North America & Caribbean

Data-Mining in Disney’s Parks Is Both Profitable … and Uncontroversial

Data-Mining in Disney’s Parks Is Both Profitable … and Uncontroversial

Austin Carr, Bloomberg

It's no secret that collecting data about your customers is a great way to enhance a business. The challenge for most companies is convincing consumers to hand it over. Disney, however, has no such issue.

17 hours ago

Alaska Sees Exponential Growth in Chinese Tourists

Alaska Sees Exponential Growth in Chinese Tourists

Associated Press

Explosive growth in Chinese tourists has been great for Alaska's tourism industry, but let's hope officials keep in mind the risks posed when wild landscapes become wildly popular.

19 hours ago

Crowds Lighter Than Expected at Disney’s Star Wars Parks: Will New Rides Change That?

Crowds Lighter Than Expected at Disney’s Star Wars Parks: Will New Rides Change That?

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Lines for attractions have been lighter than expected at Disney's Galaxy's Edge parks, according to observers. The opening of two new Star Wars rides within the lands should drum up visitors, but the jury's out on whether the sci-fi franchise will give Disney the boost it needs.

2 days ago

New Numbers Hint at Tough 2020 for U.S. Tourism Industry

New Numbers Hint at Tough 2020 for U.S. Tourism Industry

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It's hard to imagine that a revitalized Brand USA will be able to counter the effects of an expensive dollar and the ramifications of President Trump's various trade war spats. The U.S. travel sector could be in for a tough 2020.

6 days ago

Wisconsin Builds Momentum as Destination Golfers’ Paradise

Wisconsin Builds Momentum as Destination Golfers’ Paradise

Michael Croley, Bloomberg

Golf has become big business in Wisconsin. The Badger State may be famed for its "frozen tundra" during fall football season, but come summer it richly rewards destination golfers, who no longer need to head across the pond.

1 week ago

Google Smart City Vision in Toronto Poses Privacy Concerns

Google Smart City Vision in Toronto Poses Privacy Concerns

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It doesn't seem like a good idea to build a business, let alone make your home, in a surveillance experiment controlled by Alphabet. As data security and privacy become more important, the vision for the modern smart city will have to shift.

2 weeks ago

Mexico’s Caribbean Beaches Fight a Losing Battle Against Seaweed

Mexico’s Caribbean Beaches Fight a Losing Battle Against Seaweed

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Environmental change will impact every destination in the coming years. For some it's flooding, for others it's unbearable heatwaves. Here, it's seaweed.

2 weeks ago

Brand USA Fights for Its Future as U.S. Inbound Travel Weakens Under Trump

Brand USA Fights for Its Future as U.S. Inbound Travel Weakens Under Trump

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Brand USA is confident about securing future funding due to bipartisan support for the program. The reality, however, is that the program faces an administration not focused on welcoming visitors.

3 weeks ago

U.S. Customs Delays Could Get Even Longer As Global Entry Staff Transferred

U.S. Customs Delays Could Get Even Longer As Global Entry Staff Transferred

Associated Press

Does anyone remember the misplaced hope that President Trump would act as though he were the hotelier-in-chief or a pro-travel President? But then came Muslim travel bans, shutting down U.S. travel to Cuba, and — the latest — depleting staffing conducting Global Entry interviews.

3 weeks ago

U.S. Flight Bookings to Dominican Republic Plummet Because of Tourist Deaths

U.S. Flight Bookings to Dominican Republic Plummet Because of Tourist Deaths

Ezra Fieser, Bloomberg

The Dominican Republic Tourism minister's response, dismissing all of the deaths as having occurred from natural causes, doesn't really provide confidence that the country is seriously investigating the matter.

3 weeks ago

Cuban Property Owners Sue Expedia For Profiting From Seized Hotels

Cuban Property Owners Sue Expedia For Profiting From Seized Hotels

Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

Exiled Cuban property owners allege that Expedia's Trivago profited from holdings that were seized during Fidel Castro's rule. It's just the latest twist to come as a result of President Donald Trump's historic upending of U.S.-Cuba foreign policy. The Trump Administration's support of such lawsuits could be a serious blow to American companies operating in Cuba.

4 weeks ago

Dominican Republic Counters Negative Publicity After U.S. Tourist Deaths

Dominican Republic Counters Negative Publicity After U.S. Tourist Deaths

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Media reports of seven U.S. tourist deaths in the last year in the Dominican Republic certainly sound alarming. But judgment should be reserved until a connection between them is established. Otherwise the industry may needlessly suffer.

1 month ago