Asia

Guam Tourism Going Strong Despite Being in North Korea Crosshairs

Guam Tourism Going Strong Despite Being in North Korea Crosshairs

Grace Garces Bordallo and Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press

Despite the rhetoric from North Korea and the United States, the situation on the ground, including tourism to Guam, remains basically unchanged.

1 month ago

The Rise and Fall of China Outbound Travel to South Korea

The Rise and Fall of China Outbound Travel to South Korea

Jared Wein, Skift

China outbound travel is booming and has a long way to go before maturity. Individual destinations should pursue the market, but be cognizant of the risks. South Korea serves as an example of what can happen when the Chinese government changes course.

2 months ago

TripAdvisor’s Global Food Delivery Expansion Pressures Hotels to Adapt

TripAdvisor’s Global Food Delivery Expansion Pressures Hotels to Adapt

Raini Hamdi, Skift

TripAdvisor has expanded its food delivery service outside the U.S. and Canada, part of its strategy to grow non-hotel revenues. More travelers can chow on crisp-fried shrimp paste chicken comfortably in their rooms. Hotels have no choice but to say bon appetit.

2 months ago

U.S. Tells Americans to Leave North Korea This Month as Travel Ban Looms

U.S. Tells Americans to Leave North Korea This Month as Travel Ban Looms

Josh Lederman, Associated Press

The U.S. will soon all but end the use of U.S. passports for travel in the police state. The ban comes after a U.S. student died from an injury after detainment. It has frightening echoes of saber-rattling.

2 months ago

Ctrip and Skyscanner: A Look at How the Deal Went Down

Ctrip and Skyscanner: A Look at How the Deal Went Down

Jared Wein, Skift

Ctrip’s purchase of Skyscanner continued the trend of metasearch consolidation and should provide Ctrip with support for its outbound and inbound businesses.

2 months ago

Japan’s Kit Kat Tourism Is Big Business and Getting Bigger

Japan’s Kit Kat Tourism Is Big Business and Getting Bigger

Naomi Schanen, Bloomberg

We've purchased and eaten more than our fair share of Japanese Kit Kats over the years, and we have no intention of stopping anytime soon — they're that good.

2 months ago

New Research Report: A Deep Dive Into Ctrip and the China Online Travel Market 2017

New Research Report: A Deep Dive Into Ctrip and the China Online Travel Market 2017

Jared Wein, Skift

This report represents the launch of our coverage of Asia, offering insights into both Ctrip and the online travel market more broadly.

2 months ago

Asian Uber Rival Grabs $2 Billion in New Funding

Asian Uber Rival Grabs $2 Billion in New Funding

Lulu Yilun Chen and Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

Uber still has a chance to succeed in Southeast Asia, despite being foiled in Russia and China. But yet another heavily-capitalized competitor in the space does not help its prospects.

2 months ago

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Singapore’s Old-School Travel Agencies Struggle While Innovators Thrive

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Over 100 travel agencies have ceased operations in Singapore in the first six months of the year. But a closer look shows the trade is not dying; it is renewing.

2 months ago

U.S. to Ban Tourist Visits to North Korea

U.S. to Ban Tourist Visits to North Korea

Matthew Lee, Associated Press

The ban, starting in September, comes after a U.S. student died from an injury after detainment in a North Korean prison. While Skift believes free travel is a right and is also helpful geopolitically, this may be an exceptional case.

2 months ago

Thailand Switches Tourism Strategy to Drive Longer Stays and More Spending

Thailand Switches Tourism Strategy to Drive Longer Stays and More Spending

Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Thailand's Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul is in the vanguard among the world's tourism ministers for shunning targets for visitor numbers and switching to a focus on boosting daily spending and length of stay. An end to tourism stunts (like plastic surgery contests) will be welcome, too.

2 months ago

Chinese Outbound Tourism Is Up But Shopping Sprees Are Down

Chinese Outbound Tourism Is Up But Shopping Sprees Are Down

Bloomberg

A new survey shows Chinese tourists are spending more on travel but shopping less while they are on vacation overseas. The travel industry should take note of the fact that shopping isn't the draw it once was and work to provide what visitors from China really want.

2 months ago