North America & Caribbean

U.S. Asks Hawaii Judge to Clarify Travel Ban Ruling on Refugees

U.S. Asks Hawaii Judge to Clarify Travel Ban Ruling on Refugees

Associated Press

Did the Hawaii judge block the entire travel ban 2.0 or just parts of it? The Trump administration is trying to figure out if it can still temporarily block all refugees, regardless of their religion or citizenship.

1 week ago

Montana Towns Argue for Resort Tax Hikes

Montana Towns Argue for Resort Tax Hikes

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press

Booming traffic, or overtourism, to Montana's scenic jewels, such as Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, is stressing the small gateway towns.

2 weeks ago

Trump Administration Is Appealing Travel Ban Ruling By Maryland Judge

Trump Administration Is Appealing Travel Ban Ruling By Maryland Judge

Associated Press

Trump administration lawyers may believe they'll have better luck succeeding at an appeal in the 4th Circuit, which handles the Maryland case, than in the 9th Circuit, which rejected an appeal of the travel ban's original stay, which came down in Washington State.

2 weeks ago

Governor Supports Embattled Visit Florida in New TV Ad

Governor Supports Embattled Visit Florida in New TV Ad

Gary Fineout, Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott has become one of the most vocal U.S. governors to support tourism and the need to spend money marketing to travelers. Scott is concerned about job losses that would come with decreased tourism; his advocacy is a nice example for other politicians.

2 weeks ago

New Trump Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked by Judges in Hawaii and Maryland

New Trump Travel Ban Temporarily Blocked by Judges in Hawaii and Maryland

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

While the restraining order is temporary, the wording of the judge's findings shows a strong chance that the courts will overturn yet another travel ban.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Federal Judge in Maryland Stops Short of Ruling Against Trump Travel Ban

U.S. Federal Judge in Maryland Stops Short of Ruling Against Trump Travel Ban

Peter Galuszka and Andrew Harris, Bloomberg

Predicting a ruling based on a judge's demeanor is a losing game. We should get a ruling shortly from one of the multiple jurisdictions considering travel ban 2.0.

2 weeks ago

Trump’s New Travel Ban Faces Multiple Courtroom Tests Wednesday

Trump’s New Travel Ban Faces Multiple Courtroom Tests Wednesday

Ben Nuckols and Gene Johnson, Associated Press

Is country of origin the best terrorist indicator? Is it still a Muslim ban? Do the states have the right to sue? These issues will get an airing in courts around the U.S. as President Trump's latest executive order restricting travel to the U.S. gets new scrutiny.

2 weeks ago

Mexicans’ Travel to Canada Is Surging and It’s Not All About Trump

Mexicans’ Travel to Canada Is Surging and It’s Not All About Trump

Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Airline lift, currency issues, a relaxed visa policy, and U.S. President Trump's actions and rhetoric gave Mexican tourists more reasons to visit Canada. U.S. tourism from Mexico was up five percent year-over-year from January to August 2016, but this was before Trump won the election.

2 weeks ago

Alaska Tourism Wants More Businesses to Become Sustainability Advocates

Alaska Tourism Wants More Businesses to Become Sustainability Advocates

Associated Press

Getting tourism businesses on board with sustainability is the first hurdle but the long game is convincing them that eco-friendly practices help their bottom lines and are worth the effort.

2 weeks ago

Trump Travel Ban Is a Threat to U.S. Bid to Host World Cup

Trump Travel Ban Is a Threat to U.S. Bid to Host World Cup

Tariq Panja, Bloomberg

Because Russia and Qatar are bastions for freedom of movement? Really, FIFA has long trafficked in corruption and dallied with dictators. We expected it would find kinship with this administration.

3 weeks ago

Visit Florida Loses Another Battle With State Legislators

Visit Florida Loses Another Battle With State Legislators

Gary Fineout, Associated Press

It appears that neither the Senate nor the governor will put up with this nonsense, but do expect Visit Florida to exist under more scrutiny next year.

3 weeks ago

Attracting American Tourists to Cuba Remains a Tough Sell

Attracting American Tourists to Cuba Remains a Tough Sell

Mac Margolis, Bloomberg

Americans are not flocking to Cuba, and there's not enough infrastructure on the island to support large-scale tourism. Who could have seen this coming? Probably everyone who was paying attention.

3 weeks ago