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Yellowstone Prepares for Even More Crowds

Yellowstone Prepares for Even More Crowds

Associated Press and The Cody Enterprise

Overtourism is a very real challenge, especially for Yellowstone National Park, arguably one of the most popular national parks in the entire U.S.

1 week ago

Video: Explaining the New York of Our Travel Fantasies

Video: Explaining the New York of Our Travel Fantasies

Sarah Enelow, Skift

New York has nearly always been a hot tourist destination. Sometimes we forget that in large part, the film industry created the dreamy, thrilling, magnetic New York of our travel fantasies.

1 week ago

Universal Rolls Out Its Nintendo Partnership in Three Theme Parks

Universal Rolls Out Its Nintendo Partnership in Three Theme Parks

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Theme parks have found success in building immersive experiences around beloved characters. We have to wonder if the Nintendo strategy provides a glimpse of how Universal will use the recently acquired DreamWorks Animation.

1 week ago

As Cuba Mourns Castro, Havana Welcomes First Commercial U.S. Flight

As Cuba Mourns Castro, Havana Welcomes First Commercial U.S. Flight

Anne-Marie Garcia and Christine Armario, Associated Press

So far most U.S. travelers to visit Cuba since relations began to normalize in 2014 haven't traveled beyond Havana. While many Americans will likely choose Havana over less known cities while beach vacations are banned, the Cuban government should do more to make inter-city travel more convenient.

2 weeks ago

Tourists in Cuba in Wake of Castro’s Death Find Many Attractions Shuttered

Tourists in Cuba in Wake of Castro’s Death Find Many Attractions Shuttered

Peter Orsi, Associated Press

Tourists in Cuba will have stories to tell for years about their vacation in Cuba when Fidel Castro died. The tourist attractions and bars may be closed but it should be interesting to see how Cubans mark Castro's passing -- or don't.

2 weeks ago

China Tourism To U.S. Had Worst Year Since 2010

China Tourism To U.S. Had Worst Year Since 2010

Daniel Meesak, Jing Daily

Chinese tourism to the U.S. is decelerating despite the fact that there was no Brexit in the U.S. and terrorism incidents didn't have the scale of those in Europe in the last couple of years. Is double-digit growth the new normal?

2 weeks ago

Carnival Corp. Is Pulling the Plug on Its New Cruise Line Fathom

Carnival Corp. Is Pulling the Plug on Its New Cruise Line Fathom

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Carnival Corp. tried something new with Fathom that just didn't catch on. But the cruise company was able to leverage the line to move into Cuba before its rivals, which is no small feat.

2 weeks ago

Heightened Security at Trump Tower Hurts Nearby Businesses

Heightened Security at Trump Tower Hurts Nearby Businesses

Polly Mosendz, Bloomberg

It'll take a lot more than trending taco bowls to help local businesses located within the immediate vicinity of the soon-to-be-second White House.

2 weeks ago

Florida Visitor Arrivals Break Record Despite Zika Concerns

Florida Visitor Arrivals Break Record Despite Zika Concerns

Associated Press

These Florida tourism numbers cover the first nine months of the year so the full impact of Zika probably won't be reflected until the full-year numbers come in. Still, Florida tourism doesn't appear to have skipped a beat despite a series of potentially adverse factors and events.

3 weeks ago

New York’s Tourism Push on Highways Hits Opposition in Washington, D.C.

New York’s Tourism Push on Highways Hits Opposition in Washington, D.C.

Associated Press

So New York officials are working harder to make rest stops on highways more accommodating and compelling places to stop? Yeah, we don't see the problem either.

3 weeks ago

Disney Will Open Avatar Land in Orlando Next Summer

Disney Will Open Avatar Land in Orlando Next Summer

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Disney has been on its toes since Universal changed the game in Orlando with Harty Potter. Will Avatar change the conversation again?

3 weeks ago

UN Health Agency Says Zika Is Still a Threat But No Longer an Emergency

UN Health Agency Says Zika Is Still a Threat But No Longer an Emergency

Jamey Keaten and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

The removal of the emergency declaration shouldn't prompt travelers — or governments — to stop taking Zika seriously. The virus remains a "significant and enduring public health challenge," officials say.

3 weeks ago