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Skift Forum Europe Preview: How Tourism Transformed Iceland’s Economy

Skift Forum Europe Preview: How Tourism Transformed Iceland’s Economy

Dan Peltier, Skift

In some parts of Iceland, odds are you're more likely to meet a tourist than you are a local. The country doesn't want to lose its cool, progressive, and beautiful Nordic edge that's fueling demand. That's why it's successfully worked to promote its offseason and use humor and relatable language in its marketing campaigns.

2 months ago

Britain’s Brexit Bump for Tourism May Be Over

Britain’s Brexit Bump for Tourism May Be Over

Dan Pylas, Associated Press

Now the real challenges begin for British tourism officials after a welcome spike in visitors after the UK vote in 2016 to exit the European Union. Tourists to the country fell 7 percent in the last quarter of 2017 after an initial bump, largely due to a devaluation of the pound. Britain isn't scheduled to exit the EU until 2019, but new challenges, from staffing to aviation agreements, are mounting.

2 months ago

Copenhagen’s Most Popular Tourism Attraction Is a Waste Treatment Plant

Copenhagen’s Most Popular Tourism Attraction Is a Waste Treatment Plant

Jennifer Parker, Bloomberg

It's a great idea for Copenhagen to turn a waste treatment plant into a tourist attraction. Now, if U.S. tourism could only get busy with all of those Superfund sites.

2 months ago

Overtourism Countermeasures Include Limits on Cruise Ships and Short-Term Rentals

Overtourism Countermeasures Include Limits on Cruise Ships and Short-Term Rentals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

We've been talking about overtourism for a while now and it's good to see cities getting more creative when it comes to managing numbers. Visitors are going to keep coming to the likes of Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and Amsterdam, and therefore these places are going to have to get smarter about managing the flow of people, whether they already live there or not.

2 months ago

Post-Brexit Gibraltar Wants to Retain Ties to the European Union After the UK Leaves

Post-Brexit Gibraltar Wants to Retain Ties to the European Union After the UK Leaves

Esteban Duarte, Bloomberg

Spain and the UK may have been fighting over Gibraltar for ages, but Brexit need not produce a clear winner and loser. Gibraltar wants to keep its ties to the UK without breaking up with the EU.

2 months ago

Greece Needs More Investment to Have Any Hope of Attracting More Tourists

Greece Needs More Investment to Have Any Hope of Attracting More Tourists

Sotiris Nikas, Bloomberg

Most of all, if Greece wants to attract more tourists, it needs to lower its 13 percent sales tax, and its 24 percent tax at restaurants to be more in line with European standards.

2 months ago

Portugal’s Tourism Boom Has Caused a Hotel Labor Shortage

Portugal’s Tourism Boom Has Caused a Hotel Labor Shortage

Henrique Almeida, Bloomberg

A tourism boom fueled by low-cost carriers presents unique challenges. Namely, lots of visitors with smaller budgets. And that combination is bad news for attracting labor in a tight market.

2 months ago

Disney Will Spend $2.5 Billion to Expand Paris Park

Disney Will Spend $2.5 Billion to Expand Paris Park

Associated Press

Just a few weeks after praising the performance of Disneyland Paris in 2017 — and a year after announcing plans to take full control of the resort — the Walt Disney Co. has rolled out major expansion plans that should help drive attendance in the years to come.

3 months ago

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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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?

3 months 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.

4 months ago