Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland, United States President Donald J. Trump, and first lady Melania Trump pose with a bowl of shamrocks presented by Varadkar to Trump on March 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

The Emerald Isle Has Friends On Both Sides of the Aisle

Bipartisan support of Ireland in the United States is stronger than ever, Dublin’s ambassador writes.

A man visiting the Hejaz train station near al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 4. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

The Other Magic Kingdom

Saudi Arabia is making a very risky bet that it can become an international tourist destination.

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The Tourism Curse

Like a wealth of oil, lots of visitors can become a development trap. Here’s how to avoid it.

Tourists walk with their luggage at Beijing International Airport on Nov. 24, 2016. ( Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Tourists Are Beijing’s Newest Economic Weapon

Palau is the latest nation to find that offending China means empty hotels.

A voter casts her ballot in the referendum to end the guerrilla war between the FARC and the Colombian government in Bogotá on Oct. 2, 2016. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Here’s How the United States Can Help Colombia Thrive

As an era of peace approaches, both countries should take practical steps to strengthen the relationship.

TOPSHOT - A tourist takes a photo during a visit to a subway station in Pyongyang on July 23, 2017. 
The Westerners lined up before giant statues of North Koreas founder Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il on Sunday and, on command from their guide, bowed deeply - a ritual that the Trump administration intends to stop US tourists performing, with Washington due to impose a ban on its citizens holidaying in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as the North is officially known. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES / TO GO WITH AFP STORY NKOREA-US-TOURISM-DIPLOMACY,FOCUS BY SEBASTIEN BERGER        (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Should You Go to North Korea While You Still Can?

Showing a human face to the world's most isolated people may be worth the cost of traveling to Pyongyang.

Chinese women with flotation rings adorned with colours of the US flag stand on the beach in Qingdao, eastern China's Shandong province on July 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

The Decline of the Western Tourist

Citizens of China, India, and other emerging markets are traveling for pleasure in ever greater numbers — and the rest of the world is competing for their money.

Cuban President Raul Castro (C), speaks next to first vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel during a special session of the Cuban Parliament, on June 1, 2017, to discuss about economic policies. / AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Fine Tuning the Cuba Embargo

Providing sanctions relief to empower the Cuban people does not mean we should give up our ability to pressure the Castro regime.

Tourists walk near the Manzana Kempinski Hotel, the first luxury five star plus tourist facility in Cuba, on May 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba Rollback Could Cost Trump on Jobs Front

Companies, farmers, and even many Cuban-Americans don’t want to see restrictions reimposed.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 04: Protesters hold a symbol during a rally against President Donald Trump on February 4, 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. President Trump signed an executive order last week banning immigration to the USA from seven Muslim countries which led to protests across America, Europe and Asia, to denounce the travel ban. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)

America Is Injuring Itself by Discouraging Foreign Visitors and Giving Up on Global Leadership

The Trump administration’s current approach will make the United States less rich, less safe, and less informed.


Kerry’s March to the Penguins

Why Secretary Kerry is Stopping in Antarctica Before Next Week’s Trip to Morocco for the U.N. Climate Change Summit

DJERBA, TUNISIA - JUNE 30: A general view of an abandoned hotel on June 30, 2016 in Djerba, Tunisia. Before the 2011 revolution, tourism in Tunisia accounted for approximately 7% of the countries GDP. The two 2015 terrorist attacks at the Bardo Museum and Sousse Beach saw tourism numbers plummet even further forcing hotels to close and many tourism and hospitality workers to lose their jobs.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The Tourism Crash

Terrorist attacks have left Tunisia's tourism sector reeling — but its problems actually go much deeper.

A large sand dune encroaches the main road which links surrounding villages to the nearest big town Kharga Oasis in the North.

Killing Fields in the Egyptian Desert

Eight vacationing Mexican tourists and four tour guides were gunned down — out of the blue — by Egyptian military aircraft. What happened?

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 10, 2015: An Air France Airbus A380 aircraft is towed toward the runway at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. The A380 is the world's largest commercial passenger aircraft. (Photo by

Air France Hits More Turbulence Over Flights to Iran

Gay employees of Air France are asking to opt out of flights to Tehran.


The White House Just Made It Easier to Travel to Cuba

The White House just made it easier for Cuban baseball players to work in the United States.

SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT - OCTOBER 27: A pair of SCUBA divers swim over coral during a guided dive on October 27, 2013 in the Red Sea near the resort town of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Sharm el-Sheikh, lying on the Red Sea coast in Egypt's South Sinai governorate, is one of Egypt's most popular destinations for tourists. Egypt's tourist industry has struggled since a popular uprising overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in early 2011, and tourist numbers have taken a further dive since the Egyptian Military's overthrow of the country's first democratically elected President, Mohammed Morsi in July 2013. Sharm el-Sheikh, popular for its beachfront resorts and water sports including SCUBA diving, has faired better than some other tourist spots in the Egypt, with major hotels reporting roughly 20% occupancy during the resort's busy summer season. (Photo by ).

Months After ISIS Attack, Egypt’s Tourism Industry Still Paying the Price

More than 70 percent of Egypt's diving centers in the Red Sea have had to close down as tourists avoid vacationing in Egypt.

XIAN, CHINA - DECEMBER 21: (CHINA OUT) Customers pose with Nicholas from Finland, dressed as the Santa Claus during a promotion in a department store on December 21, 2008 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. Christmas continues to gain popularity each year in the Chinese consumer culture.  (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Finland’s Santa-Industrial Complex

Many countries have claimed to be the official home of Father Christmas. But only Finland has Santa’s elves cranking out tourism gold.


Baby Steps, Amigos

Why the economic ramifications of the U.S.-Cuba diplomatic deal are smaller than meets the eye.

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Come for the Golden Pagodas, Stay for the War Crimes

Myanmar is being billed as the world's hottest new vacation spot -- but this "destination of the year" has a horrible dark side that tourists shouldn't ignore.

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