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Tourism

MA - Cape Cod National Seashore closes visitor centers due to COVID concerns

The COVID-19 resurgence on the Outer Cape has triggered the closures of the two visitor centers at the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Tourism bed-tax collections for May reflect 52% jump over pre-pandemic May 2019

As coronavirus concerns ease, Volusia County tourism officials and hoteliers report the subsequent surge in visitors has yielded a welcome spike in daily hotel room rates.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Red tide detected near Longboat Key, remains strong in Tampa Bay

Red tide has made its presence devastatingly known over the past several days in Pinellas County, where, to the horror of residents, Tropical Storm Elsa washed tons of dead fish ashore in the St. Petersburg area.

Southeast
Tourism

VI - Climate change-themed mini-golf course opens at Two Trees' waterfront site in Williamsburg

On the site of a proposed mixed-use development in Williamsburg, a temporary climate change-themed miniature golf course has opened.

Northeast
Tourism

MA - In Cape Cod’s ‘Sharky’ Waters, Humans Learn to Coexist with an Apex Predator

New technology and changing habits may keep beachgoers safe as the local great white population grows.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - South Carolina’s Tourism Industry Is Humming Again … Which Is Why It Doesn’t Need Taxpayer Funding

The Palmetto State needs to diversify its destinations, not force taxpayers to subsidize tourism advertising that doesn’t move the needle …

International
Tourism

Int'l - Thailand bets on 'Phuket sandbox' program to save tourism

Waves break on the empty tourist beach of Patong on Phuket, southern Thailand, Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Thailand's government will begin the "Phuket Sandbox" scheme to bring the tourists back to Phuket starting July 1. Even though coronavirus numbers are again rising around the rest of Thailand and prompting new lockdown measures, officials say there's too much at stake not to forge ahead with the plan to reopen the island to fully-vaccinated travelers.

Southeast
Tourism

NC - Beach town marketers wield robust budget as strategies are adapted post-Covid

Wielding a $734,000 budget, the marketing apparatus of Wrightsville Beach is prepared to make gains after a year of lockdowns and social restrictions. Overseen by the Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau, this year’s marketing budget for the beach town represents a 22.5% increase compared to two years ago.

Northeast
Tourism

MA - In Cape Cod, New Efforts to Coexist With Sharks

Great whites have returned to Cape Cod. Can new tools help beachgoers predict the likelihood that a shark is nearby?

Northeast
Tourism

RI - Parking rates go up at Rhode Island’s most popular beach

It’s a little pricier to park at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly under price hikes approved by state lawmakers that are now officially in effect.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Cruise ships are back. And it’s a catastrophe for the environment

Cruise ships kill whales, leak gray water, and are largely exempt from US taxation. When they violate the law, they pay the equivalent of a parking ticket

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Tourism numbers beat pre-pandemic years on the Treasure Coast

Tourism officials on the Treasure Coast are seeing tourism rates bounce back after the pandemic.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Plunge into beach life on the Texas Gulf Coast

Miles of barrier islands, beaches, and bays create a Texas-big wonderland for sun-and-surf experiences.

International
Tourism

Int'l - 'Parisians, go home': South west France fumes over rush for coastal property

A scramble by Parisians for homes in France's picturesque southwestern Basque region is fanning a nationalist backlash in a region with a troubled past.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Report: Apalachicola, other estuarine reserves help power local economies

A system of little-known public lands protecting sensitive coastal habitats generates significant economic impacts for local communities in Florida. That’s the finding of a new study of four National Estuarine Research Reserve System sites in Florida and Oregon.

Coastwide
Tourism

World - 42 Carnival-Owned Cruise Ships Are Resuming Operations

42 Carnival-owned cruise ships are resuming operations including from operations across the U.S., Caribbean and Europe.

Caribbean
Tourism

Carib - Mexico's Caribbean coast hit by heavy seaweed, more expected

Environmentalists and tourism operators on Mexico's Caribbean coast are complaining about mounds of foul-smelling sargassum—a seaweed-like algae—that are piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - DeSantis says red tide this year ‘not like 2018’ bloom

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the growing bloom of red tide spreading around parts of Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay is not like the one that devastated the region in 2018.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Maui’s remote ‘Road to Hana’ sees crowds and traffic jams

Some people who live in east Maui say the famed Road to Hana is becoming a gridlocked maze of illegally parked cars driven by tourists.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Can Hawaii reset its stressed out tourism industry after the pandemic?

The islands has been feeling the weight of a tourism industry that has ballooned to what many believe is beyond the islands’ capacity

Great Lakes
Tourism

NY - This tiny, endangered bird is choking tourism business at popular Lake Ontario beach

On the eastern shore of Lake Ontario, this looked like the year everything would finally turn around for Cathy Goodnough and the marina that’s been the family business for 116 years. Greene Pointe Marina at Sandy Pond had been destroyed in the flood of 2017, rebuilt, and raised up at a cost of more than $1.2 million, only to be damaged again by flooding in 2019.

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