Asia

China Cancels Group Trips as Coronavirus Control Measures Expand

China Cancels Group Trips as Coronavirus Control Measures Expand

Steven Schwankert, Skift

It’s going to be a long, cold winter for China’s travel industry and for businesses that rely on outbound Chinese tourists, as the novel coronavirus epidemic expands, and people stay put during China’s biggest travel season.

1 day ago

Locals Lead on Tour Business for Nepal’s Peaks

Locals Lead on Tour Business for Nepal’s Peaks

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press

Nepali-owned tour operators now make up the majority in the country famous for its high peaks — most notably Mount Everest. This has helped enrich local communities, but the Nepalis' lower-priced treks have also made the mountains more crowded, and last year 11 people died. The country must find a way to balance the two.

2 days ago

What the Coronavirus Means So Far for the Travel Industry

What the Coronavirus Means So Far for the Travel Industry

Staff, Skift

The travel industry is starting to feel the impact from this latest global health crisis. How it responds to help contain the spread of the virus will set a new precedent while weathering an extensive disruption to its business.

4 days ago

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As Tourists Flock to Thailand, the Country’s Meetings and Events Sector Will Benefit

As Tourists Flock to Thailand, the Country’s Meetings and Events Sector Will Benefit

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau + Skift

As meeting planners worldwide look for unique venues and programming that will wow attendees, Thailand is stepping up its meetings and incentives efforts. Big investments in infrastructure, hotels, venues, and transportation networks — not to mention top-flight food and gorgeous beaches — are already paying multi-million dollar dividends.

4 months ago

Tourism’s Healing Ways in Japan Show the Flip Side to the Travel Backlash

Tourism’s Healing Ways in Japan Show the Flip Side to the Travel Backlash

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Tourism is key to the revival of Japan’s marginal villages, in the process unlocking not only precious living cultures and traditions but people’s sanities.

4 days ago

How Travel Is Saving Japan’s Disappearing Hamlets

How Travel Is Saving Japan’s Disappearing Hamlets

Yixin Ng, Skift

Japan’s marginal villages could be living on borrowed time as populations dwindle, but tourism is bringing respite. Here's how.

6 days ago

Skift Announces New Asia Editor

Skift Announces New Asia Editor

Skift

Skift is making some changes, building upon our outstanding coverage of Asia. Xinyi Liang-Pholsena will become our new Asia Editor. Please keep an eye out for that byline. You won't be disappointed.

7 days ago

Coronavirus Threatens to Spread During the Lunar New Year Travel Rush

Coronavirus Threatens to Spread During the Lunar New Year Travel Rush

Emily Wang, Dake Kang, and Yanan Wang, Associated Press

As a busy travel period in Asia kicks off, there are fears that the coronavirus could result in a repeat of the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s — or worse. Fortunately, it looks like the Chinese government is responding with more urgency this time.

1 week ago

Two Emblems of India Tourism Cut Costs to Stay Afloat

Two Emblems of India Tourism Cut Costs to Stay Afloat

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Air India and Oyo couldn’t be more different, not just in their respective businesses, but both could be gone in a New York minute if they aren’t able get past the biggest test they face currently.

2 weeks ago

How Global Event Planners Need to Think About China’s Secondary Cities

How Global Event Planners Need to Think About China’s Secondary Cities

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

China has become a hot spot for global business travel, and its secondary cities are evolving to accommodate larger conferences and conventions. What should event planners know?

2 weeks ago

Oyo Axes Staff and Pares Back Ambitions: Where Does It Go From Here?

Oyo Axes Staff and Pares Back Ambitions: Where Does It Go From Here?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Those unbelievable expansion numbers that Ritesh Agarwal used to rattle off? We won’t be hearing them again in 2020. The Oyo founder is forced to think of business sustainability. Let’s see if he’s adept at it.

2 weeks ago

How Struggling Air India Is Setting the Stage for a Major Battle Among Distribution Giants

How Struggling Air India Is Setting the Stage for a Major Battle Among Distribution Giants

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Much is at stake for global distribution systems and travel agencies as struggling Air India uses airline distribution as a means to stay afloat. The real winners and losers in this battle are still up in the air, with Amadeus back in the game after pulling out over a year ago.

2 weeks ago