Asia

Indonesia Condemns Travel Advisory as Excessive Amid Bali Volcano Eruption

Indonesia Condemns Travel Advisory as Excessive Amid Bali Volcano Eruption

Rieka Rahadiana and Yudith Ho, Bloomberg

A volcanic eruption is never good for locals or seasonal tourism. What it can do, as it did in the case of Iceland, is actually raise the profile of your destination in the public eye. However, Bali's profile isn't exactly hidden.

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Okinawa Is Set to Overtake Hawaii in Visitor Numbers

Okinawa Is Set to Overtake Hawaii in Visitor Numbers

Katsuyo Kuwako, Bloomberg

Okinawa is benefiting from an overall boost in tourism to Japan, which broke a new visitation record this year. But Hawaii hotels may have also priced themselves out of many travelers' budgets.

2 days ago

Disney Is Hiking Its Spending on Park Projects by Nearly $1 Billion

Disney Is Hiking Its Spending on Park Projects by Nearly $1 Billion

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise five years ago is the deal that keeps on giving — and costing, given all the additional investment in store. The entertainment giant clearly sees a future full of big returns on that investment.

2 weeks ago

Myanmar Genocide Has the Travel Industry Searching for Strategies

Myanmar Genocide Has the Travel Industry Searching for Strategies

Dan Peltier, Skift

Travel is the world's largest industry and should be taking a leadership position about Myanmar to publicly condemn ethnic cleansing, and show the country's military government that tourism dollars aren't unconditional if it supports crimes against humanity.

2 weeks ago

South Korea Tourism Slump Raises Fears About Upcoming Winter Olympics

South Korea Tourism Slump Raises Fears About Upcoming Winter Olympics

Jiyeun Lee, Bloomberg

Threats from North Korea and prolonged conflict with China are keeping tourism down in South Korea as preparations continue for the Winter Olympics next year. With domestic interest lacking as well, will the Games be a failure for the host country?

3 weeks ago

Six Flags Is Making a Bigger Entry Into China With Three More Parks

Six Flags Is Making a Bigger Entry Into China With Three More Parks

Hannah Sampson, Skift

There's not much theme park development in the United States, so growth has to come from somewhere. Six Flags sees a lot of potential in China and other destinations around the world.

3 weeks ago

Indonesia is Building New Bali-Like Destinations to Lure More Chinese Tourists

Indonesia is Building New Bali-Like Destinations to Lure More Chinese Tourists

Karlis Salna, Bloomberg

Bali has a history of over-developing its environment and slowly eroding the peace and tranquility many tourists go there for. More development won't solve that problem but perhaps the government can learn from past mistakes.

1 month ago

Taj Mahal Downgraded as Tourism Attraction by India’s Hindu Nationalist Leaders

Taj Mahal Downgraded as Tourism Attraction by India’s Hindu Nationalist Leaders

Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press

India’s radical religious leaders have been doing their best to make the country inhospitable to anyone who doesn’t share their beliefs, and they are extending this approach to tourists as well now.

1 month ago

China Wants Cruising to Grow But Also Wants More Control

China Wants Cruising to Grow But Also Wants More Control

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

Cruise executives have said they are optimistic about the future of cruising in China in part because the government has made the growth of the industry there a priority. Are those priorities evolving?

1 month ago

Osaka Is Asian Travelers’ New Favorite Japanese Hotspot

Osaka Is Asian Travelers’ New Favorite Japanese Hotspot

Masahiro Hidaka, Bloomberg

Since 2009, Osaka has had one of the highest compound-annual-growth rates among destinations worldwide thanks to low-cost airlines favoring the regional airport. Wait until Tujia makes renting local homes easier.

1 month ago

China Challenges WTTC With Launch of Global Tourism Group

China Challenges WTTC With Launch of Global Tourism Group

Raini Hamdi, Skift

China has initiated the formation of a new world tourism organization. The UNWTO, WTTC and PATA are exceedingly polite about it, but there are undercurrents of uneasiness about how much influence the new China-led World Tourism Alliance can wield.

1 month ago

Sands Casinos Using Celebs and Sports to Promote Japan Expansion

Sands Casinos Using Celebs and Sports to Promote Japan Expansion

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

Japan's venues for large public events are outdated, and hospitality companies are looking to invest as Japan is set to hand out new gaming licenses.

2 months ago