Destinations

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

Saudi Arabia Aims to Make Red Sea Beaches a Tourism Hotspot

Saudi Arabia Aims to Make Red Sea Beaches a Tourism Hotspot

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

The long-discussed first phase of the Red Sea project, with 14 hotels and an airport, is due in 2022. We'll believe it's not a mirage when we see it.

1 day ago

Wow Air’s Shutdown Prompts Recession Fears in Iceland

Wow Air’s Shutdown Prompts Recession Fears in Iceland

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

Iceland's tourism growth had seemed unstoppable. But as Skift has said for years, every geopolitical upheaval today can be traced back to the travel sector in some way. Policy planners need to adequately account for it.

1 day ago

Netherlands Will Continue Tourism Promotion Despite Media Reports

Netherlands Will Continue Tourism Promotion Despite Media Reports

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Forget the flashy headlines; destinations need time to respond effectively to overtourism with the cultural fabric of popular locations at stake. The intelligent move is to thoughtfully adjust policies to limit the negative impact of tourism.

4 days ago

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New eBook: The Complete Guide to User-Generated Content for Travel & Tourism Brands

New eBook: The Complete Guide to User-Generated Content for Travel & Tourism Brands

CrowdRiff + Skift

There’s a ton of useful imagery and videos out there created by travelers that brands can use in their own marketing strategies. But incorporating user generated content needs to be done correctly to be successful.

2 months ago

Cape Town Hopes Muslim Travelers Can Stave Off Winter Woes

Cape Town Hopes Muslim Travelers Can Stave Off Winter Woes

Richard Holmes, Skift

Touting the city’s attractiveness for Muslim travelers — particularly in markets that are already strong drivers of tourism — is a savvy move by tourism authorities and operators in Cape Town.

4 days ago

Mozambique Tourism Looks Beyond Cyclone Kenneth and 4 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Mozambique Tourism Looks Beyond Cyclone Kenneth and 4 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in tourism, growth in luxury travelers to Mozambique is under threat, Booking launches a pilot allowing users to reserve experiences only, and some new travel clubs aim to foster a sense of community.

4 days ago

Battered Mozambique Tourism Looks Beyond Cyclone Devastation

Battered Mozambique Tourism Looks Beyond Cyclone Devastation

Richard Holmes, Skift

There’s some hard work ahead to correct public perceptions, but luxury tourism in northern Mozambique should be able to weather the fallout from Cyclone Kenneth. And the local economy needs it now, more than ever.

1 week ago

Europe’s Tourism Boom Is Slowing Down

Europe’s Tourism Boom Is Slowing Down

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Europe's pace of growth looks like it will take a step back this year. Hopefully this will coincide with a continent-wide reassessment of how it can better manage tourism.

2 weeks ago

Norwegian Cruise Line Sees No Danger and 2 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Norwegian Cruise Line Sees No Danger and 2 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in tourism, Norwegian Cruise Line has an impressive start to the year, and a new report points to some worrying U.S. travel numbers. Plus, the CEO of one of the world's largest private travel companies shares his roadmap to curb the abundance of single-use plastics.

2 weeks ago

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

WeChat Mini Program Launches at World’s Tallest Building in Dubai

Richard Whiddington, Jing Travel

As Chinese outbound travel continues to rise, this high-spending segment is increasingly appealing to destinations worldwide. Deploying WeChat, China's No. 1 superapp, may be key for travel brands and destinations looking to unlock this market.

2 weeks ago

International Inbound U.S. Travel Growth Stuck in Slump

International Inbound U.S. Travel Growth Stuck in Slump

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Beyond a slump for travel, it appears that experts expect a global economic cooldown to happen in coming years. People will always need to travel, but stagnant growth will present a problem for the industry in North America.

2 weeks ago

Skift Forum Asia: The Travel Corporation Maps Plan to Sustainability

Skift Forum Asia: The Travel Corporation Maps Plan to Sustainability

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

There's a long road ahead to achieving environmental sustainability in the travel industry. It involves a lot of effort from companies, but travelers and governments have to get on board too.

2 weeks ago