Europe

Paris Hotel Reservations Are up After Year-Long Tourism Slump

Paris Hotel Reservations Are up After Year-Long Tourism Slump

Associated Press

Terrorist attacks are almost always short-term problems for tourism, but other destinations gained in popularity during the past year as Paris dealt with its own fallout. It's unclear whether Paris will reclaim all its lost tourism or settle for a smaller piece of the pie.

1 day ago

Carriers Move to Accommodate Increased Demand for Canary Islands

Carriers Move to Accommodate Increased Demand for Canary Islands

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

As European tourism moves away from established destinations that are perceived by travelers as unsafe, destinations like Spain's Canary Islands will likely become the beneficiaries.

2 days ago

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Catalonia Case Study: How the Food Economy Drives Sustainable Tourism Development

Catalonia Case Study: How the Food Economy Drives Sustainable Tourism Development

Catalan Tourist Board + Skift

When destinations go viral, tensions between locals and visitors can run high. Promoting local food systems can up the ante for residents by maximizing the economic impact of tourism dollars. Building a deeper narrative around local food and culture can also create more fulfilling experiences for the right kind of tourist.

2 days ago

Portugal Has Plenty of Tourists But Needs Locals to Spend More

Portugal Has Plenty of Tourists But Needs Locals to Spend More

Joao Lima, Bloomberg

Saddled with debt and high unemployment, Portugal's economy needs more than tourists alone can provide. Still, an influx of visitors is helping to fuel slow growth.

3 days ago

Poll Shows Germans Are Rethinking U.S. Vacations

Poll Shows Germans Are Rethinking U.S. Vacations

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

If half of Germans are really rethinking travel to the U.S., it represents bad news for Air Berlin, Lufthansa, and many European tour operators.

4 days ago

Train Like an Olympian For Five Days for a Mere $12,500

Train Like an Olympian For Five Days for a Mere $12,500

Chris Stokel-Walker, Bloomberg

Baseball teams have long offered fantasy camps that allow weekend-warriors to play on the same fields as the pros. It's not clear Olympic sports have the same draw, but perhaps we'll soon find out. Maybe high-end soccer camps would be a better business for Europe?

5 days ago

Climate Change Poses Grave Threat to European Skiing Destinations

Climate Change Poses Grave Threat to European Skiing Destinations

Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg

Destinations around the world need to start planning now to mitigate the disruptive effect of climate change in the years and decades to come.

5 days ago

UK Hotels and Restaurants Are Cashing in on Consumer Spending Boom

UK Hotels and Restaurants Are Cashing in on Consumer Spending Boom

Scott Hamilton, Bloomberg

While UK consumer spending on items such as hotel stays are up, the full impact from Brexit -- potentially causing economic hardship for many Britons -- has yet to be felt.

6 days ago

Swiss Ski Resorts Rely on Summer Months to Turn Profits

Swiss Ski Resorts Rely on Summer Months to Turn Profits

Hugo Miller, Bloomberg

Climate change and uncertain economic times have weather-dependent destinations such as ski resorts rethinking their identities.

1 week ago

Albania Wants to Take Tourists Underwater for Archeological Treasures

Albania Wants to Take Tourists Underwater for Archeological Treasures

Llazar Semini , Associated Press

Tourists flock to nearby Greece and Italy, so why not Albania? The country has a lot of work to do before it will be a real tourist destination, but promoting its underwater heritage is a good start.

1 week ago

The Phenomenal Growth of Iceland and Precipitous Decline of Turkey: A Tale of Two Europes

The Phenomenal Growth of Iceland and Precipitous Decline of Turkey: A Tale of Two Europes

Dan Peltier, Skift

While some European destinations suffered last year from travelers' fear of terrorism, Iceland and other countries in Northern and Eastern Europe benefited from the short-term, decreased interest in Western Europe — and more favorable exchange rates.

1 week ago

Lithuanian Tourism Caught Using Other Countries’ Photos in Social Media Campaign

Lithuanian Tourism Caught Using Other Countries’ Photos in Social Media Campaign

Associated Press

As more marketing turns to user-generated content and third parties, more embarassing mistakes like this will happen.

2 weeks ago