North America & Caribbean

Pot Tourism Is Cutting Into Denver’s Restaurant Profits, Workforce

Pot Tourism Is Cutting Into Denver’s Restaurant Profits, Workforce

Kate Krader, Bloomberg

When one sector of tourism blooms, it can have unforeseen impact on other sectors.

12 mins ago

Brand USA Survey Finds U.S. Politics Increasingly a Reason Not to Visit

Brand USA Survey Finds U.S. Politics Increasingly a Reason Not to Visit

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Brand USA had so many past survey respondents scribbling in politics as a factor making it less likely they would visit the United States that the tourism body made it a new multiple choice option. In the head-scratching category, Chinese travelers indicated that U.S. politics made them more likely to visit.

6 hours ago

Trump Travel Ban Block Is Extended Indefinitely

Trump Travel Ban Block Is Extended Indefinitely

Kartikay Mehrotra, Bloomberg

We are only two months into the new administration, but the cleanup to be done to the tourism industry already appears to be staggering.

16 hours ago

Judge Considers Extending Block to Trump’s Travel Ban

Judge Considers Extending Block to Trump’s Travel Ban

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

Even if the effort to extend the stay on the most recent travel ban fails, the original block will likely remain in place.

1 day ago

U.S. Travel Leaders Fear Trump Actions Could Lead to Another ‘Lost Decade’

U.S. Travel Leaders Fear Trump Actions Could Lead to Another ‘Lost Decade’

Justin Bachman , Bloomberg

Whatever hope the U.S. travel industry had about a hotelier entering the White House must be draining away. Events of the past two months show President Trump is not thinking about the country as a welcoming place for visitors.

3 days ago

North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill Will Cost State Over $3.7 Billion in Lost Tourism and Investment

North Carolina’s Bathroom Bill Will Cost State Over $3.7 Billion in Lost Tourism and Investment

Emery P. Dalesio and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press

Destinations that want to slam their doors shut for regressive reasons will pay a big cost, whether that's a state or an entire country.

3 days ago

New Orleans Tourism Finally Returns to Pre-Katrina Levels

New Orleans Tourism Finally Returns to Pre-Katrina Levels

Associated Press

Skift Take: Good news for a wonderful city, but more needs to be done to spread the tourism wealth around the area.

4 days ago

Amtrak’s Revived Colorado Ski Train Was a Success With Tourists This Year

Amtrak’s Revived Colorado Ski Train Was a Success With Tourists This Year

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

If you build a train that makes it easier for tourists to get from gateways and airports to resorts, they will come -- or ride -- and be happier for it.

5 days ago

SeaWorld Is Selling a 21 Percent Stake to Chinese Investors

SeaWorld Is Selling a 21 Percent Stake to Chinese Investors

Paul Barbagallo, Bloomberg

SeaWorld Entertainment has been making all kinds of moves to turn the company's performance around, but results have not paid off yet. Will this new long-term investment help?

6 days ago

Disney CEO Agrees to Extend His Contract Until 2019

Disney CEO Agrees to Extend His Contract Until 2019

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

This announcement that Bob Iger is sticking around at Disney an extra year is hardly surprising; he changed his previous tune and said he would be willing to extend his contract earlier this year. With a little extra time to play with, when will the company name his successor?

6 days ago

U.S. Embassies Will Use Extreme Vetting for More Visa Applicants

U.S. Embassies Will Use Extreme Vetting for More Visa Applicants

Yeganeh Torbati, Mica Rosenberg and Arshad Mohammed, Reuters

U.S. embassies are now tasked to single out specific groups for extreme vetting. These enhanced screenings will slow down the pace of new visas being issued, creating a situation similar to what President Trump's travel bans intended.

1 week ago

Washington, D.C. Is Trying to Sell Meeting Planners on Inclusiveness

Washington, D.C. Is Trying to Sell Meeting Planners on Inclusiveness

Greg Oates, Skift

Washington, D.C. is promoting its high degree of inclusivity and diversity in the region's tech sector, compared to the national average, as a competitive advantage to attract more technology conventions and drive long-term economic growth for a broader cross-section of local communities.

1 week ago