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Thailand - After reopening, Thailand’s battered tourism struggles to rebuild

Authorities hope 5 to 15 million visitors will visit the country this year, down from 40 million before the pandemic.

International
Tourism

MX - Riding a wave of nostalgia along Mexico's Pacific coast

Revisiting towns brings back memories of 1960s college-era road trips, surfing safaris

International
Tourism

Carib - Seaweed Blighting Mexico's Caribbean Coast Amid Global Warming

Seaweed is increasingly blighting beaches along Mexico's Caribbean coast as global warming, marine pollution, and the felling of mangroves and jungles take their toll.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Tourism Industry Headed Toward Red-hot Summer, Trends Suggest

The pandemic is in the past – at least, that’s the mantra of the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’re looking beyond the pandemic,” said Kim Hufham, New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority president and CEO. “We don’t even want to mention that word really.”

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Put on your boots and grab your binoculars — It’s Shorebird Festival

As a U.S. Coast Guard plane buzzed over Mariner Park Lagoon, a trio of volunteers stood bundled up against the chill of a late-April morning, searching for the spring’s newest avian arrivals. George Matz, who has organized the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Monitoring Project for the past 14 years, was quick to share his knowledge — and his scope — to offer a look at a greater yellowlegs as it foraged.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Oahu, Hawaii's most populous island, will now limit Airbnbs and short-term vacation rentals in a big way

Oahu, Hawaii’s third-biggest island, will now place further restrictions on where Airbnb, Vrbo and other short-term rental properties can be located throughout Honolulu and the island.

Arctic & Antarctica
Tourism

Antarctic - Antarctica cruise: The last frontier for a big at-last luxury adventure

(CNN) -- Travelers to Antarctica always remember the first place they planted their feet on the frozen continent. For me, it was Portal Point, a narrow tip of land jutting westward from the Peninsula just north of the Antarctic Circle.

International
Tourism

MEX - Mexico Caribbean beaches may see worst sargassum since 2018

Mexican authorities say the problem of foul-smelling seaweed-like algae on the country’s Caribbean coast beaches is “alarming.”

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Queen Mary: the ignoble end of a seafaring giant that fought the Nazis and ferried royalty

The Queen Mary was the fastest ship in the world between 1938 and 1952 and one of the finest ocean liners of the golden age of trans-Atlantic travel, also serving during the Second World War, but now languishes in Long Beach in need of restoration

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Turtle flag flies high on Texas beaches

It's a lot better than a purple flag warning for venomous sea life; this banner means Kemp's ridley sea turtles have been found nesting on a Texas beach.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Beach fatigue? Reservations for PCB summer vacation rentals down after blistering 2021

With vacation rental reservations down from 2021 in Panama City Beach, Mitch Warren, owner of Warren Beach Rentals & Property Management, said it seems like tourists might have "beach fatigue."

International
Tourism

Mexico - Horror moment tourists are catapulted into the air after guide boat strikes whale off Mexico coast

Three tourists on a guide boat were hospitalized after being thrown into the air. The whale rose below the vessel, tipping it upward - and its passengers skyward. A Mexican Navy rescue unit attended the scene and took passengers to hospital. The Baja California peninsula is a tourist haunt and a haven for whale watching.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Move over Roomba, Pinellas beaches are getting a ‘BeBot’

From Clearwater to St. Pete Beach, Pinellas is home to 11 barrier islands providing 35 miles of powdery white beaches that serve as a haven for the county’s million residents, and a welcome respite for several million more annual visitors.

Caribbean
Tourism

Carib - Tourism operators weigh value of returning cruise passengers

Over the past month, commuters along Seafarers Way in George Town have grumbled about busy intersections now packed with tourists. It’s an all-too-familiar sign that cruise ship passengers are back, after a two-year government-imposed ban due to COVID.

International
Tourism

MX - Cancun Deploys 6000 Soldiers To Keep Tourists Safe Amid Record Arrivals

In the past six months, the state of Quintana Roo has been facing gang shootings that at times have pilled into the tourists zones of Cancun.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Beach mayors meet to talk issues and concerns

Mayors of the area’s coastal communities must walk a tight rope between ensuring a high quality of life for their constituents, providing a national destination for tourists and balancing growth – all while preparing for the effects of changing climate.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Cruise ships at center of dispute in Florida's idyllic Key West

KEY WEST: The island-city of Key West off the southern tip of Florida invites visitors to stroll slowly, enjoy turquoise waters and take in the sunset. But according to some residents, that idyllic peace is endangered - by lumbering, tourist-filled cruise ships.

International
Tourism

CAN - Wave of pollution from cruise ships expected regardless of new federal wastewater rules

Environmental groups are hoisting red flags as the cruise ship season relaunches after the easing of COVID restrictions on the West Coast despite Ottawa’s recent announcement it will roll out stricter wastewater dumping rules.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NY - Vacation rental sides square off | News, Sports, Jobs

Friedman’s attorney, Alicia Rood from Schroder, Joseph and Associates in Buffalo, presented first, and the focus of her argument as to why the vacation rental should be allowed to continue came down to the language of the letter of the Town of Dunkirk’s zoning laws.

International
Tourism

Egypt - Red Sea coral reefs benefit from drop in tourists

The shores of the Red Sea in Egypt have long been attractive to Russian tourists because of their rare coral reefs.

Coastwide
Tourism

World - Bioluminescent Tourism Is on the Rise. What the Hell Is Bioluminescence?

The molecular reaction causes microscopic organisms to emit a beautiful blue light

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

MD - Assateague National Seashore posts record numbers in 2021

BERLIN, Md.- Assateague Island National Seashore received a record 2,662,716 visitors to its Maryland and Virginia units in 2021, the National Park Service announced Monday. This put Assateague Island 33rd among the 380 National Park Units reporting visitation numbers, and ahead of such locations as Mount Rushmore, Bryce Canyon and Shenandoah.

International
Tourism

MX -Large Amounts Of Seaweed Arrive On Playa Del Carmen And Tulum Beaches

As the sargassum season arrives in the Mexican Caribbean, seaweed is covering some of Mexico’s most popular beaches in Cancun, Quintana Roo, and the Riviera Maya. In the coming weeks, experts predict an undesirable amount of algae will flood Mexico’s beaches.