Provincetown, located at the extreme tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, is the United States’ most expensive destination in terms of its hotel costs. A survey carried out by CheapHotels.org compared hotel rates for all destinations in the USA for this summer’s main travel period of July 1st to August 31st.
Officials at the United States National Park Service has confirmed Liberty Island, damaged by Hurricane Sandy, will reopen on July 4th. Ellis Island, also damaged in the storm, requires more extensive repairs and remains closed.
The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced that 5.8 million international visitors traveled to the United States in September 2012, an eight percent increase over September 2011. September 2012 registered the 18th straight month of increases in total U.S. visits.
American secretary of transport Ray LaHood has confirmed he will step down from the position. Speaking on the official department of transport blog, Fast Lane, LaHood said he had elected not to serve a second term in the position, but work remained to be done.
The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, the official tourism organisation for Nigeria, has joined the United States Tour Operators Association as an associate member. This membership makes Nigeria the first and only west African country to be accepted into USTOA.
Cellet Travel Services has been awarded a three year contract by the Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau to spearhead the destination’s marketing campaign for travel trade and consumers within the UK and Ireland. Kissimmee, in Central Florida, is one of the US’ leading tourist destinations for Brits.
Taiwan has joined the United States Visa Waiver Program according to a statement from Janet Napolitano, secretary of the department of homeland security. Eligible Taiwan passport holders will now be able to visit the United States without visas on trips of up to 90 days.
Earlier this year, US president Barack Obama issued an executive order on travel directing federal agencies to aggressively expand the nation’s ability to attract and welcome visitors, while maintaining the highest standards of security. Today, the White House released a progress report from the departments of state and homeland security that outlines the activities underway to meet this goal.
Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau and the city of Beverly Hills has announced the opening of their new, state-of-the-art Visitor Center located at 9400 South Santa Monica Boulevard, in the heart of the Golden Triangle. The 500 square foot welcome centre will be the gateway into the city offering the ultimate in service.
Brand USA has announced the launch of a bespoke website dedicated to television programme idea submissions. The new website has been built specifically to accept confidential television ideas from production partners, before a shortlist will be put before a Television Advisory Board.
Brand USA chief executive James Evans is stepping down after just one year in the role. He will be replaced in the interim by Brand USA chairman-elect Caroline Beteta. The year-old organisation’s board of directors has begun a search for Evans’ replacement.
JAPAN Travel Trade Barometer: Little Sign of Recovery Evident in Fourth Quarter 2011.