Europe

The Rise and Fall of Iceland’s Tourism Miracle

The Rise and Fall of Iceland’s Tourism Miracle

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Life has changed for Icelanders as the country's tourism industry faces a slump. While many are looking at the change as an opportunity to reassess their business, the widespread decline of tourism across the country presents intractable problems.

4 days ago

UK Tourism Isn’t Seeing a Boost From the Pound’s Downward Slide

UK Tourism Isn’t Seeing a Boost From the Pound’s Downward Slide

Eddie Spence, Bloomberg

One of the few upsides of a sliding pound for Brits might have been a potential boost in tourism. But, according to recent figures, there's been no such boost.

2 weeks ago

Eastern Europe’s Tricky Balance on Avoiding Overtourism

Eastern Europe’s Tricky Balance on Avoiding Overtourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The days of seeing overtourism as "a nice problem to have" are over. While they are still intent on building thriving tourism economies, some Eastern Europe tourism officials are also learning from the mistakes of their western neighbors.

2 weeks 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.

4 months ago

Iceland’s Central Bank Further Cushions the Blow of Tourism Collapse

Iceland’s Central Bank Further Cushions the Blow of Tourism Collapse

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

It's no surprise that a 17 percent drop in visitors to Iceland in the past four months is wreaking havoc on Iceland's visitor-centric economy.

3 weeks ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: How the Faroe Islands Got the Tourism World’s Attention

Skift Global Forum Preview: How the Faroe Islands Got the Tourism World’s Attention

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The Faroe Islands has managed to punch above its weight with its tourism campaigns in recent years. Smaller, more remote destinations often have to be pretty creative in order to get attention.

3 weeks ago

Berlin and Other German Cultural Hubs Grow Popular With Chinese Travelers

Berlin and Other German Cultural Hubs Grow Popular With Chinese Travelers

Diana Cerqueira, Jing Travel

As Chinese travelers increasingly seek out cultural tourism, destination marketing organizations would do well to boost visibility for museum institutions and historic landmark sites with this segment. VisitBerlin's effort is case in point.

3 weeks ago

With Summer Tourism Comes a Spike in Crime in Barcelona

With Summer Tourism Comes a Spike in Crime in Barcelona

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press

Tourists are often the target of petty crime, but the situation in Barcelona seems to be escalating.

3 weeks ago

Georgia’s Growing Tourism Industry Will Get a Major Lift From Ryanair

Georgia’s Growing Tourism Industry Will Get a Major Lift From Ryanair

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The low-cost carrier expanding its network to Georgia will be good news for the nation's already-growing tourism industry. But with $11 (€9.99) flights comes great responsibility for a tourism economy.

4 weeks ago

Barcelona’s Recent Openings Give It a Fresh High-End Twist

Barcelona’s Recent Openings Give It a Fresh High-End Twist

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Barcelona is still an incredibly popular city, but hotels need to offer something different and fresh if they are to make their mark on the hospitality landscape.

4 weeks ago

Greenland Doesn’t Want to Be Part of U.S. — But It Wants American Visitors

Greenland Doesn’t Want to Be Part of U.S. — But It Wants American Visitors

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Greenland, unsurprisingly, is not for sale. But it respectfully thanks Donald Trump for all the attention and would like to extend an invitation for more Americans to visit — as tourists, that is, not prospective buyers.

4 weeks ago

Rome Cracks Down on Tourists Sitting on Spanish Steps

Rome Cracks Down on Tourists Sitting on Spanish Steps

Dolores Hinckley, The Associated Press

Tourism backlash continues with #BehaveTourists trending. Visitors should behave, but enforcing a ban on sitting to admire sights is silly.

1 month ago