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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
Responding to a drop in international travelers at LAX, two City Council members Friday proposed a new federal committee to boost foreign tourism in Los Angeles and at other U.S. gateway cities. Also Friday, Councilwoman Janice Hahn called on the city's airport agency to produce a timeline for completion of new gates at the Tom Bradley International and West Concourse terminals at Los Angeles International Airport.
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NATIONAL
November 28, 2005 | Jerry W. Jackson and Beth Kassab, Orlando Sentinel
With gas prices continuing to tumble and the hurricane season drawing to a close Wednesday, the outlook for Florida's tourism industry seems bright. Nearly 22 million visitors came to Florida from July through September, up 9.3% from the same period last year, putting the state on track for a new annual record of more than 80 million tourists, according to new figures released by Visit Florida Inc., the state's tourism marketing agency.
NEWS
March 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
As foot-and-mouth continued to spread across Britain, the government found itself caught between a tourist industry desperate to draw visitors back to the countryside and farmers angry that thousands of healthy animals are to be killed. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals joined mounting opposition to the slaughter, which would include healthy sheep and pigs within two miles of some infected sites.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Ernest Hemingway arrived at the recently opened Sun Valley Lodge in 1939 as one of a string of celebrities invited there in hopes of attracting more tourists. Nearly 70 years later, the resort area is still cashing in. Merchandisers as well as hoteliers hawk things like $15,000 signed first editions of his books, offer $1,000-a-plate dinners in his home and hold a Hemingway festival during the traditionally slow fall season.
BUSINESS
January 16, 1985 | AP)
China plans to introduce competition to the state-run tourism monopoly as part of the Communist Party's economic reform program, a top tourism official said. "This will happen naturally, increasing step by step," National Tourism Administration Director Han Kehua said. He did not explain how the industry will be changed to accomodate competition or when the changes will start.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2001 | From Reuters
Sen. Barbara Boxer called Wednesday for re-establishment of a defunct federal agency to help the nation's tourism industry, which has been crippled by the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The California Democrat said she would introduce legislation next week to resurrect the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration, which closed in 1996 after 35 years of promoting foreign travel to the nation's cities, parks and landmarks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Travel executives said the nation's $91-billion foreign tourism industry is in peril because of a growing perception overseas that the United States has become "Fortress America." Travel industry executives complained that the post-Sept. 11 security crackdown at airports -- especially widely publicized incidents in which visitors were searched, interrogated and put on a plane back home -- has discouraged tourism.
TRAVEL
February 1, 2004
States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help visitors. If requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible. Alabama: Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel, 401 Adams Ave., Suite 126, Montgomery, AL 36104; (800) 252-2262 or (334) 242-1469, fax (334) 242-4554, www.touralabama.org. Alaska: Alaska Travel Industry Assn., Visitor Information Center, 2600 Cordova St., Anchorage, AK 99503; (800) 862-5275 or (907) 929-2200, fax (907) 561-5727, www.travelalaska.com.
BUSINESS
July 29, 1997 | Marla Dickerson
Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday appointed Disneyland Resort President Paul Pressler to the California Tourism Commission, a five-member panel of tourism professionals who advise the state on how to market California as a tourist destination. Pressler, 41, won't receive a salary for his work with the commission. His appointment won't require Senate confirmation, according to Wilson spokesman Matt Taggart.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Has the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly two weeks ago had an effect on travel to the Asian country? It depends on who you talk to. A Germany-based hotel booking website says it has seen a significant drop in searches among U.S. users looking for hotels in Malaysia since the flight disappeared. But Malaysian tourism officials say they have seen no decline in travel to the country. The Boeing 777, carrying 239 people, disappeared March 8, sparking a massive search across miles of open sea and theories such as terrorism and alien abduction.
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