Articles tagged “borders”

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The relationship between American tourists and Mexico is nearly a century old and has weathered ups and downs. Today's drug-related violence, mounting border tension, and political rhetoric won't stop these trips, but are clearly disrupting them.

3 months ago

WeChat to Smooth China’s Border Process for Travelers Between Hong Kong and Mainland

WeChat to Smooth China’s Border Process for Travelers Between Hong Kong and Mainland

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

When people pass between Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China, they have to present border documents, called permits. A new feature on the popular WeChat app could replace the need for the documents someday, according to a proposal. Here's hoping.

8 months ago

Record Number of Electronic Devices Swept Up in U.S. Border Inspections

Record Number of Electronic Devices Swept Up in U.S. Border Inspections

Associated Press

The legality of searching electronic devices is a contested but long-standing practice. The chances of being searched are small. Last year, roughly 7 out of every 100,000 international travelers arriving in the U.S. had their devices searched.

1 year ago

Southbound Lanes at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Closes for Weekend Repairs

Southbound Lanes at U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing Closes for Weekend Repairs

Julie Watson, Associated Press

Some 50,000 cars pass through this U.S.-Mexico border crossing on weekends. Damn, with all this talk about border walls, it seems the U.S. and Mexico are actually neighbors with myriad connections.

1 year 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 years ago

As Trump Seeks Billions for Wall, U.S. Is Still Paying for Fence

As Trump Seeks Billions for Wall, U.S. Is Still Paying for Fence

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press

Trump's border wall could die in red tape. Or, true to form over the last 100 days, he could ram it through Congress and build it faster than the travel industry expects.

2 years ago

Mexican Tourists Start Choosing Canada Over the U.S.

Mexican Tourists Start Choosing Canada Over the U.S.

Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

Regarding Trump's wall, many in the travel industry show great concern over Americans' ability to take convenient vacations south of the border, but travel works both ways. There are billions of dollars to be lost by discouraging Mexican tourists from going north of the border.

2 years ago

Italy Thinks Switzerland’s Nighttime Border Closings Will Hurt Tourism

Italy Thinks Switzerland’s Nighttime Border Closings Will Hurt Tourism

Associated Press

When tourists and residents in two countries hear that border crossings are closed, no matter the time of day, they perceive that they're not welcome and Switzerland's decision could impact tourism in the region.

2 years ago

U.S. Customs Officials Are Searching Travelers’ Electronic Media at Border

U.S. Customs Officials Are Searching Travelers’ Electronic Media at Border

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

Searching the digital devices of travelers is a legal gray area. It's unclear how far U.S. border authorities are allowed to go. Privacy rights' watchdogs are seeking clarity. Hopefully, they'll get it sooner rather than later.

2 years ago

Trump’s Staff and Allies Aren’t Clear on Travel Ban Specifics

Trump’s Staff and Allies Aren’t Clear on Travel Ban Specifics

Margaret Talev, Shannon Pettypiece and Justin Sink, Bloomberg

This ban has been so incompetent and poorly thought out that we imagine Jeff Smisek must be advising the administration.

2 years ago

The EU Warns That Tougher Border Checks Would Cost Billions Every Year

The EU Warns That Tougher Border Checks Would Cost Billions Every Year

Associated Press

Better politics breeds better borders.

3 years ago

A Double-Edged Sword: Mexico Tightens Its Side of the Border With U.S.

A Double-Edged Sword: Mexico Tightens Its Side of the Border With U.S.

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press

Tourists and others on foot or in cars won't be able to casually wander from the U.S. into Mexico as they've done before. Mexico indeed is trying to stop criminals from entering the country, and the new policy will enable authorities to keep better tabs on tourists, as well.

3 years ago