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Record Interest in Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials at Poland’s World War Two Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp say the site hosted a record number of tourists in 2012. In a statement on the museum’s website Friday, officials said more than 1.4 million visitors toured the Holocaust memorial site in southern Poland last year. The visitors came from all over the world, including Poland, […]

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US Company Aims to Fly You to the Moon for $1.5 Billion

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. company founded by ex-NASA executives says it plans to offer commercial flights to the moon by the end of the decade. The company, named Golden Spike, estimates it will cost $1.5 billion to send two people to the moon and back for up to two days. It plans to sell the flights to […]

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China Closes Tibet to Tourists

Posted June 6th, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Travel operators say Chinese authorities have closed Tibet to foreign visitors and canceled visas for the region. The move comes days after two Tibetans set themselves on fire in the region to protest Chinese rule. No reason was given for the ban on foreign visitors with several Beijing based tour operators saying the restrictions could […]

US Hosting Increasing Numbers of Chinese Tourists

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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An increasing number of Chinese tourists are visiting the United States, pleasing many American businesses in tough economic times. The number of U.S. tourist visas issued to Chinese has risen dramatically, from 203,000 travelers in 2004 to the latest number available, which is 1.1 million. That puts China ninth on the list of countries of […]

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Obama Unveils Plan to Expand Foreign Tourism in U.S.

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Standing at one of the United States’ most famous tourist destinations, Disney World, President Barack Obama promised to boost the nation’s tourism industry. He unveiled a new program to cut processing times for tourist visas, including for visitors coming from China and Brazil. Rising wealth in both countries is rapidly increasing the number of their […]

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Seoul, New York Agree to Joint Tourism Campaign

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s capital city has reached an agreement with New York to conduct a joint tourism marketing campaign promoting the two world cities. A memorandum of understanding was signed Monday in Seoul between city officials there and New York’s tourism agency, NYC and Company. The pact calls for each city to promote the other with […]

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China to Allow Individuals to Travel to Taiwan

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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China says it will allow tourists from selected cities on the mainland to visit Taiwan as individuals, rather than requiring them to travel in tightly-supervised groups. In a speech at a cross-strait forum in Xiamen, Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of China’s State Council Wang Yi said Sunday that the trial of the new […]

Pyongyang Strips South Korean Firm of Tourist Mountain Monopoly

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has unveiled a new law that would allow foreign investors to invest in a mountain resort once operated exclusively by a South Korean corporation. The law calls for transforming Mount Kumgang into a special zone for international tours. It also ends Hyundai Asan’s monopoly over the resort, which attracted scores of South Korean […]

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