Asia

Hotels in China Don’t Benefit Much From the World’s Largest Travel Event

Hotels in China Don’t Benefit Much From the World’s Largest Travel Event

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Hundreds of millions of people in motion during a holiday period should mean big bucks for the travel industry. But in China, technology and tradition are holding it back.

3 weeks ago

Southeast Asia’s Tourism Campaign Is a Misplaced Effort

Southeast Asia’s Tourism Campaign Is a Misplaced Effort

Raini Hamdi, Skift

With little budget and even less originality in marketing, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations may be better off focusing on facilitating tourism growth through infrastructure and other improvements, which it is adept at, than launching another Visit ASEAN Year.

3 weeks ago

5 New Travel Startups From China That Challenge the Status Quo

5 New Travel Startups From China That Challenge the Status Quo

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Chinese travel startups are innovating, not cloning, these days. For instance, Zanadu is using virtual reality to sell luxury travel in real world shops, Baoku is bringing integrated workflows to corporate travel planners, and Aipinji is applying an Uber-like user interface to an old-school wholesaler model.

4 weeks ago

As Tokyo Tourism Grows, First-Time Travelers Still Have Basic Questions

As Tokyo Tourism Grows, First-Time Travelers Still Have Basic Questions

Linda Lombardi, Associated Press

Answers for all those questions you might have if you're a first-time traveler to Japan but might be too afraid to ask about.

4 weeks ago

Travel Ramps Up for Chinese New Year — Digital Marketing News This Week

Travel Ramps Up for Chinese New Year — Digital Marketing News This Week

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

Chinese New Year is big business for the travel industry. The country's travelers are expected to take more than three billion trips during this year's festivities.

4 weeks ago

Business Travel Is Expected to Soar in India, Struggle in Brazil as Economies Diverge

Business Travel Is Expected to Soar in India, Struggle in Brazil as Economies Diverge

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Business travel spending has increased tremendously in India and Brazil since 2000 — but most of that money is spent domestically. As those and other markets continue to change — and global politics shift — will the future bring more or fewer international business trips?

4 weeks ago

China’s Citizens Are Celebrating Lunar New Year By Traveling Abroad

China’s Citizens Are Celebrating Lunar New Year By Traveling Abroad

Dong Lyu and Bruce Einhorn, Bloomberg

As Chinese New Year travel continues to grow, are destinations all over the world doing enough to capture a slice of that market? Some like Japan, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates appear to be going out of their way to welcome visitors, but there may be opportunities for others.

1 month ago

China Is Using Tourism to Taiwan as a Diplomatic Weapon

China Is Using Tourism to Taiwan as a Diplomatic Weapon

Brenda Goh and Muyu Xu, Reuters

Travel is always a political act. It's just that sometimes it's much more apparent than others.

1 month ago

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airbnb and HomeAway clones are a dime-a-dozen. But we found a handful carving out niche market segments that seem promising. These startups focus on travelers interested in corporate-friendly lodgings, architecture and design properties, Asia's top destinations, and exclusive luxury residences.

1 month ago

One of the Most Zen Hotels on Earth Opens in Frenetic Tokyo

One of the Most Zen Hotels on Earth Opens in Frenetic Tokyo

Sierra Tishgart, Bloomberg

Travelers used to have to leave bustling Tokyo for the countryside to sample a traditional Japanese inn, or onsen ryokan. But in 2016 the Hoshinoya Tokyo hotel opened, bringing serene lodging to the city's center — topped off with a dollop of luxury.

1 month ago

Thailand’s 2017 Tourism Growth Looks Dim After Cheap Chinese Tour Crackdown

Thailand’s 2017 Tourism Growth Looks Dim After Cheap Chinese Tour Crackdown

Suttinee Yuvejwattana, Bloomberg

Cracking down on overtourism by Chinese tourists is a smart move by the Thai government but dealing with the short-term blowback from that will be a challenge for the country heading into 2017.

1 month ago

Disney Deep Dive: The Economics of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Disney Deep Dive: The Economics of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Dave Montali, Skift

Disney's international parks act as key consumer touch-points that drive brand awareness and cross-monetization of content in new markets. Macroeconomic issues in outbound mainland China tourism have impacted Hong Kong recently, but those pressures are abating and new park expansion projects should stabilize attendance trends.

1 month ago