Asia

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Although new measures and a 2022 date with the Winter Olympics may help clear the air, for now, Beijing’s hospitality industry has little choice but to address the situation – and hope guests order room service.

1 month ago

China-Based Cruise Ships Are Skipping South Korea Amid Tensions

China-Based Cruise Ships Are Skipping South Korea Amid Tensions

Muyu Xu, Adam Jourdan, and Hyunjoo Jin, Reuters

South Korea is a popular destination for Chinese passengers, so cruise operators will have to deal will disappointment over canceled visits. But global cruise lines are accustomed to navigating troubled geopolitical waters.

1 month ago

5 New Asian Travel Startups Incubated by Amadeus

5 New Asian Travel Startups Incubated by Amadeus

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Making things predictable — such as train ticket confirmations, airport security lines, mobile phone data fees, how to get from point to point, and the effect of events on hotel demand — is a theme of this batch of startups.

2 months ago

South Korea Tourism Industry at Risk in Political Spat With China

South Korea Tourism Industry at Risk in Political Spat With China

Heejin Kim, Bloomberg

Outbound Chinese tourists are essentially a row of very important dominoes in the Asia-Pacific region -- if Chinese tourists stop visiting a destination everything else begins falling out of place.

2 months ago

Comcast Is Staking a Bigger Global Claim With Control of Japan Theme Park

Comcast Is Staking a Bigger Global Claim With Control of Japan Theme Park

Gerry Smith, Bloomberg

Comcast's latest $2.3 billion bet on Universal Studios Japan shows how much potential the parent company sees in its theme parks.

2 months ago

Singapore Is Getting Tougher on the Sharing Economy Brands It Once Embraced

Singapore Is Getting Tougher on the Sharing Economy Brands It Once Embraced

Fathin Ungku and Jeremy Wagstaff, Reuters

Cities have often been the underdogs when it comes to working with sharing economy brands. It's nice to see them use what they've learned to their own, and their citizens', advantage.

2 months ago

Stayzilla Closes Indian Alternative Lodging Business Despite Raising $34 Million

Stayzilla Closes Indian Alternative Lodging Business Despite Raising $34 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

It was only last May that Stayzilla received $13 million in a Series C round. An impressive-seeming execution must have blinded investors to spreadsheet data showing the company was not generating enough revenue to cover its costs.

2 months ago

Norwegian Cruise Line Is Already Planning a Second Ship for China

Norwegian Cruise Line Is Already Planning a Second Ship for China

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Like other cruise lines, Norwegian is thinking far into the future when it comes to China. Will the fledgling market keep up with the supply growth?

2 months ago

Six Flags Says It Is Just Getting Started With Its International Expansion

Six Flags Says It Is Just Getting Started With Its International Expansion

Hannah Sampson, Skift

How much of the world is eager to host a Six Flags theme park? The Texas-based company is trying to find out.

2 months ago

Japan Hopes to Woo Tourists With New Ninja Museum and Memorabilia

Japan Hopes to Woo Tourists With New Ninja Museum and Memorabilia

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press

With the Tokyo Olympics three years away, Japan is pulling out all the stops in can to ensure it will capture the spotlight during the global event and build a tourism legacy that extends long after the games.

2 months ago

Hong Kong Disneyland Earnings Drop in Tandem With Tourism Numbers

Hong Kong Disneyland Earnings Drop in Tandem With Tourism Numbers

Associated Press

Disney can afford to play the long game with its partner in Hong Kong. Now it just needs the tourists to play along.

2 months ago

Thailand Government Plans to Build a Coal Plant Near Popular Tourist Beaches

Thailand Government Plans to Build a Coal Plant Near Popular Tourist Beaches

Dake Kang, Associated Press

Thailand need only look at its neighbor, China, to see the type of environmental impact that coal production can have. That it's willing to put a plant near one of the country's most popular and iconic tourist destinations is a very questionable decision.

2 months ago