North America & Caribbean

Nearly 37 Million Americans Are Expected to Take July 4th Road Trips Even as Virus Cases Surge

Nearly 37 Million Americans Are Expected to Take July 4th Road Trips Even as Virus Cases Surge

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The pandemic shows no signs of slowing down in the U.S., but the Arrivalist's Daily Travel Index shows that Americans are taking road trips regardless.

2 days ago

Tourism Marketers Must Now Go Beyond Optics to Reach Black Travelers

Tourism Marketers Must Now Go Beyond Optics to Reach Black Travelers

Rosie Spinks, Skift

It’s long been the case that destination marketers have largely ignored Black travelers. But with the widespread protests following George Floyd’s murder, the industry is rightly being called out. It's time to go beyond mere representation and focus on holistic change from the inside out.

1 week ago

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to Ask Visitors From Several States to Self-Quarantine

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to Ask Visitors From Several States to Self-Quarantine

Peter Szekely and Jonathan Allen, Reuters

The policy also applies to New Yorkers who travel to one of these states and then return home. Those states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Utah and Texas.

1 week ago

Petitioners Are Pushing Back on Walt Disney World’s Reopening Plans

Petitioners Are Pushing Back on Walt Disney World’s Reopening Plans

Helen Coster, Reuters

Disney World is set to reopen on July 11, but petitioners think this should be delayed due to the recent spike of Covid-19 cases in Florida. If the park does reopen, will it be safe?

1 week ago

Americans Would Get Tax Credits to Travel Under Senator’s Plan to Boost U.S. Tourism

Americans Would Get Tax Credits to Travel Under Senator’s Plan to Boost U.S. Tourism

Korey Matthews, Skift

Sen. Martha McSally is trying to boost domestic travel in the U.S. Her tax credit idea is an interesting approach to giving Americans more incentive to travel beyond local trips.

2 weeks ago

Dubai Chain to Be Rare Middle Eastern Hotelier Expanding to U.S.: Sign of Things to Come?

Dubai Chain to Be Rare Middle Eastern Hotelier Expanding to U.S.: Sign of Things to Come?

Korey Matthews, Skift

Expanding in a pandemic is a bold move unto itself. But Dubai-based Leva Hotels' plans to operate hotels in the U.S. are doubly courageous — and its success or failure will be closely watched back in the Middle East.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Travel Spending Not Expected to Recover to Pre-Covid Numbers Until 2024

U.S. Travel Spending Not Expected to Recover to Pre-Covid Numbers Until 2024

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The U.S. travel industry is hurting and there are new numbers to prove how badly.

2 weeks ago

Will American Outbound Travel Ever Be the Same?

Will American Outbound Travel Ever Be the Same?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

International travel has been dramatically reduced all over the world, but getting the U.S. outbound market back to normal may be more challenging than elsewhere.

3 weeks ago

Cuba Keeps Havana Off-Limits for First Wave of Tourists

Cuba Keeps Havana Off-Limits for First Wave of Tourists

Sarah Marsh, Reuters

With mandatory coronavirus tests for international arrivals and tourism limited to its beach resorts, Cuba is cautiously reopening for business.

3 weeks ago

Visit Baltimore CEO: Let’s Have the Race Conversation and Change Tourism Once and for All

Visit Baltimore CEO: Let’s Have the Race Conversation and Change Tourism Once and for All

Rafat Ali, Skift

Lots of urgent changes are needed in travel, and nothing more urgent than making it racially diverse. As an industry, we have fallen short, and tourism needs to reflect the diversity of the world of travelers it serves.

3 weeks ago

Destination Marketers Face Reopening Challenge With Decimated Budgets and Staff

Destination Marketers Face Reopening Challenge With Decimated Budgets and Staff

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Destination marketers first faced the challenge of finding the right tone in the midst of a pandemic — now they have to figure out how to push their carefully calibrated messaging with drastically reduced resources.

3 weeks ago

Canada and the U.S. Slated to Extend Travel Ban Through July

Canada and the U.S. Slated to Extend Travel Ban Through July

David Ljunggren and Steve Scherer, Reuters

No "bienvenue" for you. The United States and Canada appear set to agree to keep their 5,500-mile border closed to nonessential traffic, as the coronavirus continues to spread in both nations.

3 weeks ago