Articles by Dan Peltier

U.S. Mass Shootings Give Pause But Have Little Impact on Global Travelers’ Decisions to Visit: Skift Survey

U.S. Mass Shootings Give Pause But Have Little Impact on Global Travelers’ Decisions to Visit: Skift Survey

Dan Peltier, Skift

Skift data show gun violence hasn't led to mass trip cancellations in the United States for international travelers but shootings have definitely caused many to pause and consider whether the U.S. is a safe destination to visit. The country is much safer than many others, but the White House hasn't helped get that message out there.

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UK Rail Company Will Restart Popular Tourist Route For Summer Season

UK Rail Company Will Restart Popular Tourist Route For Summer Season

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

That West Coast Railways will offer its Lake line free to passengers speaks volumes to the impact it believes the route could have.

2 days ago

Video: Iceland Denies Overtourism as Europe Searches for Solutions

Video: Iceland Denies Overtourism as Europe Searches for Solutions

Dan Peltier, Skift

Iceland doesn't believe it's overrun with tourists but it's also been proactive in managing tourism growth. That's in sharp contrast to many other destinations only focused on higher numbers with no long-term game plans.

3 days ago

Scandic Hotels Hopes Currency and Warm Weather Will Help Fill Beds This Summer

Scandic Hotels Hopes Currency and Warm Weather Will Help Fill Beds This Summer

Hanna Hoikkala and Niklas Magnusson, Bloomberg

Scandic Hotels isn't just counting on summer heat and a weak krona to put more heads in beds this summer. It's also investing in its digital and customer experiences that could also entice people to book stays.

6 days ago

A Startup Is Offering Extra Insurance for Uber and Lyft Rides

A Startup Is Offering Extra Insurance for Uber and Lyft Rides

Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press

It's hard to imagine people having the time to think about buying insurance for an Uber or Lyft ride, let alone understanding what it gets them. We're more sure that both companies should better explain their insurance policies to passengers.

1 week ago

Africa Needs More Than Visa-Free Travel To Lure Chinese Tourists

Africa Needs More Than Visa-Free Travel To Lure Chinese Tourists

Jing Travel

Despite a visa policy that seeks to encourage Chinese tourists to visit, African countries are not seeing great success. As this story points out, there are few direct flights, and the message promoting Africa's destinations is not getting through.

1 week ago

Video: Marriott’s Global Brand Officer on Why Europe Needs More Hotel Brands

Video: Marriott’s Global Brand Officer on Why Europe Needs More Hotel Brands

Dan Peltier, Skift

Nixing a hotel brand isn't as simple as turning the lights off and calling it a day. There are contracts, owners, and livelihoods at stake and Marriott couldn't cut any of its 30 brands overnight. The company thinks there is plenty of room for its brands around the world, but we'll see what the future holds.

1 week ago

Russia Faces an Uphill Climb to Turn World Cup Into Tourism Win

Russia Faces an Uphill Climb to Turn World Cup Into Tourism Win

Dan Peltier, Skift

Who can blame travelers for wanting to sit this World Cup out given all the reasons (some valid) they get from news reports every day? FIFA could also have done more to assure travelers from countries like the U.S. and UK that Russia will have the welcome mat rolled out, at least while the matches are being played.

2 weeks ago

Estonia’s Alcohol Tax Hikes Have Been a Buzzkill for Tourism

Estonia’s Alcohol Tax Hikes Have Been a Buzzkill for Tourism

Ott Ummelas, Bloomberg

It doesn't make sense to discourage taking a ferry to stock up on alcohol since it's likely a gateway to future overnight stays. Tourism may be a casualty in Estonia's war on alcohol abuse.

2 weeks ago

United Plans New App But Is Weighing ‘Creepy’ Versus ‘Personalized’

United Plans New App But Is Weighing ‘Creepy’ Versus ‘Personalized’

Dan Peltier, Skift

There are limits to how much an airline like United knows about you and that is comforting to some travelers. But putting the data it does have to good use remains a challenge, although we see nothing controversial about wishing someone a happy birthday.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Is Closing Gap With Booking on Cloud-Based And Search Engine Tech

Expedia Is Closing Gap With Booking on Cloud-Based And Search Engine Tech

Dan Peltier, Skift

For all of the hype over its shopping spree of acquisitions in recent years, Expedia didn't have much to show for it compared to rival Booking Holdings. That's starting to change, and Expedia feels it's ready for a cloud-based future.

2 weeks ago

Blockade Has Disrupted Tourism in Qatar But Fueled Cargo Flights

Blockade Has Disrupted Tourism in Qatar But Fueled Cargo Flights

Mohammed Aly Sergie, Bloomberg

Qatar has been able to somewhat compensate with cargo flights, but it would probably prefer to have more humans — who have a bigger economic impact — entering the country.

2 weeks ago