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Thailand Loves Its Chinese Visitors, Up to a Point

February 17, 2018 |

The Thai resort island of Phuket is facing a challenge other vacation spots around the world may soon confront: how to cope when the flow of Chinese tourists becomes a flood. What’s News Asia

L.A. County Fair won’t raise ticket prices and will offer food discounts to draw visitors

February 16, 2018 |

Hoping to reverse last year’s drop in attendance, the Los Angeles County Fair is giving visitors a break on ticket and food prices.

The fair announced it won’t raise daily ticket prices when it opens at the Fairplex in Pomona in August. In addition, the fair’s vendors will offer discount prices…

L.A. Times – Business

Tourism industry turns to American music to draw international visitors

February 13, 2018 |

An Elvis impersonator jumps from an airplane while mouthing the words to “Jailhouse Rock.”

A flash mob dances at a busy outdoor mall in Chicago to Aloe Blacc’s 2013 hit “Wake Me up.”

Salsa dancers shake and shimmy to “Conga” by Miami Sound Machine beneath palm trees in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.

L.A. Times – Business

Anaheim breaks tourism record for fifth straight year with 24.2 million visitors

February 13, 2018 |

A bigger convention center and two popular theme parks helped the city of Anaheim break its tourism record — again.

Anaheim welcomed 24.2 million visitors in 2017, about a 5% increase over the 23 million visitors in the previous year and more than 30% higher than 2012, according to Visit Anaheim,…

L.A. Times – Business

Coalition formed to reverse the drop in international visitors to the U.S.

January 17, 2018 |

President Trump’s statement about immigrants aren’t solely responsible for the drop in international travel to the U.S. but they’re not helping, according to members of a new industry coalition dedicated to promoting international tourism to the country.

The coalition, dubbed Visit U.S., formally…

L.A. Times – Business

US: 5 Mexican States Now as Dangerous as Syria for Visitors

January 11, 2018 |

The US State Department tells citizens not to visit Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. Five states in Mexico now carry the same “do not travel” warning, the Guardian reports. The State Department this week issued a level 4 advisory—the highest level of travel warning—against the states of Tamaulipas, Sinaloa,…

Turkey Halts Issuing Visas for American Visitors

October 9, 2017 |

Relations between the US and its NATO ally Turkey are going downhill fast—and many travelers have been caught in the diplomatic crossfire. Both countries abruptly suspended the issuing of most visitor visas for each other Sunday in a tit-for-tat move apparently sparked by the arrest of an employee of…

US: Visitors to Cuba Claim Symptoms Similar to Attacks

October 6, 2017 |

The State Department says it has received “a handful of reports” from American citizens who say they’ve experienced symptoms similar to those in attacks of US government workers in Havana, the AP reports. But the US isn’t vouching for those reports. The US last week issued a travel warning that…

Slowdown in international visitors may be the ‘Trump Slump’ experts have predicted

September 9, 2017 |

The harsh words uttered by Donald Trump about Muslims and Mexicans had travel industry leaders worried that international visitors would feel unwelcome and stay away from the U.S. if he became president.

Until now, travel data had showed little, if any, change in the popularity of the U.S. as a…

L.A. Times – Business

Black Water Shocks Visitors at Niagara Falls

August 1, 2017 |

Tourists at Niagara Falls Saturday were shocked when water at the base of the falls turned black—accompanied by a very bad smell. “The first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Dear God, please don’t be an oil leak,'” Pat Proctor, an exec at a company that flies…