North America & Caribbean

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 days 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.

4 days 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.

1 week 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.

2 months 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Colorado Resorts Get a Head Start on Ski Season After Storm

Colorado Resorts Get a Head Start on Ski Season After Storm

Millie Munshi, Bloomberg

It's time to head to the slopes. Colorado resorts are enjoying an extended ski season in 2019.

1 month ago

U.S. Considers Rejoining UN’s World Tourism Organization in a Rare Nod to Global Cooperation

U.S. Considers Rejoining UN’s World Tourism Organization in a Rare Nod to Global Cooperation

Rosie Spinks, Skifit

The policies of the Trump administration haven't exactly been friendly to inbound U.S. tourism — or to international cooperation. But for reasons not entirely clear, the administration seems keen to get back into the UN's World Tourism Organization.

1 month ago

MGM Settles Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuit for Up to $800 Million

MGM Settles Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuit for Up to $800 Million

Associated Press

While it's good MGM is shelling out money for its role in the mass shooting, it's hard to forget that the company actually filed a lawsuit against some of the shooting's survivors two years ago.

2 months ago