N.Korea’s “Mass Games” provide tourist spectacle, and sobering reminder

By Josh Smith PYONGYANG, Sept 13 : Packed into Pyongyang’s giant stadium this week with thousands of other tourists, Australian Mitchell Hamilton marvelled at the return of North Korea’s “Mass Games,” a huge pageant that has produced some of the most iconic images of the isolated country. “My thought sitting there was that it was […]

Hopes of N.Korea economic reform spur surge in Chinese tourism

By Philip Wen DANDONG, China, Aug 3 : North Korea’s proclaimed shift in national focus to economic development from nuclear arms is prompting cautious optimism across the Chinese border in Dandong, a trading hub hit hard by United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang. Travel agents in the Chinese city say they have seen a surge of […]

Hawaii tours face new limits after ‘lava bomb’ injuries

By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU, July 17 : Hawaii lava tour boats faced tighter restrictions on Tuesday after 23 passengers were injured by a volcanic explosion, as authorities investigated whether a vessel hit by “lava bombs” went too close to molten rock oozing into the Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard now requires boat captains to stay […]

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 […]