Europe

UK Tourism Industry Unites to Target Post-Brexit Growth

UK Tourism Industry Unites to Target Post-Brexit Growth

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Coming together and trying to carve out a deal from the UK government makes sense for the tourism industry. The only problem with that is the country's looming separation from the European Union, which is casting a shadow over its political and economic future.

2 months ago

U.S. and Turkey Suspend Visa Services After Istanbul Arrest of Consulate Employee

U.S. and Turkey Suspend Visa Services After Istanbul Arrest of Consulate Employee

Tugce Ozsoy, Bloomberg

The United States and Turkey are NATO allies — in theory. The reality shows that notion is increasingly out of date.

2 months ago

Turkey Tourism Recovery Stagnant as European Travelers Stay Away

Turkey Tourism Recovery Stagnant as European Travelers Stay Away

Constantine Courcoulas, Bloomberg

Turkey needs to do more to show source markets like Germany and the UK that it is safe for tourists if the country has any hope that European tourists will return at the levels they used to.

2 months ago

Spain’s Catalonia Region May Declare Independence Within a Week

Spain’s Catalonia Region May Declare Independence Within a Week

Esteban Duarte and Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

One of Spain’s most popular tourism destinations is undergoing some very radical growing pains. The response of its central government has been deplorable, which makes the coming months uncertain.

2 months ago

Paris Bans Cars for a Day and People Take Over the Boulevards

Paris Bans Cars for a Day and People Take Over the Boulevards

Associated Press

It was a Paris for a day off-the-beaten track. Or, at least there were few cars on the roadways, and it was virtually only footsteps beating a track toward the city's many delights.

2 months ago

Tegel Airport Gets Backing From Berlin Voters Who Want It to Stay Open

Tegel Airport Gets Backing From Berlin Voters Who Want It to Stay Open

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

A world city like Berlin deserves two airports. Yet courts may, in effect, overturn voter wishes. Whatever the outcome, let's hope the city soon gets the much-postponed, modern airport gateway it needs.

2 months ago

European Destinations Are Trying to Stand Out to Chinese Travelers

European Destinations Are Trying to Stand Out to Chinese Travelers

Dan Petlier, Skift

More destinations understand that WeChat is a different ball game than western channels and they're getting smarter about how to reach Chinese travelers on the platform. The challenge is showing how Paris, for instance, is different from a city in Belgium or Germany that also wants to attract more tourism.

2 months ago

The European Union Is Preparing to Get Tough on Data Protection

The European Union Is Preparing to Get Tough on Data Protection

Patrick Whyte , Skift

With privacy and data protection becoming bigger issues for consumers, it's not a surprise to see the European Union step up its regulation. Travel companies all over the world should be paying attention.

2 months ago

Trump Travel Ban Gets Tweet Support From the President After London Attack

Trump Travel Ban Gets Tweet Support From the President After London Attack

Associated Press

This knee-jerk reaction — before all the facts are in, by the way, is hardly surprising.

2 months ago

Visit Oslo Campaign Rescues Travelers From People-Polluted European Cities

Visit Oslo Campaign Rescues Travelers From People-Polluted European Cities

Dan Peltier, Skift

Visit Oslo doesn't want to become a shell of itself, lose its Nordic cool character, and attract too many tourists. But it definitely wants a larger slice of international market share, and it is combing through social media for its new campaign to help make that happen.

2 months ago

Stonehenge Plan for New Tunnel to Combat Overtourism Draws Archeologists’ Ire

Stonehenge Plan for New Tunnel to Combat Overtourism Draws Archeologists’ Ire

Associated Press

We saw how it took decades for Stonehenge's visitor center to open and at this point, getting construction under way for the tunnel is what's needed to help limit the impact of tourism on the area.

2 months ago

Turkey Issues Travel Warning for Germany as Campaign Rhetoric Gets Racist

Turkey Issues Travel Warning for Germany as Campaign Rhetoric Gets Racist

Associated Press

Discrimination against and hatred of Turks working and living in Germany is a decades-long problem. Right-wing campaigns, along with Turkey's own repressive moves after the attempted coup, have exacerbated tensions.

3 months ago