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Report points to lapse in key data in Mississippi bus crash

Aug. 3, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than a year after a train slammed into a bus stuck on a railroad crossing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and killed four Texas tourists, investigators report that local officials and the railroad, CSX Corp., were well aware the crossing was a trouble spot, but the information does...

Marriott, Airbnb see opportunity in selling 'experiences'

Jul. 25, 2018 11:13 AM EDT

Hotel and home-sharing companies don't just want to sell you a room anymore. They also want to sell you an experience. Want a "Game of Thrones" walking tour of Dubrovnik, Croatia? Marriott can book it for you. Want to create your own perfume in Paris? Airbnb can help. Online operators like TripAdvisor and Expedia...

A guide to travel insurance _ including when not to buy it

Jul. 25, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

When you book flights online, you're typically prompted to buy travel insurance. Same with cruises and tours. Should you buy the insurance? What will it cover? Equally important, what won't it cover, and when might it not be worth your while? The AP Travel podcast "Get Outta Here!" got the answers to these and...

Hawaii town hopes lava tourism will bring economic relief

Jul. 19, 2018 6:31 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Stunning images of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it's nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava — a fact that's squeezing the tourism-dependent local economy. Big Island businesses are...

Hawaii lava boat tours continue after explosion, injuries

Jul. 17, 2018 7:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii tour boat operators plan to continue taking visitors to see lava, but will follow the Coast Guard's revised policy and stay farther away after an explosion caused molten rock to barrel through the roof of a vessel, injuring 23 people. The Coast Guard prohibits vessels from getting...

Heartbreaking scenes described in Thai boat sinking; 41 dead

Jul. 7, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Divers who entered the wreck of a tour boat that sank in a storm off the southern Thai resort island of Phuket described heartbreaking scenes of bodies of children found in the arms of their mothers, as the search continued Saturday for 15 mostly Chinese tourists missing in a...

33 Chinese dead in boat sinking off Thai island, 23 missing

Jul. 6, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities on Friday evening suspended the search for missing tourists who were on a boat that sank during a storm off the southern resort island of Phuket, as the death toll rose to 33, all of them Chinese nationals. The search for another 23 people still missing will resume...

Carnival shares sink on outlook, cost concerns

Jun. 25, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnival Corp. shares tumbled Monday after the cruise operator gave a weaker-than-expected outlook, citing growing fuel costs. The stock fell $6.11, or 9.6 percent, to $57.42 in morning trading. The lackluster guidance and concern over growing costs helped drag down its peers. Shares of...