Tag Archives: tourism

Pay-To-Pee App To Launch For NYC Restaurants

The New York Post reports: Luluapp — a mobile app that, for a fee, promises to direct tourists and other assorted weak bladders to the nearest available bathroom — says it has already signed up more than 100 New York restaurants and bars ahead of its summer launch. “Instead of paying a lot of money for a Facebook or Yelp ...

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CUBA: State Department Halts US Visas Indefinitely, Reduces Personnel Over Sonic Attacks On Diplomats

The Associated Press reports: The United States is warning Americans against visiting Cuba and ordering more than half of U.S. personnel to leave the island, senior officials said Friday, in a dramatic response to what they described as “specific attacks” on diplomats. The decision deals a blow to already delicate ties between the U.S. and Cuba, longtime enemies who only ...

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FLORIDA: Key West Reopens For Tourists

USA Today reports: Two weeks after Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys, the first cruise ship docked Sunday in this southernmost city, providing the first boost of tourist dollars to the storm-ravaged area. Key West Mayor Craig Cates said he agonized over the appropriate time to welcome tourists against to his city, which was spared from the worst of Irma’s ...

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Foreign Tourism To USA Sags Under Trump

The New York Times reports: New figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce show a drop in international visitors to the United States by close to 700,000 in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year. European countries were down 10.1 percent, and Mexico was off 7.1 percent in the quarter. The largest drops were from the ...

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Tourism Industry Firm Forecasts $18 Billion Annual Decline And Loss Of 107,000 Jobs Because Trump

CNN Money reports: President Trump says he wants to keep out people who threaten the security of the United States. But his policies are discouraging tourists and threatening the American travel business, experts say. One study forecasts a 10.6 million decline in visitors this year and next. The drop — nearly 7% of expected travelers — will cost the U.S. ...

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TEXAS: New Tourism Study Pegs Potential Annual Bathroom Bill Losses At $3.3B And 35,000 Jobs

The San Antonio Express-News reports: A proposed law to prevent transgender Texans from using bathrooms tied to their gender identity could cost the state more than $3 billion in annual tourism business, according to an economic impact study published Monday. The state’s nearly $129 billion tourism industry would take a $3.3 billion hit each year and see an annual loss ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Marketing Officials Forecast $600M Decline In Tourism Revenue Because Donald Trump

The New York Times reports: For the first time in seven years, New York City officials expect the number of foreign visitors to decrease, a drop they attribute to the protectionist policies and rhetoric of President Trump — saying that those moves are scaring off many of the visitors who have helped fuel the city’s robust growth since the last ...

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New Orleans Tourism Bureau Posts Beautiful Affirmation Of LGBT Tourism: We Welcome Everyone [VIDEO]

From the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation: New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) and members of the New Orleans community gathered together during Mardi Gras 2017 to create a tourism video letting potential visitors know that New Orleans welcomes everyone. Conceived by NOTMC’s advertising agency of record, 360i, and directed by Trent Jaklitsch of Gravy Films, the spot illustrates New ...

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SpaceX Founder Elon Musk Reveals That Two Paying Passengers Will Get A Ride Around The Moon In 2018

Gizmodo reports: Well, here’s a bit of space news we weren’t expecting: Today, future Martian overlord and SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced that in 2018, the company will fly two private citizens around the Moon in its Dragon 2 spacecraft, carried by its extremely powerful Falcon Heavy rocket. While the voyagers’ names have not been disclosed, according to SpaceX, a ...

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Fort Lauderdale Becomes “World’s First” Destination To Use Transgender Models In Mainstream Advertising

Via press release: The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau will launch a new global marketing and advertising campaign on January 9th featuring three transgender models, and will become the world’s first destination to use transgender models in mainstream destination advertising. Greater Fort Lauderdale’s campaign, which also features straight, gay and lesbian models, follows the destination’s long and storied ...

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BRITAIN: Post-Brexit Travel Within European Union Likely To Require Visa Application And £40 Fee

The Independent reports: Families were warned of a possible £40 ‘holiday tax’ to travel to the EU as the price of Brexit, after a bombshell Government admission. Home Secretary Amber Rudd revealed that a Brussels scheme that would require permission to be granted – and a fee paid – before departure could be adopted, saying “We don’t rule it out.” ...

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FLORIDA: Britain Issues Sex Warning For Tourists

The Telegraph reports: Approximately 50,000 British holidaymakers currently in Florida should avoid unprotected sex for the rest of the summer holidays because of the risk from Zika virus, according to government advice. An outbreak of four mosquito-transmitted cases yesterday prompted Public Health England (PHE) to advise pregnant women to consider postponing non-essential travel to the southern US state. But for ...

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British Government To March In 10 US Pride Events

Via press release: As part of the Love is GREAT campaign, the UK government will participate in local Pride events in 10 cities across the US to highlight the UK as a champion of LGBT equality and a global leader in human rights across policy, business, arts and culture, and tourism. The UK is proud to be recognized as one ...

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BRITAIN: Foreign Office Warns Travelers About Anti-LGBT Laws In North Carolina And Mississippi

Via Pink News: On the eve of a visit by Barack Obama, the UK government has updated its travel advice for the United States – to warn gay people about new anti-LGBT laws. The Foreign Office updated its guidance this week in the wake of laws passed in North Carolina and Mississippi to permit discrimination based on religious belief. Under ...

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Robin Roberts On Her Mississippi Tourism Cover

“Last year well before recent events, I was interviewed and photographed to be on the cover of Mississippi’s official state tourism publication. I’ve often boasted about the beautiful people, delicious food and my picturesque hometown of Pass Christian. My longtime partner, Amber, and I have always felt welcomed in my home state, and it hurts my soul to think of ...

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US Airlines Battle For Routes To Cuba

The Hill reports: U.S. airlines are in vicious competition for the chance to provide direct service to Cuba, even as the impact of the new business on their bottom lines is unclear. Last month, the Department of Transportation opened bidding from airlines to operate 20 daily round-trip flights to Havana, and 10 flights to nine smaller airports on the island. ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Hospitality Group To Offer “Everyone’s Welcome Here” Signs To Eateries, Hotels, And Shops

A Mississippi hospitality group with 1400 hotels, restaurants, and shops among its members has a plan to mitigate damage to the state’s reputation. From Jackson’s ABC affiliate: Mike Cashion, executive director of the MHRA, said “when HB 1523 was signed, Mississippi was thrust into the national spotlight. Regardless of its intent, this legislation has created a level of controversy and ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Openly Lesbian Journalist Robin Roberts Is The New Face Of State’s Official Tourism Agency

The Advocate reports: Lesbian news anchor Robin Roberts is the face of Mississippi’s official state tourism publication this year, joining Gov. Phil Bryant, who recently signed an anti-LGBT bill into law, in encouraging tourists to visit the Magnolia State. The 2016 official tour guide for the state of Mississippi, which features Roberts on the cover, came out well before the ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Millions Watch Hawaii Tourism Officials Surprise Gay Military Couple With Wedding

Go Hawaii! Also: Kleenex alert! Civil Beat reports: Despite its longtime leadership on issues such as anti-discrimination laws, civil unions and marriage equality, Hawaii has been shy about using that street cred to leverage more same-sex destination wedding tourism. Until now. The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau — the private, nonprofit marketing organization for the tourism industry — released an ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Officials Flummoxed Over Hordes Of Topless Women In Times Square [VIDEO]

Stroll through Times Square on any warm day and you’ll encounter two dozen or more topless women who will pose for photographs, sometimes as male companions stand at the ready should any tourist not fork over the demanded $10 or $20 tip. Such performance art, as it is reluctantly classified by the city, is completely legal and officials say they ...

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