A Tourism Campaign Centered on a Lack of Tourists

In its 2020 advertising campaign, North Dakota urges travelers to "follow your curiosity—not the crowds," a nod to the state's wide-open landscape and sparsely populated attractions.

State Park Debuts Virtual Reality Hike

Table Rock State Park in South Carolina now provides a 5-minute virtual hike, offered for free at the park's visitor center to anyone who can't—or doesn't want to—walk the real thing.

An Airport Fully Embraces 'Terminal Tourism'

Non-ticketed visitors can accompany loved ones to their gates at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the latest to establish a pass program to allow non-passengers past security.

Ranking America's Small and Large Cities

Washington D.C. jumped six spots in this year's America's Best Cities rankings, which judge cities on 23 metrics sorted into six categories.

U.S. Cities Are Seeing a Big Drop in Tourism From China

Travel from China to the U.S. fell for the first time in over a decade. That could mean money lost for big cities as well as smaller places near national parks.

As Airbnb Grows, This Is Exactly How Much It’s Bringing Down Hotel Prices and Occupancy

COMMENTARY | The number of Airbnb properties has exploded since its founding in 2008. A hospitality management expert looked at how this has hurt hotels.

The Sounds of State Parks—on Spotify

Michigan's tourism arm will drop an album this month of ambient music layered with sound recordings from 10 state parks.

Bursting the Aquarium Bubble

Aquariums might seem like underwater wonderlands, but building a new one comes at a cost.

Poppy Apocalypse Overwhelms California Town

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Former Coal Mining Towns Turn to Tourism

Coal mining built Kentucky’s Tri-Cities. Can tourism save them?

Airbnb Still Isn’t Collecting Local Taxes Everywhere

While the company has stepped up collection efforts in recent years, a new report argues that local lawmakers should ensure Airbnb collects all lodging taxes.

Surging Interest in Black History Gives a Lift to Museums, Tourism

Museums documenting the civil rights movement and memorializing lynching victims opened in Mississippi and Alabama in the past year, while two other major museums in South Carolina and Tennessee are in the works.

West Virginia Tourism Goes Nuclear

The state's tourism office is partnering with a video-game company to promote Fallout 76, a role-playing game set in post-apocalyptic West Virginia.

Towns Pick Up the Tab for U.S. Forest Service Staff

Some town governments in Colorado's mountains are setting aside money to pay for U.S. Forest Service employees, hoping the extra staff can better maintain national forests that are crowded with tourists each summer.

Tourism Budget Cuts Are a Losing Proposition for States—Especially in 2017

The president of the U.S. Travel Association outlines the case for what state lawmakers are missing about tourism dollars, and why “travel promotion is one of the best returns on public investment.”

Florida’s Pricey Pitbull Tourism Promotion; La. Gov.’s LGBT Protections Order Blocked

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Kauai repeals GMO disclosure bill; drought persists in Southern California; and Ohio’s proposed medical marijuana rules.

Feds Press Albany Over ‘I Love N.Y.’ Highway Signs

The Empire State doubled down on the tourism campaign local officials find obnoxious and unsafe last summer, even with the Federal Highway Administration threatening $1.7 billion in funding.

Calls to Ax Michigan’s Promotional Campaign; Agency Rejects Trump-Related Underwear Ad

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Suspicious energy tax credits in Oregon; taxpayer cash pays for beads and drill batteries in Maine campaigns; Pennsylvania vaping ban.

Sluggish Chinese Economy, Brexit Bite Tourism States

Taxing tourists is a time-honored revenue-raiser for states, but international events may keep many foreigners—and their money —away during the next few years.

The Real Reason for Maryland's Delayed School Year: Tourism

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan mandated a later start date for students in an effort to rake in more money from the tourism industry.