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

The Story Behind London’s Sold-Out Literary Pub Tour

The Story Behind London’s Sold-Out Literary Pub Tour

Russell Contreras, Associated Press

Touring companies and professional guides could learn a thing or two from the London Literary Pub Crawl. It's run by a group of passionate writers and actors who pay homage to London's writers of yore — with a pint or two.

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The Rise and Fall of Iceland and 12 Other Tourism Trends This Week

The Rise and Fall of Iceland and 12 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in tourism, don't miss our deep dive on the impressive boom and troublesome bust of Iceland's tourism industry since the 2008 financial crisis. This long read is an essential follow-up on our previous investigation of Iceland's rise three years ago.

1 day ago

Australia Looks to Diversify Beyond Chinese Travelers Under Its New Tourism Boss

Australia Looks to Diversify Beyond Chinese Travelers Under Its New Tourism Boss

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The head of Tourism Australia has the right training, for sure, as Australia seeks to increase foreign arrivals. She was overseeing its international offices, and knows only too well that there is more competition for the global wallet.

2 days ago

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Costa Rica Offers Meeting Attendees a Natural Opportunity for Personal and Professional Development

Costa Rica Offers Meeting Attendees a Natural Opportunity for Personal and Professional Development

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Costa Rica has all of the practical necessities and infrastructure in place that meeting planners need. But it also offers a unique geography and biodiversity that provides attendees with next-level transformational experiences.

5 days ago

Stopping Asian Airports From Becoming Protesters’ Punching Bags

Stopping Asian Airports From Becoming Protesters’ Punching Bags

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Unless they live on another planet, most people now know that airports are the perfect places to hold demonstrations and gain maximum coverage for a cause. It’s a message that airport authorities in Asia must correct, particularly as conflicts will continue to simmer in the region.

3 days ago

What Will Be Done to Stop ‘Occupy Airports’ in Asia?

What Will Be Done to Stop ‘Occupy Airports’ in Asia?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Though largely peaceful, Asia isn't without a string of flash points. Two of its major airports have now been used as protest grounds. Isn't that enough for airport authorities and governments to ensure their national icons aren't ready for the taking?

4 days ago

The Rise and Fall of Iceland’s Tourism Miracle

The Rise and Fall of Iceland’s Tourism Miracle

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Life has changed for Icelanders as the country's tourism industry faces a slump. While many are looking at the change as an opportunity to reassess their business, the widespread decline of tourism across the country presents intractable problems.

5 days ago

Hong Kong Tourism Sees Biggest Drop Since 2003 SARS Crisis

Hong Kong Tourism Sees Biggest Drop Since 2003 SARS Crisis

Bloomberg Staff, Bloomberg

After 15 weeks of protests, we're starting to get a sense of just how much Hong Kong's civil unrest will affect the tourism industry.

6 days ago

Russia Is Relaxing Its Restrictive Visa Regimes for Tourists: Why Now?

Russia Is Relaxing Its Restrictive Visa Regimes for Tourists: Why Now?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Russia wants to be seen as a global power and attract all the foreign investment that comes with that. After years of restrictive visa regimes, it seems to finally be accepting that tourism is a great tool to facilitate that.

7 days ago

Perfect Starry Skies: A New Draw for Travelers to Southern Africa

Perfect Starry Skies: A New Draw for Travelers to Southern Africa

Richard Holmes, Skift

The luxury safari market in southern Africa is a competitive space, and it pays to leverage any unique selling points. Now savvy lodge operators are trading on the darkness of the night skies to encourage bookings.

7 days ago

In-Flight Wellness Now Means Yoga on the Plane

In-Flight Wellness Now Means Yoga on the Plane

Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg

Free diver and conservationist Hanli Prinsloo shares her tricks for packing the most useful clothes you’ll ever wear, taking care of your ears while traveling, and the importance of matching underwear. Most of the travel advice here is sound stuff, but a sarong? Well, that won't be for everyone, even if it's useful.

1 week ago

Eastern Europe Tackles Overtourism and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Eastern Europe Tackles Overtourism and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in tourism, officials in Eastern Europe are examining their western neighbors to avoid the slippery slope that leads to excessive visitation. Then Los Cabos finds a workaround for the closure of Mexico's federal tourism board.

1 week ago