Asia

Thailand’s 2017 Tourism Growth Looks Dim After Cheap Chinese Tour Crackdown

Thailand’s 2017 Tourism Growth Looks Dim After Cheap Chinese Tour Crackdown

Suttinee Yuvejwattana, Bloomberg

Cracking down on overtourism by Chinese tourists is a smart move by the Thai government but dealing with the short-term blowback from that will be a challenge for the country heading into 2017.

2 days ago

Disney Deep Dive: The Economics of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Disney Deep Dive: The Economics of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Dave Montali, Skift

Disney's international parks act as key consumer touch-points that drive brand awareness and cross-monetization of content in new markets. Macroeconomic issues in outbound mainland China tourism have impacted Hong Kong recently, but those pressures are abating and new park expansion projects should stabilize attendance trends.

2 days ago

Chinese Travelers Prioritize Food More Than Shopping When Choosing Destinations

Chinese Travelers Prioritize Food More Than Shopping When Choosing Destinations

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The way to Chinese travelers' wallets may be via their stomachs. Availability of food amenable to the Chinese palate is a top concern for Chinese business and leisure travelers, and catering to needs such as hot, potable water can make a difference in their choices of airlines and hotels.

3 days ago

Thailand’s Crackdown on Cheap Chinese Tours Cuts Lunar New Year Holiday Numbers

Thailand’s Crackdown on Cheap Chinese Tours Cuts Lunar New Year Holiday Numbers

Pairat Temphairojana, Reuters

There's a level of responsibility and long-range thinking to this overtourism crackdown that we haven't seen from the Thai authorities before.

6 days ago

Chinese Travelers Will Make Nearly 3 Billion Trips Over Next 4 Weeks

Chinese Travelers Will Make Nearly 3 Billion Trips Over Next 4 Weeks

Associated Press

Lunar New Year makes holiday travel in the U.S. look positively quaint while also demonstrating the amazing development of China's tourism and transport infrastructure.

7 days ago

Instagram Launches Ads in Its Stories — Digital Travel Marketing News

Instagram Launches Ads in Its Stories — Digital Travel Marketing News

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

Between their digital advertising tools and deep knowledge of consumers, there's virtually no tech company on earth (other than Google) that can match Facebook and Instagram. The launch of Instagram's new "Stories" feature should make advertising competitor Snapchat very afraid.

1 week ago

Asia Tours Startup Triip Adds Accommodations to Cope With Last-Minute Bookings

Asia Tours Startup Triip Adds Accommodations to Cope With Last-Minute Bookings

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Startup Triip is now doing the reverse of unicorn Airbnb: Triip is adding lodging to experiences, powered by Booking.com. But it remains to be seen if this move will be enough to enable Triip to retain its novelty.

1 week ago

Bombastic Rhetoric Won’t Crimp Travel Between China and U.S.

Bombastic Rhetoric Won’t Crimp Travel Between China and U.S.

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The incoming U.S. President creates a classic 'crisis' and 'opportunity' situation for U.S.-China travel. Despite concern over tension between the two countries, Chinese business travelers see more potential investment opportunities under the new administration, while a strong dollar and continuing interest in China should continue the flow of Americans heading east.

2 weeks ago

Turkey’s Lost Year of Tourism Shows No Sign of Ending

Turkey’s Lost Year of Tourism Shows No Sign of Ending

Cinar Kiper and Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press

As in Egypt, Turkey's tourism problem is also a crisis in leadership, not just a security issue.

2 weeks ago

Japan’s Government Approves a Law That Opens the Country to Gaming

Japan’s Government Approves a Law That Opens the Country to Gaming

Kelvin Chan and Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

Is gaming a good thing for Japan's tourism, especially when the country has seen record numbers as of late? Or is gaming more of a boost for domestic tourism numbers than international? Either way, we wonder if Japan will follow in Singapore's footsteps when it comes to constructing "integrated resorts," and pairing them with tough laws that keep citizens from losing their money at the tables.

1 month ago

A Tiny Town in Myanmar Capitalizes on George Orwell Tourism

A Tiny Town in Myanmar Capitalizes on George Orwell Tourism

Aung Naing Soe and Joe Freeman, Associated Press

As Myanmar becomes an increasingly more popular destination for international travelers, it's no wonder why the town of Katha would want to popularize and market its ties to the author of such famous books as 1984 and Animal Farm.

1 month ago

Honda Invests in Southeast Asia’s Grab for Motor Bike Ride-Sharing

Honda Invests in Southeast Asia’s Grab for Motor Bike Ride-Sharing

Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters

People often talk about disruption as though it is the end of the world. But Honda, in investing in Southeast Asian ride-sharing company Grab, as well as car-makers such as Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors, are showing that the disrupted can adapt. However, the degree to which their legacy businesses get damaged remains to be seen.

1 month ago