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Millions more Americans travel to bird-watch. Texas businesses are cashing in.

May 8, 2024
Up to 10,000 birders visit High Island each spring, boosting business for the small restaurants and motels near and along the coastal area.
Visitors watch for warblers and other migratory birds at the Boy Scout Woods bird sanctuary in High Island, Texas.
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Can Macao — the "Las Vegas of the East" — move beyond gambling?

May 8, 2024
China wants to transform Macao, known as the "Las Vegas of the East," into a real Vegas that relies more on entertainment and tourism, and less on gambling for its revenues. 
Chinese tourists take photos outside Macao's Londoner Casino in October 2023.
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Why hasn’t tourism recovered in Palau?

Apr 19, 2024
Flights haven't restarted in high volume since the pandemic drop-off, and South Koreans are booking their vacations elsewhere.
Tourism in Palau is a fraction of its scale before the pandemic, despite the country's natural beauty.
Frey Lindsay/BBC

Owners of a Vermont trolley tour company are committed to the city that "accepted us"

Mar 12, 2024
"We want to add something good to Burlington, Vermont," says co-owner Hannington Kasagga.
"When we went to the manufacturer's warehouse and we saw our trolley, I think that was the happiest moment in my entire life," says Burlington Trolley Tours co-owner Hannington Kasagga.
Courtesy Hannington Kasagga.

Sláinte Mhath! Scotland's Burns Night boost

Jan 25, 2024
It’s a big day in Scotland — the birthday of poet Robert Burns. His legacy continues to bring millions into the country’s economy.
People dance at a Burns Supper in Fethiye, Turkey.
Courtesy Burns Night Fethiye

In Barbuda, locals ask: Do the costs of luxury developments outweigh the benefits?

Jan 23, 2024
Luxury residences, a golf course and international airport have harmful environmental impacts, some locals argue. But they're also big job creators in a tourism-driven economy.
Above, an areal view of Dickenson Bay in Antigua and Barbuda. Tourism is hugely important to the island nation of and accounts for 60% of GDP.
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Lebanon feels the economic shock of war

Jan 16, 2024
After weathering an economic meltdown, Lebanon's restaurants and hotels face the challenge of staying open amid the Israel-Hamas war.
During the first month of the war, the Lebanese restaurant sector suffered an 80% drop in business. Above, a restaurant worker waits for customers in Byblos in November.
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Rising temperatures threaten the Mediterranean's tourism industry

Oct 12, 2023
Temperatures are increasing in the Mediterranean 20% faster than the global average. That's likely to have an impact on tourism.
A man cools off at a fountain in Xàtiva, in eastern Spain, during a heatwave on Aug. 10.
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Smaller, independent hotels in Europe find it harder to bounce back from the pandemic

Oct 6, 2023
While 77% of European hotels are independently owned, they've struggled to rebound from the pandemic as easily as larger hotel chains.
The lobby of a luxury hotel in southwestern France.
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A decade after its debt crisis, Greece's economy may have recovered

Oct 5, 2023
"In the last several years, there's been sort of an acceleration of an economic turnaround," said Liz Alderman at the New York Times. "We're basically at a point now where Greece is essentially booming."
"Huge numbers of people have been visiting Greece," said New York Times chief Europe business correspondent Liz Alderman. "That's helped to drive a boom in everything from construction to services."
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