- Lawmakers tackle regulations for short-term rentals, Airbnb Updated: May-03-16 4:51 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Portsmouth artist Haidee Merritt is entering her third season of renting out a room in her downtown home for short stays to regular city visitors and far flung tourists, a service she says provides a social and financial benefit to herself and the city.
- DC celebrates another year of record-breaking tourist crowds Updated: May-03-16 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON - More than 19 million U.S. tourists visited Washington in 2015, an increase of 1 million over the previous year and a record for the nation's capital as its tourism industry continues to make steady progress since the Great Recession.
- Correction: Asbury Park-New Hotel story Updated: May-03-16 12:57 pm
ASBURY PARK, New Jersey - In a story May 1 about a new hotel set to open in Asbury Park, The Associated Press reported erroneously on one of the reasons visitor Madeleine Berk loves the city. She cited the music scene, not the food.
- Rooms with a View: Charleston holds hearing on new hotels Updated: May-03-16 8:15 am
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Charleston is holding a public hearing on the impact of new hotels in a city that attracts millions of visitors each year.
- The Might of Mickey: Orlando still top US destination Updated: May-02-16 4:47 pm
ORLANDO, Florida - It's a crowded world after all - at least in Orlando's hotels and theme parks.
- Greetings from Asbury Park, opening first hotel in 50 years Updated: May-02-16 9:54 am
ASBURY PARK, New Jersey - In the Jersey shore city that gave Bruce Springsteen's debut album its name, owners of the first new hotel to open there in more than 50 years hope they can convince locals and tourists alike that what was once considered a slum by the sea is now a destination with a bright future.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2015 benefits released Updated: May-02-16 4:08 am
GATLINBURG, Tennessee - The National Park Service says Great Smoky Mountains National Park provided nearly $874 million in economic benefit to communities near the park last year and supported more than 13,000 jobs in the area.
- City announces plans for Navy Pier hotel Updated: May-01-16 6:30 pm
CHICAGO - The city of Chicago says construction of the first hotel at a popular tourist attraction Navy Pier will begin next year.
- Ohio resort plans new lodge for building destroyed in fire Updated: May-01-16 9:13 am
ZANESFIELD, Ohio - The operator of a western Ohio ski resort is finalizing design plans for a $6.5 million lodge to replace a building destroyed by fire last September.
- Authorities investigate death near Missouri vacation home Updated: Apr-28-16 7:20 am
MACKS CREEK, Missouri - Authorities are investigating after a person was found dead near a central Missouri vacation home.
- Travel news: Universal-Exorcist, Eiteljorg, toilets, LLBean Updated: Apr-27-16 11:41 am
UNIVERSAL PARKS' HALLOWEEN THEME: 'THE EXORCIST'
- State will not pursue eviction of Iraqi refugees from motel Updated: Apr-27-16 6:58 am
SAUGUS, Massachusetts - State officials have abandoned plans to evict a family of nine Iraqi refugees now living in suburban Boston for allowing guests in their state-subsidized motel room.
- At Mideast tourism forum in Dubai, a surprising name: Trump Updated: Apr-26-16 7:27 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Tucked away behind stands at a Mideast tourism conference this week is a surprising name: Trump.
- Agency to Hawaii residents: Don't hate on tourists Updated: Apr-25-16 4:31 pm
HONOLULU - As a record number of visitors stream into Hawaii, state officials want residents to know: Tourism is your friend.
- Arkansas secretary of state reports 4 new expense-paid trips Updated: Apr-24-16 1:51 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has disclosed that four foreign and state entities paid more than $20,800 for food, lodging and travel expenses for trips to China, Ghana, Taiwan and New Orleans last year.
- Nearly 140-year-old hotel in Maquoketa undergoes renovation Updated: Apr-24-16 11:19 am
MAQUOKETA, Iowa - Mary McAreavy Lewis paused and glanced up the grand staircase, her hand resting on the polished wooden banister.
- Atlantic City grapples with how family-friendly it should be Updated: Apr-23-16 11:37 am
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - On a sunny Sunday in spring, three generations and three branches of Pam Moody's family went to have fun at Gillian's Wonderland Pier on the Ocean City Boardwalk.
- Indiana lawmaker defends taking family on California trip Updated: Apr-21-16 9:56 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman on Thursday defended his decision to have his Senate campaign pay more than $2,000 for a six-day trip to California last summer that his wife described on social media as a family vacation.
- Great American Eclipse draws tourists to path of totality Updated: Apr-21-16 9:09 am
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Where's the best place to watch next year's eclipse? If you're thinking the grand open spaces of Wyoming, you have plenty of company.
- Hastings woman gets probation for employment violation Updated: Apr-21-16 7:31 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - A Hastings woman has been given a year of probation and fined $500 for her role in the unlawful employment of someone authorities say was living in the country illegally.
- Passover vacation niche grows to dozens of destinations Updated: Apr-19-16 7:55 pm
ORLANDO, Florida - Most Jews around the world say the traditional "Next year in Jerusalem" at the end of the annual Passover Seder feast. Last year, St. Louis native David Benkof said to himself, "Next year in Disney World."
- Petition seeks to block Riviera demolition Updated: Apr-19-16 4:00 pm
LAS VEGAS - The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is keeping an eye on a petition to block the demolition of the Riviera hotel-casino.
- Airbnb adds new recommendations features Updated: Apr-19-16 3:56 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Airbnb is adding recommendations to its online accommodations service, building on its knowledge of travelers' preferences, coupled with tips from locals.
- Hotels woo guests to book directly online with discounts Updated: Apr-18-16 9:38 am
NEW YORK - Hotels are getting more aggressive in their fight to get travelers to book reservations directly with them instead of through online travel agencies such as Expedia and Priceline.
- Stonewall cottages funded by public-private partnership Updated: Apr-17-16 11:45 am
WESTON, West Virginia - Budget cuts and funding uncertainty have placed many West Virginia state parks in survival, rather than expansion, mode. But Lewis County's Stonewall Resort State Park has opened the first of what could be 20 new luxury cottages in a new, wooded lakeshore development, thanks to a new public-private funding venture at a park developed in part with private sector capital.