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Universal Rolls Out Its Nintendo Partnership in Three Theme Parks

Universal Rolls Out Its Nintendo Partnership in Three Theme Parks

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Theme parks have found success in building immersive experiences around beloved characters. We have to wonder if the Nintendo strategy provides a glimpse of how Universal will use the recently acquired DreamWorks Animation.

1 week ago

A Supertraveler’s Guide to a Last-Minute Holiday Escape

A Supertraveler’s Guide to a Last-Minute Holiday Escape

Colin Nagy, Skift

As a rule we shy away from holiday travel, but Tokyo in winter is something we can get behind.

2 weeks ago

Hong Kong Disneyland Is Adding ‘Frozen’ and Marvel Lands in a $1.4 Billion Expansion

Hong Kong Disneyland Is Adding ‘Frozen’ and Marvel Lands in a $1.4 Billion Expansion

Christopher Palmeri and Crystal Tse, Bloomberg

Disney's CEO has said that the company's giant new Shanghai theme park isn't hurting business in Hong Kong. Still, it's a smart move to expand the older park with attractions that can't be found in Shanghai.

2 weeks ago

UN Health Agency Says Zika Is Still a Threat But No Longer an Emergency

UN Health Agency Says Zika Is Still a Threat But No Longer an Emergency

Jamey Keaten and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

The removal of the emergency declaration shouldn't prompt travelers — or governments — to stop taking Zika seriously. The virus remains a "significant and enduring public health challenge," officials say.

3 weeks ago

Google Maps in South Korea Won’t Be Getting Navigation Anytime Soon

Google Maps in South Korea Won’t Be Getting Navigation Anytime Soon

Associated Press

Tourists in South Korea and locals won't get driving and walking directions in Google Maps. In a country like South Korea, which faces an intense security threat from the North, wouldn't blurring military installations be reasonable? Also, with requirements in countries like South Korea and Russia to have servers based in these countries, travel companies are facing growing data challenges.

3 weeks ago

Wanda Is Spending Another $15 Billion in its Quest to Become a Tourism Giant

Wanda Is Spending Another $15 Billion in its Quest to Become a Tourism Giant

Jeanne Yang, Bloomberg

If Wanda Group really wants 15 projects across China by 2020, we expect to hear a lot more announcements like this one in the coming year.

3 weeks ago

India’s Massive Rail Network Still Needs a Revitalization Plan

India’s Massive Rail Network Still Needs a Revitalization Plan

Nirmala George, Associated Press

India's more than 160-year-old rail network needs a massive reinvestment and improvement plan to keep India's lifeline from crumbling under strain as India's economy continues to necessitate increased travel. India's government launched such a plan in 2015, but no one knows how much investment has actually reached the railroads most in need of repair.

3 weeks ago

Analysts Say Disney Still Has Challenges with Shanghai Park

Analysts Say Disney Still Has Challenges with Shanghai Park

Christopher Palmeri and Rachel Chang, Bloomberg

While Disney executives say they are pleased at their performance so far in Shanghai — with 4 million people attending in four months — some analysts believe the company is still finding its footing in the market.

4 weeks ago

Disney’s Theme Park Plans Include Creative Pricing, Hotels and Movie Characters

Disney’s Theme Park Plans Include Creative Pricing, Hotels and Movie Characters

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney has a lot of plans for its theme parks — more hotels, attractions, price levels, and intellectual property tie-ins. As the current CEO prepares to depart in a year and a half, we're getting more curious about who will replace him, and what that person's vision will include.

4 weeks ago

Wanda Group Invests $15 Billion in Hunan Theme Park, Aims to Be Globe’s Largest Tour Company

Wanda Group Invests $15 Billion in Hunan Theme Park, Aims to Be Globe’s Largest Tour Company

Prudence Ho, Bloomberg

Regardless of whether Dalian Wanda Group keeps trying to position itself as a rival to Disney, one thing is clear: There are going to be a lot of theme parks in China in the near future.

4 weeks ago

Thailand’s Tourism Industry Depends on China for Growth

Thailand’s Tourism Industry Depends on China for Growth

Orathai Sriring, Reuters

The untold story of tourism in Thailand the last two years is how the demographics of its inbound industry have changed, and what that may mean to future growth.

1 month ago

China’s Business Travel Spending Growth is Slowing But Still Significant

China’s Business Travel Spending Growth is Slowing But Still Significant

Hannah Sampson, Skift

China is already the world's largest business travel market and getting even larger, though most of that travel takes place within the country. We're interested to see how the global industry adapts when more of those business trips are international.

1 month ago