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World - Mediterranean treasures under threat: Riviera beaches eaten away by coastal erosion

Quite literally sandwiched between rising sea levels, crashing waves and increasing urbanisation along the coastline, some beaches on the Côte d’Azur face the very real threat of completely disappearing. They currently feature on the Red List of ecosystems in France, put together by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN).

International
Tourism

South Africa - ‘SA needs a holiday’: Tourism industry welcomes Easter weekend visitors

While the nation awaits a government decision about Covid-19 regulations over Easter, many people have already booked flights and accommodation for the long weekend.

Northeast
Tourism

CT - Beach access debate rages on as proposal targeting high fees for out-of-towners dies quietly

A bill that would have banned municipalities from imposing exorbitant fees that restrict many out-of-towners from using public beaches will die without a vote or a public hearing this year.

Coastwide
Tourism

USA - The 25 Best Beach Towns in America

On a warm spring or summer day, if the liquid feeling of sunlight doesn’t instantly lift your mood in one of these charming beach towns, the historical character, quality shopping and grub—and many other pleasing attributes—certainly will.

Caribbean
Tourism

Caribbean - Brown tide of sargassum threatens Caribbean tourist beaches

Massive brown mats of macro-algae invade diverse region dependent on tourism, natural resources

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Surf City offering $250 visitor parking passes to help offset costs of beach nourishment

Surf City is now offering parking passes for non-residents, but it’s going to cost you. The $250 pass is valid from April 1 through October 15.

Caribbean
Tourism

USVI - Yachts are visiting in record numbers this season. Will it last?

Virgin Islanders may have been rubbing their eyes in disbelief at the sight of yachts along territory waterfronts.

Northeast
Tourism

ME - Kennebunkport short-term rental regulations, beach rules for dogs now in voters' hands

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine – Voters will decide this summer whether to adopt two proposals that would regulate short-term rentals and change the rules for dogs on local beaches.

International
Tourism

Qatar sets innovation bar high with luxury Eco-Floating hotel

Designed by Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio, the structure would have a doughnut-shape, and would produce clean energy by spinning slowly.

Caribbean
Tourism

CI - Dart's new town threatens beach access

Local activists have raised concerns that around ten beach access points that have been used by Caymanians for generations will be lost if Dart gets approval for a 157-acre planned area development (PAD) located astride the Esterley Tibbetts Highway between Salt Creek, Yacht Club, Vista Del Mar and Governor’s Harbour.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - State Parks wants to transform this Central Coast treasure into a tourist destination. No way

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series of editorials on major changes proposed at the Oceano Dunes, which includes the state’s most visited off-road recreation area.

International
Tourism

This 82-mile Trek Through Stunning Parks and Coastlines Is Northern Ireland's Best-kept Secret

The St. Patrick's Way is a one-week trek through Northern Ireland's most dazzling parks, peaks, and coasts, with odes to the trail's namesake saint along the way.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Some Hawaii Beaches May Lose Lifeguards As State Runs Short Of Cash

Counties have stepped in to fill the breach, but say the state should pay for lifeguards at its own parks.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

SC - Folly Beach bans smoking to help eliminate cigarette litter

After more than a year of advocating to eliminate cigarette butt litter on Folly Beach, the city's council has officially passed a smoking ban.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

CAN - 'Struggle to come back will take years': Vancouver Island Tourism CEO

Of all B.C.’s economic sectors impacted by COVID-19, you could argue tourism and hospitality has been hit the hardest.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - In Kitty Hawk, a debate over a beach access

During its March 1 meeting, the Kitty Hawk Town Council voted 4 to1 to approve a survey of Hurdle Street, an undeveloped “paper” street that the town is eyeing as a potential site for beach access parking, which some officials say is woefully needed in the municipality.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Old Florida animal tourism yields to New Florida enlightened conservation centers

A half-century ago, William D. Talbert III arrived in South Florida and launched a decades-long career in tourism management and promotion. Fifty years later, the hospitality industry and its marquee properties, though now stalled by the pandemic, are still arguably tops on the planet.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - In Hawaii, Reimagining Tourism for a Post-Pandemic World

Before Covid, ‘tourism was at this point where everything was about tourists.’ With the one-year anniversary of travel’s collapse, the state, like other overtouristed places, is hoping for a reset.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

TX - Texas beaches, businesses brace for spring break after governor ends mask mandate

As a result of the governor’s decision Tuesday to lift the state’s mask mandate and all restrictions tied to capacity, the news comes as a double-edged sword that’s positive financially, but at the cost of less power for Texas businesses.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Cape Hatteras National Seashore Breaks All-Time January Visitation Record

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and Wright Brothers National Memorial had the highest levels of visitation in January 2021 than any other January on record.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Oak Island becomes latest beach town to discuss paid parking

As locals and tourists head to some Wilmington-area beaches this summer, they will be paying for parking for the first time.