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July 17, 2011 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
There was a time when a mushroom cloud billowing over the Nevada desert was celebrated as a symbol of American strength — and, about 75 miles southeast in Las Vegas, as a terrific tourist draw. In the 1950s, casinos threw "dawn parties," where gamblers caroused until a flash signaled the explosion of an atomic bomb at the Nevada Test Site. Tourism boosters promoted the Atomic Cocktail (vodka, brandy, champagne and a dash of sherry) and pinups such as Miss Atomic Blast, who was said to radiate "loveliness instead of deadly atomic particles.
November 17, 1996 | TIMES STAFF AND WIRES
The South is rising again--in this case, displacing the West as the nation's favorite travel spot, according to a new national survey by New York-based Roper Starch Worldwide. Thirty-six percent of the 1,996 adults polled said they would "most like to vacation" in the South versus 32% who named the West. In 1988, 41% preferred the West and 30% the South. The South also bested the West this year as the place people would like to live, 34% to 26%; in 1988 the two regions were virtually tied.
August 21, 2011 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
When Lebo Malepa decided to rent out his bedroom and another room in 2003, his economist father doubted his son's ambitious vision for tourism in unlikely Soweto township. "Soweto is a township full of energy and full of trendsetters," Malepa said. "When I started my business, I was convinced I was going to make it happen. " Malepa's enthusiasm, hard work and ability to spot a market niche helped Lebo's Soweto Backpackers expand dramatically. He now has 57 bicycles and two tuk-tuks (three-wheelers)
April 7, 1989 | From Reuters
Tourists beware. Rome's muggers, pickpockets and purse snatchers are more active than ever. Rome's Il Messaggero newspaper said Thursday that street crimes rose by 35% in the capital last year. Quoting police figures and its own research, the paper said that in 1988 there were more than 56,000 reported incidents, or one every 10 minutes. Areas near the train station and the Colosseum, a tourist haunt where there are many Gypsies and drug addicts, are among the most dangerous, Il Messaggero
August 6, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
If you seek a monument to the security gains Colombia has made under President Alvaro Uribe's eight-year administration, the newly inaugurated JW Marriott Hotel here is a good place to look. Improved security, the dynamic economy and some tax breaks are attracting the major international hotel chains that for decades shied away from Colombia. Uribe, who leaves office Saturday, officiated at the 264-room Marriott's ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. "I don't have words to express my thanks for the confidence you show in Colombia," Uribe said to executives of Marriott and Grupo Poma, the El Salvador-based firm that owns the new hotel under a franchise agreement.
November 5, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A car repairman who police said killed his mother-in-law and a friend commandeered a bus carrying 33 Japanese tourists, leading them on a nearly 10-hour odyssey at gunpoint before releasing them unharmed and surrendering to a TV talk show host.
November 20, 2005
SO Veronica Pinckard asks what savvy traveler would squander $65 for tea ["Putting on the Ritz -- at Our Expense," Letters, Nov. 6]? It's a long-standing tradition in travel that there will always be tourist traps and they will be full of tourists. Who on their first trip to Venice, Italy, doesn't go to Harry's and have a Bellini and a club sandwich, then gag over the bill? Has any tourist to New York City not floated a loan so he could go to the Rainbow Room or Tavern on the Green? It's something you do once, on your first trip, and then you can say you did it. As far as England setting up a separate set of prices to entice tourists, is there anyone left who doesn't realize that Britain is one of the most expensive tourist destinations on Earth?
August 9, 1997 | NORINE DRESSER
Question: Which of the following American customs baffle many newcomers and tourists? 1) Taxes on puchased items. 2) Teachers preferring to be called by their names. 3) The belief that "Everybody needs milk." Answer: All of them. In many places outside the U.S., taxes are included in the price. Consequently, when newcomers allot money for purchases here, they are often shocked and short of funds when the bill comes.
September 16, 1990 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports.
The influx of tens of thousands of less-than-affluent day-trippers from Eastern Europe this summer has prompted city officials in Venice to institute new laws to cope with their tourist dilemma. As part of a campaign to restore "order and decorum," the city council has introduced fines for picnickers in St. Mark's Square and erected barriers to prevent sitting on the steps of the cathedral.
September 6, 1985 | United Press International
The Greek government defended itself Thursday against charges that Greece is unsafe for tourists. "We are convinced that Greece is one of the safest countries and is in the best position to provide safety for tourists," government spokesman Costas Laliotis said. Laliotis made his comments in the wake of charges resulting from Tuesday's grenade attack on a luxury seaside hotel in the suburb of Glyfada in which 18 British tourists were injured. Six of them are still in a hospital.
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