Europe

Turkey’s Tourism Industry Is Optimistic That the Good Times Are Coming Back

Turkey’s Tourism Industry Is Optimistic That the Good Times Are Coming Back

Bloomberg, Taylan Bilgic

With thoughts of political coups and terrorism starting to recede in peoples' memories, Turkey's tourism industry will be hoping for a bumper 2018 season. As long as the prices are low, tourists will come.

5 days ago

Disney and Universal See Big Gains in Orlando After Major Expansions

Disney and Universal See Big Gains in Orlando After Major Expansions

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Orlando remains a battleground for the world's largest theme park operators, but attendance is growing around the world — and the biggest companies are trying to win audiences all over.

5 days ago

Ireland Wants Chinese Travel Agents to Make It a Top European Destination

Ireland Wants Chinese Travel Agents to Make It a Top European Destination

Jing Travel

Chinese tour buses are already a common sight throughout Ireland, but Tourism Ireland wants to dial it up with travel agents. It isn't a cheap country to visit, either, but teaching travel agents to better package Ireland could be a long-term win.

2 weeks ago

Visitors of the World Will Unite — or Protest — at Karl Marx’s 200th Birthday Bash in Germany

Visitors of the World Will Unite — or Protest — at Karl Marx’s 200th Birthday Bash in Germany

Peter Martin and Arne Delfs, Bloomberg

Trier Tourism and Marketing wants to use what would have been Karl Marx's 200th birthday to put the city on the tourism map. Meanwhile, China, which is funding the bash, is encouraging a Marxist revival of sorts for domestic purposes. As Marx might have said to his buddy, Friedrich Engels, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."

3 weeks ago

Venice Tourism Checkpoints Are a Sign of Europe’s Fractured Approach to Overtourism

Venice Tourism Checkpoints Are a Sign of Europe’s Fractured Approach to Overtourism

Dan Peltier, Skift

For a city that's afraid of becoming a theme park, it's certainly starting to look more like one with turnstiles and fast passes to get in the door. The summer travel season is just starting to heat up.

3 weeks ago

How Europe Came Back From the Brink: Read the New Magazine

How Europe Came Back From the Brink: Read the New Magazine

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Check out our magazine to see how Europe raced back to be a global leader in tourism growth — and what that means to the larger travel industry in the region.

3 weeks ago

Weak Swiss Franc is Killing Shopping Tourism in Border Towns

Weak Swiss Franc is Killing Shopping Tourism in Border Towns

Hugo Miller and Catherine Bosley, Bloomberg

The euro is stable but full of uncertainty these days, and economics wisdom likely points to France and Germany's Swiss border shopping towns getting some relief soon enough.

4 weeks ago

The Balkans, Yes, The Balkans, Lead Europe’s New Tourism Push

The Balkans, Yes, The Balkans, Lead Europe’s New Tourism Push

Robert Reid, Skift

Long overshadowed by "Old Europe" for tourism, the Balkans are emerging as the center of "New Europe." But you better book now since the travelers' secret is out.

4 weeks ago

Facial Recognition Startup Hoping to Solve Brexit’s Ireland Border Conundrum

Facial Recognition Startup Hoping to Solve Brexit’s Ireland Border Conundrum

Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg

The Irish border question has become the biggest issue surrounding Brexit. The UK government has said it doesn't want a return to the checkpoints of the past and is looking at creative ways of solving the problem.

1 month ago

What New UK Statistics Tell Us About the Gender Pay Gap in Travel

What New UK Statistics Tell Us About the Gender Pay Gap in Travel

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Sadly, that women get paid less than men doesn't come as a surprise but it is still shocking to see such a huge disparity. With the figures now out in the open in the UK, companies have a responsibility to see that the gap is closed as quickly as possible. We'd also like to see more diversity among the leadership teams.

1 month ago

French Rail Strike Expected to Be Highly Disruptive for a Second Day

French Rail Strike Expected to Be Highly Disruptive for a Second Day

Tara Patel, Bloomberg

The showdown between the French government and the unions will impact passengers from France to the UK. No one is in the mood for compromise yet so this will get worse before it gets better.

1 month ago

Swiss Ski Resort Reopens After Spat That Could Cast Pall on Olympic Hopes

Swiss Ski Resort Reopens After Spat That Could Cast Pall on Olympic Hopes

Hugo Miller, Bloomberg

Sounds like a lot of messiness in this ski getaway. If the resort and the community want to host future Olympic events, best to sort out the drama pronto.

2 months ago