Articles by Dan Peltier

Extreme Weather Is Making It Harder for Some Tourism Workers to Live Near Their Jobs

Extreme Weather Is Making It Harder for Some Tourism Workers to Live Near Their Jobs

Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg

As many destinations recover and rebuild from violent storms brought on by climate change, tourism workers are increasingly getting left behind.

8 hours ago

Homeland Security Facial Passenger Scans For U.S. Airports May Go Nationwide

Homeland Security Facial Passenger Scans For U.S. Airports May Go Nationwide

Dan Peltier, Skift

With the ongoing backlash against companies improperly sharing and using data in recent months, facial scans will be a tough sell to many travelers especially if they're implemented by the government.

5 days ago

Tourism Group Ups Proposed Budget to $20 Million to Promote Caribbean After Hurricanes

Tourism Group Ups Proposed Budget to $20 Million to Promote Caribbean After Hurricanes

Dan Peltier, Skift

Details are still being hammered out for this new Caribbean marketing fund as hurricane season officially begins June 1. Many cruise ship passengers already consider the Caribbean as a collective destination, but still, why did it take decades for this fund to come about?

6 days ago

U.S.-Cuba Tourism Faces Uncertainty as Raúl Castro Is Set to Step Down

U.S.-Cuba Tourism Faces Uncertainty as Raúl Castro Is Set to Step Down

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press

This is Cuba's chance to show that it's seen the value of tourism growth in recent years and won't try to deter it. That's in contrast to steps that the Trump administration has recently taken.

6 days ago

Airbnb Launching an Effort to Address Overtourism It Helped Create

Airbnb Launching an Effort to Address Overtourism It Helped Create

Dan Peltier, Skift

The Airbnb effect has helped transform many neighborhoods around the world, and some before they were fully ready for mass tourism. The company is acknowledging that it knows it has an impact. But let's see if major cities where the real problems exist will get the same treatment as rural villages in Africa.

7 days ago

Pot Tourism Is Growing But Some Destinations Still Take a Sober Approach

Pot Tourism Is Growing But Some Destinations Still Take a Sober Approach

Dan Peltier, Skift

Pot tourism isn't the first trend to get the cold shoulder from the travel industry. Just ask the LGBTQ and black travel communities, for example. Travelers will likely spend millions of dollars on pot, anyway, and will find out how to do so with or without the travel industry's help.

1 week ago

66 National Parks in the U.S. Will See Fee Hikes This Summer

66 National Parks in the U.S. Will See Fee Hikes This Summer

Dan Peltier, Skift

The slight fee uptick probably won't matter much to travelers who could already afford a visit to national parks. But to other travelers, a few extra dollars adds up quickly. The National Park Service is trying to balance both sides out of necessity.

2 weeks ago

Vancouver Reaches Deal With Airbnb And Expects Expedia to Follow Suit

Vancouver Reaches Deal With Airbnb And Expects Expedia to Follow Suit

Natalie Obiko Pearson, Bloomberg

More cities are waking up to the reality that while Airbnb may be a dirty word in some neighborhoods, companies like Expedia and Booking Holdings also have millions of listings that are impacting housing markets and driving residents out.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Tourism Office Has Put Out Inaccurate International Visitor Data For Years

U.S. Tourism Office Has Put Out Inaccurate International Visitor Data For Years

Dan Peltier, Skift

International visitor data reporting began to run amok before President Donald Trump took office and destinations are left wondering what data they can trust. The Trump Administration has worked to spread disinformation, but this is a new level of concern for the travel industry.

2 weeks ago

A Bold Trump Organization Appeals to Panama’s President in Hotel Dispute

A Bold Trump Organization Appeals to Panama’s President in Hotel Dispute

Juan Zamorano and Stephen Braun, Associated Press

The Trump Organization's efforts to get the Panamanian president to intervene with its issues involving a Trump hotel in Panama City is just another example of the ethical dilemmas President Trump faces. He refused to divest his business. Stay tuned for more stories like this one out of Panama.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Tourism Office Blocks Release of International Visitor Data

U.S. Tourism Office Blocks Release of International Visitor Data

Dan Peltier, Skift

We never like to see public records withheld, even if they might show faulty data. To see the travel industry praise such a move is disappointing as it will only cause more headaches for the foreseeable future.

2 weeks ago

Canadian Skiers Aren’t Impressed With Vail Resorts Takeover of Whistler Blackcomb

Canadian Skiers Aren’t Impressed With Vail Resorts Takeover of Whistler Blackcomb

Natalie Obiko Pearson, Bloomberg

Any acquisition is bound to have its challenges but it sounds like it's been a downhill spiral for Vail as it works to convince local stakeholders that it's committed to the Canadian resort's history and reputation.

2 weeks ago