North America & Caribbean

Six Flags Is Adding 5 Parks in a Promised U.S. Expansion Push

Six Flags Is Adding 5 Parks in a Promised U.S. Expansion Push

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags has been talking up this scenario for more than a year, so it will be interesting to see how the strategy plays out. Will more people opt for season passes that give them access to multiple parks, even if those parks are a few hours away from each other?

8 hours ago

Orlando Theme Parks Are Rolling Out New Rides as They Battle for Visitors

Orlando Theme Parks Are Rolling Out New Rides as They Battle for Visitors

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Theme parks realize they need to keep adding more reasons for visitors to come back. That means operators are investing billions over the next several years — and attendees can expect higher prices at the gate.

10 hours ago

U.S. Gas Prices Rising as Road Trip Season Approaches

U.S. Gas Prices Rising as Road Trip Season Approaches

Barbara Powell, Bloomberg

The price of gas for U.S. drivers is heading back to 2014 levels. Experts think road trippers will cut back on their dining spend, even if the wider U.S. economy won't feel a huge impact.

2 days ago

Miami Wants Giant Mall Complex to Help It Grab Tourists From Orlando

Miami Wants Giant Mall Complex to Help It Grab Tourists From Orlando

Curt Anderson, Associated Press

The idea that this mall — indoor ski slopes, water park, and all — could make Miami competitive with Orlando on the theme park front is ludicrous. Miami has cultural riches, natural treasures, and plenty of places to shop and eat. It doesn't need more traffic jams, which this project will inevitably bring.

4 days ago

The Active Hawaiian Volcano Is Not Yet Interfering With Air Travel

The Active Hawaiian Volcano Is Not Yet Interfering With Air Travel

Brian K. Sullivan, Bloomberg

Hawaiians call the fog that's infused with volcanic ash "vog." But so far the vog on the Big Island is not causing pilots trouble with flying to, from, and among the islands.

5 days ago

Disney and Universal See Big Gains in Orlando After Major Expansions

Disney and Universal See Big Gains in Orlando After Major Expansions

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Orlando remains a battleground for the world's largest theme park operators, but attendance is growing around the world — and the biggest companies are trying to win audiences all over.

5 days ago

International Tourists Fall Back in Love With Macy’s

International Tourists Fall Back in Love With Macy’s

Lindsey Rupp, Bloomberg

Given the current U.S. tourism climate, it's difficult to know why visitors are flocking to Macy's in greater numbers. Still, it's another sign that things are looking up, at least temporarily, for the retailer.

6 days ago

Disney Appeals to Luxury Set With Pricey Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Disney Appeals to Luxury Set With Pricey Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Carlye Wisel and Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

A regular vacation at Disney isn't cheap. But for those who want a more exclusive (and less crowded) experience, Adventures by Disney grants special access — for a hefty fee.

1 week ago

Atlantic City’s Fortunes May Revive Thanks to a Ruling on Sports Betting

Atlantic City’s Fortunes May Revive Thanks to a Ruling on Sports Betting

Elise Young and Stacie Sherman, Bloomberg

Last year walking the Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey felt like visiting a ghost town. But the city's tourism business will hopefully jump thanks to just-legalized sports betting, the Hard Rock's about-to-debut property, and a surge in fashion outlet shops.

1 week ago

Supreme Court Decision on Sports Betting Will Hurt Vegas, Right? You’ll Be Surprised

Supreme Court Decision on Sports Betting Will Hurt Vegas, Right? You’ll Be Surprised

Dan Peltier, Skift

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas — except now sports betting, as other states look to swoop in and take their share of the multibillion market. But guess what? Vegas will survive.

1 week ago

Caribbean’s New Marketing Campaign Is Launching Ahead of 2018 Hurricane Season

Caribbean’s New Marketing Campaign Is Launching Ahead of 2018 Hurricane Season

Dan Peltier, Skift

The Caribbean is rolling out its first regional marketing campaign in more than a decade, just in time for the next hurricane season that starts in June and while many destinations are still recovering. It's a cycle that's probably going to get a lot more normal for the region.

1 week ago

Disney Is Exploring Where to Put Its Next New Worlds

Disney Is Exploring Where to Put Its Next New Worlds

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney is pouring money into expanding its existing theme parks, so it should come as no surprise that the company would consider building in new countries altogether. While the CEO called such a move an "inevitability," no one should hold their breath for an announcement anytime soon.

2 weeks ago