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North Korea says it issued ultimatum to South over resort

Nov. 14, 2019 10:19 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday said it issued an ultimatum to South Korea that it will tear down South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North’s Diamond Mountain resort if the South continues to ignore its demands to come and clear them out. The North Korean statement...

Cyprus teams up with Israel to promote East Med cruises

Nov. 13, 2019 12:38 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is teaming up with Israeli authorities to promote the east Mediterranean as a prime cruise line holiday destination, the island nation’s tourism minister said Wednesday. Savvas Perdios said that the government is also in advanced talks with Egypt to offer cruise...

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...

Alabama tourism honored for civil rights promotion

Nov. 6, 2019 10:49 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's state tourism agency is being honored for its work promoting civil rights travel in 14 U.S. states. The office was presented with an award recognizing its marketing campaign for the U.S. Civil Rights Trail during an industry trade show in London on Tuesday. The trail...

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...

Residents hit by Kilauea eruption relieved at fewer tourists

Oct. 29, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The Big Island neighborhood that was ravaged by the 2018 Kilauea volcano eruption has become a destination for tourists wanting to get a look at the damage caused by one of the largest eruptions in the Hawaii volcano's recent history. But residents of the Leilani Estates neighborhood...

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...