Destinations

Kingdom’s Retail Queen Lays Out Thai Tourism Truths That Others Only Whisper

Kingdom’s Retail Queen Lays Out Thai Tourism Truths That Others Only Whisper

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It takes a retail personality to air the dirty laundry of Thai tourism. No one will be offended; it’s all an open secret. Supaluck Umpujh, at least, is doing something about it, partnering with AEG to make Thailand a regional entertainment hub.

19 hours ago

Global Tourism Growth Slowed in 2018 But Arrivals Still Hit 1.4 Billion

Global Tourism Growth Slowed in 2018 But Arrivals Still Hit 1.4 Billion

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Travelers are still exploring the world, but growth has cooled slightly. Will 2019 bring a further slowdown, or will the appetite for international travel keep surprising experts?

1 day ago

Lots of Hotel Vacancies and Huge Cancellation Fees in Davos After U.S. Opts Out

Lots of Hotel Vacancies and Huge Cancellation Fees in Davos After U.S. Opts Out

Albertina Torsoli, Bloomberg

The U.S. government would face around $335,000 in hotel cancellation fees for not showing up in Davos, according to a published report. That means there are plenty of rooms still available for last-minute bookers.

3 days ago

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Midsize Cities Embrace Transformative Placemaking

Midsize Cities Embrace Transformative Placemaking

Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau + Skift

Midsize cities are smart to focus on transformative placemaking projects that will not only allow them to bridge together different economic strata and cultural communities, but become in-demand destinations for travel, events, meetings, and conferences.

18 hours ago

Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

Abhishek Vishnoi, Bloomberg

Tourism revenue accounts for a vast majority of Bali's income, but the crowds take a toll on its resources and infrastructure. Now the provincial government will charge a toll of its own: a $10 tax on foreign visitors to help defray the impact.

4 days ago

Trump’s War on Foreign Visas Leads to Less Student Travel to U.S.

Trump’s War on Foreign Visas Leads to Less Student Travel to U.S.

Nick Leiber, Bloomberg

Fewer international college students are heading to the U.S. for their studies. This means a reduction in travel and all of the economic benefits that cities see from robust foreign visitation.

5 days ago

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Bangkok needs more than rainmakers to be treated seriously as the world’s top city destination, and to be a strong contender for medical tourists. Here’s what's choking the city and why it’s unhealthy for tourism.

6 days ago

The UK’s Brexit Tourism Bounce Is Likely to Flatten

The UK’s Brexit Tourism Bounce Is Likely to Flatten

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A weak pound made the UK more attractive to tourists, but a chaotic Brexit threatens the country's hospitality industry.

6 days ago

Will Saudi Arabia’s Planned Futuristic City Have a Future?

Will Saudi Arabia’s Planned Futuristic City Have a Future?

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Neom Bay would be seen by some as a feather in the cap of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who's accused of ordering the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Not to worry: Saudi Arabia's track record in completing mega developments like this is spotty, at best.

6 days ago

Will the Nairobi Attacks Dent Kenya’s Tourism Boom?

Will the Nairobi Attacks Dent Kenya’s Tourism Boom?

Richard Holmes, Skift

After this week’s terror attacks in a Nairobi hotel complex, a question mark hangs over the continued growth of Kenya’s lucrative tourism industry. But tourists have been here before, and as long as there are no follow-up attacks, mass cancellations seem unlikely.

7 days ago

Why Iceland’s Tourism Boom May Finally Be Over

Why Iceland’s Tourism Boom May Finally Be Over

Isaac Carey, Skift

Tourism grew to one-third of Iceland's economy in 2015, boosting the country's dependency on the sector. But things are likely changing, and it's unclear what comes next.

1 week ago

Philippines Mulls Limiting Cruises to Boracay as Overtourism Worries Mount

Philippines Mulls Limiting Cruises to Boracay as Overtourism Worries Mount

Maria Stella F. Arnaldo, Skift

The Philippines wants cruise dollars. But Boracay, which has reopened after some rehabilitation, does not. The island is a key cruise stop but can carry only so much. Tourism authorities and cruise lines should work out the sums.

1 week ago