Tourism

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Red tide returns to Sarasota area

The toxic, smelly algae bloom that hurt hotel sales and waterfront destinations last year is back in Florida's waters.

Southeast
Tourism

Crux of Visit Florida funding fight: Do you need to sell tourism in state?

After a pitched battle in Tallahassee over the importance of the public-private agency’s marketing efforts, state lawmakers slashed funding for Visit Florida to $50 million for the budget year that starts July 1, down from $76 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Verify: Can access to a public Texas beach be restricted?

Under the Texas Open Beaches Act, the public has the free and unrestricted right to access Texas beaches. According to the Texas General Land Office, there may be some exceptions to this rule.

Southeast
Tourism

13 mind-blowing facts about Florida's economy

Florida has one of the biggest economies in the United States. Two of its most famous industries include tourism and agriculture, which contribute to the state's $1 trillion GDP. Here are 13 surprising facts about Florida's economy.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

Currituck sued over room tax revenue

CURRITUCK COUNTY, North Carolina — A Corolla civic group has filed suit against Currituck County, challenging more than $40 million the county has spent in occupancy tax revenue on projects and services since 2004.

West Coast
Tourism

Santa Cruz County Tourism Hits $1 Billion For First Time Ever

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA — For the first time in Santa Cruz County history, the tourism industry reached the $1 billion mark.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

First signs of algae that cause red tide found off Florida’s Gulf Coast

Red tide isn’t likely to ruin anyone’s weekend, but state measurements taken in the last week have found small concentrations of the algae that cause it off Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

Oregon’s North Coast bands together to manage tourism impacts

The North Coast Tourism Studio, offered by Travel Oregon in partnership with a local steering committee (representing 24 organizations and agencies), began with listening sessions held in spring, 2018, which guided the topics for a series of five workshops last fall and this winter.

Southeast
Tourism

Making progress on harmful algal blooms

Facing down another summer of crippling algal blooms, ids Florida doing enough?

Caribbean
Tourism

What to do with that stinky sargassum?

When life deals you sargassum ... well, you won't find a market for sargassum-ade.

Caribbean
Tourism

Smelly algae (aka sargassum) invasion threatens Mexico's prized beaches

Mexico's Riviera Maya coast brings in half of the country's tourism revenues, but the algae explosion could cripple the local economy. The vast mats of algae, called sargassum, is one of the more visible climate-change events quietly altering the tourist trade.

International
Tourism

Survey reveals Kiwis are not happy with tourists

The proportion of New Zealanders who believe tourism is good for the country has dipped and more Kiwis surveyed than ever think the number of tourists is too high.

Northeast
Tourism

Tourism spending in New Jersey hit $44.7 billion in 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s beaches, casinos, forests and cities attracted tourists who spent nearly $45 billion in 2018.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater hit new tourism revenue records for March

From the white sand beaches of Clearwater to the festivals in Tampa, the area has reported tourism growth.

Southeast
Tourism

OPINION - Turning the Toxic Tide: Our 5-part playbook for saving Florida's waters

Turning the Toxic Tide is a series of editorials published collectively by the six editorial boards of USA TODAY Network-Florida, with the goal of providing an environmental road map for the state's new governor, legislators and congressional delegation. This is the seventh in the series.

International
Tourism

‘Overtourism’: Surges in unsustainable tourism are destroying islands in the Pacific

The tourism industry is booming throughout the world but nowhere more noticeably than on the small tropical islands of Southeast Asia. Millions of tourists flock to these remote islands every day to enjoy the beaches and snorkel among the coral reef, but the traffic and waste they produce has forced some ecosystems to reach their breaking point.

Caribbean
Tourism

Resort faces huge lawsuit -US lawyers plan to file mulit-million class action against Beaches “within days”

HUNDREDS of holidaymakers who fear they were overcharged by the TCI’s biggest resort have come forward to join a potential class action which lawyers say could see the company forced to fork out millions in compensation.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

URI researchers: Offshore wind farm increased tourism on Block Island

KINGSTON, R.I. - May 6, 2019 - Researchers at the University of Rhode Island who analyzed AirBnB rental data before and after construction of the Block Island Wind Farm have found that, contrary to some concerns, the turbines have increased tourism on the island.

Southeast
Tourism

Ron DeSantis announces newly-formed Blue-Green Algae Task Force

HOBE SOUND — Gov. Ron DeSantis has placed a special emphasis on Florida's environment since taking office, and Monday was one more step in the direction to clean up the state's waterways.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Big shift in thinking about red tide cause

Research has shed new light on what created the algal bloom that swept the Gulf Coast last year.

Southeast
Tourism

Get off my lawn! North Myrtle Beach says stop blocking public parking

ust before residents and tourists begin flocking to the beach, North Myrtle Beach is warning homeowners that placing barriers in public rights-of-way without a permit is illegal.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

Alaska Is Bracing for This Year’s Supersize Cruise Season

Cruise operators go where they see demand, and Alaska has been a hot market for a while now. Will the introduction of more and bigger ships change that dynamic?

Northeast
Tourism

Jersey Shore town illegally hiked beachfront parking fees to pay for post-Sandy repairs

An appellate panel ruled Monday that Belmar officials had violated an ancient legal principal and current state law on public beach access when the borough doubled beachfront parking fees and used beach funds to pay for non-beach expenses.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

Hawaii Pushes for Protection Plan to Save Beaches from Rising Sea Levels

New Legislation Aiming at Protecting Hawaii from Climate Change. New legislation in Hawaii is aiming at protecting tourist beaches and urban areas from flooding due to Climate Change.

Southeast
Tourism

When coastal hazards threaten your Outer Banks trip

A trip to the Outer Banks is a tradition for some North Carolina families and a bucket-list destination for other tourists. A new study from North Carolina State University asked visitors for their reactions to having travel plans disrupted by coastal hazards like washed-out roads or limited beach access. Would they reschedule? Go somewhere else? Stop visiting the Outer Banks?

Southeast
Tourism

Florida: Season in Sarasota-Manatee nears its end

After last year’s red tide bloom, service industry grateful for a robust rebound

Coastwide
Tourism

United Kingdom: Use culture to re-invent struggling seaside towns, says House of Lords Report

A Lords Committee heard that Thanet has seen 84% growth in creative businesses between 2013 and 2016, following a long-term programme to support arts and culture.

International
Tourism

United Kingdom: Bald eagles deployed to defend beachgoers from 'scary' seagull attacks

Tourism bosses have hired two bald eagles to defend popular coastal beaches amid fears that seagulls are scaring away too many visitors.

International
Tourism

An English City Considers Creating a National Marine Park

Plymouth, England, is rich in maritime history. Will a marine park change how its residents see the sea?

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Navarre Beach welcomes new ADA-friendly boardwalks on soundside in nearly $500,000 project

The soundside area of Navarre Beach is more accessible to more people now. And it's thanks to a newly completed Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Early Restoration Program project, which was touted as a community-wide effort and celebrated by commissioners and Navarre area residents Tuesday afternoon.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Alligator seen relaxing in surf on Florida beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Thousands flock to Florida every year to relax on the sunshine state's beaches, and apparently even alligators can't resist them!

International
Tourism

Why Are We Turning to Underwater Design?

With such revolutionary designs as Snøhetta’s underwater restaurant in Norway to the Conrad Maldives hotel, architects are pushing the boundaries by building in new and exciting environments

Southeast
Tourism

Experts gather in Clearwater to talk about red tide

CLEARWATER — Hundreds gathered at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater March 28 for a Red Tide Summit to learn more about harmful algal blooms and ask questions.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

SpaceX testing closure of Boca Chica Beach extended

Closures of State Highway 4 leading to Boca Chica Beach so SpaceX can continue testing its Starship Hopper prototype entered a third week Tuesday.

Caribbean
Tourism

Nearly two years after Hurricane Maria devastation, Puerto Rico welcomes record number of tourists

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years after a deadly hurricane season, tourists are visiting Puerto Rico in record numbers as the U.S. territory continues to rebuild from Hurricane Maria.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Fear of red tide causing false alarms in Sarasota-Manatee, scientists say

Very low concentrations of toxic algae were found offshore of Southwest Florida, but there is no red tide bloom, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Okaloosa Island adds first offshore snorkel reef

OKALOOSA ISLAND, FL — The Emerald Coast Convention and Visitor’s Bureau deployed Okaloosa Island’s first artificial reef Tuesday.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Navarre beaches open to all

NAVARRE BEACH, FLORIDA — There are no “no trespassing” signs on Navarre Beach.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

Tourism in Hawaii Has Reached 'Tipping Point', Say Experts

Tourism in Hawaii has reached “tipping point”, experts from the University of Hawaii have warned, as annual visitor numbers reach ten million on the small Pacific archipelago.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

Cape Hatteras Seashore bucks national trend with record year

Visits to National Park System sites across the country were down in 2018 versus 2017, but the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was one of the notable exceptions of the park system’s 418 units, with the highest recorded visitation since 2003.

Southeast
Tourism

Senate Ties Tourism Funding to Sunscreen

Florida Senate leaders are putting up money to keep the state’s tourism arm alive, despite an effort by the state House to scrap the agency.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Mississippi Aquarium spurs development in downtown Gulfport

The $93 million Mississippi Aquarium is coming out of the ground on the East Beach service road in Gulfport, on track to open late this year or by early 2020.

International
Tourism

American builds wall on a beach in Yucatan

While the US president, Donald Trump, is looking for funds to finance the construction of the controversial wall on the border with Mexico, a US citizen, in just a matter of days, raised a fence in the Mexican state of Yucatan with which he closed the access of a public beach near his home.

Southeast
Tourism

Florida House Cuts Tourism, Economic Development Money

ALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida would only be funded for three months, while Enterprise Florida wouldn’t get any state money as part of a budget proposal released Tuesday by a House panel for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

International
Tourism

Tourists are flocking to locations threatened by climate change. That only makes things worse.

“Last-chance tourism” is hastening the decline of destinations like the Florida Reef and the Galapagos Islands.

Southeast
Tourism

Show me the money: Surfside joins other local cities in wanting to keep tax dollars

South Carolina - Surfside Beach is the next municipality looking to bring extra revenue into their community at the expense of Horry County.

International
Tourism

Ambitious bid to save Lanka’s remaining ‘untouched’ reefs

Kayankerni and several other coastal zones to be declared Marine Protection Areas

Caribbean
Tourism

Government vows to continue Riviera Maya sargasso battle

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Officials from Cancun to Tulum continue to fight the issue of sargasso that has begun to arrive on state beaches. The continual abundance of the sea weed remains a critical issue for the state as the sargasso slowly returns to the region.

International
Tourism

Dark and deadly secret: Inside Dubai's luxurious island paradise that never came to be

At first glance it seems to be the ultimate playground for the rich, but this stunning island archipelago has a dark and deadly secret.

Southeast
Tourism

Wrightsville Beach begins $3-an-hour paid parking ahead of summer

Wrightsville Beach’s seasonal paid parking kicks in Friday with a new hourly fee of $3, which goes toward several project including beach renourishment.