Articles tagged “beaches”

Hurricanes Aren’t Deterring Investors in Beach Hotels

Hurricanes Aren’t Deterring Investors in Beach Hotels

Patrick Clark, Bloomberg

Despite storm risks, hotel owners continue to justify investing in beach properties. High room rates and discounted asset prices are part of the pull. A key question is how well insurers will adapt to the likelihood that climate change may cause more intense hurricanes.

2 months ago

New Jersey Bans Smoking at All Its Public Beaches

New Jersey Bans Smoking at All Its Public Beaches

Wayne Parry, Associated Press

Say good-bye to cigarette butts in the sand! Well, for the most part. The law, which bans smoking and vaping of any kind on the state’s beaches and in its parks, allows towns to designate up to 15 percent of the area as smoking zones. Perhaps this will inspire other statewide bans.

6 months ago

Tech Billionaire’s New App Helps Visitors Access California Beaches

Tech Billionaire’s New App Helps Visitors Access California Beaches

Associated Press

It's remarkable that what started as a rule violation turned into a useful app for beachgoers, instead of just a drawn-out fight.

11 months ago

Thailand Gives Beach Made Famous by Hollywood Movie a Break From Tourists

Thailand Gives Beach Made Famous by Hollywood Movie a Break From Tourists

Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press

It has taken Thailand almost 20 years to realize that it might make sense to limit the number of people visiting Maya Bay. A good reminder that overtourism isn't a new phenomenon.

2 years ago

Florida Beach Access Imperiled in Clash With Panhandle Landowners

Florida Beach Access Imperiled in Clash With Panhandle Landowners

Eric Staats, Melissa Nelson Gabriel and Thaddeus Mast, Associated Press

Who will will the turf war on Florida beaches between landowners and vacationers trying to spread out their towels to enjoy some fun in the sun? The courts will have to figure it out, and there will be big tourism dollars at risk in the outcome.

2 years ago

Hurricane Irma Is Poised to Erode Florida Beaches all Over Again

Hurricane Irma Is Poised to Erode Florida Beaches all Over Again

Eric Roston, Bloomberg

Beach erosion won't be the top concern if Hurricane Irma deals a direct blow to Florida. But the condition of the coast will be a long-term issue for the tourism-fueled state.

2 years ago

Dr. Beach Top 10 List Is Great for Tourism — Sometimes Too Great

Dr. Beach Top 10 List Is Great for Tourism — Sometimes Too Great

Dan Peltier, Skift

Being named the top anything is usually exciting for any destination and comes with lots of free publicity. But as some tourism boards point out, reviews from travelers themselves often resonate more with consumers than an official ranking.

2 years ago

Florida Faces Tourism Challenge as Hurricane Matthew Devastated Sand Dunes

Florida Faces Tourism Challenge as Hurricane Matthew Devastated Sand Dunes

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

From a tourism perspective regarding Hurricane Matthew, Florida escaped a worst-case scenario but damage to some of its beaches will be costly to fix.

3 years ago

Nudists Lose 7-Year Battle for Access to Spanish Tourist Beach

Nudists Lose 7-Year Battle for Access to Spanish Tourist Beach

Harold Heckle, Associated Press

From its beaches to its urban centers, Spain is the modern test case for tourism growth and development.

3 years ago

Diving Tourists Faced With Bleached Reefs at Maui’s Molokini Crater

Diving Tourists Faced With Bleached Reefs at Maui’s Molokini Crater

Associated Press

What's the first tourist destination that will be totally ruined by global climate change? Our money is on the Maldives.

4 years ago

Daytona, Florida’s Homeless Problem Extending to Its Tourist Beaches

Daytona, Florida’s Homeless Problem Extending to Its Tourist Beaches

Eileen Zaffiro-Kean, Associated Press

Tourism can't be separated from larger challenges in society, no matter how pretty the scenery.

4 years ago

No-Smoking Beaches Get Edge for ‘Best’ List in 2016

No-Smoking Beaches Get Edge for ‘Best’ List in 2016

Associated Press

Dr. Beach may have some tolerance for a rip current here and there but he has zero tolerance for cigarette butts and his 2016 best beaches list will reflect his new-found priority. We like his thinking.

4 years ago