North America & Caribbean

No Facial Recognition Screening for Americans: Homeland Security

No Facial Recognition Screening for Americans: Homeland Security

David Koenig, Associated Press

The Department of Homeland security seems to have bowed to public pressure on a plan to introduce facial screening for American citizens. But it's still using the practice on foreign visitors — something not all travelers will be happy with.

19 hours ago

Los Angeles Tourism Invests in India With Influencer Campaigns

Los Angeles Tourism Invests in India With Influencer Campaigns

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Indians are keen to travel to Los Angeles — that much is clear. But the city's destination marketer is looking for ways to ensure that Indian visitors don't just show up, but know how to get the most out of the sprawling city.

2 weeks ago

U.S.-Hosted World Cup in 2026 Kicks Off Ambitious $50 Million Soccer Fund

U.S.-Hosted World Cup in 2026 Kicks Off Ambitious $50 Million Soccer Fund

Scott Soshnick, Bloomberg

Richard Graham, part-owner of a Major League Soccer team, hopes to grow the sport's popularity in the U.S. The lead-up to the 2026 World Cup is the perfect time to do this, raising hype across the country and spurring a wave of sports tourism.

2 weeks ago

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Guam Accelerates Tourism Development with First-of-Its-Kind Conference

Guam Accelerates Tourism Development with First-of-Its-Kind Conference

Guam Visitors Bureau + Skift

The U.S. territory of Guam is aiming to become the next Sun Valley of travel technology, with a creative forum that brings together tour operators and heavyweights like Airbnb, Booking, and United Airlines. Here’s a closer look at the premiere edition of this innovative summit.

3 months ago

What Happens to Washington D.C. Tourism During an Election Year?

What Happens to Washington D.C. Tourism During an Election Year?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

All eyes will be on the American presidential campaign come 2020, but despite all the attention on the nation's capital, the effect that an election year has on tourism in Washington D.C. isn't so straightforward.

3 weeks ago

Federal Judge Limits U.S. Border Patrol’s Power to Search Travelers’ Devices

Federal Judge Limits U.S. Border Patrol’s Power to Search Travelers’ Devices

Erik Larson, Bloomberg

The expanded power of U.S. border control under Donald Trump has concerned privacy activists as well as tourism officials, who worry about the policies deterring visitors. A recent judge's ruling is will come as good news to both of those groups.

3 weeks ago

U.S. Travelers Can Still Travel Legally to Cuba — But Confusion Over Trump Policies Is Keeping Them Away

U.S. Travelers Can Still Travel Legally to Cuba — But Confusion Over Trump Policies Is Keeping Them Away

Rosie Spinks, Skift

President Trump hasn't scrapped legal U.S. travel to Cuba entirely, but the drip drip of policies making it seem more difficult or complex will mean some travelers stay away. One travel company wants to make it easier.

4 weeks ago

Poland Becomes First Country in 5 Years to Join U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Poland Becomes First Country in 5 Years to Join U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The U.S. inbound travel market needs all the good news it can get at the moment — and Poland's official entry into the visa waiver program is just that.

1 month ago

Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

By pushing back against Sidewalk Labs, the city of Toronto has shown that the future of the smart city will be forged by compromise and collaboration with local authorities.

1 month ago

Brand USA Pleads Its Case to Congress as Funding Hangs in the Balance

Brand USA Pleads Its Case to Congress as Funding Hangs in the Balance

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Brand USA still doesn't have a legislative path forward — and time is running out. A failure to renew it will make the U.S. an outlier as a leading global tourism destination with no promotional budget.

1 month ago

Why Is Visit Florida Still Fighting for Its Survival?

Why Is Visit Florida Still Fighting for Its Survival?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Destination marketer Visit Florida could find itself on the chopping block — again. Its perilous future is a symptom of what some call the "weaponization of travel" in political funding battles.

2 months ago

U.S. Forecasts Visitor Growth Through 2024 Despite Current Slump

U.S. Forecasts Visitor Growth Through 2024 Despite Current Slump

Rosie Spinks, Skift

It's been a rough year for U.S. travel, with international arrivals down. While an increase in visitors may be on the horizon for 2020, it's not entirely clear why.

2 months ago