Asia

Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

Abhishek Vishnoi, Bloomberg

Tourism revenue accounts for a vast majority of Bali's income, but the crowds take a toll on its resources and infrastructure. Now the provincial government will charge a toll of its own: a $10 tax on foreign visitors to help defray the impact.

1 day ago

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Bangkok needs more than rainmakers to be treated seriously as the world’s top city destination, and to be a strong contender for medical tourists. Here’s what's choking the city and why it’s unhealthy for tourism.

3 days ago

Philippines Mulls Limiting Cruises to Boracay as Overtourism Worries Mount

Philippines Mulls Limiting Cruises to Boracay as Overtourism Worries Mount

Maria Stella F. Arnaldo, Skift

The Philippines wants cruise dollars. But Boracay, which has reopened after some rehabilitation, does not. The island is a key cruise stop but can carry only so much. Tourism authorities and cruise lines should work out the sums.

5 days ago

China Warns Against Business Trips to U.S.

China Warns Against Business Trips to U.S.

Steven Yang and Sarah Chen, Bloomberg

Blowback from the Huawei spying scandal is starting as China discourages state enterprises from traveling to U.S. and its ally countries, especially with devices with sensitive information. It doesn't bode well for China's growing outbound travel for business.

5 days ago

The Method to the Madness Behind Vietnam’s Crazy Hotel Boom

The Method to the Madness Behind Vietnam’s Crazy Hotel Boom

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A pending 40 percent increase in room supply should keep investors at bay, you would think. But Vietnam still attracts them like flies. Development is off the charts. Here's why.

6 days ago

Japan Rolls Out New Departure Tax Opposed by Airlines

Japan Rolls Out New Departure Tax Opposed by Airlines

Raini Hamdi, Skift

No destination gets away uncriticized for imposing a tax on tourists. Japan is no exception, especially since the destination is loved by millions of tourists and it isn’t clear-cut why they are being taxed. But it's unlikely tourists will say sayonara to Japan, say operators.

2 weeks ago

Tropical Storm Disrupts Thailand’s Peak Tourism Season

Tropical Storm Disrupts Thailand’s Peak Tourism Season

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight , Bloomberg

Just as it is recovering from heavy drops in Chinese visitors, Thailand has to count more losses as a powerful storm barrels through the south, where its popular beaches at this time are usually filled with Europeans seeking sunny days.

2 weeks ago

Central Asia’s New Silk Road Offers Vast Tourism Potential

Central Asia’s New Silk Road Offers Vast Tourism Potential

Nadejda Popova, Euromonitor International

Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan meet chicken-and-egg. An effort to revive the old Silk Road could mean huge tourism potential for those countries whose economies for so long were dependent on natural resources, especially as outbound Chinese travel grows. But how projects and the timing line up will play a huge role.

3 weeks ago

The 2018 Innovators in Travel, Hospitality and Aviation

The 2018 Innovators in Travel, Hospitality and Aviation

Colin Nagy

Hospitality is a creative act and by looking at who is doing things well, the entire industry can take away some necessary inspiration as they begin to execute 2019 plans.

4 weeks ago

Indonesian Tsunami Claims Over 168 Lives, Destroys Tourism Infrastructure

Indonesian Tsunami Claims Over 168 Lives, Destroys Tourism Infrastructure

Rieka Rahadiana, Bloomberg

Indonesia' tourism ministry has halted promotional activities on Lampung and Banten, two popular destinations hit by a tsunami Saturday night, local time. The latest crisis also brings back painful memories of the Asian tsunami on Boxing Day 2004.

4 weeks ago

How Radisson’s Foray Into Indonesia Was Undone by Betrayal

How Radisson’s Foray Into Indonesia Was Undone by Betrayal

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A sense of betrayal, conflict of interest, and constant changes at the global hotel chain all contributed to the breakup of Radisson Hotel Group’s joint venture with Panorama Group to expand Radisson brands in Indonesia. It seems to be a story on how not to do a partnership.

1 month ago

Kuala Lumpur’s Batu Caves Reveal Heritage Tourism’s Struggles in an Instagrammable World

Kuala Lumpur’s Batu Caves Reveal Heritage Tourism’s Struggles in an Instagrammable World

Rebecca Stone, Skift

The ongoing investigation into the painting of the Batu Caves steps points to a greater need to appropriately preserve heritage sites. Protecting a country’s history and heritage for future generations should come first; increasing the number of Instagram "likes" and "tags" a heritage site gets should come second.

1 month ago