Articles tagged “tourism”

France Tests Social Media Influencer Strategy to Engage Meetings Industry

France Tests Social Media Influencer Strategy to Engage Meetings Industry

Greg Oates, Skift

Lots of destinations work with influencers to drive leisure traffic, but France's national tourism board is among the first to contract a meetings and events specialist to engage conference planners. This should inspire other countries and cities to try the same because it positions them as digital innovators to younger audiences.

6 hours ago

International Tourist Spending in U.S. at Record High Heading into Summer

International Tourist Spending in U.S. at Record High Heading into Summer

Dan Peltier, Skift

We won't call it a Trump bump but we do see some kind of increase occurring in international visitor spending so far this year. But spending seems to be down since February. The Summer travel season should provide more clarity.

16 hours ago

Orlando and Birmingham Leaders Grapple With Tourism Identities They Didn’t Want

Orlando and Birmingham Leaders Grapple With Tourism Identities They Didn’t Want

Dan Peltier, Skift

Mayors have power to dictate how a city positions itself for tourism. Orlando and Birmingham's stories are ones where the mayors entered office admitting their cities weren't being smart about tourism and they improved their marketing strategies from there.

3 days ago

Defining the Event Speaker of the Future and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Defining the Event Speaker of the Future and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in tourism news, we dove deep into meetings and events. What does the keynote speaker of the future look like, and how can conference planners leverage such an asset?

3 days ago

Trump Travel Ban Opposed by Majority of Americans in Poll

Trump Travel Ban Opposed by Majority of Americans in Poll

Alicia A. Caldwell and Emily Swanson, Associated Press

As with everything else in the United States, the sentiment in the poll about the travel ban largely broke down along party lines, and independents thought the federal courts have acted correctly to block the executives orders.

1 week ago

Trump Will Tighten Cuba Travel Policies and 11 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Trump Will Tighten Cuba Travel Policies and 11 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Breaking news on Trump's Cuba policies dominated this week's tourism coverage. Earlier this week, Trump suffered a loss as his travel ban remains blocked by a U.S. Court of Appeals, but he plans to get his way in Cuba by restricting travel.

2 weeks ago

Trump to End ‘Abusive’ Individual People-to-People Travel to Cuba

Trump to End ‘Abusive’ Individual People-to-People Travel to Cuba

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

This policy change will directly hurt tour operators that have been working to develop people-to-people vacations in recent years, adding uncertainty for consumers. U.S. travelers will now have fewer opportunities to interact one-on-one with the Cuban people.

2 weeks ago

WTTC Says Trump Should Make Tourism Job Growth a Priority

WTTC Says Trump Should Make Tourism Job Growth a Priority

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. tourism job growth is already projected to be smaller than the rest of the world without the full impact of some of the Trump administration's policies. The travel industry is asking for a seat at the table to convince Washington why that means bad news.

2 weeks ago

California Tourism Leaders Get Lessons on the Road From High-End Brands

California Tourism Leaders Get Lessons on the Road From High-End Brands

Laura Powell, Skift

California is in a unique position because it both has a product every traveler is after and it knows how to speak luxury from the start. Trips like these are just icing on the cake.

2 weeks ago

Visit Florida Gets Funding Approval And 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Visit Florida Gets Funding Approval And 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Dan Peltier, Skift

These are the tourism trends we were talking about this week.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago

Interview: Brand USA CEO Counts on Congress to Reverse Trump’s Plan to Kill It

Interview: Brand USA CEO Counts on Congress to Reverse Trump’s Plan to Kill It

Dan Peltier, Skift

Brand USA has reported positive returns on investment and built the U.S.’ national tourism marketing operations from the ground up over the past six years. But now one of its most important tasks is ensuring the President -- and his Twitter handle -- don’t derail its momentum.

3 weeks ago