North America & Caribbean

Zika Still Poses Threat But Many Travelers Don’t Seem Concerned

Zika Still Poses Threat But Many Travelers Don’t Seem Concerned

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

We knew Zika would be a short-term problem for most hard hit destinations. But with warmer weather and rainy seasons around the bend, do destinations have a plan in place to get the right messaging out to ensure they don't have another lackluster year?

5 hours ago

Skift Podcast: How New York City Tourism Changes the City

Skift Podcast: How New York City Tourism Changes the City

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Visitors keep coming to New York City, and the effort continues to strike a balance between tourist playground and place where people actually live.

9 hours ago

Six Flags Says It Is Just Getting Started With Its International Expansion

Six Flags Says It Is Just Getting Started With Its International Expansion

Hannah Sampson, Skift

How much of the world is eager to host a Six Flags theme park? The Texas-based company is trying to find out.

10 hours ago

Florida Politicians Push Forward Plan to Gut Tourism Funding

Florida Politicians Push Forward Plan to Gut Tourism Funding

Associated Press

Florida is more dependent on tourism than any other state in the U.S. If this goes through we'll have a wonderful case study for what happens when funding goes away.

2 days ago

Sites From ‘La La Land’ Are Turning Into Tourist Attractions

Sites From ‘La La Land’ Are Turning Into Tourist Attractions

Nicole Piper, Bloomberg

It's not like movie-obsessed tourists had a shortage of places to visit in Los Angeles, but at least "La La Land" gives visitors a new appreciation for the freeway system while they're stuck in the city's infamous traffic.

2 days ago

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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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?

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days ago

National Park Service Could Take on Route 66 Promotional Role

National Park Service Could Take on Route 66 Promotional Role

Associated Press

We hope this effort to preserve a part of American history cruises along on all-cylinders.

5 days ago

Muslim-American Travelers Are Quietly Having Global Entry Privileges Revoked

Muslim-American Travelers Are Quietly Having Global Entry Privileges Revoked

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

While the public outcry may have died down while Americans await the Trump administration's next move, the recent travel ban may still be affecting U.S. citizens who are Muslim.

6 days ago