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Marriott International Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Results

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  • Fourth quarter 2023 comparable systemwide constant dollar RevPAR increased 7.2 percent worldwide, 3.3 percent in the U.S. & Canada, and 17.4 percent in international markets, compared to the 2022 fourth quarter;
  • Fourth quarter reported diluted EPS totaled $2.87, compared to reported diluted EPS of $2.12 in the year-ago quarter. Fourth quarter adjusted diluted EPS totaled $3.57, compared to fourth quarter 2022 adjusted diluted EPS of $1.96;
  • Fourth quarter reported net income totaled $848 million, compared to reported net income of $673 million in the year-ago quarter. Fourth quarter adjusted net income totaled $1,055 million, compared to fourth quarter 2022 adjusted net income of $622 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA totaled $1,197 million in the 2023 fourth quarter, compared to fourth quarter 2022 adjusted EBITDA of $1,090 million;
  • The company added nearly 81,300 rooms globally during 2023, including approximately 17,500 rooms associated with the City Express transaction and more than 43,000 other rooms in international markets. Net rooms grew 4.7 percent from year-end 2022;
  • At the end of the year, Marriott’s worldwide development pipeline totaled nearly 3,400 properties and roughly 573,000 rooms, including over 21,000 pipeline rooms approved, but not yet subject to signed contracts. More than 232,000 rooms in the pipeline were under construction as of the end of 2023;
  • For full year 2023, Marriott repurchased 21.5 million shares of common stock for $3.9 billion, including 4.7 million shares for $965 million in the fourth quarter. The company returned over $4.5 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases in 2023.

Marriott International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MAR) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2023 results.

Anthony Capuano, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our team delivered excellent results in 2023, as demand for our industry leading portfolio of properties and offerings around the world continued to grow. Full year global RevPAR [1] rose 15 percent, net rooms grew 4.7 percent, and our fee-driven, asset-light business model generated record levels of cash.

“In the fourth quarter, worldwide RevPAR rose 7 percent. International RevPAR grew 17 percent, with particular strength in Asia Pacific and Europe.

“In the U.S. & Canada, fourth quarter RevPAR rose over 3 percent. Group revenue at our hotels increased 7 percent compared to the 2022 fourth quarter, driven by solid rate increases. While already significantly above 2019 levels, hotel leisure revenue rose again, up 2 percent. Business transient revenue at our hotels grew 3 percent from the year-ago quarter, with demand from large corporate customers continuing to make gains.

“Our development team had a stellar 2023, signing a record 164,000 organic rooms globally, including 37,000 rooms from our deal with MGM Resorts International, and our development pipeline reached a new high of roughly 573,000 rooms at year end. During the year, we added nearly 81,300 rooms to our distribution, with one in four organic rooms from conversions.

“The power of our unparalleled Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program continues to increase, with 196 million members at year end. We’ve continued to leverage our global portfolio and have expanded our co-brand credit card offerings, with 31 cards now across 11 countries. In 2023, global card spend increased a remarkable 11 percent over the prior year.

“In 2024, we expect another year of solid growth and significant shareholder returns. With normalizing RevPAR growth around the world, we anticipate a worldwide full year RevPAR increase of 3 to 5 percent and net rooms growth of 5.5 to 6 percent. We expect this should yield adjusted EBITDA of approximately $4.9 billion to $5.0 billion for the year and enable us to return $4.1 billion to $4.3 billion to shareholders after factoring in $500 million to purchase the Sheraton Grand Chicago.”

Fourth Quarter 2023 Results Base management and franchise fees totaled $1,026 million in the 2023 fourth quarter, a 9 percent increase compared to base management and franchise fees of $945 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase is primarily attributable to RevPAR increases and unit growth. Non-RevPAR-related franchise fees in the 2023 fourth quarter totaled $220 million, compared to $215 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was largely driven by higher co-brand credit card fees.

Incentive management fees totaled $218 million in the 2023 fourth quarter, a 17 percent increase compared to $186 million in the 2022 fourth quarter. Managed hotels in international markets contributed two-thirds of the incentive fees earned in the quarter.

Owned, leased, and other revenue, net of direct expenses, totaled $151 million in the 2023 fourth quarter, compared to $101 million in the year-ago quarter. Results in the 2023 quarter included a $63 million ($47 million after-tax and $0.16 per share) termination fee related to a development project.

General, administrative, and other expenses for the 2023 fourth quarter totaled $330 million,

compared to $236 million in the year-ago quarter. The year-over-year change reflects a $27 million ($20 million after-tax and $0.07 per share) litigation reserve related to an international hotel, as well as higher performance-related compensation expenses, professional fees, and bad debt reserves.

Interest expense, net, totaled $144 million in the 2023 fourth quarter, compared to $107 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was largely due to higher interest expense associated with higher debt balances.

In the 2023 fourth quarter, the provision for income taxes totaled a $267 million benefit, compared to a $218 million expense in the 2022 fourth quarter. The favorable year-over-year change is primarily due to international intellectual property restructuring transactions completed in the quarter resulting in $228 million ($0.77 per share) of benefits and a $223 million ($0.75 per share) favorable impact from the release of a tax valuation allowance.

Marriott’s reported operating income totaled $718 million in the 2023 fourth quarter, compared to 2022 fourth quarter reported operating income of $996 million . Reported net income totaled $848 million in the 2023 fourth quarter, a 26 percent increase compared to 2022 fourth quarter reported net income of $673 million. Reported diluted earnings per share (EPS) totaled $2.87 in the quarter, compared to reported diluted EPS of $2.12 in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted operating income in the 2023 fourth quarter totaled $992 million, compared to 2022 fourth quarter adjusted operating income of $926 million. Fourth quarter 2023 adjusted net income totaled $1,055 million, compared to 2022 fourth quarter adjusted net income of $622 million. Adjusted diluted EPS in the 2023 fourth quarter totaled $3.57, compared to adjusted diluted EPS of $1.96 in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted results excluded cost reimbursement revenue, reimbursed expenses and merger-related charges and other expenses. See pages A-3 and A-11 for the calculation of adjusted results and the manner in which the adjusted measures are determined in this press release.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $1,197 million in the 2023 fourth quarter, a 10 percent increase compared to fourth quarter 2022 adjusted EBITDA of $1,090 million. See page A-11 for the adjusted EBITDA calculation.

Selected Performance Information Marriott added 558 properties (81,281 rooms) to its worldwide portfolio during 2023, including approximately 17,500 rooms associated with the City Express transaction and more than 43,000 other rooms in international markets. Sixty-three properties (9,430 rooms) exited the system during the year. At the end of the year, Marriott’s global system totaled nearly 8,800 properties, with more than 1,597,000 rooms.

At the end of the year, the company’s worldwide development pipeline totaled 3,379 properties with roughly 573,000 rooms, including 126 properties with over 21,000 rooms approved for development, but not yet subject to signed contracts. The year-end pipeline included 1,066 properties with more than 232,000 rooms under construction, or 41 percent, including approximately 37,000 rooms from the MGM deal.

In the 2023 fourth quarter, worldwide RevPAR increased 7.2 percent (a 7.6 percent increase using actual dollars) compared to the 2022 fourth quarter. RevPAR in the U.S. & Canada increased 3.3 percent (a 3.3 percent increase using actual dollars), and RevPAR in international markets increased 17.4 percent (an 18.7 percent increase using actual dollars).

Balance Sheet & Common Stock At year-end 2023, Marriott’s total debt was $11.9 billion and cash and equivalents totaled $0.3 billion, compared to $10.1 billion in debt and $0.5 billion of cash and equivalents at year-end 2022.

The company repurchased 4.7 million shares of common stock in the 2023 fourth quarter for $965 million. For full year 2023, Marriott repurchased 21.5 million shares for $3.9 billion. Year to date through February 9, the company has repurchased 1.3 million shares for $300 million.

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1 See pages A-12 and A-13 for the adjusted EBITDA calculations.

2 Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS – diluted for first quarter and full year 2024 do not include cost reimbursement revenue, reimbursed expenses, merger-related charges and other expenses, or any asset sales that may occur during the year, each of which the company cannot forecast with sufficient accuracy and without unreasonable efforts, and which may be significant.

3 Assumes the level of capital return to shareholders noted above.

4 Includes capital and technology expenditures, loan advances, contract acquisition costs, and other investing activities.

5 Factors in the purchase of the Sheraton Grand Chicago and underlying land for $500 million, $200 million of which is included in investment spending. Assumes the level of investment spending noted above and that no asset sales occur during the year.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) will conduct its quarterly earnings review for the investment community and news media on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET). The conference call will be webcast simultaneously via Marriott’s investor relations website at h ttp:// www.marriott.com/investo r , click on “Events & Presentations” and click on the quarterly conference call link. A replay will be available at that same website until February 13, 2025.

The telephone dial-in number for the conference call is US Toll Free: 800-245-3047, or Global: +1 203-518-9765. The conference ID is MAR4Q23. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available from 1:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, February 13, 2024, until 8:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, February 20, 2024. To access the replay, call US Toll Free: 800-934-2730 or Global: +1 402-220-1141.

[1] All occupancy, Average Daily Rate (ADR), RevPAR and hotel revenue statistics and estimates are systemwide constant dollar. Unless otherwise stated, all changes refer to year-over-year changes for the comparable period. Occupancy, ADR, RevPAR and hotel revenue comparisons between 2023 and 2022 reflect properties that are comparable in both years.

Note on forward-looking statements: All statements in this press release and the accompanying schedules are made as of February 13, 2024. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This press release and the accompanying schedules contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements related to our RevPAR, rooms growth and other financial metric estimates, outlook and assumptions; shareholder returns; travel and lodging demand trends and expectations; our development pipeline and growth expectations; and similar statements concerning anticipated future events and expectations that are not historical facts. We caution you that these statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to numerous evolving risks and uncertainties that we may not be able to accurately predict or assess, including the risk factors that we describe in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K or Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Any of these factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations we express or imply in this press release.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of nearly 8,800 properties across more than 30 leading brands in 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com , and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com . In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on X and Instagram .

Marriott encourages investors, the media, and others interested in the company to review and subscribe to the information Marriott posts on its investor relations website at www.marriott.com/investor or Marriott's news center website at www.marriottnewscenter.com , which may be material. The contents of these websites are not incorporated by reference into this press release or any report or document Marriott files with the SEC, and any references to the websites are intended to be inactive textual references only.

Media Contacts Melissa Froehlich Flood Corporate Communications Marriott International +1 (301) 380-4839 [email protected]

Jackie Burka McConagha Investor Relations Marriott International +1 (301) 380-5126 [email protected]

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Download MAR Q4 2023 Press Release Schedules or visit http://Marriott.com/Investor

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Euromonitor International's analysis also included a top 10 ranking of global cities based on the number of international arrivals. "International travel has continued to make a strong recovery in 2023 with 38% growth in terms of number of trips, projected to reach 1.3 billion by the end of the year," the report states.

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The history center of Istanbul is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to several buildings and structures, such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Walls of Constantinople, and more.

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London came in the No. 2 spot with 18.8 million international arrivals in 2023. The capital city of England saw a 17% year-over-year visitor growth from 2022 to 2023.

In the report, London was highlighted as having the best tourism infrastructure in the world. Several groups, including Park Hyatt, Oberoi, and Mandarin Oriental, are planning to open new hotels in the city, according to CNBC .

London is home to several renowned higher education institutions, including the Imperial College and the London School of Economics.

The city is the most visited in Europe and has several landmarks including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and the Tower of London.

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A Saint Mary's College Travel Health Form is required for all SMC-sanctioned study abroad or Jan Term Travel. Completed forms must be provided to the Jan Term Travel office or Study Abroad office to enable travel.

The Student Health Center offers travel appointments to complete this form. A visit fee of $25 will be charged to your account for these appointments. Alternately, this form can be completed by any off-campus healthcare provider of your choice. 

To Schedule your Travel Visit at the Student Health Center:

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One of our nurses will get back to you to review your immunizations. To expedite this process, please make sure documentation of your current immunization record (hopefully you uploaded this upon your enrollment!) has been uploaded to your Student Health Portal . (If you entered SMC during or after Fall 2023, use Med+Proctor )

For travel paperwork to be approved by the SMC Student Health Center, all immunizations recommended by the CDC for your travel destination are required. We must take into consideration the health and experience of your entire travel cohort.  Accordingly, for forms to be signed by the Student Health Center staff, ALL Jan Term travel destinations will require the following:

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     2) Flu shot (available at the Student Health Center at your in-person visit)

     3) Covid-19 (evidence of initial series OR one dose since August 2022)

In addition to the above, the following will be required according to destination:

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Your in-person Travel Visit will be scheduled once it is determined your pre-visit immunization requirements have been met. 

If anti-malarial medications or the typhoid vaccine are required for your destination, prescriptions will be given to you at your in-person travel visit. And as mentioned above, if a Yellow Fever vaccine is required, this may be obtained after your form is signed. (You can find vaccine clinics offering this here ).

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We highly encourage all students to utilize our email-started travel visit (see above), as this will expedite the process. Travel appointments will not be scheduled unless approved by the emailing travel nurse EXCEPT on the following dates:

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We will be providing Travel Health Walk-In appointments from 9 - 11:45  and 1 - 3:45 on October 25th and November 6th. Please note that these appointments are first-come-first-served and we may not be able to accommodate everyone. These are best for students who are certain they are up-to-date with all necessary immunizations. It is highly encouraged that most students utilize the email-started travel visit process (see above).

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Join us for a combined program of audiovisual compositions by Constantin Basica and Andrew A. Watts. The works ponder on futuristic issues related to artificial intelligence, time travel and time loops, postapocalyptic visions, the multiverse, and the end of our known universe. Included in the concert is a new large-scale electronic composition involving video and 6-channel audio by Watts, as well as a fixed media audiovisual work and a selection of live performances with video by Basica.

Andrew Watts 

Andrew A. Watts is a composer of chamber, symphonic, multimedia, and electro-acoustic works that are regularly performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His compositions have been premiered at world-renowned venues such as Burning Man, Ravinia, Boston's Jordan Hall, Darmstadt, and the Holywell Music Room. Watts has written for many of the top new music groups today, including Ensemble Dal Niente, Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, Proton Bern, Distractfold Ensemble, RAGE Thormbones, Splinter Reeds, Quince Vocal Ensemble, and Line Upon Line. Recently, Watts premiered a large-scale work,  Silicon Valley Requiem , blending synthesized and live voices. He completed his D.M.A. in Composition at Stanford, received his master's with distinction from Oxford, and his bachelor's with academic honors from the New England Conservatory. He has been a featured composer at the MATA Festival (USA), impuls Academy (Austria), Rainy Days Festival (Luxembourg), Delian Academy (Greece), Young Composers Meeting (Netherlands), Cheltenham Music Festival (England), Course for New Music at Darmstadt (Germany), Composit Festival (Italy), Ostrava Days Institute (Czech Republic), highSCORE Festival (Italy), Wellesley Composers Conference (USA), Etchings Festival (France), Fresh Inc. Festival (USA), New Music on the Point (USA), and Atlantic Music Festival (USA). Watts is currently a Lecturer in Music Composition at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies.

Constantin Basica 

Constantin Basica is a Romanian composer living in the San Francisco Bay Area, whose current work focuses on symbiotic interrelations between music, video, and performers. His works have been performed in Europe, North America, and Asia by artists and ensembles such as Ensemble Dal Niente, ELISION Ensemble, Distractfold, Mocrep, JACK Quartet, Spektral Quartet, line upon line, and RAGE Thormbones. He has been featured at World New Music Days (NZ), MATA Festival (NY), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NY), Currents New Media Festival (NM), International Week of New Music (RO), George Enescu Festival (RO), International Festival for Video Art and Visual Music (MX), ICMC (CN/KR), and the SMC Conference (SE/DE/FR) among others. Constantin earned a DMA in Composition at Stanford University, and he holds an MA in Multimedia Composition from the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre (DE), as well as two BA degrees in Composition and Conducting from the National University of Music Bucharest (RO). In recent years, Constantin has been collaborating with other artists and researchers on projects involving Artificial Intelligence and music improvisation. Currently, Constantin is a postdoctoral scholar, lecturer, and the concert coordinator at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

Program Order

           I Could Have Chosen the Other Title  (2011) - Constantin Basica

Chatbots  (2016/2019) - Constantin Basica

          A 24-Hour Sacrifice for Ending Draught  (2022) - Constantin Basica

          Flashbacks  (2014-2022) - Constantin Basica

                  Restore Failed with Errors

                  Last Night

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AI and the Heat Death of the Universe  (2023) - Andrew A. Watts

         Prologue

         Phase I: The End of Reality as We Know It

         Phase II: Solar Destruction

         Interlude

         Phase III: Black Hole Era

         Heat Death of the Universe

         Postscript

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Is It Safe to Travel to the Bahamas? Here’s What You Need to Know.

A string of gang-related murders in the local community prompted the U.S. embassy in the island nation to issue a security alert.

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Drawn by clear turquoise waters and miles of white-sand beaches, around seven million travelers visit the Bahamas each year, but a new warning about increased violence on the island nation has raised alarm over the safety of visiting there.

On Jan. 24, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, issued a security alert advising U.S. citizens “to be aware that 18 murders have occurred in Nassau since the beginning of 2024. Murders have occurred at all hours including in broad daylight on the streets.”

The startling alert was unusual for the Bahamas. In addition to security alerts and other notices released by its embassies, the State Department issues travel advisories for countries to provide the suggested vigilance visitors should take. Currently, the Bahamas has a Level 2 (“Exercise increased caution”) warning.

Many tourism-reliant countries, including Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic, currently have Level 2 warnings, and most travelers experience safe and enjoyable vacations. The tourism industry in the Bahamas contributes around 70 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, and employs half the country’s work force.

Here’s what you need to know about the security alert and traveling to the Bahamas.

What prompted the alert in the Bahamas?

According to the State Department, “retaliatory gang violence has been the primary motive in 2024 murders,” and it is primarily affecting the local population, particularly on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands, where the cities of Nassau and Freeport are. The warnings mention that the violent crime has been occurring in both tourist and nontourist areas.

What does Level 2 mean?

To help advise Americans traveling to particular countries, the State Department employs a scale from 1 to 4 to indicate the local security situation, starting with the safest, Level 1. The levels can vary within a country, with certain areas considered a greater security risk than others.

According to the department’s website , Level 2 means, “Exercise increased caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.”

Many parts of the world are under Level 2 advisory, for reasons ranging from street crime to concerns over terrorism. The majority of visitors to those countries do not experience any danger — many are not even aware of the heightened risk indicated by the levels.

Level 3, by contrast, advises Americans to “reconsider” or “avoid” travel (countries such as Egypt, Nigeria and Pakistan are now at Level 3). Level 4 means “Do not travel” and emphasizes that “during an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance.” Currently, Russia and Ukraine are among the countries with a Level 4 rating.

What about the rest of the region?

Currently, Turks and Caicos and Cuba are also Level 2 because of concerns over crime. Many areas of Mexico are under elevated warnings ranging from Level 2 (Mexico City) to Level 4 (Colima). On Jan. 23, Jamaica was raised to Level 3 because of crime and uneven medical care, with the State Department warning that “sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts.”

Aren’t there sharks in the Bahamas, too?

On Jan. 15, a 10-year-old boy was attacked by a shark while participating in a “shark experience” at a hotel on Paradise Island, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force. He was reported to be in stable condition. Last month, an American woman died by shark attack while paddle-boarding in the Bahamas, the police said.

However, shark attacks are extremely rare in the Bahamas: The Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File indicates that there have only been 29 unprovoked attacks in the country since the 16th century.

How can I stay safe on my trip?

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau offers some guidance for staying safe , advising travelers to use “extreme caution” in the eastern part of New Providence Island — where Nassau is — especially “when walking or driving at night.” Specifically, the Over the Hill neighborhood , south of Shirley Street, should be avoided.

Travelers are also advised to take typical precautions and use common sense: to remain aware of their surroundings (leaving jewelry and electronics at home), to create a personal security plan, not to answer the door if you don’t know who it is and, if things go wrong, not to physically resist any robbery attempt. The U.S. government suggests staying especially vigilant if you’re staying at a short-term-rental property without a security presence, and women traveling alone may want to take special precautions .

Before traveling, consider obtaining traveler’s insurance, including a medical evacuation policy. Most foreign hospitals and doctors do not accept U.S. health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Another way to stay informed is to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program . The free program sends travelers updated information on security situations by email or text message, and makes it easier for a U.S. Embassy to contact you should an emergency arise.

Ultimately, travel comes down to a question of one’s personal comfort. If you interpret a Level 2 warning as sufficient reason to cancel your trip, there’s no shame in making a choice that eases your mind.

Follow New York Times Travel on Instagram and sign up for our weekly Travel Dispatch newsletter to get expert tips on traveling smarter and inspiration for your next vacation. Dreaming up a future getaway or just armchair traveling? Check out our 52 Places to Go in 2024 .

An earlier version of this story misstated that gang violence prompted the State Department to raise its travel advisory level for the Bahamas. The advisory was already at Level 2. The U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas issued a security alert for the Bahamas, but the State Department did not raise the travel advisory in response to the violence.

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These were some of 2023’s worst destinations for overtourism. Here’s how to avoid the crowds next year

F ollowing several years of pandemic-induced downturn, the travel sector is not only back, it’s positively booming. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council , the industry is expected to bring in some $9.5 trillion in 2023 — which accounts for 95% of its pre-pandemic levels.

Nowhere is this surge more evident than at popular tourist hot spots around the world, many of which have experienced record visitor numbers over the past year.

Such surges may be sweet for local economies and hospitality businesses’ bottom line, but they also come with notable downsides: increased noise, pollution, traffic and strain on public resources; a lower quality of life for locals; and a diminished visitor experience, just to name a few.

Not surprisingly, many tourist magnets across the globe, including several European hubs, have created initiatives and restrictions aimed to combat overtourism issues. Among them: new or increased tourist taxes, campaigns aimed at discouraging problematic visitors and attendance caps at popular attractions.

On the bright side, more travelers seem to be aware of the risks of overtourism — and how they can help alleviate the problem. In a 2022 survey by travel booking site Booking.com , 64% of respondents said they would be prepared to stay away from busy tourist sites to avoid adding to congestion. And 31% said they’d even be willing to choose an alternative to their preferred destination to help avoid overcrowding.

On that front, here’s a look at some of the most prominent destinations around the world whose overtourism issues made headlines in 2023 — along with what’s being done to address the issue and how travelers themselves can mitigate (or avoid altogether) the crowds in 2024.

The Dutch are traditionally known for their directness, and in 2023, tourism officials in Amsterdam weren’t shy about taking aim at one particular demographic — young British males — as “nuisance tourists” who are not welcome in the Dutch capital, a city long associated with vice.

The initiative, announced in March 2023, specifically targeted young male Brits, telling them to “stay away” if they had plans to “go wild” in Amsterdam . Online searches in the UK for terms such as “pub crawl Amsterdam,” “stag party Amsterdam,” or “cheap hotel Amsterdam” generated a video ad warning about the consequences of overimbibing, drug use or acting too rowdy.

The campaign is part of the city’s comprehensive plan to reduce mass tourism, attract a different kind of demographic and make life more hospitable for residents, especially in De Wallen, also known as the Red Light District. In 2021, an ordinance called “Amsterdam Tourism in Balance ” was implemented, establishing that when the number of overnight visitors hits 18 million, the city council is “obliged to intervene”.

Since then, officials have banned smoking marijuana on the streets in De Wallen and adopted a proposal that will eventually ban cruise ships from the city.

Good or bad behavior notwithstanding, all visitors to Amsterdam in 2024 should plan to pay the highest tourist taxes in Europe.

In September, the city announced the daily fee for cruise ship day visitors will go from 8 to 11 euros (about $8.50 to $11.60), while the nightly fee built into hotel room prices will jump to 12.5% of the room rate. But even with such initiatives in place, Amsterdam is still expected to host up to 23 million annual overnight visitors by 2025 (not counting another 24 million to 25 million day visits).

How to avoid the crowds: January, February and March are among Amsterdam’s least-visited months, but travelers also should be prepared to deal with cold, rainy weather. June brings better weather but more crowds, though not as many as later in the summer since school is still in session for many European countries.

Travelers looking to experience Dutch culture but not the masses in Amsterdam can choose from plenty of worthwhile alternatives within an easy train ride.

The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam are all solid options for a city-centric getaway, while an array of quaint towns beckon with more relaxed exploring and distinctly Dutch charm. About an hour southwest of Amsterdam, Delft, which is sometimes described as a “mini Amsterdam” thanks to its network of canals and Dutch architecture, does draw its own share of tourists, but it remains refreshingly free of boisterous, bawdy crowds.

A scorching heat wave in Europe didn’t stop hordes of visitors from cramming into the Greek capital this summer.

In fact, the Acropolis, the country’s most visited archaeological site, was so packed that in September officials capped the number of visitors into the ancient landmark at 20,000 per day via an hourly slot system on a booking site. Starting in April 2024, the new booking system will also apply to more than 25 other archaeological sites and monuments across the country.

Crowds swarmed Greece’s most popular islands, too, including Santorini and Mykonos — a trend that’s sure to continue as Greece’s perennial appeal among travelers shows no signs of fading.

How to avoid the crowds: To sidestep the worst of the congestion in Athens, visit outside the peak months of July and August. April and May are sublime before summer crowds arrive, and after they disperse, September and October beckon with cooler temperatures and more space to enjoy the city’s museums and monuments.

On that note: Anyone who has the Acropolis on their bucket list may want to book a timeslot in the afternoon or early evening, as the bulk of the crowds, including cruise ship passengers, come in the morning.

Finally, anyone planning to tack an island visit onto an off-season Athens trip should note there are reduced ferry services and closures for restaurants and lodging, especially January through March.

After the runaway success of writer Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir-turned-movie, “Eat Pray Love,” Bali’s popularity skyrocketed far beyond the backpacker-and-beachgoer crowd it traditionally attracted. But spirituality-seeking travelers are just one part of the tourism tidal wave that has all but drowned the Indonesian province over the past decade, from digital nomads to badly behaving tourists and everyone (with a passport) in between.

Lately, out-of-control visitors have become especially problematic – so much so that in spring 2023 provincial governor Wayan Koster required a do’s and don’ts list to be attached onto tourist passports . Among the rules: no swearing, touching sacred trees or climbing structures.

Bali-bound international tourists who visit from February 14, 2024, also will have to pay a new tax of 150,000 Indonesian rupiah, which is equivalent to about $10. And travelers who have already paid it aren’t exempt from paying it again if they return to Bali after visiting other destinations in Indonesia.

Government officials also have started sounding the alarm about the risks of overtourism on Indonesia’s flagship destination. Citing the problems of mass tourism in some European cities, Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Uno, stressed the need to shift to more sustainable tourism models, as well as attracting visitors who “stay longer and spend on the larger local economy.”

How to avoid the crowds: The rainy season generally falls from October to April, which means fewer tourists – with the exception of December and January, especially New Year’s, when beach parties at resorts across the island attract thousands of revelers. July and August are the busiest months with international visitors and Indonesia’s school holidays, so those months are also best avoided. On island, travelers who venture beyond Ubud, Bali’s cultural hub, can escape some of the crowds.

Barcelona was among the first European cities to ban new hotels in its city center and restrict short-term room rentals. But in local and regional elections in May, overtourism evolved into a political buzzword, and like other hot spots, the city has ramped up measures to curb the problem.

In October, Barcelona closed its northern port terminal to cruise traffic following an agreement with local authorities to shift ships farther out of town, a move that will affect about 340 annual cruise dockings, according to data released by port authorities.

Starting on April 1, 2024, tourists (including cruise visitors) will have to pay a higher “city surcharge” of 3.25 euros (about $3.50), up from 2.75 euros (about $3) in 2023.

But for some Barcelona residents, more needs to be done. Throughout the year, evidence of the collective frustration with so many visitors popped up in the form of banners, slogans and expletive-heavy graffiti urging tourists to “go home” on building facades.

How to avoid the crowds: As with many other European hubs, Barcelona is bustling in the summer, especially in July and August. Shoulder seasons generally fall in spring and autumn, with the notable exception of Easter week, when crowds and prices are somewhat higher.

In a May 2023 release , the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami-Dade County’s official destination marketing organization, released 2022 tourism figures. Among the record-setting numbers: 26.5 million visitors and an estimated $20.8 billion in spending, marking an 8% increase over 2021 — results it described as “a tourism home run.”

However, some locals are calling foul on the impact of rampant, unchecked crowds on affected residents and neighborhoods.

In a 2021 op-ed piece in The Miami Herald newspaper, Richard Florida warned city officials of the negative effects of what he called “blotto tourism: where people travel to an area to party and get drunk — fueled by the pent-up energy of the pandemic and enabled by cheap airfares and accommodations,” especially in neighborhoods such as Miami Beach, where Florida, an urbanist, is a part-time resident.

Citing overtourism problems plaguing cities such as Amsterdam, Venice and Rome, Florida urged Miami officials to implement similar initiatives as those destinations, including restrictions on alcohol consumption and curbing noise in the city’s entertainment district.

“Residents are increasingly concerned about rising crime and disorder, feeling that the city is becoming more dangerous and less family friendly,” Florida wrote. “People can and do vote with their feet. Families, especially those with young children will move out, as some are already doing, further weakening the fabric of neighborhoods.”

How to avoid the crowds: Travelers who can bear the stifling heat and humidity of South Florida summers will contend with fewer crowds. November through April, when temperatures aren’t quite so spicy, is Miami’s high season, and in early December, the art set swarms in during Art Basel.

A perennial favorite for fashion-forward, culture-loving travelers, the City of Light has attracted yet another wave of visitors over the past few years, thanks in part to the outsized popularity of the Netflix hit “Emily in Paris” and the city’s role as host of the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Anyone who’s visited the French capital as of late has likely felt the squeeze. Top attractions such as the Eiffel Tower overflow with tourists, especially in peak seasons of spring and summer. In June 2022, the Louvre museum announced it would limit daily visitors to 30,000.

Such moves are part of a larger plan that French tourism minister Olivia Grégoire announced in June 2023 to combat overtourism across the country. (Interestingly enough, one of the initiatives outlined was collaborating with travel influencers — a group many blame as part of the problem — to help spread awareness of the issues caused by mass tourism.)

How to avoid the crowds: Paris is poised to be especially crowded in 2024 in the lead-up to the Summer Olympic Games, which kick off on July 26. However, in non-Olympic times, travelers can take advantage of the off-season, which generally runs from November through March (except for the flurry of travelers around Christmas).

Beyond Paris, francophiles have plenty of options to soak up that inimitable French vibe without battling the tourist crowds of the capital. Lyon , for one, boasts a lovely city center located at the meeting point of the Saône and Rhone rivers, a vibrant art scene, a light festival dating to the mid-1850s and France’s largest urban park.

Thailand’s government didn’t lift Covid-19 regulations until October 2022, but it didn’t take long for beach-loving visitors to flock in droves back to Phuket, an island province that sits off the coast of the mainland.

According to a study by MoneyTransfers.com , Phuket earned the top spot as the world’s most overcrowded destination in 2023, with a whopping 118 tourists for every local resident. The same study also found that Pattaya and Krabi, also in Thailand, followed in the second and third spots, with 98.7 and 72.2 travelers per resident, respectively.

On social media, many visitors describe Phuket as one of the most geographically stunning places they’ve ever seen — yet also remark that it’s crowded and polluted thanks to mass tourism.

In an effort to shift toward more responsible tourism, Thailand’s tourist authority has announced ongoing plans to target sought-after visitor demographics including “health and wellness aficionados, families with kids, active seniors, and remote workers/ teleworkers.”

“We believe this will heighten our goal for Thailand to achieve high value and sustainable tourism growth,” Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said in a release.

How to avoid the crowds: Thanks to its tropical monsoon climate, Phuket’s peak tourism season – generally from November through April – coincides with less rainy weather. Travelers who visit in the monsoon season, which generally runs from May through October, can take advantage of fewer crowds and lower prices but should be prepared to contend with some wet weather.

Fluorescent green water in its Grand Canal, badly behaving tourists and bridges and squares bursting with people: While this ancient Italian city has grappled with crowd control for some time, overtourism seemed to make more headlines than ever in 2023.

Concrete plans to address the issues have been slow to develop. Several years ago, officials announced a plan for a tourist tax charged to day-trippers, but following various objections and setbacks, released the fee schedule only recently — and it won’t take effect until April 2024.

The plan outlines a 5-euro fee (about $5.45) for day-trippers who are 15 and older. It will apply to tourists who are not spending the night, and fees will be charged only on 29 days in 2024, most of which fall on weekends during the high season from April to July. The fee will apply between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. – considered the busiest part of the day for Venice – and short-term visitors outside of those hours are exempt.

How much of an effect the tourist tax will have remains to be seen. But for now, Venice and its lagoon have escaped being added to UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger list — an omission that came as a surprise to many during a September meeting of the UN agency in Saudi Arabia. However, the World Heritage Committee maintained nonetheless that Venice still faces major challenges and urged Italy to continue to protect it.

How to avoid the crowds: November through March come with chilly but manageable temperatures in Venice – but considerably fewer tourists (with the notable exception of the Venice Carnival, which runs from February 3-13 in 2024). Avoid the fee for day-trippers — and have more of the city to yourself in the evening and early mornings — by staying overnight.

Tourists who want to do their part to preserve Venice might also consider other, less-crowded European destinations that boast their own unique waterways. Known as the “Venice of France,” Annecy, a lakeside town in the French Alps, looks lifted from a fairytale, with cheerful houses perched alongside its network of canals. And about an hour outside of Berlin, the Spreewald is often referred to as the “Venice of Germany” for its winding canals through lush green forests.

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CBP Releases January 2024 Monthly Update

WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released operational statistics today for January 2024. Migrant encounters along the southwest border were significantly lower than experienced in December. CBP monthly reporting can be viewed on CBP’s Stats and Summaries webpage .

“As a result of seasonal trends, as well as enhanced enforcement efforts by the men and women of CBP and our international partners, southwest border encounters between ports of entry dropped by 50% in January. We continue to experience serious challenges along our border which surpass the capacity of the immigration system,” said Troy A. Miller, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner. “CBP remains on the frontline in preventing fentanyl and other dangerous drugs from entering our country, enforcing our nation’s laws and interdicting 34% more fentanyl and 68% more cocaine than the previous month.”

CBP continues to work closely with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to quickly process individuals encountered at the border and remove those who do not establish a legal basis to remain in the United States, utilizing consequences strengthened by the Circumvention of Lawful Pathways Rule.  Since May 12, 2023 to January 31, 2024, DHS has removed or returned over 520,000 individuals, the vast majority of whom crossed the southwest border, including more than 87,000 individual family members. The majority of all individuals encountered at the southwest border over the past three years have been removed, returned, or expelled.  Total removals and returns since mid-May exceed removals and returns in every full fiscal year since 2013.

Below are key operational statistics for CBP’s primary mission areas in January 2024. View all CBP statistics online. 

Ensuring Border Security and Managing Migration  

CBP has taken significant steps to surge personnel and resources to impacted areas and address challenges we have experienced across the southwest border. CBP continues to expeditiously process and remove individuals who do not have a legal basis to remain in the country. We are working together with our domestic and foreign partners to jointly limit disorderly migration across the region, offering lawful pathways and cutting out ruthless smugglers who continue to spread falsehoods and show disregard for the safety and well-being of vulnerable migrants. CBP is targeting and disrupting transnational criminal organizations and smugglers who take advantage of and profit from migrants.

In January 2024, the U.S. Border Patrol recorded 124,220 encounters between ports of entry along the southwest border, a decrease of 50% from December 2023.

CBP’s total encounters along the southwest border in January 2024 were 176,205, a decrease of 42% from December 2023. Total encounters include U.S. Border Patrol encounters between ports of entry, as well as individuals who presented themselves at ports of entry (including those with CBP One appointments, detailed further below).

Among CBP’s 176,205 total southwest border encounters in January 2024, encounters with single adults decreased by 35% compared to December 2023, encounters with unaccompanied children decreased by 37% , and encounters with family unit individuals decreased by 51% .

CBP continually analyzes and responds to changes in migration patterns, particularly irregular migration outside of legal pathways and border crossings. We work with our federal and international partners to combat human smuggling. The fact remains: the United States continues to enforce immigration law, and our borders are not open for those without a legal basis to enter the country. Migrants attempting to enter without authorization are subject to removal under Title 8 authorities.

CBP’s message for anyone who is thinking of attempting to circumvent lawful pathways to enter the United States is simple: don’t do it. When noncitizens cross the border unlawfully, they put their lives in peril. The U.S. Border Patrol has undertaken significant efforts in recent years to expand capacity to aid and rescue individuals in distress. To prevent the loss of life, CBP initiated a Missing Migrant Program in 2017 that locates noncitizens reported missing, rescues individuals in distress, and reunifies decedents’ remains with their families in the border region. In January, the U.S. Border Patrol conducted 245 rescues, totaling 1,611 rescues in FY 2024 .

View more migration statistics and rescues statistics .  

CBP One™ App   

The CBP One™ mobile application remains a key component of DHS’s efforts to incentivize noncitizens to use lawful, safe, humane, and orderly pathways and disincentivize attempts to cross between ports of entry. In January, CBP processed approximately 45,000 individuals through appointments at ports of entry utilizing advanced information submitted in CBP One™

CBP One appointments accounted for 87% of noncitizens processed at ports of entry;  demonstrating that noncitizens will follow an orderly process when one is available. Since the appointment scheduling function in CBP One™ was introduced in January 2023 through the end of January 2024, 459,118 individuals have successfully scheduled appointments to present at ports of entry using CBP One™  instead of risking their lives in the hands of smugglers. The top nationalities who have been processed are Venezuelan, Mexican, and Haitian.

A percentage of daily available appointments are allocated to the earliest registered CBP One™ profiles, so noncitizens who have been trying to obtain appointments for the longest time will be prioritized. CBP is continually monitoring and evaluating the application to ensure its functionality and guard against bad actors. 

CHNV Parole Processes

Through the end of January 2024, over 357,000 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans arrived lawfully and were granted parole under the parole processes. Specifically, over 75,000 Cubans,  144,000 Haitians,  64,000 Nicaraguans, and  92,000 Venezuelans were vetted and authorized for travel; and over  74,000 Cubans,  138,000 Haitians,  58,000 Nicaraguans, and  86,000 Venezuelans arrived lawfully and were granted parole.

As Safeguarding Communities by Interdicting Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs

As the largest law enforcement agency in the United States, CBP is uniquely positioned to detect, identify, and seize illicit drugs before they enter our communities. CBP’s combination of interdiction and intelligence capabilities, complemented by its border search authorities, scientific services, non-intrusive inspection equipment, and canine detection teams, places it at the forefront of the U.S. government’s efforts to combat illicit fentanyl and other dangerous drugs.

CBP continues to conduct operations, including Operation Apollo, which target the smuggling of illicit fentanyl and other dangerous drugs. These operations leverage intelligence and investigative information to target drug traffickers’ supply chains and interdict items required in the production of illicit fentanyl, including precursor chemicals, pill presses and parts, movement of finished product, and illicit proceeds.

Nationwide in January, fentanyl seizures increased 34% and cocaine seizures increased 68% from December to January.

To date in FY 2024 through January, CBP has seized 7,000 pounds of fentanyl. CBP has stopped more fentanyl in the last two years than in the previous five years combined, and we continue to optimize our intelligence and field operations to stop these deadly substances from reaching American communities. 

Additional CBP drug seizure statistics can be found on the Drug Seizure Statistics webpage .

Facilitating Lawful Trade and Travel and Promoting Economic Security 

 As international travel continues to increase, CBP is leveraging technology to streamline efficiency and increase security at air and land ports of entry. Travelers are encouraged to utilize CBP’s mobile apps to enhance their travel experience, including the Global Entry Mobile Application and Mobile Passport Control , as well as new Global Entry Touchless Portals at nearly all international airports across the United States, which protect passenger privacy and expedite arrival processing by eliminating paper receipts.

Travelers arriving by air into the United States increased 14% from January 2023 to January 2024, and pedestrians arriving by land at ports of entry increased 2.6% over the same period.  

CBP works diligently with the trade community and port operators to ensure that merchandise is cleared as efficiently as possible and to strengthen international supply chains and improve border security. In January 2024, CBP processed more than 2.7 million entry summaries valued at more than $267 billion , identifying estimated duties of nearly $7 billion to be collected by the U.S. government. In January, trade via the ocean environment accounted for 44% of the total import value, followed by air, truck, and rail.

Consumers are encouraged to be alert to the dangers of counterfeit goods especially when shopping online as they support criminal activity, hurt American businesses, and often have materials or ingredients that can pose serious health and safety risks. Every year CBP seizes millions of counterfeit products worth billions of dollars had they been genuine. In January, CBP seized 1,814 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $718 million . More information about CBP’s intellectual property rights enforcement is available at https://www.cbp.gov/trade .

View more travel statistics , and trade statistics . 

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CBP continues to lead U.S. government efforts to eliminate goods from the supply chain made with forced labor from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. In January, CBP stopped 424 shipments valued at more than $236 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor.

Intellectual property rights violations continue to put America’s innovation economy at risk. Counterfeit and pirated goods threaten the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, the livelihoods of American workers, and the health and safety of consumers. 

View more UFLPA enforcement statistics , and intellectual property rights enforcement statistics.  

Defending our Nation’s Agricultural System     

Through targeting, detection, and interception, CBP agriculture specialists work to prevent threats from entering the United States.  

CBP issued 6,248 emergency action notifications for restricted and prohibited plant and animal products entering the United States in January 2024. CBP conducted 102,987 positive passenger inspections and issued 898 civil penalties and/or violations to the traveling public for failing to declare prohibited agriculture items.   

View more agricultural enforcement statistics . 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection at and between official ports of entry.

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Countdown to early registration deadline, 2025 outlaw cup.

January 17-19, 2025

Tournament Director:

Josh Meyer [email protected] LinkedIn

SUPER GROUP SERIES BANNER

2024 EVENTS GUIDE

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The 2024 Outlaw Cup hosted our first SMC Texas Super Groups

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Tournament Apparel Online Link - CLICK HERE

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Referee Assignor: TraceyLynn McElhone [email protected]

Three Reasons To Play Here! 

Location, facilities & amenities, history and competition, professional event operator, what makes this event unique.

  • The premier Texas soccer tournament in Grapevine
  • 263 teams in 2024
  • First SMC Texas Super Groups in 2024
  • Great location just 20 miles from Dallas, TX
  • Certified Athletic Trainers on site  
  • 1st and 2nd place awards for all age groups
  • Multi-team club discounts
  • Experienced tournament management
  • Priority scheduling for coaches with 2 teams
  • Referee Fees Included in Entry Fee
  • Schedules released 10+ days from the event for your planning

STAYTOPLAY

SMC Soccer works closely with Pellucid Travel to source the best hotels and contract with a variety of hotels to fit all accommodations. Pellucid Travel requests to work with a wide variety of lodging partners in order to secure excellent rates for all of our teams.

This SMC event has a Stay to Play policy for all attendees/groups in need of hotels. This is in order to ensure that the hotels, cities, and counties are assured that the discounts they offer are used.

Pellucid Travel works closely with our lodging partners to track team reservations, work to make sure that there are enough rooms, and secure excellent rates for all teams attending each event. They are committed to working with tournaments around the world to provide a high-quality travel and lodging experience that fits the individual needs of each team attending.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Pellucid Travel at [email protected]  

College Coaches

The Outlaw Cup welcomes you to this year's event.  Showcase games will be played on January 19-21 in Grapevine, TX.  All U14-U19 Super Group bracket games will be filmed and access will given to all registered College Coaches. We will be providing attending coaches food throughout the weekend as well as college profile books with maps and schedules.  Please email Josh Meyer if you have any questions.  We look forward to hosting you at this top soccer event in Texas!

Please fill out the Attending College Coach Form below to sign up for this event. We will also be hosting a College Combine on Friday, January 19th.  More info coming soon!

2025 Important Links

The info you need.

Applied Teams

Accepted Teams

Scheduling Request Form

NTX Sanctioning Form

2025 Online Checkin Information

Helpful links for online checkin.

Online Check-In Instructions

How to Download & Print your Roster/Player Cards

Academy Roster

North Texas Guest Player Form

US Club Guest Player Form

Medical Release Form

2025 Calendar of Events

Important dates to know.

Early Registration Deadline - Nov 1

Registration Deadline - Dec 22

Accepted Teams Posted - Dec 23

Payment Deadline - Dec 27

Brackets Posted - Dec 27

Scheduling Request Deadline - Dec 29

Schedules Posted - Jan 3

Online Check-In Deadline - Jan 8

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Tournament Fields

Oak grove soccer complex.

1299 Oak Grove Loop North Grapevine, TX 76051

2024 Field Map - CLICK HERE

Meadowmere Park

3099 Meadowmere Park Grapevine, TX 76051

Hurst Athletic Complex

2104 Precinct Line Rd Hurst, TX 76054

Pit Roanoke

401 Bobcat Blvd Roanoke, TX 76262

TOURNAMENTFAQS

What is the Tournament Refund Policy?

CLICK HERE FOR THE TOURNAMENT REFUND POLICY

How much does it cost to attend?

U7-U8 (4v4): $340 before 11/1, $390 after 11/1

U8-U10 (7v7): $540 before 11/1, $590 after 11/1

U10-U12 (9v9): $640 before 11/1, $690 after 11/1

U12-U14 (11v11): $700 before 11/1, $750 after 11/1

U15-U19 (11v11): $775 before 11/1, $825 after 11/1

How do I register?

Registration is through the new GotSport system.

When is the deadline to register?

Early Registration Deadline – 11/1/24

Registration Deadline – 12/22/24

Do I have to pay right when I register?

No, you do not have to pay right when you register.   At the end of registration, you will have the option to pay by credit card or pay by check.   If you need time to collect money from your parents, choose to pay by check to reserve your spot and pay later.   All payments must be completed by 12/27 to ensure your spot in this event.

Where can I send a check for my team?

Please make checks payable to Soccer Management Company and send to:

Soccer Management Company ATTN: Outlaw Cup 112 Midpoint Drive Unit A5 Mineral, VA 23117

Where can I find birth year & age group information?

7U-19U Boys and Girls teams

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When will brackets and schedules be released?

Brackets will be released on 12/27.   Schedules will be released on 1/3. 

*dates subject to change

How does team check-in work?

Team Check-In is completed ONLINE. The deadline to complete online check-in is 1/8. Click here ! 

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Which Eye Drops Are Being Recalled? A Full List of Potentially Contaminated Artificial Tears

FDA is recommending that you discard these products immediately.

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Update (February 3, 2024) : It looks like we're starting off the year right where we left off, when it comes to eye drop recalls. This time, it's a warning, not an official product recall, being put out by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — but it's still just as important to pay attention and heed the advice.

South Moon, Rebright and FivFivGo eye drops are sold online, and claim to treat eye conditions such as glaucoma — but they are unapproved drugs and should not even be available for sale in the U.S., says the FDA.

Test samples of South Moon drops were shown to be contaminated with a type of bacteria that's resistant to antibiotics. Rebright test samples were negative for contamination and test samples of FivFivGo weren't able to be obtained; however, the FDA is still urging consumers not to buy eye drops from all three brands and to stop using and throw out any of the affected brands.

No adverse events reported related to South Moon, Rebright and FivFivGo eye drops had been reported as of this writing, but the FDA "has received reports related to possibly fake Lumify, including product quality concerns, eye irritation, pain and infection." See your doctor immediately if you notice signs of eye infection, such as pain or discomfort; blurry vision; yellow or green discharge; and redness.

The FDA recommends consumers only purchase eye drops from reputable retailers and to "beware of online retailers."

Original: After months of eye drop recalls, there’s more. The FDA is warning consumers to immediately stop using and dispose of 27 eye drop products after another mass recall, this time by the manufacturer Kilitch Healthcare India Limited.

“It is pertinent to be mindful of the over-the-counter eye drop recalls. Consult the FDA list of affected drops, or ask your eye care practitioner if your drops are safe to use if you’re unsure,” urges Melissa Barnett, OD , director of optometry at UC Davis in California. “An increased risk of infection and potentially vision loss may occur if contaminated drops are used.”

The company issued a voluntary recall after FDA investigators found unsanitary conditions, which poses a potential risk of eye infections or other eye-related issues. Previous eye drop products that were slapped with recalls in March , May , August and October of this year were due to either bacterial contamination or unsanitary conditions; they were sold at popular retailers such as CVS, Target, Rite Aid and Walmart, as well as online. The first batch of recalled eye drops from March caused eye infections in dozens of eye drop users and several cases of blindness; a handful of individuals required eyeball removal surgery and there were at least four associated deaths.

Eye drops are intended to be sterile, especially due to a heightened risk for infection since they bypass some of the body's natural defenses by being applied directly into the eyes. As of this writing, Kilitch Healthcare India Limited “has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall,” according to a news release posted by the FDA .

Signs of an eye infection include:

  • Yellow, green or clear discharge from the eye
  • Eye pain or discomfort
  • Redness of the eye or eyelid
  • Feeling of something in your eye (foreign body sensation)
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Eyes sticking shut when you wake up

Contact your doctor or another medical professional immediately is you experience these common signs of an eye infection. If you wear contact lenses: “Take the contacts out and bring them to an eye doctor’s office, as they may want to send them out for a culture to assess if certain organisms are growing, which could help tailor treatment,” recommends Brian Boxer Wachler, MD , ophthalmologist and medical reviewer at All About Vision .

You or your doctor can also report adverse events or quality issues to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

If you have any of the recalled products in your medicine cabinet ( scroll down for a full list of eye drop products recalled this year ), the FDA is recommending that you discard them immediately per their recommendations for safe disposal of unused or expired medicine; this usually entails either dropping the affected products off at a local safe disposal or drug take back site, or following any disposal instructions that may be included in the product’s instruction packet.

Here's a full list of eye drops recalled in 2023:

  • EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, NDC 79503-0101-15 and UPC 3 79503 10115 7.
  • Delsam Pharma Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops , NDC 72570-121-15 and UPC 3 72570 12115 8.
  • Delsam Pharma Artificial Eye Ointment, NDC 72570-122-35 and UPC code 3 72570 12235 3.
  • Clear Eyes Once Daily, Eye Allergy Itch Relief: Lot 114349, Lot 117396, Lot 0120128, Lot 114371, and Lot 123781.
  • Purely Soothing 15% MSM Drops, LOT#: 2203PS01, UPC 7 31034 91379 9; and LOT#: 1808051, UPC 7 31034 91382 9.
  • Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution, 0.15%, NDC numbers 60505-0564-1, 60505-0564-2 and 60505-0564-3.
  • Dr. Berne’s MSM Drops 5% Solution, Lot# 6786.
  • LightEyez MSM Eye Drops-Eye Repair, NDC number not provided.
  • CVS Health Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (single pack) , NDC number 76168-702-15.
  • CVS Health Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (twin pack) , NDC number 76168-702-30.
  • CVS Health Lubricant Gel Drops 15 ml (single pack) , NDC number 76168-704-15.
  • CVS Health Lubricant Gel Drops 15 ml (twin pack) , NDC number 76168-704-30.
  • CVS Health Multi-Action Relief Drops 15 ml , NDC number 76168-706-15.
  • CVS Health Lubricating Gel drops 10 ml , NDC number 76168-712-10.
  • CVS Health Lubricant Eye Drops 10 ml (single pack) , NDC number 76168-714-10.
  • CVS Health Lubricant Eye Drops 10 ml (twin pack) , NDC number 76168-714-20.
  • CVS Health Mild Moderate Lubricating Eye Drops 15 ml (single pack), NDC number 76168-711-15.
  • Rugby Lubricating Tears Eye Drops 15 ml , NDC number 0536-1282-94.
  • Rugby Polyvinyl Alcohol 1.4% Lubricating Eye Drops 15 ml , NDC number 0536-1325-94.
  • Leader Dry Eye Relief 15 ml , NDC number 70000-0089-1.
  • Leader Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (single pack) , NDC number 70000-0090-1.
  • Leader Dry Eye Relief 10 ml , NDC number 70000-0088-1.
  • Leader Eye Irritation Relief 15 ml , NDC number 70000-0087-1.
  • Rite Aid Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (twin pack), NDC number 11822-9707-5.
  • Rite Aid Lubricant Eye Drops 10 ml (twin pack) , NDC number 11822-4811-3.
  • Rite Aid Gentle Lubricant Gel Eye Drops 15 ml , NDC number not provided.
  • Rite Aid Lubricant Gel Drops 15 ml , NDC number 11822-9706-5.
  • Rite Aid Lubricating Gel Drops 10 ml , NDC number 11822-4540-3.
  • Rite Aid Multi-Action Relief Drops 15 ml , NDC number 11822-2254-3.
  • Target Up&Up High Performance Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml, NDC number 11673-522-30.
  • Target Up&Up High Performance Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (single pack), NDC number 11673-522-15.
  • Target Up&Up Dry Eye Relief 15 ml, NDC number 76168-800-30.
  • Velocity Pharma LLC Lubricant Eye Drop 10 ml (triple pack) , NDC number 76168-502-30.
  • Walmart Equate Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drop 10 ml , NDC number 79903-168-01.
  • Leader Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (twin pack) , NDC numbers 70000-0090-2 (carton) and 70000-0090-1 (bottle).

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Is it possible to visit Russia as a tourist in 2023?

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Yes, traveling to Russia as a tourist in 2023 is possible. Here’s what to look out for if you’re preparing for your dream trip. 

Visa requirements

First things first, it is worth checking if you need a visa to cross the Russian border. In 2023, citizens of some 65 countries can visit Russia without a visa. This includes most of the post-Soviet states like Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, as well as Ukraine.

Additionally, citizens of some countries in South and Central America – including Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Uruguay, Ecuador – do not need a visa to travel to Russia.

Citizens of Israel, South Africa, Cuba, Montenegro, Thailand, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Andorra, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Mongolia, Botswana enjoy visa-free regime with Russia, too.

For the full list of countries, click here .

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* Data for the infographics is from November 2022 and was obtained from the Russian consular information website.

* The status of a particular country is subject to change. We advise additionally researching the relevant information in each particular case before booking any trip to Russia.

* Visa waivers may apply for holders of diplomatic or military service passports, select businessmen, air crew members, members of a ship or train crew, professional truck drivers, organized tourist groups and people who have official permission to live in some border regions.

Is it safe to travel to Russia right now?

Russia as a travel destination received a fair share of negative PR from various sources in early 2022.

Some official travel accounts run by governments of countries like the U.S. , Australia , Great Britain and others advise their citizens to abstain from non-essential travel to the country.

That said, it is always advisable to evaluate safety risks when traveling to any foreign country. Traveling to Russia is no exception. However, Moscow, St. Petersburg and other major Russian cities have been widely regarded as being safe , especially in comparison to other popular tourist destinations.

Little has changed in major Russian cities from the point of view of tourists or local residents. Consequently, the most extreme and vocal concerns over security may be disregarded as being too alarmist.

That said, logistics pose the greatest challenge for tourists traveling to Russia in 2023. A number of countries closed their national airspace for Russian air companies resulting in more complicated logistics for tourists who intend to visit Russia in 2023.

However, specific changes depend on a particular country from where a tourist departs. In some cases, direct flight routes remain intact. For example, nothing has changed for tourists from China, India, Turkey, Middle Eastern countries and the majority of post-Soviet states. They can book direct flights to Russia’s main airports.

Tourists departing from European capitals will have to book connecting flights via Turkey or countries in the Middle East. This makes tickets more expensive and flights longer. However, it is still possible to travel to Russia from virtually any country in the world.

It should be noted that every country has its own nuances that must be taken into account beforehand. For example, the Indian Embassy in Russia advises Indian nationals against traveling to Russia via third countries. According to the embassy website, Indian travelers should choose only direct flights from Delhi to Moscow, otherwise they risk being denied entry into Russia.

In another instance, the British government prohibited its citizens from purchasing tickets on Russian airlines that were under sanctions. Nonetheless, the British authorities made an exception for those journeys originating in or within Russia: in this case, British nationals may purchase tickets from Russian companies without breaching UK sanctions.

Covid restrictions, vaccination status & quarantine

In 2022, Russian authorities canceled Covid-related restrictions for Russian citizens and foreign tourists, alike.

In 2023, foreign nationals no longer need to provide results of a negative PCR test when entering Russia by any mode of transport. Therefore, foreign travelers no longer need to take a coronavirus test in advance before departure.

Furthermore, Russian authorities lifted Covid-related restrictions that required visitors to provide a specific reason for visiting the country facilitating tourist traveling.

The only remaining Covid-related regulation is a requirement to fill in a questionnaire. Passengers – both Russian and foreign citizens – will be asked to fill out the paper version of the questionnaire on board during their flight to Russia.

Click here to find out who can travel to Russia without a visa in 2023.

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    Starts: Sep 27, 2023 09:00 AM (PT) Ends: Sep 29, 2023 05:00 PM (PT) Celebrating our 130th year, we invite you to join us in San Diego for our premier event, the SNAME Maritime Convention! Attend SMC for technical presentations, panels, and continuing education sessions. Network with peers from all over the world.

  24. CBP Releases January 2024 Monthly Update

    Tue, 02/13/2024. WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released operational statistics today for January 2024. Migrant encounters along the southwest border were significantly lower than experienced in December. CBP monthly reporting can be viewed on CBP's Stats and Summaries webpage. "As a result of seasonal trends, as ...

  25. PDF PROGRAM PREVIEW and CALL FOR CONTENT

    Abstracts for SMC 2023 are invited and will be accepted starting in December 2022. The 2023 SNAME Maritime Convention (SMC 2023) will take place on 27 - 29 September 2023 in San Diego, California, USA. This meeting is an exciting opportunity for engineers, manufacturing, and construction experts from all fields to collaborate and learn about ...

  26. Federal Register :: Labor Certification Process for the Temporary

    The percentage change in the CPI-U for Food between December 2022 and December 2023 was 2.7% percent. Thus, the annual update to the ... H-2B and H-2A employers must pay reasonable travel and subsistence costs, including the costs of meals and lodging, incurred by workers during travel to the place of employment from the place from which ...

  27. Texas Soccer Tournament

    In 2023 SMC operated 50+ events in 10+ states. SMC has the experience and expertise to provide your team with the quality event you are looking for. ... SMC Soccer works closely with Pellucid Travel to source the best hotels and contract with a variety of hotels to fit all accommodations. Pellucid Travel requests to work with a wide variety of ...

  28. SMC In Focus

    A bi-monthly newsletter connecting the Santa Monica College community. Celebrating endless possibilities, innovation, and resilience. IN THIS SECTION. SMC In Focus 2024. SMC In Focus. Volume X, Issue 1. Archives. Santa Monica College. News.

  29. Eye Drops Recall 2023: Full List of Brands Linked to Potential

    Here's a full list of eye drops recalled in 2023: EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, NDC 79503-0101-15 and UPC 3 79503 10115 7. Delsam Pharma Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, NDC ...

  30. Is it possible to visit Russia as a tourist in 2023?

    Visa requirements. First things first, it is worth checking if you need a visa to cross the Russian border. In 2023, citizens of some 65 countries can visit Russia without a visa. This includes ...