A change of president in the US could scupper the growth in American travel to previously taboo destinations such as Cuba, according to the WTM Global Trends Report 2012. Increasing numbers of US citizens are taking advantage of new policies introduced under the Obama administration, allowing travel to countries which were previously off-limits.
American president Barack Obama has outlined a series of initiatives designed to boost international visitor numbers to the United States. Included in the measures were plans to expand the Global Entry System, which makes it easier for frequent visitors to cross borders, and expand the number of nations whose citizens could enter the country without a visa.
The amazing progress being made by the youth of South Africa has been brought sharply into the media spotlight by the visits of two of the world’s leading female icons – Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. The country is also emerging as the frontrunner to host the One Young World Summit in 2012, as BTN finds out.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge welcomed Barack Obama to Buckingham Palace in their first major engagement as a Royal couple. Fresh from their Seychelles honeymoon, the newlyweds spoke to the US President and his wife Michelle in a 10-minute private meeting.
Tourism Ireland has ramped up its US marketing campaign to coincide with President Barack Obama’s visit to Ireland, which is expected to generate huge publicity in the US. Hundreds of international journalists have been accredited as part of the visit, with Tourism Ireland using the visit to leverage awareness in the US.
President Barack Obama has unveiled a $50 billion programme to rebuild America’s roads, railways and airport runway. In a move that echoes Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” that helped the States recover from the Great Depression, Obama is pinning hopes on initiative kickstarting the spluttering U.S. economy in the run-up to the mid-term elections in November.
Barack Obama has waded into the debate over whether it is safe to swim in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil disaster by taking his nine-year-old daughter for a swim whilst on a family trip to the Florida resort of Panama City.
President Barack Obama has played the role of tourism chief on his trip to USA’s Gulf Coast this week, saying the region remains “outstanding” and “open for business” despite the country’s worst environmental disaster in history.