Europe

Many Travelers Shrug Off Terrorism Fears After Attack on London

Many Travelers Shrug Off Terrorism Fears After Attack on London

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

London is hoping that this week's tragedy does not prompt travelers to postpone their visits. As context, Paris saw overnight hotel stays by foreigners drop 13 percent year-over-year after an attack.

1 day ago

Attacker Near UK Parliament Leaves 3 Dead and Many Injured

Attacker Near UK Parliament Leaves 3 Dead and Many Injured

Robert Hutton, Thomas Penny and Tim Ross, Bloomberg

The attack in London on the first anniversary of the Brussels bombings, and a day after the UK imposed new flight-security restrictions, could spur more stringent counter-measures.

2 days ago

Britain Begins Brexit Talks with the European Union March 29

Britain Begins Brexit Talks with the European Union March 29

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press

For its divorce proceedings with Brussels, London comes to the table with strong cards. It is a business and tourism hub. Anything that damages outbound demand from the United Kingdom will diminish inbound benefits to the European Union, as well.

3 days ago

Gibraltar is a Powerful Microcosm of Brexit’s Impact on European Tourism

Gibraltar is a Powerful Microcosm of Brexit’s Impact on European Tourism

Aritz Parra, Associated Press

As if the UK needed another case study for how complicated its divorce from the EU could be it certainly has one in Gibraltar.

4 days ago

Iceland Considers New Tourist Tax Because of Overtourism Concerns

Iceland Considers New Tourist Tax Because of Overtourism Concerns

Omar R. Valdimarsson, Bloomberg

How do you balance sought-after revenue from tourists with the need to preserve natural resources and citizens' sanity? Iceland is trying to figure that out and is mulling raising tourism taxes to keep some people away.

1 week ago

U.S. Travelers Are Returning to Europe, Eurostar Says

U.S. Travelers Are Returning to Europe, Eurostar Says

Andrea Rothman and Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

American are returning to Europe. They're lured by the increased buying power of the dollar relative to the euro and pound, due to currency shifts.

1 week ago

European Union Tightens Border Security

European Union Tightens Border Security

Associated Press

The European Union is taking steps to tighten security and various member states are simultaneously removing the welcome mat from desperate refugees and asylum seekers.

2 weeks ago

EasyJet’s Numbers Show the British Are Still Traveling Despite the Pound’s Decline

EasyJet’s Numbers Show the British Are Still Traveling Despite the Pound’s Decline

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Britons are still traveling abroad despite the pound having lost approximately 10 percent of its buying power against the euro in the past year.

3 weeks ago

Albania Expects a Surge of Tourists as It Still Struggles for EU Membership

Albania Expects a Surge of Tourists as It Still Struggles for EU Membership

Marc Jones, Reuters

Albania has been on the edge of being the next big thing for over a decade. Will this year be the tipping point?

3 weeks ago

Sweden Ranked as Having Best Passport in the World

Sweden Ranked as Having Best Passport in the World

Justin Bachmann, Bloomberg

Soon after this story was written, Sweden reintroduced compulsory military service so its passport comes with new responsibilities but the overall point about the desirability of its passport remains.

3 weeks ago

European Parliament Once Again Pushes Mandatory Visas for U.S. Travelers

European Parliament Once Again Pushes Mandatory Visas for U.S. Travelers

Associated Press

Every year, some European Union members renew their call for a suspension of visa waiver privileges for U.S. travelers. There's no reason, however, to expect the EU to now cave to these demands.

3 weeks ago

Pisa Thinks It Needs a Massive Ferris Wheel to Go With Its Legendary Leaning Tower

Pisa Thinks It Needs a Massive Ferris Wheel to Go With Its Legendary Leaning Tower

Associated Press

Most destinations need to find ways to diversify their tourist offerings and attractions, but is this is not that. This is ridiculous.

4 weeks ago