MAY 10, 2017 - ISSUE 88

Stripped down funds for FL tourism marketing, NC change in school dates threaten tourism, Airbnb seen as cheapest option by Millennials and more...

Welcome to this month's issue of Vacation Travel News!  Below you'll find this month's articles on destination tourism, vacation rentals, the broader travel industry and the economy. 

Our 2017/18 School Break Report will be available in early June (preliminary report is available now) and is the perfect tool to help you anticipate shifts in travel patterns for the next school year.  Click here for more information or email Katie Barnes for details.


Florida budget passes with stripped-down funding for tourism marketing

The Florida legislature passed an $82 billion budget that slashed 67% of Visit Florida's budget, setting up a possible...

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North Carolina's Long Summer Vacations Threaten Tourism

For more than a dozen years, North Carolina has mandated the beginning and end of summer vacation for public...

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How Palm Beach County intends to create an endless tourist season

As the assistant personnel manager at one of Puerto Rico’s most prestigious hotels, Jorge Pesquera had the difficult task of telling hundreds of workers each summer that they... 

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NC tourism generates record visitor spending in 2016

North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Anthony M. Copeland announced that North Carolina tourism...

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Big Year for Alabama Tourism

A new report says travelers spent more than $13 billion in the state of Alabama last year.  The study was conducted for the state tourism agency by an economist at Auburn...

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Miami-Dade hiring insect expert as Zika tab approaches $30 million

As it ramps up for another Zika war this summer, Miami-Dade plans to hire a full-time entomologist to help direct...

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Golf gets a makeover with the inaugural GolfSixes

Walk-out music. Pyrotechnics. A long-drive competition. Shot clocks. Mic'd-up players. Golf gets another makeover this weekend when the European Tour rolls out...

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Charleston’s diverse vacation rentals contribute to city’s character

So many of us are lucky to call Charleston home. But for those who aren’t, our city provides a retreat rich with history..

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Vacation rentals might win more legal protections from local laws

You settle in for a quiet weekend at home, and suddenly, a crowd shows up next door. They’ve rented the place for a...

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Airbnb seen as cheapest option for accommodation by many millennials

Either the marketing continues to wow younger travellers or it is correct that Airbnb is the cheaper provider of...

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U.S. Summer Travel Season Slows This Year, Says New Study

The results are in and experts predict a slow down in summer 2017 travel. Thanks to higher prices on inbound...

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Americans spent $887B on outdoor play last year

Americans value their opportunities to recreate in the great outdoors more than ever, as reflected in the latest Outdoor Industry Association economic report. 

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Jobless Rate at 10-Year Low as Hiring Grows and Wages Rise 

The jobless rate dropped to 4.4 percent in April, the lowest level in more than a decade, signaling the economy’s... resilience and showing a labor market closing in on full 

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