Tourism

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

PNW - Tourist Lodgings Reopening Along Oregon And Washington Shores

Fresh salt air and a good night’s sleep to the sound of lapping waves might be just what the doctor ordered for Pacific Northwesterners left frazzled by current events. A getaway to the seashore is back in the realm of possibility as many coastal Oregon and Washington towns relax closure orders on tourist lodgings and vacation rentals.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - Tourist towns balance fear, survival in make-or-break summer

As the coronavirus raced across America, this quaint seaside town did what would normally be unthinkable for a tourist destination.

International
Tourism

Canada - Cruise ship ban extended until October

The Government of Canada has extended the ban on cruise ship operations until October amid the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.

International
Tourism

Europe - The first river cruise has returned to Europe's waterways – is this the start of the cruise recovery?

As the distinctive red-and-white riverboat NickoVision sets sail today, it is not only carrying 110 excited passengers but also the hopes of the entire cruise industry.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Promising sign for coast hotels

Booking activity ramping up in Half Moon Bay as people start looking at future options

West Coast
Tourism

CA - National parks, beaches face long road to re-opening for Central California tourists

Families hoping to escape their homes on the Valley floor and take in the mountain air will have to wait at least another couple weeks as the Golden State's biggest tourist attractions begin to map out "the new normal" for responsible recreation.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

OR - Record Travel Industry Growth on Oregon Coast Halted by COVID Shutdowns

This year's COVID pandemic shutdowns have hit the Oregon coast harder than most part of the state, especially considering its travel industry was experiencing a record growth rate for over a decade.

Northeast
Tourism

NY - Town of Southampton restricts beach access due to 'hellish holiday weekend’

The Town of Southampton is now restricting its beach access after what town officials call a “hellish holiday weekend.”

Caribbean
Tourism

USVI - Cruise Line Offers Territory Floating Hospital and Hotel

The Virgin Islands may see its first floating hotel operation in the harbor of St. Thomas courtesy of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line CEO Oneil Khosa, who has offered to temporarily supply a ship to the territory to help boost tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic dies down.

Caribbean
Tourism

Jamaica - Leading The Way In Profiling Post-Pandemic Travel And Travelers

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Minister Edmund Bartlett, is an engaging and sought-after speaker at the heart of global discussions around travel and tourism resilience and recovery measures. He recently granted me an exclusive interview for Forbes.com about the world’s transition to a “New Normal” that will define how we all will travel in the future.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

Canada - BC Province Supports Community Destination Marketing Organizations

The Province is supporting fifty-nine community-destination marketing organizations (DMO) through $10 million dollars in funding.

International
Tourism

Greece, Spain Slowly Reopen Tourism Industries

The tourism industry is slowly being revived in some European countries with new precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - The Jersey Shore Is Opening Up, But That Won’t Save Beach Towns

(Bloomberg Businessweek) -- On Saturday, May 16, Anthony Vaz, the mayor of Seaside Heights, surveys the 16-block boardwalk in his archetypal New Jersey beach town, once the backdrop for MTV’s Jersey Shore. The pandemic has left the area more sedate than it appeared on the show.

International
Tourism

Ireland - Coastal and marine tourism could help jump start the sector

Coast and Marine tourism could hold enormous value to help the sector get back on its feet coming out of the Covid-19 crisis a report from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) has found.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

AL - Large crowds return to Alabama beaches

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Large crowds have returned to Alabama beaches as the state loosened restrictions on restaurants and social gatherings.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - South Carolina Tourism Collapse: Another Terrible Week Of Data

Losses continue to pile up despite industry being open for second full week …

Northeast
Tourism

MA - Numerous changes for Cape Cod this summer due to coronavirus and social distancing measures

As stay-at-home orders and advisories bloomed across the Northeast in late March, vehicle trips in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts flatlined at 100% below normal, according to data from the online journal ClimateCentral. Connecticut barely had a pulse, with trips fluctuating between 80% and 100% below normal.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - This will be the strangest, most special Jersey Shore summer ever | Opinion

No matter what happens in the coming months, this will be a summer like no other at the Jersey Shore.

Northeast
Tourism

N.J. hasn’t banned staying with friends at a Shore house. But there are limits, Murphy says.

Some people heading to the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend might be wondering: Does the reopening of beaches and boardwalks also mean you can stay with family and friends at a summer home, rental, or hotel? Or are you blocked by the state’s stay-at-home coronavirus restrictions?

International
Tourism

Mexico - Playa del Carmen hotel shutdown after beach club caught operating

Playa Del Carmen officials shutdown the Grand Coral Hotel when they found the beach club operating as normal during stay at home orders.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - Historic coastal Maine inn feeling pinch of second pandemic since its founding

Ken and Patricia Mason are the ninth-generation owners of the Seaside Inn on Beach Avenue, and their dream is to one day pass their family business to the tenth.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NJ - Jersey Shore town's beach badge sale draws hundreds ahead of reopening for Memorial Day weekend

Hundreds of people in New Jersey stood in line to purchase beach access badges Saturday ahead of what could be a busy Memorial Day weekend.

Caribbean
Tourism

Caribbean - Small Island Developing States: Building resilience for sustainable trade, tourism, transport infrastructure and development

Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as the Caribbean Island of Grenada, face a double exposure to external economic and environmental shocks.

International
Tourism

UK - Seaside faces ‘Catch-22’ as lifeguard huts, toilets and car parks stay shut

Seaside towns face a “catch-22” as they balance protecting their older residents with the need to support the tourism industry, a district councillor has warned.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - PHOTOS: Coastal South Carolina tourism finding a way to rebound

Myrtle Beach and coastal South Carolina are gearing up for returning tourism business.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

LA - Oil, Tourism, Seafood — All Hit in Louisiana COVID-19 Fight

Every Labor Day weekend, St. Mary Parish celebrates two industries at a tourist event with a seemingly improbable title: the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - Maine tourism groups call for an end to 14-day quarantine rule for out-of-state visitors

Seven tourism industry groups across the state released an open letter to Gov. Janet Mills as COVID-19 restrictions threaten summer business.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - Like A Scene Out of 'Mad Max': Washington And Oregon State Parks Struggle To Address Crowds

Cannon Beach on Oregon’s north coast saw so many out of town visitors last weekend they had to be told to go home. Hundreds were enjoying the sun before officials swept through.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NJ - Beaches to reopen, partly

Jersey shore beaches will be back in business for Memorial Day, if not quite full-tilt, Governor Phil Murphy said Thursday.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - New program inspires outdoor family recreation while benefiting tourism businesses in Charlotte County

The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, in collaboration with the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce, is inspiring outdoor family recreation while providing benefits to local tourism businesses in Charlotte County, through the sale of Englewood Youth Explorers (EYE) On Nature Youth Explorers Club Kid Paks at BestSideYourSide.com.

Coastwide
Tourism

The cruise ship industry is sinking. I’m OK with that

Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line, one of the biggest cruise ship operators, warned this week that the company could go out of business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Frustrations build in Mount Pleasant over roadblocks preventing access to public beaches

MOUNT PLEASANT — To the east are public beaches. To the west are 90,000 or so people who might like to use them. And in between are barricades and police checkpoints.

Caribbean
Tourism

Barbados - Time for further discussion on marine preservation

Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, believes that the time has come for Barbados and the region to discuss marine environmental preservation with its international cruise partners.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Bear alert issued on Outer Banks island after ominous footprints found in sand at Cape Lookout National Seashore

A bear has found its way to North Carolina’s barrier islands, and the National Park Service is warning anglers and surfers to take precautions.

International
Tourism

New Zealand - Tourism Bay of Plenty launches new campaign to help Covid 19 affected businesses

A new campaign aimed at enticing New Zealanders to visit or rediscover the coastal Bay of Plenty in the wake Covid-19 has begun.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Carnival won't resume cruises from Charleston until September

The Charleston-based Carnival Sunshine cruise ship will not begin sailing again until at least September 2020.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Rogue tourists arrested as Hawaii tries to curb virus spread

Hawaii authorities are cracking down on rogue tourists who are visiting beaches, riding personal watercraft, shopping and generally flouting strict requirements that they quarantine for 14 days after arriving.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Isle of Palms to hold special meeting Friday focused on reopening short term rentals

The Isle of Palms will be holding another special meeting, this time on Friday afternoon.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Loss Of Cruise Ship Business Upends Glacier Bay National Park's Budget

While national parks across the country are working on their reopening plans, staff at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska is working on a plan to survive the loss of roughly 70 percent of its annual budget, a loss tied to cruise ships not leaving port for the park's waters this summer.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Florida county’s medical examiner begged officials to close beaches, internal emails reveal

Beaches in Florida’s St. Johns County remained open to record crowds through most of March, despite mounting concerns raised by the county’s medical examiner and residents.

Pacific Northwest
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OR - Tillamook County Tourism Businesses Continue Helping N. Oregon Coast Locals

With the coronavirus pandemic grinding the Oregon coast tourism industry to a halt, in Tillamook County alone it’s estimated that 2,350 employees have lost their jobs. Hotels have shuttered, most restaurants sit idle (except for those doing takeout), and charter boat companies have empty boats and coffers. Even retail businesses are closed unless they’ve found some online aspect for revenue.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Flyers stoke debate over reopening the Outer Banks

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — A flyer that's being place on parked cars along part of North Carolina's coast is telling visitors to go home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Galveston beaches to open May 1 with social distancing recommendations

Galveston public beaches will open Friday, May 1 with social distancing recommendations.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

DE - Delaware’s coastal towns face uncertain tourist season, prepare for green light

Delaware’s coastal towns are facing an uncertain future with business struggling and towns predicting a major loss of revenue.

International
Tourism

Int'l - Pandemic at sea: Experts say cruise industry’s decisions contributed to toll

On land, more than 300,000 people worldwide had contracted the deadly coronavirus, and the governor of California had just ordered all 39 million residents to stay at home. But as the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship steamed north across the Pacific Ocean on March 21, hundreds of passengers crammed together on the ship’s pool deck and overlooking gangways.

International
Tourism

Thailand's tourist drought leaves space for shy sea mammal

BANGKOK (AP) — It's rare to see a threatened species of sea mammal in shallow waters in southern Thailand but thanks to travel restrictions that have stripped popular destinations of crowds of tourists, a large group of dugongs has made their presence known.

International
Tourism

Wales - How to enjoy the beauty of the Welsh coast from the comfort of your own home

It is a hot summer afternoon. As the sun beats down on the glistening Irish Sea, TV presenter Sean Fletcher is working up a sweat.

Caribbean
Tourism

Jamaica - Capacity concerns - Green Island infrastructure seen as inadequate for Princess mega hotel

Concerns are being raised as to whether the small community of Green Island in Hanover can handle the pressures that a mega resort, as proposed by the Princess Hotel chain, will bring to community services that are already seen as inadequate.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Golf courses, considered lifeblood to Hilton Head, furlough hundreds due to coronavirus

April, typically the busiest month of the year for Hilton Head Island’s golf courses — an industry that brings in $2.59 billion statewide — has become financially unrecoverable for most courses.

International
Tourism

Australia - 80 Percent of hotel rooms are empty, or closed entirely

More than 240,000 hotel rooms stand closed or unoccupied and 300 hotels have shut their doors entirely as the national lockdown and ban on international travel devastates the leisure industry.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Thousands visit beaches as Southern California experiences heat wave amid coronavirus outbreak

Thousands of people poured onto beaches in Orange County over the weekend as Southern California experienced its first major heat wave of the year, even as officials continue to urge visitors to avoid mass gatherings and practice social distancing due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Visitors flock to the beach as Texas resort town reopens

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — People are back out on the sand and in the water as beaches opened across South Padre Island today.

Coastwide
Tourism

USA - Coastal States and the Covid-19 Pandemic 

With the COVID-19 body count racking up -- we will surpass the US deaths in the Viet Nam War this coming week --and with all eyes on the reopening day, Dan Martin, host of ASPN's NextGen Waterfronts Podcast, takes a look down the road and what the pandemic means to coastal communities.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - With warm, sunny weather in the forecast, Pismo Beach planning extra enforcement this weekend KEYT

PISMO BEACH, Calif. -- With warm temperatures expected to continue into the weekend, the City of Pismo Beach is planning to make sure everyone is following the rules on its beaches.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Indian River County reopening guarded beaches Tuesday; St. Lucie may, Martin will not

One month ago, Treasure Coast leaders closed beaches. It was a unified front from local officials to present clarity for their region.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Tampa Bay tourism looking to focus on 'brighter days ahead'

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is launching a new campaign to re-attract visitors to the area post-COVID-19.

International
Tourism

Canada - Tourism sector laying groundwork for recovery

As B.C. begins planning for a gradual return to normal, one of the biggest challenges could be the tourism sector, a key part of the Sunshine Coast economy.

Caribbean
Tourism

Caribbean - Tourism group and environmental leader pledge climate action collaboration this Earth Day

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) joined together for Earth Day (April 22) to share their collaborative intent to emerge from the current Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis and help rebuild a stronger, more resilient Caribbean for the environment and the people that depend on it.

Coastwide
Tourism

Socially Distance This - Carnival Executives Knew They Had a Virus Problem, But Kept the Party Going

More than 1,500 people on the company’s cruise ships have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and dozens have died.

Caribbean
Tourism

The Most Tourism-Dependent Region in the World Braces for Prolonged Coronavirus Recovery

No one is swimming in the turquoise Caribbean waters of Cuba’s Varadero beach resort, nor lounging on its white, palm-fringed beaches. Its hundreds of hotels, shops and restaurants stand empty and eerily quiet.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - 'It's beyond frustrating': tensions peak as Hawaii locals urge tourists to stay out

Hundreds of travelers, motivated in part by low airfares, are riding out the pandemic in Hawaii – but some islanders see it a disregard for their home

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Tourism Industry Ground To A Halt Amid Pandemic

Like much of North Carolina’s economy, the $25-billion-a-year tourist industry has ground to a halt because of the coronavirus. And on the Outer Banks, where the economy depends almost entirely on visitors, the timing could scarcely be worse.

Northeast
Tourism

Canada - Island mayor confident of small community’s ‘resilience’ in ‘trial’

The mayor of Tahsis believes that nothing can dampen the spirit of this ‘strong’ community as it heads towards its 50th anniversary

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - How do we reopen the Outer Banks to tourism so that we maintain our quality of life?

Dear Commissioners: Thank you for shouldering the tough jobs that you have. I appreciate the sacrifice that you make for the community every day.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - South Carolina retail stores and public beach access points will be allowed to reopen Tuesday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Post and Courier says that South Carolina retail stores and public beach access points will be allowed to reopen on Tuesday.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Wrightsville opening beach, sound access -- with limits

Wrightsville joins Surf City, which lifted some of its restrictions on Saturday. Carolina Beach has been under pressure to do the same.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Charleston beach towns will maintain checkpoints after McMaster's impending order

CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — The City of Isle Palms, the Town of Sullivan's Island, the City of Folly Beach, and the Town of Edisto Beach all came together to make a unanimous decision about their public beach accesses and checkpoints on Sunday.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Walk, run or surf – but don’t sunbathe on Florida beaches WKBN.com

It was a welcome relief for Judi Spann, who used to walk a mile on the beach every day before it was closed