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Destinations Seek China’s Fertility Tourists as Family Planning Laws Fade

Destinations Seek China’s Fertility Tourists as Family Planning Laws Fade

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

China's one-child policy has been history for a couple of years, and reports indicate restrictions on family size could further drop. Destinations around the world are trying to seize the opportunity to cater to travelers who may need help to grow their families — and are already comfortable traveling for medical care.

2 months ago

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Potential Bonanza for Singapore Tourism

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Potential Bonanza for Singapore Tourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many destinations or small towns aren't prepared for waves of tourism after a box office hit makes travelers want to visit, but not Singapore. The island nation has been expanding its airport, hotels, stopover program, and luxury offerings for years as it waited for its turn in the spotlight with U.S. travelers.

2 months ago

China’s Domestic Tourism Boom Has Lessons for the Rest of the World

China’s Domestic Tourism Boom Has Lessons for the Rest of the World

Jing Travel

Chinese travelers are increasingly exploring rural areas within the country as domestic tourism soars. International destinations should pay attention to what China's travelers are doing at home to better understand how to appeal to them from afar.

2 months ago

Top Indian Destination Kerala Suffers Heavy Rain and Flooding

Top Indian Destination Kerala Suffers Heavy Rain and Flooding

Ganesh Nagarajan, Pratik Parija, and Vrishti Beniwal, Bloomberg

For the rest of us who are not in this corner of India, count your blessings and give a thought for the suffering.

2 months ago

Instagram Gives Boost to Obscure Japanese Destinations Looking for More Tourism

Instagram Gives Boost to Obscure Japanese Destinations Looking for More Tourism

Won Jae Ko, Bloomberg

Call it the Instagram effect. The platform can be an economic driver for destinations desperate for more tourism, but many locales remain unprepared for how quickly social media can elevate their profiles.

3 months ago

Top Korea Hotel App Takes Majority Stake in Singapore Startup Zen Rooms

Top Korea Hotel App Takes Majority Stake in Singapore Startup Zen Rooms

Sam Kim, Bloomberg

Southeast Asia is one of the world's fastest-growing travel markets, and companies that want in on the excitement could learn from Yanolja and Zen's localized apps that are making waves in the region.

3 months ago

Indonesia Steps Up Efforts to Attract Tourists to Help Trim Its Deficit

Indonesia Steps Up Efforts to Attract Tourists to Help Trim Its Deficit

Viriya Singgih and Rieka Rahadiana, Bloomberg

The strong U.S. dollar has implications beyond making it more expensive for many travelers to visit the United States; it's also making other countries like Indonesia increasingly desperate to get more tourists through the door.

3 months ago

The Philippines Aspires to Shift Visitors From Beaches to Culinary Tourism

The Philippines Aspires to Shift Visitors From Beaches to Culinary Tourism

Andreo Calonzo and Cecilia Yap , Bloomberg

The Philippines' new tourism chief is hoping that millennials will be inspired by social media sites like WeChat and Instagram to visit its culinary destinations as the government considers imposing quotas on beachgoers. Tourism officials worldwide will be watching to see how it turns out.

3 months ago

Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling in a Boon to Resort Developers

Japan Legalizes Casino Gambling in a Boon to Resort Developers

Lisa Du and Maiko Takahashi, Bloomberg

After years of debate, Japan legalized casino gambling and created a path for three casino resorts to be built. Operators are lining up for their chance to get in on the building boom.

3 months ago

Philippine Airlines Steps Up Quest for Chinese Tourists

Philippine Airlines Steps Up Quest for Chinese Tourists

Claire Jiao, Bloomberg

With Chinese tourism increasingly big business for many countries, airlines are stepping up their route development. The Philippines will have plenty of competition from other Southeast Asian beach destinations.

3 months ago

U.S. and China Are in Tourism Standoff as Trade War Heats Up

U.S. and China Are in Tourism Standoff as Trade War Heats Up

Daniel Meesak, Jing Travel

Its millions of international travelers aside, China's many investments in the U.S. travel industry have left it at an impasse in the trade war and, for now, with America having the upper hand.

3 months ago

Overtourism Becomes a Burden for Thailand as It Breaks Visitor Records

Overtourism Becomes a Burden for Thailand as It Breaks Visitor Records

Natnicha Chuwiruch and Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Overtourism is a phrase Skift has championed to describe a phenomenon that's increasingly common and that requires industry attention. In Thailand, the number of annual visitors to the country has gone from 25 million four years ago to an expected 40 million next year.

3 months ago