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  • Record number of tourists visiting Florida Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 7:50 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida had a record number of visitors during this past spring. Rick Scott will announce Tuesday that 24 million tourists visited the state during the second quarter of 2014.. Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing arm, estimates that the record number includes 2.8 million visitors from overseas and 1 million Canadians.

  • 'Ghosts' make a mess of squeaky clean Singapore Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:28 PM ET

    For one month every year, Singapore takes a hiatus from its squeaky clean reputation to feed the hungry ghosts during the annual Chinese festival.

  • Halal tourism takes off in Japan Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 6:23 PM ET
    A barbecue restaurant which serves Halal certified food in Tokyo, Japan.

    Japan's courting of Muslim tourists has led to a wave of Halal food and Muslim-friendly amenities sprouting in the land of the rising sun.

  • New Alaska boomtime fueled by tourism Saturday, 16 Aug 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    A cruise ship in the  Stephens Passage, Alaska at sunset.

    Alaska is setting tourism records due in part due to improved air service and cruise access to the Northwest Passage.

  • After stock hit, SeaWorld plans new orca tanks Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:15 PM ET
    Following protests, SeaWorld said it will build new killer whale environments at its marine parks.

    Following protests, orcas in San Diego will get a new 10-million gallon killer whale environment, SeaWorld officials said.

  • The end of an era for roller coaster riders Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 10:30 AM ET
    Six Flags Colossus Roller Coaster.

    Once the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the world, the Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain is being retired.

  • ‘Bucket list' trip: The Panama Canal turns 100 Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 10:29 AM ET
    A cruise ship in the Panama Canal

    On its centennial, cruisers are still flocking to make the 8–10 hour trip between oceans.

  • HK economy slows as China tourists spend less Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 5:35 AM ET

    HONG KONG— Hong Kong cut its forecast for the economy on Friday after quarterly growth fell to its lowest in nearly two years on a sharp drop in spending by Chinese tourists. The southern Chinese financial center's economy expanded a "mere" 1.8 percent in the April-June quarter over the year before, the government said.

  • Who are the biggest vacation fibbers?     Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 10:54 PM ET

    A new survey reveals that Chinese holidaymakers are the most likely to exaggerate their travel experiences upon reaching home. CNBC's Street Signs Asia team discuss.

  • Times Square warnings cut into characters' tips Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 1:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Bright red police leaflets warning Times Square tourists that photos with costumed characters are free, and tipping is optional, are taking a bite out of the bottom line for the many Elmos, Mickey Mouses, SpongeBobs and Statues of Liberty who dress up to help make ends meet.

  • Foreign tourism to Mexico grows 19.6 percent Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 9:48 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Mexico's central bank says the country's international tourism grew 19.6 percent in the first six months of 2014, compared to the same period last year. The Bank of Mexico says in a statement Tuesday that 14.2 million foreigners visited Mexico between January and June and spent $8.4 billion.

  • New road makes trip to Grand Canyon Skywalk faster Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 6:09 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Officials from the Hualapai Tribe gathered Tuesday for a ceremonial grand opening of a road that had been a major headache for tourists headed to the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

  • Trivago ads cashing in with 'creepy' TV pitchman Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 9:54 AM ET
    Tim Williams

    A metasearch travel website is expanding its audience with an offbeat ad campaign, Skift reports.

  • PARIS, Aug 12- France kept its title as the world's top tourist destination in 2013, drawing nearly 85 million visitors despite a lackluster economic situation as Chinese interest intensified and North Americans surged back to the country.

  • New airline's growing pains leave fliers stranded Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 2:42 PM ET
    PEOPLExpress airlines.

    More than 80 passengers were stuck in Pittsburgh after a 'perfect storm' left the airline without a pilot or first officer.

  • Big ships can't sail past Venice's main piazza Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 3:57 PM ET

    ROME— Italy has moved ahead with plans to block big cruise ships from sailing past Venice's historic center, authorizing an environmental study for an alternate route that it hopes will still satisfy the city's key tourism industry. Cruise ships currently can pass within 300 meters of Venice's iconic St.

  • Kids on planes ... with clowns and nannies Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 9:58 AM ET
    A clown is part of the cabin crew on select El Al flights from Tel Aviv to New York and other cities this summer.

    El Al Airlines has added a clown to the cabin crew of select long-haul flights to keep kids entertained. Other carriers have nannies.

  • Ban is sought on Hudson River helicopter tours Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    HOBOKEN, N.J.— Tourists who want a bird's-eye view of the New York City skyline might be out of luck. Robert Menendez of New Jersey joined local officials from both sides of the Hudson River in Hoboken on Friday to call for a ban on tourist helicopter flights.

  • With volatility and geopolitical risks picking up this summer, some in the financial markets are questioning whether to put vacation plans on hold.

  • Hawaii rattled by quake as hurricanes near Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 1:06 PM ET
    Satellite map of two hurricanes barreling down on the Hawaii'n Islands on Aug. 5, 2014.

    The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.3 earthquake has rattled Hawaii's Big Island, as two hurricanes rumbled toward the islands.