Asia

TUI Group CMO Says That Bricks and Mortar Retail Still Matters to Tour Brands

TUI Group CMO Says That Bricks and Mortar Retail Still Matters to Tour Brands

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Internet has more information about destinations than any traveler could possibly need. Do consumers really need tour operators to have retail stores? It seems unnecessary, but travelers in some markets still like the model.

2 months ago

Toilets Are on the Front Line of China’s Push to Improve Tourism

Toilets Are on the Front Line of China’s Push to Improve Tourism

Zhang Weiqun, Associated Press

What's notable about this is that it is aimed at both domestic and international tourists, a clear acknowledgment that real growth is homegrown.

2 months ago

Former Thailand Tourism Boss Sentenced to 50 Years in Bribery Scandal

Former Thailand Tourism Boss Sentenced to 50 Years in Bribery Scandal

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press

Tourism organizations are getting extra scrutiny these days — see Visit Florida's battle for survival — but this story serves as a reminder that corruption is always a risk when public money flows. Still, a 50-year sentence seems to far outweigh the crime.

2 months ago

SeaWorld Is Selling a 21 Percent Stake to Chinese Investors

SeaWorld Is Selling a 21 Percent Stake to Chinese Investors

Paul Barbagallo, Bloomberg

SeaWorld Entertainment has been making all kinds of moves to turn the company's performance around, but results have not paid off yet. Will this new long-term investment help?

2 months ago

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Michael Heath, Bloomberg

This study — which shows that surfers can be a bellwether for future visitor growth — could help destinations adequately prepare for more tourists before they are overwhelmed.

2 months ago

Accor and Banyan Tree Hotel Partnership Could Be a Very Tricky Maneuver

Accor and Banyan Tree Hotel Partnership Could Be a Very Tricky Maneuver

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Will Accor-Banyan Tree be the model for Asian hotel groups to grow globally without losing their independence and brand value? The devil may be in the execution. Hoteliers are watching how this works out and many believe it could be tough-going.

2 months ago

Coral Reefs Threatened as Global Bleaching Intensifies

Coral Reefs Threatened as Global Bleaching Intensifies

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press

As coral reefs around the world continue to deteriorate, the fate of the Earth's oceans hangs in the balance.

2 months ago

Cruise Lines, Travel Agencies Drop Trips From China to S. Korea Over Missile Defense Issue

Cruise Lines, Travel Agencies Drop Trips From China to S. Korea Over Missile Defense Issue

Christopher Bodeen and Youkyung Lee, Associated Press

Cruise lines, travel agencies and airlines are getting caught up in the diplomatic tiff and public outcry in China related to South Korea deploying a U.S. missile defense system. There isn't much choice as the Chinese government has banned much of this travel and, at any rate, there is a drop in demand.

2 months ago

Air Travel Is the Latest Casualty of China-Korea Tensions

Air Travel Is the Latest Casualty of China-Korea Tensions

Dong Lyu and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

As global travel companies and destinations try to get more business from Chinese travelers, how much of a roadblock will international conflicts be? Recent tensions with South Korea may provide a hint.

3 months ago

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Although new measures and a 2022 date with the Winter Olympics may help clear the air, for now, Beijing’s hospitality industry has little choice but to address the situation – and hope guests order room service.

3 months ago

China-Based Cruise Ships Are Skipping South Korea Amid Tensions

China-Based Cruise Ships Are Skipping South Korea Amid Tensions

Muyu Xu, Adam Jourdan, and Hyunjoo Jin, Reuters

South Korea is a popular destination for Chinese passengers, so cruise operators will have to deal will disappointment over canceled visits. But global cruise lines are accustomed to navigating troubled geopolitical waters.

3 months ago

5 New Asian Travel Startups Incubated by Amadeus

5 New Asian Travel Startups Incubated by Amadeus

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Making things predictable — such as train ticket confirmations, airport security lines, mobile phone data fees, how to get from point to point, and the effect of events on hotel demand — is a theme of this batch of startups.

3 months ago