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  • Analysis: US student arrest renews scrutiny of NKorean tours

    A University of Virginia student’s arrest in North Korea has rekindled questions about whether a small but steady trickle of U.S. tourists who go to the country are unwittingly offering themselves up as valuable pawns in a political game with Pyongyang.

  • #TOP15 unique travel destinations of 2015

    From domestic destinations to far-off cities, here were 15 popular places to travel in 2015.

  • D.C. mayor responds to tourists’ safety concerns after threats

    WASHINGTON — The Paris attacks and terrorist threats by ISIS specifically directed against Washington, D.C., have given some tourists second thoughts about visiting the nation’s capital. The city’s head of tourism says some trips have been postponed, as tour…

  • Where to take your family when they visit D.C.

    Looking to entertain out-of-town family with something other than the typical museums and monuments? The next time you have visitors in town, try these not-so-typical destinations, and show your family another side of D.C.

  • What impact do the Paris attacks have on the financial markets?

    WASHINGTON — The attacks that killed nearly 130 people including an American in Paris on Friday night have left the world mourning and economic strategists questioning the possible impact on the financial markets. Although French president Francois Hollande…

  • More tourists pour into Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe says tourism revenues increased more than 4 percent from 2013 to $22.4 billion last year. The governor said Monday that the tourism industry supported nearly 217,000 jobs and…

  • Tourism officials say Washington had a record year in 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington drew a record 20.2 million visitors last year, with increases in international and domestic visitors, tourism officials announced Monday. The tourism bureau Destination DC said the city drew an all-time high…

  • D.C. sees record number of visitors, with spike in international tourists

    WASHINGTON — When it comes to the number of travelers visiting the nation’s capital, 2014 turned out to be another record year, and there was a particularly dramatic increase in international tourists, according to new…

  • Va. attracting more and more overseas visitors

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia welcomed more overseas visitors to the state in 2014. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says 413,000 overseas visitors took in the sights last year, an increase of 17 percent over 2013. It…

  • Fourth of July fail: D.C. not ranked best place to celebrate holiday

    WASHINGTON – Statistics are great but they don’t always paint the whole picture. And for proof, look no further than WalletHub’s latest Best and Worst Cities list, which found that the nation’s capital is not…

  • McAuliffe to size up tourism’s economic impact in Va.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tourism is a big business in Virginia, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to say just how big it is. He’s scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to outline tourism’s economic…

  • Tourism group to create Virginia Mountains region

    DALEVILLE, Va. (AP) — A tourism group has given a new identity to the mountainous region from the Roanoke Valley north to Highland County. The Virginia Tourism Corp. will call the eight-county area the Virginia…

  • Va. Beach experiences record year for tourism revenue

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach’s tourism industry experienced a record year for lodging and restaurant sales. The city says tax receipts show lodging sales increased about 5 percent in 2014 compared with the…

  • Smithsonian to develop rules on ‘selfie sticks’ for photos

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of visitors to museums on the National Mall may soon have to leave their selfie sticks at home. The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum this week banned selfie sticks, which are hand-held camera…

  • McAuliffe weighs in on year-round schools

    WASHINGTON – Across Virginia, there is growing interest in school calendars that would do away with the traditional model and have students attend classes throughout the year. Instead of an extended summer vacation, students would…