Articles tagged “tourism”

Bermuda Tourism Faces Cancellations as Vacationers Think It’s Storm-Wracked Barbuda

Bermuda Tourism Faces Cancellations as Vacationers Think It’s Storm-Wracked Barbuda

Ezra Fieser, Bloomberg

Just as foreigners had their geographies mixed up when Ebola shook western Africa in 2014 and left most of the continent untouched, many vacationers don't know the difference between Bermuda and Barbuda despite the 1,000 miles that separate the two countries. A good social media campaign might work as long as it isn't insensitive to Barbuda's plight.

2 weeks ago

Bali Airport Closed Following Volcanic Eruption

Bali Airport Closed Following Volcanic Eruption

Harry Suhartono and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Volcanic eruptions can cause big problems for the aviation industry. There's not much airlines can do at this stage but watch, wait and hope that this isn't going to be a repeat of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland in 2010.

2 weeks ago

Japan Tourism Is Using Celebrity Chefs to Make the Country More Palatable to U.S. Travelers

Japan Tourism Is Using Celebrity Chefs to Make the Country More Palatable to U.S. Travelers

Dan Peltier, Skift

Japan Tourism really thinks that U.S. travelers are turning Japanese, or at least their travel wish lists are. The tourism board is more building off the momentum it already has in the U.S. But most U.S. travelers don't speak Japanese, and that will continue to be a sticking point for the country's tourism.

2 weeks ago

Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in tourism, we thought about big, long-term issues. Travel leaders are just starting to take overtourism seriously, while U.S. tour operators are optimistic they can gain an edge with the new restrictions on travel to Cuba.

2 weeks ago

Florida Beach Access Imperiled in Clash With Panhandle Landowners

Florida Beach Access Imperiled in Clash With Panhandle Landowners

Eric Staats, Melissa Nelson Gabriel and Thaddeus Mast, Associated Press

Who will will the turf war on Florida beaches between landowners and vacationers trying to spread out their towels to enjoy some fun in the sun? The courts will have to figure it out, and there will be big tourism dollars at risk in the outcome.

2 weeks ago

Utah Ski Resorts Worry Drunk Driver Laws Will Turn Off Visitors

Utah Ski Resorts Worry Drunk Driver Laws Will Turn Off Visitors

Brady McCombs, Associated Press

Yes, tourism and powering local economies through food and beverage are important, but shouldn't public safety be just as important, if not more so? Perhaps having the strictest DUI laws in the country isn't such a terrible thing, especially when you consider that ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft can transport intoxicated drivers.

2 weeks ago

Okinawa Is Set to Overtake Hawaii in Visitor Numbers

Okinawa Is Set to Overtake Hawaii in Visitor Numbers

Katsuyo Kuwako, Bloomberg

Okinawa is benefiting from an overall boost in tourism to Japan, which broke a new visitation record this year. But Hawaii hotels may have also priced themselves out of many travelers' budgets.

3 weeks ago

New York City Is Reminding Travelers That It’s a Cultural and Creative Capital

New York City Is Reminding Travelers That It’s a Cultural and Creative Capital

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

NYC & Company is still using ubiquitous buzzwords and phrases such as "local," "authentic" and "unique experiences" in its latest marketing campaign. But it seems like the tourism board is finally using those catchphrases in a useful way – to encourage tourists to support local businesses – which often rely on tourism dollars for survival.

3 weeks ago

Florida’s Tourism Growth is Still on Track Despite Hurricane Irma Hurdle

Florida’s Tourism Growth is Still on Track Despite Hurricane Irma Hurdle

Associated Press

Even if Florida's tourism growth remains solid and the state makes its target for this year, are tourists actually coming back to the areas hardest hit by Irma that need tourism dollars to recover?

3 weeks ago

Celebrity Builds a New Ship for the Galapagos and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Celebrity Builds a New Ship for the Galapagos and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

This week in tourism, cruise lines were busy. Celebrity Cruises is building a new luxury ship to sail the already expensive Galapagos, and Royal Caribbean is prioritizing new tech. We're more excited about facial recognition streamlining the boarding process than we are about virtual reality dining.

3 weeks ago

Times Square Desnudas and Costumed Characters Have Businesses Moving Elsewhere

Times Square Desnudas and Costumed Characters Have Businesses Moving Elsewhere

David M. Levitt, Bloomberg

With Time Square's central location and iconic reputation, the area is unlikely to ever become a business ghost town.

3 weeks ago

Destinations Around the World Search for Overtourism Solutions

Destinations Around the World Search for Overtourism Solutions

Pan Pylas, Associated Press

Every destination is different and there is no one-size-fits-all panacea to limit overtourism. Until cities get smarter about quantifying the movements and behavior of travelers, there's little hope for finding reproducible solutions.

3 weeks ago