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

AirAsia Founder Sees Hong Kong Impact Spreading to Shenzhen and Macau

AirAsia Founder Sees Hong Kong Impact Spreading to Shenzhen and Macau

Yantoultra Ngu, Bloomberg

AirAsia admits demand for flights to Macau and Shenzhen is down, but plays down the impact of Federal Aviation Administration's ban on Malaysian carriers from adding new U.S. routes. That's a setback for AirAsia X that was planning flights to the U.S. West Coast.

16 hours ago

Barcelona Is Great, But Might it Be Even Better Traveling Alone?

Barcelona Is Great, But Might it Be Even Better Traveling Alone?

Courtney Bonnell, Associated Press

Solo travel is on the rise — and for good reason. Traveling to a city like Barcelona alone is not only possible, it's perhaps even more engaging alone than with a group. Here is one traveler's tips.

2 days ago

Thailand’s Visitor Decline and 12 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Thailand’s Visitor Decline and 12 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in tourism, Thailand faces a reckoning as high-spending European inbound travelers drop off. Meanwhile, we take a look at just how much clout travel advisors have in shaping responsible travel.

2 days ago

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The Future of Food Tourism in Thailand

The Future of Food Tourism in Thailand

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau + Skift

Food tourism has taken over the world, and few destinations are as primed to capitalize on the trend as Thailand. Tour operators, hotels, and others in the travel sector are rapidly enhancing the ways in which visitors experience the country’s culinary offerings — and meeting planners are taking note.

3 days ago

What Happens to Washington D.C. Tourism During an Election Year?

What Happens to Washington D.C. Tourism During an Election Year?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

All eyes will be on the American presidential campaign come 2020, but despite all the attention on the nation's capital, the effect that an election year has on tourism in Washington D.C. isn't so straightforward.

4 days ago

A Drop in European Visitors to Thailand Is a Wake-Up Call

A Drop in European Visitors to Thailand Is a Wake-Up Call

Raini Hamdi, Skift

While it focuses on arresting a drop in Chinese arrivals, Thailand should spend equal or more time assessing why European arrivals are declining. It's the higher spending market. The reasons are different, and it's time for Thailand to look internally rather than blame external factors like Brexit, baht, and a trade war for Europe's shrinkage.

4 days ago

Asia’s Airlines Cancel Annual Event in Hong Kong Due to Unrest

Asia’s Airlines Cancel Annual Event in Hong Kong Due to Unrest

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

This is a pity. Asia's biggest hotel meet, the Hotel Investment Conference Asia-Pacific, gritted its teeth and went ahead last month. Even a meeting at the airport or a venue close to the airport is better than canceling.

5 days ago

Popular Thai Beaches Pricier Than European Resorts: It’s Not Just About the Higher Baht

Popular Thai Beaches Pricier Than European Resorts: It’s Not Just About the Higher Baht

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It’s easy to blame the baht as the butt of the problem for a decline in European arrivals to Thailand. The issues, however, are wider and deeper than just currency appreciation.

5 days ago

Germany and the UK Are Trouble Spots in Europe’s Tourism Outlook

Germany and the UK Are Trouble Spots in Europe’s Tourism Outlook

Rosie Spinks, Skift

European tourism may, broadly speaking, be in growth mode. But there is still plenty of cause for guarded optimism, particularly when it comes to Germany and the UK.

5 days ago

Federal Judge Limits U.S. Border Patrol’s Power to Search Travelers’ Devices

Federal Judge Limits U.S. Border Patrol’s Power to Search Travelers’ Devices

Erik Larson, Bloomberg

The expanded power of U.S. border control under Donald Trump has concerned privacy activists as well as tourism officials, who worry about the policies deterring visitors. A recent judge's ruling is will come as good news to both of those groups.

6 days ago

Venice Mayor Blames Climate Change for Record High Tide and Flooding

Venice Mayor Blames Climate Change for Record High Tide and Flooding

Max Zimmerman and Melissa Cheok, Skift

Venice has become something of a modern case study containing all the issues that threaten tourism. Cimate change is chief among those, as current flooding shows.

6 days ago

Brazil Wants to Double Its Visitors by 2022 But at What Cost?

Brazil Wants to Double Its Visitors by 2022 But at What Cost?

Kristin Majcher, Skift

Brazil is aiming to double its visitors by 2022 and change its image to shift the focus onto its natural resources. There are concerns, however, about whether the plan is sustainable.

6 days ago