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  • An Anti-Israel Tourism Subterfuge

    04/09/2014 7:03:17 AM PDT · by Nachum
    american thinker ^ | 4/9/14 | Janet Levy
    Under the guise of experiental, educational sojourns in the Middle East, an ongoing, extensive tourism subterfuge of global proportions is at work today. This comprehensive and coordinated fraudulent operation includes travel agency fronts, terrorist groups, international NGOs, Islamists, and Leftists. They include such organizations as the Siraj Center for Holy Land Studies, Abraham Path, the Soros Foundation to Promote Open Society, and others. All of them, whether unwittingly or intentionally, are part of an effort to turn tourists, college students, and Christian pilgrims against the Jewish state of Israel. Using the rubric of “a connection between people from the Middle...
  • Small Texas Boomtown Might Have Another Chance

    02/18/2014 6:25:11 PM PST · by Antoninus II · 21 replies
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Feb. 16, 2014 | Bill Hanna
    MINERAL WELLS — Every time Annette Bennett walks out the back door of the family business, the Baker Hotel still looms large, but it possesses little of its majestic past.
  • US issues travel warning on Israel, West Bank, Gaza

    02/04/2014 1:22:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 2/3/14 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The US State Department issued a travel warning Monday on Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, strongly warning US citizens against travel to the Gaza Strip. The advisory was updated due to what the State Department said was the complex security environment in the region.
  • Entrepreneur Stitches Together a Quilting Business

    02/01/2014 3:48:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2-1-14 | Jim Carlton
    HAMILTON, Mo.—This tiny farm town used to be known as the home of James Cash Penney Jr., founder of the namesake department store chain. These days, it is better known in some circles as the home of Jenny Doan. Those would be quilting circles. Over the past few years, Mrs. Doan, 57 years old, has become a veritable superstar of the craft. Her YouTube tutorials on how to make quilts have drawn as many as a million viewers, some from as far away as South Africa. Her family's Missouri Star Quilt Co. gets as many as 30,000 orders a month...
  • Obamacare May Have Unforeseen Mobility Impacts

    12/22/2013 10:57:30 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    In feudal times, serfs were tied to the land—unable to leave without their overlord’s permission. In the old Soviet Union, workers were tied to their jobs—unable to leave without the government’s permission. In many insurance plans, medical services rendered outside of the network are uncovered. This becomes a problem when the network is extremely narrow, as many of the plans offered under the Affordable Care Act are. It is bad enough when the “network” is bounded by the state’s borders. It is worse when the boundary is the county or city line—as is the case with many of the “affordable”...
  • I Want an American Baby! Chinese Women Flock to the U.S. to Give Birth

    11/28/2013 9:38:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    TIME ^ | 11/28/2013 | By Hannah Beech
    Lured by U.S. citizenship for their children, thousands of Chinese women give birth annually in the States, supporting a thriving birth-tourism industry. Jiang Wenjun was getting ready to go to America. His wife, due to give birth to their son any day, was already there. Like any expectant parents, the Shanghai couple agonized over how best to prepare for the arrival — and upbringing — of their firstborn child. American citizenship, they decided, was one of the finest gifts they could bestow. “America is the strongest country in the world,” says Jiang, whose son was born just days after he...
  • New in rural Tennessee, a mini-Smithsonian

    11/04/2013 1:29:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    UNION CITY, Tenn. — The gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceship-like tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction, but it’s not a villain’s lair or superhero’s headquarters. It’s Discovery Park of America, a new museum, education center and tourist attraction that opened last Friday in Union City, Tenn...
  • Russian Church Advises Lenin Advocates [to] Think About Burying Him

    10/29/2013 5:51:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/29/13
    Moscow, October 29, Interfax - The body of Vladimir Lenin, the mastermind of the Great October Socialist Revolution, which lies still in the Mausoleum on the Red Square, should sooner or later be buried, the Synodal Department for External Church Relations' head Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said. "Debates on this issue will certainly continue. Probably, some harsh movements may cause rejections in public opinion, but one may and should discuss this subject keeping in mind that a Christian burial does not suggest exhibiting a dead body for many years," the priest told a news conference at Interfax. Lenin's body has turned...
  • Business Idea: Medship = Medical Tourism + Blueseed

    09/15/2013 8:27:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Thinking Machine Blog ^ | July 16, 2012
    The high cost of medical care in the US plus the rationing of medical care in other nations has spurred the growth of medical tourism. As I mentioned in a previous post, outstanding doctors, nurses, and hospital facilities can be found in countries such as Costa Rica, Thailand, India, the Philippines, etc. offering care at costs significantly lower than in the US and without the rationing and waiting times of other countries. One problem with traveling from the US to another nation for medical care is the cost and inconvenience of travel. Additionally, each nation will have its own tort...
  • Is BrandUSA Wasting Your Tax Dollars To Bring in Tourists?

    09/11/2013 6:26:20 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 1 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 9-11-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    One could suppose it is just another example of American state sponsored capitalism. It will follow in the footsteps of such other great "government sponsored enterprises" or private sector/public sector partnerships like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Post Office, Amtrak or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It too will become part of the Leviathan. Its name is ...
  • Jamaican marijuana tours draw travellers

    09/09/2013 4:09:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/9/2013
    Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travellers flock to Scotland to sample single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur. Call them ganja tours: smoky, mystical - and technically illegal - journeys to some of the island's hidden cannabis plantations, where pot tourists can sample such strains as "purple kush" and "pineapple skunk." The tours pass through places like Nine Mile, the tiny hometown of reggae legend, and famous pot-lover, Bob Marley. Here, in Jamaica's verdant central mountains, dreadlocked men escort curious visitors to a farm...
  • Nine tourists shot at north Pakistan mountain base camp

    06/23/2013 2:52:01 AM PDT · by deks · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 23 June 2013
    Gunmen have killed 10 people, including nine foreign tourists after storming a hotel in far northern Pakistan. Officials say five are from Ukraine, one from Russia and three from China. A Pakistani guide also died in the attack. It happened at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the world's ninth highest mountain, in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is the first such attack on tourists in the region. The Pakistani Taliban has told the BBC it was responsible. A spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban said the attack was in retaliation for the killing of its second-in-command, Waliur Rehman, who died in a suspected US drone...
  • Three Nepali drivers held for US national's gang-rape

    06/06/2013 10:38:40 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Thursday, June 6, 2013, 21:53 IST | IANS
    The woman, who is still in Manali, was yet to identify the accused. Manali - Three Nepali truck drivers were arrested Thursday for the gang-rape of a 30-year-old US national in this Himachal Pradesh tourist resort two days ago, police said in Manali. Arjun, Lucky and Som Bahadur Tamang, in the age group of 22-24, had been living in the state for a long time, Superintendent of Police Vinod Dhawan said. "Two of them were arrested from Patlikuhl (20 km before Manali) and one from Mandi town," Dhawan added. The victim, who reached this tourist resort, some 500 km from...
  • Bangkok Will Be The World's Most-Visited City This Year

    05/28/2013 8:31:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/28/2013 | Natalie Paris, The Telegraph
    Thailand’s capital, the first point of entry for thousands who head to the country’s beaches, has been named the number one destination for international visitors in the Global Destination Cities Index forecast. The index rates visitor numbers and estimated spend for 132 different destinations around the world. Bangkok is expected to welcome 15.98 million international arrivals this year, just beating London, which is expecting 15.96 million visitors. London topped the list last year. The index has been compiled annually by MasterCard since 2010 and this is the first year that an Asian city was named as the number one destination....
  • Bronx 'Ghetto' Tours Stop Amid Residents' Outrage

    05/24/2013 3:15:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 54 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Thu, May 23, 2013 | VERENA DOBNIK
    <p>NEW YORK — A company that promised sightseer tours to the Bronx that included a New York City "ghetto" has stopped the bus rides under protest from an outraged neighborhood.</p> <p>Real Bronx Tours, which took mostly European tourists from Manhattan to see life in the South Bronx "from a safe distance," issued a statement this week saying it would immediately cease all tours there.</p>
  • Seattle's budding economy: Pot tourism

    04/09/2013 6:37:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/09/2013 | Bryn Nelson
    Seattle, Washington (CNN) -- If you think 2013 will be a half-baked year for tourism in Seattle, you haven't been paying attention to the curiously pungent smoke signals emanating from this city. On a recent chilly evening, an unmistakable smell has drifted across the street from an industrial space in the SODO neighborhood. Inside, a DJ spins an eclectic mix of rock while a man in a tie-dyed hoodie distributes cannabis-infused buttered rum and root beer-flavored hard candy to a diverse crowd of revelers. Another volunteer passes around a 12-foot-long "vape bag" filled with marijuana vapor -- one way to...
  • 8 Countries Where It's Dangerous For Women To Travel

    04/04/2013 10:08:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/04/2013 | Megan Willett
    We've seen an alarming number of stories about sex attacks on female travelers in recent weeks, from a Swiss tourist who was gang-raped in India to an American student who was raped in a van in Rio de Janeiro. It doesn't mean that women shouldn't visit foreign places or that no parts of those countries are safe. But women traveling in these areas should do so with extreme caution and a knowledge of the culture. We rounded up eight popular tourist destinations where women should be extra cautious, based on reports from Human Rights Watch, the State Department, and crime...
  • Hunters Strike Back, Begin Boycotting Colorado Over New Gun Laws

    03/29/2013 4:53:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze / The Associated Press ^ | March 27, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    Hunters across the country say they are boycotting Colorado because of new gun control legislation that limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and greatly expands background checks, among other things. Opponents say the laws will make criminals of previously-legal gun owners, and hunters lending each other weapons for hunting trips. Some have announced they will no longer hunt or vacation in the state, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. Michael Bane, a freelance producer for The Outdoor Channel, said he will no longer film his four shows there......
  • Sex pays for China’s budget hotels

    03/28/2013 6:40:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide ^ | March 3, 2013 | RNW China Desk
    China’s budget hotels used to target small business travellers, but their clientele nowadays is a rather different one. Cheap hotel rooms have become the space where the Chinese can pursue sexual freedom. Sexologist Xiaoliang Zeng writes on budget hotels and sexual liberation in China. The hotel I checked in to was recommended by a well-known travel website. But I regretted my choice as soon as I walked in. It was by no means a cheap hotel. Yet my room was filled with the unpleasant odor of semen and disinfectant. The pinkish wall, dim light, and green carpet created a sexually...
  • Billionaire Dennis Tito announces Mars mission plans

    02/28/2013 12:11:49 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 15 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Thursday 28 February 2013
    nnis Tito, a billionaire financier who in 2001 became the first space tourist, has launched a project to send two civilians on “an historic journey” to the Red Planet in January 2018. “We have not sent humans beyond the moon in more than 40 years,” Mr Tito said at a press conference in Washington on Wednesday. “I’ve been waiting, and a lot of people my age, have been waiting. And I think it’s time to put an end to that lapse”. The mission, a “return fly-by”, in which the spacecraft would fly around Mars rather than land, would last for...
  • Thunderbird 2 flies again: The astonishing airship set to revolutionise haulage, tourism...

    01/04/2013 12:38:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/4/13 | Damien Gayle
    A radical new kind of airship funded by the US military is about to make its first test flight - and it looks uncannily like the Thunderbird 2 craft from the classic TV show. The Aeroscraft airship will carry three times as much as the biggest military cargo planes over thousands of miles, use a third of the fuel, and it doesn't even need a landing strip. It could also have major implications for cargo haulage, and almost everything now laboriously transported across the planet's surface by boat, train and lorry could within years be carried through the skies, its...
  • Egypt tourism slump blamed on Islamist rule

    12/23/2012 4:45:22 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | December 23, 2012
    Currently there is no tourism in Egypt," grumbled Adel Anwar, the 32-year-old owner of a trinket stall. "The new Islamist government has no experience in managing the state," he said. "The Islamists care only about their interests, not us. They forget about everyone else." The complaint is a common one among workers dependent on Egypt's tourist industry, a key earner for the economy. ... Extremist Islamists are keeping tourists away from Egypt
  • Popularity of tiny Dutch Caribbean island soars following gay marriage

    12/16/2012 4:07:33 PM PST · by Salman · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/16/12 | AP
    ORANJESTAD, Aruba — A speck of an island in the Dutch Caribbean has become increasingly popular with gay couples after legislators legalized same-sex marriages in a region still openly hostile to gays and lesbians. Two men were recently married in Saba, marking the first ceremony of its kind in the region and setting off a frenzy of calls from gay couples in other Dutch Caribbean islands seeking to marry, said Julietta Woods with Saba’s Civil Registry office.”People keep calling me every second,” she said by telephone this week. As part of the Netherlands Kingdom, the islands of Saba, Bonaire and...
  • Did you travel to Alaska since August 2008?

    11/15/2012 7:30:56 AM PST · by Josh Painter · 14 replies
    Survey Monkey ^ | November 13. 2012 | Ron Devito
    Did you travel to Alaska since August 2008? Please tell us about your trip(s) and Sarah Palin's influence on them This unscientific survey is one tool to help determine the impact of Sarah Palin and her policies on Alaska tourism through the use of anecdotal evidence. The survey consists of 10 questions. No personal or contact information is requested on this survey.
  • Sistine Chapel at 500 Years: Threatened by Tourism

    11/03/2012 5:01:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Thursday, November 1, 2012 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Michelangelo's Sistine chapel frescoes are threatened by the effects of too many visitors, experts have warned on Wednesday, as the masterly painted ceiling celebrated its 500th anniversary... Many visitors just stare, tranfixed, at one of the most notable artwork ever created. Indeed, Pope Julius II and 17 cardinals reacted in the same way when the vaulted ceiling was revealed in all its blue glory on the Eve of All Saints, 31 October, 1512, during a vesper Mass. But others are "drunken tourist herds" disrespectful of the unique setting they are visiting, according to leading literary critic Pietro Citati. The "herds"...
  • CEO Wynn: ‘I’m Afraid of the President'

    10/12/2012 5:32:11 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | Friday, October 12, 2012 | Christopher Goins
    .... When asked what happened to the proposal, Wynn said he was unsure what President Obama would do next. “I’m afraid of the president,” said Wynn. “I have no idea what goofy idea, what crazy, anti-business program this administration will come up. I have no idea. And I have to tell you, Jon, that every business guy I know in the country is frightened of Barack Obama and the way he thinks.” The hotel tycoon claimed that President Obama had attempted to put himself between him and his employees by resorting to class warfare, and said he cannot stand being...
  • CEO emails 7,000 employees: Defeat Obama or else

    10/09/2012 4:50:16 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    CEO emails 7,000 employees: Defeat Obama or else By Chris Isidore @CNNMoney October 9, 2012: 5:37 PM ET David Siegel, CEO of Westgate Resorts, warned employees that they may lose their jobs if President Obama wins re-election. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Surprise. David Siegel, the resort CEO who is building the biggest private home in the country, really, really doesn't like President Obama. And while Siegel hasn't sent any money to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, he has gone a step farther to support him. On Monday he sent an e-mail to all 7,000 employees of privately-held Westgate Resorts, many...
  • North Korea's Potemkin Village: Derelict Empty Shell "Hotel Of Doom" Symbolizes NK Supremacy

    09/27/2012 7:53:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 27 September 2012 | Anna Edwards
    The truth about North Korea's glittering 'Hotel Of Doom' built to symbolize country's supremacy: There's nothing but a derelict shell inside From the outside, its shiny windows and soaring towers make it look decidedly futuristic and luxurious. But after visitors walk through the doors of North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel - which has taken twenty years to build - they see it is just a concrete shell. The interior of the 105-story, pyramid-shaped resembles a multi-storey car park, with its concrete floors and bare columns. Beijing-based Koryo Tours got a peek at the vast interior of the hotel in Pyongyang, the...
  • ‘Stay Away From Seattle Day’ marks Emerald City’s anti-love letter to the nation

    09/15/2012 2:35:12 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 14, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Pacific Northwest residents are well regarded as some of the friendliest folks in the nation. But that doesn't necessarily mean they want visiting guests to stay forever. To that end, some of the city's 3.4 million residents will be celebrating "Stay Away From Seattle Day" on Sept. 16.
  • Soros Open Society Institute an American Destination?

    07/28/2012 8:51:28 PM PDT · by mgist · 3 replies
    Canada free press ^ | 7/26/12 | Mcleod
    ....breathtaking scenes with the Discover America’s signature song ‘Land of Dreams’ written and sung by Roseanne Cash, viewers don’t get a raincheck on the campaign’s multicultural theme and the spiral in the sand that builds the Open Society Logo in opening scenes. Such is the power of subliminal.  Discover America is $12.3 million dollars worth of free advertising for Soros. Blame Brand USA for the Open Society’s free advertising ride. Brand USA is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, with headquarters based in Wa, DC. “Brand USA was established by the Travel...
  • Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video: 2nd Attempt

    06/27/2012 8:20:58 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | Apr 30, 2009 | bishopvids
    So The Cleveland Board of Tourism was not happy with the first video that I turned in. In fact, they said that upon viewing it, three of the board members moved away. They insisted that I turn in a proper Cleveland tourism video, otherwise they will pursue litigation. So I was really planning on buckling down and giving it my all this time, but there was a "Rock of Love" marathon on VH1 last night that I didn't want to miss, so I cranked this video out in even less time than the first one. Roughly 35 minutes total. Despite...
  • Tourism Australia Video

    06/08/2012 7:55:33 AM PDT · by TonyfromOz · 1 replies
    PA Pundits International ^ | 08 June 2012 | TonyfromOz
    Tourism Australia has released a new advertising campaign to attract tourists to Australia. While shorter versions of this new video appear on TV, the above link has the full version of this video, coming in at almost 3 minutes. While some of the things in the ad may be readily recognised, others may not, so I have also included some text, describing those things.
  • Lawmakers move to expand visa waivers to boost foreign tourism

    05/29/2012 5:12:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/12 | Vicki Needham
    Lawmakers move to expand visa waivers to boost foreign tourismBy Vicki Needham - 05/29/12 05:00 AM ET As the summer tourism season kicks into full gear, Congress and the Obama administration are making progress to expand and expedite visa programs as a path to boosting job creation and economic growth in the United States. Retail and travel-industry advocates, as well as lawmakers, are narrowing their legislative focus to adding new countries and greater security protections to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows tourists and business travelers from 36 countries to visit the United States for up to 90 days...
  • Robert Mugabe asked to be new UN envoy for tourism

    05/29/2012 10:28:33 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 5/29/12 | David Smith
    With a line-up that includes Drew Barrymore, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, and Ricky Martin, the UN's choice of ambassadors has been known to cause raised eyebrows or the odd smirk. Seldom, however, has there been such anger, or questioning of the organisation's credibility, as that greeting the appointment of a new international envoy for tourism: Robert Mugabe. Improbable as it seems, the Zimbabwean president, who is widely accused of ethnic cleansing, rigging elections, terrorising opposition, controlling media and presiding over a collapsed economy, has been endorsed as a champion of efforts to boost global holidaymaking.
  • Connecticut’s Sexual Revolution Tourism Theme

    05/24/2012 4:55:43 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 7 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 05/24/12 | Gina Miller
    David Pepe, who runs the Ignorant Fishermen website, and who lives in Connecticut, has brought to our attention a new, multi-million-dollar tourism campaign aimed at boosting Connecticut’s tourism income. David has seen through the hype and giddy promotion to the heart of the tourism slogan that Connecticut is “Still Revolutionary.” This very expensive tourism project was spawned under the current Democrat Governor Dannel Malloy and was unveiled last week. As the Connecticut Mirror reported, “Three years after its tourism budget was reduced to $1, Connecticut is back with a two-year, $27 million marketing campaign to promote tourism and brand the...
  • Sex robots the future of sex tourism: Academics

    04/19/2012 2:43:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Edmonton Sun ^ | 4/19/12 | QMI Agency
    Sex workers in Amsterdam will have a hard time finding work if two New Zealand academics' vision of the future comes true. "In 2050, Amsterdam's red light district will all be about android prostitutes who are clean of sexual transmitted infections, not smuggled in from Eastern Europe and forced into slavery, the city council will have direct control over android sex workers controlling prices, hours of operations and sexual services," write futurologist Ian Yeoman and sexologist Michelle Mars. The duo's paper, Robots, Men And Sex Tourism, published in the journal Futures, centres on an imaginary future sex club in Amsterdam...
  • Holy square or homeless shelter? (Tahrir Square)

    03/30/2012 5:47:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 03/30/12
    MARCH 30, 2012 06:55 Tahrir Square in Cairo, a place where Egypt’s democratic revolution took place a year ago, has turn into a shelter for the homeless. A photo taken on the balcony of an eight-floor hotel in the square costs 20 U.S. dollars. The holy place is changing into a tourist venue.
  • ‘They will haunt your thoughts forever’: Family of two British tourists gunned down in Florida

    03/28/2012 5:43:11 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 28, 2012
    A sneering teenager, nicknamed 'Savage', was today found guilty in the shooting deaths of two British tourists after days of damning evidence. Shawn Tyson, 17, was charged with two counts of first degree murder for killing James Cooper and James Kouzaris in April 2011 and was sentenced to life in prison.
  • How Not to Attract Tourists

    03/17/2012 9:23:01 PM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Mark Vanhoenacker
    ...Imagine that you’re the citizen of a prosperous, democratic ally like Britain, Spain or Japan, and you’d like to visit America. Before traveling, you must pay $14 to complete an online United States government form called ESTA, short for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ESTA asks for basic personal data, like your name and birth date. It also asks whether you are guilty of “moral turpitude,” whether you’re planning crimes or “immoral activities” and whether you suffer from “lymphogranuloma venereum” (don’t ask). If you’re involved in terrorism or genocide — and for some reason you’ve decided to take this opportunity...
  • Tourism Ireland’s Titanic centenary event

    02/24/2012 8:39:41 PM PST · by re_nortex · 8 replies
    Travel Blackboard (Tourism Ireland) ^ | Friday, 24 February 2012 | Anthony Valeriano
    We are commemorating one of the most famous ships in the world in the lead up to the 100th anniversary of the demise of the Titanic said Orla Saul. To bring this special and unique story to life we are delighted to have Susie Miller over from Ireland. Miller runs Titanic Tours in Belfast and is here today to tell us the most intriguing, poignant and personal story about Titanic. The 100th anniversary coincides with the opening of the Titanic visitor centre on 31st March in Belfast. Some people don’t know that the Titanic was built in Belfast said Ms....
  • 2 Americans kidnapped in Egypt, officials say

    02/03/2012 9:03:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 3, 2012 | Staff
    Bedouin gunmen intercepted a tourist minivan and snatched two female American tourists and their Egyptian guide at gunpoint Friday near St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula, the region's security chief said. The brazen daylight abduction along a busy highway was a new blow to Egypt's vital tourism industry, which has been heavily battered by the unrest following last year's uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.
  • Obama to world at Disney: America's open to tourists

    01/19/2012 2:45:28 PM PST · by Harley · 22 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Jan 18, 2012 | George Bennett
    LAKE BUENA VISTA — With a symbol of this swing state's crucial tourism industry as his backdrop, President Obama today declared that "America is open for business" and announced plans to make it easier for foreign tourists to visit the U.S. and pump money into the American economy. Obama announced that his administration is taking steps to increase international tourism, including processing more visas from China and Brazil.
  • Mitten controversy leads to helping hands

    12/18/2011 2:30:33 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-16-11 | Kevin Binversie
    The mittens are off! Verbal fists are flying in what is becoming tourism marketing fight of this century! Two states — boundaries formed millennia ago by natural forces and almost two centuries ago by politics — look a lot like the human hand in a mitten. Because of that, Wisconsin and Michigan were locked in mostly media-created hand-to-hand combat for the better part of a month over which looks more like the body part. The origins are pretty simple. Over the past year, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism has been using a campaign that stages various objects to look like...
  • Forbes: PR is top holiday destination

    12/06/2011 7:43:41 AM PST · by cll · 9 replies
    Puerto Rico has been picked by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s top Christmas destination, winning recognition for a marathon and spirited holiday season marked by good food and drink and warm weather. “Who says you need scarves and snow to have a truly authentic Christmas?” Forbes reports. “Multi-colored lights look fantastic strung through palm trees, the coquito tastes a little like eggnog that’s mostly coconut, and a roasted, seasoned pork shoulder often muscles out turkey for center stage at a Puerto Rican Christmas table. The well-known New York-based business publication worked with travel experts at Lonely Planet and...
  • Police: Soldier Being Robbed Pulls Gun On Assailants(CO)

    11/30/2011 6:11:25 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    thedenverchannel.com ^ | 30 November, 2011 | Deb Stanley
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A soldier and his wife stopped a robbery on Tuesday night when the soldier pulled a gun on the assailants and fired, police said. The husband and wife had just been transferred from Fort Hood to Colorado Springs. They were taking a walk in their new neighborhood at 10 p.m. when they were approached by two masked assailants, police said. When the assailants ordered the soldier and his wife to the ground, the soldier told police he pulled out his handgun. The soldier told police the men started to run off, but when one of them...
  • Greeks claim having found Alexander the Great’s tomb, Ark of the Covenant

    11/09/2011 5:11:12 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 92 replies
    Focus ^ | 09/11/11 | staff
    Athens. It is believed that the tomb of Alexander the Great and the Ark of the Covenant have been found on the Greek Island of Thasos, announced Russian Grekomania.ru, which is information partner of the Greek Minister of Culture and Tourism.
  • Did you know you don’t have to be a girl to join the girl scouts?

    10/28/2011 4:23:27 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-28-11 | Wordsmith
    Equality: The Girl Scouts of Colorado says it's working to support transgender children, their families and the volunteers who serve them I had no idea! Silly me...when I grew up I thought there were distinctions between boys and girls; but this isn't that. It's about "inclusiveness" for fear of being stigmatized with the dirty-word labels, sexist/bigoted/racist/xenophobic/homophobic: The Girl Scouts of Colorado has flip-flopped on a decision not to let a 7-year-old boy join their organization, now saying he is welcome even though he’s not a girl. Bobby Montoya plays with Barbie dolls and My Little Ponies. He’s a boy, but...
  • Born In The U.S.A.: Birth Tourists Get Instant U.S. Citizenship For Their Newborns

    10/28/2011 10:16:18 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies · 2+ views
    MSNBC ^ | October 28, 2011 | Anna Schecter
    Born In The U.S.A.: Birth Tourists Get Instant U.S. Citizenship For Their Newborns Oct 28, 2011 By Anna Schecter A curious global industry has emerged that caters to wealthy foreign women willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars to give birth in the United States and get instant U.S. citizenship for their babies. The hefty price is worth it, according to these women, because it paves the way for easy access to American public schools, universities and jobs as the children get older and green cards for the whole family once the child turns 21. The women stay at...
  • [Japan] Journeys to the edge: Tourism in Fukushima makes more sense now (OMG)

    10/26/2011 6:58:35 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/27/11 | James A. Foley
    Journeys to the edge: Tourism in Fukushima makes more sense now One windy city surviving on the cusp of Japan's nuclear frontier is ready and waiting for visitors By James A. Foley 27 October, 2011 Iwaki City is a cluster of exurban hamlets about 200 kilometers north and east of Tokyo, on the coastal Hamadori region of Fukushima Prefecture. A few years ago I rang for a taxi from my apartment in Iwaki to the train station in the middle of town. I forget where I was going, but I do recall with great clarity the conversation I had with...
  • Las Vegas fumes over Obama's anti-tourism rant

    10/24/2011 4:42:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 24, 2011 | CRISTINA SILVA
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- President Barack Obama has a Sin City problem that won't go away. Obama is counting on Nevada's support for reelection next year. He easily won the Las Vegas Valley in 2008 and will probably win the largely Democratic, urban center again next year.