North America & Caribbean

Disneyland Cuts Annual Passes for Locals Before Star Wars Crowds Arrive

Disneyland Cuts Annual Passes for Locals Before Star Wars Crowds Arrive

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Disney has been tweaking its pricing to better control visitor numbers so it's no surprise that approach extends to annual passes. The risk in this case is that the change will anger locals who might have otherwise visited repeatedly.

21 hours ago

Trump Asks Supreme Court for Full Travel Ban Implementation

Trump Asks Supreme Court for Full Travel Ban Implementation

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

The Trump administration wants implementation of the full monty — the whole travel ban, warts and all — pending the appeals process. Separately, the U.S. federal government is showing Haitian earthquake victims the door. There seems to be a theme running through all this.

1 day ago

New York City Is Reminding Travelers That It’s a Cultural and Creative Capital

New York City Is Reminding Travelers That It’s a Cultural and Creative Capital

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

NYC & Company is still using ubiquitous buzzwords and phrases such as "local," "authentic" and "unique experiences" in its latest marketing campaign. But it seems like the tourism board is finally using those catchphrases in a useful way – to encourage tourists to support local businesses – which often rely on tourism dollars for survival.

2 days ago

Florida’s Tourism Growth is Still on Track Despite Hurricane Irma Hurdle

Florida’s Tourism Growth is Still on Track Despite Hurricane Irma Hurdle

Associated Press

Even if Florida's tourism growth remains solid and the state makes its target for this year, are tourists actually coming back to the areas hardest hit by Irma that need tourism dollars to recover?

2 days ago

Backers Hope Route 66 Historic Designation Can Drive Tourism

Backers Hope Route 66 Historic Designation Can Drive Tourism

Isaac Windes, Associated Press

Some attractions along Route 66 may feel old and dusty, but domestic and international tourists still love this road trip and combine it with visits to the Grand Canyon and other top national parks. This project seems like a natural fit for the National Park Service, and it might help those attractions shake off that dust.

2 days ago

U.S. Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba Travel Because They’re Even More Essential

U.S. Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba Travel Because They’re Even More Essential

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. tour operators and travel agents are betting that it will be business as usual, or perhaps even better, as the new Cuba restrictions take effect and individual people-to-people visas get sidelined. But many also find it ironic that the White House announced these changes while Trump was courting leaders of Asian countries that have poor human rights records.

2 days ago

U.S. is Poised For Biggest Thanksgiving Travel Rush Since 2005

U.S. is Poised For Biggest Thanksgiving Travel Rush Since 2005

Barbara Powell, Bloomberg

Many U.S. travelers' stomachs will be full next week, but their wallets not so much as they'll need to cough up more cash for gas for Thanksgiving road trips. But unlike vacation road trips that are more discretionary, many travelers wouldn't cancel their Thanksgiving plans because of gas, and will bite the bullet.

3 days ago

Times Square Desnudas and Costumed Characters Have Businesses Moving Elsewhere

Times Square Desnudas and Costumed Characters Have Businesses Moving Elsewhere

David M. Levitt, Bloomberg

With Time Square's central location and iconic reputation, the area is unlikely to ever become a business ghost town.

4 days ago

Third Trump Travel Ban Gets Partial Approval From Appeals Court

Third Trump Travel Ban Gets Partial Approval From Appeals Court

Associated Press, Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Gene Johnson

The ultimate outcome of the Trump administration's travel ban push is far from over as both sides brace for a protracted battle.

1 week ago

Wyoming Considers a Tourism Tax to Pay for Its Destination Marketing

Wyoming Considers a Tourism Tax to Pay for Its Destination Marketing

Bob Moen, Associated Press

It theoretically makes sense to have a one percent tax rise on typical tourist expenses to allow Wyoming to boost its annual destination marketing budget to around $17 million. But the plan will only work if the money is budgeted effectively.

1 week ago

Las Vegas Massacre May Cost Insurers More Than $1 Billion

Las Vegas Massacre May Cost Insurers More Than $1 Billion

Hannah Levitt and Sonali Basak, Bloomberg

Hoteliers and casinos, sadly, could continue to face more lawsuits over security and negligence due to the balance they are forced to weigh between local laws that keep doors open to firearms and the public safety problem these weapons present.

1 week ago

West Virginia Finally Has a John Denver Song as Its New Tourism Anthem

West Virginia Finally Has a John Denver Song as Its New Tourism Anthem

Associated Press

West Virginia tourism's version of the song probably goes something like "take me home, to more tourism dollars" as it hopes tourists will have a newfound appreciation for the song and state.

2 weeks ago