Articles tagged “national parks”

Travel Advisors See U.S. Domestic Tourism Evolving Amid Inbound Woes

Travel Advisors See U.S. Domestic Tourism Evolving Amid Inbound Woes

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Domestic leisure travel among Americans appears to be getting stronger, helping to offset declining growth in international visitors to the U.S. It's also growing in new directions, with glamping and cultural tours especially popular.

3 months ago

U.S. Attractions Fail to Satisfy Minority Visitors

U.S. Attractions Fail to Satisfy Minority Visitors

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

U.S. attractions could do a much better job of serving travelers of color. It's not just a matter of marketing and content curation but hiring practices as well.

4 months ago

Merely the Normal Airport Hassles Should Be Back Soon Post-Shutdown

Merely the Normal Airport Hassles Should Be Back Soon Post-Shutdown

Associated Press

TSA workers, who called out sick because they couldn't afford to commute to work or had to moonlight to pay for groceries, rent or mortgages because of the U.S. government shutdown, should get back to work, and feel a lot happier about it, this weekend or early next week.

9 months ago

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Government Shutdown Puts Agents on Edge

Travel Advisor Innovation Report: Government Shutdown Puts Agents on Edge

Maria Lenhart, Skift

While the government shutdown had not yet had a serious impact on leisure travel business as of last week, many travel advisors became increasingly concerned about what a prolonged shutdown could mean.

9 months ago

Travelers Not Yet Deterred by Shutdown But Agent Concerns Grow

Travelers Not Yet Deterred by Shutdown But Agent Concerns Grow

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The government shutdown is not yet a big problem for travel advisors and their clients, but it could become one if it doesn’t end soon. Airport security concerns and national park travel, which picks up in the spring, could become major issues.

9 months ago

Government Shutdown Leads to Closure of Joshua Tree National Park

Government Shutdown Leads to Closure of Joshua Tree National Park

Associated Press

Even with park supporters and local community members volunteering their services, the government shutdown is taking a big toll on some national parks.

9 months ago

A Turnaround at Rwanda’s Oldest National Park Is a Model for Tourism

A Turnaround at Rwanda’s Oldest National Park Is a Model for Tourism

Pauline Bax, Bloomberg

Tourists pay up to $1,300 a night for steak and luxury suites in a national park full of wildlife that, merely a decade ago, seemed unsalvageable because of poachers. The turnaround by a nonprofit is a compelling example of creative problem-solving for national parks across Africa and the world.

9 months ago

Shutdown’s Toll on Travel Mounts With No End in Sight

Shutdown’s Toll on Travel Mounts With No End in Sight

Hannah Sampson, Skift

There's no telling when this shutdown will end — especially since President Donald Trump mentioned "months and even years" on Friday — so the travel industry may need to prepare for a long-term impact.

9 months ago

Montana Benefited From $3.2 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2017

Montana Benefited From $3.2 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2017

Associated Press

Some backstory: Montana has benefited from $580 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which improves access to fishing, hunting, and hiking sites across the state. But the Trump Administration's 2019 federal budget has proposed slashing that to less than $8 million, which might crimp Montana's recent, tourism-based economic growth.

1 year ago

U.S. Interior Secretary Expected to Extend Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

U.S. Interior Secretary Expected to Extend Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

What should be an easy call to ban mining near a great natural and national wonder, Yellowstone National Park, has become a melodrama in the current political climate. An extension of the ban appears to be in the works, but it ain't over until it's over, as a wise person once said.

1 year ago

Air Pollution Could Be Keeping Visitors Away From Some U.S. National Parks

Air Pollution Could Be Keeping Visitors Away From Some U.S. National Parks

Matthew Brown, Associated Press

U.S. national parks are supposed to showcase America's natural wonders, so it's no surprise that visitors would stay away on days when the air might be full of pollution. Given the current administration's eagerness to roll back environmental regulations, we don't see this problem being fixed anytime soon.

1 year ago

More Black Travelers Hit the Great Outdoors as Camping Activity Jumps

More Black Travelers Hit the Great Outdoors as Camping Activity Jumps

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Black outdoor enthusiasts are camping, hiking, rock climbing, and RVing in greater numbers. But it’s not because white America, which dominates the sector, reached out. Black America made it happen.

1 year ago