ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The rapid melting of glaciers because of climate change has created a new market for Alaska's tour operators, officials said.
Tourism slumps in Mexico border city since caravan arrives
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tour operators and medical and dental offices in the Mexican border city of Tijuana are reporting a slowdown in business since a caravan of Central American migrants arrived.
1 dead, dozens hurt after tour bus, pickup truck collide
SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say one person has died and nearly 40 others have been injured after a tour bus and a pickup truck collided on a central Pennsylvania highway.
News outlets report the crash occurred Friday afternoon on State Route 147 in Northumberland County.
Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg tweeted that it received 33 people from the crash. Hospital officials say the patients mostly had minor injuries. An additional six passengers were taken to a Danville hospital.
Carriage horses’ escape may saddle tour operator with fine
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The owner of two carriage-tour horses who absconded for a brief stroll in South Carolina has been cited by the city in which it operates.
Louisiana delegation travels to China for tourism marketing
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is leading a Louisiana tourism delegation to China, aimed at marketing the state to Chinese officials and tour operators.
Nungesser's office announced the 10-day trip Tuesday. The Republican lieutenant governor, state tourism officials, chefs and local convention and visitor bureau leaders are part of the 11-person group traveling to Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.
UK tour operator moves guests out of Egyptian hotel
LONDON (AP) — Tour operator Thomas Cook says it will move all of its customers out of a hotel at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada after a couple who were staying there died under mysterious circumstances.
The move came after John and Susan Cooper, from Burnley in northern England, died while staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Officials at the two amphibious vehicle tour operators in the Wisconsin Dells say they have no plans to change the way they are operating.
Seventeen people were killed Thursday when a similar tourist boat sank in stormy weather on a Missouri lake.
Original Wisconsin Ducks general manager Dan Gavinski and Army Ducks general manager Jason Field say their companies have operated safely for decades.
Plan your Mexican getaway before May to get the most for your money, according to Zachary Rabinor, the founder and chief executive of Journey Mexico.
“Mexico is coming off its peak tourist season, and hotels, tour operators and restaurants lower prices to bring in more business,” Rabinor said.
MIAMI (AP) — The tour operator Virgin Holidays is pledging $300,000 to help move seven dolphins from the National Aquarium in Baltimore to a seaside sanctuary.
The aquarium is still deciding where to retire its dolphins, though a statement Wednesday from Virgin Holidays says the site selection is focused on Florida.
NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Steves grew up traveling with his dad, Rick Steves, the well-known guidebook writer, tour operator and PBS show host.
Kalispell is the host city for the 2018 international tourism trade-show event, International Roundup, that starts Sunday, April 8, and continues through Wednesday, April 11.
LAYA, Bhutan (AP) — Prayer flags whip in the wind, flying across steep valleys and roads. Buddhist temples, stupa shrines and majestic fortresses called zhongs dot the landscape. Giant water-powered prayer wheels spin from tumbling falls. Farmers tend yaks.
Tour operator plans major Woodstock 50th anniversary event – in Cleveland
Tour operator plans major Woodstock 50th anniversary event – in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Bob Cline, president of U.S. Tours, was 14 in 1969 when the Woodstock music festival rocked the world.
"My mom wouldn't let me go," said Cline, who lived outside Parkersburg, West Virginia, at the time (and still does). "There were a lot of people who wanted to go and couldn't."
Climber who left Polish team returns to Pakistan K2 camp
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A climber who abandoned a Polish team following a dispute with fellow mountaineers to attempt a solo ascent of K2, the world's second-highest peak, returned to base camp because of bad weather, a tour operator said Monday.
The news dispelled concerns expressed by the other climbers after Denis Urubko walked away from the team on Sunday to attempt a summit on his own — something that Karrar Haidri of the Alpine Club of Pakistan said was a highly risky feat in winter weather.
Jason Williams worries his wildlife viewing business is at risk of owing upwards of $1 million annually in commercial fees to drive tourists through Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.
Golf tour operators to visit Alabama courses
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — State and local tourism officials are promoting Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail to an international audience.
Golf tour operators from multiple countries are set to arrive in the state on Sunday to begin playing trail courses during a visit that will last through Oct. 1.
The guest list includes 31 vacation packaging countries in 17 nations including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland and Norway.
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Hawaii tour operator gets rare fine for harassing dolphins
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii tour operator has been fined for repeatedly dropping swimmers in front of dolphins and encircling the animals with his tour boat, officials said.
It's the first such fine against an operator of spinner dolphin tours, Ann Garrett, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official in Hawaii, said this week.
Pennsylvania reverses course on tour operator’s tuk-tuk
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania utility regulators took a U-turn over a tour operator's tuk-tuk.
The Public Utility Commission ruled Thursday it doesn't have jurisdiction over Timm Wenger's three-wheeled, open-sided electric shuttle after all.
Wenger plans to use the tuk-tuk to offer sightseeing tours of Lancaster. His venture has the backing of the city's mayor, police chief and many residents.
A horse-drawn tout carriage companies is shown Aug. 5. File/Michael Pronzato/Staff
The City of Charleston said it ordered carriage tour operators to return their horses to their barns because of the heat.
The directive was issued at 11:50 a.m. Thursday by Dan Riccio, director of livability and tourism.
Tour operator in Amish country gets in tiff over his tuk-tuk
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania utility regulators are making a big to-do over Timm Wenger's tuk-tuk.
The 48-year-old entrepreneur wants to use his three-wheeled, open-sided electric shuttle to offer sightseeing tours of Lancaster, the urban core of a region best known for its undulating farms, horse-drawn buggies and large Amish population.
President Donald Trump's new policy on Cuba travel has winners and losers: Group tour operators hope to sell more trips, but bed-and-breakfast owners in Cuba say they're losing business.
Five of 12 private bed-and-breakfast owners in Havana and Cuba's southern colonial city of Trinidad told The Associated Press that they received cancellations after Trump's June 16 announcement .
BEIJING (AP) — Beer-soaked "booze cruises" down North Korea's Taedong River. Scuba diving trips off the country's eastern coast. Saint Patrick's Day pub crawls in Pyongyang featuring drinking games with cheery locals.
Since 2008, the Young Pioneer Tours agency built up a business attracting young travelers with a competitively priced catalog of exotic-sounding, hard-partying adventures in one of the world's most isolated countries.
BERLIN (AP) — Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and tour operator TUI Group have terminated negotiations on setting up a vacation airline joint venture that would have combined the latter's TUIfly with a subsidiary of Germany's struggling Air Berlin.
TUI board member Sebastian Ebel said in a statement Thursday that "a strong European leisure airline continues to make great strategic sense" but that Air Berlin's Niki subsidiary "is no longer available for a joint venture."
HONOLULU (AP) — A National Park Service employee at the USS Arizona Memorial accepted gifts from tour operators in violation of ethics regulations, U.S. Department of Interior investigators said Wednesday.
The gifts included a $50 jacket and golf course green fees valued at about $85, the department's inspector general said in a three-paragraph summary of their report on the case.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Horses pulling tourists through the streets of Savannah will get a bigger break on the hottest summer days.
The Savannah City Council has voted to update a local ordinance governing the health and safety of horses pulling tour carriages. The city said in a news release it's the first time the law has been changed in 40 years.
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Summit to focus on international visitors to New England
BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) — A tourism organization promoting New England to overseas visitors is hosting a three-day summit in New Hampshire.
The Discover New England Summit is a travel trade event where New England hospitality businesses meet directly with international tour operators and others who arrange trips for international visitors.
Seven aircraft tour companies on Kauai are staffing a help line available for the public to report complaints about low-flying aircraft and noise issues relating to air tour operators.
The Kauai Air Tour Help Line (KATHL) answers calls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
Where should you travel in 2017? A list of top travel lists
Where should you travel in 2017? Here's a list of top destination lists from expert sources across the travel industry, from guidebook and magazine publishers to travel agents, tour operators and websites.
— Top 10 U.S. destinations: Asheville, North Carolina; Western Washington; Lincoln, Nebraska; California's southern desert region; Montana's Flathead Valley; Atlanta; New York's Adirondack Mountains; Texas Hill Country wine region; Denver; Florida's "Emerald Coast"
Berry College in the tourist spotlight when Chinese tour operators visit Rome
A coterie of Chinese tour group operators made a tour of communities between Atlanta and Chattanooga Thursday, which included a mid-day visit to Rome.
“They did a tour of Oak Hill and Martha Berry Museum then they took them out to the mountain campus,” said Kristi Kent, director of communications for the city of Rome.
The Latest: Tour operator: Dolphin swims are life-changing
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on proposed regulations involving Hawaii spinner dolphins (all times local):
One Hawaii tour operator says there has to be a middle ground between the dolphin tour operators and what federal regulators are proposing for swimming with dolphins.
Dolphins and You CEO Richard Holland said Tuesday customer reviews of his business on social media and other online sites often mention how their lives have been changed by going on a tour.
FAA gives commercial balloon operators little scrutiny
WASHINGTON (AP) — Commercial hot air balloons like the one destroyed in a fireball in Texas this weekend often carry more passengers than airplane and helicopter tours, but have long received less government scrutiny, according to aviation experts.
The Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of commercial balloon operations amounts to "essentially none," said Mark Dombroff, a former FAA attorney.
Commercial balloon operators, unlike other commercial aircraft...
National parks are hot this year – the U.S. Tour Operators Association in fact is calling the jump in interest a symptom of National Park Fever.
Last year a record 305 million people visited national parks. As the National Park Service likes to point out, that’s more people than went to every single Disney park, NFL, NBA and MLB game and NASCAR race combined. While national park itineraries have long been popular with Americans, this year tour operators and specialty...