Destinations

Evolution of Mexico Vacations and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Evolution of Mexico Vacations and 7 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

In tourism news this past week, we looked at how the traditional American vacation to Mexico is changing because of recent tumult, and how Brand USA is using the NFL's London Games to woo visitors back to the U.S.

10 hours ago

3 Things That Could Hinder Chinese Outbound Travel Growth

3 Things That Could Hinder Chinese Outbound Travel Growth

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

Like anyone else, Chinese travelers will cut back on trips or spending if financial conditions demand it. But the moment conditions loosen up, then watch out.

11 hours ago

Thailand Reaches Out to Chinese Couples Free From the One-Child Policy

Thailand Reaches Out to Chinese Couples Free From the One-Child Policy

Michelle Jamrisko, Bloomberg

Wei Siang Yu, also known as Dr. Love of TV notoriety, and other providers in Thailand, are tapping into the existing medical tourism market, and hope they can spark incremental business now that China has abandoned its one-child policy. If there is a buck or a few yuan to be made, never doubt the readiness of businesses to exploit the opportunities.

2 days ago

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Meeting Planners Should Rethink Fort Worth as a Network of Creative Neighborhoods

Meeting Planners Should Rethink Fort Worth as a Network of Creative Neighborhoods

Visit Fort Worth + Skift

Everyone wants to have a "local" experience, and meeting and event attendees are no exception. Planners should look no further than Fort Worth for a destination that goes beyond the convention center.

1 week ago

Tourists May Soon Get to Walk Across North And South Korean Border

Tourists May Soon Get to Walk Across North And South Korean Border

Jihye Lee, Bloomberg

This would be one of the most significant steps that both North and South Korea have taken to open up tourism. But allowing border crossings is anything but a done deal at this point given the rocky relations between both countries.

4 days ago

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013

Jeff Sutherland, Bloomberg

With the Japanese government determined to rapidly grow tourism ahead of the fast-approaching 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we can be sure officials are doing what they can to make sure visitor numbers don't continue to tumble.

4 days ago

Disney Is Spending $20 Million to Keep Florida Gambling in Check

Disney Is Spending $20 Million to Keep Florida Gambling in Check

Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

Gambling companies have long wanted to expand in Florida. Disney, a major force in the state's economy, has been opposed. In the battle of the ballot measure this November, our money is on the mouse.

4 days ago

Egypt Pleads With Russia to Resume Red Sea Resort Flights

Egypt Pleads With Russia to Resume Red Sea Resort Flights

Associated Press

Egypt and Russia both have the motivation to restart Red Sea resort flights. Egypt has to convince Russia that its airport security upgrades have expanded beyond Cairo to popular resort destinations.

5 days ago

Parks Operator Merlin Starts to See Recovery in London Market

Parks Operator Merlin Starts to See Recovery in London Market

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It looks like things are starting to turn around for Merlin in its key London market. We'll have to wait until its annual results later this year for the full picture.

6 days ago

Montana Benefited From $3.2 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2017

Montana Benefited From $3.2 Billion in Visitor Spending in 2017

Associated Press

Some backstory: Montana has benefited from $580 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which improves access to fishing, hunting, and hiking sites across the state. But the Trump Administration's 2019 federal budget has proposed slashing that to less than $8 million, which might crimp Montana's recent, tourism-based economic growth.

7 days ago

Australia Still Split on How to Save the Great Barrier Reef

Australia Still Split on How to Save the Great Barrier Reef

Spenser Mestel, Bloomberg

Australia's unwillingness to accept what is happening to the Great Barrier Reef is tied up with its tourism industry. Officials are worried that highlighting the problem will scare off visitors. But burying your head in the sand isn't a coherent long-term strategy.

7 days ago

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

The Resilience of the American Vacation in Mexico

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

The relationship between American tourists and Mexico is nearly a century old and has weathered ups and downs. Today's drug-related violence, mounting border tension, and political rhetoric won't stop these trips, but are clearly disrupting them.

7 days ago