Articles tagged “universal orlando”

Tourism

Universal Orlando Previews $1 Billion Epic Universe Theme Park

Universal Orlando is building a fourth complex in Florida, with a "celestial" park as its hub. But it remains to be seen if visitors believe the $1 billion Epic Universe theme park can outshine the magic of the company's larger rival, Disney.

Universal Orlando Previews $1 Billion Epic Universe Theme Park

Short-Term Rentals

Barbie’s DreamHouse, Star Wars Galaxy: Growing Trend of Themed Rentals

The trend of themes in vacation rentals is niche, but popular — is it also a viable investment in the long-term?

Barbie’s DreamHouse, Star Wars Galaxy: Growing Trend of Themed Rentals

Hotels

Loews Hotels’ Contrarian Strategy Helps it Land Big Deals and Fend Off Short-Term Rentals

While other hotel groups shed assets, Loews keeps buying more. While others shy from convention businesses, Loews bets on big groups. When everyone is going one way, it opens up an opportunity for others to exploit contrarian paths.

Loews Hotels’ Contrarian Strategy Helps it Land Big Deals and Fend Off Short-Term Rentals

Tour Operators

Is Attendance Down at Disney Parks? Here’s What We Know

The idea that a giant tourist attraction like Disney could fall victim to price sensitivity, especially under the current macro economic conditions, is telling. It further underscores that if theme parks are going to charge an arm and a leg, they need to deliver an experience worth the price tag, to remain competitive.

Is Attendance Down at Disney Parks? Here’s What We Know

News Blog

Universal Orlando Boosts Brightline Plans to Extend Passenger Rail to Tampa

A planned passenger rail link between Orlando and Tampa got a big boost Thursday. Universal Orlando Resort has pledged $125 million in funding towards construction of an 11-mile rail corridor that is a critical link in private passenger rail operator Brightline's plan to extend train service to Tampa. The funding will come from the creation…

Tourism

U.S. Amusement Parks Make a Long-Term Bet on Season Passes After Standstill Year

The pandemic slammed revenue at amusement parks, but it was a one-off problem. Looking ahead, operators must market the appeal of season passes to help cope with flatlining attendance.

U.S. Amusement Parks Make a Long-Term Bet on Season Passes After Standstill Year

Online Travel

Theme Parks Face Tough Tech Investment Choices

The pandemic is handing an edge only to those rare theme park operators with cash cushions to invest in new tech.

Theme Parks Face Tough Tech Investment Choices

Online Travel

Top-Spending Travel Brands for U.S. TV Advertising So Far This Year

The first quarter is a popular time for travelers to start planning spring break and summer travel. Based on TV spending estimates for the first quarter, it's clear that the top spending brands such as Southwest Airlines, Trivago.com and Royal Caribbean are bent on getting Americans enamored with the thought of summer vacations.

Top-Spending Travel Brands for U.S. TV Advertising So Far This Year

Tourism

Universal Is About to Make an Even Bigger Play for Florida Tourists

With confirmation that it bought another 475 acres adjacent to an existing theme park, Universal's parent company showed that it's not content to depend just on a magic wand.

Universal Is About to Make an Even Bigger Play for Florida Tourists

Tourism

Florida Theme Parks Add Metal Detectors to Screen Holiday Crowds

Considering the holiday crush of guests, this will result in long lines — and safer parks.

Florida Theme Parks Add Metal Detectors to Screen Holiday Crowds