Snowboarding falls out of favor on U.S. slopes

Jan 24, 2015

Snowboarding falls out of favor on U.S. slopes

Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade. Industry experts say it’s a sign of the maturing of snowboarding, which grew at ...

Jan 23, 2015

70% of visitors satisfied with Japan's credit card services

A survey of tourists’ views on credit card services in Japan has found that 72 percent are satisfied, an industry survey says. However, one in three respondents found that not all stores accepted credit cards, and half of those said they did not buy ...

China has mountain to climb with 2022 Winter Olympics bid

Jan 22, 2015

China has mountain to climb with 2022 Winter Olympics bid

High on a barren mountainside, a red flag marks the spot where China hopes ski jumpers will launch themselves to glory at the 2022 Winter Olympics. But hosting the Games would require a giant leap of its own. For now, the bitterly cold valley ...

Foreign tourists and their money both set records in Japan

Jan 20, 2015

Foreign tourists and their money both set records in Japan

The number of foreign visitors surged 29.4 percent in 2014 from the previous year to an estimated 13.41 million, a record high for the second straight year, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Tuesday. Factors behind the increase included the cheaper yen and easier ...