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

String of Crises Puts Asian Hotelier Ovolo’s Brand of Creativity to Test

String of Crises Puts Asian Hotelier Ovolo’s Brand of Creativity to Test

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

There’s no avoiding the blow the coronavirus pandemic is causing the hospitality sector. Creative marketing could be one way to soften the pain for hoteliers while they strategize their business continuity plans amid the crisis.

5 hours ago

Chinese Travelers Vacation Close to Home After Coronavirus Brought Under Control

Chinese Travelers Vacation Close to Home After Coronavirus Brought Under Control

Se Young Lee and Stella Qiu, Reuters

In the longer run, will the prospect of being quarantined upon their return from overseas holidays deter Chinese travelers from venturing abroad?

6 hours ago

Tourism Marketing’s Fight for Survival Offers a Chance for Reinvention

Tourism Marketing’s Fight for Survival Offers a Chance for Reinvention

Rosie Spinks, Skift

There is simply no historical precedent for what the tourism marketing industry is currently going through. Some argue that makes it a perfect time for the industry to reinvent itself.

1 day 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 months ago

Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over Tourism-Reliant Pacific Islands as Powerful Cyclone Batters Region

Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over Tourism-Reliant Pacific Islands as Powerful Cyclone Batters Region

Yasmine Bjornum, Guardian

The coronavirus storm, if it makes landfall on these vulnerable Pacific island nations, could trigger a second wave of hardship for these tourism-oriented economies.

1 day ago

Thailand’s TakeMeTour to Ride Out Crisis Storm Selling Its Tech Expertise to Other Businesses

Thailand’s TakeMeTour to Ride Out Crisis Storm Selling Its Tech Expertise to Other Businesses

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

The surge in adoption of new practices and technologies could be the silver lining for travel firms determined to come out on the other side of the coronavirus crisis.

2 days ago

Grounded Airline Workers Take Up Virus Prevention Service in Singapore

Grounded Airline Workers Take Up Virus Prevention Service in Singapore

Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters

Because why not? In this difficult time, such initiatives would provide a win-win situation for both furloughed aviation workers and the public service sector seeking to close gaps in fighting the coronavirus.

2 days ago

Coronavirus Ends Dreams to Hike Entire 2,200-Mile Appalachian Trail

Coronavirus Ends Dreams to Hike Entire 2,200-Mile Appalachian Trail

Sarah Blake Morgan, Associated Press

Even the remote stretches of the Maine-to-Georgia Appalachian Trail aren't enough to assuage concerns about the pandemic. The trail was closed last week, ending the ambitions of hikers looking to go the distance.

4 days ago

U.S. Travel Ad Spending Plunges 90 Percent in March

U.S. Travel Ad Spending Plunges 90 Percent in March

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Quarantines and lockdowns are driving huge spikes in online traffic, and digital marketing may be more effective than ever when the crisis ends. In the meantime, ad tech companies need to prove their worth by helping suppliers plan how to re-activate their marketing campaigns at the right time — and in the best ways.

6 days ago

Virtual Reality Gives Training Boost to Asia’s Displaced Hotel Workers During Crisis Downtime

Virtual Reality Gives Training Boost to Asia’s Displaced Hotel Workers During Crisis Downtime

Xinyi Liang-Pholsena, Skift

With borders shut and hotels closed during the coronavirus pandemic, this could be the moment for remote training — and virtual reality’s role — in hospitality to shine and take off.

6 days ago

AirAsia Seeks Government Loan to Ride Out Coronavirus Storm

AirAsia Seeks Government Loan to Ride Out Coronavirus Storm

Liz Lee, Reuters

There’s no end to troubles for AirAsia Group. With Tony Fernandes finally back in the CEO saddle after being cleared of bribery charges, the airline now has to fight a much tougher pandemic battle.

6 days ago

China’s Domestic Aviation on the Rebound But Recovery Still Slow

China’s Domestic Aviation on the Rebound But Recovery Still Slow

Stella Qiu and Jamie Freed, Reuters

With China’s domestic aviation still not showing the swift rebound as the coronavirus crisis subsides in the country, the route to recovery for global carriers will probably be harder than expected.

1 week ago