August 14, 2012 |
Businesses in Britain experienced a "significant reduction" in the number of visitors compared with summer 2011, and not just in the capital, according to a British tourism trade organization survey taken after the 2012 Olympics in London. "As an industry we knew the Games would have a negative impact on international visitor numbers to London, but the impact on the rest of the U.K., combined with domestic visitors staying away, has been deeply disappointing," Rita Beckwith, chief executive of City Cruises, said in a statement about the survey. The report by UKinbound released Monday found that during the Olympic Games -- July 27 to Aug. 12 -- 66% of the businesses surveyed said their reservations or number of visitors were significantly lower than this time last year; 22% responded that their figures were slightly lower.
August 13, 2012 |
BILONA KALAN, India - Amit Jaiswal sits in the darkened dining room of his Tiger Treat Resorts in a glum mood. After pooling his family savings, taking out a large loan and checking with his astrologer for an auspicious name, he opened in December here on the main road to the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The rather grandiose pillared white building has a gift shop selling key chains and curly toed leather shoes, and the 80-seat dining room serving breakfast, lunch and "deener" - double e's are good, his soothsayer said.
August 2, 2012 |
After undergoing a $3.5-million makeover, the Ripley's Believe It or Not exhibit in Hollywood celebrated its reopening Thursday with a more family-friendly atmosphere. But the tourist attraction still has plenty of creepiness, said general manager Andrea Silverman. Gone are the torture chamber artifacts, she said. But visitors can still see shrunken heads, a 5,000-year-old mummified foot and a vampire killing kit, Silverman said. The attraction has also added dozens of Marilyn Monroe artifacts, including clothes and shoes.
August 1, 2012 |
LONDON - All that gold, silver and bronze coursing through this Olympic city was supposed to equal the color of money for establishments like Tuttons, a popular restaurant in tourist-magnet Covent Garden. But with business down 40% from this time last year, the only color that manager Pedro Nunes is seeing is red. "It's very frustrating. Normally we have a very good August crowd … but people have been put off by the supposed crowds and transport problems," Nunes said. "I can't wait for the Olympics to finish.
July 22, 2012 |
CARDIFF, Wales — The rest of the world may think the Olympics begin in London on Friday, but Gerry Toms knows better. The first event of the Summer Games, a women's soccer match between Britain and New Zealand, actually takes place Wednesday afternoon, two days before the official opening ceremony. And it won't happen in England but rather here in the Welsh capital, 130 miles from London. Toms is manager of the enormous Millennium Stadium that will host the debut match and 10 others over the course of the Olympics.
July 21, 2012 |
While the nation's job engine sputters, California's is revving up, thanks to another month of solid employment growth with international trade and tourism leading the way. Employers statewide added 38,300 net new jobs in June with gains in most industries, including construction and professional services, according to a report Friday by the state Employment Development Department. "It's an impressive number," said Christopher Thornberg, founding principal at Beacon Economics, a Los Angeles consulting firm.
July 13, 2012 |
The U.S. travel and tourism industry is on pace for a record-setting year, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Friday. International visitors spent an estimated $68.4 billion traveling to and spending time in the United States in the first five months of this year, an increase of 12% from the same period last year, the Commerce Department reported. Americans spent nearly $50 billion on travel and tourism abroad in that time - creating an $18.4-billion trade surplus, the agency reported.
July 8, 2012 |
The Los Angeles metropolitan area - including surrounding cities such as Long Beach, Santa Monica and Pasadena - was the third-most popular destination in the country for small business travelers last year. But it is not the place for travel on a tight budget, according to a report by Concur Technologies Inc., a Redmond, Wash.-based expense-management company. The report compared thousands of business travel receipts from companies with fewer than 100 employees. When visiting L.A. on business, it's a bit more thrifty to stay outside the metropolitan area if possible.
June 26, 2012 |
The top tourism official for California is also leading the nation's first coordinated media campaign to promote tourism to the U.S. Caroline Beteta, president and chief executive of Visit California, the nonprofit group dedicated to marketing the Golden State, was named interim chief executive of Brand USA, a $150-million media campaign to promote the U.S. to travelers worldwide. Beteta replaces the previous chief executive, Jim Evans, who stepped down Friday. She will also continue to retain her Visit California posts.
June 23, 2012 |
The opening of Cars Land, the latest expansion for Disney's California Adventure theme park, made headlines in recent days. But the bigger news for Orange County is that tourism employment - one of its biggest economic drivers - has rebounded while other sectors are improving. After shedding thousands of jobs in recent years, the leisure and hospitality sector has regained all positions lost during the economic downturn. Employment in hotels, restaurants, theme parks and other tourism-related businesses last month hit 181,500 jobs.