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  • LONDON/ MUNICH, June 19- An escalating debt crisis that may force Greece's banks to shut next week has only slightly dented tourists' appetite for island holidays in the country, with advance demand for package tours still robust, travel operators said this week. Europeans make up the lion's share of visitors to Greece, with Britons and Germans accounting for 20...

  • TravelTipz.ru: Russians opt for domestic travel Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 12:40 AM ET
    TravelTipz.ru: Russians opt for domestic travel

    Since mid-2014, there is a significant shift towards domestic travel among Russians as the ruble starts to see extreme fluctuations, says Murad Sofizade, co-founder & COO of TravelTipz.ru.

  • Will MERS insurance save South Korea's tourism? Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 12:24 AM ET
    Will MERS insurance save South Korea's tourism?

    David Beirman, senior lecturer, School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism at University of Technology, discusses news that South Korea is offering tourists with a free insurance plan amid the country's MERS outbreak.

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam will drop its visa requirements for tourists from five more European countries in a bid to boost its slumping tourism industry. Under a decision by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that was posted on the government's website, visitors from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will no longer need a visa to visit Vietnam starting in July...

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam will waive the need for tourist visas for five more European countries in a bid to boost its ailing tourism industry. Under a decision by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that was posted on the government's website late Wednesday, visitors from the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain will not need a visa to visit Vietnam starting in July if they...

  • TOKYO— From the slopes of Mount Fuji to the temple streets of Kyoto, tourists are cramming Japan's prime sightseeing spots, puzzling their way through Tokyo subways, and splashing out cash on cosmetics, sushi and high-tech toilet seats. But Japan has become a hot destination as the exchange rate weakened from about 80 yen to the U.S. dollar in late 2012 to its...

  • LONDON, June 15- Britain's Thomas Cook, the world's oldest tour operator brand, has joined forces with Fosun International in China to tap into the booming travel market there. Thomas Cook said it was setting up a joint venture with Fosun, which owns 5 percent of the British firm, to better compete in a rapidly growing market in China for travel, both domestic and...

  • Philippines: Asia's next gaming hotspot? Sunday, 14 Jun 2015 | 8:40 PM ET
    Philippines: Asia's next gaming hotspot?

    In this special report titled "Global Opportunities Philippines", CNBC's Pauline Chiou looks at whether the Philippines has what it takes to become Asia's next gaming hub.

  • Are travelers being too cautious about MERS? Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 7:44 PM ET
    Are travelers being too cautious about MERS?

    Andrew Jones, vice chairman of Pacific Asia Travel Association, says a "wait and see" attitude among travelers is behind the cancellations and reduction in holiday bookings to South Korea.

  • *Two attacks in eight days on top destinations. CAIRO, June 11- After a violent campaign directed at security forces, Egyptian militants appear to be zooming in on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's most vulnerable point: the economy. Security forces on Thursday dismantled a bomb found at the entrance of the supplies ministry in Cairo, state news agency MENA said.

  • Carnival to offer 'voluntourism' cruises Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 11:40 AM ET
    Carnival to offer 'voluntourism' cruises

    David Dingle, chairman of Carnival U.K., explains the concept behind Carnival's new product: A "do-good" cruise, where passengers volunteer while cruising around the world.

  • How worried is South Korea about MERS? Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 12:02 AM ET
    How worried is South Korea about MERS?

    Tony Michell, managing director at Korea Associates Business Consultancy, says South Koreans are avoiding visits to department stores and the country is seeing a drop in tourist arrivals.

  • High rise fire snarls Times Square at rush hour Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | 6:04 PM ET

    An apparent electrical fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in a Times Square high rise.

  • SEOUL, June 5- An outbreak of a deadly respiratory disease in South Korea could hurt consumer spending and tourism and is ramping up the pressure on the nation's central bank to cut interest rates as early as next week, a central bank source said. With four deaths and 41 cases, the spread of MERS in South Korea is the worst outbreak outside of the Middle East- forcing...

  • MIAMI, June 4- Carnival Corp will tap into the volunteer tourism market with week-long trips beginning in 2016 that include up to three days of organized humanitarian work in the Dominican Republic, the company announced on Thursday. They want to do something more and yet they don't really know where to begin, "said Tara Russell, president of the new cruise brand.

  • NEW YORK, June 4- The U.S. hotel industry is on a roll, enjoying its best performance since the booming 1990 s, but New York City has come off the boil, suggesting higher occupancy and room rates may have peaked in the No. 1 American tourism destination. Before the financial crisis New York had a supply deficit, keeping hotel rates and occupancies in Manhattan high, said...

  • Carnival's new brand caters to do-good travelers Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 4:46 PM ET
    Carnival’s Adonia ship is being turned into a new brand called Fathom.

    Carnival us adding a new cruise line, one that caters to travelers with social consciences.

  • LOS ROQUES, Venezuela, June 4- Fears of being kidnapped or not finding toilet paper are not much of an incentive for a holiday in Venezuela. That is thanks to exchange controls skewing the economy in favor of anyone with foreign currency, meaning you can hire a boat to a Caribbean island for $15 a day, or trek through Andean mountains or Amazon jungle for a week, with...

  • Bangkok will reclaim top tourist spot title: MasterCard Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 9:45 PM ET
    Bangkok will reclaim top tourist spot title: MasterCard

    Eric Schneider, Group head for APAC at MasterCard Advisors, says Bangkok's tourism sector is seeing rapid recovery and will reclaim its title as the world's most visited city "very shortly."

  • Rebooting Jordan's tourism industry Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Rebooting Jordan's tourism industry

    CNBC explores how religion and adventure tourism are drawing visitors from across the globe.