North America & Caribbean

U.S. Warns Tourists Following Mexico Shootings

U.S. Warns Tourists Following Mexico Shootings

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press

Continued shootings in Mexico resort towns is not good news for the country's tourism industry during its period of highest demand.

20 hours ago

President Obama’s U.S. Travel Legacy After Eight Years as Tourist-in-Chief

President Obama’s U.S. Travel Legacy After Eight Years as Tourist-in-Chief

Dan Peltier, Skift

Few other presidents have done as much for the U.S. travel industry as President Obama and by many measures he will hand Donald Trump a healthy and growing industry. But some of the Obama Administration's tourism goals — programs and initiatives — while steps in the right direction, still leave plenty to be desired and require renewed efforts.

1 day ago

Stay Alfred Raises $15 Million to Bring Hotel Service to Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Stay Alfred Raises $15 Million to Bring Hotel Service to Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Stay Alfred's $15 million Series A funding may pale next to the roughly $3 billion that Airbnb has raised. But the company — which services apartment rentals and aims for hotel-quality service — is part of a thriving wave of vendors providing an ecosystem of services around short-term urban rentals.

2 days ago

William Shatner Is Selling Montreal Tourism in New Facebook Ad Campaign

William Shatner Is Selling Montreal Tourism in New Facebook Ad Campaign

Dan Peltier, Skift

Montreal's use of targeted advertising on Facebook, however, and the use of William Shatner is a smart example of how to go after key markets.

3 days ago

Better Relations With U.S. Means Much Better Wi-Fi Across Cuba

Better Relations With U.S. Means Much Better Wi-Fi Across Cuba

Andrea Rodriguez , Associated Press

Tourists' experiences just got better in Cuba, too.

7 days ago

Pres. Obama Adds Alabama Civil Rights District to National Park Service

Pres. Obama Adds Alabama Civil Rights District to National Park Service

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Civil rights tourism is already a staple for the Alabama Tourism Department and this National Monument designation will take it to the next level. If the throngs of visitors at the new African American museum in Washington D.C. have taught us anything, federal recognition can be a very good thing.

1 week ago

New Orleans Plans to Ramp Up Security on Bourbon Street

New Orleans Plans to Ramp Up Security on Bourbon Street

Jeff Adelson and Jessica Williams, Associated Press

Bourbon Street in New Orleans has long been vulnerable in terms of public safety, so who will pay for new security measures? And will these measures make the corridor less authentic, less exciting, and less attractive to visitors?

1 week ago

Governor Wants to Make New York a Hiking and Cycling Paradise

Governor Wants to Make New York a Hiking and Cycling Paradise

Mary Esch, Associated Press

Giving travelers another reason to visit other parts of New York State aside from New York City doesn't sound like a bad idea, as long as the costs don't outweigh the economic benefits to the state.

1 week ago

U.S. Travel Industry Jobs Ended 2016 With Modest Gains and Smaller Growth

U.S. Travel Industry Jobs Ended 2016 With Modest Gains and Smaller Growth

Dan Peltier, Skift

As much as we wish 2016 was a thing of the past, we took a look at the U.S. travel jobs growth for last year and found that while it wasn't all bad news -- and many jobs were added -- that growth wasn't as robust as the previous year because of global events and a litany of other factors.

1 week ago

Visit Florida Hires New CEO and Pays $73,000 to Outgoing Leader after Pitbull Controversy

Visit Florida Hires New CEO and Pays $73,000 to Outgoing Leader after Pitbull Controversy

Gary Fineout, Associated Press

Visit Florida is facing pressure from state legislators to justify its very existence. The governor's pick of a new Visit Florida CEO who has zero tourism experience signals that fiscal controls will trump creativity in marketing the state to visitors.

2 weeks ago

Las Vegas Says Visitors and Conference Attendees Set 2016 Records

Las Vegas Says Visitors and Conference Attendees Set 2016 Records

Associated Press

Las Vegas doesn't publicize how it calculates its numbers but claims visitor numbers set another record in 2016. Conference attendees too.

2 weeks ago

SeaWorld’s Tilikum — the Orca Made Famous in a Documentary — has Died

SeaWorld’s Tilikum — the Orca Made Famous in a Documentary — has Died

Mike Schneider , Associated Press

Tilikum showed the power Hollywood has to make or break a business. Without the documentary, "Blackfish," it's possible SeaWorld never would have been forced to change its model.

2 weeks ago