Stories tagged: tourism
Wed., Jan. 17, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Mine president pledges $5,000 for highway from Spokane to Nelson, B.C.
Conrad Wolfle, president of the United Copper Mine of Chewelah, pledged $5,000 toward building a paved highway from Spokane to the British Columbia border, and then on to the city …
Mon., Jan. 1, 2018, 6:10 p.m.
Scenic train rides deemed a success as Newport plans more trips next year
The first season of the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train based in Newport was a financial and operational success according to organizers.
Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Overtourism and safety cited in Fodor’s where not to go list
As you contemplate all those “where to go in 2018” lists, here’s a twist: a list of places to avoid in the new year.
UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 8:01 p.m.
Study: Distance restrictions on Puget Sound orcas haven’t hurt tourism
A study by a federal agency has found that restrictions limiting boats from getting too close to endangered southern resident killer whales have not harmed the whale-watching industry.
Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
International visitors to U.S. down 4 percent in first 6 months of 2017
Has the Trump slump that the travel industry warned about finally hit?
Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
Puerto Rico tourism craters in wake of Hurricane Maria
Tourism, a rare thriving sector on the island in a deep economic slump, is practically nonexistent a month after Hurricane Maria swept though. And part of the recovery from the …
Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 3:29 p.m.
Big Ben bell falls silent in London for repairs until 2021
After more than 150 years as Britain’s most famous timekeeper, London’s Big Ben bell fell silent Monday for four years of repair work that will keep it quiet on all …
Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 3:32 p.m.
Las Ramblas: A top Barcelona site for tourists to stroll
The lengthy Las Ramblas promenade where a van plowed into pedestrians Thursday is a tree-lined walkway that starts in a huge plaza and ends near Barcelona’s harbor. It’s filled with …
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 4:19 p.m.
North Korean tensions aren’t deterring tourists from Guam
Tourists haven’t been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been at the center of North Korean and U.S. threats during the past …
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 2:05 p.m.
Yellowstone visitation down in July and for the year
More than half way through the calendar year, Yellowstone National Park has seen about 5 percent fewer visitors so far this year.
Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:37 a.m.
Jerusalem’s Old City: Tourists welcome, media not so much
Israeli police acknowledged on Wednesday that security forces are preventing journalists from entering parts of the Old City of Jerusalem as part of efforts to lower tensions around a contested …
Mon., July 17, 2017, 8:16 p.m.
No Trump slump in tourism but there could be a Trump bump
NEW YORK – Last winter, the U.S. tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a “Trump slump” in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International …
UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 8:10 p.m.
Group finds Asia’s performing elephants are treated harshly
An animal protection group wants tourists to know: That elephant you are thinking about riding during your vacation in Thailand is probably a miserable victim of abuse.
UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017, 8:35 p.m.
Aid helicopter crash kills 8 after Indonesian volcano erupts
A rescue helicopter crashed while heading to help evacuate residents near an active volcano on Indonesia’s main island, killing all eight people on board, officials said Monday.
UPDATED: Sun., June 25, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
3 dead, 30 missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia
A rescue operation is underway in Colombia after a tourist boat with about 150 people on board sank in a reservoir near Medellin. At least three people have been confirmed …
UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:33 p.m.
Wallace throws party to celebrate return of founder’s tombstone
The city of Wallace is throwing a party Saturday to celebrate the return of its founder’s tombstone. Local history buffs located Col. William R. Wallace’s tombstone in California and arranged …
UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 10:13 p.m.
Wine industry transforms town best known for big prison
Walla Walla used to be best known for sweet onions and as home of the state penitentiary, where death row inmates once were hanged. But the remote town along the …
UPDATED: Mon., May 29, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
Get ready for busy travel season; airlines could set record
If you’re planning a big vacation trip this summer, move over. You’re going to have lots of company.
UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 6:11 a.m.
Doug Clark: Spokane’s new slogan ‘Creative by Nature’ is a lame and costly effort for The Lilac City
The Visit Spokane people want the rest of us to think that “Creative by Nature” is substantially better than the last dumb catchphrase, “Near Nature. Near Perfect.”
UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 3:54 p.m.
Efforts aim to boost film industry in Yakima Valley
The Washington state film office, Washington Filmworks, and a Yakima County tourism advocate want more filmmakers to come to the Yakima Valley because movies and TV shows spark interest in …
UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 7 p.m.
Kevin Twohig honored for tourism leadership
Kevin Twohig, CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District, was given Visit Spokane’s Leadership Excellence in Tourism award Thursday.
UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 5:58 p.m.
New branding effort seeks to define Spokane as creative, natural and enterprising
Visit Spokane, the area’s tourism agency, will roll out a new branding campaign this year to boost buzz for the region and showcase the Spokane area’s identity and unique qualities.
UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
Montana lawmakers seek to make Native America a destination
Some Mon tana lawmakers want the state to invest more into drawing visitors to places of historical and cultural importance to the state’s Indian tribes – not only to spark …
Fri., April 21, 2017, 2:03 p.m.
Montana tourism campaign targets visitors from nearby states
Montana’s summer tourism promotion invites would-be visitors to “Discover Your Montana Moment.”
Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:44 a.m.
Washington’s national parks attracted 8.5 million visitors in 2016
National parks and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area were heavy hitters for Washington’s tourism economy last year, attracting more than 8.5 million visitors who spent $562 million during their stays.
Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:55 a.m.
Small Idaho city budgets big bucks for solar eclipse
City officials in eastern Idaho say they are budgeting more than $200,000 to cover the cost of handling the onslaught of visitors, security and other amenities during the viewing of …
Sun., April 2, 2017
Be a tourist in your own town and rediscover Spokane
Playing tourist in your own town is an easy way to break the mentality that there’s nothing to do in Spokane.
Thu., March 30, 2017, 5 a.m.
Zags put Spokane in the national spotlight as ESPN crew will film fans and the city
As the Zags prepare for the Final Four tip off Saturday, Spokane is gearing up for its own prime time moment. An ESPN crew will spend up to four days …
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 10:27 p.m.
New autumn train excursion in NE Washington replaces popular ride halted last year
A new tourist train excursion in northeast Washington will begin this summer, taking riders along the Pend Oreille River from Newport to Usk.
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 5:26 p.m.
Utah governor says he will approve 0.05 DUI limit, strictest in U.S.
Utah’s governor announced Thursday that he will sign legislation giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest DUI threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the …