Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines tourism trends.
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Will Indonesia’s Olympics Bid Ever Have a Tourism Upside? Without doubt, Indonesia is one economy in Southeast Asia that has made much progress. But its bid for the 2032 Olympics still comes as a surprise. While the event may force the country to build much-needed infrastructure, it may also break its bank. With poverty still widespread, that would be a shame and could backfire.
Mexico Tourism Board Demise Will Hurt the Destination More Than Travel Advisors: The dissolution of the Mexico Tourism Board means that travel advisors and others involved in the selling and marketing of Mexico have lost a major resource. With safety perception issues still dogging Mexico, the timing couldn’t be worse — for the destination and advisors alike.
Norwegian Cruise Boss Zeroes In on Higher Prices: Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio has been preaching the gospel of higher prices for years now — and practicing what he preaches. For now, it looks like passengers are willing to keep paying up.
Smithsonian Explores History of Black Leisure Travel With New Documentary: The Green Book helped black Americans move about safely during segregation, but it also sparked the growth of black leisure travel and fueled entrepreneurship in the community for years to come.
Florida Sees Tourism Gain Despite Another Decline in Overseas Visitors: Florida’s tourism picture is still setting records, but the persistent drop in overseas visitors is troubling — especially for a warm-weather destination with global appeal.
Visit Faroe Islands’ Latest Viral Campaign Seeks a Tourist-Free Weekend: Visit Faroe Islands is once again attracting outsized attention for a tourism push, but that shouldn’t detract from the underlying sentiment. The tiny destination is trying to stave off the pitfalls of overtourism even as it promotes itself on the world stage.
Australian Travel Advisors Find That Luxury Clients Still Care About Price: Survey findings about a healthy luxury travel market in Australia demonstrate significant and lucrative opportunities for travel advisors who can meet clients’ lofty expectations while still delivering value.
Travel Advisors May Benefit as Virgin Voyages Bundles Amenities Into Premium Prices: Virgin Voyage’s decision to charge high fares that include gratuities, premium dining, and other onboard features means higher earning potential for travel advisors. That’s because advisors often lose out when cruise lines offer cheap fares, and then make up for it with onboard, non-commissionable charges.
Successful Entrepreneurs Reinvent Themselves as Well-Being Gurus: It makes sense that entrepreneurs who have become household names would want to be associated with wellness. It could help them stay relevant and get in on a growing movement.