Gorillas put off their food and stressed out orangutans, could nature tourism be bad for wild animals' health?
"Oi -- Sejam bem-vindos!" -- meaning "Hi, welcome!" -- is a Portuguese phrase heard more and more these days at Florida's tourist spots.
Spewing red hot lava 300 meters in the air, an erupting volcano in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is turning the war-torn African country into an unlikely tourist destination.
Just moments after departing Washington's Union Station, as the tour bus drove past the U.S. Capitol, Mel Bruce made an announcement to a handful of tourists.
Macedonia is remaking its capital with the 'Skopje 2014' project, but at what cost to the country and national identity?
As a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces, Kobi Skolnick once fired shots at Aziz Abu Sarah's aunt's house in the West Bank town of Hebron.
Inside the Middle East travels to Lebanon where the iconic cedar forests are becoming a holiday destination for eco-tourists.
Lebanon's 2,000 hectares of cedar forest are a peaceful oasis for hikers, mountain bikers and bird-watchers, a world away from the hustle and bustle of Beirut.
Buses in London carrying controversial adverts for Tunisian tourism.
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One year after the oil spill, The Hangout Festival is estimated to pump 20 million dollars into Alabama's Gulf Coast.
Workers involved in the tourism industry along the U.S. Gulf Coast hope this Memorial Day weekend is one of their best in a long time. The threat of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill kept many tourists away from beach communities last year.
True to its official state song, Georgia is on the mind of many people these days but not for the reasons the state's tourism industry might be hoping for.
CNN's John King talks to Reps. Gutierrez and Bilbray about Obama's renewed call to action on immigration reform.
A recent wave of violence caused by turf wars between rival drug cartels and security forces in Mexico has kept many American and international tourists away from the United States' neighbor to the south.
In spite of a recent wave of violence, foreigners living in Acapulco say they're staying. Rafael Romo reports.
Some Egyptians claim the politicial turmoil with former President Hosni Mubarak is hurting the tourism industry. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
Egypt's renowned resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh that attracts millions of tourists from around the world is growing tired of its most famous guest: Hosni Mubarak.
They are the largest animals on the planet and spend around 90% of their lives underwater, surfacing to breathe for only fleeting moments.
Egyptian blogger Ramy Raoof previews a "march of millions" organized for Tuesday (Feb. 1) in Egypt.
The political turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia has European tour operators scrambling to divert package tours to more stable destinations, and several thousand tourists have already been re-routed to beaches in Spain, a Spanish tourism industry official told CNN.
CNN's Rafael Romo reports on violent crime in Acapulco, and the threat it poses to Mexico's tourism industry.
So much for an economic downturn.
A new tax on tourists to the Eternal City is causing controversy, with hotels expressing fears it could hurt their business and scare tourists away.
Created by a volcano 2 million years ago, now millions visit the World Heritage sites of Jeju Island.
Richard Branson opens the 10,000 foot runway of Spaceport America, the next step toward commercial space flight.
It's unlikely that you've heard of PJ King, despite the fact that he's about to set himself apart from most humans who've ever walked the planet. In as soon as 18 months, King could be launching into space as a paying commercial space tourist.
In March, the VSS Enterprise completed its maiden test flight on its host mothership.
A pair of pilots flew the world's first manned commercial spacecraft over California's Mojave Desert on Sunday, though they were the only ones aboard.
Hang onto your luggage, Boeing wants to fly you into space -- at least into low-Earth orbit.
Lying on a beach is nice and all, but sometimes, using your downtime to make a difference is just what the doctor ordered. Budget Travel's Trip Coach responds to readers' voluntourism questions.
It's hard to think about humanitarian travel without picturing Angelina Jolie and other high-profile volunteers. But how much do celebrities contribute to the growing appetite for volunteering away from home and is it all positive?
Two members of the voluntourism or volunteer holiday industry go head-to-head over the oft-debated benefits and pitfalls of a holiday choice that continues to grow in popularity.
Iraqi archaeologists have unearthed an ancient village in the city of Hilla. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.
International airlines are once again landing in Iraq, the conflict-wracked home to some of the ancient wonders of the world.
Debra Hitti's tour operator promises it will refund her deposit if she cancels with more than 45 days' notice. But when she does, the company balks, insisting it never made any such assurances. Who's right, and how could a situation like this have been avoided?
American venture capitalist and philanthropist Esther Dyson spent part of 2008 and 2009 training to be a cosmonaut. Dyson is a well-known figure in the world of technology. For many years she penned an influential monthly tech newsletter, and she hosted PC Forum, an annual technology conference. (She sold her company to CNET Networks, which discontinued the conference and sold the newsletter to O'Reilly Media.)
Before last week's earthquake, Haiti was just beginning to capitalize on the weather, location and tropical scenery that have turned many of its Caribbean neighbors into vacation paradises.
CNN's Fareed Zakaria takes a look at how Haiti's past plays into its present troubles.
London hopes to cash in on the huge success of the Sherlock Holmes movie.
Sherlock Holmes the movie has already made more than $300 million at the box office worldwide and British tourism officials are hoping it means money for them too.
India's British past stands imposing in some of its most splendid buildings. But the country is erecting a tribute to its French connection to attract tourists.
Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson on Monday unveiled the winged rocket his company developed to give paying customers a brief taste of space.
Travel warnings from the U.S. Department of State didn't stop Faith Hentschel, 65, from venturing to Iran this May to visit the rustic sites in ancient Persepolis and the colorful bazaars in Tehran.
From a lush mountain-side overlooking the western beach of Tung Nang Dam on Thailand's Andaman coast, Noi recalls the noise of the tsunami more than the sight of it.
Richard Garriott had more reason than most to dream the Apollo moon landings would rapidly expand space travel. His father was a NASA astronaut, as were many of his neighbors near Texas' Johnson Space Center.
Mexico's tourism industry has endured some brutal punches this year.
Tibet reopened to foreign tourists Sunday after a month-long suspension, the state-run Chinese Xinhua news agency reported.
Growing up in America, Joshu Harris was captivated by the mystique, music and history of Cuba.
The view will be one unlike any other.
Thousands of tourists have been left stranded after two blasts at Bangkok's giant Suvarnabhumi Airport wounded four people and triggered its closure, dealing another blow to the country's travel industry.
CNN's Richard Quest investigates how the worrying numbers of a global financial crisis could affect the travel industry.
Turnout for the international tourism industry's most important event is at a record high this year as the sector struggles to cope with the financial crisis sweeping the world.
Ivy Peltz is like many people who go on tours or cruises alone: She doesn't like to room with strangers, but she also hates paying a single supplement -- the fee many travel companies levy on singles who want their own two-person room.
From treks in the Arctic circle to luxury "eco-lodges" in Costa Rica, there are many types of vacations and holiday companies that like to highlight just how much they care about the environment.
Ecotourism represents a set of principles that have been successfully implemented in various global communities, and are supported by extensive industry and academic research. The following definition of ecotourism, established by TIES in 1990, is the most widely used and recognized definition of ecotourism: "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people" (TIES, 1990). Ecotourism is an important and growing segment of the global tourism industry that is making significant positive contributions to the environmental, social, cultural and economic well-being of destinations and local communities around the world. Furthermore, ecotourism has provided an impetus to assist in greening the tourism industry on many fronts.
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Violence in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince is holding back the nation's dreams of building a viable tourism industry, despite its success in neighboring Caribbean nations
ShoreTrips' business is booming, so you'd think owners Julie and Barry Karp could relax a bit. The couple developed a niche - arranging land tours for Caribbean cruise ship travelers. While cruise vessels have been disgorging hordes of passengers into ports and onto buses and walking tours for decades, their operators faced increased competition from landlubbers when the Karps founded their firm in 2001.
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The North African country with the fastest growth rate in tourism sent out a clear message that its own private sector will now play a more prominent role in developing its all-important travel industry, indicating that it is ready to use expertise acquired over several decades of steady growth to spearhead new initiatives that would put a large number of unknown sub-Saharan countries on the map.
Travel is the world's biggest business and one of its fastest-growing too. But hotels, resorts, airlines and cruise lines have been slow to grapple with the huge environmental and social consequences of what they do.
Tourism industry leaders will propose a $10 fee for visitors from England, France, Germany and 24 other "visa waiver countries" -- money that would be spent to promote travel to the United States and to pay for ways to ease border inspection bottlenecks, it was announced Friday.
The U.S. currency is king no more, but not everyone is spilling tears over the dollar's decline.
Adventure was the goal when John and Karen Lewis liquidated their assets to buy a large tract of Costa Rican rainforest in 1990.
Who hasn't looked up at the stars and wondered what it must be like to travel through space? Only a fortunate few have made the trip, and at enormous cost. But soon, the excitement and adventure may be within reach of many more of us.
Travelers seem to have a healthy appetite for culinary tourism, whether it involves making caldo verde or sipping Cabernet Sauvignon.
The basics of ecotourism are fairly easy to grasp: Businesses that cater to tourists follow special policies to protect the environment, aid the local community and educate travelers.
A note from Erick Schonfeld: After six years of writing Future Boy, I'm handing the reins to my colleague Chris Taylor to focus on features for the magazine and my B2Day blog, which you can also subscribe to by e-mail or RSS. Taylor shares my interest in the Internet and new media, but he's also interested in other boundaries of technology, like space, the subject of his first Future Boy column.
Tourism officials in the hurricane-battered Mexican state of Quintana Roo hope to have 80 percent of the accommodations and amenities in the affected Caribbean coast resorts fully operational by February.
A good travel agent was once a valuable friend to the business traveler, finding last minute plane seats, comfortable hotels and making the frantic calls needed when plans suddenly change.
On the 83-kilometer ferry journey towards the town of Yangshuo, in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, our guide for the day pulled us aside to introduce the wonders of the Li River.
CNN International is examining the economic impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami on the region. And we are asking for your questions on how the disaster has affected the vital tourism industry.
If anyone could get you a sweet deal on a vacation to Rome, you'd think it would be New Jersey-based Perillo Tours. After all, the company's website says it "pioneered the concept of the package to...
References to eco-tours are popping up in magazines, guidebooks and ads for everything from rainforest tours in Bangladesh to birding trips through Oaxaca, Mexico.
Global travelers in 2004 are pushing concerns about terrorism and disease to the back of their minds, according to a new international tourism survey.
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