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Saudi worried about flu affecting tourism to holy sites

CAIRO - Fears among Muslims world-wide that this year's pilgrimage high season in Saudi Arabia will become a breeding ground for the new H1N1 flu has Saudi tourism officials worried.

UN health agency identifies group most vulnerable to influenza A (H1N1)

The focus of the United Nations health agency’s efforts in easing the impact of influenza A(H1N1) has shifted to identifying age groups most at risk from contracting the virus, a World Health Organi

Economy, not swine flu, sends chill thru New York City’s tourism

The good news is that swine flu doesn't seem to be stopping the masses of visitors from flocking to New York City this unfolding tourist season.

Hawaii tourism execs try to calm flu jitters

Hawaii tourism officials are employing a quiet, coordinated response to the dramatic falloff in Japanese travel due to the spread of the H1N1 virus.

Mexican resorts entice tourists with bargains after flu outbreak

Mexico is struggling to recover from the economic ills caused by the swine flu outbreak. The tourism industry is especially hard hit as many visitors stay away.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico begging tourists to come back

The owner of Pisces Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas e-mailed me the accompanying photo of her crew with the caption: "Come on down, everything is fine here, weather is fantastic and we are waiting to c

Travel industry ready for ‘yellow alert’ on China

The travel industry and airlines said they were ready to cope with the repercussions of the Mainland Affairs Council’s (MAC) decision to raise the travel alert for China to yellow after Beijing conf

Mexico offers aid to businesses hurt by swine flu

Mexico’s federal government will provide 27.4 billion pesos ($2.1 billion) in aid to help the economy recover from the effects of the country’s swine flu outbreak, Finance Minister Agustin Carsten

Tourism industry expects local travel to pick up

Local tourism operators hope they can benefit from the H1N1 influenza outbreak in Hong Kong and a possible case in South Korea as Thais will opt to travel domestically rather than overseas.

Mexico’s lack of tourists makes way for locals

MEXICO CITY — It was truly a lonely planet Saturday for street vendors and restaurateurs in Mexico City's favorite tourist spots.

No more pillows, blankets on Alaska Airlines

In response to swine flu concerns, Alaska Airlines said it has removed all pillows and blankets from all 114 planes in its fleet.

Minimal impact seen on tourism

Tourism operators foresee minimal impacts on their businesses from the outbreak of Mexico's swine-flu outbreaks, particularly when the country had experiences dealing with bird flu and Sars before, ex