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Too many tourists amid Oxford's dreaming spires?

by Stephen Beard Oct 23, 2017
Oxford is the latest European city to experience a backlash against mass tourism.
Tourists visit the Bodleian Library on September 2016 in Oxford, England. 
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After Hurricane Irma, an effort to lure tourist business back to the Florida Keys

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 20, 2017
In the Florida Keys, tourism promoters and government officials want visitors to return. But some locals say money should be spent on the basics for permanent residents first.
Most visitors reach Key West by driving down U.S. 1 — since Hurricane Irma, that has meant the once-scenic highway is now lined with debris piles like this one on Ramrod Key.
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Irma won’t dampen Florida's tourism industry long term

by Reema Khrais Sep 12, 2017
Florida’s tourism business is worth more than $100 billion, and Hurricane Irma has put a dent in it. Even as some major theme parks re-open and airlines resume flights this week, some destinations face long roads to recovery, and workers…

Can the super catchy song "Despacito" help increase tourism in Puerto Rico?

by Kai Ryssdal Aug 22, 2017
Is the song stuck in your head now, too?
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee perform onstage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on April 27, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida.
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An Alaska town is at risk of losing its modern-day gold rush — cruise ship tourism

by Marketplace Contributor Aug 21, 2017
Skagway, Alaska is dependent on the cruise ship industry for its economy. The town needs to build a new dock to accommodate bigger ships, but a private company which leases the docks, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, won't…
Tourists fill Skagway's Broadway Street on a busy July afternoon. A cruise ship looms in the background.
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New signs of slowdown in foreign travel to the US

by Marielle Segarra Mar 9, 2017
Trump's America-first rhetoric is behind the fall, experts say.
Travel research firm Tourism Economics expects the number of international travelers to fall by nearly 2 million, costing business $2.5 billion. Above, a Saudia airlines crew arrives at Dulles International Airport.
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US tourism may have taken a hit from Trump's travel ban

by , and Mar 6, 2017
As President Donald Trump revises his original executive order banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries, the tourism industry is hoping he might soften the edges a little. There’s a lot of concern that U.S. tourism took a hit after the…

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Gatlinburg looks to holiday tourism as it recovers from fire

by Marketplace Contributor Dec 15, 2016
City's mayor asks those who want to help to "come and visit us."
In Gatlinburg's sister city, Pigeon Forge, a Yuletide-themed hotel called Inn At Christmas Place has had to reassure patrons that the building is fine. Pigeon Forge escaped the worst of the fire.
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Getting the chop: helicopter tours in NY city

by Adrian Ma Oct 10, 2016
A the number of tours has climbed, so have complaints from residents who say the noise from passing choppers is driving them crazy.
According to the New York City Economic Development Corp., there were nearly 60,000 helicopter tours in Manhattan in 2015. Now, that number is getting cut in half. 
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So, when can I buy a flight to Cuba?

by Tim Fitzsimons Jan 16, 2015
The U.S. loosens some restrictions on travel to the island nation Friday.