Articles by Hannah Sampson

Norwegian Cruise CEO Is Getting Bigger Spenders On Board

Norwegian Cruise CEO Is Getting Bigger Spenders On Board

Hannah Sampson, Skift

The cruise industry has long boasted of its value compared to land vacations. But Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is notably not emphasizing low prices. It is instead working to get passengers to spend more on tickets, shore excursions, and onboard extras.

2 days ago

Hong Kong Disney Is Losing Chinese Tourists as Macau Surges

Hong Kong Disney Is Losing Chinese Tourists as Macau Surges

Daniela Wei , Bloomberg

Hong Kong Disneyland is facing greater competition both from Macau, which is improving its family offerings, and from Shanghai Disney Resort. Disney and the Hong Kong government are spending $1.4 billion on an expansion to the theme park, which should attract more visitors.

3 days ago

Six Flags Will Consider Opening More Parks Year-Round

Six Flags Will Consider Opening More Parks Year-Round

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Six Flags had a good year, but a look at the bottom line shows a benefit from tax reform and lower compensation expense. The company is focusing on improving its underlying business, and keeping profitable parks open year-round is likely to help.

4 days ago

Disney’s New Toy Story Land Will Make a Play for Millennial Parents

Disney’s New Toy Story Land Will Make a Play for Millennial Parents

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's Hollywood Studios has been a construction site for years now, which can be off-putting to guests. Some will visit for the new Toy Story-themed land this year, but we expect the biggest crowds to appear in 2019 for the Star Wars expansion.

5 days ago

New York Tourism Hires Former Starwood Exec to Woo Chinese Meetings

New York Tourism Hires Former Starwood Exec to Woo Chinese Meetings

Jing Travel

Visitation from China declined in the first half of 2017, which makes the role of individual destination marketing organizations even more crucial. New York City has a multi-layered approach, which includes targeting convention business.

6 days ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Latin America Will Take Nation Branding to New Extremes

Travel Megatrends 2018: Latin America Will Take Nation Branding to New Extremes

Luke Bujarski , Skift

Latin America’s tourist destinations have excelled at nation branding by creating vibrant and colorful content to entice travelers. In 2018, the region’s tourism offices will get more savvy with their digital marketing efforts as the visitor economy grows in importance.

1 week ago

Dubai Theme Park Sees Business Slump as Tourists Stay Away

Dubai Theme Park Sees Business Slump as Tourists Stay Away

Filipe Pacheco, Bloomberg

Dubai Parks & Resorts had high hopes for its theme park complex last year, but reality turned out to be a disappointment. As losses mount and debt piles up, will the operator be able to turn the business around?

1 week ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Ctrip Branches Out as Rivals Focus on Domestic Growth

Travel Megatrends 2018: Ctrip Branches Out as Rivals Focus on Domestic Growth

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The global travel industry wonders when Chinese companies and investors will play a bigger role. Restrictions on foreign investment are getting tighter. On the other hand, maybe they’re just not that into us.

2 weeks ago

London Museum Turns Chunk of Trash Into Tourist Draw

London Museum Turns Chunk of Trash Into Tourist Draw

Jill Lawless, Associated Press

The Museum of London is counting on a somewhat famous piece of waste to attract visitors — and launching a promotional campaign to make sure of it.

2 weeks ago

Travel Hackers Turn Honeymoon Experience Into Expert Advice

Travel Hackers Turn Honeymoon Experience Into Expert Advice

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Most people don't have a year to spend honeymooning, but it's worth paying attention to advice about seeking less-obvious destinations and lodging options.

2 weeks ago

Trump Travel Ban Led to a Global Entry Program Purge

Trump Travel Ban Led to a Global Entry Program Purge

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

We reported last year that members of "Trusted Traveler" programs were losing their privileges following the travel ban, and new documents add some details. While officials say travelers who were dropped in January of last year have been reinstated, the ban's overall impact on the programs remains unclear.

2 weeks ago

Disneyland Paris Finally Had a Good Year

Disneyland Paris Finally Had a Good Year

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disneyland Paris got a boost from its 25th anniversary activities in 2017; will the momentum continue?

3 weeks ago