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  • NEW YORK— The New York Police Department is stepping up security throughout the city and encouraging vigilance over the July Fourth weekend as thousands of tourists stream into the city for festivities. The NYPD also will rely on a network of thousands of closed-circuit security cameras carpeting the roughly 1.7 square miles south of Canal Street, the subway...

  • *Tunisia caters to those seeking good value, all-inclusive. *Spain and Bulgaria offer similar holidays. BERLIN, July 3- Fearing for their safety in Tunisia after a gunman killed dozens of tourists, sun-seeking Europeans are switching to destinations such as Spain, Bulgaria or even Greece for holidays this year.

  • MADRID— Barcelona's new leftist mayor Thursday temporarily halted the issuing of new licenses for tourist accommodation while new regulations are drawn up to govern a sector some say has grown too big in recent years. Barcelona is one of Europe's top vacation destinations, receiving more than 7 million visitors annually. Located on the Mediterranean coast...

  • MUMBAI, India— Drivers of Mumbai's iconic horse-drawn carriages can't imagine not plying the roads pulling photo-snapping tourists atop their kitsch-covered chariots. Yet that time is coming, thanks to a court order calling such superfluous "joyrides" a form of animal cruelty and banning them in India's financial capital from June 2016.

  • Shoppers walk in the Myungdong shopping district in Seoul, South Korea.

    As South Korea's tourism industry reels from the recent outbreak of MERS, the government is pulling out the stops to lure visitors back into country.

  • Cuban-Americans on embassies: It's about time Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:55 PM ET
    Randy Flores at work in his family’s cigar shop, Havana on the Hudson.

    Some Cuban-Americans are saying that progress between the U.S. and Cuba is long overdue, and that embassies are a step forward.

  • FRANKFORT, Ky.— Lawyers for a Christian ministry building a Noah's ark theme park said Wednesday that Kentucky officials violated First Amendment religious protections when they denied the project a tax incentive worth millions. Answers in Genesis, developer of the 510- foot wooden ark in central Kentucky, is suing to get back into the tourism incentive...

  • The White House on Wednesday ended a long-standing ban on tourists taking photos or using social media during public tours of the building. "If you've been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign," she says, holding up a placard that states "No Photos or Social Media Allowed. Those visiting the presidential mansion on Wednesday with cameras in hand may have...

  • World's first airport resort comes to Cebu: Report Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 5:41 PM ET
    Mactan-Cebu International Airport New Passenger Terminal conceptual design

    Construction on the world's first airport resort starts this week, the Daily Mail reports.

  • *Thousands have left Tunisia since Friday attack. *Sector will lose $500 million this year, says govt. SOUSSE, Tunisia, June 30- Tunisian shopkeeper Aghmi Bubaker doesn't need to be told that he is experiencing the worst threat yet to his forty-year career in tourism- the bullet hole in his battered green Mercedes Benz is a daily reminder.

  • JUNEAU, Alaska— A federal agency installed weather cameras and took other steps in Alaska in recent years to aid the safety of sightseeing planes like the one that crashed last week and killed all nine people aboard, officials said. The locations of the webcams include Misty Fjords National Monument in southeast Alaska, where the plane operated by Promech Air...

  • BEIJING, June 30- China's trade deficit in services widened to $18.3 billion in May, as Chinese tourists continued to spend more abroad than foreigners visiting the country, the foreign exchange regulator said on Tuesday. For the first five months, China had a deficit of $76.7 billion in services trade and a surplus of $207.8 billion on trade in goods, producing a...

  • NEW YORK— Tourists on holiday in Greece offered advice to others Monday: Bring extra euros. "We were finally able to get cash out of an ATM today, thankfully, since we are running out of euros we got in the U.S.," said Anthony Adornato, a college professor from Syracuse, New York, heading from Athens to the island of Kea with three other Americans. Richard Joplin, a realtor in...

  • 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.