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  • *Longest period of decline since 2002. HONG KONG, Jan 4- The value of Hong Kong retail sales fell for a ninth consecutive month in November, the longest period of decline in 13 years, hit by a slide in the number of Chinese tourists coming to the city and by weak consumer spending. Retail sales plunged 7.8 percent from a year earlier, the biggest percentage drop since...

  • Just got over SG50? Prepare for SJ50 brand fever Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015 | 6:35 PM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Left) and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (Right).

    Singapore's success in celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence has spawned a sequel: SJ50. This time Japan's in on the act.

  • EIHEIJI, Japan Dec 30- Deep in a forest near Japan's western shore, a 13th century Buddhist temple where Steve Jobs once dreamed of becoming a Zen monk has teamed up with a Tokyo skyscraper builder to seek the commercial enlightenment of foreign tourist dollars. Japan's temples have long been business and tech-savvy, offering lucrative services like funerals...

  • Pollution cancels more than 220 Beijing flights: Xinhua Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 | 12:36 AM ET
    A Chinese man walking on a street wears a mask amid heavy smog in Beijing, China on December 25, 2015. Hazardous smog blanketing China's north-east has sparked more red alerts, with authorities advising residents in 10 cities to stay indoors.

    More than 220 flights at Beijing's airport were canceled Friday as pollution caused poor visibility, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

  • Enjoy a European carnival in Hong Kong! Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015 | 8:44 PM ET
    Enjoy a European carnival in Hong Kong!

    Michael Denmark, CEO of The Great European Carnival, talks about the Christmas attractions and new rides down at the Central Harborfront in Hong Kong.

  • Chinese tourists are big in Japan Sunday, 20 Dec 2015 | 11:13 PM ET
    Tourists visit Senso-ji in Asakusa and draw the O-Mikuji (random fortunes written on strips of paper) on September 1, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.

    A sharply weaker yen and easier visa rules for Chinese travelers are driving tourists to Japan this holiday season.

  • Why James Packer stepped down as Crown Resorts director

    Tony Nash, chief economist at Complete Intelligence, says James Packer could have various reasons, from hiving off the accountability, diversifying the response to shareholders or even simply moving on.

  • The most searched travel destination in APAC? Sunday, 20 Dec 2015 | 7:47 PM ET
    The most searched travel destination in APAC?

    Macau has made a comeback as a holiday destination as it is no longer seen as a casino hub, says Abhiram Chowdhry, Asia Pacific VP of Hotels.com.

  • Portugal’s tourism in one of best periods Friday, 18 Dec 2015 | 4:20 AM ET
    Portugal’s tourism in one of best periods

    Turismo de Portugal President, Joao Cotrim de Figueiredo, says financing has been available for Portugal’s tourism as its projects prove profitable.

  • An agreement would pave the way for U.S. airlines to schedule flights to Cuba that travelers could book directly from their websites, which could boost tourism and business on the Communist-ruled island. The Associated Press, citing unnamed officials, reported earlier on Wednesday that the United States and Cuba had reached "an understanding" on restoring...

  • Dec 14- U.S. luxury fashion retailer Neiman Marcus Group Ltd LLC swung to a quarterly loss from a profit a year ago and reported its first drop in same-store sales in six years, the latest blip in the company's roadmap to going public again. The strong dollar reduced international tourist traffic at the retailer's stores in South Florida, New York City, Las Vegas and...

  • World's 10 best restaurants? France begs to difffer Saturday, 12 Dec 2015 | 8:45 AM ET
    One of the owners of Spanish restaurant 'El Celler de Can Roca', chef Joan Roca is seen at the kitchen of the Terrazas Bistro restaurant during a dinner of 'The Cooking Tour Experience 2015' in Buenos Aires on August 6, 2015.

    France struck back at foreign "world's best restaurants" listings that ignore French restaurants with a list of its own.

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 11- Alipay, a unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and German banking software company Wirecard AG, said on Friday the companies have agreed to a deal to provide mobile phone payment services for Chinese tourists visiting Europe. In Europe, the payments process will be run through Wirecard and run on existing payment terminals with no...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- TUI Group, the world's largest tour operator, said it was confident of increasing earnings by more than 10 percent this year, as holidays to the Canary Islands and Cyprus replace security-threatened destinations in Egypt and Tunisia. The positive outlook from Germany- based TUI echoed comments from Britain's Thomas Cook in November, showing...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- TUI Group, the world's largest leisure tourism firm, said bookings were up on last year, as European demand for holidays continued despite increased security threats, putting it on track to grow annual earnings by over 10 percent. In November, Britain suspended flights to Egyptian resort Sharm al-Sheikh, while trips to Tunisia were canceled...

  • TUI Group annual earnings beat guidance Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 10- TUI Group, the world's largest leisure tourism group, reported a 15.4 percent rise in annual profit, beating the top-end of its own guidance, and said it was on track to deliver growth of at least 10 percent this year. European demand for leisure travel has remained strong, despite a series of militant attacks and related security concerns which...

  • Terror and the tourism industry Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 1:30 AM ET
    Terror and the tourism industry

    Fritz Joussen, joint CEO of TUI Group, says terrorism attacks around the world have had an impact on tourism but the company is not too concerned.

  • Greece eyes lion's share of diverted Russian tourism Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 8:36 AM ET

    *Greece rushing to ease visas for Russians. *Euro zone price level may deter switches from Turkey, Egypt. ATHENS, Dec 9- Economically stricken Greece is racing to cash in on a potential bonanza of Russian tourists deprived of their favorite holiday destinations by a Kremlin boycott of Turkey and violence in Egypt, but it may be too expensive.

  • GoEuro funding round is huge milestone: CEO Wednesday, 9 Dec 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    GoEuro funding round is huge milestone: CEO

    GoEuro.com has announced the closure of a Series B funding round totalling $45 million, led by Goldman Sachs. Its founder and CEO, Naren Shaam discusses further.

  • PORT HEDLAND, Australia, Dec 9- Aqua farms growing super foods could soon materialise in the rust-red dust of the Australian outback, alongside wheat fields, haystacks and cattle herds, as tumbling iron prices drive the minerals-rich Pilbara region to transform itself. On a small patch of desert 250 kms south of the Pilbara's Port Hedland, InterClinical...