The reasons why more minorities, whether they be African-American, Latino or Asian, don't visit U.S. national parks in great numbers are complex but having a more diverse workforce within the National Park Service ranks would be a big step toward finding out the answers and coming up with solutions.
The U.S. has long been less hospitable to non-English speakers than many other top tourist destinations. News like this makes us feel good.
The U.S. National Park Service is the envy of every tourism organization around the world. It needs more support and more high-level thinking at the national level.
If there's one lesson from this nonsense it's that the National Park Service needs to be better equipped to manage its assets, both physical and intellectual.
One hundred years after the National Parks Service was established, national park visitation in the U.S. is at an all-time high. If only its pioneers like John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Nathaniel Pitt Langford could see how successful their vision has become a century later.
Please don't feed the bears, start a forest fire, or try dangling off a cliff to capture that perfect selfie when you visit the national parks. It's just not worth it.
Wyoming sees some incredible returns on its investments in promoting tourism right now. But, as with any state-run entity, budget cuts could put a huge hamper on its efforts to grow visitor numbers. It's a struggle many tourism agencies are facing across the U.S.
We will argue that "A bear doesn't care" is one of the cooler tourism slogans we've seen all year.
South Dakota has a lot working in its favor this year: low gas prices, Mount Rushmore anniversary events, and a broader centennial push by the National Park Service.
Utah is addressing a problem many destinations have -- how do you get tourists to explore less popular but worthy attractions. For New York City it is Brooklyn and the Bronx; for Utah it's anything beyond the national parks.