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 […]

Tourists trickle back to Tunisia after 2015 militant attacks

By Ulf Laessing and Tarek Amara SOUSSE, Tunisia, Oct 4 : Dozens of tourists pack beach chairs at a Tunisian luxury hotel, where everything from the swimming pool to the wall paint, the furniture at the shiny reception hall, the police post at its gate and even its name is new. Nothing reminds holiday-makers of […]

Golden getaway: cost, safety prompt more Chinese tourists to stay closer to home

By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI, Sept 29 : As China’s army of tourists prepares for next week’s ‘Golden Week’ vacation, the hottest destinations aren’t Paris, New York or Tokyo. Instead, a cooling economy means holidaymakers are staying closer to home – on the beaches of Sanya or the peaks of far-western Yunnan. Chinese travellers – who […]

Hurricane Irma threatens Florida’s bustling tourism industry

By Alana Wise and Caroline Humer NEW YORK, Sept 10 : Hurricane Irma’s path of destruction up Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sunday threatens to disrupt a thriving state tourism industry worth more than $100 billion annually just months ahead of the busy winter travel season. Some of the state’s biggest attractions have announced temporary closures, […]

Paris revels in tourism surge, but cautious after Barcelona

By Dominique Vidalon PARIS, Aug 22 : Paris is on track to welcome more tourists this year than ever before after a bumper first half, a senior official said, though some would-be visitors might think again after the Barcelona attack. The Paris region registered 16.4 million arrivals in the six months to June, its tourist […]

China’s Wanda steps back from theme park, hotel drive with $9.3 bln Sunac deal

By Clare Jim HONG KONG, Jul 10 : Chinese property giant Dalian Wanda Group plans to sell tourism projects and hotels in the country to Sunac China for $9.3 billion, as it dials back its theme-park ambitions and brings down its debt pile. The sale – the second-biggest real estate deal ever in China according […]