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Fresh salt air and a good night’s sleep to the sound of lapping waves might be just what the doctor ordered for Pacific Northwesterners left frazzled by current events. A getaway to the seashore is back in the realm of possibility as many coastal Oregon and Washington towns relax closure orders on tourist lodgings and vacation rentals.
As the coronavirus raced across America, this quaint seaside town did what would normally be unthinkable for a tourist destination.
As the distinctive red-and-white riverboat NickoVision sets sail today, it is not only carrying 110 excited passengers but also the hopes of the entire cruise industry.
New program aims to help as many as possible survive through the summer
Families hoping to escape their homes on the Valley floor and take in the mountain air will have to wait at least another couple weeks as the Golden State's biggest tourist attractions begin to map out "the new normal" for responsible recreation.
This year's COVID pandemic shutdowns have hit the Oregon coast harder than most part of the state, especially considering its travel industry was experiencing a record growth rate for over a decade.
The Town of Southampton is now restricting its beach access after what town officials call a “hellish holiday weekend.”
The Virgin Islands may see its first floating hotel operation in the harbor of St. Thomas courtesy of Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line CEO Oneil Khosa, who has offered to temporarily supply a ship to the territory to help boost tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic dies down.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Minister Edmund Bartlett, is an engaging and sought-after speaker at the heart of global discussions around travel and tourism resilience and recovery measures. He recently granted me an exclusive interview for Forbes.com about the world’s transition to a “New Normal” that will define how we all will travel in the future.
The Province is supporting fifty-nine community-destination marketing organizations (DMO) through $10 million dollars in funding.
(Bloomberg Businessweek) -- On Saturday, May 16, Anthony Vaz, the mayor of Seaside Heights, surveys the 16-block boardwalk in his archetypal New Jersey beach town, once the backdrop for MTV’s Jersey Shore. The pandemic has left the area more sedate than it appeared on the show.
Coast and Marine tourism could hold enormous value to help the sector get back on its feet coming out of the Covid-19 crisis a report from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) has found.
Losses continue to pile up despite industry being open for second full week …
As stay-at-home orders and advisories bloomed across the Northeast in late March, vehicle trips in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts flatlined at 100% below normal, according to data from the online journal ClimateCentral. Connecticut barely had a pulse, with trips fluctuating between 80% and 100% below normal.
No matter what happens in the coming months, this will be a summer like no other at the Jersey Shore.
Some people heading to the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend might be wondering: Does the reopening of beaches and boardwalks also mean you can stay with family and friends at a summer home, rental, or hotel? Or are you blocked by the state’s stay-at-home coronavirus restrictions?
Restrictions will be in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Playa Del Carmen officials shutdown the Grand Coral Hotel when they found the beach club operating as normal during stay at home orders.
Ken and Patricia Mason are the ninth-generation owners of the Seaside Inn on Beach Avenue, and their dream is to one day pass their family business to the tenth.
Some businesses choosing between drastic changes or taking a financial hit
Hundreds of people in New Jersey stood in line to purchase beach access badges Saturday ahead of what could be a busy Memorial Day weekend.
Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as the Caribbean Island of Grenada, face a double exposure to external economic and environmental shocks.
Seaside towns face a “catch-22” as they balance protecting their older residents with the need to support the tourism industry, a district councillor has warned.
Myrtle Beach and coastal South Carolina are gearing up for returning tourism business.
Every Labor Day weekend, St. Mary Parish celebrates two industries at a tourist event with a seemingly improbable title: the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival.
Seven tourism industry groups across the state released an open letter to Gov. Janet Mills as COVID-19 restrictions threaten summer business.
Cannon Beach on Oregon’s north coast saw so many out of town visitors last weekend they had to be told to go home. Hundreds were enjoying the sun before officials swept through.
The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, in collaboration with the Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce, is inspiring outdoor family recreation while providing benefits to local tourism businesses in Charlotte County, through the sale of Englewood Youth Explorers (EYE) On Nature Youth Explorers Club Kid Paks at BestSideYourSide.com.
Long weekend typically brings a rush of tourists that the West Coast wants to stay home
Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line, one of the biggest cruise ship operators, warned this week that the company could go out of business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MOUNT PLEASANT — To the east are public beaches. To the west are 90,000 or so people who might like to use them. And in between are barricades and police checkpoints.
Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, believes that the time has come for Barbados and the region to discuss marine environmental preservation with its international cruise partners.
A bear has found its way to North Carolina’s barrier islands, and the National Park Service is warning anglers and surfers to take precautions.
A new campaign aimed at enticing New Zealanders to visit or rediscover the coastal Bay of Plenty in the wake Covid-19 has begun.
The Charleston-based Carnival Sunshine cruise ship will not begin sailing again until at least September 2020.
Hawaii authorities are cracking down on rogue tourists who are visiting beaches, riding personal watercraft, shopping and generally flouting strict requirements that they quarantine for 14 days after arriving.
The Isle of Palms will be holding another special meeting, this time on Friday afternoon.
While national parks across the country are working on their reopening plans, staff at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska is working on a plan to survive the loss of roughly 70 percent of its annual budget, a loss tied to cruise ships not leaving port for the park's waters this summer.
Beaches in Florida’s St. Johns County remained open to record crowds through most of March, despite mounting concerns raised by the county’s medical examiner and residents.
With the coronavirus pandemic grinding the Oregon coast tourism industry to a halt, in Tillamook County alone it’s estimated that 2,350 employees have lost their jobs. Hotels have shuttered, most restaurants sit idle (except for those doing takeout), and charter boat companies have empty boats and coffers. Even retail businesses are closed unless they’ve found some online aspect for revenue.
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — A flyer that's being place on parked cars along part of North Carolina's coast is telling visitors to go home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The Grand Strand is open for business! Well ... kind of ...
Galveston public beaches will open Friday, May 1 with social distancing recommendations.
Delaware’s coastal towns are facing an uncertain future with business struggling and towns predicting a major loss of revenue.
On land, more than 300,000 people worldwide had contracted the deadly coronavirus, and the governor of California had just ordered all 39 million residents to stay at home. But as the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship steamed north across the Pacific Ocean on March 21, hundreds of passengers crammed together on the ship’s pool deck and overlooking gangways.
BANGKOK (AP) — It's rare to see a threatened species of sea mammal in shallow waters in southern Thailand but thanks to travel restrictions that have stripped popular destinations of crowds of tourists, a large group of dugongs has made their presence known.
It is a hot summer afternoon. As the sun beats down on the glistening Irish Sea, TV presenter Sean Fletcher is working up a sweat.
Concerns are being raised as to whether the small community of Green Island in Hanover can handle the pressures that a mega resort, as proposed by the Princess Hotel chain, will bring to community services that are already seen as inadequate.
April, typically the busiest month of the year for Hilton Head Island’s golf courses — an industry that brings in $2.59 billion statewide — has become financially unrecoverable for most courses.
“It seems like we aren’t taking it seriously,” Tiverton Town Council member John Edwards told The Daily News.
More than 240,000 hotel rooms stand closed or unoccupied and 300 hotels have shut their doors entirely as the national lockdown and ban on international travel devastates the leisure industry.
Thousands of people poured onto beaches in Orange County over the weekend as Southern California experienced its first major heat wave of the year, even as officials continue to urge visitors to avoid mass gatherings and practice social distancing due to the coronavirus outbreak.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — People are back out on the sand and in the water as beaches opened across South Padre Island today.
With the COVID-19 body count racking up -- we will surpass the US deaths in the Viet Nam War this coming week --and with all eyes on the reopening day, Dan Martin, host of ASPN's NextGen Waterfronts Podcast, takes a look down the road and what the pandemic means to coastal communities.
PISMO BEACH, Calif. -- With warm temperatures expected to continue into the weekend, the City of Pismo Beach is planning to make sure everyone is following the rules on its beaches.
One month ago, Treasure Coast leaders closed beaches. It was a unified front from local officials to present clarity for their region.
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is launching a new campaign to re-attract visitors to the area post-COVID-19.
As B.C. begins planning for a gradual return to normal, one of the biggest challenges could be the tourism sector, a key part of the Sunshine Coast economy.
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) joined together for Earth Day (April 22) to share their collaborative intent to emerge from the current Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis and help rebuild a stronger, more resilient Caribbean for the environment and the people that depend on it.
More than 1,500 people on the company’s cruise ships have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and dozens have died.
No one is swimming in the turquoise Caribbean waters of Cuba’s Varadero beach resort, nor lounging on its white, palm-fringed beaches. Its hundreds of hotels, shops and restaurants stand empty and eerily quiet.
Hundreds of travelers, motivated in part by low airfares, are riding out the pandemic in Hawaii – but some islanders see it a disregard for their home
Like much of North Carolina’s economy, the $25-billion-a-year tourist industry has ground to a halt because of the coronavirus. And on the Outer Banks, where the economy depends almost entirely on visitors, the timing could scarcely be worse.
The mayor of Tahsis believes that nothing can dampen the spirit of this ‘strong’ community as it heads towards its 50th anniversary
Dear Commissioners: Thank you for shouldering the tough jobs that you have. I appreciate the sacrifice that you make for the community every day.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Post and Courier says that South Carolina retail stores and public beach access points will be allowed to reopen on Tuesday.
Wrightsville joins Surf City, which lifted some of its restrictions on Saturday. Carolina Beach has been under pressure to do the same.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — The City of Isle Palms, the Town of Sullivan's Island, the City of Folly Beach, and the Town of Edisto Beach all came together to make a unanimous decision about their public beach accesses and checkpoints on Sunday.
It was a welcome relief for Judi Spann, who used to walk a mile on the beach every day before it was closed
It's expected to stretch over 2,700 miles.
'We'll be waiting for you,' says The Martin Agency