Europe

Paris Is Building a $22 Million Barrier Around the Eiffel Tower

Paris Is Building a $22 Million Barrier Around the Eiffel Tower

Gregory Viscusi, Bloomberg

It's one thing to build a structure to boost security and another to alter the visitor experience. Paris must strike the right balance and see that its tourism security isn't a turn off.

2 weeks ago

Disney Is Seeking Full Control of Its Struggling Paris Theme Park

Disney Is Seeking Full Control of Its Struggling Paris Theme Park

Ville Heiskanen, Bloomberg

Disney can't go back and undo some of the historic problems with Disneyland Paris. But with more control — and maybe even full control eventually — the company is hoping to turn the troubled resort around.

2 weeks ago

Paris Is a Testing Ground for Uber’s Global Ambitions

Paris Is a Testing Ground for Uber’s Global Ambitions

Marie Mawad, Bloomberg

As Uber pushes for expansion around the world, the company is finding it must be open to local needs and demands.

2 weeks ago

KLM Tests Facial Scanning to Speed Boarding of Flights

KLM Tests Facial Scanning to Speed Boarding of Flights

Andrea Rothman, Bloomberg

Let's face it, facial recognition software could be a breakthrough technology that could allow frequent fliers to bypass lines at gates while strengthening security. It's true that similar efforts in the past, like biometric passports and iris scanning, have had mixed results when it comes to efficiency and cost. But kudos to KLM and Schiphol for keeping up the fight to break the terminal bottleneck.

2 weeks ago

Business Travel from Europe Is Expected to Drop Thanks to Trump Travel Ban

Business Travel from Europe Is Expected to Drop Thanks to Trump Travel Ban

Hannah Sampson, Skift

While it's unclear how much of the Trump administration's travel ban will remain in place — or how it might continue to evolve — companies abroad are already planning to send fewer business travelers to the U.S.

3 weeks ago

Hamburg, Germany’s Tiny Tourist Attraction Built a Big Wall Around a Miniature America

Hamburg, Germany’s Tiny Tourist Attraction Built a Big Wall Around a Miniature America

Associated Press

Anyone wondering how the world's view of America has changed in the last couple of weeks can check out this tourist attraction in Germany.

3 weeks ago

Slovenia Says It Sees a Tourism Bump Thanks to Melania Trump

Slovenia Says It Sees a Tourism Bump Thanks to Melania Trump

Associated Press

During a period where Trump has expressed tightening immigration policies to the U.S., it should be noted his wife, Melania, is herself an immigrant, too.

4 weeks ago

London Mayor Backs Plans for a New Tourism Tax

London Mayor Backs Plans for a New Tourism Tax

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Tourism associations are already up in arms about the plans but there is no guarantee that the UK government will hand over the power to implement a tax. Other popular cities operate similar levies and a small fee isn't going to put anyone off traveling to London.

4 weeks ago

Protesters Rally in Barcelona Against Unchecked Tourism Growth

Protesters Rally in Barcelona Against Unchecked Tourism Growth

Associated Press

Barcelona has not been thinking long-term about its tourism growth, but now it's being forced to. Other destinations will certainly be watching.

4 weeks ago

Belgium, France and the Netherlands Will Check IDs on High-Speed Trains

Belgium, France and the Netherlands Will Check IDs on High-Speed Trains

Associated Press

The full idealism of European integration was perhaps best captured by the ability to ride a train among multiple countries without having to stop for passport checks. A new agreement may be the first step toward a return to the old days of ID queries. It's part of a security crackdown across Europe in the wake of recent terrorism.

4 weeks ago

Barcelona Issues Broad Ban on Tourism Growth in City Center

Barcelona Issues Broad Ban on Tourism Growth in City Center

Aritz Parra, Associated Press

Barcelona's lack of tourism management over the last decade has brought it to this point. It's unfortunate that neglect has led to extreme action, and it's hard to see how decisions made under pressure will be the best ones.

4 weeks ago

British Travelers Are Taking More Trips Despite the Weaker Pound

British Travelers Are Taking More Trips Despite the Weaker Pound

Andrew Atkinson, Bloomberg

As long as the UK remains a relative bargain, we expect to see international visits increase in 2017.

4 weeks ago