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Shutdown’s Toll on Travel Mounts With No End in Sight

Shutdown’s Toll on Travel Mounts With No End in Sight

Hannah Sampson, Skift

There's no telling when this shutdown will end — especially since President Donald Trump mentioned "months and even years" on Friday — so the travel industry may need to prepare for a long-term impact.

2 months ago

Canada Pulls Tourism Ads From China as Tension Over Huawei Heats Up

Canada Pulls Tourism Ads From China as Tension Over Huawei Heats Up

Daniela Wei, Bloomberg

Heated tension over the Huawei arrest prompts Destination Canada to stop all advertising. It will be a cold season for Canada as far as the Chinese market is concerned.

2 months ago

How Mass MoCA Turned a Factory Town Into an Arts Destination

How Mass MoCA Turned a Factory Town Into an Arts Destination

Justin Fox, Bloomberg

No revered art center is an island, not even the rural ones like Interlochen. Many cultural and educational factors converged to allow something like Mass MoCA to thrive for decades in a not-so-unlikely spot.

2 months ago

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How Fort Worth is Connecting Meeting Planners and Local Innovators in High-Growth Sectors

How Fort Worth is Connecting Meeting Planners and Local Innovators in High-Growth Sectors

Visit Fort Worth + Skift

Different sectors in advanced and creative industries in Fort Worth work together to support the city’s rise on the national scene.

4 months ago

Visit Florida CEO Is Leaving to Join New Governor’s Administration

Visit Florida CEO Is Leaving to Join New Governor’s Administration

Dan Peltier, Skift

Ken Lawson did what he could to turn the ship around and tried to bring more transparency to Visit Florida. But many in Florida's tourism industry remain skeptical of the organization and its work.

2 months ago

U.S. Customs Isn’t Protecting Traveler Data After Electronic Searches

U.S. Customs Isn’t Protecting Traveler Data After Electronic Searches

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It should come as no surprise that the government isn't following its own rules when it comes to securing the traveler data it seizes from personal devices. Another reminder to take precautions, even if your chance of getting searched is rather low.

2 months ago

Upgrading U.S. Highways Will Require Increased Gas Tax and Tolls

Upgrading U.S. Highways Will Require Increased Gas Tax and Tolls

Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

President Trump's pledge to invest in U.S. transportation infrastructure never materialized. It's going to take a sustained, decades-long investment as traffic increases and puts increased pressure on bridges, tunnels, and highways.

2 months ago

Disney Makes CEO Bonus Target Harder to Reach

Disney Makes CEO Bonus Target Harder to Reach

Anders Melin, Bloomberg

Disney CEO Bob Iger has extended his contract multiple times, and he's poised to reap a windfall when he finally leaves the company — in addition to the cash he's pulling in during the rest of his tenure. Shareholders showed this year that they weren't happy with his compensation plan, and the board has responded.

3 months ago

Philly Tourism Board Builds on Its Success Attracting Black Tourists

Philly Tourism Board Builds on Its Success Attracting Black Tourists

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Even in 2018, many travel companies still hesitate to engage people of color through marketing. Those companies, which are leaving money on the table, could take a cue from Visit Philadelphia's long-running video series featuring a member of The Roots.

3 months ago

Amtrak Rail Tunnel Funding Still Unclear After Cuomo-Trump Meeting

Amtrak Rail Tunnel Funding Still Unclear After Cuomo-Trump Meeting

Elise Young, Toluse Olorunnipa, and Henry Goldman, Bloomberg

President Trump promised voters an overhaul of the country's infrastructure and so far he hasn't delivered. The northeast corridor rail tunnel is perhaps the greatest infrastructure test the president will have to put money where his mouth is.

3 months ago

New Orleans Tourism Agency Engages Minority Business Owners Who Demanded Inclusion

New Orleans Tourism Agency Engages Minority Business Owners Who Demanded Inclusion

Brittney Oliver, Skift

When minority business owners spoke up in New Orleans, the city’s tourism marketing corporation responded by admitting the oversight and hiring a diversity and inclusion consultant. Hopefully these measures will have a lasting impact.

3 months ago

International Visitors to U.S. This Year Expected to Break Record After Data Glitch Fix

International Visitors to U.S. This Year Expected to Break Record After Data Glitch Fix

Dan Peltier, Skift

After some confusion on visitor counts over a data glitch at airport kiosks across the country, international arrivals in the United States are on track to break a record in 2018. We’ll see if long-term growth ends up being as robust as the federal government is touting.

3 months ago