North America & Caribbean

A San Francisco ‘Living Landmark’ Retires After More Than 4 Decades

A San Francisco ‘Living Landmark’ Retires After More Than 4 Decades

Janie Har, Associated Press

The doorman at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in downtown San Francisco has seen the city change more than most people. He's hanging up his Beefeater costume after a career that transformed him into an icon to visitors and locals alike.

1 day ago

‘Stay It Forward’ Campaign Sees Tourists Rebuilding Beach in Florida

‘Stay It Forward’ Campaign Sees Tourists Rebuilding Beach in Florida

The Associated Press

With natural disasters becoming so regular, “Stay it Forward” campaigns that see tourists helping to rebuild destroyed towns and beaches will be the new norm.

3 days ago

Ocean City, Maryland, Shows Marketing Chutzpah in Appeal to Harry and Meghan

Ocean City, Maryland, Shows Marketing Chutzpah in Appeal to Harry and Meghan

Associated Press

Everyone seems to care about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle escaping the UK and some destination marketers want to rustle up some publicity for their destination during the drama. What a strange world we live in.

1 week ago

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Guam Accelerates Tourism Development with First-of-Its-Kind Conference

Guam Accelerates Tourism Development with First-of-Its-Kind Conference

Guam Visitors Bureau + Skift

The U.S. territory of Guam is aiming to become the next Sun Valley of travel technology, with a creative forum that brings together tour operators and heavyweights like Airbnb, Booking, and United Airlines. Here’s a closer look at the premiere edition of this innovative summit.

4 months ago

An Expanded Trump Travel Ban May Be Coming Soon

An Expanded Trump Travel Ban May Be Coming Soon

Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin, Associated Press

The original Trump travel ban wasn't an especially effective or well-received piece of political theater. One hopes the travel industry will find a stronger voice to oppose any expanded ban than it had the first time around.

1 week ago

North Dakota Will Promote Itself as the Antidote to Crowds

North Dakota Will Promote Itself as the Antidote to Crowds

James MacPherson, Associated Press

Overcrowding is a big concern and a huge downside of visiting popular tourist sites. That's why North Dakota's new campaign is both well-timed and cleverly formulated.

2 weeks ago

Puerto Rico’s Tourism Industry Put to the Test Once Again in a Series of Quakes

Puerto Rico’s Tourism Industry Put to the Test Once Again in a Series of Quakes

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Puerto Rico has taken a battering in recent days, with a series of earthquakes affecting the southern part of the U.S. territory. The island's tourism industry has had plenty of opportunities to prove its resilience recently; this will be another.

2 weeks ago

New Santa Fe Museum Struggles With Displacing a Historic Chicano Mural

New Santa Fe Museum Struggles With Displacing a Historic Chicano Mural

Associated Press

If this Chicano mural is going away, the new contemporary art museum had better not just preserve its memory but fill its halls with today's Chicano artists, Native artists, and other underrepresented voices.

2 weeks ago

Plantation Backlash Forces Destinations in U.S. South to Rethink Marketing

Plantation Backlash Forces Destinations in U.S. South to Rethink Marketing

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Many destinations in the South lean heavily on plantations to attract events and tour groups, but the tide is slowly turning. Many people would now rather pursue truth and reconciliation instead of romanticizing the places where slavery took place.

2 weeks ago

Big Questions for Atlantic City in 2020 Over Rise of Sports Betting

Big Questions for Atlantic City in 2020 Over Rise of Sports Betting

Wayne Parry, Associated Press

Why go to Atlantic City when you can gamble closer to home? That's a question you could have asked years ago, but once again it's the marketing challenge for the seaside resort in the new year.

3 weeks ago

Boutique Luxury Hotels Elevate Times Square Food and Beverage Options

Boutique Luxury Hotels Elevate Times Square Food and Beverage Options

Kate Krader, Bloomberg

New Yorkers may scoff at the idea of heading to Midtown Manhattan for a great dining experience. With the relatively recent openings of the Times Square Edition and Aliz hotels, however, this neighborhood is gaining some seriously sophisticated — and delicious — offerings.

3 weeks ago

Characters at Disney World Accuse Tourists of Inappropriate Touching

Characters at Disney World Accuse Tourists of Inappropriate Touching

Associated Press

Tourists are being accused of crossing the line at Disney World with its characters. Disney needs to be more clear to visitors on what the rules are when it comes to Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Disney Princess, and the other characters roaming the park.

3 weeks ago