

  • Monkey menace in India   Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 1:51 PM ET
    Monkey menace in India

    Agra, India, is being overrun by monkeys, reports CNBC's Tyler Mathisen.

  • Tourists flocking to Cuba 'before the Americans come' Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 12:40 AM ET

    HAVANA— Bookings to Cuba jumped 57 percent for one New York tour operator in the weeks after Washington said it would renew ties with Havana. The boom is just one sign that the rush is on to see Cuba now— before, as many predict, McDonald's claims a spot in Old Havana and Starbucks moves in on Cubita, the island's premium coffee brand. "Cuba has a very authentic atmosphere...

  • The 64- year-old woman spends much of her meager pension of 150 lari a month on medicine and has long lived off selling cheap jewelry at a flea market to tourists, mainly from Russia and Ukraine. "There were some signs of life in January, when suddenly some tourists from Russia, Ukraine and Poland appeared, but since then it's been a complete catastrophe," said...

  • March 20- Tiffany& Co's quarterly sales fell for the first time in five years and are expected to decline further as a strong dollar not only keeps tourists away from its flagship New York jewelry store but also reduces the value of sales overseas. Sales outside the United States account for roughly half of Tiffany's total revenue, while tourists have...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Threatened with extinction but with no one having yet told it to stop, the organization that promotes Atlantic City to other parts of the country has a new campaign touting the seaside resort's entertainment offerings. And so, on April 1, the group will launch a promotional campaign on social media and other venues dubbing Atlantic City the "...

  • New York- based Tiffany in January had cut its profit forecast for the year, saying the stronger dollar not only reduced the value of sales outside the United States, but also hurt sales to tourists in the country. Tourists spend more than $200 billion annually in the United States, but growth in 2015 is expected to decelerate as would-be visitors balk at the...