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UPDATE 3-Carnival aims to start "cultural" Cuba cruises in May

MIAMI, July 7- Carnival Corp has won U.S. approval to operate culturally-themed cruises to Cuba and plans to start taking travelers there in May, joining a growing list of maritime companies hoping to profit from a thaw in relations between Washington and Havana. The United States and Cuba have been working for months to improve relations after more than five...
Source: Reuters | By: David Adams
Hollywood force Jerry Weintraub dies age 77

Jerry Weintraub, a showman whose career touched entertainers as grandly diverse as Elvis Presley and Michael Douglas, died on Monday.
Source: The New York Times | By: Michael Cieply and Brooks Barnes
Longtime Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub dies at 77

NEW YORK- One of the last of the classic Hollywood showmen, Jerry Weintraub built his show business empire on a Rolodex and chutzpah. The Brooklyn- born son of a Bronx jeweler, Weintraub rose from the mailroom of a talent agency to become a top concert promoter before shifting into a decades-long career as a top Hollywood producer. Along the way, Weintraub worked...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
Eat, Program, Love: The rise of tech start-ups in Bali

Entrepreneurs are plugging into Bali's emerging tech scene thanks to a thriving start-up ecosystem, low costs and the beautiful surroundings.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Aza Wee Sile
Why charity is a new hot, marketing tool

Brands such as The Chive and Unilever are finding that charity is giving them a chance to market themselves in a different light.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Michelle Castillo
Atlantic City betting big on non-gambling attractions

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.- Atlantic City's efforts to recapture some of the tourism dollars it has lost to casino competition in recent years finally appear to be working. "I'm not really a gambler," said Brandon Ferguson, of Oaklyn, New Jersey. He was one of many who turned out in late June for the opening of The Playground, Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein's $52...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press
New York City beefs up security for July 4th weekend

NEW YORK- The New York Police Department is stepping up security throughout the city and encouraging vigilance over the July Fourth weekend as thousands of tourists stream into the city for festivities. The NYPD also will rely on a network of thousands of closed-circuit security cameras carpeting the roughly 1.7 square miles south of Canal Street, the subway...
Source: The Associated Press
Just in time for July 4th: A private jet for $4

Talk about Fourth of July sales! JetSuite has the ultimate jet-setter bargain: a private jet for $4. But there are a few hitches.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Robert Frank
White House to allow photos, social media on public tours

The White House on Wednesday ended a long-standing ban on tourists taking photos or using social media during public tours of the building. "If you've been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign," she says, holding up a placard that states "No Photos or Social Media Allowed. Those visiting the presidential mansion on Wednesday with cameras in hand may have...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press
Bullet holes and empty beaches: the bleak outlook for Tunisia's tourism

*Thousands have left Tunisia since Friday attack. *Sector will lose $500 million this year, says govt. SOUSSE, Tunisia, June 30- Tunisian shopkeeper Aghmi Bubaker doesn't need to be told that he is experiencing the worst threat yet to his forty-year career in tourism- the bullet hole in his battered green Mercedes Benz is a daily reminder.
Source: Reuters | By: Patrick Markey