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  • Detention sought for Korean Air exec in nut case Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    South Korean prosecutors requested a detention warrant for a former Korean Air Lines executive who delayed a flight because she was unhappy over nuts.

  • Chinese tourists to bring smiles back to Thailand Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 5:49 PM ET
    Chinese tourists pose for a pictures with a tiger at Tiger Kingdom in Mae Rim, Thailand

    Political unrest kept tourists away from Thailand for much of this year, but a surge in Chinese travelers may signal a recovery ahead, analysts say.

  • Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    American citizens have been allowed to visit Cuba on such "people to people" trips since 2011, one of President Barack Obama's first moves toward detente with the communist-run island— provided their scheduled activities are sufficiently educational, and down time is kept to a minimum. President Barack Obama has said the U.S. is easing the rules on visiting...

  • Correction: Cuba-Travel story Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    NEW YORK— NEW YORK— In a story Dec. 17 about travel to Cuba, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of Americans who were authorized to travel to Cuba last year. US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism. NEW YORK— Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists.

  • HAVANA, Dec 18- From bus drivers to bartenders and ballet dancers, many Cubans are already imagining a more prosperous future after the United States said it will put an end to 50 years of conflict with the communist-run island. Old Havana is a center of Cuba's tourism industry and boasts fine colonial buildings, some exquisitely restored but others in disrepair.

  • Questions and answers about traveling to Cuba Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    While the U.S. plans to restore diplomatic ties with the Caribbean island nation, globe-trotting tourists won't be able to hop on a plane to Havana anytime soon. Still, travel companies are salivating at the chance to set up shop in Cuba. Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and the Carnival Corp. all expressed interest this...

  • That is about to change with more Americans being allowed to travel to Cuba after President Barack Obama moved this week to restore diplomatic relations, even though tourism remains restricted. "Right now we come to Cuba and.. things are pretty much as they were," Dugald Wells, chief executive officer of Cuba Cruise said from Toronto. Canada, which has had diplomatic...

  • EU bans investment in Crimean, targets tourism Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union has imposed a ban on investment in Crimea, and other economic sanctions including measures aimed at keeping tourists away. The new measures on investment, services and trade, announced Thursday, beef up the EU's previous sanctions taken in response to Russia's annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine in March.

  • US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Cuba was once a haven for sun-seeking American tourists. President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday of plans to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba doesn't suddenly lift the ban on U.S. tourism. "Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean, so there's some exciting possibilities," said Roger Frizzell, spokesman for Carnival Corp. He said "some...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 17- The billionaire behind shopping mall developer Dalian Wanda says China's era of rapid urbanisation will end within a decade, so he is speeding up his company's shift toward tourism and entertainment after a $3.7 billion initial public offering. Wang Jianlin became China's fourth-richest man in part by following the migration of 300 million...

  • Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress. The travel and tourism industry won a six-year renewal of the Corporation for Travel Promotion, or Brand USA, to promote tourism in the...

  • TOKYO, Dec 15- Investors are snapping up Japanese stocks in the retail and transportation sectors, thanks to a weaker yen that has lured a record number of foreign visitors in one of the few bright spots for the economy. The yen has tumbled to seven-year lows making Japan cheaper for tourists and helping companies that cater to tourists such as railway operators...

  • WARSAW, Dec 14- Poland's next big European-funded airport project is at Szymany, a remote airfield which the CIA used just over a decade ago to transport al Qaeda suspects to a secret interrogation centre it ran in Poland. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, was probably among detainees who landed at the airfield en route to the...

  • Newest top-ranked tourist destination is...Queens? Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:43 PM ET
    An elevated subway in Queens, with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

    New York City's largest borough by area won the top spot in Lonely Planet's annual ranking of best places in the U.S. to visit.

  • EU considers tightening ban on energy, tourism in Crimea Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Dec 10- The European Union is considering widening its ban on investment in Crimea to include barring the sale of technology used for oil and gas exploration and stopping EU firms running tourist businesses there, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. The proposals, being worked on by EU officials, would also ban EU citizens from buying or...

  • Online booking in Eastern Europe  Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 4:20 AM ET

    Jozsef Szigetvari, CEO of online booking company Szallas.hu, focuses on local, domestic tourism in Eastern Europe, which he sees as a growth area.

  • Amazon reportedly getting into travel business  Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    Amazon has reportedly been working with hotels and resorts to start a new travel department, and the New York Post reports Amazon will roll out a new ad supported streaming service. Kara Swisher, Re/code co-executive editor, weighs in.

  • Vail Resorts expects big spending  Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    Discussing how the holiday ski season is setting up already, with Rob Katz, Vail Resorts Chairman and CEO.

  • How Dubai lures tourist to its luxury paradise  Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Once a desert emirate, Dubai has transformed itself into one of the world's top luxury holiday hotspots. But how has it been able to transform?

  • A look into the luxury nightclubs of Dubai  Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Despite being a Muslim country, Dubai has one of the hottest nightclub scenes. CNBC looks at how the country operates its nightlife.