Europe

The Balkans Is a Bright Spot in Europe’s Modest Tourism Growth

The Balkans Is a Bright Spot in Europe’s Modest Tourism Growth

Rosie Spinks, Skift

It's not all bad news for European tourist arrivals, but it could be better. However, look to the Balkans for some robust growth fueled by arrivals from China and Russia.

6 days ago

UNESCO Could Have Helped Save Venice From Overtourism: Why Didn’t It?

UNESCO Could Have Helped Save Venice From Overtourism: Why Didn’t It?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

UNESCO had, by many accounts, plenty of reason to add Venice to its list of sites "in danger" at its most recent meeting. Its decision not to reveals the complexities of naming World Heritage sites in the age of mass tourism.

7 days ago

Do the Netherlands Really Want Fewer Tourists? Depends on Who You Ask

Do the Netherlands Really Want Fewer Tourists? Depends on Who You Ask

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Amsterdam has too many tourists. Amsterdam should welcome more flights. The Dutch city has become the perfect place to illustrate the competing and overlapping aims of a tourist economy.

1 week ago

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American Airlines Launches Nine New Seasonal Routes to Europe

American Airlines Launches Nine New Seasonal Routes to Europe

American Airlines + Skift

American Airlines is once again expanding its seasonal service to traditionally less-trafficked destinations in Europe where tourism growth is reaching new highs.

2 months ago

Georgia’s Rising Tensions With Russia Could Be an Opportunity for Its Tourism

Georgia’s Rising Tensions With Russia Could Be an Opportunity for Its Tourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Georgia's tourism sector has been a striking success story over the last decade. While recent tensions with Russia threaten to upset the progress, they may also serve as the impetus for the country's tourism industry to become less reliant on its neighbor.

2 weeks ago

How Venice Became an ‘Impossible Place to Live’

How Venice Became an ‘Impossible Place to Live’

Giovanni Salzano, Chiara Albanese, and Federico Vespignani, Bloomberg

With every passing summer, Venice seems closer to its breaking point. It's clear that the historic city's chronic overtourism problem will not be solved with surface-level measures — the problem is existential.

2 weeks ago

UK’s Tourism Sector Gets Government Backing as Brexit Looms

UK’s Tourism Sector Gets Government Backing as Brexit Looms

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The UK government's announcement is a big win for the travel industry — especially at a time when the ever-present uncertainty of Brexit is top of the industry's mind.

3 weeks ago

Brexit Back in Focus for Travel Industry With Prime Minister Race Raising New Questions

Brexit Back in Focus for Travel Industry With Prime Minister Race Raising New Questions

Patrick Whyte, Skift

After granting a Brexit extension, EU leaders urged the UK not to waste this extra time – but that is precisely what politicians have done. Talk of leaving without a deal has grown in recent weeks and that should terrify travel businesses, even those who would enjoy a boost in inbound visitors.

3 weeks ago

China’s Tencent Partners With Helsinki to Help Chinese Travelers Live Like Locals

China’s Tencent Partners With Helsinki to Help Chinese Travelers Live Like Locals

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Chinese travelers are the world's largest outbound travel market. With the launch of Helsinki's WeChat collaboration, it seems the days of asking them to pay cash in a destination are numbered.

3 weeks ago

Tourism-Dependent Croatia Eagerly Awaits the Euro

Tourism-Dependent Croatia Eagerly Awaits the Euro

Andrea Dudik and Jasmina Kuzmanovic, Bloomberg

There's little doubt that Croatia's tourism economy stands to gain when the EU member state country finally enters the eurozone, but that doesn't allay fears that the cost of living for local people could spike.

3 weeks ago

Tourists Could Soon See Notre Dame’s Facade as Summer Ramps Up

Tourists Could Soon See Notre Dame’s Facade as Summer Ramps Up

Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press

Millions of people visit the Parisian icon each year, and it’s heartening that reconstruction continues apace despite cash delays from wealthy donors. Revealing the facade once again is a smart move, in time for high season and to keep those individual donations coming for the vast rebuild.

4 weeks ago

Tourism Drop May Push Iceland Into Deeper Recession

Tourism Drop May Push Iceland Into Deeper Recession

Jasmina Kuzmanovic, Bloomberg

Arrivals are set to decline to 2016 levels. Wow Air is gone. It's cold out there in Iceland, which is bracing for a deeper recession due to a fall in arrivals coupled with a disastrous fishing season.

4 weeks ago