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Universal Theme Park Growth Is Still in High Gear

Universal Theme Park Growth Is Still in High Gear

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Universal theme parks are expanding in the U.S. and around the world even as larger rival Disney continues to pour money into growing its parks and resorts. As long as returns are healthy, expect the theme park wars to rage on.

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How Japan Is Transforming Its Visitor Economy for the Next Wave of Tourism

How Japan Is Transforming Its Visitor Economy for the Next Wave of Tourism

Japan National Tourism Organization + Skift

Japan has grand ambitions to bring more than 40 million visitors to the country by 2020, and 60 million by 2030. But the country isn’t just dreaming big, it’s acting big too. Thanks to a concerted country-wide push by tourism officials and local business leaders to transform the Japanese tourism economy, the country seems on track to achieve this vision.

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Macau Casino CEO Claims Analysts Overreacting With Negative Forecasts

Macau Casino CEO Claims Analysts Overreacting With Negative Forecasts

Daniela Wei, Bloomberg

Either Melco Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Ho knows something most other people don't about the Macau market or he's spinning a tale.

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Kingdom’s Retail Queen Lays Out Thai Tourism Truths That Others Only Whisper

Kingdom’s Retail Queen Lays Out Thai Tourism Truths That Others Only Whisper

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It takes a retail personality to air the dirty laundry of Thai tourism. No one will be offended; it’s all an open secret. Supaluck Umpujh, at least, is doing something about it, partnering with AEG to make Thailand a regional entertainment hub.

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Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists

Abhishek Vishnoi, Bloomberg

Tourism revenue accounts for a vast majority of Bali's income, but the crowds take a toll on its resources and infrastructure. Now the provincial government will charge a toll of its own: a $10 tax on foreign visitors to help defray the impact.

1 month ago

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Bangkok needs more than rainmakers to be treated seriously as the world’s top city destination, and to be a strong contender for medical tourists. Here’s what's choking the city and why it’s unhealthy for tourism.

1 month ago

Philippines Mulls Limiting Cruises to Boracay as Overtourism Worries Mount

Philippines Mulls Limiting Cruises to Boracay as Overtourism Worries Mount

Maria Stella F. Arnaldo, Skift

The Philippines wants cruise dollars. But Boracay, which has reopened after some rehabilitation, does not. The island is a key cruise stop but can carry only so much. Tourism authorities and cruise lines should work out the sums.

1 month ago

China Warns Against Business Trips to U.S.

China Warns Against Business Trips to U.S.

Steven Yang and Sarah Chen, Bloomberg

Blowback from the Huawei spying scandal is starting as China discourages state enterprises from traveling to U.S. and its ally countries, especially with devices with sensitive information. It doesn't bode well for China's growing outbound travel for business.

1 month ago

The Method to the Madness Behind Vietnam’s Crazy Hotel Boom

The Method to the Madness Behind Vietnam’s Crazy Hotel Boom

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A pending 40 percent increase in room supply should keep investors at bay, you would think. But Vietnam still attracts them like flies. Development is off the charts. Here's why.

1 month ago

Japan Rolls Out New Departure Tax Opposed by Airlines

Japan Rolls Out New Departure Tax Opposed by Airlines

Raini Hamdi, Skift

No destination gets away uncriticized for imposing a tax on tourists. Japan is no exception, especially since the destination is loved by millions of tourists and it isn’t clear-cut why they are being taxed. But it's unlikely tourists will say sayonara to Japan, say operators.

1 month ago

Tropical Storm Disrupts Thailand’s Peak Tourism Season

Tropical Storm Disrupts Thailand’s Peak Tourism Season

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight , Bloomberg

Just as it is recovering from heavy drops in Chinese visitors, Thailand has to count more losses as a powerful storm barrels through the south, where its popular beaches at this time are usually filled with Europeans seeking sunny days.

2 months ago

Central Asia’s New Silk Road Offers Vast Tourism Potential

Central Asia’s New Silk Road Offers Vast Tourism Potential

Nadejda Popova, Euromonitor International

Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan meet chicken-and-egg. An effort to revive the old Silk Road could mean huge tourism potential for those countries whose economies for so long were dependent on natural resources, especially as outbound Chinese travel grows. But how projects and the timing line up will play a huge role.

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