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UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

Hotwire names Spokane as a top city for a quick getaway

Online travel website Hotwire has named Spokane as a top city for a quick getaway, based on affordability, proximity to larger destinations and tourist attractions.


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 6:06 p.m.

Chinese tourism to U.S. drops for 1st time in 15 years

After more than a decade of rapid growth, Chinese travel to the U.S. is falling. And that has cities, malls and other tourist spots scrambling to reverse the trend.


UPDATED: Fri., May 17, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Cuba bets on tourism as Trump restrictions take hold

The battle for Cuba’s economic future is being waged on its beaches. And at its all-inclusive resorts, dive sites and cobblestoned colonial plazas.


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

Spokane Sports Commission honored with national award

The Spokane Sports Commission has received a national award for developing sports in the region. The nonprofit organization was selected as “Sports Commission of the Year” by the National Association …


100 years ago in Central Washington: Railroad workers strike over lack of bathtubs, decent meals

About 300 men working on a project to electrify the Milwaukee Railroad’s line through Washington were on strike at their job site west of the Columbia River.


UBS: sees human spaceflight as a $23 billion industry by 2030

Flying people to hang out in outer space could be worth $23 billion by 2030, UBS Group AG predicted.


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

Front & Center: Visit Spokane’s new leader seeks to enhance metro area’s appeal as a destination city

Meg Winchester, who became president and CEO of Visit Spokane in late January, is focusing on put the Lilac City on the map as a destination for tourists and convention …


Leavenworth welcomes partiers but not partakers

While many Washington cities and towns are actively encouraging and promoting cannabis tourism and commerce, the tourist town of Leavenworth continues to pass on allowing pot shops or other marijuana …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

Visit Spokane names new president and CEO

Visit Spokane announced Monday it has named Meg Winchester as president and CEO of the organization. Winchester has been director of the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau for more …


In Jamestown, a new exhibition pays homage to the women history overlooked

“Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia,” an exhibition at Jamestown Settlement running through Jan. 5, 2020, aims to tell the little-known stories of the English, African and Native American …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, kills 4

A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Friday near the Giza Pyramids, killing three Vietnamese and their Egyptian guide, officials said.


‘The damage is already done’: Anglers celebrate revival of steelhead season, but say economic impacts will likely remain for fishing guides and tourism

Those who would have been affected by the closure of the steelhead fishery in Idaho came together Sunday to celebrate an agreement reached Friday that will leave most areas in …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

It’s happening again: Inside Western Washington’s ‘Twin Peaks’ tourism

David Israel is a man who can appreciate a damn fine cup of coffee. In fact, I first met him in a coffee shop: a clean-cut, fresh-faced guy in a …


China’s growth slows, as does tourist spending at Tiffany’s

There was something missing at the luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. in recent months: Chinese tourists.


China to overtake France as top travel destination by 2030

China is set to overtake France as the world’s number one tourist destination by 2030 as a growing middle class in Asia looks to spend more on travel, according to …


‘Honestly, it’s not for everyone’ says Nebraska’s self-deprecating, new tourism campaign

Nebraska has an image problem. For four consecutive years, it’s come in dead last on a list of states that tourists are interested in visiting, according to the travel marketing …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 11:05 p.m.

Spokane to host 2019 national roller championships

The 2019 USA Roller Sports National Championships will bring about 3,000 contestants to the Spokane Convention Center next summer for nearly a month of youth and adult competitions, generating about …


Russian suspects in poisoning: We were in UK as tourists

The two Russian men spun an unlikely tale of hapless tourists defeated by grim British weather: They traveled more than 1,000 miles to see England’s famed Salisbury Cathedral but were …


100 years ago in Spokane: J. Stanley Webster wins primary to take on Congressman C.C. Dill who opposed declaring war

Judge J. Stanley Webster won the 1918 Republican primary in the race to represent Eastern Washington in Congress and incumbent C.C. Dill, who opposed the United States’ entry into World …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 9:40 a.m.

Spokane Tribe recruiting developer for a hotel in Chewelah near its casino

The Spokane Tribe is recruiting a developer to build a hotel near the Chewelah Casino. Market studies indicate the area could sustain a 70- to 100-room project, tribal officials said.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

West Coast officials tell tourists not to worry about fires

Alarmed by as much as $20 million in lost tourism revenue in July due to visitors’ fear of wildfires, California’s state tourism agency said Thursday it is teaming up with …


Hawaii businesses seek lava viewing site to reignite tourism

Stunning images of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano have captivated people around the world. But ironically it’s nearly impossible for residents and visitors on the ground to see the lava – …


Deal could restart stalled NYC Ferris wheel tourism project

Six years after it was announced, a plan to build one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels on Staten Island is still stuck on the ground.


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

Tourists flocking to Peru’s newfound ‘Rainbow Mountain’

The popularity of Rainbow Mountain, which attracts up to 1,000 tourists each day, has provided a much-needed economic jolt to this remote region populated by struggling alpaca herders. Environmentalists, however, …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

The National Rifle Association, and now the state of Florida, faced a growing backlash Saturday as companies cut ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre, and student …


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 …


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.


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.


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?