Asia

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Most countries are still prejudiced against the Indian passport. That's a shame. Indian travelers are a legitimate, growing source for the global tourism industry. Thailand understands that; Australia not yet. Maybe it'll take a cricket match to change that.

4 days ago

#BoycottJapan Trending in South Korea, Impacting Travel

#BoycottJapan Trending in South Korea, Impacting Travel

Heejin Kim and Jihye Lee, Bloomberg

It's not the first time political tensions in north Asia have an impact on travel. Remember China's curb on trips to South Korea in 2017? Now Japan's tourism industry can expect a fall in arrivals from South Korea, where Instagrammers are flagging their flight cancellations for others to follow.

7 days ago

Underperforming Philippines Extends Tax Breaks to Attract Tourism Investors

Underperforming Philippines Extends Tax Breaks to Attract Tourism Investors

Maria Stella F. Arnaldo, Skift

Despite its beautiful beaches, the Philippines is a tourism underperformer in Southeast Asia. It keeps luring investors with tax breaks. Critics say maybe it's better to prioritize peace and order instead. Both are required.

1 week ago

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How Japan’s Setouchi Region Is Reinventing Its Tourism Sector From the Ground Up

How Japan’s Setouchi Region Is Reinventing Its Tourism Sector From the Ground Up

Japan National Tourism Organization + Skift

Japan’s Setouchi Region was once a relatively unknown corner of the country, left off the itineraries of most travelers. But that’s changing quickly, thanks to high profile attractions like Naoshima Island. How will Setouchi’s tourism stakeholders find the right strategy to help it sustain and grow this tourism success story?

4 months ago

Thailand Sees Rise of Indian Tourists as China Market Wanes

Thailand Sees Rise of Indian Tourists as China Market Wanes

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

The sun always shines for Thailand. If one source of arrivals weakens, it always has another market to count on. Currently, it's India, which is rescuing Thai tourism from a softened China.

1 week ago

Are You Overlooking a $220 Billion Market?

Are You Overlooking a $220 Billion Market?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The global Muslim travel market, which will soon be worth more than $200 billion, is fast becoming an ever more attractive sector, especially for travel technology players. Here's why.

2 weeks ago

What the Western Media Gets Wrong About Sri Lanka Tourism

What the Western Media Gets Wrong About Sri Lanka Tourism

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The Western media jumped on a 57 percent drop in arrivals to Sri Lanka in June. That’s only half the story and one that could cause consumers to postpone visits. The destination is actually on the mend.

2 weeks ago

Thailand Wants Travelers to Visit New Places: Will Tour Operators Get On Board?

Thailand Wants Travelers to Visit New Places: Will Tour Operators Get On Board?

Chris Ryall, Skift

Tourism Authority of Thailand executives are keen to spread the tourism wealth to its emerging destinations. Encouraging tour operators to offer programs beyond the popular destinations is a noble goal, but are the tour operators listening?

2 weeks ago

Will Asia’s Grab Prove That Ridehailing Apps Can Be Global?

Will Asia’s Grab Prove That Ridehailing Apps Can Be Global?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The vision of global, interconnected ridehailing is sweet, and Asian player Grab wants to lead the way. But there is good reason to be skeptical.

3 weeks ago

Severe Water Crisis in Indian City Chennai Cripples Hospitality Sector

Severe Water Crisis in Indian City Chennai Cripples Hospitality Sector

Shuriah Niazi, Skift

A water shortage of epic proportions in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, the second most visited state in India by foreign tourists, serves as a reminder to the global hotel industry to ask if it’s doing enough to conserve water.

3 weeks ago

Asian Tours Aggregator BeMyGuest Gets Funding Shot in Arm

Asian Tours Aggregator BeMyGuest Gets Funding Shot in Arm

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A leaner and freshly funded BeMyGuest is in a stronger position to harness the growth of Asia’s tours and activities sector. But competition is also mightier.

3 weeks ago

China Cracks Down on Foreign Names, Hotels Affected

China Cracks Down on Foreign Names, Hotels Affected

Fu Ting, The Associated Press

The name of Vienna Hotels, a Chinese chain, sounds "too foreign" to the ears of the government. Fortunately international chains and foreign companies are exempt.

4 weeks ago