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Montana Benefited From $3.2 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2017

Montana Benefited From $3.2 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2017

Associated Press

Some backstory: Montana has benefited from $580 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which improves access to fishing, hunting, and hiking sites across the state. But the Trump Administration's 2019 federal budget has proposed slashing that to less than $8 million, which might crimp Montana's recent, tourism-based economic growth.

4 weeks ago

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The relationship between American tourists and Mexico is nearly a century old and has weathered ups and downs. Today's drug-related violence, mounting border tension, and political rhetoric won't stop these trips, but are clearly disrupting them.

4 weeks ago

New York’s Met Museum Breaks Visitor Record With Costume Exhibit

New York’s Met Museum Breaks Visitor Record With Costume Exhibit

James Tarmy, Bloomberg

Hopefully other major museums can learn from the Met's success here. Its upcoming exhibit on camp, framed around a Susan Sontag essay, might resonate with a whole new crop of visitors.

4 weeks ago

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Meeting Planners Should Rethink Fort Worth as a Network of Creative Neighborhoods

Meeting Planners Should Rethink Fort Worth as a Network of Creative Neighborhoods

Visit Fort Worth + Skift

Everyone wants to have a "local" experience, and meeting and event attendees are no exception. Planners should look no further than Fort Worth for a destination that goes beyond the convention center.

1 month ago

Currency Swings Ground Argentine and Brazilian Travelers

Currency Swings Ground Argentine and Brazilian Travelers

Carolina Millan and Fabiola Moura, Bloomberg

The Dow Jones took a nosedive this week, which some economists attribute to rising U.S. interest rates. The fall in stocks likely means the Argentine and Brazilian currencies are in for more instability, and that portends storm clouds for long-haul travel.

1 month ago

Puerto Rico Takes New Digital Steps to Enhance Tourism Efforts

Puerto Rico Takes New Digital Steps to Enhance Tourism Efforts

Sean O'Neill, Skift

So far as we know, a planned mobile app from Puerto Rico will be the first by any tourism board that offers text-based help for visitors from local concierges while they're in a destination. Other efforts at enhancing the digital marketing of the island's businesses show promise, too.

1 month ago

U.S. Interior Secretary Expected to Extend Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

U.S. Interior Secretary Expected to Extend Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

What should be an easy call to ban mining near a great natural and national wonder, Yellowstone National Park, has become a melodrama in the current political climate. An extension of the ban appears to be in the works, but it ain't over until it's over, as a wise person once said.

1 month ago

SeaWorld Reports Summer Attendance Spike

SeaWorld Reports Summer Attendance Spike

Hannah Sampson, Skift

SeaWorld has been making it more affordable for people to visit its parks and sweetening the deal at some locations with free beer. Those tactics seem to be working, according to preliminary figures for the summer.

1 month ago

Las Vegas Tourism Industry Moves Forward One Year After Shooting

Las Vegas Tourism Industry Moves Forward One Year After Shooting

Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press

Las Vegas' reputation as a party and entertainment capital doesn't allow for long periods of mourning. But this week the city is remembering the victims of last year's shooting in ways small and large.

1 month ago

Puerto Rico’s Governor Pushes Back on Trump With Calls for Statehood

Puerto Rico’s Governor Pushes Back on Trump With Calls for Statehood

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló is not shy about advocating for the island's potential future as a U.S. state. At Skift Global Forum, he reminded us that the travel industry has a duty to fight injustice and build connections despite political drama.

2 months ago

Disney World’s Latest Pricing Changes Take Aim at Crowd Control

Disney World’s Latest Pricing Changes Take Aim at Crowd Control

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Disney shifted to seasonal pricing a couple of years ago, and the entertainment giant is drilling down even more with the latest changes. Visitors will likely grumble at the more complicated new system, but we don't expect Disney's business to suffer.

2 months ago

Florida Extends Tourism Boost to Gulf Coast Locales Hurt by Red Tide

Florida Extends Tourism Boost to Gulf Coast Locales Hurt by Red Tide

Dan Peltier, Skift

Much of Florida's beaches remain pristine and algae-free and other parts of the state are seeing a boost as tourists relocate their vacations. This year's red tide is the latest wake-up call to climate change that the state's tourism industry has had to grapple with.

2 months ago