This week in tourism, guests are lining up to get into the new Star Wars additions at California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World, while travel agencies look hard at their own role in overtourism. Plus, we visit Kashmir and examine the ethics of traveling to a region torn by violence.
Tourism News Weekly Roundup
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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Disney Will Open Its New Star Wars Expansions Early to Meet Demand: Disney’s new Star Wars additions will open earlier than expected, but one big piece will be missing. Will fans flock to be first or wait until everything is operational?
Overtourism Has Travel Advisors Telling Their Customers to Please Go Somewhere Else: While everyone has heard horror stories of lining up for hours for a glimpse of a tourist attraction, overcrowded destinations and hostile locals, travel advisors are still faced with requests to visit the world’s most popular places. They have a dilemma: Do they make the booking or risk losing the business by recommending alternatives?
Lessons From Kashmir: When Violence Threatens a Fragile Tourism Economy. Despite conflict and instability, tourism remains an important part of Kashmir’s economy. But travelers should be cognizant of a lot more than safety if they choose to visit the region.
Why Europe Risks Falling Behind as a Global Tourist Destination: Travelers will always want to visit Europe. But as the world continues to open up, there’s more competition for tourist dollars. Destinations will need to adjust accordingly.
Carnival Boosts Star Power Strategy With Emeril Restaurant: Carnival Cruise Line is launching its biggest ship next year, so it makes sense the operator is looking to raise the bar with a well-known name in dining. It’s an approach the line has embraced in recent years.
What Takayama City Can Tell Us About the Future of Japanese Tourism: Destinations of all shapes and sizes across Japan want fresh ideas to help attract overseas visitors and transform their economies. The strategy used by the city of Takayama, which has seen a surge of new tourism in the past decade, offers one potential roadmap.
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Photo credit: A promotional shot of Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, an interactive ride at Disney's new Star Wars additions. Disney Parks