North America & Caribbean

Canadian Tourism to U.S. Still Strong Despite Trade Feud

Canadian Tourism to U.S. Still Strong Despite Trade Feud

David Sharp, Associated Press

Canadians may be angry about President Donald Trump's insults and tariffs, but it doesn't seem to be taking a toll on their visits to the U.S.

4 days ago

Puerto Rico Emerges From Hurricane Maria With a Plan and New Hope for Tourism

Puerto Rico Emerges From Hurricane Maria With a Plan and New Hope for Tourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

For more than a century, Puerto Rico has been divided along two identities – Puerto Rican and American. But Hurricane Maria has forced it to reach a point where its tourism industry must merge the two, and market the destination in a way like many others on the mainland have done for decades if it hopes to become a global success story.

1 week ago

Reduced Demand for Cuba Travel Rebounds Following Trump Regulations

Reduced Demand for Cuba Travel Rebounds Following Trump Regulations

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

The inconsistent U.S. policy towards Cuba has reduced crowds and forced operators to develop more creative tours for Americans who still want to visit. Now may not be a bad time to take the plunge and visit one of the most interesting destinations in North America.

1 week ago

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Downtown Albuquerque Is a Meeting Planner Portal to the Future of Innovation

Downtown Albuquerque Is a Meeting Planner Portal to the Future of Innovation

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The new Innovate ABQ building in the Albuquerque Innovation District provides a one-stop shop for meeting planners to connect with local thought leaders in high-tech industries and some of the most advanced scientific research in the country.

1 week ago

Warner Bros. Plans Aerial Tram to Deter Tourist Traffic Jams Near Hollywood Sign

Warner Bros. Plans Aerial Tram to Deter Tourist Traffic Jams Near Hollywood Sign

Christopher Palmeri and Gerry Smith, Bloomberg

Warner Bros. obviously has a horse in the race with this project, but this could also end up as a gold standard for how the private sector should step up to solve destination management issues if governments are slow to act.

1 week ago

Hurricane-Hit U.S. Virgin Islands Struggle With Tourism Job Losses

Hurricane-Hit U.S. Virgin Islands Struggle With Tourism Job Losses

Vincent Del Giudice and Alex Tanz, Bloomberg

Tourism is a huge part of the U.S. Virgin Islands' economy and Hurricanes Irma and Maria have clearly taken their toll. The length of time it takes to get job numbers back up depends on how quickly vacationers return.

1 week ago

What Mexico’s President-Elect Could Mean for Tourism Amid Protectionism Worries

What Mexico’s President-Elect Could Mean for Tourism Amid Protectionism Worries

Dan Peltier, Skift

At least Mexico's president-elect, López Obrador, has tapped someone intimately familiar with the travel industry and how it operates locally and internationally. It's more than the United States can say it's done for travel in the past year and a half.

2 weeks ago

Luxury Pop-Up Camping Has Arrived in New York City

Luxury Pop-Up Camping Has Arrived in New York City

Nic McCormack, Bloomberg

Camping is camping no matter how much you try to dress it up. But, for the huddled masses of busy New Yorkers trying to escape the summer heat, this is the closest thing to backyard camping you can get.

2 weeks ago

Star Wars Is Disney’s New Hope to Transform Its Movie-Themed Park

Star Wars Is Disney’s New Hope to Transform Its Movie-Themed Park

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's Hollywood Studios has been a work in progress for the last two decades. With Toy Story Land and Star Wars taking center stage, executives believe the park is finally coming into its own.

2 weeks ago

Chinese Tourism Slump in U.S. Reaches Tipping Point With Safety and Healthcare Concerns

Chinese Tourism Slump in U.S. Reaches Tipping Point With Safety and Healthcare Concerns

Jing Travel

Chinese tourists who are considering a U.S. trip are facing a double whammy this year. Not only are a looming trade war and poor exchange rates causing some distaste, China is also particularly sensitive to security and safety. In 2018, one might say the U.S. doesn't feel as safe as it once did.

3 weeks ago

More Americans Are Traveling to Escape From Scary Headlines

More Americans Are Traveling to Escape From Scary Headlines

Claire Suddath, Bloomberg

Camping trips, travel, and even a film about Mr. Rogers are helping many U.S. citizens tune out what many are calling the nation’s lowest point in history.

3 weeks ago

New Toy Story Land Shows Disney Isn’t Playing With Theme Park Competitors

New Toy Story Land Shows Disney Isn’t Playing With Theme Park Competitors

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida should become more of a destination in its own right with the addition of Toy Story Land. Will that help ease the crowds at other parks — and keep guests staying at Disney longer?

3 weeks ago