March 3, 2007 |
The number of international tourists visiting America should exceed pre-Sept. 11 levels this year for the first time since the 2001 terrorist attacks crippled the travel industry, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said Friday. In addition, Gutierrez said, the country collected a record $107.4 billion in travel receipts in 2006, a 5% increase from the previous year. An estimated 51.1 million tourists from other countries visited the United States last year, just short of the 51.
December 31, 2006 |
BECAUSE many Americans make their charitable contributions during the holiday season, each year at this time I mention several worthwhile nonprofit organizations that perform valuable service in the travel industry. Each accepts tax-deductible contributions. Wilderness Inquiry, 808 14th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414; (800) 728-0719, www.wildernessinquiry.org, enables disabled people to go on adventure trips by inviting able-bodied volunteers to join them.
December 8, 2006 |
Travelport Ltd., the owner of online travel agencies Orbitz and CheapTickets, agreed to purchase Worldspan for $1.4 billion in cash to acquire technology and new customers. Worldspan provides electronic ticketing for travel agencies and runs the reservation systems for airlines including Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. The combined company would have $3.5 billion in sales, Travelport spokesman Elliot Bloom said Thursday.
December 3, 2006 |
IF you've never taken a cruise, Bob Dickinson has his sights set on you. "In 10 years, there should be an additional 40 million people who have taken cruises," says the president and chief executive of Carnival Cruise Lines and director of Carnival Corp. "Today, that total in the U.S. is about 51 million. Now about 17% of the American public has taken cruises. In 10 years, it will be about 30%." According to the industry group, Cruise Lines International Assn., 4.
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 25, 2006 |
In two cavernous ballrooms at the Bellagio hotel this week, travel agents wait to be wooed. Men wearing kilts urge agents to send their clients to Scotland. A masseuse from Celebrity Cruise Lines roams the hall, kneading tight neck muscles. An affiliate of Virgin Atlantic Airways offers attendees the chance to book the ultimate trip: a suborbital spaceflight for $200,000 a pop.
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.