Tourism

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Hilton Head considers urging islanders to shelter in place since sheriff can’t enforce

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West Coast
Tourism

CA - Long Beach officially shuts down Boardwalk after rise in foot traffic there and increasing numbers of coronavirus cases

Long Beach officials took the extraordinary step Thursday of closing the 2.2-mile Boardwalk because of a rising number of coronavirus cases on the barrier beach and continuing foot traffic.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - As day-trippers continue to flock to island, Galveston closes beaches

GALVESTON -- In an unprecedented move, the city on Sunday closed beaches to the public and banned vehicular traffic from the West End beaches as it continues to deter visitors and public gatherings.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Uneven SC beach closures anger residents, guests | COVID-19

Tempers flared on both sides of the barricades and some coastal South Carolina towns regrouped after the abrupt beach restrictions were put in place late last week because of the new coronavirus.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

LA - Stephanie Grace: Help for New Orleans? Bring it on. Mardi Gras shaming? Take it elsewhere

State and city leaders have been on a mission lately to publicize the extent of the coronavirus crisis in Louisiana and specifically in the New Orleans area, which is experiencing an alarming number of illnesses and deaths and has seen its tourism-reliant economy grind to a halt. This is a good thing. Attention must be paid, and it belatedly is.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Suspicious military device washes up on Outer Banks beach. It won't explode, cops say

An intimidating device that looks exactly like a naval mine came ashore on the Outer Banks, alarming people in the small town of Kill Devil Hills.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - Folly Beach residents protest visitors returning after coronavirus restrictions lifted

FOLLY BEACH — Residents protested the reopening of the island to visitors Saturday morning amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Beach rentals evaporate amid coronavirus pandemic

If you were thinking about riding out the coronavirus pandemic at the beach, think again – unless you already own oceanfront property.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - SC tourism leaders want visitors quarantined to slow COVID-19: ‘We don’t want them here’

The coronavirus outbreak has lawmakers in South Carolina’s coastal tourism areas calling for the unimaginable — telling visitors to stay home.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - ‘No time for tourism’: Newport weighs how to keep visitors away during coronavirus restrictions

Some members of the Newport Beach City Council want to harden the city’s coronavirus-related closures, including sealing off the boardwalks and nonresident access to Balboa Island — at least for the coming weekend.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ Seaside Heights Mayor Closes All Beaches – Out Towners “Stay Out”

Mayor Anthony E. Vaz announced today that effective immediately the Seaside Heights ocean and bay beaches are closed until further notice.

International
Tourism

Ghana - Tourism Authority Vows To Prosecute Beach Operators Who Continue To Operate

Government will prosecute beach operators who flout the directives of social distance, Mr Akwesi Agyemang, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has said.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - Get the hell off the beach: Seaside Heights shuts its own to visitors

SEASIDE HEIGHTS — If you want to get outside during the governor's stay-at-home order (which still allows for solo outside activity), one Shore town has taken itself off the list of possible destinations.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NJ - Jersey Shore town bans rentals, closes boardwalk during coronavirus pandemic

Point Pleasant Beach has temporarily closed its boardwalk and plans to ban rentals in the borough until the worsening coronavirus pandemic in New Jersey is brought under control, the mayor said Tuesday.

International
Tourism

The Very Specific Reason We Shouldn’t Bail Out the Cruise Industry

Last week, I wrote that the appropriate economic response to the coronavirus crisis was to “bail out everyone,” including crippled industries like airlines and hotels. There is one notable exception to this rule, however.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Gulf Coast - Coronavirus rekindles oil spill memories

The spring of the coronavirus feels a lot like the summer of oil to residents along the Gulf Coast.

Southeast
Tourism

SC - The party moved to sandbars after Hilton Head restricted beach access for coronavirus

As access to Hilton Head Island’s beaches was restricted Saturday to prevent the spread of coronavirus, there were reports of people jumping in boats and congregating on sandbars throughout Beaufort County.

International
Tourism

Holding back the tide - sea's advance threatens Tunisia's beaches

Nearly half of Tunisia's sandy beaches are threatened by coastal erosion: bad news for tourism, which accounts for 8% of the country's GDP

Caribbean
Tourism

Cruise ships kept sailing as coronavirus spread. Travelers and health experts question why.

It was one of the first outbreaks of the coronavirus to capture global attention: For weeks in February, the cruise ship Diamond Princess was moored off the shore of Japan with hundreds of infected people aboard.

International
Tourism

Int'l - Waiting for disasters is a risky game

They say every cloud has a silver lining. So, does the pandemic that is wreaking havoc across the globe have one too? Unimaginably as it may seem, it does.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Deputies: 3 arrested on Florida beach after violating Governor's coronavirus order

BAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Three people were arrested in Florida on Wednesday after violating Governor Ron DeSantis' order of not gathering in large crowds on the beach.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - 2 cruise ships not allowed to disembark in Honolulu

Two cruise ships won't be allowed to disembark in Honolulu after being turned away by other ports, even with no positive cases of coronavirus on either vessel, officials said Wednesday.

Coastwide
Tourism

SHIPPING NEWS: Some cruise companies scrap schedule, others continue on

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society ship Resolute quietly slipped out of Buenos Aires, Argentina the night of March 5. The ship was arrested last October by various companies that were owed money by Squamish, B.C.-based One Ocean Expeditions.

International
Tourism

Two Cruise Ships Swap Passengers to Solve Port Closure Challenges

In an example of the measures that cruise lines are taking as they wind down operations, the Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) vessels Columbus and Vasco da Gama swapped their European and Australian passengers at sea Wednesday so that all could return home.

International
Tourism

Cruise ship turned away from Asia ports amid coronavirus fears is no longer headed to Alaska

Holland America Line said Tuesday it will bring the Westerdam cruise ship to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, instead of Juneau after it had been turned away from several Asian ports over the coronavirus.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Miami's South Beach is shut down: Spring Break revelers are ordered to go home amid coronavirus pandemic

Florida's famed South Beach is to close to prevent the spread of coronavirus as spring break revelers continue to party at the popular college getaway spot.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Coronavirus in Florida: Town of Palm Beach to close public beaches, county beaches to remain open for now

With no Disney and no school, and people avoiding malls, the beaches are packed, but some South Florida cities are closing those too.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Florida’s Not the Happiest Place on Earth Right Now

The Sunshine State faces a dearth of tourism dollars due to closures of Disney parks and other destinations, but hoteliers hope for a return of the staycation.

International
Tourism

End of the cruise? Industry struggles through rough waters of coronavirus crisis

One by one, major cruise lines are halting operations and mothballing ships as they face biggest challenge since 9/11

Coastwide
Tourism

Cruises Are Being Plunged Into Chaos As Ports Deny Docking Over Coronavirus Fears

The ship landed off the coast of Chile after the country's Minister of Health announced a ban on cruises docking at the country's ports.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Nags Head mayor: Businesses shouldn’t be inviting visitors to the Outer Banks right now

As North Carolina’s coronavirus count climbed and Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all public schools closed, local social media lit up with a debate over visitors spending their own downtime on the Outer Banks.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Live coronavirus updates: Grand Princess cruise ship to leave Port of Oakland tonight, Newsom says

The Grand Princess cruise ship is getting prepared to leave the Port of Oakland, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Sunday in a press conference.

Coastwide
Tourism

Underrated, Pristine Beaches To Visit In The US

Check out our list of some of the most underrated, pristine beaches in America - just don’t tell anyone

Coastwide
Tourism

How Might COVID-19 Change Us?

“Some of my best times have been at large gatherings like concerts and festivals. I really enjoy public spaces, busy downtowns, crowded squares and public transit. Further, I'm from Boston, not an area known for hugging and PDAs, but I live among huggers and have become fully acclimated. Further, about a third of US households are one-person households, many of whom don't currently get enough human contact. When the COVID 19 tsunami passes, let’s be sure we return to, and build on, our humanity and not dive further into isolation and technological solitude.”

Southeast
Tourism

FL -‘Spring break is over:’ Miami Beach declares state of emergency due to coronavirus

After saying Miami Beach would remain open for business despite coronavirus fears, the city administration declared a state of emergency Thursday and publicly called off spring break.

Coastwide
Tourism

Historic ocean liner may get second life as hotel, or an Airbnb

Scott Rechler was negotiating a deal to build Airbnb rentals in a Manhattan office tower when the real estate developer had an epiphany. Tree houses and other unconventional lodgings were popular on the home-sharing site. Why not a ship?

International
Tourism

UK - Britain's best coastal hotels

‘I am convinced the sea air always does good,’ declares Henrietta Musgrove in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Austen often poked fun at the Georgian notion of the sea as a source of bountiful health and healing; in many respects, it was the eighteenth century’s answer to today’s wellness fad.

International
Tourism

NZ - Keeping our beaches sandy

Sand is something we lie on, walk the dogs on, play cricket on – so many things come to mind when someone says sand, but how do our beaches and bays stay sandy?

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Does Hernando Beach want more tourists? Maybe, maybe not

Community poll rejects development as a tourist destination, but a group of residents and business owners is pressing a ‘vision plan’ for just that.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Industry turns out to decry bid to shift tourist taxes to other uses

A state move to divert taxes meant to aid tourism drew widespread ire from industry leaders here Tuesday, but an official rebuke from Miami-Dade lawmakers failed to advance.

International
Tourism

NZ - Seaweek, discover the treasures you never knew about

Most New Zealanders and tourists from elsewhere enjoy spending time in and around the sea over summer. There is likely to be many more warm or mild days to enjoy a New Zealand beach before the weather turns cold.