North America & Caribbean

Chinese Tourism Surges to Canada While U.S. Visits Decline

Chinese Tourism Surges to Canada While U.S. Visits Decline

Raini Hamdi, Skift

While demand for flights from China to the U.S. is down, it is rising to Canada, which is enjoying new peaks in Chinese arrivals. No Trump Slump in Canada, which is visa-friendly, welcoming and appealing to free-spirited millennials.

1 week ago

U.S. National Park Service Still Figuring Out the Travel Industry and Overtourism

U.S. National Park Service Still Figuring Out the Travel Industry and Overtourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

Somewhat shockingly, the U.S. National Park Service is just now getting familiarized with the travel industry even though it oversees some of the oldest and most popular attractions in the country. More parks are beginning to work with local tourism officials, and their budding symbiotic relationships are critical to the park service's future.

1 week ago

Florida Theme Parks and Delta Ready Resumption of Operations Post-Irma

Florida Theme Parks and Delta Ready Resumption of Operations Post-Irma

Rob Golum and Christopher Palmeri , Bloomberg

Disney, Universal Orlando and Delta are all exhibiting their resourcefulness as they resume operations post-haste.

1 week ago

Trump Files Supreme Court Appeal on Loosening of Refugee Ban

Trump Files Supreme Court Appeal on Loosening of Refugee Ban

Associated Press

Let's make America immigrant-free even if she or he got fully vetted, and a resettlement agency in the U.S. is willing to handle the transition. That's the said, yet relentless message from the Trump administration. But the Justice Department is not trying to get cousins and grandparents of citizens banned. Small victory.

1 week ago

UK and France Step Up Hurricane Irma Relief After Criticism From Tourists and Residents

UK and France Step Up Hurricane Irma Relief After Criticism From Tourists and Residents

Desmond Boylan and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press

The UK and France are snapping into action and sending aid to their overseas territories that suffered destruction from Hurricane Irma. That's good news, but both countries probably should have mobilized sooner and planned out their responses more effectively.

1 week ago

Disney CEO Is Taking Business Disruption Seriously

Disney CEO Is Taking Business Disruption Seriously

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney often sticks to its happiest-place-on-earth script, so it's refreshing to hear the CEO talk somewhat frankly about the forces disrupting all parts of his business — and how the company is responding.

1 week ago

Hurricane Irma Response by France and the UK Gets Criticized in the Caribbean

Hurricane Irma Response by France and the UK Gets Criticized in the Caribbean

Amandine Ascencio and Angela Charlton, Associated Press

Stranded Dutch tourists at the airport in St. Maarten had to stand around and watch as American and Canadian travelers got relief flights out of the Irma-damaged islands. French, British and Dutch authorities are getting criticized for neglecting their Caribbean holdings after the hurricane.

2 weeks ago

Thousands of Tourists Evacuated From Cuba and St. Maarten in Hurricane Irma’s Aftermath

Thousands of Tourists Evacuated From Cuba and St. Maarten in Hurricane Irma’s Aftermath

Desmond Boylan and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press

After the devastation in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, the Caribbean and Florida are feeling Hurricane Irma's wrath with Hurricane Jose not too far behind for some.

2 weeks ago

Dolphin Tour Operator Is Fined in Hawaii for Harassing the Animals

Dolphin Tour Operator Is Fined in Hawaii for Harassing the Animals

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

Given that the honor system hasn't worked, authorities are showing a (welcome) readiness to enforce rules to keep visitors from traumatizing dolphins. Meanwhile, socially conscious travel companies are increasingly limiting human interactions with captive animals.

2 weeks ago

California’s Big Sur Makes the Best of Tough Times for Tourists

California’s Big Sur Makes the Best of Tough Times for Tourists

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Big Sur has turned a potential disaster into a win for its community and travelers alike.

2 weeks ago

Hurricane Irma Leaves Travel Agents and Cruise Lines Extremely Concerned and Hoping for the Best

Hurricane Irma Leaves Travel Agents and Cruise Lines Extremely Concerned and Hoping for the Best

Dan Peltier , Skift

Hurricane Irma is a monster storm the likes of which the Caribbean and United States haven't seen in a while. While tourism usually rebounds after major storms, we haven't seen an active Atlantic hurricane season like this for nearly a decade and many travel brands will need to think long-term to recover.

2 weeks ago

Trump Travel Ban No Longer Includes Grandparents and Cousins

Trump Travel Ban No Longer Includes Grandparents and Cousins

Gene Johnson, Associated Press

This ruling represents a major win for families affected by the travel ban. With Supreme Court arguments set for October, the fate of the entire policy is now at stake.

2 weeks ago