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How to Make Abu Dhabi a Real Destination and Not Just a Stopover

How to Make Abu Dhabi a Real Destination and Not Just a Stopover

Colin Nagy, Skift

Abu Dhabi has a long way to go to become a destination and not just a stopover. Here are some ideas.

1 month ago

China Is Making It Easier for Foreign Tourists to Visit Hainan

China Is Making It Easier for Foreign Tourists to Visit Hainan

Keith Zhai, Bloomberg

Extending visa-free access is a surefire way to make a destination more popular. We can expect to see more tourists visiting the province over the next couple of years.

1 month ago

China to Use Tourism-Friendly Hainan Island as Test Case for Electric Vehicles

China to Use Tourism-Friendly Hainan Island as Test Case for Electric Vehicles

Bloomberg

Think of China's Hainan island as test case for domestic tourism, gaming, and electric vehicle usage. In a country that faces a pollution crisis every time the direction of the wind changes, the Hainan electric vehicle experiment takes on added significance.

1 month ago

Hainan Province Is Getting Governmental Help in Bid to Become a Tourism Powerhouse

Hainan Province Is Getting Governmental Help in Bid to Become a Tourism Powerhouse

Daniela Wei, Bloomberg

It's not that Hainan doesn't have a lot of tourists; there were nearly 67 million last year. But the island destination wants more international visitors, and these new policies supported by China's president could help make that goal a reality.

1 month ago

The Prospect of China Opening Up Hainan to Gambling Could Impact the Global Travel Industry

The Prospect of China Opening Up Hainan to Gambling Could Impact the Global Travel Industry

Bloomberg

The issue of opening up Hainan to gambling could have a huge impact if it signals more broadly that China wants to turn more inward and keep its growing middle class traveling at home rather than abroad.

2 months ago

Chinese Tourism Growth Puts Southeast Asia Travel Industry in Balancing Act With Locals

Chinese Tourism Growth Puts Southeast Asia Travel Industry in Balancing Act With Locals

Jing Travel

Southeast Asia destinations won't want to put all their eggs in China's tourism basket, and they don't want to cook the goose of local populations and Western visitor markets. But the region knows China is too good of an opportunity to pass up, at least for now.

2 months ago

Japan Resort Area Attracts Hotel Investments and Foreign Tourists

Japan Resort Area Attracts Hotel Investments and Foreign Tourists

Masahiro Hidaka, Bloomberg

Foreign tourism is up in Beppu, Japan, which is renowned for its hot springs, as domestic tourism wanes. The surge in foreign visitors has attracted hotel investment from International Hotels Group and Hoshino Resorts.

2 months ago

Thailand Gives Beach Made Famous by Hollywood Movie a Break From Tourists

Thailand Gives Beach Made Famous by Hollywood Movie a Break From Tourists

Tassanee Vejpongsa, Associated Press

It has taken Thailand almost 20 years to realize that it might make sense to limit the number of people visiting Maya Bay. A good reminder that overtourism isn't a new phenomenon.

2 months ago

China’s Super Aggressive Sunac Picking Up Troubled Travel Assets

China’s Super Aggressive Sunac Picking Up Troubled Travel Assets

Daniel Meesak, Jing Travel

Sunac's valuation is skyrocketing as it buys up other companies' assets to fuel its own growth. But will its strategy backfire as debt mounts? And what does all the turnover mean for the travel industry in China?

2 months ago

Tariff Spat Could Chill China-U.S. Travel Even Without a Trade War

Tariff Spat Could Chill China-U.S. Travel Even Without a Trade War

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Travel companies were spared the first round of the U.S.-China trade war. But outbound travel to the United States and U.S. hospitality companies could become collateral damage without too much provocation.

2 months ago

Philippines Tourism Goal May Be Casualty of Decision to Close an Island

Philippines Tourism Goal May Be Casualty of Decision to Close an Island

Andreo Calonzo and Ditas Lopez, Bloomberg

Sustainable tourism growth is difficult to achieve because most tourism boards won't slow down, take a beat, and withstand a temporary drop in visitation in the name of long-term improvement. The Philippines is smart to do this reparative work.

2 months ago

What This Tokyo Bookstore Can Teach Travel About the Tech Backlash

What This Tokyo Bookstore Can Teach Travel About the Tech Backlash

Colin Nagy, Skift

In a world where actual connection is more important than ever as a technology backlash looms, how can travel brands create more human experiences through addictive shared spaces?

2 months ago