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Hookas to hookers: Dubai is anything but boring

Panoramic view of Dubai from the 124th floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. (Larry Luxner) The surprise offer arrived at 4:30 on a freezing Thursday afternoon — in the form of an urgent email from […]

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Hookas to hookers: Dubai is anything but boring

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Panoramic view of Dubai from the 124th floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. (Larry Luxner) The surprise offer arrived at 4:30 on a freezing Thursday afternoon — in the form of an urgent email from […]

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Port of Seattle prospers in booming Alaska cruise market

Seattle's Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, with Star Princess and Westerdam in port. (Don Wilson) SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle has overtaken Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco and San Diego

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Unpacking Jesse James (Part 1)

Stephen Goode sits on front porch of James' farmhouse. Photo by Ray Petersen. Part l:    VISITING JESSE JAMES’ FARM “To travel is to make contact with certain places that evoke our own

Beautifully landscaped pool area at the Four Seasons Resort, Nevis. (Larry Luxner)

St. Kitts to get second cruise-ship pier and its first ‘skyscraper’

Beautifully landscaped pool area at the Four Seasons Resort, Nevis. (Larry Luxner) St. Kitts-Nevis, the smallest sovereign state in the Americas in both area and population, has 53,000 inhabitants and

Kayaks rest along the beach at Sol Meliá Paradisus in Río Grande. (Larry Luxner)

Puerto Rico looks to tourism to boost sagging economic fortunes

Kayaks rest along the beach at Sol Meliá Paradisus in Río Grande. (Larry Luxner) Puerto Rico, deep in the throes of an economic and fiscal crisis, is losing ground to

Aerial view of Half Moon, a luxury resort near Montego Bay.
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Jamaica aims for 2 million air visitors in 2014

Aerial view of Half Moon, a luxury resort near Montego Bay. (Larry Luxner) On Dec. 30, with only two days left in 2013, Jamaica welcomed its two millionth air passenger to

Cuba: Afternoon traffic in downtown Pinar del Río. (Larry Luxner)

US-Cuba: Americans support policy change

Cuba: Afternoon traffic in downtown Pinar del Río. (Larry Luxner) WASHINGTON — Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) is as liberal on the political spectrum as his Republican colleague from Arizona, Sen. Jeff

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Haiti’s economy booming

Cruise-ship port of Labadie, on Haiti's northern coast. (Larry Luxner) Four years after an earthquake killed 300,000 of its people and devastated its capital city, Haiti will outpace all its

Cliffs of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. (Larry Luxner)

Guadeloupe tries to raise profile in lucrative U.S. market

Cliffs of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe. (Larry Luxner) Tourism authorities on French-speaking Guadeloupe want to make sure you don’t confuse their island with Mexico’s Isla Guadalupe, a volcanic Pacific biosphere reserve famous

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Grenada marks 40 years of independence

U.S. Army Rangers parachute into Grenada during Operation Urgent Fury, October 25 1983.  Grenada, which in October marked the 30th anniversary of the U.S. invasion that overthrew the island’s Marxist

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