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Northeast
Tourism

Massachusetts. The shift from fun to fear: A year after Arthur Medici died in a shark attack, the focus in Outer Cape is on safety, coexistence

WELLFLEET — For those who love Cape Cod as an ocean playground, the world shifted a year ago today when a 26-year-old bodyboarder from Revere was fatally attacked by a great white shark at Newcomb Hollow Beach. Arthur Medici’s death was the first in Massachusetts in over 72 years and the only shark fatality in the U.S. in 2018. It devastated his family and shocked the local surfing community.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Florida: High Level Of Fecal Matter Found In Water Of Gulf Harbors Beach

A water quality advisory for Gulf Harbors Beach was issued after sampling indicated a high level of fecal matter.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

Despite local tourism, Coney Island corridor struggles with storefront vacancy

Despite the neighborhood’s vibrant population and reputation as a summer destination, a Coney Island shopping corridor has one of the highest rates of storefront vacancies in the borough.

International
Tourism

Cyprus: Lara bay - Who benefits? Who pays?

Lara bay must be protected but local communities concerns are also valid. Coastal development, a major source of land gains and income growth almost all over Cyprus, continues to be guided by a simple-minded development model of ‘building development you win, environmental protection you lose’.

International
Tourism

United Kingdom: Millennials could hold key to future of seaside resorts

The future of Britain’s seaside resorts could depend on attracting millennials to the coast, research suggests.

Caribbean
Tourism

U.S. Virgin Islands’ ban on harmful sunscreens to go into effect Jan. 1

Travelers heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands may want to rethink what type of sunscreen they pack. The territory recently outlawed sunscreens with ingredients believed to harm coral reefs and other marine life. It’s not the first such law — Hawaii and Key West, Fla., have passed similar measures — but it may be the first American entity to enforce such a ban.

Northeast
Tourism

Sharks, tornadoes and taxes: Cape Cod's had a tough summer

Ronald Beaty, a commissioner with Barnstable County, the Cape's regional government, said officials also need to enact shark safety measures that reassure vacationers, or risk turning them away forever. A long-awaited study of possible solutions by a consultant hired by Cape Cod communities is slated to be released sometime in September.

Southeast
Tourism

City of Myrtle Beach experiences 3rd consecutive down tourist season

After ten years of ever increasing tax subsidies to the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the organization is choosing to keep a low profile during the 2019 Fall City Council elections.

Caribbean
Tourism

Virgin Islands: Islands Stagger Under Weight of Sargassum

This summer’s influx of sargassum seaweed is threatening to overwhelm the Bovoni landfill and has prompted government agencies to search for another way to manage its disposal.

International
Tourism

'Red lights' as over-tourism threatens Corsican nature reserve

"It's nature's magical design," says a tourist guide, waxing poetic as he comments on the impressive red cliffs plunging into a turquoise sea at the Scandola nature reserve on France's Corsica island.

International
Tourism

Ivory Coast's 'Floating Island' points to greener tourism

The seaside resort offers visitors a cool drink or tasty meal, a dip in a pool, a karaoke session or an overnight stay, all with a view.

Coastwide
Tourism

Why Can’t I Take Public Transit to the Beach?

In the U.S., getting to the beach usually means driving. But some sandy shores can still be reached by train, subway, and bus.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Alabama - What is the Coastal Back Bay Blueway?

From Cypress swamps to fresh water lakes, paddling along the Alabama Gulf Coast is quite the adventure. The Coastal Alabama Back Bay Blueway offers four distinct trails with 21 launch sites that take paddlers around the waterways surrounding Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. Whether by canoe, kayak or paddleboard, the Coastal Alabama Back Bay Blueway offers plenty of variety for your next paddling adventure.

International
Tourism

Top tourism spots crack down as they become victim of own success

It is not the sheer number of tourists descending on Venice that bothers Italian food blogger Monica Cesarato so much as the type of visitor.

International
Tourism

Italy: Tourist Couple Faces Six Years In Prison For Stealing Sand From Beach In Sardinia

A pair of French tourists have been found guilty of attempting to take home nearly a hundred pounds of sand from a beach on the Italian resort island of Sardinia

Coastwide
Tourism

Tourism expert: 'Many say they want to travel sustainably — but then they don't'

People are now aware of climate change. But almost no one wants to do without a holiday flight or cruise. A CO2 tax could change that, says tourism expert Wolfgang Günther.

Caribbean
Tourism

How To Handle A Massive Seaweed Invasion? Yucatán Towns Get Creative

"It's the sargassum," my divemaster from Tulaka Diving told me resignedly. "It's coming over from Brazil, and getting worse every year."

Northeast
Tourism

SEA OF CHANGE IN RENTAL MARKET CREATES HOUSING CRUNCH FOR FI WORKERS

It’s easy to catch a ferry to Fire Island, but leaving is much harder, or so goes the joke about visitors falling in love with the place and making it their home. But for the workers that staff the barrier beach’s various businesses, finding a place to stay even just for the summer isn’t as easy as it used to be.

Southeast
Tourism

Tourism, Florida's Top Industry, Pays Lowest Wages in America, Study Shows

Workers in the hospitality and leisure industries are paid the lowest average wages compared to any other industry in the nation.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Florida: Accountability hot topic at NOAA fishing workshop

In an effort to increase the information flow between scientists and the fishermen, members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sat down with about a dozen folks at the Destin Community Center to hash out a few ideas during a recent workshop.

International
Tourism

The secret ingredient of successful seaside towns

United Kingdom - The real secret behind Margate’s revival isn’t so much the restored Dreamland amusement park, but the trains. A decade ago, it gained high-speed, InterCity-like trains to St Pancras, putting it within 90 minutes of London.

Northeast
Tourism

Which Shore beach has the best sand? The devil’s in the details.

If you're an avid beach-goer, you likely have a favorite place to park your beach chair and catch some rays. And even if you only make a few day trips each summer, we bet you throw your beach towel or blanket on the sand in the same spot, give or take a few yards if your go-to place is packed that day.

Caribbean
Tourism

Tulum: Beaches ruined by rotten seaweed along pristine beaches in Mexico

For years, this tourist hotspot has relied on a simple, effective formula. Good food, cheap booze and the world’s best beaches. The latter is now a lie.

Southeast
Tourism

Will our beaches lose their national rankings because of sargassum seaweed?

Dr. Beach says the stinky seaweed could cost Florida points in annual beach rankings.

Coastwide
Tourism

2019 TOP 10 BEACHES: THIS YEAR’S WINNER IS KAILUA BEACH PARK

Kailua Beach Park is number one in the 29th annual Top 10 Beach List, produced by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, professor at Florida International University.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

July 4th Tourism Craze at Panama City Beach

For many beach-tourism businesses impacted by Hurricane Michael, this July 4th is an important

Northeast
Tourism

Canada announces investment to support tourism in Nova Scotia

Tourism is an inclusive sector that showcases Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty and unique experiences to the world. It delivers economic benefits across the country by supporting one in ten jobs. That’s why the Government of Canada is investing in our tourism sector’s businesses and assets.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Mississippi Closes All Beaches Due to Toxic Algae Bloom

Algal blooms can have a large impact on the area’s marine life, public health and tourism industry.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Panama City Beach advisory remains in place: Bacteria prompts continued warning

An advisory for a portion of Panama City Beach remains in place due elevated levels of bacteria.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

The cost of algae? Mississippi beach closings could have big financial fallout, officials say

GULFPORT, Miss. — Toxic bacteria are keeping swimmers out of the water on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and it will be weeks before financial information shows whether beach closures are hurting the local economy.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

The Latest: Hurricane Warning Issued for Louisiana

A hurricane warning has been issued for parts of the Louisiana coast ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's arrival.

International
Tourism

Is the Blue Economy sustainable?

Australian researchers are exploring ways to create sustainable maritime industries, while also keeping our oceans healthy. Natalie Parletta reports.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Tourist tax collections cool in May, summer hits peak

Totals rose over May 2018, but short-term rentals on Anna Maria Island weren’t as busy in May as during the spring break months of March and April.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

The Latest: Toxic bacteria keep Mississippi beaches closed

Beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast remain closed because of toxic bacteria detected before Barry blew ashore.

West Coast
Tourism

Del Mar awaits state, federal coastal actions

California - Looming decisions by state and federal agencies involving Del Mar prompted lengthy discussions but no actions by the City Council on Monday night, July 15.

Coastwide
Tourism

Beachgoers beware: Bacteria lurks

Thousands of beach closures and advisories linked to bacteria.

Southeast
Tourism

In a messy summer on Miami beaches, county’s budget faces possible seaweed ‘crisis’

Sargassum has made a return on parts of Miami Beach and residents and city officials are looking for solutions to rid their beaches of the pesky seaweed. Sargassum often collects trash, pesky critters and emits a strong odor.

Southeast
Tourism

Researchers link seaweed blooms to pollution in ocean water

“Our research shows when these plants become enriched like this, they can double their biomass in 10 days to two weeks,” he said. “It’s just like the blue-green algae coming from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Mississippi Coast: Hotels see drop in revenue as water advisory continues

With algae blooms in the Mississippi Sound and water advisories issued across the Mississippi coastline, hotels are seeing a lot less people coming through the doors than they usually do during the summer tourism months.

Caribbean
Tourism

For Cubans, a day at the beach is no easy task

Cuba's constitution guarantees its people access to its beaches, but many locals are unable to enjoy the island's pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters.

Northeast
Tourism

DELAWARE - Sussex County mulling options for raising lodging tax

GEORGETOWN — Like accommodations in neighboring Kent County and Dover, rooms in hotels, motels and tourists homes may soon cost visitors to Sussex County more.

Coastwide
Tourism

America’s Richest Beach Towns

Each year, tens of millions of Americans journey to our nation’s coasts to enjoy the many beautiful beaches. Beaches offer natural beauty, enjoyable climates, and opportunities for countless physical activities involving both sand and water. For many, a summer isn’t complete without a trip to the beach.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

United States holidays North Carolina's islands: the beauty of the Outer Banks

The remote, pristine islands of North Carolina are rich with dunes, wildlife – and the ghost of Blackbeard

Northeast
Tourism

How and why R.I. decides to close a beach

A guide to the bouncing beach ball of no-swim orders that typically follow heavy rain

International
Tourism

The Dream of Open Borders Is Real—in the High Arctic

The Norwegian territory of Svalbard has been open to citizens of the world since 1920. But don’t call it a utopia.

Caribbean
Tourism

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Tourism Minister Bartlett: Regional response needed to handle Sargassum

KINGSTON, Jamaica--Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says a strong collective regional effort is needed to curtail the rapidly growing threats posed by the influx of Sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean.

Southeast
Tourism

Miami Dade’s Sargassum Seaweed Challenge

The natural beauty of Miami-Dade County has long been a boon to our residents, visitors and collective quality of life. Our beaches are a gift from nature, and we enjoy time spent there with our family and friends.

International
Tourism

Too many tourists: not everyone is celebrating the tourism boom

Tourism is booming globally but not everyone is celebrating, as residents question the economic benefits and ecologists point to environmental damage from overtourism.