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Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 1-7

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | April 09, 2016

Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 1-7

PHOTO: Biloxi Mississippi. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

First North Carolina and now Mississippi. The Hospitality State has followed close on the heels of the Tarheel State with an anti-LGBT law that’s receiving a potentially tourism-damaging backlash. This latest statute allows denial of goods and services on the basis of a “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.” Click to see comments about the law from state government and tourism officials.

An as-yet-unnamed U.S. company is planning to build the world’s second-largest theme park in Cuba, according to leaked plans. Construction will reportedly take place on the north coast of the island nation, about an hour from the tourist destination of Varadero. Set for completion in 2021, the park will feature a waterpark, zoo, six hotels, retail outlets, restaurants and several themed zones. Click for more.

"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood has officially opened. Universal’s first West Coast Harry Potter attraction, it will feature several shops and eateries straight from Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, along with a Hippogriff roller coaster a 3D Forbidden Journey ride, and much more. Click for details and a promotional video.

Half of Earth’s World Heritage sites are under threat by harmful industrial activities, according to a World Wildlife Fund report. Oil, gas or mining concessions overlapping these significant natural and cultural areas are causing much of the problem — and the WWF is urging governments of the countries containing these sites to intervene, to prevent further damage. The agency also officially established five principles for a well-managed World Heritage site in the report. Click for more details.

Pierre Schapira, president of the Paris Convention and Visitor Bureau, said the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels left the cities “extremely shaken,” but declared “the government is doing absolutely everything in its power to ensure the safety and security of visitors.” He was speaking at the recently completed Rendez-vous en France trade fair, a major event with hundreds of travel industry representatives from across the globe. As prime season starts, the numbers will no doubt reveal how safe travelers feel in the region as France pulls out all the stops in its tourism promotion. Click for further perspective.


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