Articles tagged “florida”

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.

12 hours 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.

5 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.

4 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

2 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.

4 months ago

Visit Florida Would Maintain Current Funding Under Tentative Agreement

Visit Florida Would Maintain Current Funding Under Tentative Agreement

Dan Peltier, Skift

After a long, drawn-out political process, Visit Florida's chances of maintaining its current funding level look decent. The debate helped spawn conversations among stakeholders at many other tourism boards about their own budgets and operations. Hopefully, everyone learned something.

4 months ago

Visit Florida’s Budget Cuts Could Seriously Impact Florida’s Robust Meetings Business

Visit Florida’s Budget Cuts Could Seriously Impact Florida’s Robust Meetings Business

Jaimie Seaton, Skift

How much of an impact the slashed Visit Florida budget will have on the state's meetings and conventions industry is an open question. The answer depends on whom you ask.

4 months ago

Florida’s Governor Touts Tourism Numbers While Considering Marketing Cuts

Florida’s Governor Touts Tourism Numbers While Considering Marketing Cuts

Associated Press

Expect the governor to make a lot of noise about the role of tourism in the coming weeks as he prepares the state for his veto of a spending bill that will drastically cut Visit Florida's budget.

4 months ago