CNN's Global Tourism Research depicts the reality for today's travellers
April 25th, 2013
06:21 AM ET

CNN's Global Tourism Research depicts the reality for today's travellers

International travellers are concerned about safety and security, price and reputation 

Destination websites are the #1 source of travel information

A global study of CNN consumers’ travel perceptions and behavioural trends has revealed that safety and security is of greater concern when choosing an international travel destination, than any other deciding factor – for more than two thirds of global respondents.  

  • 67% say ‘safety and security’ matters most
  • 60% are ‘price’ driven
  • 58% are driven by ‘reputation’
  • 55% say ‘knowledge and availability of information’ matters most
  • 54% are driven by ‘diversity of things to do/amenities’

The survey asked global respondents from over 70 countries, recruited via CNN websites, to identify the key influencing factors in their decision making process, when deciding upon both leisure and business travel destinations.     FULL POST

Topics: CNN • CNN International • CNN Press Releases • Research
April 25th, 2013
12:12 AM ET

AC360: President Bush opens up to John King about his terms in office

In an interview which aired tonight on AC360°, John King sat spoke with President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush about his presidency and legacy.

VIDEO -John King takes viewers on a private tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Library with former First Lady Laura Bush.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • John King
April 25th, 2013
12:09 AM ET

AC360: Pres. Bush speaks to John King about life after the White House

In an interview which aired tonight on AC360°, John King sat spoke with President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush about his presidency and legacy.

Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • John King
April 24th, 2013
11:27 PM ET

AC360 Video: Anderson speaks w/man who knew Boston suspect and victim

Tonight on AC360°, Anderson spoke to Marvin Salazar, who knew a bombing suspect and a victim.

In middle school he played soccer and walked home from school with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Marvin also knew Krystle Campbell, the 29-year-old woman who died in the attack. They worked together at a local restaurant for two years.

April 24th, 2013
03:46 PM ET

Ex-ricin suspect describes interrogation

In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Paul Kevin Curtis describes the details of his interrogation when he was arrested in the ricin-tainted letter case.

April 24th, 2013
02:07 PM ET

CNN Wins Overseas Press Club Award for Syria Reporting

CNN will be honored with the Overseas Press Club's David Kaplan Award for 'Damascus Undercover' at a ceremony Wednesday night in New York City.

OPC remarks: "CNN’s harrowing reporting from Damascus represents true bravery in the face of danger. The reporter and crew, unable to identify themselves in order to protect their Syrian helpers, uncovered fresh killings of civilians by the Syrian Army. Their work provides an all too important voice to those who have been oppressed and have survived some of the most horrific conditions of war, all the while putting their own personal safety at risk."

About 'Damascus Undercover': CNN obtained extraordinary access to life in Syria over an extensive period of time late last summer. The CNN correspondent behind this series of reports has not been named for safety reasons.

Watch part 1 of the series here, part 2 here and part 3 here.

See the complete list of 2013 winners here.

Topics: Awards • Syria
April 24th, 2013
11:11 AM ET

CNN Films and Cinedigm Acquire ‘Our Nixon’


Documentary features newly released personal footage shot by Nixon's closest aides

CNN plans for broadcast in August 2013; film will be released theatrically by Cinedigm

CNN FILMS and CINEDIGM have acquired OUR NIXON, a new, feature-length film, produced with rediscovered Super 8 home movie footage, filmed by the 37th president’s closest aides.  More than 500 reels of personal films were shot separately by Nixon chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, domestic affairs adviser John Ehrlichman, and special assistant Dwight Chapin, between 1969 and 1973, and were until relatively recently, retained by the National Archives.

Our Nixon is directed by Penny Lane, and co-produced by Lane and Brian Frye.  The film is expected to premiere on CNN/U.S. in August 2013, and will be released theatrically by Cinedigm.

The home movies are complemented by subsequent archival interviews in which each man reflects upon his relationship with the others and with the president, recounts the exhaustive work of White House service, and of course, recalls Watergate.  The film also includes rarely broadcast excerpts from nearly 4,000 hours of Nixon audiotapes.

“The personal footage reveals a multidimensional president and staff who were heartbreakingly earnest, idealistic, and naïve – as well as self-protective, suspicious, and cynical,” Lane said.  “Our goal was to invite viewers to re-examine their prior assumptions about Nixon and come to their own conclusions about what that era means.” FULL POST

April 24th, 2013
11:02 AM ET

Khozhgov: I didn't suspect Tamerlan of being connected to terror groups

Today on a special edition of CNN Newsroom, Wolf Blitzer spoke with the former brother-in-law of the Boston bombing suspects. Elmirza Khozhgov spoke specifically about the older brother (Tamerlan) relationship with his siblings, Tamerlan's friend Misha and when Tamerlan begin to change.

April 23rd, 2013
10:16 PM ET

Piers Morgan Live: Released ricin suspect: "I don't even eat rice"

Tonight, CNN's Piers Morgan spoke with ex-ricin suspect Kevin Curtis in a primetime exclusive interview. Freed today, he told Piers his story and explained who might be behind the set up:

"I heard the word ricin for the first time in my life by a federal agent homeland security while being interrogated for four hours in a federal building in Oxford. I thought he said rice for about an hour. I said 'I don't even eat rice usually, I'm not even a rice lover.' They told me 'oh you know what it's about, you know what you did.'"

Topics: CNN
April 23rd, 2013
05:31 PM ET

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Continues to Lead Key Cable Demo Adults 25-54


CNN’s Sunday Night Weekend Series Delivers 974,000 Total Viewers In Second Outing April 21, Up 30% From Premiere

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, CNN’s new weekend series airing at 9:00p.m. ET on Sundays again topped all cable news time period competition among adults 25-54 in its latest outing, and was also the top cable news program on Sunday.  The April 21 episode delivered 470,000 adults 25-54, up 67% vs. its premiere week and more than double the deliveries of its cable news competitors Fox News Channel and MSNBC (208,000 and 187,000 respectively).  Bourdain also had a strong week among total viewers (974,000), up 30% vs. its premiere week performance (747,000).

In Sunday’s episode, Bourdain explored the Koreatown section of Los Angeles and spotlighted the talents and food preferences of award-winning chef Roy Choi and acclaimed graffiti artist, painter, portraitist David Choe.

On the digital front, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown has received more than 1 million page views in its first two weeks on (Source: Adobe Analytics)  On social media, the premiere received 9,000 social mentions, up from last year’s 2,000 mentions for the No Reservations premiere on the Travel Channel.   Three posts about Parts Unknown on CNN’s Facebook fan page received over 70,000 combined actions and were the top posts on the account for each Sunday.  (Sources:  Sysomos 4/14/2013; Facebook API 4/14 & 21/2013; Twitter API 4/14/2013. Sysomos Domestic mentions 4/14 & 15/2013) FULL POST

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