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How California’s wine country and Las Vegas are trying to lure tourists back after tragedies

November 2, 2017 |

In the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Las Vegas shelved its fun-loving motto of “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” replacing it with a hashtag — #VegasStrong — to promote tourism to the gambling mecca.

Weeks after wildfires charred California’s wine country, that…


L.A. Times – Business

Too many tourists: Crowding is a big headache at national parks and theme parks

October 28, 2017 |

So many tourists head up to the Hollywood sign to snap selfies that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has suggested building a gondola to reduce congestion on nearby streets and hiking trails.

At Zion National Park, the crowds are so heavy that park officials are considering a congestion management…


L.A. Times – Business

Will tourists return to wine country after the Northern California fires?

October 15, 2017 |

Most vineyards and wineries in Northern California’s wine country have been spared by several days of firestorms, but it isn’t clear yet whether the nearly 24 million tourists who visit the region each year will want to return to charred hillsides.

Tourism officials remain optimistic, saying huge…


L.A. Times – Business

In the wake of mass killing, Las Vegas reaches out to tourists with a new ad

October 12, 2017 |

Ten days after a mass shooting killed dozens and injured hundreds in Las Vegas, the city that thrives on tourists, gambling and good times launched an ad to encourage visitors to return.

The new ad, released Wednesday by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, features photos and Twitter…


L.A. Times – Business

After Canoe Crash in Canada, Tourists Walked for 11 Days

August 30, 2017 |

It’s a good thing Wolf Wagner and John Hoentsch had planned to spend three weeks in the Canadian wilderness. After crashing their canoe on rapids in Manitoba’s Hayes River just 11 days into a planned trip to Hudson Bay, it took the German tourists another 11 days to reach civilization,…
Newser

CNN

Chinese tourists warned about Nazi salutes

August 8, 2017 |

The Chinese embassy in Berlin has warned its nationals to respect local laws after two Chinese tourists were detained for performing a Nazi salute in front of the city’s parliament building.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – World

Alibaba, Marriott Team Up to Serve Chinese Tourists Abroad

August 8, 2017 |

A deal between Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba and U.S. hotel giant Marriott will allow Chinese travelers to use an Alibaba site and app to book rooms in 6,200 Marriott properties world-wide, and pay abroad with the same Alipay platform they use at home.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Europe’s Ancient Ports Have New Infestation: Tourists

July 17, 2017 |

It all started with Venice. The Italian port city on the Adriatic Sea has seen its population dwindle since the 1950s as locals are forced out by what the BBC calls “hordes of cruise-ship visitors.” Nowadays, the problem of cruise ship tourist invasion has spilled over to many other ancient…
Newser

Iceland’s Tourism Is Booming. Tourists Are Ruining Iceland

June 4, 2017 |

Some 2.3 million Earthlings who are not Icelandic will trek through Iceland this year, armed with selfie sticks in search of the island’s breathtaking fjords, waterfalls, volcanoes, and Game of Thrones backdrops. That’s nearly five times the foot traffic Iceland saw seven years ago and it’s worth $ 3.4…
Newser