North America & Caribbean

Overtourism Leads Zion National Park to Consider New Reservation System

Overtourism Leads Zion National Park to Consider New Reservation System

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press

Instead of tranquility, summer visitors find crammed shuttle buses, epic bathroom lines, and damaged foliage at Zion National Park in Utah. Testing a fair reservation system is worth it to combat overtourism.

1 day ago

U.S. Destinations Preparing For Overtourism Burst During Total Solar Eclipse

U.S. Destinations Preparing For Overtourism Burst During Total Solar Eclipse

Hannah Elliott, Bloomberg

Cities like Madras, Oregon and others in the path of next month's total solar eclipse have lessons to offer other destinations about hosting once-in-a-lifetime events and the kinds of decisions and processes that it takes to welcome throngs of visitors.

2 days ago

International Tourism to the United States Dropped in 2016

International Tourism to the United States Dropped in 2016

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many travel brands had said last year was tough as full-year international visits to the U.S. decreased in 2016 for the first time since 2009. We’ll need to wait until this time next year to see if this is a hiccup or a new trend.

3 days ago

Supreme Court Protects Grandparents From Trump Travel Ban

Supreme Court Protects Grandparents From Trump Travel Ban

Greg Stohr, Bloomberg

The U.S. Supreme Court says what families have been arguing for weeks: Grandparents and grandchildren of those already in the country should be considered "close relatives" and not kept out under the travel ban. Justices will allow the Trump administration to keep restrictions on refugees.

3 days ago

U.S. Destinations Aren’t Seeing the Trump Slump Many Had Feared

U.S. Destinations Aren’t Seeing the Trump Slump Many Had Feared

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Many international travelers likely care more about how far their money goes than who occupies the White House. But a continued steady stream of visitors will depend on the rigidity of President Trump's future policies.

3 days ago

Opinion: U.S. State Travel Bans Are Counterproductive And Contradictory

Opinion: U.S. State Travel Bans Are Counterproductive And Contradictory

Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg

As with anything political, there are always things that don't make any sense. Travel bans send a strong message of condemnation and perhaps pressure state governments to change but they also hurt local economies in the process.

4 days ago

Six Flags Just Unexpectedly Replaced Its CEO With Its Previous CEO

Six Flags Just Unexpectedly Replaced Its CEO With Its Previous CEO

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Duffey's departure is mysterious, but the new (and old) CEO knows the company and headed it for several years. There shouldn't be too much upheaval or shift in strategy, even if the unexpected change proves distracting for awhile.

4 days ago

Trump Administration To Grant Extra Seasonal Visas Despite Immigration Hardline

Trump Administration To Grant Extra Seasonal Visas Despite Immigration Hardline

Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

This is welcome news for many tourism employers across the country struggling to keep up with summer demand and a shortage of seasonal workers this year. The Trump Organization's skin in this game probably helped grant more visas.

5 days ago

Discriminatory Bathroom Bills Won’t Keep Most Travelers Out of Affected States

Discriminatory Bathroom Bills Won’t Keep Most Travelers Out of Affected States

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many U.S. travelers don't want to be labeled as racists or bigots, and publicly oppose discriminatory legislation. But that doesn't mean they won't take a trip they've been planning all year, especially if the legislation doesn't involve them.

5 days ago

U.S. Business Travelers More Likely to Drive Than Fly to Meetings

U.S. Business Travelers More Likely to Drive Than Fly to Meetings

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It can be easy to forget that most U.S. business travelers aren't road warriors hitting multiple cities in a week. Sometimes we fixate too much on those who travel the most instead of the majority, who spend a day or two visiting clients or potential customers.

5 days ago

Disney Reveals Park Plans To Maximize Marvel and Star Wars Brands

Disney Reveals Park Plans To Maximize Marvel and Star Wars Brands

Christopher Palmeri , Bloomberg

The world's biggest theme parks keep forcing each other to raise their games. Disney's announcement shows major updates in Orlando, which is no surprise given how much undeveloped land remains at the resort and the competition from other players.

6 days ago

U.S. Asks Appeals Court to Block Travel Ban Liberalization While Supreme Court Decides

U.S. Asks Appeals Court to Block Travel Ban Liberalization While Supreme Court Decides

Associated Press

It is doubtful that the U.S. Justice Department will get anywhere with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has made its views known in opposition to the Trump travel ban on several occasions.

7 days ago