Tourism

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Palm Beach Town Council to Discuss Public Beach Access

Director of Public Works Paul Brazil will present a proposal to the council at Tuesday’s meeting to maintain public beach access points at Wells and Dunbar roads.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Sarasota County’s Tourist-Funded Arts Grants Drop 20%

The money is designed to encourage events and programs that will boost tourism in the county.

International
Tourism

World - Sleepy Lions, Empty Bars, Lost Jobs: A World Without Tourism

CANBERRA – With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - Weekly Rentals in Maine 'Busier Than Ever' as Tourists Seek Socially Distanced Vacations

Things were looking bleak in April and May when people who work in Maine’s tourism industry were wondering how the 2020 summer might be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and by restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the disease.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

DE - Beach Businesses Seek to Recoup Losses as Time Runs Out

REHOBOTH BEACH — With five weeks to Labor Day, businesses down at the beach are now running on survival mode.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - Maine's Tourism Industry on Life-Support as Visitors Trickle Back

Hotel occupancy and out-of-state traffic increased over July but many businesses are still barely hanging on and hope to survive through the summer.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Hurricane Isaias One More Challenge for Volusia Hotels

As Hurricane Isaias looms, hoteliers in Volusia County make preparations and field cancellation calls, another dose of bad news in a tough summer already affected by the pandemic.

Northeast
Tourism

NH - Beach Battle: Reduced Access Increases Tension Between Tourists and Seacoast Communities

RYE – New Hampshire’s Atlantic coastline, the smallest in New England, is just 13 miles long, or 18.5 miles if you include inlets.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - BOCC Hears Public Comments on Beach Ordinance

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners seemed as physically prepared as it could be Tuesday night to safely take comments from residents at a public hearing on a new ordinance covering county-controlled beaches.

Caribbean
Tourism

Caribbean Finds There's No Good Answer to Reopening

For many islands in the Caribbean, the coronavirus presents an impossible dilemma.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - At Jacksonville’s Beaches, COVID-19 Shelves Several Planned Projects While Others Move Forward

The staccato of pounding hammers and screech of power saws still can be heard at Jacksonville’s three beach communities as construction workers build hotels, restaurants and retail shops.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Launches New Beach Safety Campaign

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, along with New York Sea Grant, is encouraging people to enjoy the BEach SAFEly, and has recently launched a campaign that focuses on both COVID-19 precautions and ocean hazards of which beachgoers should be aware.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Piles of Seaweed or 'Wrack' Have Washed Up onto Space Coast Beaches

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Piles of seaweed or “wrack” have washed up onto Space Coast beaches. Sargassum is a brown seaweed that floats in the ocean and is washing up along the east coast of Florida in large amounts.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - Bacteria Are Fouling the Water off NJ’s Beaches, Advocates Warn. It’s from Leaking Septic Systems, Farms and More

Report says a third of beaches exceeded federal limits at least once last year, putting swimmers’ health at risk.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Study Finds 93 NC Beaches Polluted Enough to Make You Sick

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Environment North Carolina analyzed beaches in dozens of coastal and Great Lake states and Puerto Rico to determine how safe beaches were to swim in across the country.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Florida Tourism Struggles to Balance Commerce, Safety in Era of Coronavirus

Even as Florida has become a hotbed for the coronavirus pandemic, the Sunshine State remains a favored tourist destination, a scenario that both tourism and medical experts agree could contribute to additional spread without consistent adherence to public health guidelines.

Northeast
Tourism

CT - Utter Disaster at Fairfield Beaches Led to Residents-Only Rule

Fairfield's beaches were "like something you would see on television from Florida," but are now much safer, the first selectwoman said.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - NC Partners with Leave No Trace on Outdoor Stewardship Tourism Initiative

Visit North Carolina and the N.C. Outdoor Recreation Industry Office on Thursday announced a new partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to maintain outdoor experiences and manage natural assets for future generations.

International
Tourism

NZ - Zoologists Call for Beach Closures to Save Penguins After 'Disappointing' Research Result

Zoologists say beaches should be closed to protect penguins which could be extinct within decades.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - How Can Shore Towns Keep Beaches from Being Overrun by Crowds? It’s Complicated.

It’s July in Jersey, we’re tired of being stuck home, and flying to exotic locales isn’t in the cards, so down the Shore we go.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Keep the Dunes Closed to Off-Roaders

Upon learning that the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Area (ODSVRA) will be closed until Oct. 1, dozens of off-roaders attended the California Coastal Commission (CCC) meeting on July 9.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - ‘We’re really struggling’: Tourism-Dependent Businesses Wonder if They Can Make it to September

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The rising coronavirus cases both in Hawaii and on the mainland have prompted Governor David Ige to delay reopening tourism until September 1st.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Seward's Alaska SeaLife Center, Wounded by Low Visitor Numbers, Looks for a Way to Survive the Pandemic

Leaders of the wildlife exhibit, research and rehabilitation facility say it will close permanently if it can't raise $2 million by Sept. 30.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Oceano Dunes closed until October

OCEANO, Calif. (FOX26) — The Oceano Dunes will stay closed through October.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Tourism officials say 4th July Weekend was one of the largest we've seen

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG) -Thousands flocked to our area to celebrate the Fourth of July and some say the holiday weekend was one of the largest turnouts they’ve ever seen, despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - NC's Coastal Areas Could Get Economic Boost from Moving Forward Act

NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Congress is considering a bill that would provide funding to coastal communities for investment in ocean and coastal-habitat restoration.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Visit Virtually: Popular Parks, Attractions Adjust to COVID-19

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- While the coronavirus pandemic has altered many travel plans, a number of attractions are offering an interactive virtual experience in the era of social distancing.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

LA - Rutherford Beach conservation area damaged

CREOLE, La. (KPLC) - At Rutherford Beach, you can often find roped off area to protect wildlife, but some conservationists say that the holiday weekend festivities may have damaged these areas.