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

Love Is Not Tourism, Indeed: Germany to Allow Unmarried Couples to Reunite Starting Monday

Love Is Not Tourism, Indeed: Germany to Allow Unmarried Couples to Reunite Starting Monday

Maria Sheahan, Reuters

Love conquers all — at least with German travel bans.

1 day ago

Singapore Deploys Drones to Monitor Social Distancing: Will Other Tourist Destinations Follow?

Singapore Deploys Drones to Monitor Social Distancing: Will Other Tourist Destinations Follow?

Tova Cohen and John Geddie, Reuters

Drones have been both a bane and a gift to the travel industry. A problem for airports and airlines, for sure, but a treasure to travel marketers filming from above. This looks like another way in which they will be applauded by tourism officials.

2 days ago

U.S. Drops Global Travel Warning for Americans, Sending Airline Stocks Soaring

U.S. Drops Global Travel Warning for Americans, Sending Airline Stocks Soaring

Doina Chiacu and David Shepardson, Reuters

The U.S. may have lifted a blanket global travel advisory against visiting foreign countries. But that doesn't mean countries around the world are ready to welcome American travelers back while coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S.

4 days 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.

6 months ago

Thailand’s 60th Tourism Anniversary Turns to Nightmare as Longstanding Travel Agencies Start Closing

Thailand’s 60th Tourism Anniversary Turns to Nightmare as Longstanding Travel Agencies Start Closing

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Five months without revenue would challenge even the best operations. As travel agencies start closing down in Thailand, calls for clarity on reopening become more desperate.

5 days ago

Traveler Confidence in Public Health Officials Plummets

Traveler Confidence in Public Health Officials Plummets

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Travel companies in the U.S. are up against a vexing foe: declining trust in public health bodies.

5 days ago

Struggling Tourist Destinations Pitch Themselves to New Digital Nomads as Remote Work Locales

Struggling Tourist Destinations Pitch Themselves to New Digital Nomads as Remote Work Locales

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The pandemic may accelerate the existing trend of digital nomads in an unexpected way — and some destinations are taking notice at a time when leisure travel is decimated.

6 days ago

Tourism and Aviation Among the Sectors Giving Insurers the Most Concern in the Pandemic

Tourism and Aviation Among the Sectors Giving Insurers the Most Concern in the Pandemic

Korey Matthews, Skift

Aviation and tourism are two of the leading areas of concerns for insurers, according to a recent survey. It's the latest bit of troubling news for the travel industry.

6 days ago

Majority of Brits, Germans and French Would Skip Holidays if Masks and Testing Required: New Survey

Majority of Brits, Germans and French Would Skip Holidays if Masks and Testing Required: New Survey

Victoria Waldersee, Reuters

Travel is just too much of a hassle, it seems. So many Europeans are asking: Why bother? Not what airlines, hotels, and destinations want to hear right now.

1 week ago

China Tourism Leans on Cross-Province Group Tours as Bellwether of Recovery

China Tourism Leans on Cross-Province Group Tours as Bellwether of Recovery

Raini Hamdi, Skift

China has allowed cross-province group tours to resume, with conditions. Sold in a flash is an understatement. But will all go well? This will be the test towards full recovery of its travel market.

1 week ago

The Hotel as Cultural Diplomacy: More Important Than Ever Going Forward

The Hotel as Cultural Diplomacy: More Important Than Ever Going Forward

Colin Nagy, Skift

Cultural diplomacy is often found in museums and cultural initiatives. It is seldom found in hotels. The Royal Mansour in Marrakech was a statement of intent from the king to show the best of the country's craft and service. The result is impactful, especially in these times — perhaps more so than other means of country branding.

1 week ago

A 33 Percent Drop in U.S. GDP and the Ominous Signs for Travel’s Recovery

A 33 Percent Drop in U.S. GDP and the Ominous Signs for Travel’s Recovery

Korey Matthews, Skift

The U.S. economy showed a record rate of contraction in the second quarter, and a closer look revealed some troubling signs for travel.

1 week ago