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Chinese Travel Will Reach Record Highs in 2016 Despite a Slower Economy

Chinese Travel Will Reach Record Highs in 2016 Despite a Slower Economy

Dan Peltier, Skift

There's no doubt China's economy is going through a downturn, but western travel brands can't blame all of their shortcomings on that point. Much of foreign travel brands' failures or missteps in China -- such as Airbnb or Uber for example -- are probably more likely because they couldn't execute strategies that fit the Chinese market.

1 month ago

Skift Podcast: The Serious Business of Modern Theme Parks

Skift Podcast: The Serious Business of Modern Theme Parks

Hannah Sampson , Skift

The most famous theme park operators in the world are expanding globally and improving their original properties in an effort to attract bigger audiences at home and abroad. Listen to this episode for a wide-ranging conversation about how that's happening and whether it's likely to pay off.

1 month ago

Asian Tourism Investment Looks Promising Through 2026, But Challenges Loom

Asian Tourism Investment Looks Promising Through 2026, But Challenges Loom

Dan Peltier, Skift

As the world's fastest-growing region for tourism it's a good sign that some Asian countries can expect to see healthy travel and tourism investment during the next 10 years. But a number of factors could alter these projections, particularly the Chinese market, as more global tourism trends are tested in this region.

1 month ago

Thailand King’s Death Prompts Tourism Concerns

Thailand King’s Death Prompts Tourism Concerns

Angus Whitley, Kyunghee Park and David Roman, Bloomberg

Given the public adoration for the monarch, tourists visiting Thailand will have to be extra wary about how they conduct themselves.

2 months ago

Brand USA and U.S. Tourism Groups Target India as the Next Major Asian Tourism Market

Brand USA and U.S. Tourism Groups Target India as the Next Major Asian Tourism Market

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

U.S. officials are hoping that Asian tourism will continue to be a boon to the domestic travel industry, and driving tourism from India is the next step. A thriving Indian middle-class will only help accelerate outbound tourism growth.

2 months ago

Singapore Tycoon Wants Chinese Travelers to Visit Mega-Yacht Marinas

Singapore Tycoon Wants Chinese Travelers to Visit Mega-Yacht Marinas

Livia Yap, Bloomberg

Singapore, quietly, is one of Asia's top cruise ports. Giving tourists something else to do when embarking a cruise or visiting Singapore is a shrewd idea.

2 months ago

Indian Himalayas Grapples With Overtourism Issues

Indian Himalayas Grapples With Overtourism Issues

Cathal McNaughton, Reuters

As we've seen before in destinations from Iceland to Barcelona and Venice, overtourism is a double-edged sword: Good in some ways, but potentially harmful in others.

2 months ago

Tourism to the Philippines Also a Casualty of Its President’s Brutal War on Drugs

Tourism to the Philippines Also a Casualty of Its President’s Brutal War on Drugs

David Fickling, Bloomberg Gadfly

If history has proven, the kind of violence taking place in the Philippines under Duterte's leadership could have a damaging impact on tourism for many years to come.

2 months ago

The Changing Travel Habits of China’s Golden Week Tourists

The Changing Travel Habits of China’s Golden Week Tourists

Neil Hall and Nicole Nee, Reuters

Turns out China's outbound tourists are just as complicated as all other tourists. And there are many of them so very ready to see the world in all its diversity.

2 months ago

Disney Says Shanghai Park Attendance Has Exceeded Expectations, Despite Contrary Report

Disney Says Shanghai Park Attendance Has Exceeded Expectations, Despite Contrary Report

Christopher Palmeri and Brendan Coffey, Bloomberg

Official Disney attendance numbers may not be telling the whole story but long lines and high prices aren't the only thing the company needs to worry about in Shanghai. China will become saturated with more than a dozen new theme parks from competitors in coming years all looking to capture millions of theme park enthusiasts in the world's most populated country.

2 months ago

U.S. Issues Zika Travel Advisory for 11 Southeast Asia Countries

U.S. Issues Zika Travel Advisory for 11 Southeast Asia Countries

Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

Zika is a serious threat, particularly for pregnant women and their offspring. Travelers should be cautious but with remedial efforts, this, too, shall pass.

2 months ago

Singapore Tries to Compete for Chinese Tourists With Shopping-Themed Week

Singapore Tries to Compete for Chinese Tourists With Shopping-Themed Week

Livia Yap , Bloomberg

Tourism boards for numerous countries are wooing Chinese tourists. The challenge is how do countries differentiate themselves on a long-term basis.

2 months ago