North America & Caribbean

Travel Ban Showdown at Supreme Court In Flux Because of Revised Policy

Travel Ban Showdown at Supreme Court In Flux Because of Revised Policy

Greg Stohr, Bloomberg

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on how Trump's revised policy impacts the case, which had been scheduled for an October showdown. The legal maneuverings have just begun.

50 mins ago

Key West Signals Slow Recovery With First Cruise Ship Arrival Since Hurricane Irma

Key West Signals Slow Recovery With First Cruise Ship Arrival Since Hurricane Irma

Associated Press

Many cruise ships are floating cities and the lines don't need to worry about repairing and restoring hotels, electricity, flights and running water after a major storm. The arrival is a good sign for Key West, but for the time being, the kind of experiences cruise passengers have onshore likely won't be the same as pre-Irma.

4 hours ago

Southbound Lanes at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Closes for Weekend Repairs

Southbound Lanes at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Closes for Weekend Repairs

Julie Watson, Associated Press

Some 50,000 cars pass through this U.S.-Mexico border crossing on weekends. Damn, with all this talk about border walls, it seems the U.S. and Mexico are actually neighbors with myriad connections.

2 days ago

Trump Travel Ban Deadline Will Produce New Country-By-Country Restrictions

Trump Travel Ban Deadline Will Produce New Country-By-Country Restrictions

Jill Colvin, Associated Press

We're waiting for the next shoe to drop, so to speak, and a flurry of headlines and lawsuits to follow.

2 days ago

Chicago’s Tourism Success, Despite Trump’s ‘Hellish’ Claims

Chicago’s Tourism Success, Despite Trump’s ‘Hellish’ Claims

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Chicago is inexpensive, impressive, and close to a ton of feeder markets where potential visitors can see through the wild, inaccurate claims of an unhinged politician.

2 days ago

Hurricane-Hit Destinations Are Providing Updates for Tourists

Hurricane-Hit Destinations Are Providing Updates for Tourists

Associated Press

Some destinations affected by recent storms will be off limits to travelers for an unknown amount of time, while others are already welcoming visitors back. Travelers looking to go to Florida or the Caribbean should do their research before planning a trip.

4 days ago

U.S. Interior Secretary Asks Trump for New Civil Rights National Monument

U.S. Interior Secretary Asks Trump for New Civil Rights National Monument

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press

With national monument status, the Medgar Evers home could enjoy higher visitation and enrich Visit Mississippi's tourism assets, along with the forthcoming civil rights museum.

4 days ago

Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Facing Billions of Dollars in Damage

Hurricane Maria Leaves Puerto Rico Facing Billions of Dollars in Damage

Michelle Kaske, Brian K. Sullivan and Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

With hits to Texas and Florida, Puerto Rico will have to make a case that it is worthy of the same — or more — support following the devastation. It should mobilize its strong base of tourists as advocates for its cause.

5 days ago

Visit Florida Is Planning Ways to Get Tourists Back After Hurricane Irma

Visit Florida Is Planning Ways to Get Tourists Back After Hurricane Irma

Dan Peltier, Skift

Florida's tourism industry was already having a turbulent year before one of the most active and destructive Atlantic hurricane seasons in years began playing out. Getting travelers to come back will require unified marketing efforts — and that's currently in jeopardy.

6 days ago

Visit Philly Turns to Black Thought From The Roots to Attract More Black Tourists

Visit Philly Turns to Black Thought From The Roots to Attract More Black Tourists

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Visit Philadelphia’s new videos target black travelers making at least $75,000 and aim to reclaim some lost market share. But the campaign sends a more nuanced message to a wider audience.

6 days ago

5 Top Theme Park Trends Dominating the Season

5 Top Theme Park Trends Dominating the Season

Hannah Sampson, Skift

From water parks to overseas investment, theme park operators are coming up with new ways to grow their business. One common thread: Find brands that have a built-in customer base and use them to attract new visitors.

6 days ago

Hurricane Maria: Updates From the Travel Industry

Hurricane Maria: Updates From the Travel Industry

Dan Peltier, Skift

Some destinations preparing for Hurricane Maria were still bailing out from Hurricane Irma and the succession of intense hurricanes will have a long-term impact on many aspects of the region's tourism industry.

6 days ago