Europe

Lagoon Island Burano Wants Some of Venice’s 30 Million Tourists

Lagoon Island Burano Wants Some of Venice’s 30 Million Tourists

Colleen Barry, Associated Press

The unsustainable nature of tourism in Venice is a familiar story. What's less talked about, however, is a group of islands in Venice's northern lagoon that would love an opportunity to welcome some of Venice's influx of annual visitors.

9 hours ago

Slowdown in Tourism Growth in 2019 Most Pronounced in Europe: Report

Slowdown in Tourism Growth in 2019 Most Pronounced in Europe: Report

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Tourism is still growing globally, but the forward outlook is a little more cautious than in previous years of unbounded optimism. Geopolitical and economic challenges aren't hard to find — and they're going to affect tourism.

4 days ago

Spain’s Balearic Islands Bars Pub Crawls to Crack Down on Unruly Tourists

Spain’s Balearic Islands Bars Pub Crawls to Crack Down on Unruly Tourists

The Associated Press

There's sober curious tourism, and there is this. By barring happy hours and pub crawls, the Balearic Islands hope to restore some order to its communities. Let's see how much pushback follows.

6 days ago

U.S. State Tourism Is Dependent on Precarious J-1 Visa Program

U.S. State Tourism Is Dependent on Precarious J-1 Visa Program

Rachel Cohen, Associated Press

The United States' J-1 Work Travel visa program has become something of a de facto temporary guest worker program, staffing tourism and hospitality industries in states like Idaho, where rents are high and wages are low.

2 weeks ago

Germany’s Tourism Success Story Threatened by Worker Shortage

Germany’s Tourism Success Story Threatened by Worker Shortage

Iain Rogers, Bloomberg

Staffing issues are becoming a big concern in many wealthy tourist destinations. There are simply not enough people available to fill jobs.

1 month ago

What the UK Election Result Means for Travel and Tourism

What the UK Election Result Means for Travel and Tourism

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Boris Johnson wants to get Brexit done, but in reality leaving the European Union will be a long and arduous process — and ultimately leave the country poorer. It's going to be a rocky few years for the UK's travel and tourism industry.

1 month ago

France Will See More Travel Disruptions as Unions Protest Pension Changes

France Will See More Travel Disruptions as Unions Protest Pension Changes

William Horobin, Bloomberg

While this will undoubtedly be an inconvenience for most travelers, the most interesting aspect is how President Emmanuel Macron deals with the protesters. Will he buckle or continue playing hardball? The latter could mean more disruption in the future.

2 months ago

Tourists Cancel Paris Trips Due to Nationwide Strikes

Tourists Cancel Paris Trips Due to Nationwide Strikes

The Associated Press

Paris shuts down as nationwide protests over the government’s retirement reform are held on Thursday, keeping millions of tourists away.

2 months ago

Climate Change Is Only Adding to Venice’s Overtourism Problem

Climate Change Is Only Adding to Venice’s Overtourism Problem

Dan Liefgreen, Bloomberg

Venice is at the epicenter of the mass tourism debate for plenty of reasons. Residents are getting increasingly tired of the situation. Something is going to have to give.

2 months ago

Portugal Laments Fall in British Visitors Due to a Weak Pound

Portugal Laments Fall in British Visitors Due to a Weak Pound

Henrique Almeida, Bloomberg

Brexit hasn't even happened yet, but it's already having effects on Europe's tourism industry as British travelers search for cheaper destinations outside the euro-zone.

2 months ago

Italy Revives Abandoned Villages as Experiential Travel Destinations

Italy Revives Abandoned Villages as Experiential Travel Destinations

Laura Powell, Skift

While every destination tries to offer authenticity, few really deliver. But in Italy, scores of local passion projects are serving up the real deal — while helping rural areas make a comeback in a sustainable way.

2 months ago

LVMH Bets on Restored Paris Mall With Hotel to Draw Chinese Tourists

LVMH Bets on Restored Paris Mall With Hotel to Draw Chinese Tourists

Robert Williams, Bloomberg

Can luxury travel help revive bricks-and-mortar retailing? LVMH is counting on it with its restored Paris department store opening next April, which will also see a new Cheval Blanc Hotel, restaurants, Christian Dior spa, and duty-free shopping.

2 months ago