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South Beach Is No Longer an Active Zika Zone, But Some Risks Remain

South Beach Is No Longer an Active Zika Zone, But Some Risks Remain

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

The timing is good for the tourism industry: South Beach is free of active Zika transmissions just in time for the busiest winter months. But health officials should remain on guard — and visitors should keep themselves informed — because there are still isolated cases of the virus.

6 hours ago

Florida Visitor Arrivals Break Record Despite Zika Concerns

Florida Visitor Arrivals Break Record Despite Zika Concerns

Associated Press

These Florida tourism numbers cover the first nine months of the year so the full impact of Zika probably won't be reflected until the full-year numbers come in. Still, Florida tourism doesn't appear to have skipped a beat despite a series of potentially adverse factors and events.

3 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Booking Ban Concerns Dolphin Attractions

TripAdvisor Booking Ban Concerns Dolphin Attractions

Associated Press

Sure, some interactions between tourists and mammals at facilities engender an appreciation for conservation efforts. But looking at the big picture on the planet, TripAdvisor is probably right that these encounters do more harm than good.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

Theme Parks Reopen in Florida After Hurricane Matthew

Theme Parks Reopen in Florida After Hurricane Matthew

Associated Press

Hurricane Matthew is a killer but could have been much worse in Florida. After closing on Friday, the state's theme parks are getting back to normal.

2 months ago

The Most Visited U.S. States Spent Less to Market to Travelers Last Year

The Most Visited U.S. States Spent Less to Market to Travelers Last Year

Dan Peltier, Skift

For some states coming in under budget is good news and for others the smaller spending signifies problems that marketing organizations are having. For now, most provisional tourism budgets increased for fiscal year 2016 and we'll soon see what impact that's had on travelers.

3 months ago

As Florida Finds Zika in Local Mosquitoes, New Poll Shows Travel Could Be Affected

As Florida Finds Zika in Local Mosquitoes, New Poll Shows Travel Could Be Affected

Curt Anderson and Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press

While the latest development — the discovery of mosquitoes carrying Zika — is not shocking, it's a fresh round of headlines for a destination that would rather see the issue fade away. A new poll showing wariness about travel to areas with the virus brings more bad news.

3 months ago

Miami’s Wynwood Neighborhood Is Taking a Brutal Tourism Hit Due to Zika Fears

Miami’s Wynwood Neighborhood Is Taking a Brutal Tourism Hit Due to Zika Fears

Greg Oates, Skift

Maybe a silver lining to Zika's toll on Wynwood is that the district is getting a huge amount of global press that could pay off when everything is back to normal.

3 months ago

Tourism Stakeholders Are Staying Calm as Zika Spreads in Florida

Tourism Stakeholders Are Staying Calm as Zika Spreads in Florida

Andrew Sheivachman, Hannah Sampson and Deanna Ting, Skift

For now, things are stable for hotels and cruise lines in South Florida. If the Zika virus continues to spread during the period leading up to the winter, which is the area's peak tourism period, this may quickly change.

4 months ago

Zika Not a Long-Term Threat Argue Miami Tourism Leaders

Zika Not a Long-Term Threat Argue Miami Tourism Leaders

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

The challenge for Miami officials is that potential visitors don't discern between high infection-risk neighborhoods and "safe" ones. They just see a potential health crisis in Miami.

4 months ago

Miami Beach Zika Fears Increase as CDC Issues Travel Warning

Miami Beach Zika Fears Increase as CDC Issues Travel Warning

Associated Press

Visitors won't distinguish between neighborhoods in Miami, they will just avoid it altogether.

4 months ago

Florida Visitor Numbers Hit Record Highs Before Zika Outbreak

Florida Visitor Numbers Hit Record Highs Before Zika Outbreak

Associated Press

Florida tourism had been on a roll before the shootings in Orlando and the Zika outbreak. So far the spread of Zika in Miami hasn't had much impact 225 miles away on theme park attendance at Disney and Universal Studios in Orlando.

4 months ago