Central & South America

Turkey and Venezuela Agree to Increased Flights and Tourism

Turkey and Venezuela Agree to Increased Flights and Tourism

Joseph Ataman, Associated Press

We see it all over the world these days: When countries have difficulties with their traditional allies, they turn elsewhere. It's a smart move by Turkey and Venezuela to seek closer ties, although both governments are pariahs right now.

2 weeks ago

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO

Sean O'Neill, Skift

With its IPO on Wednesday, Despegar became the world's seventh-largest online travel company by market cap. Its bosses talk a good game. But its major markets may have near-term hiccups ahead.

1 month ago

Cruise Passengers Are Booking Earlier Than Ever. Is That a Good Thing?

Cruise Passengers Are Booking Earlier Than Ever. Is That a Good Thing?

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Cruise companies are finally seeing the booking behavior they desired as more passengers reserve their places earlier. But observers wonder if selling inventory too far in advance means cruise lines are leaving money on the table.

2 months ago

The Luxury Cruise Lines Sailing the Waters of the Amazon

The Luxury Cruise Lines Sailing the Waters of the Amazon

Laura Powell, Skift

As European rivers become overcrowded, luxury travelers are looking to escape the masses. They are finding the isolation they seek in Peru's Amazon region.

3 months ago

United Airlines Ceases Flying to Venezuela

United Airlines Ceases Flying to Venezuela

Associated Press

Count this as a temporary move by United to stop flying to a very troubled country, Venezuela.

4 months ago

Brazil May Have the World’s Biggest Destination Marketing Potential

Brazil May Have the World’s Biggest Destination Marketing Potential

Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press

The highest gap between potential in tourism in the world and what's been realized so far is Brazil. Despite obstacles, better marketing and more private-public coordination could boost visitors.

5 months ago

Brazil’s Zika Emergency Is Over in a Hopeful Prelude to a Tourism Rebound

Brazil’s Zika Emergency Is Over in a Hopeful Prelude to a Tourism Rebound

Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press

Now that the health emergency has ended, the country's tourism industry and destination marketers ought to consider a coordinated ad campaign as a way to restore formerly high visitor counts.

5 months ago

Discovery Licenses Its Name for Costa Rica Eco-Tourism Park Means Big Business

Discovery Licenses Its Name for Costa Rica Eco-Tourism Park Means Big Business

Gerry Smith, Bloomberg

Discovery is eyeing millennial travelers with its new park plans but it should consider that many younger travelers do enjoy exclusively sitting on a beach rather than learning about biodiversity.

6 months ago

Norwegian Air to Expand to Argentina With 10 Aircraft, Says CEO

Norwegian Air to Expand to Argentina With 10 Aircraft, Says CEO

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Bjørn Kjos, the founder and CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle, said at Skift Forum Europe that his discount carrier plans to enter Argentina by year-end. We're hoping for $66 flights to and from the U.S.

7 months ago

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Michael Heath, Bloomberg

This study — which shows that surfers can be a bellwether for future visitor growth — could help destinations adequately prepare for more tourists before they are overwhelmed.

7 months ago

U.S. State Department Strengthens El Salvador Travel Warning

U.S. State Department Strengthens El Salvador Travel Warning

Associated Press

Does the language of this warning represent a new angle on the Trump administration's State Department travel warnings? We'll have to wait and see.

8 months ago

10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

10 Gateway Stories Sourced From Singapore, Beijing, Caracas and Cape Town

Dennis Schaal, Skift

To understand what's going on in the global travel industry you have to go local with people who understand the issues and speak the lingo. Skift's readership has always been globally minded and it is increasingly global, as well, so our Gateway series is delivering on these dynamics, one original story at a time.

9 months ago