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Trump Lauds Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico Despite Nearly 3,000 Deaths

Trump Lauds Hurricane Response in Puerto Rico Despite Nearly 3,000 Deaths

Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg

The death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria was horrific. So was the U.S. response.

3 weeks ago

Cuba Faces Obstacles to Luring Asia’s Big-Spending Tourists

Cuba Faces Obstacles to Luring Asia’s Big-Spending Tourists

Kristine Servando, Bloomberg

There are hurdles on the way to that cigar-toting, mojito-slinging holiday in Havana — especially for travelers coming from Asia.

4 weeks ago

Hawaii’s Tourism Industry Is Bracing for Impact of Hurricane Lane

Hawaii’s Tourism Industry Is Bracing for Impact of Hurricane Lane

Audrey McAvoy and Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said more than 270,000 tourists are currently visiting the Hawaiian islands – roughly the population of Cincinnati. The tourism industry hasn't faced a hurricane threat like this in many years, but feels prepared ahead of the storm.

4 weeks ago

Disney Is Opting Out of ‘Divisive’ Tax Deals for Its California Theme Parks

Disney Is Opting Out of ‘Divisive’ Tax Deals for Its California Theme Parks

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Is Disney just looking to ease an "adversarial climate" in Anaheim, home to Disneyland Resort? Or is the prospect of avoiding a potential mandatory $18 minimum wage a factor in the company's request to get out of tax subsidy deals?

4 weeks ago

Retiring Visit Philadelphia CEO Reflects on 4 Decades on Tourism’s Front Lines

Retiring Visit Philadelphia CEO Reflects on 4 Decades on Tourism’s Front Lines

Dan Peltier, Skift

Levitz uses her weaknesses as strengths and has remained a humble leader, despite the outsize impact she has had on Philadelphia's booming tourism industry during the past four decades. Every destination can learn something from her leadership.

4 weeks ago

New Jersey State Park Famed for Its Views Is Under Constant Threat of Development

New Jersey State Park Famed for Its Views Is Under Constant Threat of Development

Elise Young, Bloomberg

Just as the Trump administration is looking to cut back public lands across the country, states are mulling similar moves to bring in more revenue. If those plans become reality, it could hurt the visitor experience.

1 month ago

Six Flags Is Taking Theme Park Loyalty to the Next Level

Six Flags Is Taking Theme Park Loyalty to the Next Level

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The new rewards program at Six Flags is designed to keep its already-loyal members engaged and satisfied enough to stay enrolled in a monthly membership. Will the theme park loyalty idea catch on with other operators?

1 month ago

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Texas Travel Leaders Fight Discriminatory Legislation Harmful to the State’s Economy

Texas Travel Leaders Fight Discriminatory Legislation Harmful to the State’s Economy

VisitDallas + Skift

The “Texas Welcomes All” coalition, which is fighting discriminatory legislation in the state, proves that convention and visitor bureaus can drive real societal impact –– both within tourism and beyond.

1 month ago

Lynching Memorial Draws Tourists to a New Kind of Deep South

Lynching Memorial Draws Tourists to a New Kind of Deep South

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

In Montgomery, Alabama, the tourism board and a new memorial to victims of lynching are building off each other's visibility, drawing visitors into a revitalized area of the Deep South they may not recognize.

1 month ago

Disney’s U.S. Parks Got a Boost From Consumers Spending More on Everything

Disney’s U.S. Parks Got a Boost From Consumers Spending More on Everything

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Disney's parks and resorts segment got help from domestic parks, where customers spent more to get in, eat, shop, and sleep. With new expansions opening next year, expect that revenue to keep on rising.

1 month ago

New Orleans Still Seeing Boost to Women’s Group Travel From Girls Trip Film

New Orleans Still Seeing Boost to Women’s Group Travel From Girls Trip Film

Brittney Oliver, Skift

Many women who saw Girls Trip were inspired by seeing representation of the black travel movement on the big screen. Combine that with the buzz of the longstanding Essence Festival and women’s group travel to New Orleans is up.

2 months ago

Disney Will Lift Starting Pay to $15 at California Parks

Disney Will Lift Starting Pay to $15 at California Parks

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

For a business that puts happiness front and center, it was a bad look to be fighting with workers over pay. Now that the California contract is settled, will Florida follow soon?

2 months ago