Cirque ousts Elvis
Cirque du Soleil announces "Zarkana" will replace "Viva Elvis" at the Aria Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip in August. An opening date was not given for the new show.
"Zarkana,"a 12-act, 75-performer "acrobatic rock opera," opened to mixed reviews in New York last year before moving on to Moscow and Madrid. A loose plot follows a magician trying to find a lost love.
No blood money
A business offering walking tours of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's haunts in Milwaukee has offered to donate proceeds to a charity that supports the parents of murder victims, but that group said Tuesday it wants no part of it.
Nancy Ruhe, executive director of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, said the organization would never accept money from a group that profits from someone else's murderous acts. "I cannot believe we can't let these people rest in peace," she said Tuesday. "It's unbelievable that someone has come up with a moneymaker off those who have been murdered."
Amanda Morden, a spokeswoman for tour organizer Bam Marketing and Media, said Tuesday the agency believes strongly in the organization of parents and plans to make an anonymous donation.
Fort Apache and the Theodore Roosevelt School in northeastern Arizona is now a National Historic Landmark. The designation was made Tuesday in Washington by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
Authorities sat Fort Apache was an important base for recruitment of Apache scouts and operations and an important node in the dynamic of forts set up in support of westward expansion. Between 1871 and 1923, the fort housed so-called "Buffalo soldiers" from four black units.
In 1923, Fort Apache became one of only 14 forts to become a school, changing its name to Theodore Roosevelt School.
The Department of Public Safety in Texas has raised safety concerns, advising students on spring break to avoid Mexico, citing continued violence there.
The U.S. State Department last month urged Americans to avoid travel to 14 of 31 Mexican states. It's the widest travel advisory issued by the U.S. since Mexico stepped up its drug war in 2006.
Maid tours mist
The historic Maid of the Mist tour boats to Niagara Falls will launch from both Canada and the United States this year. The Maid of the Mist had said the 2012 tourist season was in doubt following a decision by Canada to give the contract to a new operator beginning in 2014. But on Tuesday, company officials said the tours will go on.
NYC wants youth
New York City's tourism agency has a new annual goal of 55 million visitors by 2015, and it's planning to reach that by appealing to a specific demographic: young people.
NYC and Company, the city's tourism and marketing arm, unveiled NYC 30, a new marketing effort directed at travelers ages 18 to 29. The city hopes to attract an additional 1 million young visitors by promoting discounts and highlighting the city's best slices of pizza, vintage clothing shops and night clubs.
To appeal to budget-conscious travelers, a network of affordable, safe hostels is also in the works, although that effort is still in the planning stages. There are currently just a handful of youth hostels scattered throughout the city.