Europe

EasyJet’s Numbers Show the British Are Still Traveling Despite the Pound’s Decline

EasyJet’s Numbers Show the British Are Still Traveling Despite the Pound’s Decline

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Britons are still traveling abroad despite the pound having lost approximately 10 percent of its buying power against the euro in the past year.

3 weeks ago

Albania Expects a Surge of Tourists as It Still Struggles for EU Membership

Albania Expects a Surge of Tourists as It Still Struggles for EU Membership

Marc Jones, Reuters

Albania has been on the edge of being the next big thing for over a decade. Will this year be the tipping point?

3 weeks ago

Sweden Ranked as Having Best Passport in the World

Sweden Ranked as Having Best Passport in the World

Justin Bachmann, Bloomberg

Soon after this story was written, Sweden reintroduced compulsory military service so its passport comes with new responsibilities but the overall point about the desirability of its passport remains.

4 weeks ago

European Parliament Once Again Pushes Mandatory Visas for U.S. Travelers

European Parliament Once Again Pushes Mandatory Visas for U.S. Travelers

Associated Press

Every year, some European Union members renew their call for a suspension of visa waiver privileges for U.S. travelers. There's no reason, however, to expect the EU to now cave to these demands.

4 weeks ago

Pisa Thinks It Needs a Massive Ferris Wheel to Go With Its Legendary Leaning Tower

Pisa Thinks It Needs a Massive Ferris Wheel to Go With Its Legendary Leaning Tower

Associated Press

Most destinations need to find ways to diversify their tourist offerings and attractions, but is this is not that. This is ridiculous.

4 weeks ago

Paris Hotel Reservations Are up After Year-Long Tourism Slump

Paris Hotel Reservations Are up After Year-Long Tourism Slump

Associated Press

Terrorist attacks are almost always short-term problems for tourism, but other destinations gained in popularity during the past year as Paris dealt with its own fallout. It's unclear whether Paris will reclaim all its lost tourism or settle for a smaller piece of the pie.

1 month ago

Carriers Move to Accommodate Increased Demand for Canary Islands

Carriers Move to Accommodate Increased Demand for Canary Islands

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

As European tourism moves away from established destinations that are perceived by travelers as unsafe, destinations like Spain's Canary Islands will likely become the beneficiaries.

1 month ago

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Catalonia Case Study: How the Food Economy Drives Sustainable Tourism Development

Catalonia Case Study: How the Food Economy Drives Sustainable Tourism Development

Catalan Tourist Board + Skift

When destinations go viral, tensions between locals and visitors can run high. Promoting local food systems can up the ante for residents by maximizing the economic impact of tourism dollars. Building a deeper narrative around local food and culture can also create more fulfilling experiences for the right kind of tourist.

1 month ago

Portugal Has Plenty of Tourists But Needs Locals to Spend More

Portugal Has Plenty of Tourists But Needs Locals to Spend More

Joao Lima, Bloomberg

Saddled with debt and high unemployment, Portugal's economy needs more than tourists alone can provide. Still, an influx of visitors is helping to fuel slow growth.

1 month ago

Poll Shows Germans Are Rethinking U.S. Vacations

Poll Shows Germans Are Rethinking U.S. Vacations

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

If half of Germans are really rethinking travel to the U.S., it represents bad news for Air Berlin, Lufthansa, and many European tour operators.

1 month ago

Train Like an Olympian For Five Days for a Mere $12,500

Train Like an Olympian For Five Days for a Mere $12,500

Chris Stokel-Walker, Bloomberg

Baseball teams have long offered fantasy camps that allow weekend-warriors to play on the same fields as the pros. It's not clear Olympic sports have the same draw, but perhaps we'll soon find out. Maybe high-end soccer camps would be a better business for Europe?

1 month ago

Climate Change Poses Grave Threat to European Skiing Destinations

Climate Change Poses Grave Threat to European Skiing Destinations

Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg

Destinations around the world need to start planning now to mitigate the disruptive effect of climate change in the years and decades to come.

1 month ago