tourism

Tipping Tips for Travelers

Cash may be king, but figuring out how much of it to tip can leave travelers feeling like paupers. We asked experts and seasoned travelers for their best advice on tipping.

10 Most Popular U.S. Summer Vacation Cities

When it's time for some R&R in the sun, Americans have a wealth of options. But based on summertime hotel room rentals, which one takes the crown? Orlando with its theme parks? New York with its culture? Washington with it's history? L.A. with its beaches? None of the above. Curious? Read on ...

Six Reasons the Economy Needs Memorial Day

The origins of Memorial Day date to the aftermath of the Civil War, when people would decorate the graves of fallen soldiers to honor their service. The holiday still retains its reverential and patriotic spirit, but its economic consequences, though smaller than those of other holidays, cannot be overlooked.

Expedia's AirAsia Partnership Is Just the Ticket

Expedia, the world's largest online travel agency, soon will be selling flights, hotel bookings and holiday packages in the world's fastest growing aviation and tourism market, thanks to an exclusive deal with AirAsia. Trefis takes a look at what the deal will mean for both companies.

The Secret to a Successful Staycation

The sluggish economy and high unemployment rate mean that many of us won't be splurging on exotic vacations this year. But a staycation doesn't have to mean a boring bout with cabin fever. The key to being a successful local tourist lies in looking at your region the way an outsider would.

Mexico's Drug War Spurs a P.R. Battle Over Spring Break

Escalating violence related to the cross-border drug trade has caused Texas authorities to advise spring break revelers to avoid Mexico. The Mexico Tourism Board countered that traveling south of the border remains safe. At stake is a big chunk of the $12 billion that tourists spend in Mexico each year.

Luxury Biz on Edge After Japan's Earthquake

The Japanese are the world's most voracious consumers of luxury goods, from Louis Vuitton handbags to Cartier jewelry to Hermes high fashion. So purveyors of those luxury goods are justifiably worried about the effect of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on their bottom lines.

A Growing Role for Tourism in Sustainable Development

In a somewhat surprising report, The U.N. Environment Programme says one of the most promising green industries -- at least when it comes to creating economic growth, reducing poverty, fueling job creation and addressing major environmental challenges -- turns out to be tourism.

Calm Returns to Egypt, but Not American Tourists

Egypt's famed antiquities and tourism sites are reopening following the political unrest there. But heeding warnings from Washington, many American travelers are steering clear from the region for now -- disrupting the tourism industry in both the U.S. and Egypt.

Coming to America: U.S. Cities Attract More Global Tourists

Nearly 60 million foreigners visited the U.S. in 2010. Where did they go? The most popular destinations included New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. The Big Apple is particularly appealing, drawing a record 48.7 million, big-spending foreign tourists.

Haiti's Best Hotels Thrive in the Quake's Long Aftermath

A year after Haiti's catastrophic Jan. 12 earthquake, Port-au-Prince is still primarily a city of rubble and ruin. But the views from high-end spots like the Hotel Oloffson are picture perfect, and with armies of aid workers still needing somewhere to bed down, business at those hotels left intact is booming.

Could Japan Hold the Key to Asia's Rising Consumers?

Although Japan's stock market has been weak for the last 20 years, there are signs that a shift may be under way that could transform that nation into the gateway to Asia's emerging-market consumers. For patient investors looking for a contrarian play with huge upside potential, it's time to re-examine Japan.

Marriott Outlines Growth Goals for Next Three Years

Marriott International (MAR) said that earnings per share could hit $2.75 by 2013. The estimate is part of a range of ambitious growth forecasts for the next three years. The company said that it expects to add as many as 90,000 hotel rooms to its portfolio from 2011 to 2013, with additional opportunities for 22,000 rooms to open in Europe and Asia over the same time period.