This week in tourism, some destinations in Mexico see a decline in visitors; South Africa hopes Muslim travelers will contribute to a strong winter season; and Fosun's CEO discusses its new resort strategy.
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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Mexico Tours and Activities Operators Feel the Pain of Tourism Board Demise: Cuts to the Mexico Tourism Board are having an immediate impact on local operators in some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. A lack of marketing resources is especially difficult for some of the country’s smallest and often most alluring places.
Cape Town Hopes Muslim Travelers Can Stave Off Winter Woes: Touting the city’s attractiveness for Muslim travelers — particularly in markets that are already strong drivers of tourism — is a savvy move by tourism authorities and operators in Cape Town.
Skift Forum Asia: Fosun Tourism CEO on Creating the Foliday Brand: Fosun has quietly integrated the companies it has either invested in or bought into its Foliday ecosystem, with the plan to manage and control every stage of the tourism experience.
Netherlands Will Continue Tourism Promotion Despite Media Reports: Forget the flashy headlines; destinations need time to respond effectively to overtourism with the cultural fabric of popular locations at stake. The intelligent move is to thoughtfully adjust policies to limit the negative impact of tourism.
Travel Advisors Find Already-Complex Cruise Bookings Are Getting Even Harder: This might be the best time in history for travel advisors to sell cruises, but it’s also the most complex. Those who take time to know the growing array of cruise choices and focus on the high end of the market are the most likely to succeed.
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Photo Credit: Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios atop the Great Pyramid of Cholula (Tlachihualtepetl) in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. The demise of the country's tourism board has widespread ramifications. Katie Schumm / Flickr
New York City Tourism Hopes Rise With Return of Broadway Musicals
Broadway shows are back, as New York City tourism officials look to revived theater as one more big step toward reviving tourism in the Big Apple heading into the fall.
Alicia Powell and Jill Serjeant, Reuters | 4 days ago
Google’s Ticketing for Attractions Off to Rough Start
Google's attractions ticket beta has been among its least elegant in travel to date. This has angered many tour operators because it couldn't have come at a more inopportune time.
Dennis Schaal, Skift | 4 days ago
Singapore Tiptoes Toward Reopening After Country Is 80 Percent Vaccinated
Singapore's pandemic story has been a see-saw tale. The destination is now slowly reopening after vaccines gained traction there. Germany and Brunei get the green light first, with the rest of Asia watching closely.
Chen Lin and Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters | 3 weeks ago