North America & Caribbean

New Jersey Bans Smoking at All Its Public Beaches

New Jersey Bans Smoking at All Its Public Beaches

Wayne Parry, Associated Press

Say good-bye to cigarette butts in the sand! Well, for the most part. The law, which bans smoking and vaping of any kind on the state’s beaches and in its parks, allows towns to designate up to 15 percent of the area as smoking zones. Perhaps this will inspire other statewide bans.

20 hours ago

International Inbound U.S. Travel Growth Stuck in Slump

International Inbound U.S. Travel Growth Stuck in Slump

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Beyond a slump for travel, it appears that experts expect a global economic cooldown to happen in coming years. People will always need to travel, but stagnant growth will present a problem for the industry in North America.

2 weeks ago

The Bird Man of Big Sur Helps This Resort’s Guests Connect With Nature

The Bird Man of Big Sur Helps This Resort’s Guests Connect With Nature

Isaac Carey, Skift

Antonio Balestreri's work depends on how well he can educate guests on the role of raptors in the environment, something which gives his presentations a serious edge.

3 weeks ago

Culture Is Central in Puerto Rico’s New Marketing Campaign

Culture Is Central in Puerto Rico’s New Marketing Campaign

Isaac Carey, Skift

A good website is critical for branding in this day and age, and the tourism organization made a smart move by investing heavily in design and functionality.

1 month ago

Chrysler Building May Not Become Hotel But New Owner Sees It as a Bigger Tourist Draw

Chrysler Building May Not Become Hotel But New Owner Sees It as a Bigger Tourist Draw

Katya Kazakina and Lily Katz , Bloomberg

With so much new construction taking place in Manhattan, it's refreshing to see Aby Rosen take a chance on the Chrysler Building with a bet that people will still want to visit grandeur rather than just another glitzy shopping mall.

1 month ago

U.S. Travel to Cuba Faces Tighter Restrictions on Non-Family Visits

U.S. Travel to Cuba Faces Tighter Restrictions on Non-Family Visits

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When the Trump administration took office in 2017, the popular wisdom was that it would eliminate U.S. travel to Cuba. The changes have turned out to be incremental, but now it appears that non-family travel to Cuba will be all but gone.

1 month ago

New Ski Pass Leads to Crowds at Jackson Hole Ski Resort

New Ski Pass Leads to Crowds at Jackson Hole Ski Resort

Tim Sohn, Bloomberg

Locals’ fears — of overtourism and the corporatization of their ski town — are already coming true. Alterra’s new Ikon Pass will only speed up the process.

1 month ago

Low-Cost Airline Startup Sees Promise in Smaller Airports

Low-Cost Airline Startup Sees Promise in Smaller Airports

Jay Shabat, Skift

Allegiant co-founder Andrew Levy is starting a new ultra-low-cost airline and plans to start operations from lower-cost secondary airports. But is there room for another new low-cost airline in the U.S., and will passengers opt to fly from smaller airports?

1 month ago

How One Canadian Province Uses Icebergs to Attract Visitors

How One Canadian Province Uses Icebergs to Attract Visitors

Laura Powell, Skift

The best advice for destinations large and small as they embark upon marketing campaigns — keep it real. The efforts of isolated, iceberg-laden Newfoundland and Labrador is proof that going with the authenticity "floe" can melt the hearts of potential visitors.

2 months ago

Visit Florida’s Future Is Up in the Air (Again)

Visit Florida’s Future Is Up in the Air (Again)

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Destination marketing money is again a political football in Florida, a state that 126 million people visited last year. As governments around the country examine their stance on publicly funded self-promotion, will the Sunshine State stay the course?

2 months ago

Disney Gets Tough on Strollers and Smokers to Prep for Star Wars Crowds

Disney Gets Tough on Strollers and Smokers to Prep for Star Wars Crowds

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney is clearly awaiting a flood of visitors in the coming months, and high prices alone won't keep crowds in check. Now in-park smoking areas and extra-large strollers have to go.

2 months ago

The Southwest Effect Is Already Impacting Hawaii Tourism

The Southwest Effect Is Already Impacting Hawaii Tourism

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Southwest Airlines’ entry into the Hawaii market is likely to bring more competitive airfares from the U.S. mainland and also on inter-island routes. The good news may be tempered, however, by rising hotel rates and limited availability in Hawaii’s most popular destinations.

2 months ago