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The latest tourism and destination news for cities, regional, state, and national tourism boards and experts.

Florida Officials Approve Walt Disney World Reopening Plan Starting July 11

Florida Officials Approve Walt Disney World Reopening Plan Starting July 11

Lisa Richwine, Reuters

Visitor numbers to Disney's flagship park in Florida will be one of the most closely eyed statistics of the next year. It's symbolic of the travel sector's fortunes because a visit to the Magic Kingdom typically requires a flight, significant spending, and a comfort with crowds.

15 hours ago

France’s Louvre Museum Plans to Reopen on July 6

France’s Louvre Museum Plans to Reopen on July 6

Christian Lowe and Benoit Van Overstraeten, Reuters

The move to reopen France's most famous museum will come in time for Bastille Day celebrations of national freedom. Très bien.

17 hours ago

Denmark and Norway Lift Travel Restrictions But Snub Neighbor Sweden

Denmark and Norway Lift Travel Restrictions But Snub Neighbor Sweden

Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Terje Solsvik, Reuters

Sweden's high rate of coronavirus deaths left it out of a Nordic travel bubble emerging between Denmark and Norway. The exclusion could be a cautionary tale in other joint tourism districts forming via national alliances around the world.

19 hours ago

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How Houston Embraced Augmented Reality to Enhance the Visitor Experience

How Houston Embraced Augmented Reality to Enhance the Visitor Experience

Houston First Corporation + Skift

Technology plays an important role in helping tourism companies market local attractions and businesses more effectively. As smartphone functionality expands, Visit Houston is proving that augmented reality tools can have a real impact on visitor experience.

3 months ago

Canada’s Large Cruise Ship Ban Extended Until Oct. 31

Canada’s Large Cruise Ship Ban Extended Until Oct. 31

Steve Scherer, Reuters

Fall foliage cruises through Canada are essentially a no-go this season due to the latest extension of a large cruise ship ban because of coronavirus.

21 hours ago

Major South African Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Sees Hit to Core Profit

Major South African Hotel Operator Tsogo Sun Sees Hit to Core Profit

Tanishaa Nadkar, Reuters

Tsogo Sun, which owns luxury properties in seven African countries including Nigeria and the Seychelles, is a bellwether for the pandemic's impact on international travel across southern Africa.

22 hours ago

China to Keep Curbs on International Flights Through June

China to Keep Curbs on International Flights Through June

Stella Qiu and Se Young Lee, Reuters

This news dovetails with Friday's Trip.com Group earnings call that said new international inbound reservations to China would probably be close to zero through the end of June because of travel restrictions.

23 hours ago

Spain May Open Some Cities But Not Others to Foreign Tourism First

Spain May Open Some Cities But Not Others to Foreign Tourism First

Ingrid Melander and Belen Carreno, Reuters

Spain's Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya has declined to give a timetable on when popular cities like Barcelona or Madrid will reopen to foreign visitors. But with summer tourism upon us, the travel sector needs clarity pronto.

2 days ago

100,000 Americans Died. Did We Examine the Role of Travel In It?

100,000 Americans Died. Did We Examine the Role of Travel In It?

Rafat Ali, Skift

We have to ask the hardest questions, and answer them, for the sake of hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens dead here in America and around the world — and the billions who are still alive.

2 days ago

Greece to Welcome Specific Nationalities First as It Reopens to Visitors

Greece to Welcome Specific Nationalities First as It Reopens to Visitors

Angeliki Koutantou, Reuters

Many countries have put selective travel bans in place, and these bans increasingly appear to be driven more by politics than science.

3 days ago

Disney Hopes to Reopen Walt Disney World on July 11

Disney Hopes to Reopen Walt Disney World on July 11

Helen Coster and Lisa Richwine, Reuters

Walt Disney World in Orlando being reopened will be something of a watershed moment — but the park needs approval from Florida officials first.

3 days ago

Why the LGBTQ Community May Be the First to Travel Again

Why the LGBTQ Community May Be the First to Travel Again

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The LGBTQ travel community has historically been very resilient after downturns in travel. There are early indications that the bounce-back after the pandemic may show a similar dynamic.

3 days ago