North America & Caribbean

L.A. Tourism Launches Virtual Reality Platform for Meeting Planners

Meet L.A.'s new VR/360 video initiative helps planners better understand how to incorporate the sprawling city's event venues and local communities into their programs.

15 hours ago

Chicago Struggles to Attract the International Tourists It Knows It Needs

Chicago isn't helped by Illinois' lack of tourism support in the last few years, nor do the crime statistics make visitors feel good.

1 day ago

Election Malaise and Global Uncertainty Will Hurt U.S. Business Travel Spending

Everyone is ready for the U.S. election to be over. The question is: Will business travel rebound once we move into a new year with a new president, or will global factors keep travel on a slow-growth trajectory?

4 days ago

6 Charts Comparing Business and Leisure Traveler Satisfaction With U.S. Destinations

U.S. business travelers' high satisfaction stems from not spending their own money and knowing where to go and what to avoid in a destination. Leisure travelers aren't far behind with their satisfaction but this should still concern destinations, especially those where business travel is their bread and butter, given business travelers also spend more in categories like lodging, shopping, and transportation than the tourists they have to share their trips with.

6 days ago

Cuba Cracking Down on Growth of Private Restaurants and Bars in Havana

Given the fact that there's already a dearth of facilities like hotels, let alone private bars and restaurants to accommodate tourists, this idea doesn't seem like a very good one. And having dined at a paladar (privately owned restaurant) and state-owned restaurants in Cuba during a recent trip, we can tell you the difference between the two ventures can be vast.

6 days ago

Yellowstone National Park Has Another Record Month for Tourism

At some point the park service is going to need to figure out a way to both control flow to parks such as Yellowstone and shift them to other parks that also can hit the mark with visitors.

1 week ago

Weeks After One Neighborhood Was Cleared, Miami Has a New Zika Zone

This new neighborhood in Miami, known as Little River, is less of a tourist draw than Wynwood or especially Miami Beach. But the identification of another Zika zone — and the CDC suggestion that pregnant women consider postponing non-essential travel to the entire county — is bad news for Miami-Dade.

1 week ago

U.S. Eliminates Limits on Cuban Cigars and Rum that Tourists Can Bring Back

Who would have thought that one of the leading edges of a potential end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba would come in the form of Cuban cigars and rum. Talking about pent-up demand, these qualify.

1 week ago

Norwegian Cruise Line Bets More on Alaska After Caribbean Disappoints

Norwegian Cruise Line is betting that Alaska cruise passengers will turn up — and pay a premium — for a big new ship designed for the market.

2 weeks ago

St. Louis Tries to Rebrand the City for Meetings With a New Music and Tech Festival

St. Louis is fortunate to have one of the more advanced startup communities of any third tier city in America, and it's leveraging that aggressively through the Murmuration Festival to reposition itself as a forward thinking destination for meetings and events.

2 weeks ago

Alaskan Village Wages Reverse Tourism Campaign to Keep Visitors Away

Modern travelers want authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences. But this story reminds us that those experiences can come at a cost to the local community.

2 weeks ago

Large Cruise Ships in the Arctic Prompt Calls for Regulation

We've written often about the dangers of overtourism. As cruise lines and other travel industry players bring larger ships and greater numbers of visitors to fragile destinations such as the Arctic, they should proceed with caution and care.

2 weeks ago