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  • Acapulco is now Mexico’s murder capital

    08/25/2017 3:59:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 24, 2017 | Joshua Partlow
    From the crescent bay and swaying palms, the taxi drivers of Acapulco need just 10 minutes to reach this other, plundered world. Here, in a neighborhood called Renacimiento, a pharmacy is smeared with gang graffiti. Market stalls are charred by fire. Taco stands and dentists’ offices, hair salons and auto-body workshops — all stand empty behind roll-down metal gates.
  • Advice For Boston Visit

    08/13/2017 8:44:34 AM PDT · by Bigg Red · 53 replies
    self ^ | August 13 2017 | Bigg Red
    The husband and I will be visiting the Boston area in about 10 days. As history buffs, we are very much interested in seeing all of the sites relating to colonial history and to the Revolution. Hoping to hear from anyone familiar with the city advice regarding areas to avoid, transportation, places to eat, must-see sites, etc.
  • How Baltimore Quietly Became the Coolest City on the East Coast

    07/28/2017 6:41:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Travel and Leisure ^ | July 26, 2017 | David Amsden
    There's much more to Charm City than what you've seen on The Wire. Even as racial tensions make headlines in this famously blue-collar town on the Chesapeake, slick waterfront projects and farm-to-table dining have arrived along with a new, younger generation of residents set on building the place they want to live in. One native Marylander travels to the city he first knew as a kid to meet the doers and dreamers driving Baltimore's next act.
  • Norway considers tourist tax to deal with its growing popularity

    07/27/2017 10:35:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 27 July 2017 17:29 CEST+02:00 | NTB/The Local
    Norway is currently enjoying a newfound level of popularity amongst tourists. Spurred in part by “the Frozen effect” that has seen tourism rise sharply since Disney’s 2013 film Frozen, which was developed with the support of Norway’s tourism agency, some officials began warning that the country was experiencing “too much of a good thing”. Now a number of politicians are suggesting the implementation of a tourist tax to help local communities deal with the influx of visitors. Local Nordland party leaders of the Socialist Left Party, the Christian Democrats, the Liberals and the Red Party have backed a new tourist...
  • The World's Top 10 Islands ( for culture, adventure, or simply kicking back on a beach )

    07/24/2017 8:05:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Travel and Leisure ^ | 07/11/2017 | by Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
    Whether you crave culture, adventure, or simply kicking back on a beach with a cold cocktail, at least one of these islands is sure to be an ideal destination.  And should you be willing to spend time in the air in order to land near the sea, all the better: this year, three of the top 10 islands in the world — as decided by Travel + Leisure readers — are in Asia. No matter that reaching them requires a generous commitment, fiscally and temporally. For the second year in a row, the Philippine paradise Palawan wins first place...
  • Shootout in Cancun: Narcos Take Their War Into Hot Beach Resort [Bloomberg Link Only]

    07/21/2017 6:09:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] ^ | July 21, 2017 | Nacha Cattan and Eric Martin
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  • No Trump slump in tourism but there could be a Trump bump

    07/17/2017 10:42:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | July 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Last winter, the U.S. tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a “Trump slump” in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. There might even be a “Trump bump,” says Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, a nonprofit representing the travel industry....
  • Jihadi first befriended, CHATTED with 2 German tourists before PULLING OUT MACHETE [tr]

    07/16/2017 8:52:53 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 10 replies
    Geller Report ^ | July 16, 2017 | Pamela Geller
    Full Title: Jihadi first befriended, CHATTED with 2 German tourists before PULLING OUT MACHETE and slaughtering them Abdel-Rahman Shaaban was moderate … and then he wasn’t. One moment, he is the West’s dreamy idea of Muslim immigration, the next, reality. “Stay back, I am not after Egyptians,” Shaaban shouted in Arabic at his pursuers, according to the officials. No, he was after non-Muslim Westerners. Speaking perfect Germans to his German infidel victims, he explained (in Arabic) to his pursuers not to worry, he was after the kufar. EGYPTIAN FIRST SAT, SPOKE WITH 2 GERMAN VICTIMS BEFORE ATTACKING THEM THE EGYPTIAN...
  • South Carolina Rushes to Tamp Down Violence in Myrtle Beach

    07/01/2017 8:05:33 AM PDT · by upchuck · 44 replies
    Fox Business ^ | July 1, 2017 | Cameron McWhirter
    Just as summer is ramping up, Myrtle Beach, a top South Carolina summer destination, is dealing with a flurry of violence that has city and state officials scrambling to calm worried visitors and residents. In the city's most prominent incident, at least seven people were injured in a June 18 shooting that was live-streamed on Facebook. That shooting -- and two others that weekend -- followed six over the Easter holidays in April. The violence prompted South Carolina's Republican Gov. Henry McMaster to visit the city not long after and order steps to beef up security, such as bringing in...
  • More flight cancelations to Cuba(WTH?)

    06/30/2017 9:37:32 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 6/30/2017 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    A couple of years ago, many of my local friends were curious about traveling to Cuba. They seemed fascinated by the idea of traveling to an island isolated from reality for 50-plus years. I would often hear this expression: "I want to see it for myself." Some of my friends went, and others never got to go. The ones who went all seem to be singing the same tune: "Beautiful beach, okay hotel, but the internet does not work and the people are not happy." We learned today via the Miami Herald that Southwest Airlines is canceling flights to Cuba:...
  • Alabamians get private, after-hours tour of the West Wing. Here’s what they saw.

    06/09/2017 6:35:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Yellow Hammer ^ | June 8, 2017 | Jordan LaPorta
    6,000 tourists visit the White House Tourist Center every day. As the seat of the executive branch of the U.S. Federal Government, it is not hard to understand why 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is such a popular attraction. However, very few of those 6,000 tourists get to see the West Wing, but last month four lucky Alabamians took the tour of a lifetime through the nucleus of the President’s home. Riley Roby, the husband of Rep. Martha Roby, invited Donna Horne, Chairman of Pike County’s Republican Party; Elaine Ridenour, Secretary of the Alabama Republican Party; and Sue Neuwien, Second Congressional District...
  • Experiencing "Real Gun Culture" is what Chinese Tourists wants

    06/07/2017 4:50:23 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/7/2017 | D Maccar
    You don't hear too many tourists coming to the United States to shoot firearms. But it is a fact according to the U.S. Travel/Trade, its in many of the wealthy Chinese tourists buckets of things to do in the U.S. In China, you cannot own a firearm, air rifle or even a toy gun. Having a toy gun can land you some jail time. Which obviously has created an odd tourism opportunity here. Enter Dickson Wong, who is a marksman with a deep interest in firearms. He arranges tours for groups of chinese tourists who are gun enthusiasts to travel...
  • Beijing’s new weapon in economic war: Chinese tourists

    05/21/2017 9:35:10 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 6 replies
    Busines Inquirer ^ | May 21, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    BEIJING, China — Slapping import bans on products like mangoes, coal and salmon has long been China’s way of punishing countries that refuse to toe its political line. But Beijing has shown that it can also hurt others by cutting a lucrative Chinese export: tourists who normally flock to South Korea or Taiwan. China’s recent boycott of South Korea over a US anti-missile shield on the Korean peninsula signals a growing aggression in the way it flexes its economic muscles, analysts say. Beijing has banned Chinese tour groups from going to the South, hammering its tourist market and the duty-free...
  • Refugees Fleeing U.S. for Canada over Open Border, Report Says

    05/04/2017 5:29:24 PM PDT · by DFG · 24 replies
    breitbart ^ | 05/04/2017 | John Binder
    Foreign refugees are continuing to flee the U.S. to Canada through the open, U.S.-Canadian Border. In a report by NBC News, foreign refugees are passing through the U.S. to Canada, specifically a small border town of less than 700 people known as Emerson. The vast majority of the refugees are of Somali descent who were originally placed in the U.S. Other refugees passing through the northern border are from Nigeria, Eritrea, and Djibouti. According to NBC, since January, more than 300 foreign refugees have crossed the U.S. border into Emerson.
  • The Religious Liberty Order is a Good Start, Here's What Needs to Happen Next

    05/04/2017 3:13:30 PM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    Front Page ^ | May 4, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    President Trump's Religious Liberty executive order, like many of his orders, set out good general principles. The principles, e.g. "It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law's robust protections for religious freedom" are good. The actual legal authority is limited. It's a good start for a much broader program. The order largely takes on the Johnson Amendment. But as a practical matter, that needs to be repealed by Congress. And it should find its way to the agenda. President Trump can try to limit its enforcement, but as long as it's there, it's a...
  • This is why American tourists don’t want to travel to Cuba

    05/04/2017 4:45:32 AM PDT · by cll · 33 replies
    Market Watch ^ | By Kari Paul Published: May 3, 2017 6:39 a.m. ET | By Kari Paul Published: May 3, 2017 6:39 a.m. ET
    <p>A flash of excitement about travel to Cuba after the country opened its borders to the U.S. in 2016 for the first time in decades may have lost some of its shine.</p> <p>Americans are less interested in travel to Cuba this year than they were in 2016, a survey from insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance found. Some 76% of the 1,514 respondents said they were not likely to plan a trip to Cuba in 2017 compared to 70% in 2016. Only 2% of those surveyed planned to visit Cuba in the next six months or by the end of 2017, the same as 2016 despite a projected increase in travelers from the country’s ministry of tourism. It also found that 60% of Americans said “would not like to travel to Cuba” compared to just 58% in 2016.</p>
  • Trump Opens Doors on Oil Exploration, but Deeper Reforms Still Needed

    05/03/2017 8:56:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 28, 2017 | Nicolas Loris
    In another move to free up domestic energy supplies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday aimed at lifting the Obama administration’s offshore drilling restrictions.For decades, bad policies have blocked access to America’s abundance of domestic resources, yet America has still managed to be a global energy leader. Trump’s executive order, “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,” could unleash further success in the energy sector.The economic potential sitting just off America’s coasts is enormous. The Outer Continental Shelf is awash with natural resources, containing an estimated 86 billion barrels of oil and 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.Realizing...
  • Hot Flight Attendants In Bikinis Made Vietnam Its First Female Billionaire

    03/31/2017 5:42:33 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 111 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/30/17 | DEREK HUNTER
    Airlines all have their own uniforms for flight attendants, but those uniforms were never a reason customers choose to fly a particular airline…until now. VietJet, a regional airline in Vietnam, has its young flight attendants dress in corporate colored bikinis, and that marketing gimmick has helped the company’s CEO, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, become the country’s first self-made female billionaire. Bloomberg reports, “With the initial public offering of Vietnam’s only privately-owned airline, Thao is set to have a net worth exceeding $1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, making her the country’s first woman billionaire.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1Ia1fLc8hw
  • One State May Do Away With Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Promotion

    03/14/2017 1:03:54 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2017 | Michael LaFaive
    One state may be getting wise to the fact that government-funded tourism promotion is a bad bet for taxpayers and do away with two state agencies tasked with economic development and tourism promotion. Recently, Florida House’s Careers and Competition subcommittee voted in favor of a bill that would end Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida. Those government entities are similar to the Pure Michigan advertising campaign and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, respectively. Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s Michael LaFaive, who co-authored a study last year examining the efficacy of state-funded tourism promotion, told the Naples Daily News that Florida doesn’t...
  • DC’s Cherry Blossoms Will Hit Peak Bloom March 14-17 [about 2 1/2 weeks early]

    03/02/2017 12:49:57 AM PST · by Daffynition · 8 replies
    Washingtononian ^ | March 1, 2017 | Kayla Randall
    Washington’s Japanese cherry trees are expected to be at peak bloom between March 14-17, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.