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Honduras lures international visitors with new tourism campaign

The Honduras Institute of Tourism (IHT) announced today its newest tourism campaign that showcases the broad diversity of the country and all it offers...

Chinese tennis superstar lures Asian tourists to Australia

The success of Chinese tennis superstar Li Na in Australia has started a boom in Asian visitors that could be "more valuable than Oprah" for tourism.

Australian gambling resorts bet heavily on tourism

Australian gambling resorts are spending heavily to attract international tourists, but competition from Macau, Singapore and further afield is intense.

Latin America: Chinese tourists wanted

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Maria Jose Martinez Waldner grew up speaking Spanish and English at her home in Buenos Aires.

Japan aims to lure more Chinese tourists, relaxes visa rules

TOKYO - The Japanese government on Thursday relaxed visa rules applicable to Chinese nationals to encourage more tourists to visit and help boost the nation's flagging retail sector.

Official: Casinos will not draw more tourists to Saipan

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands — Legalizing casino gambling in Saipan wouldn't necessarily draw more tourists, according to a Japan-based tourism official for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mari

Malaysia vying to lure Bangkok-bound tourists

PUTRAJAYA: The Tourism Ministry is working closely with local and foreign tour operators to lure Malaysian and foreign tourists looking to cancel their trips to conflict-torn Bangkok.

Nicosia annual beer festival aims to draw tourists

Cyprus’s capital Nicosia aims to attract tourists away from the more favored coastal resorts by staging an annual beer festival, organizers said.

Jamaica’s newest tourism spiel: Reggae, beaches and Jews

KINGSTON, Jamaica — This island nation boasts miles of pristine beaches, reggae music and the Western hemisphere's largest butterfly. Now, it's promoting a new asset to tourists: its Jews.

South Florida officials hope to lure Chinese visitors

FORT LAUDERDALE - South Florida tourism officials are courting Chinese travel agents and writers in the hopes of encouraging visitors from that country to stay in local hotels, dine in restaurants and

Deep discounts offered to lure visitors to Kashmir

Srinagar - In an effort to revive tourism in Kashmir, hoteliers and houseboat owners in the valley have announced lucrative and discounted packages for visitors to Kashmir.

Freebies entice families to travel

A spring getaway needn't break the family piggy bank. Eager to encourage parents and their children to try new experiences, the travel industry provides plenty of free and nearly free opportunities.

Bali to go after Japanese tourists

DENPASAR - Tourism expert I Gede Pitana has called on the Bali tourist authority to improve facilities and immigration services to lure more Japanese tourists to the island.

Hawaii vying fiercely for Chinese tourists

HONOLULU — Hawaii, California and Las Vegas are among American tourist destinations vying fiercely for a vast and largely untapped new market segment.

Tempting tourists back when bombing stops is never easy

MIRISSA, Sri Lanka — War-weary Asian countries are planning new treats for travellers in a bid to cash in on a "peace dividend".

Alaska sues retailers for tourist “sale” scams

The state is cracking down on Southeast retailers who lure cruise-ship visitors with "blowout" sales and "everything must go" pitches.

Israeli tourists angling for a glimpse of mermaid

It has been just about every male fisherman's fantasy, at one point in their lives, to encounter a mermaid.

Mesa campaigns to lure Virgin Airlines

The scramble to lure another airline to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport was thrust into high gear Friday as thousands of airport users and backers were urged to lobby a San Francisco-based carrier for se

California tourism commission aims to draw foreigners

The California Travel & Tourism Commission is going to the ends of the Earth to lure visitors to the Golden State.

Cities lure tourists with savings on lodging, dining and attractions

Convention and visitors bureaus across the nation are rolling out deals for travelers, from hotel discounts to restaurant savings to cheaper activities.

Italy spends to lure tourists as crisis bites

ROME - Italy launched a 10 million euro ($13 million) international advertising campaign on Tuesday to lure back tourists as the economic crisis hammers one of the Mediterranean country's biggest indu

Zimbabwe wants to draw back tourists

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe's coalition government urged the world to weigh changes wrought by the new administration and help attract tourists back to its world-renowned nature reserves and resorts

Berlin launches charm offensive to lure tourists

BERLIN - Berlin has launched a new "friendliness" campaign to keep tourists flocking to the German capital during a time of economic crisis.

Lure of tourists: World’s oldest steam engine ride

New Delhi - Despite recession and slowdown in tourists inflow to the country, travel by the world's oldest working steam locomotive on the Delhi-Ajmer route has gained momentum with the heritage train

Chicago’s new web site aims to lure tourists

Mayor Richard Daley on Wednesday unveiled a new Web site to promote city tourism, an economic engine he said is even more crucial in these tough times.
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