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Duck Boats Face Bans and Restrictions After Multiple Deaths in Multiple Cities

Duck Boats Face Bans and Restrictions After Multiple Deaths in Multiple Cities

Denise Lavoie , Associated Press

Tourists will be tourists and that's OK. But it's hard to find any redeeming value in the boorish, space-hogging, and sometimes unsafe duck boat.

8 hours ago

Portugal Has Plenty of Tourists But Needs Locals to Spend More

Portugal Has Plenty of Tourists But Needs Locals to Spend More

Joao Lima, Bloomberg

Saddled with debt and high unemployment, Portugal's economy needs more than tourists alone can provide. Still, an influx of visitors is helping to fuel slow growth.

10 hours ago

Hong Kong Disneyland Earnings Drop in Tandem With Tourism Numbers

Hong Kong Disneyland Earnings Drop in Tandem With Tourism Numbers

Associated Press

Disney can afford to play the long game with its partner in Hong Kong. Now it just needs the tourists to play along.

12 hours ago

New Trump Travel Ban Targets Same Countries as Old Trump Travel Ban

New Trump Travel Ban Targets Same Countries as Old Trump Travel Ban

Vivian Salama, Associated Press

The president will find it harder to convince people that this is not about religion considering his administration's moves against Muslim-Americans in recent days. But it's clear that this will be terrible for tourism.

13 hours ago

Foreign Airlines Gain Share in Flying U.S. Travelers on Trips Abroad

Foreign Airlines Gain Share in Flying U.S. Travelers on Trips Abroad

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. airlines made executive changes and product upgrades last year to improve performance. But this data will only encourage the Big Three legacy carriers to redouble efforts with the Trump administration to curb foreign airline expansion and reopen Open Skies agreements.

16 hours ago

4 New Travel Startups Helping Hotels Engage With Guests

4 New Travel Startups Helping Hotels Engage With Guests

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Tink Labs is a standout Hong Kong company in the hotel ecosystem. It attracted $170 million in funding to make its Handy loaner smartphones a free amenity in hotels worldwide. But we found some other companies that are also offering promising tools for hoteliers.

16 hours ago

Tourism Boards in Africa Aren’t Addressing Chinese Outbound Travelers

Tourism Boards in Africa Aren’t Addressing Chinese Outbound Travelers

Richard Holmes, Skift

From wild safari getaways to its vibrant colorful cities, Africa has more than enough to tempt the 200 million Chinese tourists forecast to be trotting the globe by 2020. But is enough being done to roll out the welcome mat? It depends where you look.

17 hours ago

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Multitasks as a Workout Center

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Multitasks as a Workout Center

Verena Dobnik , Associated Press

Leave it to an iconic museum to get creative about the use of its space and the creation of exercise art. How would this work at The Smithsonian or The Louvre?

1 day ago

Elon Musk Wants to Invest in Underground Transit

Elon Musk Wants to Invest in Underground Transit

Elaine Ou, Bloomberg

New York's subway system saw dozens of catastrophes over the years, but New York also has the only transit system in the country that can compete with world-class systems abroad.

1 day ago

U.S. Customs Officials Are Searching Travelers’ Electronic Media at Border

U.S. Customs Officials Are Searching Travelers’ Electronic Media at Border

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

Searching the digital devices of travelers is a legal gray area. It's unclear how far U.S. border authorities are allowed to go. Privacy rights' watchdogs are seeking clarity. Hopefully, they'll get it sooner rather than later.

1 day ago

Kentucky May Allow Vintage Whiskey Sales in a Bid to Boost Bourbon Tourism

Kentucky May Allow Vintage Whiskey Sales in a Bid to Boost Bourbon Tourism

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

If Kentucky's legislators pass house bill 100, many vintage bourbon whiskeys will likely go on sale, which could, in turn, boost tourism. Last year, the state had a record one million visitors for bourbon-based travel.

1 day ago

African Tour Operators Rethink Animal Attractions and 8 Other Tourism Trends This Week

African Tour Operators Rethink Animal Attractions and 8 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the tourism trends we were talking about this week.

1 day ago