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MSC aims to be 1st major 'carbon neutral' cruise operator

Nov. 8, 2019 4:20 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — MSC Cruises says it will become the world's first global cruise operator to go "carbon neutral" by donating money to reduce or capture the equivalent amount of greenhouse gas emissions its ships produce. The announcement Friday in Hamburg comes amid criticism from environmental campaigners...

Deal for Nordic units of Thomas Cook could save 2,300 jobs

Oct. 30, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian hotel and property developer and two equity funds have bought the Nordic subsidiaries of the failed Thomas Cook travel agency, potentially saving some 2,300 jobs. Petter Stordalen and Scandinavian fund Altor have each acquired 40% of Ving group while London-based TDR...

US travel industry to Chinese tourists: What trade war?

Oct. 28, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., has dangled hotel discounts tied to the Chinese Lunar New Year. Arizona has promoted its outdoor attractions to draw visitors during another popular Chinese holiday. San Francisco has expanded its social media presence on Chinese apps to market year-round travel to...

S Korea proposes meeting on dormant tour project with North

Oct. 28, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Monday proposed a face-to-face meeting with North Korea on the fate of a long-shuttered joint tourist project at a scenic North Korean mountain, as their relations remain cool over stalemated nuclear diplomacy. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week ordered the...

Hong Kong shops fortify facades as protest violence grows

Oct. 25, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — As Hong Kong's protest movement becomes increasingly violent, some shops are battening the hatches. Banks, retailers, restaurants and travel agents with ties to mainland China or perceived pro-Beijing ownership have fortified their facades over apparent fear of further damage after...

Thomas Cook chief 'sorry' but not sure about returning bonus

Oct. 15, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The former chief executive of the failed Thomas Cook travel agency has told a British parliamentary committee he has not decided whether to return his substantial cash bonus. Peter Fankhauser told the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Tuesday that he is "deeply sorry" for the...

EU OKs $419M German loan for Thomas Cook airline Condor

Oct. 14, 2019 6:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says the European Union has approved its decision to grant airline Condor, a subsidiary of collapsed tour operator Thomas Cook, a 380 million-euro ($419 million) bridging loan to keep it in the air. The Economy Ministry said the EU's executive Commission gave its...

Crackdown announced after Alec Baldwin falls for tour 'scam'

Oct. 8, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials vowed Tuesday to crack down on vendors selling boat rides around the Statue of Liberty after actor Alec Baldwin complained that he was among the many people scammed into thinking he was buying tickets to the statue itself. Baldwin posted on Instagram Sunday that he...

Alec Baldwin falls for Statue of Liberty tour 'scam'

Oct. 8, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin says he fell for a "scam" Statue of Liberty tour. The actor shared his experience on Instagram Sunday. He says he bought $40 tickets for a boat tour of the Statue of Liberty for his family. But they were instead escorted to a shuttle bus to New Jersey. The Daily News reports...

Carnival execs back in court on ocean pollution case

Oct. 2, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Top Carnival Corp. executives are due back in court to explain what the world's largest cruise line is doing to reduce ocean pollution. A hearing is set Wednesday in Miami federal court for an update on what steps Carnival is taking. Chairman Micky Arison, who also owns the Miami Heat, and CEO...