Asia

Stopping Asian Airports From Becoming Protesters’ Punching Bags

Stopping Asian Airports From Becoming Protesters’ Punching Bags

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Unless they live on another planet, most people now know that airports are the perfect places to hold demonstrations and gain maximum coverage for a cause. It’s a message that airport authorities in Asia must correct, particularly as conflicts will continue to simmer in the region.

3 days ago

What Will Be Done to Stop ‘Occupy Airports’ in Asia?

What Will Be Done to Stop ‘Occupy Airports’ in Asia?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Though largely peaceful, Asia isn't without a string of flash points. Two of its major airports have now been used as protest grounds. Isn't that enough for airport authorities and governments to ensure their national icons aren't ready for the taking?

4 days ago

Hong Kong Tourism Sees Biggest Drop Since 2003 SARS Crisis

Hong Kong Tourism Sees Biggest Drop Since 2003 SARS Crisis

Bloomberg Staff, Bloomberg

After 15 weeks of protests, we're starting to get a sense of just how much Hong Kong's civil unrest will affect the tourism industry.

7 days ago

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Guam Accelerates Tourism Development with First-of-Its-Kind Conference

Guam Accelerates Tourism Development with First-of-Its-Kind Conference

Guam Visitors Bureau + Skift

The U.S. territory of Guam is aiming to become the next Sun Valley of travel technology, with a creative forum that brings together tour operators and heavyweights like Airbnb, Booking, and United Airlines. Here’s a closer look at the premiere edition of this innovative summit.

7 days ago

Russia Is Relaxing Its Restrictive Visa Regimes for Tourists: Why Now?

Russia Is Relaxing Its Restrictive Visa Regimes for Tourists: Why Now?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Russia wants to be seen as a global power and attract all the foreign investment that comes with that. After years of restrictive visa regimes, it seems to finally be accepting that tourism is a great tool to facilitate that.

1 week ago

Asia’s Beaches Suffer From Slump in Chinese Arrivals

Asia’s Beaches Suffer From Slump in Chinese Arrivals

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Harry Suhartono and Nguyen Xuan Quynh, Bloomberg

Asian beaches such as Phuket and Bali have welcomed droves of Chinese visitors with open arms. They can blame China's weakened economy and yuan all they want for an abrupt end to the bounty, but it's best to ask if they are still attractive to Chinese travelers.

1 week ago

How Not to Close an Island: Tourism Lessons From Indonesia

How Not to Close an Island: Tourism Lessons From Indonesia

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Closing islands for a rehab seems fashionable in Southeast Asia. It shouldn’t be. Authorities must first assess options carefully, and by no means should premature announcements be made. Just look at the Komodo Island example and the wrong messages Indonesia has sent about one of its most unique tourism assets.

1 week ago

Indonesia’s Komodo Island Beset by Confusion, Not Overtourism

Indonesia’s Komodo Island Beset by Confusion, Not Overtourism

Shabrina Koeswologito, Skift

A final, clear decision on whether Komodo Island or Komodo National Park will be closed must be made, and ample time given to businesses should it be a go. What a mess.

2 weeks ago

Campaign to Lure Indonesians to Macau Launches Despite Hong Kong Protests

Campaign to Lure Indonesians to Macau Launches Despite Hong Kong Protests

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Macau wants to diversify its China-heavy arrivals. Indonesia is a good bet, as many Indonesians already visit Hong Kong. But the timing of the campaign isn't good.

2 weeks ago

Singapore Tourism Could Benefit Most From Hong Kong’s Crisis

Singapore Tourism Could Benefit Most From Hong Kong’s Crisis

Ishika Mookerjee, Bloomberg

Singapore could be the prime beneficiary as Hong Kong’s key tourist sources such as China, the U.K. and the U.S. look for an alternative. But though long-time rivals, it’s hard to imagine the Singapore industry being gleeful about this. In the long term, Hong Kong is critical to Asia's overall appeal.

2 weeks ago

Australia’s Uluru Sees Bright Future From Visitors Interested in More Than a Rock

Australia’s Uluru Sees Bright Future From Visitors Interested in More Than a Rock

Raini Hamdi, Skift

All roads lead to Uluru, even after October 26 when a ban to climb "The Rock" is put into effect. Customers are changing, a reason why it should all be rock-steady for the red desert in Australia's Northern Territory long after the ban is enforced.

2 weeks ago

Hong Kong Plummets on World’s Safest Cities List

Hong Kong Plummets on World’s Safest Cities List

Sybilla Gross, Bloomberg

It's no surprise that Hong Kong plummeted to 20th place, from 9th, glven the pro-democracy protests that are striking a deep blow to its image.

3 weeks ago