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If you’re planning to travel this summer, you might want to check one, key thing before you book your trip: rental car prices. That’s because there is a rental car shortage hitting the country, and it's worse in popular travel destinations — like Arizona is right now.
Apr. 27, 2021
sample driver's license
As more people get vaccinated, Arizonans looking to travel by airplane will soon need to show updated driver’s licenses at U.S. airports.
Apr. 26, 2021
Old Town Scottsdale
Scottsdale-area hotels and resorts reached a total of 75% occupancy in the last week of March, with some resorts reaching maximum occupancy for the first time in over a year.
More Arizona Business News
Apr. 25, 2021
Traveler at airport curb
This week, the United States raised travel advisories for more than 100 countries around the world to its highest level citing the risks of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But Mexican officials say they’re worried that the new warning will be harmful to the economy.
Apr. 22, 2021
south mountain park
Out of the 10 largest U.S. cities, Phoenix said it was the only one that allowed smoking in city parks — until recently.
Apr. 20, 2021
Help wanted sign
New numbers are out, and Arizona's unemployment rate improved last month as more people in the state are beginning to go out to eat. Full recovery is a long way off, but this a good step.
More Arizona Business News
Apr. 15, 2021
Grand Canyon National Park
The east entrance to Grand Canyon National Park will reopen Thursday, April 8. When the Navajo Nation was hit by the coronavirus, it imposed limits on travel and visitation.
Apr. 7, 2021
San Carlos, Sonora
Officials in neighboring Sonora have so far been relaxed about health requirements for visitors to popular tourist destinations during spring break and Semana Santa. But they say they will be strictly enforcing the rules this holiday weekend.
Apr. 2, 2021
Airbnb
An Arizona House panel unanimously voted to give local governments more power to regulate short-term vacation rentals. It would allow civil penalties and other sanctions if owners fail to give their contact info to local authorities and fail to maintain appropriate liability insurance.
Mar. 17, 2021
Puerto Peñasco beaches
A new travel warning for U.S. citizens is suggesting travelers abstain from going to Mexico during the upcoming spring break vacation.
Mar. 12, 2021
Tourism in the U.S. and Mexico has been severely affected by the pandemic. But people from both countries have started to travel across the border — and for the same reason. The pandemic is generating some tourism in both directions across the border.
More Fronteras Desk News
Feb. 26, 2021
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Travel at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport remains about half of pre-pandemic levels but as more people get vaccinated some airlines expect that will change.
More Arizona Business News
Feb. 25, 2021
Boo Bar Concert
Earlier this week, the U.S. expanded a pilot program to make travel easier for Mexican shoppers in Arizona. But cross-border travel has been officially off-limits to shoppers and tourists since March. Now would-be travelers are still getting mixed messages about whether or not it’s safe to cross the border this holiday season.
Dec. 22, 2020
Unfinished cruise port
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest level advisory against travel to Mexico, warning that all travel to the country should be avoided because of the high risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus.
Dec. 3, 2020
Tourists
In May, economist Dennis Hoffman was hopeful about the state’s economic recovery following the pandemic. But the latest numbers from the Arizona Office of Tourism suggest that’s not enough. The Show caught up with Hoffman to find out where these latest numbers leave us.
Oct. 7, 2020
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Popular tourists sites on the Navajo Nation, such as the Four Corners Monument will be closed through at least the end of the year.
Oct. 6, 2020
Kingman
The pandemic is still taking a major toll on tourism. That’s been especially hard on Kingman. Mayor Jen Miles said the Mohave County city is trying to be proactive in keeping local businesses afloat.
Sep. 7, 2020
Sonoyta Border
In early July protesters in a border town in Sonora, Mexico, turned away U.S. visitors — many on their way to the beach town Rocky Point. Now, protesters have removed their blockade. But local officials are installing their own so-called health checkpoint at the border to discourage nonessential travel during the pandemic.
Jul. 17, 2020
Fajada Butte
New Mexico has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in the last couple of weeks, so the state is asking travelers to self quarantine. New Mexico shares borders with both Arizona and Texas, which have seen COVID-19 cases rise quickly in recent weeks.
Jul. 11, 2020
Rocky Point
The popular tourist town Rocky Point, in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, completely shut its doors to outsiders in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. On Tuesday, it started reopening to visitors — but with some restrictions.
Jun. 16, 2020

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