September 13, 2006 |
Democrats and liberal academics have been complaining for years that President Bush's foreign policy has turned the United States into an international pariah. Now they have an unexpected ally: Disneyland. The international travel business is thriving everywhere -- except in the United States, whose share of global tourism is plummeting in step with America's image around the world. The nation's tourism industry says hostility toward the U.S.
August 27, 2006 |
AMERICANS who love to travel spend many hours planning where to go next. Noel Irwin Hentschel turned the idea inside out by recognizing that people from other countries do the same thing and that one of their prime destinations is -- or should be -- the U.S. With that realization, $5,000 in savings and a British-born partner, Michael Fitzpatrick, Hentschel founded the Los Angeles-based American Tours International in 1977.
August 15, 2006 |
Inferiority. Servitude. Racism. These are just a few of the words that Vonita W. Foster uses when she travels to middle schools and high schools to teach students about slavery -- a subject that, more than 140 years after its end, still makes many black students squirm. "They're kind of uncomfortable," she said. "They're embarrassed that their ancestors were slaves, because they don't know the heritage." Foster is on a mission to change that.
August 12, 2006 |
After showing resilience in the immediate aftermath of the alleged London bomb plot, airline stocks took a drubbing Friday as investors worried about higher costs from increased airport security and rising oil prices. Meanwhile, travel agents, hotels and air carriers said travelers seemed to be adjusting to new security measures and reported only scattered booking cancellations.
August 11, 2006 |
The alleged London terrorist plot and its airport-snarling aftermath won't send the travel industry into a tailspin, experts said Thursday, but it was still unwelcome news for a key economic sector just recovering from the Sept. 11 attacks. "As we have seen after previous terrorist events -- 9/11, Madrid, Bali and the London bombings -- the world will still fly," said Bank of America analyst Robert Stallard.
July 20, 2006 |
Higher fares and crowded airplanes helped Southwest Airlines Co. and the parent of American Airlines post sharply higher second-quarter profits Wednesday despite record jet fuel prices. Southwest and American are the first big carriers to report second-quarter results, and Wall Street was watching for signs that the industry had regained its financial footing after years of poor performance and, more recently, skyrocketing fuel costs.
May 30, 2006 |
European Union member states agreed to dismantle borders for service providers such as construction firms, accountants and travel agencies to open up competition in the greatest part of the EU's $14-trillion economy. National industry ministers agreed to the final wording in Brussels on Monday to seal a compromise with added safeguards for workers' rights. Those protections helped overcome opposition to the measure that fueled France's vote against an EU constitution last year.
May 27, 2006 |
For California's $82-billion tourism industry, it's all about the gas this summer. This Memorial Day weekend, a record number of Southern Californians are hitting the road for the traditional kickoff of the summer vacation season, swallowing gasoline prices that are nearly a dollar a gallon more than at this time last year. But the travel increase from a year earlier is marginal, which has the industry scrambling to ease vacationers' pain at the pump with gas giveaways and discounts.
April 30, 2006 |
FOR lesbians and gay men looking to hit the high seas or vacation abroad, this month brought events both giddy and unsettling. Taken together, they say much about the possibilities and perils of uncloseted travel: * Gay tour companies chartered two crown jewels of cruising: Cunard's Queen Mary 2, arguably the best-known passenger ship afloat, and Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, soon to debut as the world's biggest, carrying up to 3,700 guests.
April 23, 2006 |
MAD at a destination? Don't like its politics or laws? Boycott it. That seems to be a popular response, based on my recent search for "travel boycott" on Google, which turned up more than 7 million hits. But whether such efforts effect change is questionable. Among recent campaigns: * Alabama Gov.