Destinations

The latest tourism and destination news for cities, regional, state, and national tourism boards and experts.

How Luxury Travel Can Build Community and Awareness in Africa

How Luxury Travel Can Build Community and Awareness in Africa

Colin Nagy, Skift

Connecting luxury travelers to the local community and fostering a better understanding of a destination is hard to do well. Here are two examples that the industry can draw inspiration from.

7 hours ago

Bali Hit Hard by Chinese Travel Ban Amid Concerns Indonesia Can’t Treat Coronavirus

Bali Hit Hard by Chinese Travel Ban Amid Concerns Indonesia Can’t Treat Coronavirus

Krithika Varagur, The Guardian

While the opinions on how coronavirus has affected Indonesia — which has reported zero cases — are mixed, one thing is certain: It's having serious ripple effects on tourism during Bali's low season.

11 hours ago

Tourist-Hungry Oklahoma Just Rebranded: Did It Get It Wrong?

Tourist-Hungry Oklahoma Just Rebranded: Did It Get It Wrong?

Robert Reid, Skift

Oklahoma’s new Imagine That slogan is vulnerable to parody, while its smart-looking logo lacks the lasting impact of a Nike swoosh or a Texas Longhorn decal.

15 hours ago

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How Houston Embraced Augmented Reality to Enhance the Visitor Experience

How Houston Embraced Augmented Reality to Enhance the Visitor Experience

Houston First Corporation + Skift

Technology plays an important role in helping tourism companies market local attractions and businesses more effectively. As smartphone functionality expands, Visit Houston is proving that augmented reality tools can have a real impact on visitor experience.

2 days ago

Myanmar Tourism Gets a Second Chance: Is It Ready for It?

Myanmar Tourism Gets a Second Chance: Is It Ready for It?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Ethical tourism made Myanmar a lost tourism frontier in Southeast Asia. But people are forgetting the genocide, giving the destination another crack.

23 hours ago

It’s Game On Again in Macau as Casinos Reopen After Coronavirus Suspension

It’s Game On Again in Macau as Casinos Reopen After Coronavirus Suspension

Farah Master and Aleksander Solum, Reuters

With many livelihoods and millions in revenue at stake, gaming-dependent Macau can't afford to keep its casinos closed for too long. A progression of reopening casinos is probably the best the city can do now to restore normalcy.

1 day ago

Palestinian Art Center Shines Light to Revive West Bank Tourism

Palestinian Art Center Shines Light to Revive West Bank Tourism

Reem Abdellatif, Skift

Tucked away in the lively city of Jenin in the West Bank, the Jenin Creative Cultural Center prides itself on offering the perfect blend of local art and culture to welcome visitors. But, being at the heart of the never-ending Middle East peace process, the center has faced difficulties in changing perceptions to attract tourists in a region rife with unrest.

2 days ago

Tourism and Aviation Get Extra Help in Singapore’s $4.5 Billion Coronavirus Support Package

Tourism and Aviation Get Extra Help in Singapore’s $4.5 Billion Coronavirus Support Package

John Geddie and Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters

The latest stimulus packages unveiled are a strong signal from the Singapore government that it empathizes with the plight of the hard-hit tourism and aviation sectors amid the coronavirus crisis. After all, many livelihoods and the survival of businesses are at stake.

2 days ago

What 2019 Taught Us About the U.S. Airline Industry

What 2019 Taught Us About the U.S. Airline Industry

Jay Shabat, Skift

No other country or region has an airline industry as strong as that of the U.S. What's the secret? Have U.S. airlines cracked the perennially difficult code to airline profitability, and will it last? Skift Airline Weekly dove deep and zeroed in on trends that explain the U.S. airlines' success.

3 days ago

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Pleads for Easing of Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Pleads for Easing of Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

Colin Packham, Reuters

Blanket Chinese travel bans that countries like Australia have instated due to coronavirus have economic and human rights implications as well as health-related ones. You can expect China to keep pointing to World Health Organization guidance on the matter to minimize the economic fallout.

3 days ago

Sputtering Thai Economy Spells Further Trouble for Virus-Hit Tourism Sector

Sputtering Thai Economy Spells Further Trouble for Virus-Hit Tourism Sector

Kitiphong Thaichareon and Orathai Sriring, Reuters

Even if the sector is often hailed as a bright spot for the economy, the combined blow of a slowdown and the coronavirus will surely knock the winds out of Thailand tourism this year.

3 days ago

Group Tours Banned From Amsterdam Red-Light District Windows

Group Tours Banned From Amsterdam Red-Light District Windows

Associated Press

Amsterdam has banned guided tours from approaching red-light district windows to better protect sex workers from mobs of leering tourists. It's a common sense restriction that still allows groups to explore the area.

5 days ago