Europe

London Museum Turns Chunk of Trash Into Tourist Draw

London Museum Turns Chunk of Trash Into Tourist Draw

Jill Lawless, Associated Press

The Museum of London is counting on a somewhat famous piece of waste to attract visitors — and launching a promotional campaign to make sure of it.

6 days ago

Paris Tourists Don’t Mind Eiffel Tower Closure in the Snow

Paris Tourists Don’t Mind Eiffel Tower Closure in the Snow

Associated Press

Paris is already a fairy-tale destination for certain kinds of tourists. A bit of snow only ups the ante.

1 week ago

Disneyland Paris Finally Had a Good Year

Disneyland Paris Finally Had a Good Year

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disneyland Paris got a boost from its 25th anniversary activities in 2017; will the momentum continue?

2 weeks ago

Chinese Tourism to the Arctic Is Booming

Chinese Tourism to the Arctic Is Booming

Daniel Meesak, Jing Travel

Well-heeled Chinese travelers don't want to go to the same old places anymore, and the Arctic Circle comes with bragging rights. Now that the region is becoming more strategically important to China, it's likely the growth in visitors will continue.

2 weeks ago

Brexit Could Potentially Benefit UK Tourism but the Chances Are Slim

Brexit Could Potentially Benefit UK Tourism but the Chances Are Slim

Patrick Whyte, Skift

If the UK's economy tanks and people can't get into the country smoothly, then regardless what tinkering the government or the industry does, tourism is likely to suffer.

2 weeks ago

UK Government Doesn’t Think It Has an Overtourism Problem

UK Government Doesn’t Think It Has an Overtourism Problem

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It might be true that London isn't in the same boat as Venice or Prague, but there are plenty of areas finding it difficult to balance the demands of tourists and locals.

2 weeks ago

European Ski Resorts Are Struggling Under Too Much Snow

European Ski Resorts Are Struggling Under Too Much Snow

Dylan Griffiths, Catherine Bosley, Andy Hoffman and Boris Groendahl, Bloomberg

Ski resorts need just the right weather conditions. People can't hit the slopes if there's not enough snow but too much of the white stuff leads to transport chaos and a risk of avalanches.

2 weeks ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: European Travelers Return to Once-Disrupted Destinations

Travel Megatrends 2018: European Travelers Return to Once-Disrupted Destinations

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Things can change very quickly in travel. Geopolitics plays a big part in deciding a destination’s popularity. With Spain undergoing its own problems, and fewer terrorist incidents taking place in North Africa and the Middle East, the tourist spread is starting to rebalance itself.

3 weeks ago

Sharing Economy Growth Was a Big Part of European Tourism’s Excellent 2017

Sharing Economy Growth Was a Big Part of European Tourism’s Excellent 2017

Dan Peltier, Skift

Much of the European tourism industry has emerged from the doldrums of 2015 and 2016 stronger than ever, but not without fault lines to keep track of, such as hotels and alternative accommodations. The latter is proving it's a sector that's holding its weight against hotels across much of the continent.

3 weeks ago

Top Ski Resorts in Europe Cut Off With Avalanche Risk at Maximum

Top Ski Resorts in Europe Cut Off With Avalanche Risk at Maximum

Dylan Griffiths and Boris Groendahl, Bloomberg

Ski resorts in Switzerland and Austria are seeing their most severe avalanche risk since the "avalanche winter" of 1999. This follows last year's extreme hurricanes in the Caribbean and parts of the U.S., and historic heat waves in parts of Australia a few weeks ago. We're not sure if there are any dots to be connected here, but it is worth asking the question.

4 weeks ago

Iceland Airport Will Get a $1 Billion Upgrade to Cope With Tourism Boom

Iceland Airport Will Get a $1 Billion Upgrade to Cope With Tourism Boom

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

When the U.S. military built Keflavik airport in the middle of World War Two, nobody would have thought that Iceland would go on to become a major tourist destination. Expanding it therefore makes sense, but the country also needs to consider how other parts of the island will cope with millions more visitors.

1 month ago

Asian Casino Operator Melco Has European Ambitions in Cyprus

Asian Casino Operator Melco Has European Ambitions in Cyprus

Georgios Georgiou, Bloomberg

Melco's challenge is less about getting Asian tourists, such as the massive Chinese market, to recognize its brand in Europe than it is to convince them to take long-haul trips to casinos when they have options much closer to home.

1 month ago