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Mideast chaos thwarts Palestine tourism

BETHLEHEM - Visits to the occupied Palestinian territories have increased negligibly in this year, well under projections a year before unrest struck half a dozen authoritarian states in the Arab worl

IATA: Air travel shrinks in March

GENEVA, Switzerland - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced scheduled international traffic results for March 2011 showing that year-on-year growth in passenger demand had slowe

Heavy snowfall snarls bullet trains in Japan

As much as 8 feet of snow has fallen in parts of Japan since Sunday, slowing train travel and forcing automaker Toyota to close down 12 factories.

Survey: New Zealand tourism likely to cool off

New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development's Tourism Industry Monitor's survey of 400 travel businesses suggested that country's tourism industry is expected to cool off over next 3 month.

IATA: Business travel decline slowing down

GENEVA - The fall in the number of passengers travelling business and first class -- the most lucrative sectors for airlines -- is showing signs of stabilising, an industry body said on Tuesday.

Asia tourism reels as firms cut back business travel

HONG KONG - At a plush Hong Kong airport hotel, the only sign of activity comes from the dining-room where a queue of locals fill up their plates at a dinner buffet offered at a promotional rate to Ho

Tourism slowdown felt across Hawaii

After several years of sizzling growth in tourism, Hawai'i's No. 1 industry is cooling off. When the final numbers for 2007 come in this week, analysts say, they will show that tourist arrivals fell for the first time since 2003. The 1-percent-plus expected drop from the previous year stands in stark contrast to the 7-percent-plus growth in arrivals in 2004 and 2005.