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FL - Miami Beach Tourism and Hospitality Industry Making Faster Than Expected Recovery

The tourism and hospitality industry in Miami Beach is making a faster than expected recovery as resort tax revenues continue to come in higher than projected. Instead of an anticipated 50% drop in revenue from March 2019, the last year of normal operations, actual receipts were down only 9.6%. As a result, the City collected $4.3 million more than projected.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Occupancy tax revenue continues to soar, breaks records in January, February, March

EMERALD ISLE — The boom in tourism and occupancy tax revenue in 2020 continued unabated through the winter quarter of 2021, according to Greg Rudolph, manager of the Carteret County Shore Protection Office.

Caribbean
Tourism

Mexico - Caribbean coast at "imminent risk" of lockdown

The governor of Mexico’s resort-studded Caribbean coast said Thursday his state is at “imminent risk” of returning to lockdown as coronavirus cases there rose steadily.

Caribbean
Tourism

USVA - Army Corps taking public comment on "The Bebop" until May 26

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking public comment on “The Bebop,” a proposed 120-foot-long floating bar and restaurant the owner wants to moor in Pillsbury Sound, between Mingo and Grass cays.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - New renderings released of Royal Caribbean's new cruise terminal in Galveston

We have a new idea of what Royal Caribbean's new cruise terminal in Galveston will look like once completed.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Walton County taking a measured approach for the right developer for tourism app

Walton County commissioners are taking a measured approach to a Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) effort to get a digital tourism application up and running.

International
Tourism

Vietnam - Cua Dai Beach: pandemic rubs salt into erosion wound

Tourism workers and businesses along Hoi An’s Cua Dai Beach have already suffered because of severe erosion. Covid-19 has made things even worse.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - ‘World’s largest’ standing wave pool coming to Hawaii

The home of some of the most spectacular natural waves in the world will be getting what developers said is the world’s largest standing wave as part of a $100 million waterpark mega-project slated for 2022.

Coastwide
Tourism

US - Key tourist destinations rethink their reliance on cruising

On April 12, activists in Juneau, Alaska, filed paperwork to limit cruise traffic to the city's picturesque port, where more than 1.2 million passengers disembarked in 2019. When cruising returns, it's expected to host about 620 ships, bringing more than 1.3 million to the last frontier state.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - Shore town’s expanded parking fees anger some residents who say they now have to pay

Metered parking goes into effect on Saturday in Belmar for the coming summer season, when parking near the beach will cost $1 an hour on some blocks and $2 an hour on others, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m, payable through the ParkMobile phone app or automated phone line.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Help wanted on Outer Banks: Tourists are there — but workers aren’t, businesses say

It’s never easy to find seasonal workers on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where summers can feel like paradise but housing is limited.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - ‘This is like Waimea River wave on steroids:’ Surf park, world’s largest standing wave pool coming to west Oahu

Things could look a lot different around Ewa Beach in 2022. Visitors and kamaaina can expect a first-of-its-kind surf park venue.

International
Tourism

Thailand: Saving a beach paradise from mass tourism

Thai authorities want to cap the number of tourists at Maya Bay to rescue its stressed marine ecosystem. The iconic cove from "The Beach" had to be sealed off to the public after almost all its coral was destroyed.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Some residents of key tourist destinations rethink their reliance on cruising

When cruising returns, it’s expected to host about 620 ships, bringing more than 1.3 million to the last frontier state.

International
Tourism

Canada - 'Please stay away': Vancouver Coastal region mayors don't want visitors, daytrippers

The new restrictions combine B.C.’s five health authorities into three regions of the province, with travel between these regions prohibited. The Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions have been combined into one zone.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Concerns renewed over Southport short term rentals

The Southport Planning Board began grappling with regulation of short term rentals more than a year ago, then discussions all but halted when board meetings were moved to the online Zoom platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northeast
Tourism

MA - Cape Cod National Seashore Popularity Takes Big Jump

TRURO – The Cape Cod National Seashore was one of the most popular national parks in the nation in 2020, according to recently released numbers.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Frustrated residents push back as Hawaii tourism resurges

Kai Nishiki and other frustrated Maui residents got up early Saturday and armed themselves with beach chairs, umbrellas and towels to storm Wailea Beach and push back the increasing ranks of tourists who have been flocking to the island, overtaking popular spots locals got used to having to themselves after COVID-19 virtually shut down the visitor industry.

International
Tourism

Saudi Arabia - This Jaw-dropping Archipelago Is Set to Open in 2022 With Stunning Beaches, Desert Dunes, and Volcanoes

The Red Sea Project, a multi-island resort development in Saudi Arabia, is proposing a step forward for sustainable hospitality.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - County chair proposes eliminating beach driving tolls for Volusia residents

Volusia County Chair Jeff Brower is continuing his push to expand beach driving and has come up with an idea to eliminate tolls for drivers who live within the county.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - 'It was inevitable': Surf City visitors, business owners react to first day of paid parking

During a Feb. 19 work session, town council members decided to forgo Surf City’s status as one of the few remaining coastal towns along the state’s southeastern coast to offer free beach parking to visitors.

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