TOKYO, Oct 1- While Japanese retailers struggle to cope with the burden of a sales tax hike, discount store operator Don Quijote Holdings aims to extend its 25- year run of rising profits by taking a different approach: turning Japan into a tourist mecca.» Read More
SALT LAKE CITY— Utah's reputation as a mecca for outdoor recreation helped to deliver more than $1 billion in tourist-generated tax revenue last year, according to the state tourism director. "It's like Utah is being discovered."
*Hong Kong August retail sales rebound, up 3.4 pct y/y. HONG KONG, Sept 29- Increasing civil unrest in Hong Kong is scaring off Chinese tourists, heaping further pressure on retailers which are already grappling with a protracted slowdown in sales.
HONG KONG, Sept 29- Increasing civil unrest in Hong Kong is scaring off Chinese tourists, heaping further pressure on retailers which are already grappling with a protracted slowdown in sales.
JERUSALEM— It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50- day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake. Israel and Hamas signed a cease-fire on Aug. 26.
A campaign to encourage more people to tip housekeeping may provide an opening for more mandatory hotel fees.
HAVANA— Cuba's state-run tourism industry is increasingly doing business with the country's new class of private entrepreneurs, trying to improve quality of food and lodging while maintaining a grip on the sector's biggest sources of foreign exchange.
Fewer than 10,000 workers could get the new minimum raise adopted by the Los Angeles City Council.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii— An economist addressing a Hawaii County economic forum sees positive signs for the Big Island. Tourism is Jack Suyderhoud at the 40th annual First Hawaiian Bank event flourishing in Kohala on the island's northwest side, said. Visitors to the Big Island in general are not big spenders, he said.
In a preview of CNBC's luxury travel program "First Class", Susan Li discovers a hidden gem in Singapore's nightlife scene.
BANGKOK— Thailand will install more surveillance cameras and better lighting in major tourist areas after two British tourists were killed last week on a resort island, a senior government official said Thursday.
In this preview of CNBC's new luxury travel show "First Class", Susan Li checks out Singapore's Formula One street circuit in an Ultimate Drive supercar.
*France rejected negotiation over Iraq intervention. ALGIERS, Sept 24- Algerian militants have beheaded French tourist Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday in what the group said was a response to France's action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
Malaysia Airlines can't seem to catch a break, as even Air France's nine-day old strike doesn't appear to be sending many passengers its way.
Singapore's casinos opened their doors in 2010 with great expectations for the market's potential growth, but some believe the party may be over.
As hotels prices rise through fall, travelers are expected to hit the road, lured by new hotels, Ferrari driving packages and upgraded attractions.
Justin Fung, CEO of Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort, says the firm's $8 billion mega-resort and casino will be a game-changer for Cairns' tourism industry.
CNBC's Matthew Taylor looks at the tourism industry in Australia's Cairns, which is home to the Great Barrier Reef and generates more than $2 billion a year.
EDINBURGH, Sept 18- Scotland's independence vote is too close to call, but the owners of hotels, pubs and restaurants are already jubilant as thousands of journalists and tourists descended on the ancient streets of Edinburgh.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 17- Boeing Co's proposal to develop a so-called space taxi for NASA astronauts includes a seat for paying tourists to fly to the International Space Station, the company's program manager said on Wednesday, a first for a U.S. space program.
Sept 17- Two years after it began flying tourists over the Grand Canyon, Air Methods Corp is looking to expand its U.S. travel business as a lucrative sideline to its air ambulance services. Chief Executive Aaron Todd, however, expects tourism to be a significant driver of revenue for Air Methods as U.S. consumer confidence returns.