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Video: VisitDallas President and CEO on How Destinations Are Fighting Against Discriminatory Legislation

Video: VisitDallas President and CEO on How Destinations Are Fighting Against Discriminatory Legislation

Phillip Jones, president and CEO of VisitDallas, joined Greg Oates, SkiftX’s editor-at-large, at Skift Global Forum 2018 to discuss the value in banding together with fellow organizations and stakeholders to fight discriminatory legislation.

3 days ago

AAA Predicts This Will Be the Most Traveled Thanksgiving in 13 Years

AAA Predicts This Will Be the Most Traveled Thanksgiving in 13 Years

Samuel Robinson, Bloomberg

A boon for airlines, car rental providers, and Big Oil, but will hotels see a Thanksgiving travel boost, too?

5 days ago

Disney CEO Still Bullish on China Despite Shanghai Park Slump

Disney CEO Still Bullish on China Despite Shanghai Park Slump

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney had to lower ticket prices to boost attendance at its two-year-old Shanghai park, but that's not the story at most properties around the world. The company saw its overall theme park revenue jump 9 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter.

6 days ago

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How Fort Worth is Connecting Meeting Planners and Local Innovators in High-Growth Sectors

How Fort Worth is Connecting Meeting Planners and Local Innovators in High-Growth Sectors

Visit Fort Worth + Skift

Different sectors in advanced and creative industries in Fort Worth work together to support the city’s rise on the national scene.

2 weeks ago

SeaWorld’s Price-Cutting Strategy Is Fueling a Comeback

SeaWorld’s Price-Cutting Strategy Is Fueling a Comeback

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld is making theme park visitors an offer some apparently can't refuse: a good deal. With attendance continuing to rise and a slate of new attractions on the horizon, the operator might finally be leaving the bad times behind.

1 week ago

Here Are the Key Tourism Ballot Questions Voters Will Decide Tuesday

Here Are the Key Tourism Ballot Questions Voters Will Decide Tuesday

Dan Peltier, Skift

Tuesday's election won't include a record number of tourism ballot measures, but it could yield some local victories that will help create more tourism jobs.

1 week ago

Caribbean Downplays Zika But World Health Organization Remains Concerned

Caribbean Downplays Zika But World Health Organization Remains Concerned

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

With information about zika, parents-to-be must consider the source, even now. Tourism boards exist in large part to promote visitation — the world health organization is invested in public health, not convincing you to take a babymoon to the Caribbean.

2 weeks ago

Virgin Voyages Will Join the Cruise Ship Crowds in Cuba

Virgin Voyages Will Join the Cruise Ship Crowds in Cuba

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Virgin Voyages has been talking about visiting Cuba for three years now, so this announcement is no surprise. But will the destination still be as popular in 2020 as it is now?

2 weeks ago

Fresh Investment Is Invigorating Many Northeast U.S. Ski Resorts

Fresh Investment Is Invigorating Many Northeast U.S. Ski Resorts

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

East Coast ski resorts are getting more attractive; it's up to Mother Nature to cooperate this winter.

2 weeks ago

College Football’s Big Score for Local Tourism

College Football’s Big Score for Local Tourism

Chuck Green, Skift

They say college football is like a religion. Its worshippers are creating a whole new category of tourism across the country during the fall.

3 weeks ago

Six Flags’ Future in Dubai Is Now Uncertain

Six Flags’ Future in Dubai Is Now Uncertain

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags still considers international licensing an important driver of revenue growth, despite some roadblocks along the way. Back in the U.S., where most of its parks are located, weather put a damper on quarterly earnings.

3 weeks ago

Disney Is Spending $20 Million to Keep Florida Gambling in Check

Disney Is Spending $20 Million to Keep Florida Gambling in Check

Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

Gambling companies have long wanted to expand in Florida. Disney, a major force in the state's economy, has been opposed. In the battle of the ballot measure this November, our money is on the mouse.

4 weeks ago