North America & Caribbean

Travel From Canada to the U.S. Could Be Complicated by Legal Marijuana

Travel From Canada to the U.S. Could Be Complicated by Legal Marijuana

Greg Quinn, Bloomberg

Tension between the U.S. and Canada was already worsening under the Trump administration, and now, casual visitors from Canada may have something new to worry about.

4 days ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: How Puerto Rico Made Tragedy an Opportunity for Its Tourism

Skift Global Forum Preview: How Puerto Rico Made Tragedy an Opportunity for Its Tourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

While many headlines continue to depict Puerto Rico in tragic terms, and there certainly are plenty of areas that are still struggling, many hotels and restaurants are back on their feet and better than before Maria. The island's tourism industry is on its way to real change as it tries to put the hurricane behind it.

6 days ago

This Coastal Region Is Primed to Become Mexico’s Next Big Luxury Tourism Spot

This Coastal Region Is Primed to Become Mexico’s Next Big Luxury Tourism Spot

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Truth be told, Mexico tourism officials have been promoting Riviera Nayarit as the country's next big tourism destination for at least the past decade. But it looks like, finally, that hard work is beginning to pay off.

6 days ago

U.S. Had Record Number of International Visitors in 2017 as Kiosk Data Glitch Is Fixed

U.S. Had Record Number of International Visitors in 2017 as Kiosk Data Glitch Is Fixed

Dan Peltier, Skift

It appears that the gloomy picture that U.S. tourism officials had painted of international arrivals in recent years wasn't actually as bleak as they thought. But a computer error isn't the only thing to blame for slower growth.

6 days ago

U.S.-China Tensions Are Posing a Threat to the Valuable Student Tourism Market

U.S.-China Tensions Are Posing a Threat to the Valuable Student Tourism Market

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

Families from China spend a significant amount of money in the U.S. while exploring university options, and those trips can lead to expanded tourism down the road. How much will tensions between the U.S. and China — and particularly President Donald Trump's harsh rhetoric — hurt that business?

1 week ago

U.S. Travel Shifts Focus to Domestic Tourism Amid Prolonged International Slowdown

U.S. Travel Shifts Focus to Domestic Tourism Amid Prolonged International Slowdown

Dan Peltier, Skift

Any membership-based organization that wants to survive has to take membership feedback to heart. U.S. Travel is doing that in its move to double down on domestic travel promotion. With domestic tourism more than 60 percent of the U.S. travel industry, we wonder why this took so long.

2 weeks ago

Disney’s Florida Workers Are Voting on a Proposed Minimum Wage Boost to $15

Disney’s Florida Workers Are Voting on a Proposed Minimum Wage Boost to $15

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

If the contract is approved, this wage increase will cost Disney. But the entertainment giant is hugely profitable, in large part thanks to its theme parks — and its workers are crucial to the guest experience. Better-paid, happier workers will be good for the company and its customers.

2 weeks ago

Travel CEOs Lay Out Concerns to Trump During First White House Meeting

Travel CEOs Lay Out Concerns to Trump During First White House Meeting

Dan Peltier, Skift

The White House's Roosevelt Room was filled with some of the U.S. travel industry's most powerful leaders on Tuesday. We'll be watching to see if that meeting actually produces any powerful results, and whether it helps get President Trump on the travel industry's side.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Tourism Faces Data Gap on Tariffs and Travel Ban Impact

U.S. Tourism Faces Data Gap on Tariffs and Travel Ban Impact

Daniel Meesak, Jing Travel

The U.S. National Tourism & Trade Office's lack of data on inbound tourism is looking increasingly like a politically motivated void the longer it persists even though insiders insist this isn't the case.

2 weeks ago

Texas Plans to Open the Largest Esports Stadium in the U.S. This Year

Texas Plans to Open the Largest Esports Stadium in the U.S. This Year

Amanda Albright, Bloomberg

Arlington already has big-league baseball and football teams. Now it is spending $10 million to build an electronic sports arena to cash in on a growing new trend of watching people play video games. But will the investment pay off?

2 weeks ago

Trump Lauds Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico Despite Nearly 3,000 Deaths

Trump Lauds Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico Despite Nearly 3,000 Deaths

Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg

The death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria was horrific. So was the U.S. response.

3 weeks ago

Cuba Faces Obstacles to Luring Asia’s Big-Spending Tourists

Cuba Faces Obstacles to Luring Asia’s Big-Spending Tourists

Kristine Servando, Bloomberg

There are hurdles on the way to that cigar-toting, mojito-slinging holiday in Havana — especially for travelers coming from Asia.

3 weeks ago