Despite hurricanes and Trump, Cuba retains charm for foreign tourism firms

By Marc Frank HAVANA, May 11 : New U.S. travel restrictions and a destructive hurricane season last year sucked some air from Cuba’s tourism boom but foreign businesses from Spain’s Melia Hotels to China’s Jin Jiang are pursuing new investments in what remains a promising frontier. According to sources with knowledge of industry figures, tourist […]

China’s Fosun eyes global tourism deals, shrugs off crackdown

By Shu Zhang and Adam Jourdan SANYA, China/SHANGHAI, May 2 : Fosun International Ltd’s tourism arm is hunting for more overseas deals to grow its leisure vacation business, the unit’s chief told Reuters, adding that a recent crackdown on conglomerates’ was actually helping the firm. Fosun, one of the country’s most acquisitive overseas dealmakers, threw […]

U.S. travel ban hits foreign attendance figures for North Korea marathon

By Josh Smith SEOUL, Mar 26 : Described as North Korea’s “biggest hit of the year,” next month’s Pyongyang Marathon is expected to have half as many foreign participants as last year, tour operators say, as political tensions and a ban on U.S. visitors take their toll. International tourism to North Korea dropped last year […]

Tunisia sees record tourist numbers in 2018 as attack effect fades

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Feb 21 : Tourist numbers to Tunisia will hit a record high this year, fully reversing the damage inflicted on the sector by attacks on holidaymakers in 2015, the tourism minister said on Wednesday. After three years of shunning Tunisia in the wake of a gun attack on a beach in […]

Thomas Cook flies Britons to Tunisia three years after beach attack

By Sarah Young and Tarek Amara LONDON/TUNIS, Feb 13 : Thomas Cook flew British tourists to Tunisia on Tuesday for the first time since an Islamist militant killed 30 Britons on one of the North African country’s beaches in 2015. Tourism provides much needed jobs and foreign currency in Tunisia, but it has struggled since […]

US proposes fee hikes at national parks to pay for upgrades

By Keith Coffman DENVER, Oct 25 : The National Park Service proposed peak-season entrance fee increases on Tuesday at 17 of its most popular attractions, including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite national parks, to help finance a backlog of maintenance and improvements. U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the proposal, including a hike in vehicle […]