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Cuba Appoints Tourism Minister as First Prime Minister in Over 40 Years

Cuba Appoints Tourism Minister as First Prime Minister in Over 40 Years

Andrea Rodríguez, Associated Press

Cuba now has its first prime minister since 1976. His background building up Cuba's successful tourism industry led parliament to believe he's the right man for the job.

2 months ago

Washington, D.C. Emerges as a Top City for Food Tourism

Washington, D.C. Emerges as a Top City for Food Tourism

Kate Krader, Bloomberg

New York and Los Angeles have long dominated the U.S. dining scene, but Washington, D.C., is rising as a key spot for foodies.

2 months ago

St. Maarten Is a Top Port of Call for Superyachts and Their Billionaire Owners

St. Maarten Is a Top Port of Call for Superyachts and Their Billionaire Owners

Kevin Varley, Bloomberg

This season, the billionaire Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse is the biggest yacht off of St. Maarten. The luxury vessel is one of many superyachts that are docking currently on the Caribbean island and driving luxury tourism there.

2 months ago

Congress Renews Brand USA’s Funding in 11th Hour Vote

Congress Renews Brand USA’s Funding in 11th Hour Vote

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The United States was well on its way to being one of the world's only tourism destination powerhouses without a marketing budget. In a rare piece of good news for U.S. tourism this year, Congress has just narrowly avoided that.

2 months ago

Pure Michigan Is the Latest Casualty in U.S. Tourism Promotion Funding

Pure Michigan Is the Latest Casualty in U.S. Tourism Promotion Funding

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Tourism promotion is in a tough spot in the U.S. The axing of Pure Michigan, a popular and award-winning campaign, is a good example of the reasons why.

2 months ago

Mega Mall Debuts North America’s First Indoor Ski Slope

Mega Mall Debuts North America’s First Indoor Ski Slope

Tim Sohn, Bloomberg

The first indoor ski slope in North America is over 1,000 feet long and drew massive crowds on opening day. If mall skiing becomes popular in the U.S., it could make the sport way more affordable for beginners.

2 months ago

Cuba’s Tourist Arrivals Stagnate Amid U.S. Sanctions

Cuba’s Tourist Arrivals Stagnate Amid U.S. Sanctions

Associated Press

Cuba's economy is partially reliant on tourism. Unfortunately, its tourism economy is reliant on U.S. policies — which have not been friendly during the Trump administration.

2 months ago

Puerto Rico Aims to Boost Biz Travel With High-Tech Entertainment District

Puerto Rico Aims to Boost Biz Travel With High-Tech Entertainment District

Spencer Lee, Skift

El Distrito is an ambitious plan, and the island is throwing an extraordinary amount of effort toward making it a success. This is something that matters to business leaders. Hopefully, visitors will have the same enthusiasm.

3 months ago

Domestic Travel Outlook Softens in Another Worrying Sign for U.S. Travel

Domestic Travel Outlook Softens in Another Worrying Sign for U.S. Travel

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Amid a softening forecast for domestic travel within the United States and red tape in Washington, D.C., Brand USA still needs a legislative path forward — and time is running out.

3 months ago

Guests May Still Be Hesitant to Visit Disney’s Latest Star Wars Land

Guests May Still Be Hesitant to Visit Disney’s Latest Star Wars Land

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Looks like Disney's second Star Wars park is turning out to be another Phantom Menace. Maybe involving Baby Yoda, Star Wars' latest big hit, will bring some fresh ideas to attract hesitant vacationers.

3 months ago

No Facial Recognition Screening for Americans: Homeland Security

No Facial Recognition Screening for Americans: Homeland Security

David Koenig, Associated Press

The Department of Homeland security seems to have bowed to public pressure on a plan to introduce facial screening for American citizens. But it's still using the practice on foreign visitors — something not all travelers will be happy with.

3 months ago

Los Angeles Tourism Invests in India With Influencer Campaigns

Los Angeles Tourism Invests in India With Influencer Campaigns

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Indians are keen to travel to Los Angeles — that much is clear. But the city's destination marketer is looking for ways to ensure that Indian visitors don't just show up, but know how to get the most out of the sprawling city.

3 months ago