North America & Caribbean

Cuban Officials Think Very Little of Trump’s New Tourism Restrictions

Cuban Officials Think Very Little of Trump’s New Tourism Restrictions

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press

We don't think much of this either. There are many ways to build on Obama's changes to Cuba tourism policy in a constructive manner. This is not that.

24 hours ago

Cayman Islands Tests U.S. Meal-Kit Service to Boost Its Food Tourism Marketing

Cayman Islands Tests U.S. Meal-Kit Service to Boost Its Food Tourism Marketing

Dan Peltier, Skift

The Cayman Islands feels its new meal-kit campaign is new and exciting, and in many ways it is. It's refreshing to see a tourism board take a novel approach to reaching consumers and there will be a lot to learn in how consumers will respond.

1 day ago

Trump Travel Ban Opposed by Majority of Americans in Poll

Trump Travel Ban Opposed by Majority of Americans in Poll

Alicia A. Caldwell and Emily Swanson, Associated Press

As with everything else in the United States, the sentiment in the poll about the travel ban largely broke down along party lines, and independents thought the federal courts have acted correctly to block the executives orders.

2 days ago

Travel Habits of Americans: Strong U.S. Dollar Means Little to Outbound Tourists

Travel Habits of Americans: Strong U.S. Dollar Means Little to Outbound Tourists

Dan Peltier, Skift

Skift's data show many U.S. adults weren't planning an international trip this year even with a stronger dollar, but for those who were a more favorable exchange rate largely wasn't a make-it-or-break-it factor in the decision process.

2 days ago

Travel Companies Disappointed, Pleased Or Studying Trump’s Cuba Changes

Travel Companies Disappointed, Pleased Or Studying Trump’s Cuba Changes

Hannah Sampson, Dan Peltier and Deanna Ting, Skift

Now is the time for all travel companies to decline to be narrow-minded and to look at the big picture. For cruise lines to talk about the boost they might get in Cuba because hotels will be hard-hit is small-mindedness at its worst.

3 days ago

Cuba Travel FAQ: What Trump’s Policy Changes Really Mean

Cuba Travel FAQ: What Trump’s Policy Changes Really Mean

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Here's the lowdown in a FAQ on what the new U.S. policy toward Cuba means for travel companies and travelers alike.

6 days ago

Trump to End ‘Abusive’ Individual People-to-People Travel to Cuba

Trump to End ‘Abusive’ Individual People-to-People Travel to Cuba

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

This policy change will directly hurt tour operators that have been working to develop people-to-people vacations in recent years, adding uncertainty for consumers. U.S. travelers will now have fewer opportunities to interact one-on-one with the Cuban people.

6 days ago

Twists and Turns in Travel Industry’s Approach to Cuba Since Obama’s Changes

Twists and Turns in Travel Industry’s Approach to Cuba Since Obama’s Changes

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Travel industry policies toward Cuba have not transitioned smoothly from Point A to Point B over the last three years, and the upcoming Trump administration fine print will likely change things anew.

6 days ago

Trump Will Tighten Cuba Travel Policies, Not Reverse Them

Trump Will Tighten Cuba Travel Policies, Not Reverse Them

Dan Peltier and Deanna Ting, Skift

This isn't the worst-case scenario for Cuba that some U.S. travel brands had feared but it is a step backward and doesn't offer any clear glimpse of a path forward.

7 days ago

SeaWorld Chairman Voted Out Over an Unpopular Bonus Payout

SeaWorld Chairman Voted Out Over an Unpopular Bonus Payout

Michael Flaherty, Reuters

SeaWorld has made a series of miscalculations over the past few years that have angered visitors and corporate partners. With the recent decision over a bonus incentive payment, shareholders are the unhappy ones — and the chairman of the board is paying the price.

7 days ago

U.S. Workers Are Taking a Bit More Vacation Despite Their Employers

U.S. Workers Are Taking a Bit More Vacation Despite Their Employers

Dan Peltier, Skift

The U.S. vacation deprivation phenomenon is a nationwide, coast-to-coast problem but seems to be especially apparent in large east and west coast markets that are often the bread and butter of many travel brands' business.

1 week ago

The C2 Conference Is a Billboard For Montreal as a ‘Smart Living Laboratory’

The C2 Conference Is a Billboard For Montreal as a ‘Smart Living Laboratory’

Greg Oates, Skift

While everyone is talking about the industry-leading creative conference design at C2 Montreal, the big story is how the 6-year-old event has evolved as a platform for the region's innovation economy to co-create the future of cities and collaborative urbanism.

1 week ago