Tourism

Caribbean
Tourism

Caribbean - Sargassum Continues to Swamp Environment & Economy in Caribbean Sea

For almost ten years, coastal resorts and communities in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico region have been blindsided by the problem of rotting sargassum washing up to shore, threatening ecosystems and local economies.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - Belmar Beach Revenues Roll In at $4.9 Million, Surpassing 400000 Badges Sold During Summer of COVID-19

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar raked in more than $4.9 million in beach access revenues this season — selling nearly 105,000 more beach badges over the previous year.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - Late Summer Boost Helps Some Maine Tourism Businesses Stay Afloat

By some measures, Maine defied expectations that restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic would doom small and seasonal businesses dependent on annual mobs of tourists.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Hanauma Bay Is Recovering. Some Want to Limit Crowds in the Long Run to Further Protect It

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Users of Hanauma Bay are pushing for an online reservation system to reduce the number of visitors and protect the bay’s ecosystem.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Less COVID, More Visitors: Can San Diego Keep It Up?

SAN DIEGO — In San Diego's Little Italy, there's never been more sidewalk dining. In Balboa Park, museumgoers are joining the joggers. In hotels from Coronado to Mission Valley, tourists are turning up.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Changing Tides: As COVID-19 Positivity Rates Decrease, County Beaches Reopen

Cameron County beach accesses and beach parks reopened this past Tuesday, as Texas sees its COVID-19 positivity rate dipping below 10 percent for the first time since late June.

International
Tourism

IRE - Call for Review of Tourism Season After Beach Closures

The closure of beach access roads to traffic and the lack of self isolating at popular landmarks this summer are among several reasons why a review into tourism infrastructure is needed urgently.

International
Tourism

Italy - The Tourists Are Leaving Italy. Now Catastrophe Looms

Rome (CNN) — For all too brief a time, the Italian summer offered a glimmer of hope. After emerging from what was in early 2020, one of the world's harshest coronavirus lockdowns, Italy managed to dust itself down in time to welcome visitors.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - July Breaks All-Time Occupancy Tax Revenue Record for Carteret County

EMERALD ISLE — Occupancy tax revenue for July “blew away” the previous one-month record, Carteret County Shore Protection Office Manager Greg Rudolph said Tuesday.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

OR - Beginning of Rockaway Beach: N. Oregon Coast History Includes Science Mystery

Like superheroes, Oregon coast towns have their origin stories, too. Yet not every one of them includes a much sought-after science mystery of sound.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

VA - Virginia Beach’s Boardwalk Through the Years: It Wasn’t Always Concrete

When the coronavirus shut down city parks and recreation centers last spring, Hampton Roads residents and some tourists headed to one of the few public spaces open for exercise: the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - 6 Months Into the Pandemic, Hotels Are Reeling and Reorienting

Hotel occupancy in Santa Monica is down by 48% compared to occupancy in January through July last year, with an economic knock-on slamming hospitality workers, local businesses, and City tax revenues.

International
Tourism

UK - UK Tourism Hotspots Extend Their Holiday Season to Lure More Visitors

From Blackpool to Cornwall, UK attractions are opening longer to make up for lost lockdown business

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Oak Island Aimed for an 'Impossibly Fast' Reopening. Was It Too Rushed?

OAK ISLAND — After being closed off to traffic and visitors for a month in the middle of the island’s busiest season, Oak Island reopened its west end Friday morning, right in time for Labor Day weekend.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

SC - America's Southern Tourist Towns Brace for a Covid Winter

When Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, told Spring Break visitors to leave back in March, politicians and business owners thought a brief closure would save the tourist town’s summer season.

Coastwide
Tourism

USA - Update on Beach Access Around the American Shoreline This Labor Day Weekend

Editor's Note: As Labor Day Weekend approaches, here is a guide to beach access and closures around the American shoreline.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Hanauma Bay Recovering Since COVID-19 Closure, New Research Shows

New research indicates the ecosystem of the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ecosystem has been growing healthier since it was closed to visitors March 18 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation announced today.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Carteret County Beach Visitation Up in June Despite Pandemic

EMERALD ISLE — Although it might seem counterintuitive, the coronavirus pandemic appears to have increased beach visitation to Carteret County this summer, at least in June, the latest month for which 2020 figures are available.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

SC - Isle of Palms Advances Plan Eliminating Free Beach Parking for Non-Residents

The Isle of Palms moved ahead with plans to eliminate all free beach season parking for non-residents starting in 2021, and would charge more for parking than many beach communities in South Carolina.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Palm Beach County's Plan to Get Tourists Back

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The tourism industry plays an important role in Palm Beach County's economy, accounting for more than 70,000 jobs and billions of dollars. It's an industry that's been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

MI - State Officials Testing Saginaw Bay and Its Beaches to Study Water Quality Issues

BAY CITY, MI — State officials have resumed testing the water of Saginaw Bay and the beaches lining it.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Without Any Tourists, Local Retailers Closing For Good

Study: Maui County businesses are hardest hit by the shutdown of tourism

Southeast
Tourism

FL - South Florida's Beaches Still Set to Open For Labor Day as Hotels Lower Their Prices

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Unlike past holidays during this pandemic, the upcoming Labor Day weekend will offer South Floridians more choices for outings.

International
Tourism

UK - The 30 Sewage-Soaked Beaches That Put Public Health at Risk

As many as 30 beaches across Scotland have been polluted in breach of sewage safety limits so far this summer, according to data from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa).

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Destin Seeks Input On Beach Access From Locals, Visitors

If you’ve visited Destin’s beaches recently, the city wants to hear about it.