Europe

Destinations Around the World Search for Overtourism Solutions

Destinations Around the World Search for Overtourism Solutions

Pan Pylas, Associated Press

Every destination is different and there is no one-size-fits-all panacea to limit overtourism. Until cities get smarter about quantifying the movements and behavior of travelers, there's little hope for finding reproducible solutions.

4 days ago

UK Tourism Industry Still Benefiting From a Brexit Bounce

UK Tourism Industry Still Benefiting From a Brexit Bounce

Associated Press

Brexit gives with one hand and takes away with the other. It's still cheaper to come and visit the UK than it was before the vote but anybody looking to escape the winter rain is finding their money isn't going at far.

5 days ago

New $26 Million Bear Grylls Theme Park Based on Near-Death Experiences

New $26 Million Bear Grylls Theme Park Based on Near-Death Experiences

Sara Clemence, Bloomberg

An amusement park and life-or-death survival are diametrically opposed, but for those craving experiential travel, here's one way to get it. We've certainly never seen Disneyland "test our resolve and spirit to never give up."

2 weeks ago

Catalonia Tourism Forecasts $520 Million Drop in Visitor Revenue

Catalonia Tourism Forecasts $520 Million Drop in Visitor Revenue

Associated Press

Madrid, not Barcelona, now controls Catalonia tourism. There are no big changes so far, although visitor revenue is expected to plunge, at least in the short term.

2 weeks ago

Tourism Is the Biggest Loser So Far in Spain-Catalonia Standoff

Tourism Is the Biggest Loser So Far in Spain-Catalonia Standoff

Ciaran Giles, Associated Press

If Catalonia's goal is to create as much chaos as possible for the Madrid government, then tourism may increasingly get caught in the crossfire.

3 weeks ago

Central European Travel Disrupted by High Winds That Stranded Many

Central European Travel Disrupted by High Winds That Stranded Many

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press

Some more wild weather for a change following hurricanes in Ireland, the Caribbean and the U.S., as well as an earthquake in Mexico. Let's hope the human toll from this latest storm in Central Europe is kept to a minimum.

3 weeks ago

Spain Fires Defiant Catalonia Leaders as Europe Awaits a Confrontation

Spain Fires Defiant Catalonia Leaders as Europe Awaits a Confrontation

Aritz Parra, Associated Press

Will there be massive civil disobedience in Catalonia? Will the Spanish government use force? Will local police put down their arms? These are some of the issues looming as Spain attempts to assert control in an independence-minded Catalonia.

4 weeks ago

Tourism Powerhouse Catalonia Declares Independence From Spain

Tourism Powerhouse Catalonia Declares Independence From Spain

Maria Tadeo, Esteban Duarte and Rodrigo Orihuela, Bloomberg

Catalonia is concerned about self-determination and independence. That's the news: Its independence declaration and the Spanish government ramping up to intervene. Still, it's our job to look at the tourism ramifications, and the confrontation between Madrid and Barcelona poses a huge question mark about the region's fate.

4 weeks ago

Catalonia’s Bid for Independence Is Complicating Tourism in Spain

Catalonia’s Bid for Independence Is Complicating Tourism in Spain

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A prolonged period of uncertainty over Catalonia's future does nobody any favors. The region and the city of Barcelona have endured a difficult 2017 and it will be interesting to see if this has any impact on tourism in 2018.

1 month ago

Paris Intends to Ban Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

Paris Intends to Ban Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press

Perhaps by 2030, a ban of gas-powered cars wouldn't be as controversial an issue as it appears today. After all, by then, all vehicles will be battery-powered and driverless, right?

1 month ago

Paris is Debating Investments in Infrastructure Projects for Tourists Versus Locals

Paris is Debating Investments in Infrastructure Projects for Tourists Versus Locals

Ania Nussbaum and Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg

Many large cities around the world are facing predicaments that are similar to what Paris is dealing with. Governments like the idea of building projects that will bring in more tourist spending, sometimes at the expense of those who elected them to office.

1 month ago

Pressure Mounts as Catalonia Mulls Secession From Spain

Pressure Mounts as Catalonia Mulls Secession From Spain

Aritz Parra, Associated Press

The specter of reduced tourism is being used to put pressure on Catalonian leadership as it figures out what to do about declaring independence from Spain and, therefore, the European Union.

1 month ago