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Interest in Travel to U.S. Down Overall—but Up in Asia

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2017, 4:00 AM

The overall number of international travelers planning to visit the United States has declined slightly over the past year as a result of the political climate, according to an analysis conducted by Brand USA, a public-private organization created by Congress to promote U.S. tourism. Twenty-seven percent of travelers were planning a U.S. trip in March 2016, the group says. That number is a...

Most Visited U.S. National Parks in a Record-Setting Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/13/2017, 4:00 AM

The National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016, and a record number of guests joined the party. The agency logged 331 million visits at the sites it manages, including 59 national parks as well as hundreds of monuments, memorials, scenic drives, historical landmarks, and nature preserves across the United States. The numbers for 2016 were 7.7% higher than the previous year...

Cyprus Expecting Record Tourism Numbers for the Second Year in a Row

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/07/2017, 5:00 AM

For the second year in a row, the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus is expecting a record number of international visitors in 2017. Cyprus tourism officials say the island is on track to increase by 5% the nearly 3.2 million visits last year—a number that was itself 17% higher than the figure for 2015.  The tourism office attributes the surge to an overhauled marketing campaign la...

Faulting Trump Slump, New York Now Expects Fewer Tourists This Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/01/2017, 5:00 AM

An estimated 300,000 fewer international visitors than initially expected will travel to New York this year, according to NYC & Company, the city's official tourism marketing organization. The revised forecast, updated from a previous report in October 2016, takes into account "changing attitudes about travel and access to the U.S.," NYC & Company said in a statement, following "the rec...

Tourists Can Take Martial Arts Classes from Local Police in Japan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/23/2017, 5:00 AM

A novel activity will soon be on offer for English-speaking tourists in Japan: They can take a martial arts class led by local police officers.  Starting in March, hourlong beginner-level classes will take place in the city of Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, and will be taught by members of the police force who have black belts in judo and kendo, which involves bamboo swords. After class, you ...

Fort Lauderdale Launches Ads to Attract Transgender Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/18/2017, 5:00 AM

(photo: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau) Doing its part to attract GLBT travelers and anybody else who prizes diversity and inclusiveness, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a marketing campaign featuring transgender models. Starting this month, the tourism ads, which can be seen above, are appearing in media outlets ...

In Its Ability to Start and Stop the Flow of Outbound Tourism, China Possesses a Mighty Weapon to Use Against the West

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/13/2016, 12:00 AM

Despite what fevered political rhetoric may imply, international relations cannot be simply reset. Countless American families depend on the tourism relationship between the United States and China....

Harper Lee's Alabama Hometown Wants to Be a Tourist Attraction Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2016, 10:00 PM

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee lived a quiet life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, eschewing the limelight and resisting efforts to turn her into a tourist attraction.  But Lee died last February at the age of 89, and so local officials and chamber-of-commerce types have launched a big plan to make Monroeville—inspiration for the fictional Macomb in Lee's Pulitzer Prize-wi...

Harper Lee's Alabama Hometown Wants to Be a Tourist Attraction Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2016, 10:00 PM

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee lived a quiet life in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, eschewing the limelight and resisting efforts to turn her into a tourist attraction.  But Lee died last February at the age of 89, and so local officials and chamber-of-commerce types have launched a big plan to make Monroeville—inspiration for the fictional Macomb in Lee's Pulitzer Prize-wi...

This Year's Loss of Great Barrier Reef Corals Is the Worst on Record

By Shakeema Edwards

Posted on 12/01/2016, 6:30 PM

It might be time to move the Great Barrier Reef to the top of your bucket list.   The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has reported that about 67% of the corals in the northern section of the reef died in 2016 due to bleaching, a result of prolonged exposure to warm water temperatures.   Fortunately for the thousands of species living in the 1,430-mile reef, cor...

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