Selling U.S. Tourism in Trump Era Leaves Industry Grasping for Fixes
Let’s face it. Brand USA and U.S. Travel had a daunting task this week at the 2019 edition of IPW, the annual travel gathering held in Anaheim, California. Leaders of both associations had to convince the international buyers and journalists attending the trade show designed to “bring the world to America” that the country is welcoming, despite looming trade wars, travel bans, and onerous visa regulations. That’s why it’s no surprise that many of the press conferences held by national and state officials were filled with non-answer answers to questions about any controversial government policy.
Canadian And American Visits Spur Caribbean Tourism Boom
Caribbean tourism is booming, and Canadians can share some of the credit. Spurred on by a 24% rise in arrivals from the United States and a 4% rise from Canadians, the Caribbean recorded a healthy 12% increase in tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2019, according to statistics compiled by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
Uber to Launch Helicopter Rides in New York City
Uber Technologies Inc. is testing a helicopter service in New York City, according to documents outlining the program obtained by Bloomberg. Passengers will be able to use the Uber app to book a flight through the service, called Uber Copter, the documents show. Tests flights took off from a Manhattan heliport near Wall Street to John F. Kennedy International Airport.