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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

Tourists Returning ‘Cursed’ Lava Rocks to Hawaii Volcano

May 16, 2017 |

It may seem like a harmless souvenir, tucking a lava rock from the Big Island into your pocket. But many tourists believe that Hawaiian memento comes with weighty baggage: a curse warning that Pele, the volcano goddess, will have her revenge. The Wall Street Journal reports that hundreds of visitors…
Newser

Tourists Gawking at Mount Etna Get Nasty Surprise

March 16, 2017 |

Volcanic rocks and steam injured at least 10 people, including tourists and scientists, following an explosion on Sicily’s Mount Etna Thursday, witnesses and media reported, per the AP . Tourists had been drawn to Etna to observe the spectacle of the active volcano erupting, only to be caught by surprise when…
Newser