June 22, 2011 |
ROME - The Vatican is betting that an iPod beats "Shush!" in lowering the tour-guide noise level in basilicas. It will even lend you one for free to try to prove its point. From a tiny booth in the back of St. John in Lateran, the Holy See's pilgrim agency has been quietly asking tourists if they want to tour Rome's oldest basilica with an iPod in hand loaded with an app specially designed to access the place's art, architecture, and Christian history. It is a bid to cut down on the noise as well as to raise appeal to the young, not your typical pilgrim, the Rev. Caesar Atuire, chief executive officer of the pilgrim agency, said Tuesday.
April 8, 2011 |
If the statues of the Founding Fathers at Signers Hall in the National Constitution Center could speak, they would no doubt vent their frustrations with our current politicians whose arguing has us on the brink of a government shutdown. After all, they worked out the Constitution in a humid, 90-degree summer in Philadelphia - with no air conditioning. In their place, visitors to the National Constitution Center spoke out against the potential government shutdown Friday. "I'm very sick of partisan politics," said Toby Bouchey, who was visiting Philadelphia with her family from Tri-Cities, Wash.
September 29, 2014 |
CANADENSIS, Pa. - The vibrant display of pumpkins, gourds, and mums sat outside the shop, where the aroma of hot apple cider filled the air. Temperatures flirted with 80, and trees were beginning to show off brilliant hues of red and orange. But something was missing: customers. "We should be busy, busy, busy," Elaine Bubb, owner of the Stonewall Garden Center, said Saturday morning. But tourists were largely avoiding the area as the manhunt for alleged state trooper killer Eric Frein entered its third week.
February 26, 1999 |
One of the main arguments likely to be made if a referendum on riverboat gambling goes on the ballot in May is that floating casinos will enhance the city's other tourist attractions. The main problem with this argument is that it's wrong. It's wrong, at least, if Philadelphia's experience turns out to be anything like Chicago's. Research on casinos and tourists has been done in Chicago over the last several years by the Better Government Association (BGA), a business-supported "citizens watchdog group.
March 12, 2000 |
If you haven't heard of the Rancocas Valley, then Heidi Winzinger wants to talk to you. In an effort to lure heritage tourists to the heart of Burlington County, the 34-year-old entrepreneur has helped start a volunteer outfit - the Historic Rancocas Valley Tourism Association - targeting history buffs and family vacationers from Baltimore to Boston. "Burlington County is like this little place that gets lost," said Winzinger, seated in a sunlit office on the second floor of her parents' Hainesport business office.
February 6, 1994 |
Aiming to reassure tourists, Vietnam has set up a medical-assistance program that includes 24-hour hotlines and the promise of treatment and even evacuation for emergencies that cannot be handled within the country. The program took effect Jan. 1. The country's SOS Tourist Program is free to visitors holding a tourist visa and traveling as part of a tour group. Each arriving tourist gets a card listing phone numbers for "alarm centers" in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as in Singapore, where International SOS Assistance, the company that developed the program for Vietnam tourism officials, has its Southeast Asia headquarters.
April 14, 1995 |
For years, tourism officials have tried to come up with ways to keep tourists here longer - at least overnight. That could mean, for example, a couple would spend $100 for a hotel room and food instead of just grabbing a cheesesteak and heading for Interstate 95. But local tourism officials say they have been at a disadvantage because, to borrow a phrase, dead men don't sell. "The way that we have interpreted our history has been dry and dead," explained Karen vdH. Butler, executive director of the Mayor's Action Council for Visitors.
August 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK - New York officials proudly tout the Big Apple as the safest big city in America. But blasts of gunfire in front of crowds near some of the city's best-known destinations this month painted a picture at odds with its tame, tourist-friendly image. Police confronted a knife-wielding man in Times Square and then shot him to death a few blocks away Aug. 11 as onlookers followed along and snapped photos. And on Friday, a gunman with a workplace grudge shot a former co-worker dead outside the Empire State Building - and then was killed himself by police in a burst of bullets that left at least nine bystanders wounded, some apparently by police rounds.
October 13, 1991 |
Although global recession has hurt many of the world's major tourist meccas, the Pacific island of Guam is going full speed ahead in efforts to develop tourism and promote itself as the "gateway to Micronesia. " The 212-square-mile island 3,300 miles southwest of Hawaii (farther from Hawaii than Hawaii is from California) is on a building spree that's expected to triple the number of hotel rooms to 13,500 by the end of the decade. Tourists from the mainland United States and Japan, 1,500 miles away, are Guam's biggest targets.
November 7, 2013 |
LONDON - Mayor Nutter met the competition Tuesday, and it is formidable. As he goes about his eight-day trade trip to London and Tel Aviv, even the irrepressible Nutter had to acknowledge his city faces an uphill battle in the global travel and tourist market. That was evident Tuesday at the World Travel Market, a monstrous convention for 47,000 travel-industry professionals, where seemingly all the globe's nations and major cities set up booths to sell themselves. The largest such gathering in the English-speaking world, the travel market featured acres of geographic displays, organized by continents, then countries, then cities and regions.