Articles tagged “florida”

Florida’s Tourism Growth is Still on Track Despite Hurricane Irma Hurdle

Florida’s Tourism Growth is Still on Track Despite Hurricane Irma Hurdle

Associated Press

Even if Florida's tourism growth remains solid and the state makes its target for this year, are tourists actually coming back to the areas hardest hit by Irma that need tourism dollars to recover?

3 days ago

Visit Florida Faces Uphill Fight to Woo Back Canadians

Visit Florida Faces Uphill Fight to Woo Back Canadians

Dan Peltier, Skift

Money talks no matter where you're from. More of Visit Florida's partners will need to dish out deeper deals if the state wants to get serious about presenting itself as affordable to Canadians when, in reality, popular attractions like Disney World only get more expensive.

2 weeks ago

Key West Florida Gets Its Iconic Symbol Back After Hurricane Irma Damage

Key West Florida Gets Its Iconic Symbol Back After Hurricane Irma Damage

Associated Press

Sometimes storm recovery involves more than just repairing roofs and power lines. Restoring a place's sense of identity must be part of the healing process, as well.

1 month ago

Key West Signals Slow Recovery With First Cruise Ship Arrival Since Hurricane Irma

Key West Signals Slow Recovery With First Cruise Ship Arrival Since Hurricane Irma

Associated Press

Many cruise ships are floating cities and the lines don't need to worry about repairing and restoring hotels, electricity, flights and running water after a major storm. The arrival is a good sign for Key West, but for the time being, the kind of experiences cruise passengers have onshore likely won't be the same as pre-Irma.

2 months ago

Hurricane-Hit Destinations Are Providing Updates for Tourists

Hurricane-Hit Destinations Are Providing Updates for Tourists

Associated Press

Some destinations affected by recent storms will be off limits to travelers for an unknown amount of time, while others are already welcoming visitors back. Travelers looking to go to Florida or the Caribbean should do their research before planning a trip.

2 months ago

Florida Keys Tells Vacationers Not to Visit as Destinations Still Reeling After Hurricane Irma

Florida Keys Tells Vacationers Not to Visit as Destinations Still Reeling After Hurricane Irma

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Many Caribbean destinations were untouched or are back to normal while others are really hurting after Hurricane Irma. But with the Florida Keys and some Caribbean tourism officials telling travelers to postpone their trips it's evident that recovery will take an extended period in some places.

2 months ago

Hurricane Irma: Travel Industry Live Updates

Hurricane Irma: Travel Industry Live Updates

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Harvey are taking a great human toll throughout the Caribbean and the United States, as has the earthquake in Mexico. Here's how the travel industry is responding.

2 months 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.

3 months ago

Walt Disney World Characters Are Rebelling Against the Teamsters

Walt Disney World Characters Are Rebelling Against the Teamsters

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

"Who's the leader of the club that's made for you and me." Well, Mickey Mouse, the Seven Dwarves, and many other Walt Disney World characters, who start at $10 an hour, may be fed up with their Teamsters union leadership. An opposition slate is forming to challenge the leadership of Local 385, which is highly influential in central Florida tourism and transportation.

3 months ago

Florida Tourism Is Growing But International Visitor Numbers Are Down

Florida Tourism Is Growing But International Visitor Numbers Are Down

Associated Press

It's hard to pinpoint why fewer international visitors are coming to Florida this year, but Visit Florida has some work to do to spur overseas tourism. Good thing they got fully funded this year.

3 months ago

Disney’s New Star Wars Hotel Sounds Like Next-Level Immersion

Disney’s New Star Wars Hotel Sounds Like Next-Level Immersion

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney wowed everyone with this announcement. Now fans of the theme park company and Star Wars wait for the execution — and the price tag.

4 months ago

Visit Florida’s $76 Million Budget Gets Legislative Approval After 4-Month Battle

Visit Florida’s $76 Million Budget Gets Legislative Approval After 4-Month Battle

Dan Peltier, Skift

At long last, Florida's tourism industry knows its fate. While Visit Florida will have enough funding to keep the lights on in the coming year, it faces a litany of new procedures and restrictions that will likely send reverberations to other state capitals across the U.S.

6 months ago