Asia

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013

Jeff Sutherland, Bloomberg

With the Japanese government determined to rapidly grow tourism ahead of the fast-approaching 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we can be sure officials are doing what they can to make sure visitor numbers don't continue to tumble.

14 hours ago

Thailand Outranks the Rest of Asia in Spending by Visitors

Thailand Outranks the Rest of Asia in Spending by Visitors

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Some people, especially in Beijing, may think of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao as "China," which together has a larger total of visitor spending than Thailand. But this article's broader point is true regardless. Thailand's international visitor spending receipts are outsized relative to its cost for visitors.

1 week ago

Thailand Launches Charm Offensive to Reverse Chinese Visitor Decline

Thailand Launches Charm Offensive to Reverse Chinese Visitor Decline

Siraphob Thanthong-Knigh, Bloomberg

Thailand has had a contentious relationship with Chinese tourists in recent years, to say the least. Between a crackdown on cheap tours and a deadly boat accident, Thailand realizes it needs to do better at rolling out the welcome mat.

2 weeks ago

Chinese Tourism to Thailand Plunges Due to Economic Slowdown

Chinese Tourism to Thailand Plunges Due to Economic Slowdown

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

Chinese arrivals in Thailand dropped in August, and the Thai tourism council said the U.S.-China trade spat may be deterring travelers. Some residents of Bangkok had been recently complaining about overtourism. Be careful what you wish for.

4 weeks ago

Myanmar Tourism Is No Pariah at Asia-Pacific Travel Mart

Myanmar Tourism Is No Pariah at Asia-Pacific Travel Mart

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It was mostly business as usual for Myanmar tourism at the Pacific Asia Travel Association's 2018 travel mart. With visitation to Myanmar declining from Europe, the Americas, and Africa, Myanmar is going after Chinese, Japanese, and Korean tourists. But so is almost everyone else.

1 month ago

Asia-Pacific Tourism CEO Points to Bad Management — Not Overtourism — as Key Problem

Asia-Pacific Tourism CEO Points to Bad Management — Not Overtourism — as Key Problem

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Words as a means to define problems and trigger solutions are important. The label overtourism crystalizes a problem and serves as a call to action. We'd agree that a lack of capacity management is a big part of the problem, but the latter characterization hardly spurs the urgency the issue requires.

1 month ago

China’s Slowdown Is Driving Away Some of Macau’s High Rollers

China’s Slowdown Is Driving Away Some of Macau’s High Rollers

Daniela Wei, Bloomberg

The Macau casino stock index has slumped to its lowest level in a year. No wonder. Deutsche Bank has cut its 2019 outlook for casino revenue to 4 percent, from 11 percent, as China feels the pressure of the trade war and other factors.

1 month ago

Japan’s Torrid Tourism Growth Loses Steam Due to Natural Disasters

Japan’s Torrid Tourism Growth Loses Steam Due to Natural Disasters

Gearoid Reidy, Bloomberg

Some tragic natural disasters in recent months have led to the slowest growth in Japanese tourism in more than 5 years. But let's keep perspective. Japan is still likely to enjoy record tourism this year and next.

1 month ago

India’s Outbound Tourism Spending Is Expected to Grow Rapidly

India’s Outbound Tourism Spending Is Expected to Grow Rapidly

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

The India outbound market is already huge and doesn’t show any signs of slowing its growth. It’s about time the global travel industry started paying attention if companies hope to capture a share of the market.

1 month ago

Destinations Seek China’s Fertility Tourists as Family Planning Laws Fade

Destinations Seek China’s Fertility Tourists as Family Planning Laws Fade

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

China's one-child policy has been history for a couple of years, and reports indicate restrictions on family size could further drop. Destinations around the world are trying to seize the opportunity to cater to travelers who may need help to grow their families — and are already comfortable traveling for medical care.

2 months ago

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Potential Bonanza for Singapore Tourism

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Potential Bonanza for Singapore Tourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many destinations or small towns aren't prepared for waves of tourism after a box office hit makes travelers want to visit, but not Singapore. The island nation has been expanding its airport, hotels, stopover program, and luxury offerings for years as it waited for its turn in the spotlight with U.S. travelers.

2 months ago

China’s Domestic Tourism Boom Has Lessons for the Rest of the World

China’s Domestic Tourism Boom Has Lessons for the Rest of the World

Jing Travel

Chinese travelers are increasingly exploring rural areas within the country as domestic tourism soars. International destinations should pay attention to what China's travelers are doing at home to better understand how to appeal to them from afar.

2 months ago