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THAILAND - Sandbox runs out of toys

Expanded scheme welcomed, but still can't compare with Test & Go

International
Tourism

World - Anticipating sargassum season

It’s not too early to begin preparing for summer sargassum. Dr Anjani Ganase reviews the latest Sargassum White Paper generated by the United Nations Environmental Programme. The big picture requires trans-Atlantic co-operation – West Africa and Brazil to fully understand the annual sargassum influx.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Alaska Voices: The dividends paid by Southeast Alaska's 'Seabank' are the state's untold secrets

Southeast Alaska’s natural capital produces economic outputs from the seafood and visitor products industries worth several billion dollars a year

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

AL - No booze, no worries: For sixth year, Spring Break to be booze free on Gulf Shores beaches

Six years ago on March 17, 2016, a spring breaker from Texas launched a football over large crowd of revelers and into the direction of police officers.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Okaloosa County reports 7.5M visitors in 2021, increases tax revenue by millions

More than 5 million visitors travel to Okaloosa County every year. In 2021, the number hit 7.5 million visitors, increasing tourist spending by 30 percent from 2020 for a total of $736 million, 28 percent more than 2019.

International
Tourism

AU - Protecting our coastlines while large number of visitors put pressure on coastal communities

The pressure on accommodation on the Mid Coast these holidays has led to an increase in illegal camping, particularly in popular coastal communities.

International
Tourism

Thailand: Tropical bay from 'The Beach' reopens

A Thai bay that was made famous by its appearance in the film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio has been reopened after more than three years.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Despite COVID, Hurricane Sally and staffing, Pensacola-area hotels had record-breaking 2021

Escambia County’s tourism has rebounded strongly from a 2020 full of COVID-related closures, Hurricane Sally damage and staffing shortages, reporting a 23% increase in bed tax collections over 2019 with a head start on what could be an even more record-breaking 2022.

International
Tourism

Sri Lanka’ - Scientific marine tourism: how ready are we?

Sri Lanka’s potential for ‘eco and science-based marine tourism’, though immense, has still not been properly tapped. To promote this unconventional tourism product, sustainable environmental practices are fundamental. We spoke to several stakeholders who moot collaborative efforts and community participation in making these best practices a reality.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

AL - Alabama beach city OK’s gradual 3 percentage point increase in lodging tax

A popular Alabama beach city is increasing its lodging tax by 3 percentage points over the next two years.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Coastal Commission weighs in on 'out of control' human/sea lion situation at Point La Jolla

As the city of San Diego explores a permit to close Point La Jolla during the next sea lion pupping season, animal-rights advocates went to the California Coastal Commission to plead their case.

International
Tourism

Mexico - Tourists bask on a battlefield as drug gangs fight over Mexican resort town

Tulum, jewel of the Mayan Riviera, risks emulating Acapulco, another once glamorous resort now overwhelmed by violence

International
Tourism

AU - City of Gold Coast rolls out inclusive initiatives at its beaches

The City of Gold Coast is investing in accessible beach infrastructure including beach wheelchairs and matting along with custom-built wheelchair accessible showers and changing rooms installed at some of their most popular beaches aimed at making the Gold Coast a more inclusive and accessible city.

Northeast
Tourism

NY - Statue of Liberty ferry operator seeks new home as old structure crumbles

The operator of ferry service to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is eyeing a move to an historic Battery Park pier from its existing home that’s falling apart.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Goodbye red tide! Much of Big Bend coast free of harmful algal blooms

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fl. (WTXL) — Red tide made its presence known along coastal areas of the Big Bend in October. Now, it's gone.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Cape Hatteras National Seashore breaks long-standing annual visitation record

Strong October visitation helped Cape Hatteras National Seashore break a long-standing annual visitation record. With a month left in the year, 2021 has already become CHNS’s busiest year ever, surpassing the previous record set in 2002.

Northeast
Tourism

MA - Public beach access for people with disabilities focus of hearings to improve equity, inclusion

Arguing that all people should have access to public beaches regardless of physical ability, advocates and public officials on Tuesday called for improvements and upgrades so people with disabilities can easily enjoy seaside offerings in Massachusetts.

International
Tourism

TC - NEW LAWS FOR BEACH VENDORS

Government has introduced new laws to regulate vending activities on the beaches and coastal areas of Turks and Caicos Islands, in response to major challenges and concerns resulting from an upsurge of vending activity in those areas.

International
Tourism

AUS - ‘I can’t see any positives’: return of cruise ships may bring a storm of protest to regional Australian ports

Post-Covid cruising industry wants picturesque towns on its itineraries, while locals fear the pollution and damage the ships can bring