Tourism

International
Tourism

World - A Funding Crisis at Destinations Spurs New Tourism Marketing Models

When tourism came to an abrupt halt in March, destination marketing organizations saw their primary revenue stream — a percentage of lodging taxes or “bed taxes” — tumble overnight.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Report: California Tourism Economy Cut in Half in 2020 Because of Coronavirus Pandemic

Proving to be an unwelcome visitor to travel economies like the North Bay, COVID-19 has slashed in half tourism spending in California.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Big Crowds Expected at Beaches Over Holiday

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Nueces County Coastal Parks Director Scott Cross says, if the weather is nice, crowds flock to coastal beaches every year during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Pandemic Gave Locals Fleeting Taste of a Tourist-Free Hawaii

Line-Noue Memea Kruse lives on Oahu’s famed North Shore, where marveling at sea turtles, epic waves and sunsets that paint the sky orange and purple are a must for many tourists in Hawaii.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - A California Beach Battle: Has It Reached a Breaking Point?

Enjoying nature while preserving it is an age-old conflict in California, but nowhere is it more fraught than at Oceano Dunes. Can off-roading and endangered species coexist?

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - New Study Shows Economic Importance of Alaska's Whale-Watching Industry

Once hunted to near extinction, whales used to be an important resource for their blubber, meat, and baleen. More recently, they have proven to be more valuable alive.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - For the Third Time in History, October Visitation to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Tops 200,000

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) hosted 259,618 visits* last month, up 37.58% from October 2019.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - 'The Best Fall We’ve Ever Had': Coastal Vacation Rentals in High Demand

This year has been a rollercoaster for many of those who manage rental properties in the beach towns that dot the coastline of Southeastern North Carolina.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

SC - South Carolina's Tourism Collapse Gains Momentum as Apocalyptic Year Draws to a Close

The collapse of the South Carolina tourism industry picked up additional downward momentum during the first week of November – with revenue losses accelerating amidst another spike in coronavirus cases.

Great Lakes
Tourism

MI - Loved to Death: Iconic Michigan Lakeshores Battered by Crowds, Waste

Kristine Kolbus understands why people flock to the popular trailhead near her property in the heart of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Hawaii Welcomes Back Tourists—and Reignites Old Tensions

For most of this year, Honolulu’s Waiola Shave Ice had one window open for business, instead of the usual two.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - NC Coastal Towns Receive More Than $1 Million to Improve Beach Access

Three Cape Fear area towns are getting money from the state to improve beach access and parks.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Hundreds of Vehicles Hit Oceano Dunes to Celebrate Reopening, Despite Lawsuit and Protests

After a seven-month ban on vehicle entry, the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) opened its gates to street-legal vehicles on Oct. 30, a day that was met with celebrations, protests, and even a lawsuit.

Caribbean
Tourism

CI - Fewer Beach Accesses Blocked

Of Cayman’s 108 registered beach-access paths, nearly a half – 55 – remain blocked to the public or have no identifying signage, according to figures supplied by the Public Lands Commission.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Eric Stinton: How Do We Transform Hawaii's Complicated Relationship With Tourists?

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us what we gain -- and lose -- from having so many visitors in the islands.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

CAN - Tourism Vancouver Island Turns Focus to Pandemic Recovery

With the tourism industry heading into what is expected to be a very bleak winter, Tourism Vancouver Island has decided to focus its energy on pandemic recovery, meaning it has opted out of its contract with the City of Nanaimo to manage the destination marketing of the city.

Great Lakes
Tourism

Great Lakes - Summertime Spike: Great Lakes Parks a Source of Balm and Vexation for Many During COVID-19

Great Lakes parks have always been popular among outdoor enthusiasts. This summer, however, pandemic-weary residents on both sides of the border flocked to them – many for the first time – just as services such as campsites, visitors’ centers, washrooms and interpretive programs were closed to help contain COVID-19.

International
Tourism

Panama - 'It's Wonderful': Panamanians Return to Beaches After Pandemic Closure

The Panamanian government on Saturday reopened beaches to tourists after they had been closed for seven months to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

International
Tourism

Fiji - Ultimate Travel Guide to the Best Beaches in Fiji

The country Fiji is located in the Southern Pacific and consists of 333 islands. It is famous for its characteristic landscapes, with once active volcanoes covered by lush rainforests, beaches lined with palm trees, and vibrant coral reefs with crystal clear waters.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

MS - Mississippi Islands Reopen Following Hurricane Delta

Gulf Islands National Seashore has completed damage assessments and all Mississippi barrier islands are now open for visitor access, except the Ship Island pier remains closed due to Hurricane Sally damage and the Ship Island facilities including restrooms and the water system are closed per routine seasonal closures.

International
Tourism

India - Explained: How Does Goa’s Beach Shack Tourist Economy Work?

The bulk of Goa’s average annual 7.8 million tourists head to the coastal belts, and beach shacks are considered to be a major attraction. This year, however, the Covid-19 pandemic presents unusual uncertainties and challenges.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - State Parks Announces Plan to Reopen Oceano Dunes SVRA

California State Parks on Tuesday announced plans to reopen the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and Pismo State Beach to vehicle use.

Caribbean
Tourism

VI - Senate OK's Bill to Further Open Shoreline Access

V.I. lawmakers, in an effort to clarify and better enforce beach access in the territory, have advanced a bill that demonstrably opens shorelines to the public and does away with loopholes that have allowed property owners to continue restricting access.

International
Tourism

India - Heavy Metals Emerging as Potential Threat to Public Health on Urban Beaches: Study

The research authors emphasised the necessity of regular pollutant monitoring in the marine environment

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Walton County to Use 'Ancient' Evidence to Prove Its Case for Customary Use

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — In remaking its case for a declaration of customary use across all of its beaches, Walton County has parsed 21.4 miles of private property into five distinct zones and argues the public should be allowed access to the dry, white sands in each.

International
Tourism

AUS - Demand for Tourism and Hospitality Jobs in Port Stephens Has Never Been Greater

As strange as it may seem, the demand for tourism and hospitality jobs in Port Stephens has never been greater.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

MD - How Did Ocean City Fare During a Summer of Coronavirus? A Look Back at an Unusual Season for Maryland’s Beach Town.

As summer dawned in Ocean City, Maryland, some public health officials feared that outbreaks among beach-goers could reverse a declining COVID-19 trends statewide.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Cape Hatteras National Seashore Sees 42% Increase in September Visitation

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) experienced a 42% increase in recreational visitation* last month compared to September 2019.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Greenway Trail Proposed for Brunswick County

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - An ambitious project is looking to connect two portions of the East Coast Greenway in Brunswick County while recognizing and promoting the history of the Gullah Geechee people who settled across the southern coastal counties in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Alaska SeaLife Center's Mission Makes It More Than an Aquarium

When donors rallied to save the Seward institution, they extended a lifeline to valuable research, educational programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

MD - Maryland State Parks, Assateague Smash Attendance Records Thanks in Part to COVID-19

BERLIN, Md. — Very few positive developments have come from COVID-19, but new data suggests the pandemic could be a reason why Maryland state parks and Assateague Island National Seashore have shattered their previous attendance records.

International
Tourism

AUS - Even Without Private Clubs, the 'Egalitarian' Australian Beach Is a National Myth

From the Cronulla riots to exclusive real estate, beaches have often been inaccessible to many in Australia

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - TOURISM: Down on the Boardwalk

Just before 7:30 in the morning on a Saturday in August, Lisa Soriano waited patiently near the entrance to Britt’s Donuts, a Carolina Beach Boardwalk fixture since 1939.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

SC - Charleston-Area Beaches Face SC-Wide Anger for Attempts to Restrict Access to Visitors

Three barrier islands near Charleston have spent the last several months slowly choking off public access to their beaches, creating an uproar around the state over who deserves the right to use South Carolina beaches: islanders or outsiders.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

International
Tourism

AUS - Extension of the Iconic Coastal Walking Track From Gerringong to Gerroa

The extension of a popular walking track is expected to further boost tourism within the Kiama municipality.

Caribbean
Tourism

CI - Objectors Argue Hotel Offers No Benefits

Residents in Beach Bay who are fighting the development of a ten-storey hotel in their quiet residential community have argued that the project should not have been approved, not only because it breaches planning legislation but because there will be no benefit to Cayman.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

SC - SC Tourism Tax Dollars Can Be Used to Fight Climate Change Flooding After Bill Passes

Coastal South Carolina leaders will likely have a new revenue stream for fighting flooding and sea-level rise caused by climate change thanks to a bill passed by the state legislature this week.

Coastwide
Tourism

USA - Toxic Beaches: Hundreds of Closures and Health Warnings in 2020

WASHINGTON – Toxic algae and bacteria forced the closure of at least 116 U.S. beaches and triggered health warnings at 162 more this spring and summer, according to an investigation by the Environmental Working Group.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Petitioners Duel Over Possible Reopening of Oceano Dunes

It's been six months since vehicles were allowed in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), and some community members want it to stay that way—at least until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.

Southeast
Tourism

GA - Georgia County Could Ban Booze on Beach Around Football Game

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A coastal Georgia county is considering banning alcohol from a popular beach on the weekend of the Florida-Georgia football game in nearby Jacksonville, Florida.

International
Tourism

Mexico - Senate Approves Right to Free Beach Access Across Mexico

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Senate of the Republic has approved to guarantee free access to Mexican beaches and apply fines of up to one million peso to those who fail to comply.