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National Park Officials Rethink Steep Fees While Seeking Alternatives

National Park Officials Rethink Steep Fees While Seeking Alternatives

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. national parks became really popular during the past decade but you wouldn't know it from how Congress has historically treated them. Travelers have gotten used to paying higher fees for virtually every other part of their trips – why should national parks be any different?

2 weeks ago

U.S. Still Drew Big-Spending Visitors in 2017

U.S. Still Drew Big-Spending Visitors in 2017

Justin Fox, Bloomberg

International arrivals to the U.S. dropped 3.9 percent during the first half of 2017, but total visitor spending rose, despite a weaker dollar. Still, it would be a mistake to be complacent about the decline in tourism.

2 weeks ago

Top Travel Lobbyist Said Trump Tariffs Could Hurt U.S. Tourism Further

Top Travel Lobbyist Said Trump Tariffs Could Hurt U.S. Tourism Further

Daniel Flatley, Bloomberg

The U.S. Travel Association said the U.S. has lost $32 billion in travel-related business since 2015 and that the Trump administration is "not getting it" when it comes to addressing the problem. We agree.

2 weeks ago

Bermuda Fears Tourism Hit as Same-Sex Marriage Reversal Draws Lawsuit

Bermuda Fears Tourism Hit as Same-Sex Marriage Reversal Draws Lawsuit

Dan Peltier and Hannah Sampson, Skift

By banning same-sex marriage, Bermuda is being the wrong kind of trailblazer, many travelers, companies, and human rights organizations would argue. We've seen how much similar discriminatory legislation has stung other destinations and left a bad impression.

2 weeks ago

Civil Rights Park Sites Get Funding Boost for Milestone Year

Civil Rights Park Sites Get Funding Boost for Milestone Year

Dan Peltier, Skift

It seems like the Trump administration is trying to support civil rights sites during a very important milestone year. But the funding for the site grants comes from controversial oil drilling revenues the administration is seeking to grow, and possibly expand to other national park sites.

2 weeks ago

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Downtown Phoenix Evolves as a Knowledge Platform to Co-create Innovative Conferences

Downtown Phoenix Evolves as a Knowledge Platform to Co-create Innovative Conferences

Visit Phoenix + Skift

Downtown Phoenix is an established and spirited meetings destination due to significant infrastructure investments in recent years. Building on that, the public and private sectors are now collaborating more intentionally to connect meeting planners with the region's thought leaders in technology, healthcare, and other advanced industries.

3 weeks ago

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Fort Worth Invested Big in SXSW to Show the World It’s Not a Dallas Suburb

Fort Worth Invested Big in SXSW to Show the World It’s Not a Dallas Suburb

Greg Oates, SkiftX

It makes sense that the City of Fort Worth and Visit Fort Worth leveraged SXSW's cool factor and global tech audience to help reposition the destination brand around innovation and creativity. The question now is how to keep that momentum going moving forward.

3 weeks ago

Tariff Spat Could Chill China-U.S. Travel Even Without a Trade War

Tariff Spat Could Chill China-U.S. Travel Even Without a Trade War

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Travel companies were spared the first round of the U.S.-China trade war. But outbound travel to the United States and U.S. hospitality companies could become collateral damage without too much provocation.

4 weeks ago

SeaWorld CMO Is Latest to Go in Executive Purge

SeaWorld CMO Is Latest to Go in Executive Purge

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld has said its new marketing campaign is an important step as the operator tries to bring in more visitors and leave its troubles behind. Now that the chief marketer is gone, will the emphasis change?

4 weeks ago

San Diego Is Turning to Tijuana to Get More Chinese Tourists

San Diego Is Turning to Tijuana to Get More Chinese Tourists

Ann Tok, Jing Travel

San Diego is hoping direct flights between Beijing and Tijuana, its neighbor to the south, will deliver more tourists from China. But the destination isn't just banking on the airlift: Marketers are reaching out to tour operators and launching an advertising program in partnership with Brand USA.

4 weeks ago

What a China-U.S. Trade War Could Mean for the Travel Industry

What a China-U.S. Trade War Could Mean for the Travel Industry

Jing Travel

This story covers the possible ramifications of a China-U.S. trade war from several angles. We don't immediately know how this will play out, but travel companies would be wise to pay close attention as the story unfolds.

4 weeks ago

Washington, D.C. March Shows Promise of Protest Tourism

Washington, D.C. March Shows Promise of Protest Tourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

Protests and marches are a phenomenon that D.C. tourism officials never asked for but are forced to reckon with. It's an ongoing reckoning that the city's tourism board is still figuring out in the digital age, and other destinations are taking cues.

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