North America & Caribbean

U.S. Business Travelers More Likely to Drive Than Fly to Meetings

U.S. Business Travelers More Likely to Drive Than Fly to Meetings

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It can be easy to forget that most U.S. business travelers aren't road warriors hitting multiple cities in a week. Sometimes we fixate too much on those who travel the most instead of the majority, who spend a day or two visiting clients or potential customers.

1 week ago

Disney Reveals Park Plans To Maximize Marvel and Star Wars Brands

Disney Reveals Park Plans To Maximize Marvel and Star Wars Brands

Christopher Palmeri , Bloomberg

The world's biggest theme parks keep forcing each other to raise their games. Disney's announcement shows major updates in Orlando, which is no surprise given how much undeveloped land remains at the resort and the competition from other players.

1 week ago

U.S. Asks Appeals Court to Block Travel Ban Liberalization While Supreme Court Decides

U.S. Asks Appeals Court to Block Travel Ban Liberalization While Supreme Court Decides

Associated Press

It is doubtful that the U.S. Justice Department will get anywhere with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has made its views known in opposition to the Trump travel ban on several occasions.

2 weeks ago

Trump Travel Ban Setback Appealed by Justice Department to Supreme Court

Trump Travel Ban Setback Appealed by Justice Department to Supreme Court

Elliot Spagat and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

At stake in the next few weeks is the fate of 24,000 refugees who had been approved to enter the United States but got snagged in the Trump travel ban. The longer-term repercussions, including the Constitutional issues, go way beyond the travel ban's fine print.

2 weeks ago

Trump Administration to Appeal Latest Travel Ban Setback Directly to Supreme Court

Trump Administration to Appeal Latest Travel Ban Setback Directly to Supreme Court

Associated Press

The Trump administration doesn't want a refugee's ties to a grandparent living in the United States to be factored into visa applications from certain Muslim-majority countries. There are several grandparents on the U.S. Supreme Court. Let's see how they weigh in on the issue.

2 weeks ago

Trump Scales Back Vision for His Border Wall With Mexico

Trump Scales Back Vision for His Border Wall With Mexico

Margaret Talev and Justin Sink, Bloomberg

The border wall was the presidential campaign promise that most excited Trump's supporters. It would be a huge disappointment for them if it doest materialize. If some semblance of a wall indeed gets constructed, then expect it to tarnish the U.S. brand as a tourist destination.

2 weeks ago

Disney Teased Fans With Look at New Star Wars Lands

Disney Teased Fans With Look at New Star Wars Lands

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

The new Star Wars Lands will definitely make fans want to visit Disney's U.S. theme parks but making sure crowds don't ruin the experience is a challenge the company is struggling with.

2 weeks ago

Trump Travel Ban Gets Weakened in Ruling by Hawaii Judge

Trump Travel Ban Gets Weakened in Ruling by Hawaii Judge

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

Wow, grandparents can now be welcomed back as actual family members under the provisions of a further weakened Trump travel ban. This isn't the last word on the subject, though.

2 weeks ago

Brand USA Is Facing Declining Contributions From Travel Brands This Year

Brand USA Is Facing Declining Contributions From Travel Brands This Year

Dan Peltier, Skift

Brand USA has a difficult task these days of appeasing a White House with unfavorable views of foreigners while still spreading a welcoming message in key international markets.

2 weeks ago

Paris and Los Angeles on Track to Host the Next Summer Olympics Games

Paris and Los Angeles on Track to Host the Next Summer Olympics Games

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press

It is hip to be cynical about the Olympics because recent host cities have mismanaged spending. Yet we believe officials when they say Los Angeles doesn't need to construct new permanent venues and can keep costs in line.

2 weeks ago

Hawaii Travel Ban Motion Opposed by U.S. Lawyers

Hawaii Travel Ban Motion Opposed by U.S. Lawyers

Associated Press

Among U.S. states, Hawaii has shown the most-dogged persistence in seeking to overturn and then amend the Trump administration's travel ban. Hawaii is facing an uphill fight in the lower courts.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Mayors Are Backing Innovation Districts To Transform Cities’ Brands

U.S. Mayors Are Backing Innovation Districts To Transform Cities’ Brands

Greg Oates, Skift

With the federal government deadlocked in intractable partisan debate, mayors across the U.S. are stepping up to drive progress by cultivating their innovation economies. A growing number are developing innovation districts to elevate their cities' brands.

2 weeks ago