Asia

Rising Air Pollution Threatens Thailand’s Soaring Visitation

Rising Air Pollution Threatens Thailand’s Soaring Visitation

Supunnabul Suwannakij and Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

Some tourists these days may care less about the health risk posed by intense air pollution than a trip's Instagram photo worthiness that might get ruined by smog.

1 day ago

The Selfie Comes First in This Indonesian Tourism Village

The Selfie Comes First in This Indonesian Tourism Village

Shelly Banjo, Bloomberg

Selfies aren't cutting it. It's now standard for tour companies to build professional photography into their packages, for those who can afford it -- the photographer, the wardrobe, the props, and the equipment to hang you off a cliff. When did a day trip to a park become America's Next Top Luxury Traveler?

3 days ago

Chinese Tech Companies See Their Shot at Expansion as Outbound Travel Grows

Chinese Tech Companies See Their Shot at Expansion as Outbound Travel Grows

Adam Minter, Bloomberg

Chinese tech companies have more leverage abroad in 2018 than they did five years ago, but they'll need to change their business models if they hope to take their brands around the world.

3 days ago

Chinese Attractions Invest in Augmented Reality to Attract Tourists

Chinese Attractions Invest in Augmented Reality to Attract Tourists

Lulu Yilun Chen, Bloomberg

Many travel companies still struggle to harness the best of augmented and virtual reality, which haven't exactly taken off like some people imagined. Maybe these attractions in China are doing it right, or more affordably.

3 days ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Ctrip Branches Out as Rivals Focus on Domestic Growth

Travel Megatrends 2018: Ctrip Branches Out as Rivals Focus on Domestic Growth

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The global travel industry wonders when Chinese companies and investors will play a bigger role. Restrictions on foreign investment are getting tighter. On the other hand, maybe they’re just not that into us.

5 days ago

China’s Bullet Trains Are Remaking Its Lunar New Year Holiday

China’s Bullet Trains Are Remaking Its Lunar New Year Holiday

Bloomberg

China's massive investments in its transportation infrastructure are nothing short of astounding.

6 days ago

Getting Rid of Steve Wynn Could Help the Gaming Company in Giant Macau Market

Getting Rid of Steve Wynn Could Help the Gaming Company in Giant Macau Market

Daniela Wei and Bruce Einhorn, Bloomberg

The new license was going to be tough, and Wynn's behavior would have been a factor. The hotel giant needs to make sure it has serious and talented management in place now that he's gone – he can't be secretly operating behind the scenes.

7 days ago

South Korea Hopes Olympics Will Spur Return of Chinese Tourists

South Korea Hopes Olympics Will Spur Return of Chinese Tourists

Jiyeun Lee, Bloomberg

South Korea doesn't want just any Chinese tourists – it wants high spenders who can help bring the country's tourism economy out of a slump.

1 week ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Asian Upscale Travelers Are Creating a Luxury Tipping Point

Travel Megatrends 2018: Asian Upscale Travelers Are Creating a Luxury Tipping Point

Raini Hamdi, Skift

2018 will see greater numbers of Asian luxury travelers, but also greater challenges to meet more complex needs. As these travelers want to play in Asia, new high-end agencies are entering, while old ones are restructuring, creating new luxury divisions, or launching new luxury brands.

1 week ago

The Maldives Is at the Center of a Battle for Power Between China and India

The Maldives Is at the Center of a Battle for Power Between China and India

Iain Marlow, Bloomberg

Despite all the recent political problems, travel companies continue to send tourists to the Maldives. The tourism industry is happy to turn a blind eye and this seems unlikely to change anytime soon.

1 week ago

Philippines Offers Expats Incentives in Attempt to Boost Tourism

Philippines Offers Expats Incentives in Attempt to Boost Tourism

Ditas Lopez, Bloomberg

While the Philippines has plenty to offer tourists, it lags behind many of its regional rivals. Stepping up promotional activities should at least make potential visitors more aware of what the country has to offer. On the other hand, the brutal reputation of the current government doesn't help.

2 weeks ago

North Korea Hopes Ski Training Event Will Spur Tourism

North Korea Hopes Ski Training Event Will Spur Tourism

Sam Kim, Bloomberg

Kim Jong Un may miss the cash flow from tours into North Korea, but Olympic buzz won't eclipse the fact that tourists are advised to draft a will and say their goodbyes.

2 weeks ago