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Chinese Outbound Tourism Is a Global Jobs Creator

Chinese Outbound Tourism Is a Global Jobs Creator

Tracy Chen, Bloomberg

One of China's largest exports is the country's outbound travelers, and their spending power is helping to reshape the world.

3 weeks ago

Where to Find Japan’s Hidden Corners During Its Tourism Boom

Where to Find Japan’s Hidden Corners During Its Tourism Boom

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

In 2017 Japan saw double-digit growth in tourist arrivals from the previous year. So savvy travelers may look to avoid some of the crowds by seeking out these four towns that are appealing alternatives to better-known cities.

4 weeks ago

Thailand Sets New Tourism Record as Arrivals Continue to Soar

Thailand Sets New Tourism Record as Arrivals Continue to Soar

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

A military junta still rules over Thailand, but that isn’t stopping tourists from arriving in record numbers.

1 month ago

Overtourism Remains a Concern in Jeju Island Even as Chinese Travel Drops

Overtourism Remains a Concern in Jeju Island Even as Chinese Travel Drops

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

Like destinations around the world, South Korea is trying to figure out the best way to manage tourism. In the case of Jeju Island, local residents and government leaders have different priorities.

1 month ago

China’s Booming Cruise Industry Is Facing a Slowdown

China’s Booming Cruise Industry Is Facing a Slowdown

Daniel Meesak, Jing Travel

Cruise operators say they have confidence in the long-term potential of China as a major cruise market. The short term is a little more tricky.

1 month ago

Myanmar’s Famed Balloons Are Securing Investments Despite Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar’s Famed Balloons Are Securing Investments Despite Rohingya Crisis

Sterling Wong and Livia Yap, Bloomberg

Investors are betting that tourists will look past the ethnic cleansing happening in some parts of Myanmar and so far some have, but others are canceling trips on moral grounds or safety fears.

2 months ago

Indonesia Is Inviting Chinese Tourists to Return to Bali Amid Volcanic Threat

Indonesia Is Inviting Chinese Tourists to Return to Bali Amid Volcanic Threat

Thomas Kutty Abraham and Rieka Rahadiana, Bloomberg

Governments can take steps to show that a destination is safe following terrorism or a major storm. But they can't control an impending volcanic eruption and many tourists aren't willing to make the gamble.

2 months ago

China Tour Operators Still Can’t Plan Trips to South Korea

China Tour Operators Still Can’t Plan Trips to South Korea

Daniela Wei, Bloomberg

China has clearly not moved past its dispute with South Korea over the missile shield, and this hurts the Chinese tourism industry, although travelers are picking alternative destinations. It's a big problem for big cruise lines betting on the Chinese market.

2 months ago

Taj Mahal Cleaning Project May Mar the View for Some Visitors

Taj Mahal Cleaning Project May Mar the View for Some Visitors

Nick Perry, Associated Press

The World Heritage site will stay open while workers complete its first thorough cleaning since it was built 369 years ago. Visitors should know the dome will be scaffolded periodically through 2019.

2 months ago

Australian Airlines Return to Bali but Volcanic Threat Remains High

Australian Airlines Return to Bali but Volcanic Threat Remains High

Associated Press

With experts warning that the threat of a violent eruption is still pretty high, there's still plenty of uncertainty on the island of Bali.

3 months ago

Tokyo Disney Is Reportedly Getting a $2.7 Billion Expansion

Tokyo Disney Is Reportedly Getting a $2.7 Billion Expansion

Lisa Du, Bloomberg

Tokyo Disney Resort is already a popular piece of the Disney empire, and spending billions to add attractions and make improvements will only help drive more attendance and spending. Castles need a little polish every now and then.

3 months ago

Bali Airport Reopens but Disruption Likely to Continue

Bali Airport Reopens but Disruption Likely to Continue

Stephen Wright, Associated Press

Airlines are cautious when it comes to volcanic eruptions because of the damage particles can do to aircraft engines. The airport may have reopened but any change in the weather or an increase in activity could see it shut down again.

3 months ago