North America & Caribbean

Denali National Park’s First Luxury Hotel Is a Win For Alaska Tourism

Denali National Park’s First Luxury Hotel Is a Win For Alaska Tourism

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

The new hotel will be another incentive for luxury-minded travelers to visit Denali and Alaska. But the pledge to protect the region and not overdevelop it is also a positive result of the project.

3 hours ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Latin America Will Take Nation Branding to New Extremes

Travel Megatrends 2018: Latin America Will Take Nation Branding to New Extremes

Luke Bujarski , Skift

Latin America’s tourist destinations have excelled at nation branding by creating vibrant and colorful content to entice travelers. In 2018, the region’s tourism offices will get more savvy with their digital marketing efforts as the visitor economy grows in importance.

2 days ago

Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Fails Again at Federal Appeals Court

Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Fails Again at Federal Appeals Court

Andrew Harris, Bloomberg

The stage is set for a showdown in a couple months between the U.S. Supreme Court and President Trump. It's all part of the president's multi-pronged effort to limit the types of people who are able to enter the U.S. whether through immigration or travel.

2 days ago

Los Angeles Takes Its New Tourism Campaign to Hulu

Los Angeles Takes Its New Tourism Campaign to Hulu

Dan Peltier, Skift

The Los Angeles tourism board is one of the few in the U.S. that could launch a campaign like this and have it ring true to travelers from around the world. Its original "Everyone Is Welcome" message likely had an impact on how other destinations addressed the drop-off in international visitors.

3 days ago

Trump Budget Would Fund National Park Maintenance With Drilling Fees

Trump Budget Would Fund National Park Maintenance With Drilling Fees

Dan Peltier, Skift

If Interior Secretary Zinke really wanted to score some points for trying to address the National Park Service's maintenance backlog, he wouldn't make it contingent upon helping the oil industry and big business.

5 days ago

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Clears Way for Private Sector Investment

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Clears Way for Private Sector Investment

Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

The Trump administration is now on its third "Infrastructure Week" in a year's time. It is still figuring out how to push through a plan that essentially sells off infrastructure projects to private companies.

5 days ago

Disney Raises Theme Park Prices After Record U.S. Attendance

Disney Raises Theme Park Prices After Record U.S. Attendance

Lizette Chapman, Bloomberg

Bolstered by new attractions and record U.S. theme park attendance, Disney pulled the trigger and raised admission prices. Theme park pricing, like airline and hotel strategies, is getting a lot more sophisticated.

6 days ago

Trump Travel Ban Led to a Global Entry Program Purge

Trump Travel Ban Led to a Global Entry Program Purge

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

We reported last year that members of "Trusted Traveler" programs were losing their privileges following the travel ban, and new documents add some details. While officials say travelers who were dropped in January of last year have been reinstated, the ban's overall impact on the programs remains unclear.

1 week ago

International Visitor Spending in U.S. Dropped for Second Consecutive Year

International Visitor Spending in U.S. Dropped for Second Consecutive Year

Dan Peltier, Skift

While each visitor market is unique, many international travelers in the U.S. last year probably weren't shopping until they dropped because of a stronger U.S. dollar.

1 week ago

Brand USA Hopes Cord-Cutters Will Like Its New Streaming TV Channel

Brand USA Hopes Cord-Cutters Will Like Its New Streaming TV Channel

Dan Peltier, Skift

Brand USA's content, including films, have generally won praise and performed well with many international travelers. But the competition on streaming services and TVs is fierce, and much of the organization's challenge will be to tell compelling stories that don't read like a tourism campaign.

1 week ago

Lake Tahoe Resorts Turn to Solar Energy in Self-Preservation Move

Lake Tahoe Resorts Turn to Solar Energy in Self-Preservation Move

Christopher Martin, Bloomberg

Squaw Valley plans for all electricity to be clean by the end of the year. That would be an admirable first among U.S. ski resorts.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Indigenous Tourism Association Targets Italian and German Visitors

U.S. Indigenous Tourism Association Targets Italian and German Visitors

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Visitation to Indian Country has been steady during the Trump Slump, and that might be attributed to a focus on attracting visitors from Italy and Germany.

3 weeks ago