Asia

Japanese Tourism Could Be Boosted If Foreign Casino Construction Is Okayed

Japanese Tourism Could Be Boosted If Foreign Casino Construction Is Okayed

Lisa Du, Yuki Hagiwara, Grace Huang , Bloomberg

Japan is loosening its laws around foreign casino ownership. But it needs to coordinate its strategy if it wants to woo Las Vegas Sands, MGM, and other companies to build resorts that might rival Macau in popularity.

2 months ago

Overtourism and Lax Oversight Threaten Great Wall of China

Overtourism and Lax Oversight Threaten Great Wall of China

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The Great Wall of China doesn’t need Hollywood to remain one of the world’s wonders. But stampedes of Chinese tourists still threaten an edifice that northern armies failed to conquer.

2 months ago

Shanghai Disney Is Smashing Expectations as One-Year Mark Nears

Shanghai Disney Is Smashing Expectations as One-Year Mark Nears

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's theme park results were strong for the quarter, but its pipeline of projects around the world show the company has much bigger ambitions.

3 months ago

Mount Everest to See Record Number of Climbers

Mount Everest to See Record Number of Climbers

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press

Mount Everest seems ripe for overtourism. The difference here, rather than in Venice for example, is that overcrowding can be deadly.

3 months ago

Norwegian Forms Ties With Alibaba as It Enters the Crowded China Cruise Market

Norwegian Forms Ties With Alibaba as It Enters the Crowded China Cruise Market

Hannah Sampson , Skift

No one disputes that China is a promising market for the cruise industry. But new players can use as much help as they can get reaching customers.

3 months ago

China Is Building a $3 Billion Medical Tourism Hotspot

China Is Building a $3 Billion Medical Tourism Hotspot

Bloomberg

Medical tourism is a big business, and China is looking to appeal to wealthy Asian patients who have to travel for care.

3 months ago

Southeast Asia Wants to Copy Europe’s Visa-Free Travel

Southeast Asia Wants to Copy Europe’s Visa-Free Travel

Dan Peltier, Skift

Southeast Asian countries have a grand vision for visa-free travel, massive infrastructure projects and more airline competition to grow route networks. However, too much bureaucracy and political unrest stand in the way for this to become a reality in the near-term.

3 months ago

Royal Caribbean Sees a China Slowdown But Other Markets Are Thriving

Royal Caribbean Sees a China Slowdown But Other Markets Are Thriving

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As cruise executives often say, having ships all over the world means some areas boom while others struggle. At the moment, China-Korea tensions are hurting Royal Caribbean's business in Asia, but other regions are strong.

3 months ago

5 Charts Showing How Chinese Travelers Have Boosted Asia-Pacific Tourism

5 Charts Showing How Chinese Travelers Have Boosted Asia-Pacific Tourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

China's neighbors stand to benefit most from hundreds of millions of Chinese tourists. But as the past few months have shown, Chinese demand can shift rapidly and drastically impact local tourism economies in the process.

3 months ago

China’s Luxury Travelers Are Young and Spending More Than Ever

China’s Luxury Travelers Are Young and Spending More Than Ever

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Chinese consumers are responsible for one-third of the world’s personal luxury spending, but the consumers are younger and more affluent than the sector is accustomed to serving. Speaking directly to this group will pay off with loyalty and service for decades to come.

3 months ago

World Health Organization Says Japan’s Bad Smoking Habit Could Hurt Olympics Tourism

World Health Organization Says Japan’s Bad Smoking Habit Could Hurt Olympics Tourism

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

Japan should certainly take steps to restrict smoking ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but tourists still flock to notorious smoking destinations such as Paris despite its pervasive smoking culture.

4 months ago

Beijing’s Bike-Sharing Companies Race to the Bottom on Price

Beijing’s Bike-Sharing Companies Race to the Bottom on Price

Associated Press

Bike-sharing programs are now common in tourist-heavy cities like Beijing, but these programs don't maintain themselves, and rock-bottom prices don't help. Just look at all the financial and human resources that go into New York's Citi Bike.

4 months ago