Articles tagged “hurricane irma”

Hurricane-Hit U.S. Virgin Islands Struggle With Tourism Job Losses

Hurricane-Hit U.S. Virgin Islands Struggle With Tourism Job Losses

Vincent Del Giudice and Alex Tanz, Bloomberg

Tourism is a huge part of the U.S. Virgin Islands' economy and Hurricanes Irma and Maria have clearly taken their toll. The length of time it takes to get job numbers back up depends on how quickly vacationers return.

1 year ago

Hard-Hit Caribbean Islands Rebuild With Extreme Weather in Mind

Hard-Hit Caribbean Islands Rebuild With Extreme Weather in Mind

Dan Peltier, Skift

Caribbean destinations have to walk a thin line in the coming months by communicating that hotels and resorts are prepared for possible monster hurricanes while not mentioning the "H" word too much to scare off would-be visitors.

1 year ago

Extreme Weather Is Making It Harder for Some Tourism Workers to Live Near Their Jobs

Extreme Weather Is Making It Harder for Some Tourism Workers to Live Near Their Jobs

Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg

As many destinations recover and rebuild from violent storms brought on by climate change, tourism workers are increasingly getting left behind.

2 years ago

JetBlue Doesn’t Expect Puerto Rico Tourism to Recover Until Late 2018

JetBlue Doesn’t Expect Puerto Rico Tourism to Recover Until Late 2018

Brian Sumers, Skift

JetBlue has been good to Puerto Rico, but the airline has no choice. The island has been devastated by Hurricane Maria, and tourists won't be able to return soon. JetBlue needs to move some flights to other popular tourist destinations.

2 years ago

Florida Keys Officials Hope Fantasy Fest Brings a Post-Irma Tourism Boost

Florida Keys Officials Hope Fantasy Fest Brings a Post-Irma Tourism Boost

Associated Press

Hurricane Irma hurt tourism in the Florida Keys, but Key West reopened to visitors fairly quickly. With Fantasy Fest, an iconic annual event, the city gets to show tourists that it is back on its feet.

2 years ago

Travel Industry Is Urging Tourists to Return to the Caribbean After Storms

Travel Industry Is Urging Tourists to Return to the Caribbean After Storms

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

The Caribbean will be open for its high season but the visitor experience will vary greatly across the region. Even some hurricane-ravaged islands will be operational, but not like they were before Irma and Maria tore through.

2 years ago

Caribbean Destinations Hope for Marketing Campaign if They Can Find the Money

Caribbean Destinations Hope for Marketing Campaign if They Can Find the Money

Dan Peltier, Skift

The Caribbean was suffering from a man-made marketing-funding crisis even before Mother Nature brought destructive hurricanes to its doorsteps this year. Tourism officials are pleading with the travel industry to get involved and help build its fund for this year and the future.

2 years 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 years 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 years ago

Visit Florida Is Planning Ways to Get Tourists Back After Hurricane Irma

Visit Florida Is Planning Ways to Get Tourists Back After Hurricane Irma

Dan Peltier, Skift

Florida's tourism industry was already having a turbulent year before one of the most active and destructive Atlantic hurricane seasons in years began playing out. Getting travelers to come back will require unified marketing efforts — and that's currently in jeopardy.

2 years ago

American Airlines Expects Irma Will Be Short-Term Blip on Revenues

American Airlines Expects Irma Will Be Short-Term Blip on Revenues

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airlines might have some trouble in the Caribbean longer term, but Florida should bounce back relatively quickly. That's good news for American and other U.S. airlines.

2 years 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 years ago