Dawit Habtemariam

I cover what destinations around the world are doing to attract tourists and the top trends in global tourism. Prior to joining Skift, I covered corporate travel at Business Travel News.

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Tourism

Paris Tourism Chief: Olympics Is About Marketing, Not Visitor Numbers

Corinne Menegaux says the 2024 Paris Olympics will be a global tourism advertisement for the City of Light, rather than driving massive tourism during the event itself.

Paris Tourism Chief: Olympics Is About Marketing, Not Visitor Numbers

Tourism

5 Surprising Tourism Growth Stories

Albania, Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt, and El Salvador have been named the most-improved emerging economies for enabling travel and tourism development since 2019. Here are some insights.

5 Surprising Tourism Growth Stories

Tourism

San Francisco’s Tourism Boss Resigns After 7 Months

San Francisco Travel is going to need a new champion if it's going to get out of its 'doom loop' narrative.

San Francisco’s Tourism Boss Resigns After 7 Months

Tourism

2024 U.S. Election Won’t Scare Off Tourists, But It Will Make Advertising More Expensive

As the U.S. enters its most expensive election cycle, tourism marketers are going to need to get creative to stay on top of the minds of targeted audiences.

2024 U.S. Election Won’t Scare Off Tourists, But It Will Make Advertising More Expensive

Business Travel

World Cup Tickets Will Go to Corporations, Not Fans

The visitor profile for World Cup 2026 is trending toward corporate group travelers. Individual tourists are being left out.

World Cup Tickets Will Go to Corporations, Not Fans

Tourism

America’s Best-Paid Tourism Marketers

Many tourism board CEOs command high compensation. Here's Skift's first major look at the pay packages of U.S. destination marketing executives.

America’s Best-Paid Tourism Marketers

Tourism

Las Vegas Tourism Chief: Becoming a Sports Hub and What’s New at The Sphere

Las Vegas' is banking on the NHL Draft and the Sphere to bring new eyes to destination and entice tourists.

Las Vegas Tourism Chief: Becoming a Sports Hub and What’s New at The Sphere

Tourism

Chinese Demand for U.S. Tourist Visas ‘Nowhere Near’ Pre-Pandemic Levels

It's not a good sign for the U.S. if Chinese tourists — the destination's biggest spending market in 2019 — aren't interested in visas.

Chinese Demand for U.S. Tourist Visas ‘Nowhere Near’ Pre-Pandemic Levels

Airlines

The Fight Over Airport Facial Recognition: Senators Clash With U.S. Travel

Over a dozen lawmakers have vocalized opposition to the adoption of facial recognization technology at U.S. airports.

The Fight Over Airport Facial Recognition: Senators Clash With U.S. Travel

Cruises

Norwegian Cruise CFO Dismisses Talk of a Slowdown: ‘We Are Not Seeing’ It

Norwegian Cruise Lines is minimizing the business damage from the cancellation of its Red Sea sailings through 2025.

Norwegian Cruise CFO Dismisses Talk of a Slowdown: ‘We Are Not Seeing’ It