Europe

Netherlands Will Continue Tourism Promotion Despite Media Reports

Netherlands Will Continue Tourism Promotion Despite Media Reports

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Forget the flashy headlines; destinations need time to respond effectively to overtourism with the cultural fabric of popular locations at stake. The intelligent move is to thoughtfully adjust policies to limit the negative impact of tourism.

47 mins ago

Europe’s Tourism Boom Is Slowing Down

Europe’s Tourism Boom Is Slowing Down

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Europe's pace of growth looks like it will take a step back this year. Hopefully this will coincide with a continent-wide reassessment of how it can better manage tourism.

1 week ago

Iceland to Lure Tourists With a Mediterranean-Style Resort

Iceland to Lure Tourists With a Mediterranean-Style Resort

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

This is a smart, out-of-the box idea, considering Iceland's natural geothermal power. But with overtourism such a recent issue in the country, could this new project aggravate locals' complaints?

2 weeks ago

UK Travel Bookings Surge With Brexit Divorce Postponement

UK Travel Bookings Surge With Brexit Divorce Postponement

Lucca de Paoli and Ellen Milligan, Bloomberg

UK tour operators can heave a sigh of relief at last. With the Brexit divorce being postponed to October, Brits are saying “sod it, we’re going on a summer holiday.” Good for them.

1 month ago

Notre Dame Is the Global Test Case of the Neglected Tourist Site

Notre Dame Is the Global Test Case of the Neglected Tourist Site

Therese Raphael, Bloomberg

Even with Notre Dame closed for some time, France and Paris will still define what tourism is for most contemporary tourists.

1 month ago

Iceland’s Best Travel Finds Aren’t on Instagram

Iceland’s Best Travel Finds Aren’t on Instagram

Brandon Presser, Bloomberg

Ignore everything Instagram shows you about Iceland if you want to avoid overtourism. Venture instead to the hidden places few travelers have ever seen.

2 months ago

Europe Can Do More to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

Europe Can Do More to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Yes, more can be done to reduce single-use plastics, but consumer behaviors die hard. Travelers in particular lean heavily on plastics in hotels, on airplanes, and on cruise ships, and it will take more dialog to convince them they can do without.

2 months ago

Skift Forum Europe: London & Partners CEO on Promoting Tourism in the Age of Brexit

Skift Forum Europe: London & Partners CEO on Promoting Tourism in the Age of Brexit

Patrick Whyte, Skift

London is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, so attracting visitors isn't really a problem. What the city needs to ensure is that locals benefit from something that can be divisive if managed incorrectly.

2 months ago

Ireland’s Tourism Success Is Under Threat by Brexit: A Skift Deep Dive

Ireland’s Tourism Success Is Under Threat by Brexit: A Skift Deep Dive

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Whatever happens over the next few weeks, months, and years, Brexit has brought back some unpleasant memories and risks damaging the very united tourism that the north and the south in Ireland have worked so hard to build.

2 months ago

Skiers Are Venturing Beyond Crowded Paths in Search of Prime Powder

Skiers Are Venturing Beyond Crowded Paths in Search of Prime Powder

Dylan Griffiths and Boris Groendahl, Bloomberg

Overtourism is as much of an issue on ski slopes as it is in Venice, Amsterdam, and Dubrovnik. Advances in design and safety equipment are making it possible for skiers to flee the crowds for less-packed snow.

2 months ago

Travel Plunges Deeper Into Uncertainty as UK Still Without Brexit Plan

Travel Plunges Deeper Into Uncertainty as UK Still Without Brexit Plan

Patrick Whyte, Skift

"Nothing has changed" has become a familiar phrase used in UK politics over the past couple of years. The country is sleepwalking towards a major crisis and nobody has any idea how to solve it.

2 months ago

U.S. Citizens Will Soon Need Visas to Visit Most of Europe

U.S. Citizens Will Soon Need Visas to Visit Most of Europe

Tony Czuczka, Bloomberg

Overall it's not a huge deal, but we all know that the fewer hurdles put in front of travelers, the more traveling they'll do.

2 months ago