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International Cruise Companies Rush To Build 'China-Centric' Ships

By 2020, the size of the China cruise market is expected to be four to five times it is today and by 2030, it’s anywhere from eight million to 17.5 million, going by figures from the Chinese Ministry of Transport and China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association. Whatever the figure turns out to be, it’s clear China is going to be one of the largest cruise markets in the world, which is why ‘China-centric’ ships are becoming prevalent.

Paris Tourism Industry Hurt by Terror, Floods, Protests

In the first six months of the year, the number of visitors to the Paris area from other parts of France and foreign countries fell by 1 million to 14.9 million compared with the same period last year, the Regional Tourism Committee said in a report released Tuesday. The decline is the steepest since 2010.

Marriott-Starwood hotel deal is delayed by Chinese regulators

Marriott International Inc.'s proposed $13.6-billion purchase of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has hit a snag: China.

The Bethesda, Md.-based hospitality giant said Monday that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce needs up to 60 additional days to review the company's purchase of Starwood, a deal that would create the world's largest hotel company.