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  • 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 Houses 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 Policys Michael LaFaive, who co-authored a study last year examining the efficacy of state-funded tourism promotion, told the Naples Daily News that Florida doesnt...
  • DCs 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
    Washingtons Japanese cherry trees are expected to be at peak bloom between March 14-17, the National Park Service announced Wednesday.
  • Paris Tourism Falls 1.5 Million in 2016 after Terror Fears, Costs Economy 1.3 Billion

    02/22/2017 8:00:52 AM PST · by davikkm · 32 replies
    breitbart ^ | NICK HALLETT
    Paris and the surrounding region lost 1.5 million tourists on 2016 as visitors, especially from the Far East, stay away due to ongoing terror fears. According to the Comit Regional du Tourisme, the Paris Ile-de-France region also lost 1.3 billion euros in tourist income, while the number of nights spent by foreign visitors in the regions hotels also fell by 10.8 per cent. Some sights in particular have suffered deeply from the lack of tourists and cancellations by school groups, the committee says, including the Arc de triomphe which saw a 24 per cent drop in visitors. The Louvre museum,...
  • Paris region loses 1.5 million tourists over terror fears

    02/21/2017 9:44:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 21 February 2017 12:00 CET+01:00
    Tourism in the greater Paris region le-de-France has been hit hard by terror fears, the latest figures show. But its turning around. In total, in 2016, hotel owners in le-de-France welcomed 1.5 million fewer French and international tourists compared to 2015, the Regional Tourism Committee reported on Tuesday. While the average number of tourists visiting the region has only decreased by 0.8 percent, the drop was particularly sharp among some countries more than others. There were 21.5 percent fewer Chinese tourists setting down their suitcases in the Paris region, and 41.2 percent fewer tourists from Japan checking in to hotels...
  • Melania Trump Announces White House Visitor Office Will Reopen

    02/14/2017 6:39:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    News 18 ^ | February 15, 2017 | CNN Wire
    The president gets to live there, but the White House actually belongs to the American people and starting March 7, they can start to take tours for the first time during Donald Trump's presidency. First lady Melania Trump said in a statement Tuesday she's looking forward to welcoming visitors. "I am excited to reopen the White House to the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come each year. The White House is a remarkable and historic site and we are excited to share its beauty and history. I am committed to the restoration and preservation of our Nation's most recognizable...
  • Would you stay in a hotel w/a stranger? Marriott set to introduce communal rooms for up to 16

    02/06/2017 5:41:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 6, 2017 | James Gordon
    If you believe that 'strangers are simply friends you haven't met yet', you could be making a lot more if you stay at some Marriott hotels in the near future. The largest hotel chain in the world is planning to make communal rooms in some of its hotels that will be shared by between six and 16 guests. The idea, which is still in the design stage, would be rolled out in 23 Element hotels which is the chain's eco-conscious, extended stay brand....
  • Slovenias tourism booms thanks in part to Melania Trump

    01/31/2017 5:49:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WDAF-TV ^ | January 31, 2017 | The Associated Press
    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia The tiny European nation of Slovenia is undergoing a tourism boom partly because it is the native country of U.S. first lady Melania Trump. The national Statistics Bureau said Tuesday that the number of overnight stays in Slovenia by American tourists has jumped by 10 percent in 2016 when compared to 2015. Nearly 4 million foreign tourists visited the country of 2 million in 2016, up by about 10 percent....
  • Trump orders weekly publication of crimes committed by illegals in sanctuary cities

    01/25/2017 8:48:19 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 45 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | January 25, 2017 | KYLE OLSON
    In order to better inform Americans about the impact illegal aliens are having on crime rates in sanctuary cities, President Donald Trump today ordered the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by illegals. In an executive order titled Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, Trump directed Secretary John Kelly to be transparent with citizens. To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public...
  • Tourists Flee Nightmare Paris Amid Rising Theft, Assaults, Terror

    01/18/2017 8:11:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 18, 2017 | Virginia Hale
    Tourists from China are avoiding France amid surging violence and crime, a Chinese tourism expert has said, reporting that customers are turning to Russia as a safer destination. President of the Chinese Association of Travel Agencies in France, Jean-Franois Zhou, said increasingly violent thefts and assaults are turning France into one of the worst destinations for foreign tourists.
  • Universal hiring 1,700 workers for Volcano Bay (Orlando, Florida)

    01/10/2017 12:07:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WTSP-TV | January 10, 2017 | Staff
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/florida/universal-hiring-1700-workers-for-volcano-bay/384779760
  • Andy Griffith's hometown hopes Trump will make America great again

    01/10/2017 3:03:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | January 9, 2017 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post
    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. From a perch on Main Street, the hometown of actor Andy Griffith looks this day like it was plucked right out of the television show that bears his name. And it was. Residents and tourists from farflung states mill along the thoroughfare, past the quaint low-slung shops made of Mount Airy's famous white granite and named, like Floyd's City Barber Shop, for references in "The Andy Griffith Show," the folksy comedy set in the idyllic fictional small town of Mayberry that first aired in 1960. And yet even as this city of about 10,000 nestled in...
  • Scholars Challenge Tourism Officials to Debate

    12/21/2016 5:12:08 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    November 1, 2016 Mr. David Lorenz Michigan Economic Development Corporation 300 North Washington Square Lansing, MI 48913 Ms. Deanna Richeson President/CEO Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association 2175 Commons Parkway Okemos, MI 48864 Dear Mr. Lorenz and Ms. Richeson: I am writing to extend to you both an invitation to publicly debate Michael Hicks and myself in Lansing on the question of the efficacy of the states Pure Michigan tourism advertising program. The Mackinac Center will host the event at a luncheon or dinner and live-stream it on the internet. If this is agreeable Im sure we can find a mutually...
  • PITBULL: FLORIDA PAID ME $1 MIL TO TAKE STATE WORLDWIDE

    12/16/2016 3:34:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    TMZ ^ | 12/15/16
    Pitbull went public with the contract he signed with Florida -- revealing the state paid him a ton of money to be its ambassador -- but he only did it after a politician pushed him into a corner. ....Florida state's Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran had filed a lawsuit asking a judge to allow Pitbull's deal to be made public. As we reported ...Pitbull's company had threatened to sue if representatives leaked the "trade secrets" in his contract.
  • ACTUALLY, NO ONE CARED: Mountain Towns Have Better 2016 without Defunct Bike Race

    11/30/2016 7:24:52 AM PST · by snarkpup · 60 replies
    Colorado Peakk Politics ^ | November 29, 2016
    In fact, 2016 tax receipts were up in mountain towns now that the bicycle race is gone. Aspen, Steamboat, and Breckenridge all saw increased tax collections in August, a year after the race shut down their towns for a few hours. So it turns out it was all spin by PR hacks and the the states tourism office, who bragged about how amped that Coloradans were to have this bike race so amped that the race went out of business and failed to deliver any tax boost to the communities it impacted.
  • Venetians pack their bags as tourism takes its toll

    11/13/2016 5:33:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 12, 2016 | Staff
    Dozens of Venetians waved maroon and yellow flags and carried empty suitcases on Saturday during a symbolic demonstration to highlight an exodus of residents from the lagoon city, where tourist hordes can make everyday life challenging. Images of narrow Venetian alleys clogged with visitors during the All Saints holiday weekend filled Italian papers last week, rekindling a debate about limiting access to the city through a booking system. Venetians have long complained that food shopping and other daily errands have become increasingly tricky as the city focuses on meeting the needs of the more than 20 million tourists who are...
  • Pure Michigans Budget Justification

    11/08/2016 7:15:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/4/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    A new study examines the economic impact of government tourism advertising programs. We are the authors of that work, called An Analysis of State-Funded Tourism Promotion, which offers empirical support for the hypothesis that these programs are ineffective. Our conclusion is based on examining 39 years of state tourism promotion data with a statistical model that incorporates lessons learned by previous scholars, obtained through a thorough academic literature review. The statistical model we built, its rationale and output are completely transparent, and have been peer reviewed by economists not known to us. Replicating its results will be simple for a...
  • Pure Michigan Spent $295 Million and Even Hotels Only Got Scraps Back

    11/07/2016 11:20:00 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 58 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/5/2016 | Derek Draplin
    Since 2006 this state has spent $295 million on an advertising campaign called Pure Michigan that is intended to draw tourism dollars here from other states. But a new study shows that state-funded efforts to promote tourism are mostly a blunder. The marketing scheme is widely recognized thanks to its homey TV commercials showing picturesque Michigan locations and narrated by film and television star Tim Allen. Michigans Legislature appropriated $34 million to the program for the current year, $1 million more than last year. Pure Michigan is managed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which is the states economic development...
  • Some 400 climbers may still be on erupting Indonesia volcano: officials

    09/28/2016 8:53:49 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 29 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 9/28/2016 | Staf
    JAKARTA At least 389 climbers, including 333 foreigners, might be still on a volcano near the Indonesian resort island of Bali that had erupted Tuesday afternoon, government officials said. Mount Barujari on Lombok Island, which is located east of Bali, erupted at 3 p.m. local time Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash as high as 2 km into the air. The eruption forced the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation to raise the status of the volcano, which is located inside the caldera of bigger Mount Rinjani, to Level 2. Level 4 is the highest alert. The volcanology agency also...
  • Fukushima nuclear zone 'to become world's next macabre tourist hotspot'

    09/24/2016 3:11:18 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 22 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | September 24th 2016 | Laura Connor
    Full Title: "Fukushima nuclear zone 'to become world's next macabre tourist hotspot' as visitors get set to don radioactive suits" "The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is set to become a bizarre new tourist attraction, as people flock to visit the radioactive exclusion zone."