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Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism

Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism

Rosie Spinks , Skift

Tourism pledges are commonly thought of as a way to improve visitor behavior. But done right, they can also potentially help attract a desirable kind of traveler: one who cares about the environment as much as locals.

16 hours ago

Why Corporate Travel Management in Asia Is Looking Sexy

Why Corporate Travel Management in Asia Is Looking Sexy

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Hello, modern world of corporate travel and expense management, where words such as “compliance” are unfriendly and strange. Hello as well to Western investors — such as Silicon Valley's Accel — that are starting to find the Asian market irresistible.

18 hours ago

UK Government to Probe Environmental Cost of Tourism

UK Government to Probe Environmental Cost of Tourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The UK's tourism industry is robust and vitally important to its economy — which is why it's even more important that the government take a look at its environmental impact.

1 day ago

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After President Donald Trump Put Them on the Map, Guam Looks to Capitalize on Tourism Growth

After President Donald Trump Put Them on the Map, Guam Looks to Capitalize on Tourism Growth

Guam Visitors Bureau + Skift

When it comes to generating headlines, President Donald Trump is an expert. The challenge for destination marketers is how to best harness the tweeter-in-chief’s invective to build brand awareness and drive bookings. That’s a tricky task in today’s fast-moving global news cycle.

1 month ago

Protests Against Puerto Rico’s Governor Put Rebounding Tourism Industry to the Test

Protests Against Puerto Rico’s Governor Put Rebounding Tourism Industry to the Test

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Puerto Rico's tourism industry is back on track just shy of two years after Hurricane Maria, but the kind of civil unrest happening in San Juan this week is never great for tourism.

2 days ago

Mexico Beach Tourism Battles Against Smelly Seaweed

Mexico Beach Tourism Battles Against Smelly Seaweed

Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

Mexico's recently elected president Andrés Manuel López Obrador needs to take more serious action to combat the massive stinky piles of sargassum, a type of seaweed, arriving in coastal towns like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum. Otherwise the damage to the area's tourism reputation and ecosystem may linger for years.

4 days ago

Data-Mining in Disney’s Parks Is Both Profitable … and Uncontroversial

Data-Mining in Disney’s Parks Is Both Profitable … and Uncontroversial

Austin Carr, Bloomberg

It's no secret that collecting data about your customers is a great way to enhance a business. The challenge for most companies is convincing consumers to hand it over. Disney, however, has no such issue.

4 days ago

Alaska Sees Exponential Growth in Chinese Tourists

Alaska Sees Exponential Growth in Chinese Tourists

Associated Press

Explosive growth in Chinese tourists has been great for Alaska's tourism industry, but let's hope officials keep in mind the risks posed when wild landscapes become wildly popular.

4 days ago

Crowds Lighter Than Expected at Disney’s Star Wars Parks: Will New Rides Change That?

Crowds Lighter Than Expected at Disney’s Star Wars Parks: Will New Rides Change That?

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Lines for attractions have been lighter than expected at Disney's Galaxy's Edge parks, according to observers. The opening of two new Star Wars rides within the lands should drum up visitors, but the jury's out on whether the sci-fi franchise will give Disney the boost it needs.

5 days ago

UNESCO’s Failure With Venice and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

UNESCO’s Failure With Venice and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in tourism, we explore why UNESCO kept Venice off its list of cities in danger and look at the challenges facing the U.S. as a destination. Plus, we've compiled a comprehensive guide to the most exciting players in travel.

5 days ago

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Most countries are still prejudiced against the Indian passport. That's a shame. Indian travelers are a legitimate, growing source for the global tourism industry. Thailand understands that; Australia not yet. Maybe it'll take a cricket match to change that.

1 week ago

The Balkans Is a Bright Spot in Europe’s Modest Tourism Growth

The Balkans Is a Bright Spot in Europe’s Modest Tourism Growth

Rosie Spinks, Skift

It's not all bad news for European tourist arrivals, but it could be better. However, look to the Balkans for some robust growth fueled by arrivals from China and Russia.

1 week ago