Europe

Tech Investors Are Still in Love With London Despite Brexit

Tech Investors Are Still in Love With London Despite Brexit

Patrick Whyte, Skift

So far it seems that London's tech scene hasn't suffered any negative impact from last June's Brexit vote. The bigger test will come when the results of the negotiations are known. Only then will entrepreneurs and investors find out where they stand.

2 weeks ago

London Heathrow Express Train to Downtown is Getting Competition

London Heathrow Express Train to Downtown is Getting Competition

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Heathrow Express is a good option for travelers willing to pay a premium for a speedy trip into central London. But this new option, called Crossrail, might be a better product for many passengers. It'll take a little longer, but it's expected to have more stations and cost much less.

3 weeks ago

Spanish Entrepreneur Offers Venue for Power Naps to Update Siesta Tradition

Spanish Entrepreneur Offers Venue for Power Naps to Update Siesta Tradition

Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

Spain's national brand is about striking a balance between work and leisure, as epitomized by the siesta, or afternoon break. Ironically, statistics reveal a grumpier reality. But new trends offer hope.

3 weeks ago

Overtourism at Italian Attractions Spurs Call for Visitor Limits

Overtourism at Italian Attractions Spurs Call for Visitor Limits

Isla Binnie, Reuters

Italy and other European countries suffering from what Skift has termed overtourism all understand that there's a problem, but very few actually know what to do about it or have yet to propose a sensible plan to manage crowds.

1 month ago

What the Growing Market for Luxury Goods Tells the Travel Industry

What the Growing Market for Luxury Goods Tells the Travel Industry

Laura Powell, Skift

There's good and bad in this report. Spending will continue, of course, but it is shifting into new markets and leaving some legacy markets in the lurch.

1 month ago

Tourism Industry Could Be a Beneficiary of UK Election Chaos

Tourism Industry Could Be a Beneficiary of UK Election Chaos

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Prime Minister Theresa May's reputation has been shattered by her own hubristic behaviour and she is only clinging onto power through a loose alliance with another party. The UK is in a much weakened position as it prepares to start Brexit negotiations.

1 month ago

Trump Uses London Attacks to Push for Travel Ban

Trump Uses London Attacks to Push for Travel Ban

Associated Press

The courts have so protected the U.S. Constitution but Trump crudely used the tragic events in London to attack the U.S. judiciary and push for his travel ban. His spokespeople have argued for months it isn't actually a travel ban, but the President tweeted 'We need the Travel Ban ... ' Oh, well.

2 months ago

Amsterdam, Airbnb and the Very Real Problem of Overtourism

Amsterdam, Airbnb and the Very Real Problem of Overtourism

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Cities across Europe are wising up to the potential problem of too many tourists. Those tasked with marketing an "at risk" destination are going to have to work harder to spread tourism over a wider area in order to dilute the potential negative impact.

2 months ago

Video: London Tourism Leaders Say Brexit Won’t Kill City’s European Partnerships

Video: London Tourism Leaders Say Brexit Won’t Kill City’s European Partnerships

Dan Peltier, Skift

London's political associations with Europe may be changing but its cultural appeal remains strong to many travelers. It's using its nighttime economy to help drive economic growth in the post-Brexit era as it builds out more infrastructure to accommodate the city's nightlife.

2 months ago

Airbnb’s Latest Role Is Destination Marketing for Sweden

Airbnb’s Latest Role Is Destination Marketing for Sweden

Dan Peltier, Skift

Sweden is in a unique position to tell a story that few other countries can. While Airbnb may be able to build a new revenue stream in destination marketing, it's also interested in getting bookings from its listings in the country.

2 months ago

Where UK Political Parties Stand on the Big Tourism Issues

Where UK Political Parties Stand on the Big Tourism Issues

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Party manifestos should be treated with a healthy degree of skepticism. Still it is revealing to see what the priorities are and perhaps more importantly what they decide to leave out.

2 months ago

UK Tourism Numbers Surge Because Visiting Is Still Cheap

UK Tourism Numbers Surge Because Visiting Is Still Cheap

Andrew Atkinson, Bloomberg

It's still fairly cheap to visit the UK for foreigners because of the weakness of the pound so tourism numbers are up. The country's Brexit-related monetary woes also haven't deeply impacted British vacation-goers who are still getting out and about for fun.

2 months ago