July 16, 2000 |
Booming tourism, especially to Europe this year, has brought a warning from the head of the World Tourism Organization. Secretary General Francesco Frangialli complained that Europe's best-known monuments are groaning at the seams. And things are going to get worse. WTO forecasts show that by 2020, 1.56 billion tourists a year will be roaming the world--more than double this year's forecast of 668 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2007 |
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.
November 28, 2005 |
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.
March 18, 2001 |
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.
January 2, 2010 |
Between dealing with terrorism threats and crises abroad, President Obama is unwinding in Hawaii with his family this week. They've snorkeled in pristine bays and dined in fashionable restaurants. Tourism officials only wish there were thousands more visitors like them. Tourism is the glue that holds this island state's finances together, keeping its streets clean, its workers paid and its children educated. But for the last two years, vacationers and conventioneers alike have abandoned Hawaii in favor of less exotic destinations closer to home.
June 9, 2006 |
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.
January 16, 1985 |
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.
September 27, 2001 |
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 |
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.
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.