April 3, 2008 |
A man accused of killing four French tourists escaped from a Mauritanian courthouse after an interrogation session, tricking guards who believed he was in a restroom, a court official and a witness said. One guard was later arrested, along with a court employee and two of the fugitive's sisters, the official said. Sidi Ould Sidna was arrested in January in connection with the Dec. 24 killings of the tourists, who were gunned down beside a highway.
March 11, 2013 |
A bright spot in the local economy -- tourism -- continues to generate big numbers for the region's beleaguered businesses. Tourists spent $16.4 billion in 2012, most of it on hotels and restaurants, according to a study commissioned by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. By comparison, the agency said, tourists spent $15.4 billion in 2011. Tourism last year also generated more than $2 billion in state and local taxes, the study said. The study, completed by Micronomics, an economics research and consulting firm from Los Angeles, also concluded that tourism helped support nearly 230,000 jobs last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 |
Why leave it to the tourists to win all the game-show grand prizes? The luxury trips to Aruba? The bedroom sets and patio furniture? Now that summer is over and tourism is slow, it's time for those who live in Los Angeles to shine. "Let's Make a Deal" films four days a week, two shows a day, in Hollywood. It always needs an audience. Unlike "Jeopardy," you don't have to pass a test to play. What you do need to do is be on -- enthusiastic, smiling, ready to jump up and down and dance.
July 30, 2013 |
It isn't just parking that complicates life in Malibu. No, some residents of that beach-side hamlet want everyone to know just how tough it can be living in paradise. Responding to The Times' editorial on that city's novel plan to enlist parking vigilantes to ticket cars deposited in the same spot for too long, a few Malibu residents took issue with the editorial board's view that the program "is just one more way of making Malibu inhospitable to visitors. " The Malibu residents who wrote us didn't appreciate this, and some vouched for their own hospitality -- by pointing out how burdensome visitors are on their town.
January 8, 2008 |
Authorities arrested nine people suspected of aiding a group that gunned down a French family last month, justice officials said. Witnesses said three gunmen fired automatic weapons at the five French tourists who were having a roadside picnic Dec. 24 in Aleg, about 160 miles southeast of the capital, Nouakchott. Only the father survived. The killings were cited as a main reason for last week's cancellation of the Dakar Rally, a 5,760-mile car and motorcycle race that crosses the desert nation.
August 23, 1987 |
Thousands of tourists were stranded here Saturday by a 24-hour strike by Barcelona air traffic controllers, airport sources said. The strike affected one-third of Spanish airspace, including all of the country's eastern Mediterranean coast and the Balearic Islands, which include Majorca and Minorca. The Barcelona controllers also are responsible for flights leaving French airspace to overfly the Mediterranean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1987
I read with interest your article "Tourists' Imminent Departure Has Laguna's Walkarounders Reeling." The story focused on the locals celebration of the departure of the summer tourist swarm and quoted one Laguna Beach local making reference to the increased number of tourists year-round as saying, "I wish it was like in the old days where, when Labor Day came, you really got your town back." Some of us remember the Laguna of the "old" days. Here in Seal Beach we still have a bit of that "old" days feeling left, but we are having to fight very hard to save our city from the city government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1990
Caroline Taylor (Letters, April 1) quite correctly insists that the state should require that hotels/motels notify their guests at registration when spraying is scheduled. The position taken by the (state) Department of Agriculture is that they see no need for the state to require hotels/motels to notify their guests. However, the Department of Health Services takes the position of advising residents of communities to be sprayed that they should take some simple general precautions to reduce avoidable exposure to any potentially hazardous chemical.
January 22, 2013 |
If you ever wanted to get completely away from talking on your cellphone, the place to go was North Korea. "It was like there was an invisible wall surrounding the country," said Gareth Johnson, managing director of Young Pioneer Tours, which has been taking tour groups to North Korea since 2008. "You crossed the border into North Korea and your cellphone just died -- you got absolutely no signal," said Johnson, speaking from the tour company's office in Xian, China. But the fanatically strict North Korean policy against cellphone use by outsiders has begun to crack.
September 2, 2012 |
SAINT-CIRQ LAPOPIE, France - The valley of the Lot River as it wends its way through southwestern France is known for its exceptional natural beauty, picturesque villages and historic chateaux. Saint-Cirq Lapopie, however, stands out in every sense of the term. Rising majestically from atop an almost sheer rock bluff, more than 300 feet above the river, the medieval settlement has a commanding view for miles in every direction. It also stands out in the hearts of the French, who, despite a very wide choice of picture-postcard sites, voted Saint-Cirq Lapopie their favorite village in a nationwide television poll in May. Having seen off marauding armies and rival fiefs for hundreds of years, Saint-Cirq Lapopie today faces an invasion of a different kind: tourists, drawn by a newfound celebrity that could prove as much of a double-edged sword as those wielded by ancient assailants.