Asia

Maldives Notches Small and Big Wins in Its Reopening Act

Maldives Notches Small and Big Wins in Its Reopening Act

Raini Hamdi, Skift

So what good has come out of the Maldives' reopening since July 15? A lot actually, which other resort destinations may learn from, albeit this paradise has its unique strengths.

2 weeks ago

How Will Emerging Economies Reliant on Tourism Survive the Crisis?

How Will Emerging Economies Reliant on Tourism Survive the Crisis?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Many emerging economies have built their growth strategies on tourism. Not every one will survive a long-term upset — followed by a likely long-term recession — and be able to pick up where they left off on the other side.

4 weeks ago

What Happened to Travel Bubbles?

What Happened to Travel Bubbles?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Remember travel bubbles? Three months ago, they were a buzzword. Now they're barely talked about. What happened in between?

1 month ago

Singapore Deploys Drones to Monitor Social Distancing: Will Other Tourist Destinations Follow?

Singapore Deploys Drones to Monitor Social Distancing: Will Other Tourist Destinations Follow?

Tova Cohen and John Geddie, Reuters

Drones have been both a bane and a gift to the travel industry. A problem for airports and airlines, for sure, but a treasure to travel marketers filming from above. This looks like another way in which they will be applauded by tourism officials.

1 month ago

Thailand’s 60th Tourism Anniversary Turns to Nightmare as Longstanding Travel Agencies Start Closing

Thailand’s 60th Tourism Anniversary Turns to Nightmare as Longstanding Travel Agencies Start Closing

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Five months without revenue would challenge even the best operations. As travel agencies start closing down in Thailand, calls for clarity on reopening become more desperate.

1 month ago

China Tourism Leans on Cross-Province Group Tours as Bellwether of Recovery

China Tourism Leans on Cross-Province Group Tours as Bellwether of Recovery

Raini Hamdi, Skift

China has allowed cross-province group tours to resume, with conditions. Sold in a flash is an understatement. But will all go well? This will be the test towards full recovery of its travel market.

2 months ago

Finding the Right Formula for Promoting Luxury Pandemic Staycations in Asia

Finding the Right Formula for Promoting Luxury Pandemic Staycations in Asia

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Asia’s luxury hotels are competing for staycations with ideas, not price. A valuable outcome will be a rise in partnerships as hotels tie up with various local companies to curate new experiences to entice locals.

2 months ago

Has Postponing the Summer Olympics Stifled Japan’s Ambitious Tourism Plans?

Has Postponing the Summer Olympics Stifled Japan’s Ambitious Tourism Plans?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

This was supposed to be the year when Japan's dedicated tourism push came to fruition with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. But even with the postponement — and all the uncertainty — of the Games until 2021, the tourism groundwork laid by Japan is still likely to bear fruit.

2 months ago

India to Restart U.S. Passenger Flights July 23

India to Restart U.S. Passenger Flights July 23

David Shepardson, Reuters

The Trump administration appeared to be playing hardball with India after India banned U.S. flights. It looks like India has fallen into line despite the surge of U.S. coronavirus cases.

2 months ago

Navigating the Patchwork Recovery of the Asia-Pacific Hotel Business

Navigating the Patchwork Recovery of the Asia-Pacific Hotel Business

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Second waves of coronavirus will continue to dictate the staggered hotel recovery across the Asia-Pacific region. But the return of group business travel, even in a region that doesn't depend on it, will govern when pricing goes back to 2019 levels.

2 months ago

Critics Fear Japan’s Domestic Tourism Campaign Will Cause Infection Spike

Critics Fear Japan’s Domestic Tourism Campaign Will Cause Infection Spike

Christopher Gallagher, Reuters

The Japanese government wants people to travel domestically to get the economy rolling again — but regional officials say it's too much too soon.

2 months ago

Asia Enacts New Round of Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Amid Rising Case Count

Asia Enacts New Round of Coronavirus Travel Restrictions Amid Rising Case Count

Colin Packham and Naomi Tajitsu, Reuters

Countries previously lauded for their responses to coronavirus are struggling with early signs of a second wave of cases — yet another sign the global economy is facing a long, winding path to full recovery.

2 months ago