Asia

Singapore Is Getting Tougher on the Sharing Economy Brands It Once Embraced

Singapore Is Getting Tougher on the Sharing Economy Brands It Once Embraced

Fathin Ungku and Jeremy Wagstaff, Reuters

Cities have often been the underdogs when it comes to working with sharing economy brands. It's nice to see them use what they've learned to their own, and their citizens', advantage.

18 hours ago

Stayzilla Closes Indian Alternative Lodging Business Despite Raising $34 Million

Stayzilla Closes Indian Alternative Lodging Business Despite Raising $34 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It was only last May that Stayzilla received $13 million in a Series C round. An impressive-seeming execution must have blinded investors to spreadsheet data showing the company was not generating enough revenue to cover its costs.

3 days ago

Norwegian Cruise Line Is Already Planning a Second Ship for China

Norwegian Cruise Line Is Already Planning a Second Ship for China

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Like other cruise lines, Norwegian is thinking far into the future when it comes to China. Will the fledgling market keep up with the supply growth?

4 days ago

Six Flags Says It Is Just Getting Started With Its International Expansion

Six Flags Says It Is Just Getting Started With Its International Expansion

Hannah Sampson, Skift

How much of the world is eager to host a Six Flags theme park? The Texas-based company is trying to find out.

4 days ago

Japan Hopes to Woo Tourists With New Ninja Museum and Memorabilia

Japan Hopes to Woo Tourists With New Ninja Museum and Memorabilia

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

With the Tokyo Olympics three years away, Japan is pulling out all the stops in can to ensure it will capture the spotlight during the global event and build a tourism legacy that extends long after the games.

5 days ago

Hong Kong Disneyland Earnings Drop in Tandem With Tourism Numbers

Hong Kong Disneyland Earnings Drop in Tandem With Tourism Numbers

Associated Press

Disney can afford to play the long game with its partner in Hong Kong. Now it just needs the tourists to play along.

7 days ago

Thailand Government Plans to Build a Coal Plant Near Popular Tourist Beaches

Thailand Government Plans to Build a Coal Plant Near Popular Tourist Beaches

Dake Kang, Associated Press

Thailand need only look at its neighbor, China, to see the type of environmental impact that coal production can have. That it's willing to put a plant near one of the country's most popular and iconic tourist destinations is a very questionable decision.

1 week ago

Singapore Hopes to Keep Formula One Tourists Coming Beyond 2017

Singapore Hopes to Keep Formula One Tourists Coming Beyond 2017

Melissa Cheok, Bloomberg

Does the future of Singapore's tourism industry depend on whether it hosts the Formula One race? If that's the case, perhaps the country's tourism board should look to diversify its tourist draws.

2 weeks ago

Singapore Hotels Seek Rebound by Moving Away From Luxury

Singapore Hotels Seek Rebound by Moving Away From Luxury

Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters

Singapore overbuilt luxury hotel rooms. Changing business traveler tastes spelled trouble for the Southeast Asian country which is now witnessing a rising popularity in new mid-scale hotels.

2 weeks ago

Attendance Is Down at Disney’s U.S. Parks But New Attractions Are on the Way

Attendance Is Down at Disney’s U.S. Parks But New Attractions Are on the Way

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Theme parks were the best performers during the first fiscal quarter despite some attendance declines, and Disney has a pipeline of new openings in the coming years that should keep the segment comfortably in positive territory.

3 weeks ago

10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

Dennis Schaal, Skift

To understand what's going on in the global travel industry you have to go local with people who understand the issues and speak the lingo. Skift's readership has always been globally minded and it is increasingly global, as well, so our Gateway series is delivering on these dynamics, one original story at a time.

3 weeks ago

5 New Travel Startups From India That Have Momentum

5 New Travel Startups From India That Have Momentum

Sean O'Neill, Skift

India's public company stars MakeMyTrip and Yatra get all the attention in travel. But several startups have the execution chops and the support of experts like Sequoia Capital and Amadeus to thrive in providing services to the country's online population, now numbering more than 400 million.

3 weeks ago