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"Despacito" Could Be Driving More Interest in Puerto Rico—But Not Visits

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/25/2017, 4:00 AM

Chinese officials may want to rethink their recent decision to bar Justin Bieber from performing in their country.  Turns out the pop heartthrob could be good for tourism. Just ask Puerto Rico. A Spanglish remix of the hit "Despacito" featuring Bieber and the song's original recording artists, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, debuted on April 17 and quickly rose to the top of the charts an...

New Visiting Restrictions at Machu Picchu

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2017, 4:00 AM

Starting in July, if you want to see Machu Picchu in Peru, you're going to have to see it during either a morning or afternoon tour. Up to now, visitors were allowed to spend an entire day exploring the famed Incan citadel. But officials worried about the effects of a constant stream of tourists have imposed the new restrictions as a means of conserving the site and its one-of-a-kind a...

Pres. Trump Has Reinstated a Cuba Policy That Has Been an Abject Failure for 50 Years

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2017, 12:00 AM

Pres. Trump's Cuba decision senselessly turns back the clock, reversing gains for both countries—and for U.S. travelers. ...

Trump's Proposed Budget Would Cut U.S. Tourism Organization

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/24/2017, 4:00 AM

Among the cuts in President Donald Trump's proposed budget, which is being delivered to Congress this week: funding for Brand USA, a public-private organization dedicated to marketing the United States as a tourism destination. Eliminating that program, the president's plan would shift revenue toward Customs and Border Protection instead. The proposal would have to be approved by Congress, w...

Australia Tourism Boost in 2016

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/19/2017, 4:00 AM

Travel to Australia was big in 2016. According to Tourism Australia officials, the country received an estimated 8.3 million international visitors last year—an increase of 11%. Arrivals from the United States rose by 16%. The most tourists came from nearby New Zealand, followed by China, the U.K., and the U.S., in that order.  If we were going to speculate on reasons for the spike...

The Discovery of an Octopus in a Miami Beach Car Park Poses a Threat to the City's Tourism

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2017, 12:00 AM

Sea levels are rising in Miami Beach—and that could permanently change life and tourism there....

In Hawaii, an Increase in Rare Brain Parasite Disease

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/26/2017, 4:00 AM

In Hawaii so far this year there have been 11 confirmed cases of rat lungworm disease, which is caused by a potentially deadly brain parasite with one of the ugliest names in creation. Victims include a California couple honeymooning on Maui and two people who might have caught the disease by drinking a homemade herbal beverage. Tourism officials would like for you to keep in mind that...

Emirates Airline's Decision to Cancel Flights to the United States Because of Administration Policies Will Reduce Income and Jobs Here

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/21/2017, 12:00 AM

A sharp reduction in foreign tourism will do far more economic harm than can be offset by corporations adding American jobs here and there....

The World's Safest Country for Tourists

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/19/2017, 4:00 AM

Finland has been named the world's safest country for travelers in this year's edition of the highly regarded Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report from the World Economic Forum.  The annual study rates 136 nations according to a variety of factors, including natural resources, transportation infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and several others. Overall, Spain was found to ...

After a Quiet Winter, the World of Travel Has Suddenly Erupted with Distinctive Developments

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/10/2017, 12:00 AM

Arthur Frommer assesses how Trump's policies, European terror attacks, budget cuts, and a new kind of hostel could affect U.S. travelers....

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