Asia

SeaWorld Is Selling a 21 Percent Stake to Chinese Investors

SeaWorld Is Selling a 21 Percent Stake to Chinese Investors

Paul Barbagallo, Bloomberg

SeaWorld Entertainment has been making all kinds of moves to turn the company's performance around, but results have not paid off yet. Will this new long-term investment help?

4 days ago

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Michael Heath, Bloomberg

This study — which shows that surfers can be a bellwether for future visitor growth — could help destinations adequately prepare for more tourists before they are overwhelmed.

6 days ago

Accor and Banyan Tree Hotel Partnership Could Be a Very Tricky Maneuver

Accor and Banyan Tree Hotel Partnership Could Be a Very Tricky Maneuver

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Will Accor-Banyan Tree be the model for Asian hotel groups to grow globally without losing their independence and brand value? The devil may be in the execution. Hoteliers are watching how this works out and many believe it could be tough-going.

1 week ago

Coral Reefs Threatened as Global Bleaching Intensifies

Coral Reefs Threatened as Global Bleaching Intensifies

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press

As coral reefs around the world continue to deteriorate, the fate of the Earth's oceans hangs in the balance.

1 week ago

Cruise Lines, Travel Agencies Drop Trips From China to S. Korea Over Missile Defense Issue

Cruise Lines, Travel Agencies Drop Trips From China to S. Korea Over Missile Defense Issue

Christopher Bodeen and Youkyung Lee, Associated Press

Cruise lines, travel agencies and airlines are getting caught up in the diplomatic tiff and public outcry in China related to South Korea deploying a U.S. missile defense system. There isn't much choice as the Chinese government has banned much of this travel and, at any rate, there is a drop in demand.

1 week ago

Air Travel Is the Latest Casualty of China-Korea Tensions

Air Travel Is the Latest Casualty of China-Korea Tensions

Dong Lyu and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

As global travel companies and destinations try to get more business from Chinese travelers, how much of a roadblock will international conflicts be? Recent tensions with South Korea may provide a hint.

2 weeks ago

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Although new measures and a 2022 date with the Winter Olympics may help clear the air, for now, Beijing’s hospitality industry has little choice but to address the situation – and hope guests order room service.

3 weeks ago

China-Based Cruise Ships Are Skipping South Korea Amid Tensions

China-Based Cruise Ships Are Skipping South Korea Amid Tensions

Muyu Xu, Adam Jourdan, and Hyunjoo Jin, Reuters

South Korea is a popular destination for Chinese passengers, so cruise operators will have to deal will disappointment over canceled visits. But global cruise lines are accustomed to navigating troubled geopolitical waters.

3 weeks ago

5 New Asian Travel Startups Incubated by Amadeus

5 New Asian Travel Startups Incubated by Amadeus

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Making things predictable — such as train ticket confirmations, airport security lines, mobile phone data fees, how to get from point to point, and the effect of events on hotel demand — is a theme of this batch of startups.

3 weeks ago

South Korea Tourism Industry at Risk in Political Spat With China

South Korea Tourism Industry at Risk in Political Spat With China

Heejin Kim, Bloomberg

Outbound Chinese tourists are essentially a row of very important dominoes in the Asia-Pacific region -- if Chinese tourists stop visiting a destination everything else begins falling out of place.

3 weeks ago

Comcast Is Staking a Bigger Global Claim With Control of Japan Theme Park

Comcast Is Staking a Bigger Global Claim With Control of Japan Theme Park

Gerry Smith, Bloomberg

Comcast's latest $2.3 billion bet on Universal Studios Japan shows how much potential the parent company sees in its theme parks.

4 weeks ago

Singapore Is Getting Tougher on the Sharing Economy Brands It Once Embraced

Singapore Is Getting Tougher on the Sharing Economy Brands It Once Embraced

Fathin Ungku and Jeremy Wagstaff, Reuters

Cities have often been the underdogs when it comes to working with sharing economy brands. It's nice to see them use what they've learned to their own, and their citizens', advantage.

4 weeks ago