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Tucson latest Az airport to roll out new TSA screening policy

Tucson International last week became the latest airport in Arizona to roll out enhanced security measures that will require travelers to put any electronic device larger than a cell phone into a separate bin.... Read more»

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State Dep't cautions travelers about tainted liquor in Mexico

In the wake of investigative reports about illnesses and a death possibly connected to adulterated alcohol at Mexican resorts, the U.S. State Department updated its travel alerts to caution tourists to drink in moderation and "stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill."... Read more»

Old West history helps corral Az tourists — and not just in Tombstone

The history of railroads, miners, outlaws and cowboys have made Arizona emblematic of the American West. But the state’s Old West history is not just a romantic tale; it's a history that’s been preserved in a variety of ways, some more authentic than others, and a legacy that continues to help many cities and towns prosper.... Read more»

Kicks on Route 66 may slow down if preservation money runs out

Nearly 32 years after Route 66 lost its designation as an official highway, one of the most storied routes in America could face another road block. The program created to preserve the road and landmarks along it is set to expire in two years.... Read more»

House panel calls for crackdown on ‘growing problem’ of visa overstays

House members called on Homeland Security officials to crack down on the “growing problem” of immigrants who overstay their visas in the U.S. "With this year’s number of border apprehensions at a record low, visa overstays are a much, much bigger problem than they have been historically,” said Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

Homeland Security: More than 600,000 overstayed U.S. visas in 2016

Nearly 629,000 people who came to the U.S. on a visa in fiscal 2016 stayed after it expired and were still here at the end of the year, the Department of Homeland Security reported. The Center for Migration Studies said that people overstaying their visas exceeded those crossing into the U.S. illegally every year since 2007.... Read more»

National park visitors spent $995 million at nearby businesses in Arizona

The 12 million people who visited national parks in Arizona last year spent more than $995 million with nearby businesses, a $63 million increase from the year before, the National Park Service said.... Read more»

No holiday for fliers: Sky Harbor likely among busiest for Thanksgiving

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is expected to be among the 10 busiest airports in the nation this Thanksgiving, when as many as 27.3 million people are expected to board a U.S. airline for their holiday travel.... Read more»

Sonora ramps up tourism initiatives, downplays Mexico travel warning

Despite a renewed U.S. State Department travel warning for Mexico, neighboring Sonora is moving forward with ambitious plans to attract U.S. visitors just in time for spring break, according to a senior Mexican tourism official.... Read more»

'Extremely dangerous' - State Dep't issues warning on Mexico travel

The State Department has issued new warnings on travel to Mexico, including calling trips through Sonora "extremely dangerous" for U.S. citizens. Tourists should stick to main roads during daylight hours, the government said.... Read more»

Experts fret Airbnb may hurt Arizona’s hospitality industry

Arizona has built a reputation for its multi-billion dollar travel industry with sprawling resorts and luxury offerings for tourists. While Airbnb has received praise for offering an alternative form of travel, it also faces criticism from officials and affordable housing advocates who claim its business model damages communities by providing unsafe, unregulated hotels.... Read more»

Immigrants help hometowns with Mexico’s ‘Three for One’ matching program

A Mexican government program matches remittances sent home by immigrants in the U.S., helping build hospitals, schools and scholarship funds as well as local businesses. "They are productive investments and they make a big difference."... Read more»1

Bicycling tourists are older, wealthier, and in demand

Cities and states have long urged their residents to ride bicycles, as a healthy form of recreation and as a green alternative to driving. Now they’re recognizing pedal power’s economic potential. Tourism officials and cycling advocates sometimes refer to tourists on bicycles as “wallets on wheels.” That’s because they stay longer in a state and spend more per day than other tourists.... Read more»

Flagstaff’s Snowbowl fires up first new ski lift in 30 years

This year’s El Nino means ski resorts like Arizona Snowbowl will open a couple of days earlier than usual. The Flagstaff ski resort will will open its first new chairlift in decades on the resort’s opening day Friday, helping end long line that dampen the spirits of skiers and snowboarders on the mountain.... Read more»

Cancun: Transformation of vacation hotspot comes at a price

Cancun's transformation in the 1970s from a small Caribbean fishing village into a strip of nightclubs and high-rise hotels has reduced biodiversity and polluted water resources as infrastructure struggles to keep up, critics say.... Read more»

What Americans have been missing out on in Iran

Not too long ago, mentions of "Iran" conjured images of burning U.S. flags and chants of "death to America." That's still the case for a number of people, including some in Congress dead-set on rejecting a deal between Iran and six world powers. Contrary to popular belief, Iran is not a scary place for Americans. In fact, it's one of the most pro-American countries in the Middle East.... Read more»3

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