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Travelers are spending more money on a quest for something authentic. "It's almost like there's no wild places anymore," said one industry spokesman.
OAKLAND, Calif.— Oakland tourism officials are spending $195,000 to try to shed the city's reputation for crime and blight to attract more visitors. Visit Oakland, the city's tourism bureau, spent a year researching how to change Oakland's image. The bureau says about 2.5 million people visited Oakland last year.
Panos Paleologos, founder and CEO of HotelBrain, says that during the crisis, the Greek tourism market sought to improve itself, and discusses the outlook for the sector in 2014.
The peer-to-peer home rental company hopes to start collecting New York hotel taxes by July 1.
*Sees positive growth in HK, Macau stores sales in coming year. *Says decline in Jan-Mar quarter sales in HK, Macau due to high comparison in 2013.
An iOS app uses a mathematical model to help flyers reprogram their circadian rhythm faster than going it alone.
FRANKFORT, Ky.— A Kentucky panel has approved more than $8.5 million in state tax incentives for a Newport hotel and a Frankfort distillery. The Kentucky Tourism Development Authority approved $8 million in incentives for a planned $33 million, 150- room hotel in Newport.
AirAsia is closing in on a partner for a Japan comeback after it pulled out of its money-losing venture there last year, CEO Tony Fernandes said.
A 5-star hotel will be built in a Ferrari theme park along with rides including the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe.
NEW YORK— Hotels advertise "bleisure" packages. The Thai Tourism Authority is promoting "honeyteering." But they do "come in handy in a business sector where there's often a need to come up with clever marketing spin," said Ben Zimmer, executive producer of Vocabulary.com and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal. "
The bill would ban using orcas in shows, a mainstay of the SeaWorld theme parks, and would also outlaw domestic breeding of the whales.
After more than 100,000 flights were canceled this winter, business travelers are returning to the road.
Within the first three months of 2014 alone, there were more U.S. tourists to the island than in all of 2013 from England, Germany or France, according to a report by the U.S.-based Havana Consulting Group provided to The Associated Press.
LAS VEGAS— Car rental companies hoping to attract wealthy travelers and tourists on a splurge are adding exotic cars alongside practical Toyotas and Fords. Hertz launched its line of Dream Cars last summer in 35 locations, while Enterprise offers its Exotic Car Collection at 13 sites and plans to open two more later this spring.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia— The spectacular temples of Cambodia's Angkor civilization have been incorporated into Google's Street View, a boost to the impoverished country's tourism industry that also adds urgency to efforts to preserve the sprawling historic site.
For about $15 per bag, luggage-wrapping companies encase suitcases in multiple layers of Saran Wrap-like plastic to protect travelers' valuables.
Malaysia's economy may take a hit as tourists avoid the country in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines' flight 370.
Tourist are more savvy than they used to be and demand the best technology, even atop some of the world's tallest buildings.
What you have now is a much more entrepreneurial spirit, say Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans mayor, discussing the revitalization of the Big Easy.
The Blackstone Group plans to reduce its ownership in SeaWorld to 25 percent. In December it was as high as 63 percent.