Asia

WebBeds on Shopping Spree for Bedbanks: Should Hotelbeds Be Worried?

WebBeds on Shopping Spree for Bedbanks: Should Hotelbeds Be Worried?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The acquisition of Destinations of the World seals WebBeds as the second largest B2B bedbank player, but incumbent Hotelbeds need not worry – for a very long time.

3 days ago

Vietnam Plans Formula One Race to Boost Tourism

Vietnam Plans Formula One Race to Boost Tourism

Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen and Nguyen Kieu Giang, Bloomberg

To some, the idea of NASCAR boosting tourism in the U.S. sounds ridiculous. But NASCAR and Formula One are different, and there are many views on the strength of the sport's fan base.

1 week ago

Carnival Will Launch Its Next Phase of China Growth in 2019

Carnival Will Launch Its Next Phase of China Growth in 2019

Hannah Sampson, Skift

While some cruise lines are pulling back on their presence in China, Carnival Corp. is moving forward with its long-planned joint venture with local partners. Will domestic travelers flock to a homegrown brand?

1 week ago

How I Plan to Cover the World’s Most Exciting Travel Region as Skift’s New Asia Editor

How I Plan to Cover the World’s Most Exciting Travel Region as Skift’s New Asia Editor

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Our first Asia Editor, Raini Hamdi, starts with us today and shares how she intends to cover the vast, fast, diverse, and dynamic region of Asia. Apart from remembering to breathe deeply, she'll be focusing on the stories that count.

1 week ago

Wanda Sells More of Its Tourism Businesses for $900 Million

Wanda Sells More of Its Tourism Businesses for $900 Million

Bloomberg

When the Chinese government tells you to give up your travel businesses, you act quickly, at least if you're based in the country. So much for Wanda's dreams of one day competing with Disney.

2 weeks ago

A Revived Silk Road Is Luring Travelers Again

A Revived Silk Road Is Luring Travelers Again

Wade Shepard, Bloomberg

China is linking up a series of once-legendary pathways connecting cities from Kashgar to Paro to Constantinople. The world’s original road trip is once again beckoning travelers.

3 weeks ago

Philippines’ Boracay Island Reopens With New Rules to Help Stop Overtourism

Philippines’ Boracay Island Reopens With New Rules to Help Stop Overtourism

Cecilia Yap and Andreo Calonzo, Bloomberg

Boracay isn't messing around anymore as it looks to turn a new leaf and keep tourism growth in check. But there are still many questions on how will the island's tourism infrastructure will help prevent overtourism.

3 weeks ago

Can Bangkok Become an Arts Destination?

Can Bangkok Become an Arts Destination?

Randy Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

Art typically has to be highly interactive and publicly displayed to become the main driver in why people book a trip. Bangkok is starting to use that playbook as it seeks to build a reputation as an artsy city.

3 weeks ago

Tourism For Good: How Chiang Mai Is Showing the Way

Tourism For Good: How Chiang Mai Is Showing the Way

Rebecca Stone, Skift

Tourism isn't perfect, but sometimes its mission can be. Four projects in northern Thailand are dedicated to creating more sustainable livelihoods for locals, preserving customs and traditions, and developing better conservation efforts for elephants. This is the good that tourism can do.

3 weeks ago

3 Things That Could Hinder Chinese Outbound Travel Growth

3 Things That Could Hinder Chinese Outbound Travel Growth

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

Like anyone else, Chinese travelers will cut back on trips or spending if financial conditions demand it. But the moment conditions loosen up, then watch out.

4 weeks ago

Thailand Reaches Out to Chinese Couples Free From the One-Child Policy

Thailand Reaches Out to Chinese Couples Free From the One-Child Policy

Michelle Jamrisko, Bloomberg

Wei Siang Yu, also known as Dr. Love of TV notoriety, and other providers in Thailand, are tapping into the existing medical tourism market, and hope they can spark incremental business now that China has abandoned its one-child policy. If there is a buck or a few yuan to be made, never doubt the readiness of businesses to exploit the opportunities.

4 weeks ago

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013

Jeff Sutherland, Bloomberg

With the Japanese government determined to rapidly grow tourism ahead of the fast-approaching 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we can be sure officials are doing what they can to make sure visitor numbers don't continue to tumble.

4 weeks ago