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Disney Theme Parks Remain Bright Spot for Embattled Company Set to Shed 7,000 Jobs

The company is starting off its 100th anniversary by cutting more than $5 billion in costs, and by laying off 4 percent of its global workforce. Seems like the company is more in survival mode than creativity mode. As Disney goes through the turmoil, the steady growth at theme parks will come into even greater focus.

Disney Theme Parks Remain Bright Spot for Embattled Company Set to Shed 7,000 Jobs

Cruises

Royal Caribbean Hopes Cruiser Spending Splurge Will Help Reverse Losses

Royal Caribbean seems confident it's smooth sailing now that the pandemic is over and passengers are ready to spend their savings on cruise experiences. But a potential recession could mess with all that.

Royal Caribbean Hopes Cruiser Spending Splurge Will Help Reverse Losses

Tourism

Tourism Advertising Finds New Value With Streaming TV

As TV becomes even more digital and people cut the cable cord further, expect it to compete directly for destination marketing social media advertising dollars.

Tourism Advertising Finds New Value With Streaming TV

Tourism

Cyprus Moves On Without Russian Tourists

Seems like the loss of the Russian tourist segment made Cyrpus' transition to a more sustainable approach to tourism easier.

Cyprus Moves On Without Russian Tourists

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International Travel Volume to U.S. Rose 61 Percent to Over 4 Million in November

The number of international visitors to the U.S. reached 4.6 million in November, up 61 percent year over year, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office. November’s volume represented 76 percent of pre-pandemic November 2019’s. Last month, the National Travel and Tourism Office reported international visitor spending rose 57 percent year over year to…

Tourism

Pandemic Tourism Boost to Less-Crowded Locations Is Slowing Down

Rural and outdoor destinations were banking on the brand awareness they built during the years that major urban destinations were out of the competition. But return-to-normal may be eroding the visitor numbers from the pandemic years as tourists return to more crowded locations. Still, out-of-the-way places are confident travelers will still seek that breath of fresh air.

Pandemic Tourism Boost to Less-Crowded Locations Is Slowing Down

Tourism

Lessons From Ethiopia’s Post-War Tourism Recovery

The civil war is over, but Western government travel warnings are still there. If there's going to be a recovery, tourism authorities need to focus their energy on getting those lifted. That's going to require repeated messaging that the war is over.

Lessons From Ethiopia’s Post-War Tourism Recovery

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U.S. Visa Delays Sees Some Reduction

Global average wait times for U.S. visitor visas dropped below 150 days in January for the first time since 2021, according to the U.S. Travel Association. They still, however, remain higher than 400 days for India, Brazil, Mexico and top inbound visa-requiring markets (excluding China). In 2022, aspiring tourists from the top ten inbound countries…

Tourism

Tourism Agencies Use Mobile Data to Track Travelers Crashing With Friends and Relatives

Limitations on understanding the travelers visiting friends and relatives segment have been eroding, but they are still there when it comes to the imaginations of destination marketers. Tourism agencies should try to push the envelope.

Tourism Agencies Use Mobile Data to Track Travelers Crashing With Friends and Relatives

Tourism

The Death of Twitter in Destination Marketing

Though useless for driving visitation, Twitter still serves a purpose as a tool to help tourism agencies support conference and community engagement.

The Death of Twitter in Destination Marketing