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Despite Chaos, Turkey Plans to Fund Transportation Projects

This is a good investment for the future of Istanbul as a tourist destination. The question is, of course, whether the transportation infrastructure spending will inevitably line the pockets of President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan's cronies instead of being spent effectively.

1 month ago

Private Apartment Stays in Paris Partially Offset Hotel-Spending Drop

Negative publicity for a destination is always going to hurt tourism, so the downturn shouldn't come as a surprise. The biggest about-face in terms of visitation drops came from Japanese, Russian and Chinese tourists.

1 month ago

British Rush Post-Brexit to Get Freedom-of-Movement Passports Before it Is Too Late

Even Brits who don't normally travel to the Continent for work and play are applying for freedom-of-movement passports so they don't get left out if the EU doors eventually close. Voters remorse?

1 month ago

Bosnia Sees Influx of Tourists and Second-Home Buyers from Gulf States

Any time a destination sees a swift demographic change among inbound tourism it needs to make sure it has a plan in place to protect locals as well as help them take part in the new opportunities.

1 month ago

Iceland Tourism and the Mixed Blessings of Airbnb

The island nation of Iceland, which is roughly the size of Portugal and located about 1,100 miles northwest of London, is a flashpoint for the encroaching forces of tourism, globalization, and of course, Airbnb, too.

1 month ago

Already Popular Slovenia Gets New Tourism Focus Because of Melania Trump

Slovenia saw 2.4 million visitors in 2014 and was already one of Europe's most popular nature destinations before the current U.S. presidential campaign. Whether publicity about Slovenia native Melania Trump converts into a tourism spike remains to be seen.

1 month ago

Is The UK Restaurant Sector Heading For a Fall?

Restaurants and cafes continue to open at a steady rate across the UK but if the economy falters, operators could be in for a nasty surprise.

2 months ago

Paris and Luxury Hotels Take Brunt of French Tourism Slump

Revenue per available room in Paris was down 14 percent this year through May and that was before the tragedy in Nice, which has further exacerbated France's tourism slump.

2 months ago

There’s More to Burgundy Than Just Great Wine

As is usually the case, some of the best culinary destinations also offer much more than just good food and wine. Burgundy's recent rough wine harvest makes this a perfect time to explore the region's other charms, and to help out struggling winemakers when they could use a tourism boost the most.

2 months ago

The Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Easily Visit

Not all UNESCO World Heritage Sites are that easy to travel to, but these seven are fairly accessible and, because they're the newest additions to the list, they haven't yet been swamped with crowds full of tourists just yet.

2 months ago

Switzerland Tourism Improves Thanks to More Affordable Options

Switzerland is seeing a slight improvement in overnight hotel stays, but still has a lot to worry about: Will Asian tourists stay away over broader European security fears, and will high prices scare off other potential visitors?

2 months ago

Tourism Bureaus Turn to Rigorous Research to Differentiate Their Brands

When convention and visitor bureaus produce extensive research papers and trend reports, they're showing their commitment to embrace Millennial consumers.

2 months ago