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Election in Indian Ocean Archipelago Comoros Spurs Talk of New Tourism Investments

Election in Indian Ocean Archipelago Comoros Spurs Talk of New Tourism Investments

Faiza Soule Youssouf and Kamlesh Bhuckory, Bloomberg

AccorHotels and Club Med declined to comment about whether the outcome of the presidential election in Comoros would dictate their investment decisions in this archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Comoros is beautiful, but too unstable and small for the typical Western brands.

2 days ago

Skiers Are Venturing Beyond Crowded Paths in Search of Prime Powder

Skiers Are Venturing Beyond Crowded Paths in Search of Prime Powder

Dylan Griffiths and Boris Groendahl, Bloomberg

Overtourism is as much of an issue on ski slopes as it is in Venice, Amsterdam, and Dubrovnik. Advances in design and safety equipment are making it possible for skiers to flee the crowds for less-packed snow.

4 days ago

Thailand Tourism Gets a LGBTQ-Friendly Boost

Thailand Tourism Gets a LGBTQ-Friendly Boost

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

Thailand is advancing same-sex partnership legislation. And one of the nation’s biggest industries, tourism, is set to benefit.

1 week ago

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Lessons From Kashmir: When Violence Threatens a Fragile Tourism Economy

Lessons From Kashmir: When Violence Threatens a Fragile Tourism Economy

Sarah Khan, Skift

Despite conflict and instability, tourism remains an important part of Kashmir's economy. But travelers should be cognizant of a lot more than safety if they choose to visit the region.

2 weeks ago

Malaysia’s Sovereign Fund Considers Selling Legoland

Malaysia’s Sovereign Fund Considers Selling Legoland

Joyce Koh and Elffie Chew, Bloomberg

Malaysia‘s new government is building blocks to reduce the deficit left by the previous administration. Legoland Malaysia, owned by the national sovereign fund, Khazanah, could be sold if the price is right.

2 weeks ago

Pilot Shortage Threatens to Stifle Asia’s Tourism Boom

Pilot Shortage Threatens to Stifle Asia’s Tourism Boom

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Asian airlines are scrambling to build academies to train new pilots. But tourism economies are increasingly being hurt by the dearth of pilots. The industry needs to come together with better solutions to solve this looming labor crisis.

3 weeks ago

Chinese Tourists Are Moving Away From Government-Licensed Group Tours

Chinese Tourists Are Moving Away From Government-Licensed Group Tours

Aaron Minter, Bloomberg

As Chinese travelers have become wealthier and more experienced, they have less use for the government-approved group tours that bring a high volume of visitors to global destinations. This trend has reduced China's power to control where tourists spend their money.

4 weeks ago

Singapore Developer Wants to Turn Sentosa Cove Into the Next Bali

Singapore Developer Wants to Turn Sentosa Cove Into the Next Bali

Pooja Thakur, Bloomberg

Comparing Sentosa Cove to Bali might be a bit of a stretch, but the former could use some rejuvenation regardless.

4 weeks ago

Malaysia Turns to Tourism to Correct Palm Oil’s Bad Image

Malaysia Turns to Tourism to Correct Palm Oil’s Bad Image

Anuradha Raghu, Bloomberg

Palm oil, a huge industry for Malaysia, is taking a beating from consumer concerns over palm’s links to deforestation and threat to animal habitats. The government's year-long 'Love My Palm Oil' campaign is spilling over to the tourism sector. Can this be a new tour for the industry?

4 weeks ago

Will Indonesia’s Olympics Bid Ever Have a Tourism Upside?

Will Indonesia’s Olympics Bid Ever Have a Tourism Upside?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Without doubt, Indonesia is one economy in Southeast Asia that has made much progress. But its 2032 bid for the Olympics still comes as a surprise. While the event may force the country to build much-needed infrastructure, it may also break its bank. With poverty still widespread, that would be a shame and could backfire.

4 weeks ago

Why Aren’t Visitors Splurging in Crazy Rich Singapore?

Why Aren’t Visitors Splurging in Crazy Rich Singapore?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Singapore grapples with affordability, as seen in drops in shopping, dining, and hotel spending by tourists, who are also staying a shorter time. Going for more high-yield tourists and giving them the value they'd expect from paying high prices is the solution, and Singapore must do it fast. Here's why.

1 month ago