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U.S. State Department: ‘Heightened Risk of Terrorist Attacks’ in Europe During the Holidays

U.S. State Department: ‘Heightened Risk of Terrorist Attacks’ in Europe During the Holidays

Associated Press

The times we live in. While it always pays to be alert no matter where you travel, warnings like these that advise travelers to avoid public places like hotels and restaurants can have a detrimental impact on these businesses.

2 weeks ago

The UK’s Brexit Strategy Should Terrify the Travel Industry (But It Doesn’t)

The UK’s Brexit Strategy Should Terrify the Travel Industry (But It Doesn’t)

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The travel industry needs to wake up. Five months have passed since the Brexit vote and the UK government has still to spell out its plans. The British travel industry has been a huge beneficiary of many of the initiatives brought in by the EU and stands to lose out if it does not play a part in mapping out the future.

2 weeks ago

Video: Visit Iceland Director on the Blessing and Curse of Tourism

Video: Visit Iceland Director on the Blessing and Curse of Tourism

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It's every destination marketing organization's goal to drive visitation to their destination. But as Iceland's ascent as a global tourism giant has shown, explosive growth can bring its own problems and drawbacks.

3 weeks ago

London Tech Week Is Helping Pivot the City Into Europe’s Startup Capital

London Tech Week Is Helping Pivot the City Into Europe’s Startup Capital

Greg Oates, Skift

London Tech Week shows the impact that convention bureaus can have on developing live events that shift a city's destination brand image.

3 weeks ago

Remaining Residents of Venice, Italy Protest the Effects of Tourism

Remaining Residents of Venice, Italy Protest the Effects of Tourism

Luca Bruno, Associated Press

When Venice's leaders decided to prioritize tourists over residents they started the city on a path to obsolescence.

4 weeks ago

Disney’s Theme Park Plans Include Creative Pricing, Hotels and Movie Characters

Disney’s Theme Park Plans Include Creative Pricing, Hotels and Movie Characters

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney has a lot of plans for its theme parks — more hotels, attractions, price levels, and intellectual property tie-ins. As the current CEO prepares to depart in a year and a half, we're getting more curious about who will replace him, and what that person's vision will include.

4 weeks ago

Greek Stability Spurs Record Summer Travel Season

Greek Stability Spurs Record Summer Travel Season

Pan Pylas, Associated Press

Greek tourism benefited from its relative stability after the debt crisis, and travelers' jitters about vacationing in Turkey and Egypt.

1 month ago

France Adds Extra Security at Landmarks as Tourist Arrivals Fall 8 Percent

France Adds Extra Security at Landmarks as Tourist Arrivals Fall 8 Percent

Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg

The steepest drops in French arrivals this year have been from visitors from Japan and China, far more than from the U.S. Ramping up security at attractions and also in crime-ridden areas will be an attractive message, at least, for tourists considering a jaunt to France.

1 month ago

U.K. Woos Indian Investors With Expedited Visas in Post-Brexit Strategy

U.K. Woos Indian Investors With Expedited Visas in Post-Brexit Strategy

Tim Ross, Bloomberg

The UK is already looking to hedge its post-Brexit losses by enhancing ties to Indian investors through preferential visa policies. There doesn't seem to be much of a trickle-down policy in terms of reassuring students from India, though, who have been foreclosed from attending university in the UK.

1 month ago

Lured By a Weaker Pound, Parisians Flock to a Post-Brexit UK

Lured By a Weaker Pound, Parisians Flock to a Post-Brexit UK

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Brexit, at least in the short term, seems to be boosting U.K. tourism numbers, but only time will tell how long the lure of a favorable exchange rate will keep travelers coming.

1 month ago

A Holland Tourism Alliance and 3-Year Video Campaign Help Drive U.S. Arrivals

A Holland Tourism Alliance and 3-Year Video Campaign Help Drive U.S. Arrivals

Greg Oates, Skift

The multi-year "Holland: The Original Cool" tourism campaign is a lesson in modern video storytelling, incorporating long- and short-form content pushing both national and local messaging. It also shows the value of taking risks to engage audiences with branded content.

1 month ago

5 Lessons From Iceland and the Perils of Overtourism

5 Lessons From Iceland and the Perils of Overtourism

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Tourism can be a great economic driver, but massive growth isn't always sustainable. Iceland now grapples what we call overtourism and has some serious planning to do for the future.

2 months ago