North America & Caribbean

Trump Travel Ban Could Be Sent to Supreme Court for an Emergency Ruling

Trump Travel Ban Could Be Sent to Supreme Court for an Emergency Ruling

Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman, Associated Press

One way or the other, Trump's travel ban will likely end up before the U.S. Supreme Court. A key issue will be whether the high court, like lower ones, will use his prior anti-Muslim rhetoric against him. It's totally relevant about his motives and it would be prudent to consider Trump's earlier statements.

1 day ago

U.S. Tourism From Foreign Travelers Is in Steep Decline if You Believe Foursquare Data

U.S. Tourism From Foreign Travelers Is in Steep Decline if You Believe Foursquare Data

Dan Peltier, Skift

Some U.S.-based travel brands aren't overly worried about a potential Trump slump but Foursquare's data is an indication that they should be braced for some tough-going.

2 days ago

Disney and Universal Keep Building So Visitors Stay Longer and Spend More

Disney and Universal Keep Building So Visitors Stay Longer and Spend More

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney and Universal keep fighting for visitors — and more tourist dollars. Will new attractions be enough to attract newcomers and repeat business alike?

3 days ago

Brand USA Faces Extinction Under Trump’s Proposed Budget

Brand USA Faces Extinction Under Trump’s Proposed Budget

Dan Peltier, Skift

Congress will play around with Trump's budget and nothing is set in stone. But Brand USA's proposed demise shouldn't come as a surprise from a president who has spent much of his first four months in office imposing anti-tourism policies.

4 days ago

Travel Habits of Americans: 42 Percent Aren’t Taking a Vacation This Summer

Travel Habits of Americans: 42 Percent Aren’t Taking a Vacation This Summer

Dan Peltier, Skift

Unless there's a flood of last-minute vacation planners who will book trips in the coming days, weeks or months, many U.S. travelers are saying that they're hunkering down for another summer of little to no time away from the office.

6 days ago

North Dakota Hopes that Lawrence Welk Tourism Will Become a Thing

North Dakota Hopes that Lawrence Welk Tourism Will Become a Thing

James MacPherson, Associated Press

We always encourage a destination to focus on its unique strengths when marketing. While this is unique, we're not certain Welk is the strength the state needs.

1 week ago

New Orleans Removes Last of 4 Confederate Statues to Become More Welcoming

New Orleans Removes Last of 4 Confederate Statues to Become More Welcoming

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press

The slow but steady removal of confederate symbols across the American South sends an important message, especially to black travelers: you are welcome here. The Louisiana state tourism board could do more to echo that sentiment.

1 week ago

Atlanta Hopes Its New High-Tech Stadium Will Transform Downtown Tourism

Atlanta Hopes Its New High-Tech Stadium Will Transform Downtown Tourism

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press

Atlanta isn't just the business capital of the south anymore, so if the city can one-up New York's new Citi Field for example, it could be a coup for leisure travel.

1 week ago

SeaWorld’s Hoped-For Transformation Is Getting Help From Sesame Street

SeaWorld’s Hoped-For Transformation Is Getting Help From Sesame Street

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld could use more brands that don't rely on animals — and Sesame Street is beloved by both kids and parents. It doesn't sound like a huge expansion yet with just one more theme park and one additional land, but this could be a good way to round out the company's offerings.

1 week ago

Universal Is Using Its Own Multi-Purpose Wristband at New Water Park

Universal Is Using Its Own Multi-Purpose Wristband at New Water Park

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Universal's wristband is different from Disney's in several ways — it stays in the water park and doesn't double as a hotel room key, for example — but the ability to cut down on time waiting in line and to make purchases should help drive revenue for the theme park operator.

1 week ago

Opinion: Canadian Tourism Needs to Drive Spending First, Visitors Second

Opinion: Canadian Tourism Needs to Drive Spending First, Visitors Second

Lyle Hall, HLT Advisory Inc.

Sure, many destinations love more foot traffic each year to make things seem lively and like momentum is building. But isn't getting spending totals up the end goal, anyways? With overtourism plaguing many destinations, we look at this viewpoint on why spending, not more visitor arrivals, is what really matters.

2 weeks ago

Alaska Crosses Historic Tourism Threshold Without State Marketing Help

Alaska Crosses Historic Tourism Threshold Without State Marketing Help

Associated Press

About half-a amillion cruise passengers landed in Alaska in summer 2016. That growth happened despite the state's annual tourism marketing budget shrinking from more than $18 million a few years ago, to about $1.5 million now.

2 weeks ago