North America & Caribbean

Miami to Open $305 Million Science Museum With Some Hotel-Bed Tax Funding

Miami to Open $305 Million Science Museum With Some Hotel-Bed Tax Funding

Curt Anderson, Associated Press

The science museum has struggled to get as much financial support as it needed. With public money making up some of the difference, the institution needs smart outreach and marketing to help visitor numbers meet expectations.

2 weeks ago

Location War for George Lucas’ New Art Museum to Be Decided This Month

Location War for George Lucas’ New Art Museum to Be Decided This Month

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press

As the story points out, the city that gets George Lucas' museum -- whether it is Los Angeles or San Francisco -- will be able to claim one of the most iconic new tourist attractions of the decade in the United States.

2 weeks ago

Zion National Park Being Overrun by Tourists This Winter

Zion National Park Being Overrun by Tourists This Winter

Associated Press

Overtourism is sweeping Zion National Park in Utah: Too many tourists, too few park rangers.

2 weeks ago

Alabama’s New Top Tourism Spot Is Muscle Shoals Studio

Alabama’s New Top Tourism Spot Is Muscle Shoals Studio

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Destinations are getting smarter about promoting the attractions that are unique to them.

3 weeks ago

Puerto Rico Launches Mobile App to Promote Museums and Art

Puerto Rico Launches Mobile App to Promote Museums and Art

Associated Press

If you develop it, they will come -- or a least that's the hope regarding a new museum and arts app for Puerto Rico. The island saw tourism rise in 2016 despite Puerto Rico's severe economic woes.

3 weeks ago

Las Vegas New Year’s Will See Much Partying, Security and Legalized Marijuana

Las Vegas New Year’s Will See Much Partying, Security and Legalized Marijuana

Michelle Rindels, Associated Press

Recreational marijuana gets legalized in Nevada starting January 1. The development shouldn't hurt tourism to Sin City and may provide a boost.

3 weeks ago

Should Mount Rainier Get Cell Service or Remain a Tech-Detox Zone?

Should Mount Rainier Get Cell Service or Remain a Tech-Detox Zone?

Phuong Le, Associated Press

Should Mount Rainier get cell service? Should airline passengers be allowed to make phone calls? The Trump-Clinton campaign and Brexit are not the only things that divided the citizenry.

3 weeks ago

Foreign Visitors to Vegas Don’t Understand the Tipping Culture

Foreign Visitors to Vegas Don’t Understand the Tipping Culture

Associated Press

American travelers can often be ignorant about cultures in the destinations they visit but the same is true about foreign visitors to the United States. Understanding different cultures is a two-way street. Restaurant and casino workers in Las Vegas are horrified that an influx of foreign visitors and their lack of tipping is putting livelihoods at stake.

3 weeks ago

Small Ski Resorts Pitch Authenticity to Compete With Giant Rivals

Small Ski Resorts Pitch Authenticity to Compete With Giant Rivals

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

Vail's acquisitions have allowed it to experiment with products and pricing on a level note seen before in skiing, but the smaller mountains and operators still have a huge role to play in the winter sports ecosystem.

3 weeks ago

Alabama Town Is Investing in Harper Lee Tourism to Bring Visitors

Alabama Town Is Investing in Harper Lee Tourism to Bring Visitors

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Considering that Lee's book has been a best seller for over half a century, you would have thought that Alabama would have jumped on this sooner. Done right, this can be a huge draw.

3 weeks ago

Civil Rights Tourism Is Growing and Needs Better Apps

Civil Rights Tourism Is Growing and Needs Better Apps

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Smart destination marketing organizations will recognize that civil rights isn't just a hot-button political issue — it's a crucial part of a destination's identity, and with the right tech, it can draw visitors accordingly.

3 weeks ago

Fathom Is Adding Even More Cuba Stops Early Next Year

Fathom Is Adding Even More Cuba Stops Early Next Year

Hannah Sampson, Skift

This move combines Fathom's two aims — social impact in the Dominican Republic, culture-focused visits to Cuba — in one trip. Although the experiences in each will be truncated, this could be enough to attract passengers looking for variety rather than a full week in one country.

4 weeks ago