Destination Management (DMOs)

Delta to fly nonstop daily between Atlanta and Tulum, Mexico

Delta to fly nonstop daily between Atlanta and Tulum, Mexico

Delta Air Lines has announced daily nonstop service between Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) and Tulum’s brand-new Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO) when it opens for international service in late March 2024. The service will...

REI Co-op adds Canadian & U.S. multi-day tours

REI Co-op adds Canadian & U.S. multi-day tours

REI Co-op is diving deeper as a tour operator, with the expansion of rentals, day tours, and multi-day adventures. They have launched three additional Canadian Rockies trips that will take place year-round — as well as new destinations in the United States. "We are...

Denver tourism increased to a record 36 million visitors in 2022

Denver tourism increased to a record 36 million visitors in 2022

Denver tourism is growing, with a 15 percent increase year-over-year for the city between 2021 and 2022. In 2022, a record 36.3 million visitors visited Denver and the visitors also spent more money in Denver than ever before: generating $9.4 billion in tourism...

Abercrombie & Kent adds small group tours in 2024

Abercrombie & Kent adds small group tours in 2024

Abercrombie & Kent has launched new tour options for Luxury Small Group Journeys across the world, including Brazil, Scandinavia, Colombia, the Azores & Madeira, Oman & the Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. “A growing number of our guests are seeking out more...

MoonPass Lookouts showcase history of Great Fire of 1910

MoonPass Lookouts showcase history of Great Fire of 1910

Kristie Wolfe, an airbnb owner who has created a number of unique experiences, including the Famous Idaho Potato airbnb (yes, you actually get to stay in a giant potato), has launched her latest property: MoonPass Lookouts. MoonPass Lookouts: An Elevated Forest...

Alaska Airlines launches Seattle/Everett to Honolulu flight

Alaska Airlines launches Seattle/Everett to Honolulu flight

Alaska Airlines will be introducing a new nonstop flight between Seattle/Everett and Honolulu beginning in Fall of 2023. The flight will leave from Paine Field-Snohomish County Airport, and will launch on Nov. 17, 2023. The flight is Alaska's first new route to...

Thailand Tourism launches 2023 Let’s Go Thailand campaign

Thailand Tourism launches 2023 Let’s Go Thailand campaign

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Los Angeles recently announced the launch of Let's Go Thailand, a new campaign designed to help travelers create their own unique Thailand experience. Let's Go Thailand began running in May 2023 and will run through August, and...

Puerto Rico’s meetings industry ends year with record numbers

Puerto Rico’s meetings industry ends year with record numbers

Discover Puerto Rico, the Island's Destination Marketing Organization, is closing fiscal year of 2022-2023 with record numbers in the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) sector driven by a diverse set of events hosted on the island. Puerto Rico...

Holland America launches new departures for 2024-2025 Asia season

Holland America launches new departures for 2024-2025 Asia season

Holland America has announced their 2024-2025 Asia season, with departures from Hong Kong, China; Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan; and Singapore. The routes will visit 10 countries, with a strong focus on Japan. “The demand for Asia remains strong as cruisers seek experiences...

Experience Columbus launches summer campaign for visitors

Experience Columbus launches summer campaign for visitors

Experience Columbus has announced its new summer campaign, featuring the city's neighborhoods, culture, a concert series, and a brand new app. Experience Columbus is launching a new video series to showcase Columbus' neighborhoods and residents, including the Short...

Visit Montana highlights Montana Dinosaur Trail for summer visitors

Visit Montana highlights Montana Dinosaur Trail for summer visitors

Montana is home to a busy prehistoric past, and Visit Montana wants travelers to know about the Montana Dinosaur Trail. "Winding its way through the state, the Montana Dinosaur Trail takes travelers back in time with 14 locations to learn about Montana's prehistoric...

US Ghost Adventures adds 8 new tours across the U.S.

US Ghost Adventures adds 8 new tours across the U.S.

US Ghost Adventures has announced an expansion of eight new tours across the United States. US Ghost Adventures offers entertaining and historic ghost tours of the most haunted cities in the U.S., and currently operates tours in more than 60 cities — as well as owning...

Inaugural Bahamas Dive Week kicks off in San Salvador

Inaugural Bahamas Dive Week kicks off in San Salvador

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) is set to host the first ever Bahamas Dive Week on San Salvador scheduled for May 6-13. Dive Week Kicks off in San Salvador, and will also include destinations like Grand Bahama Island and Nassau....

Miami Beach kicks off summer with new itineraries and app

Miami Beach kicks off summer with new itineraries and app

Miami Beach is ready to kick off the unofficial start to summer with a collection of events and experiences for visitors. To help make it even easier for those ready to plan vacations or staycations now, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) is...

Little Rock CVB preparing for the 2024 eclipse

Little Rock CVB preparing for the 2024 eclipse

The next solar eclipse over North America is happening April 8, 2024, and will pass over large cities like Buffalo, NY; Burlington, VT; Indianapolis, IN; and Little Rock, AR. The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) is making big plans for the “Great...

Pilsner Urquell opens new “Experience” in the heart of Prague

Pilsner Urquell opens new “Experience” in the heart of Prague

Pilsner Urquell is opening a brand new home in the heart of Prague. The beer brand's original factory is located in Plzeň, Czech Republic, but the new opening will bring their experience to travelers in the Czech capital. The Pilsner Urquell Experience will be located...

National Geographic Expeditions announces 2023 Signature Land Trips

National Geographic Expeditions announces 2023 Signature Land Trips

National Geographic Expeditions has announced their 2023 itineraries for Signature Land, including an expanded Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia: Ancient Temples and Natural Wonders expedition. The Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia itinerary is a 17-day, 16-night journey across...

‘Let’s Do London’ tourism campaign launches to US audiences

‘Let’s Do London’ tourism campaign launches to US audiences

London has launched their largest-ever international tourism campaign, welcoming travelers back to the UK capital. The $12.5 million "Let's Do London" campaign was launched to celebrate the lifting of US-UK travel restrictions. "Led by London & Partners, which...

Feature: A conversation with CityPASS on the future of travel

Feature: A conversation with CityPASS on the future of travel

Things have begun to return to normal in the travel industry, but most agree that travel will likely never be exactly what it was prior to 2020. For the companies who survived through the pandemic, the world of travel is a very different place. Companies have adapted,...

‘City of Museums’ Xi’an, China opens 2 major museums

‘City of Museums’ Xi’an, China opens 2 major museums

Xi'an, China has two museums for travelers and locals to learn the history of the area. The Shaanxi Archaeological Museum was recently completed in Xi'an, China and will be open to the public on a trial basis from April 28. The Xi'an Museum had also officially...

Discover Puerto Rico invites visitors to ‘Live Boricua’

Discover Puerto Rico invites visitors to ‘Live Boricua’

Discover Puerto Rico unveiled their latest brand campaign: 'Live Boricua.' Discover Puerto Rico is the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) of the island, and is launching their campaign along with others in the Puerto Rican tourism industry. "A movement born out...

US to end COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers

US to end COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers

The White House is expected to announce on Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will lift their COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers re-entering the United States from other countries, according to CNN. The new ruling will go into...

Atlantis Paradise Island to undergo complete renovations

Atlantis Paradise Island to undergo complete renovations

Atlantis Paradise Island is embarking on multimillion-dollar renovations at their resort in The Bahamas. The renovations include redevelopment of the Beach Tower, all Royal Tower guest rooms and suites, the Atlantis Casino, and the addition of another Michelin-starred...

Feature: Cypress Tours is ready to welcome the world back to Italy

Feature: Cypress Tours is ready to welcome the world back to Italy

There are so many tour companies taking travelers all across the world, but some of the more unsung heroes are the smaller or one-person companies introducing travelers to new locations and cultures. Lynette of Cypress Tours has been taking groups to Italy for more...

European travel by Americans to increase 600 percent in summer 2022

European travel by Americans to increase 600 percent in summer 2022

Although many Americans have opted to travel domestically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend for summer of 2022 is leaning toward European travel. According to a report by Allianz Partners, the Top 10 Summer European Destinations, travel to Europe...

Top 10 airports in the world show 2021 show travel recovery

Top 10 airports in the world show 2021 show travel recovery

Although 2020 and 2021 were not normal for travel, the busiest airports in the world remained (at least relatively) the same with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport taking the top spot once again. According to Airports Council International (ACI) World,...

Omni Hotels adds instant booking for groups and meeting planners

Omni Hotels adds instant booking for groups and meeting planners

Omni Hotels & Resorts, along with Groups 360, have announced a new instant booking experience for groups and meeting spaces. GroupSync is Group360's proprietary online booking marketplace, and is available now at the Omni Frisco Hotel in Frisco, Texas, and will...

Southwest to increase service in California, Hawaii, Cuba

Southwest to increase service in California, Hawaii, Cuba

Southwest Airlines will be adding additional services to its flight schedules beginning in early June, including destinations like California, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, and the Caribbean. “For a gamut of travelers seeking business opportunity, faraway fun, or...

Hawaiian Airlines to resume nonstop Honolulu-Auckland flights

Hawaiian Airlines to resume nonstop Honolulu-Auckland flights

Hawaiian Airlines is planning to resume its nonstop flights between Honolulu (HNL) and Auckland (AKL) after two years of pandemic-related travel restrictions. The flights between Hawaii and New Zealand will resume three times a week beginning on July 2. "Our July...

Hurtigruten Expeditions announces 2023-24 season

Hurtigruten Expeditions announces 2023-24 season

Hurtigruten Expeditions, the world's largest expedition cruise line, has announced their 2023-2024 itineraries. The new itineraries span five continents and 150 different itineraries, including to the Galápagos, Antarctica, Arctic, West Africa, the Caribbean, Canary...

Palms Las Vegas announces grand re-opening April 27

Palms Las Vegas announces grand re-opening April 27

Palms Casino Resort has announced plans to reopen on April 27, 2022, with fireworks on opening night. They will be open for stays on April 28, 2022. The iconic hotel had undergone a more than $600 million renovation beginning in 2019. "Our goal is to deliver a truly...

Hyatt adds 100+ all-inclusive resorts to rewards program

Hyatt adds 100+ all-inclusive resorts to rewards program

Hyatt Hotels is adding to its rewards portfolio, with the addition of more than 100 luxury all-inclusive resorts across seven brands to its AMR Collection portfolio. The new resorts will join the program in phases, beginning with six Cancun resorts joining the World...

Four Seasons launches Tuscany driving tour

Four Seasons launches Tuscany driving tour

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts have unveiled Beyond by Four Seasons, "An Exclusive Driving Journey Through Tuscany," as their latest destination tour. The weeklong tour will be curated by the brand and showcase the Tuscan countryside by luxury car with the Four...

Vail Resorts purchases majority of Swiss ski resort

Vail Resorts purchases majority of Swiss ski resort

Vail Resorts are moving into Europe. The company announced they are purchasing a majority stake in Andermatt-Sedrun Sport AG in Central Switzerland from Andermatt Swiss Alps AG (ASA). The purchase will help Vail Resorts invest in the Europe market, with a resort that...

Air New Zealand launches flagship JFK-AKL flight

Air New Zealand launches flagship JFK-AKL flight

Just a few weeks after New Zealand announced their reopening to international travelers, Air New Zealand has announced a nonstop New York City to Auckland flight. The flight will operate three times a week and will run between John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and...

Viking leads new Iceland cruise trend

Viking leads new Iceland cruise trend

Iceland has been a popular destination for travelers for year, in part to the country's tourism campaigns and in part to IcelandAir providing a stopover service for the country. And now cruise lines have taken the hint and are offering circumnavigations of the island....

VisitBritain & British Airways team up for new tourism campaign

VisitBritain & British Airways team up for new tourism campaign

VisitBritain and British Airways have teamed up to promote Britain in the United States, with a new campaign called "Meanwhile in Britain." According to Travel Weekly, the multi-million dollar campaign kicks off a three year partnership between the two companies. "The...

Report: EU’s tourism saw significant improvement in 2021

Report: EU’s tourism saw significant improvement in 2021

Those in the tourism industry understand how locations across the world have struggled since 2020. But as countries begin to open up and remove restrictions, tourism is making a comeback. The European Union's (EU) Eurostat found that tourism in the EU improved overall...

New Zealand will welcome visitors for first time since 2020

New Zealand will welcome visitors for first time since 2020

Just days after Australia announced they will be reopening to visitors, New Zealand is following suit. The island country closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and remained closed the last two years. Beginning on April 13, vaccinated visitors from Australia...

Thailand to relax travel requirements, beginning in February

Thailand to relax travel requirements, beginning in February

Thailand is planning to relax their entry requirements beginning in February, after getting through a short Omicron COVID surge. During a Thursday meeting of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Thai...

Map: What countries are open & what are travel restrictions?

Map: What countries are open & what are travel restrictions?

With constantly changing travel restrictions around the world, Sherpa has put together an interactive map to help travelers and travel advisors stay up to date on the current requirements and restrictions. The interactive travel restrictions map allows you to see the...

Wellness travel is expected to surpass $1.1 billion by 2025

Wellness travel is expected to surpass $1.1 billion by 2025

Wellness tourism continues to grow, with an expected growth of 20.9 percent every year through 2025, according to a new report. The report, The Global Wellness Economy: Looking Beyond COVID by the Global Wellness Institute, found that the industry will reach nearly...

Italy to pay cruise lines after Venice ship ban

Italy to pay cruise lines after Venice ship ban

The Italian government is paying cruise lines for their decision to ban large ships from the Venice lagoon. According to Italian newspaper The Local, the compensation will come out to 57.5 million euros, or around $65 million. Around 30 million euros will be allocated...

Restored Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park is unveiled

Restored Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park is unveiled

The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) has completed the renovation of the Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park (USP), which is located off the West Coast of Grenada in the Molinere Beauséjour Marine Protected Area. A destination for snorkelers and divers, the Grenada...

Barbados becomes an independent republic, with no more queen

Barbados becomes an independent republic, with no more queen

Barbados is officially a republic, having separated themselves from Queen Elizabeth II. The ceremony took place in Bridgetown, with the swearing in of Dame Sandra Mason as president. Barbadan native Rihanna attended the ceremony, along with Prince Charles. The move...

Thailand’s reopening gives insight to other countries

Thailand’s reopening gives insight to other countries

Thailand's reopening has other Asian countries looking at how to open, and what that opening may look like. Although tourism in Thailand is increasing, it is slow and steady for the country. According to Reuter, Thailand has 106,117 foreign tourists between January...

Hyatt completes acquisition of Apple Leisure Group

Hyatt completes acquisition of Apple Leisure Group

Apple Leisure Group (ALG) has a new owner, as Hyatt Hotel Corporation has completed their acquisition of the travel company. The acquisition includes 100 hotels in 10 countries of ALG's AMR Collection, which will double the number of Hyatt resorts around the world....

Survey: 63% of Americans plan to travel for the holidays

Survey: 63% of Americans plan to travel for the holidays

Americans are looking to travel for the holidays in 2021, according to a survey by The Vacationer. The survey found that 63 percent of American adults (161 million people) are planning to travel for at least one holiday before the end of 2021, and 42 percent of...

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

CRVA opens expanded $127 million Charlotte Convention Center

The city of Charlotte's new Charlotte Convention Center expansion opened this week after nearly two years of construction. The $126.9 expansion was welcomed by the city of Charlotte and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA). The new center broke ground in...

US to allow foreign travelers starting in November, with stipulations

US to allow foreign travelers starting in November, with stipulations

The United States will be allowing in foreign tourists beginning in November, as long as they are fully vaccinated, according to White House Assistant Press Secretary Kevin Munoz. "The US’ new travel policy that requires vaccination for foreign national travelers to...

Fiji to reopen after nearly 2 years of being closed

Fiji to reopen after nearly 2 years of being closed

After nearly two years of being closed, Fiji has announced they are reopening and are ready to welcome visitors, starting in December 2021. Fiji will be reopening with entry requirements in place, including required vaccines, providing negative RT-PCR tests taken...

Hawaii begins easing restrictions on events

Hawaii begins easing restrictions on events

Hawaii is looking to ease restrictions on gatherings, according to a news conference held by Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi on Friday, Oct. 8. In August, after a spike in COVID-19 infection rates, Mayor Blangiardi restricted large gatherings,...

Top travel trending locations for holidays include Florida, Mexico

Top travel trending locations for holidays include Florida, Mexico

Travelers are once again looking forward to holiday travel, and are already planning. According to a survey conducted by Expedia, the top destinations include beach and mountain locations. "Whether you're hoping to spend your holidays on the sand or on a ski slope,...

Travel trend: Wellness is an important part of future trips

Travel trend: Wellness is an important part of future trips

Although wellness has always been a travel niche, it has been growing in popularity in the last few months. According to a poll conducted by American Express, 76 percent of travelers want to improve their well-being while traveling and 68 percent said they are...

SE Asian islands are planning reopenings this fall

SE Asian islands are planning reopenings this fall

Much of Southeast Asia closed to tourists in 2020 due to COVID-19, but a few of them are reopening. Islands in SE Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, kept their COVID rates low in 2020 and 2021 due to the closures. Thailand officially reopened to tourism...

NYC mayor: The city will ‘fully reopen’ by July 1

NYC mayor: The city will ‘fully reopen’ by July 1

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects the city to "fully reopen" by July 1, with all COVID-19 restrictions lifted by then, according to the Associated Press. "We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength," he...

Los Cabos expects return to pre-pandemic numbers by summer 2021

Los Cabos expects return to pre-pandemic numbers by summer 2021

As things begin to reopen, locations that rely on tourism and meetings are figuring out the best ways to open safely and welcome visitors back to their towns. Los Cabos has done a lot since the beginning of the pandemic to be safe and encourage the reopening of travel...

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