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  • *Dubai Parks and Resorts in $2.9 billion project. DUBAI, Nov 11- A Dubai company plans to launch a $689 million initial public offer of shares this month as it builds a $2.9 billion amusement park complex which is key to the emirate's drive to expand as an international tourist destination. Dubai Parks and Resorts, part of the government-owned Meraas investment...

  • BEIJING, Nov 10- China and the United States have agreed to significantly extend the terms of short-term visas, U.S. Under the deal, which the United States will put into effect on Nov. 12, both countries would extend the terms of multiple entry short-term tourist and business visas to 10 years from one year, the White House said in an accompanying statement.

  • BEIJING, Nov 10- China and the United States have agreed to significantly extend the terms of short-term visas, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday in Beijing, a deal he said would improve trade and business ties between the world's two largest economies. Under the deal, which the United States will put into effect on Nov. 12, both countries would extend the...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- A UK insurer that recently began offering life coverage for would-be space tourists said it has seen no increase in interest in the policy following the fatal crash of a Virgin Galactic test space ship last month. The policy, sold by Pembroke Managing Agency, pays up to $5 million per traveler or $20 million per suborbital space flight, parent...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- While private pilots and skydivers have to take out extra life insurance to cover the added risk of their pursuits, space tourists do not need special policies on their high flying rides. That loophole is likely to disappear, slowly, after the fatal crash last week of a test flight of a Virgin Galactic space ship designed to take tourists into space.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 4- October was the worst month on record for casino revenues in the world's biggest gambling hub Macau as China's pervasive war on corruption, combined with fewer tourists and slowing economic growth, dampen the appetite to wager. October was also the fifth consecutive month of declines after two years of rapid growth which saw Macau surpass Las...

  • Attention travelers: New tips to save on trips Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 6:30 PM ET

    As a new year looms, travel experts are offering some tips that might help road warriors save time and money.

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 3- A team investigating the fatal test-flight crash of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship found that its rotating tail, designed to ease reentry into the atmosphere, was activated prematurely, and said pilot error could not be ruled out. SpaceShipTwo, developed by the fledgling space tourism company of billionaire entrepreneur Richard...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 3- October is set to be the worst month on record for casino revenues in the world's biggest gambling hub Macau as China's pervasive war on corruption, combined with fewer tourists and slowing economic growth, dampen the appetite to wager. October would also be the fifth consecutive month of declines after two years of rapid growth which saw Macau...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 3- October is set to be the worst month on record for casino revenues in the world's biggest gambling hub Macau as China's pervasive war on corruption, combined with fewer tourists and slowing economic growth, dampen the appetite to wager. October would also be the fifth consecutive month of declines after two years of rapid growth which saw Macau...

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Nov 2- Virgin Galactic could have a new spacecraft ready to fly by next year, the chief executive of Richard Branson's space tourism company said in an interview published on Sunday, reacting to concerns about the safety of technology used in the Virgin craft that crashed last week. His remarks followed a somber assessment of the future of Virgin...

  • Branson: I'll get to the bottom of Galactic crash Sunday, 2 Nov 2014 | 12:56 AM ET
    Fly from New York to Beijing in two hours on this?

    Richard Branson said he was determined to find out what caused a spaceship being developed by his tourism company to crash during a test flight.

  • MOJAVE, Calif./ CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov 1- B illionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said on Saturday he was determined to find out what caused a passenger spaceship being developed by his space tourism company to crash during a test flight in California's Mojave Desert, killing one pilot and injuring the other. Branson arrived in California to meet his Virgin...

  • NYC marathon sponsor wants to put you up in a bed Saturday, 1 Nov 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    Runners participating in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013.

    The hotel industry expects to haul in $65 million from the New York marathon, but it has competition in the form of Airbnb, the home-sharing site.

  • Virgin Galactic crash: What did they overlook?  Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 4:25 PM ET

    After Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed, James Oberg, NBC space analyst, says the first step of investigators should be to create a timeline of events.

  • The "Closing Bell" crew discusses the potential impact to Virgin Galactic after its SpaceShipTwo crash, and the risks associated with space tourism.

  • Americans spend this much on Halloween Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:59 AM ET
    Candy displayed at a Walgreens in Wheeling, Ill.

    Americans now spend an estimated at $7 billion during Halloween, making it the second biggest holiday in terms of consumer spending.

  • Will the ban on beach parties taint Thai tourism? Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:35 PM ET
    British party goers dance as hundreds of full moon partiers carry on past sunrise on the beach of Haad Rin on August 22, 2013 in Koh Phangan, Thailand.

    Some of Thailand's notorious all night parties will soon be outlawed, but travelers and analysts say the ban is unlikely to hurt tourism.

  • What a vacation to North Korea is really like Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 6:38 PM ET
    Chinese tourists leave after paying homage to a giant portrait of Kim Il-sung at a square in Rason city in North Korea.

    As tourism to the isolated communist country of North Korea increases, more travelers are choosing to make up their own minds about the country.

  • Oct 28- Marriott International Inc raised its profit forecast for the year as more business travelers and tourists pay higher rates to stay at its hotels in North America. With a greater percentage of its hotels in North America than Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc, Marriott was less affected by the strong dollar and Ebola concerns that dragged on its...