Destinations

Brexit Threatens Ireland’s Travel Industry and 4 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Brexit Threatens Ireland’s Travel Industry and 4 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in tourism, take a deep dive into Ireland’s past as it confronts an uncertain future as a destination post-Brexit. Plus, Mexico’s new tourism strategy leaves many worried and a city in Southern California gets walloped by visitors attracted by wildflowers.

17 hours ago

China Extends May Day Holiday to Stimulate Spending

China Extends May Day Holiday to Stimulate Spending

Bloomberg News

China’s move to lengthen this year’s May Day holiday could give a boost to travel and dining out. But it all depends: If confidence in the economy is low, people still might just stay at home and watch a soap opera.

2 days ago

How a ‘Poppy Apocalypse’ Could Turn Into Tourism Gold for a Small California City

How a ‘Poppy Apocalypse’ Could Turn Into Tourism Gold for a Small California City

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Lake Elsinore, California wanted tourists — but not the kind that gridlocked its streets and trampled its mountainsides. The city is trying to learn from intense short-term overtourism to prepare for a more manageable future.

2 days ago

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How Japan’s Setouchi Region is Reinventing Its Tourism Sector from the Ground Up

How Japan’s Setouchi Region is Reinventing Its Tourism Sector from the Ground Up

Japan National Tourism Organization + Skift

Japan’s Setouchi Region was once a relatively unknown corner of the country, left off the itineraries of most travelers. But that’s changing quickly, thanks to high profile attractions like Naoshima Island. How will Setouchi’s tourism stakeholders find the right strategy to help it sustain and grow this tourism success story?

2 days ago

Election in Indian Ocean Archipelago Comoros Spurs Talk of New Tourism Investments

Election in Indian Ocean Archipelago Comoros Spurs Talk of New Tourism Investments

Faiza Soule Youssouf and Kamlesh Bhuckory, Bloomberg

AccorHotels and Club Med declined to comment about whether the outcome of the presidential election in Comoros would dictate their investment decisions in this archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Comoros is beautiful, but too unstable and small for the typical Western brands.

5 days ago

Ireland’s Tourism Success Is Under Threat by Brexit: A Skift Deep Dive

Ireland’s Tourism Success Is Under Threat by Brexit: A Skift Deep Dive

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Whatever happens over the next few weeks, months, and years, Brexit has brought back some unpleasant memories and risks damaging the very united tourism that the north and the south in Ireland have worked so hard to build.

5 days ago

Space Tourism Could Be Big for Travel Industry

Space Tourism Could Be Big for Travel Industry

Sam Unsted, Bloomberg

For this to happen, the cost of space travel will have to fall enough that more than just the ultra-wealthy can afford it.

6 days ago

Mexico’s Mystifying Tourism Move Leaves Competitors Ready to Pounce

Mexico’s Mystifying Tourism Move Leaves Competitors Ready to Pounce

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Mexico's new government has priorities for tourism, but that doesn't include a tourist board. Will other destinations seize the opportunity?

6 days ago

Skiers Are Venturing Beyond Crowded Paths in Search of Prime Powder

Skiers Are Venturing Beyond Crowded Paths in Search of Prime Powder

Dylan Griffiths and Boris Groendahl, Bloomberg

Overtourism is as much of an issue on ski slopes as it is in Venice, Amsterdam, and Dubrovnik. Advances in design and safety equipment are making it possible for skiers to flee the crowds for less-packed snow.

7 days ago

Universal’s Harry Potter Ride and 4 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Universal’s Harry Potter Ride and 4 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in tourism, Universal reveals the details of its newest Harry Potter attraction, while Brexit anxiety continues to permeate the travel industry. Plus, don't miss our deep dive into the importance of the Amazon's cacay nut.

1 week ago

Travel Plunges Deeper Into Uncertainty as UK Still Without Brexit Plan

Travel Plunges Deeper Into Uncertainty as UK Still Without Brexit Plan

Patrick Whyte, Skift

"Nothing has changed" has become a familiar phrase used in UK politics over the past couple of years. The country is sleepwalking towards a major crisis and nobody has any idea how to solve it.

1 week ago

Thailand Tourism Gets a LGBTQ-Friendly Boost

Thailand Tourism Gets a LGBTQ-Friendly Boost

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

Thailand is advancing same-sex partnership legislation. And one of the nation’s biggest industries, tourism, is set to benefit.

2 weeks ago