North America & Caribbean

Florida Had a Record 2016 For Visitors as State’s Tourism Funding is at Risk

Florida Had a Record 2016 For Visitors as State’s Tourism Funding is at Risk

Associated Press

Governor Scott and Visit Florida will no doubt use these numbers to make their case for Visit Florida's worthiness as the organization's funding faces elimination.

6 days ago

Carnival Cruise Line Will Join the Crowds in Cuba

Carnival Cruise Line Will Join the Crowds in Cuba

Hannah Sampson, Skift

With Carnival Cruise Line now in the mix, all the major mass-market cruise lines now have Cuba on the horizon. The question now is how travelers will respond.

1 week ago

Utah Tourism Spending Hits Record While Public Lands Debate Rages

Utah Tourism Spending Hits Record While Public Lands Debate Rages

Associated Press

Utah's governor wants more control over the state's public lands, which include several renowned national parks, but many people fear that conservation will suffer as a result. In the meantime, the state may lose some convention revenue as well.

1 week ago

Disney Is Hiking Ticket Prices at Domestic Theme Parks Yet Again

Disney Is Hiking Ticket Prices at Domestic Theme Parks Yet Again

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Disney's last earnings report showed that theme parks made more money despite lower attendance, so we don't expect the latest ticket price increase to hurt the bottom line.

2 weeks ago

President Trump Says He’s Got a New Travel Ban

President Trump Says He’s Got a New Travel Ban

Sam Hananel, Associated Press

There are a variety of ways the Trump administration can revamp these travel restrictions without busting the U.S. Constitution. Let's see if they are smart enough to do so.

2 weeks ago

What Comes Next for the Trump Travel Ban

What Comes Next for the Trump Travel Ban

Gene Johnson, Associated Press

The 9th Circuit's ruling sent a message to travelers and travel brands that the U.S. isn't an entirely unwelcoming destination, even if some leaders tried to send a different message.

2 weeks ago

Holland America Line Is Bringing Oprah-Inspired Activities Onboard

Holland America Line Is Bringing Oprah-Inspired Activities Onboard

Associated Press

This partnership with Oprah Winfrey's magazine may put Holland America Line in front of new audiences, and add some attractive onboard programming. But Oprah herself will only be around for part of one Alaska cruise.

2 weeks ago

The Caribbean Saw Record Tourist Numbers Last Year Thanks to Cruise Ships

The Caribbean Saw Record Tourist Numbers Last Year Thanks to Cruise Ships

Danica Coto, Associated Press

While these record numbers are good news for the Caribbean travel industry, it's interesting to note that the region's hotels saw a drop in occupancy levels. Where are all those visitors staying? Hint: It was also a record year for cruise lines in the Caribbean.

2 weeks ago

Washington State Is Trying to Get Its Tourism Marketing Organization Back

Washington State Is Trying to Get Its Tourism Marketing Organization Back

Alexis Myers, Associated Press

The lack of funding hasn't drastically hurt the top destinations, but it's made business difficult in smaller cities and emerging destinations.

2 weeks ago

Saudi Fund Is Reportedly Considering a Stake in Six Flags

Saudi Fund Is Reportedly Considering a Stake in Six Flags

Wael Mahdi, Dinesh Nair, and Matthew Martin, Bloomberg

It's not clear whether the reported conversations will result in the fund investing in Six Flags. But regardless of what happens, the theme park operator obviously sees a lot of promise in Saudi Arabia.

2 weeks ago

Attendance Is Down at Disney’s U.S. Parks But New Attractions Are on the Way

Attendance Is Down at Disney’s U.S. Parks But New Attractions Are on the Way

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Theme parks were the best performers during the first fiscal quarter despite some attendance declines, and Disney has a pipeline of new openings in the coming years that should keep the segment comfortably in positive territory.

2 weeks ago

North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ May Cost Them Sports Tourism Revenue, Again

North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Bill’ May Cost Them Sports Tourism Revenue, Again

Associated Press

Apparently North Carolina is having amnesia about how the "Bathroom Bill" damages their sports tourism industry. Texas may want to pay attention to this.

2 weeks ago