U.S. destinations know Brazilian and Chinese tourists can be big spenders when they venture beyond their borders and to attract them some American cities are focusing their marketing efforts as heavily on travel agents and other travel providers as they do on the tourists themselves.
It’s now easier for mainland Chinese to visit the United States, thanks to relaxed visa rules instituted late last year, allowing 10 years before visa renewal rather than one year. The change is expected to increase Chinese tourism and real estate investment, but it will also have a less obvious beneficiary: American museums.
A strong US dollar is a nuisance for most Europeans traveling abroad, but that hasn't stopped them from booking pricier flights and hotels. Germans in particular remain unperturbed by a drop in purchasing power abroad.
Travel booking site CheapAir.com is making a play for the Cuba market. The company says it has become the first online travel agency to allow U.S. travelers to book flights between the U.S. and Cuba in a single online transaction.