Asia

India Flights Affected as Heavy Rains Bring Financial Capital to a Standstill

India Flights Affected as Heavy Rains Bring Financial Capital to a Standstill

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

The heaviest rainfall Mumbai has seen since 2005 has disrupted flights and trains for the second time in a month. Travel companies need better tech for coping with ever-increasing weather disruptions.

5 days ago

South Korea Outbound Travel Spurred by Pursuit of Stress-Free Vacations

South Korea Outbound Travel Spurred by Pursuit of Stress-Free Vacations

Jiyeun Lee, Bloomberg

Domestic vacations are fine, but South Koreans are increasingly looking abroad for trips given all the tension these days on the Korean peninsula. If only their families in North Korea had the same options.

1 week ago

Affluent Chinese Are Buying Travel Instead of Diamonds

Affluent Chinese Are Buying Travel Instead of Diamonds

Daniela Wei, Bloomberg

Luxury travel is taking a bite out of Chinese spending on other high-end products.

2 weeks ago

South Korea Is Having Trouble Selling Tickets for the Next Olympics in 2018

South Korea Is Having Trouble Selling Tickets for the Next Olympics in 2018

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press

It's a shame that political circumstances threaten to undermine the upcoming Winter Games.

2 weeks ago

Thai Investors Are Cautiously Optimistic About New Mall Aimed at Chinese Tourists

Thai Investors Are Cautiously Optimistic About New Mall Aimed at Chinese Tourists

Anuchit Nguyen, Bloomberg

Thailand's tourism officials have had a love-hate relationship with Chinese travelers in recent years and they mainly have their sights set on marketing the country to the wealthiest segment of that market.

3 weeks ago

Battle for Singapore Is Uber’s First Test Under New Leadership

Battle for Singapore Is Uber’s First Test Under New Leadership

Andy Mukherjee, Bloomberg

If Uber doesn't take action and get creative, it could face the same fate in Singapore and other Asia-Pacific markets as it did in China.

3 weeks ago

Tourism Imbalance Is Vexing Problem in U.S.-China Travel

Tourism Imbalance Is Vexing Problem in U.S.-China Travel

Steven Schwankert, Skift

One market where the U.S. leads China in a trade imbalance: The United States is taking in way more tourists from China than it’s sending. Pollution, bureaucracy, and bang for buck are the major factors.

3 weeks ago

India Upscale Resorts See Liquor Ban Eased

India Upscale Resorts See Liquor Ban Eased

Upmanyu Trivedi, P R Sanjai, and Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

India has lifted a liquor sales ban on hotels near highways. Many travelers may raise their glasses to toast the news. Yet the country, like many others, still needs to crack down on drunk driving.

4 weeks ago

Disney Doesn’t Own Its Tokyo Parks But Still Finds Them Lucrative

Disney Doesn’t Own Its Tokyo Parks But Still Finds Them Lucrative

Jared Wein, Skift

While much is written about the U.S. and Shanghai parks, Disney’s partnership in Japan contributes high margin licensing fees and promotes the Disney brand.

1 month ago

Top News Stories Localizing the Global Travel Industry From the Skift Gateway Series

Top News Stories Localizing the Global Travel Industry From the Skift Gateway Series

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Keep an eye on our Gateway series for more news and insight from our correspondents in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

1 month ago

5 Charts Showing the Rise of Independent Chinese Travelers

5 Charts Showing the Rise of Independent Chinese Travelers

Dan Peltier, Skift

We're still many years away from seeing a tipping point when more Chinese travel independently than with tour groups. But this data should be a wake-up call to destinations and travel brands that a shift is already happening in some places and for some segments of the market.

1 month ago

Social Media Influencers Have Little Sway Over Asia-Pacific Travelers

Social Media Influencers Have Little Sway Over Asia-Pacific Travelers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

There is a ton of variation in the behavior of travelers from different countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Travel companies should pay more attention to the specific needs of the travelers they're trying to reach.

1 month ago