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

U.S. Forecasts Visitor Growth Through 2024 Despite Current Slump

U.S. Forecasts Visitor Growth Through 2024 Despite Current Slump

Rosie Spinks, Skift

It's been a rough year for U.S. travel, with international arrivals down. While an increase in visitors may be on the horizon for 2020, it's not entirely clear why.

16 hours ago

Brexit’s Toll on UK Travel, a 5-Year Projection: New Skift Research

Brexit’s Toll on UK Travel, a 5-Year Projection: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

The United Kingdom hasn’t left the European Union just yet, but the impact of the Brexit vote is already being felt by the travel industry. Things will likely get worse when the UK actually leaves.

19 hours ago

Colorado Resorts Get a Head Start on Ski Season After Storm

Colorado Resorts Get a Head Start on Ski Season After Storm

Millie Munshi, Bloomberg

It's time to head to the slopes. Colorado resorts are enjoying an extended ski season in 2019.

4 days ago

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Destination Storytelling 2020: A Guide to Telling Great Stories

Destination Storytelling 2020: A Guide to Telling Great Stories

Brand USA + Skift

We surveyed the industry to uncover the most successful storytelling strategies, and how destination marketing organizations are positioning themselves in 2020. Here’s what we learned.

1 week ago

Third-Party Excursions Popular With Cruisers and 14 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Third-Party Excursions Popular With Cruisers and 14 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in tourism, cruise lines are feeling the heat as third-party company tours become more of a hit with passengers and travel advisors. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's new tourism frontier is put to the test as the kingdom loosens restrictions in a bid to bring in more non-Muslim visitors.

4 days ago

Beijing Daxing Airport Is a Giant Showcase for Public Art

Beijing Daxing Airport Is a Giant Showcase for Public Art

Richard Whiddington, Jing Travel

Who needs the museum? Visitors are flocking to Beijing's new airport, a gigantic wonderland filled with Chinese art both contemporary and traditional. Like Singapore Changi Airport, it has instantly become a destination in and of itself.

5 days ago

Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Since Saudi Arabia introduced a new tourist visa on Sept. 28, the focus has been on what it means for non-Muslim leisure travelers. But the new visa holds a bigger significance for the huge Muslim travel market in Asia and elsewhere.

5 days ago

A Post-Brexit Labor Market Will Severely Hurt UK Tourism’s Ability to Recruit

A Post-Brexit Labor Market Will Severely Hurt UK Tourism’s Ability to Recruit

Rosie Spinks, Skift

What will happen with Brexit is still anyone's guess. But the end of the "freedom of movement" — which is the most likely outcome in the event of any Brexit deal or no deal — will present existential hiring challenges for the tourism sector's labor force.

6 days ago

Venice Sets Rollout Date for Its New Tourist Day-Tripper Tax

Venice Sets Rollout Date for Its New Tourist Day-Tripper Tax

Associated Press

Venice's tourist day-tripper tax finally has a roll out date. It will target the kind of in-and-out visitors who don't stay in hotels, such as those coming off of cruise ships.

6 days ago

Sojern Steps Up Asia Presence as Travel Marketers Boost Digital Spending

Sojern Steps Up Asia Presence as Travel Marketers Boost Digital Spending

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Asia-Pacific advertisers spend more than half of their budgets on digital marketing, the highest compared to other regions, according to a Sojern survey. It’s why the company is pouring more resources into Asia.

6 days ago

Hong Kong’s Imperiled Travel Industry Grows Increasingly Desperate With New Plea

Hong Kong’s Imperiled Travel Industry Grows Increasingly Desperate With New Plea

Rosie Spinks, Skift

There are no signs of things getting better for the embattled travel industry in Hong Kong, as a recent plea from the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong indicates.

7 days ago

Tourists to Return as India Claims to Loosen Grip on Kashmir

Tourists to Return as India Claims to Loosen Grip on Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press

While India claims tourists will soon be welcome to return to Kashmir, the country's crackdown on locals will continue. Mobile phones still won't work, highlighting just how severe the Indian government's tactics have been in its attempt to put down an uprising in the region.

1 week ago