Europe

The Arctic Circle Is the Next Frontier for Ski Tourism

The Arctic Circle Is the Next Frontier for Ski Tourism

Jen Murphy, Bloomberg

Perhaps surprisingly, it's still possible to find pockets of undiscovered terrain in the world. The Arctic Circle is one of those hidden gems that may not stay hidden for long.

5 days ago

Turkey’s Weak Economy Entices Travelers With Good Deals

Turkey’s Weak Economy Entices Travelers With Good Deals

Dan Peltier, Skift

Travelers love nothing more than a good deal, and that's exactly what much of Turkey is offering right now. A cooling economy has travelers striking while the iron is hot.

6 days ago

Louvre Museum Fund Will Help Restore Tourist Sites Around France

Louvre Museum Fund Will Help Restore Tourist Sites Around France

Suzy Waite, Bloomberg

The Louvre has handed a slice of its endowment to a private equity fund to invest in money-making ways to help restore France's old churches and environmental parks. This news invites skepticism, though. The restoration work might be good for tourism, but since when is heritage preservation a high-return investment?

2 weeks ago

New Swedish Museum Is Betting Tourists Will Flock to Gross Food

New Swedish Museum Is Betting Tourists Will Flock to Gross Food

Vanessa Gera and Aleksandar Ljubojevic, Associated Press

Some museums have been leaders in emerging tourism trends in recent years. Those trends include travelers' fascination for strange, even disgusting, experiences that they can't get at home.

2 weeks ago

Greece and Macedonia Are Resuming Direct Flights After 10-Year Hiatus

Greece and Macedonia Are Resuming Direct Flights After 10-Year Hiatus

Associated Press

Macedonia and Greece finally realized it was time to move past a longstanding spat over an airport name. After officials reached a breakthrough and agreed to start direct flights again, tourism in the region will likely benefit.

2 weeks ago

Iceland Tourism Growth Is Dramatically Slowing

Iceland Tourism Growth Is Dramatically Slowing

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir and Nick Rigillo, Bloomberg

Although Icelandair and Wow Air are facing new challenges, it would be difficult to conclude that the country's overtourism problems are behind it. Maybe this could be an opportunity for Iceland tourism to pause, and consider next steps.

1 month ago

UK Plans Brexit Compromise to Keep Irish Border Open for Travel

UK Plans Brexit Compromise to Keep Irish Border Open for Travel

Tim Ross and Alex Morales, Bloomberg

With tourism booming in Northern Ireland thanks to the global popularity of shows like "Game of Thrones," the last thing the UK wants is for customs checkpoints to stifle any of that.

1 month ago

European Union Vacations Get More Complicated for UK Pets Due to Brexit

European Union Vacations Get More Complicated for UK Pets Due to Brexit

Bloomberg, Robert Hutton

Add one more thing to the pile of Brexit-related uncertainty: traveling with man's best friend. The current Pet Passport program, which sounds relatively straightforward, could give way to a much more complicated and time-consuming process.

2 months ago

Eastern Europe at Epicenter of Region’s Tourism Growth in 2017

Eastern Europe at Epicenter of Region’s Tourism Growth in 2017

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

We've heard that Eastern Europe is having a moment with more seasoned travelers looking for the next undiscovered gem as Western Europe crowds grow denser. These numbers only re-confirm that.

2 months ago

Some European Cities Don’t Want Tourism Caps Even as Congestion Problems Grow

Some European Cities Don’t Want Tourism Caps Even as Congestion Problems Grow

Dan Peltier and Patrick Whyte, Skift

Given how attitudes over tourism have been boiling over across Europe's hotspots in recent years, some of the findings in this report, such as residents not wanting tourism numbers to be capped, are very surprising.

2 months ago

Czech Ghost Church Is Tourism Hit Thanks to Art Student Thesis

Czech Ghost Church Is Tourism Hit Thanks to Art Student Thesis

Adam Pemble and Petr Josek, Associated Press

The ghost church is a lesson and reminder for all destinations to embrace local artists and their work to help breathe new life into old or forgotten attractions.

2 months ago

Denmark Is Heading Toward a Record Year for Tourism

Denmark Is Heading Toward a Record Year for Tourism

Nick Rigillo and Peter Levring, Bloomberg

Denmark ticks a lot of boxes for visitors, so it's not a big surprise to see the industry booming. But the country should be careful what it wishes for, given the problems elsewhere in Europe with overtourism.

3 months ago