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Prague Stops Its Famed Astronomical Clock for Repairs

Prague Stops Its Famed Astronomical Clock for Repairs

Associated Press

Workers have stopped the famous medieval astronomical clock in the capital of the Czech Republic. Parts will be taken off-site for months. This first full restoration in half-a-century sounds like a good thing.

1 month ago

Turkey Hits Back at U.S. With Travel Warning of Its Own

Turkey Hits Back at U.S. With Travel Warning of Its Own

Cagan Koc, Bloomberg

This latest diplomatic dust-up follows a similar incident last year where Turkey and the U.S. suspended visa services for travel between the two countries. Until relations between the countries are repaired, we can expect more of these altercations.

1 month ago

Spain Overtakes a Struggling U.S. as World’s Second Favorite Tourist Destination

Spain Overtakes a Struggling U.S. as World’s Second Favorite Tourist Destination

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Despite facing plenty of challenges, Spain saw a healthy growth in international tourists in 2017. But this year is likely to be tougher because of Barcelona's troubles and with places like Turkey regaining some of their popularity.

1 month ago

The Actual Number of Chinese Visitors to Europe May Be Surprisingly Low

The Actual Number of Chinese Visitors to Europe May Be Surprisingly Low

Daniel Meesak , Jing Travel

This story tries to get to the bottom of a mystery: How many Chinese tourists visit Europe each year? The real answer is elusive.

1 month ago

The Louvre’s Visitor Numbers Show Paris Tourism Recovered From Attacks

The Louvre’s Visitor Numbers Show Paris Tourism Recovered From Attacks

Michel Euler, Associated Press

It's a good sign that the Louvre had a better year in 2017 after the violence that rocked France in 2015 and 2016. But it's only one sign, and other forthcoming key indicators will help complete the picture of Paris' tourism recovery.

2 months ago

Fierce Storm Disrupts Travel Across Western Europe

Fierce Storm Disrupts Travel Across Western Europe

Gregory Katz, Associated Press

A major storm is impacting destinations across Western Europe, causing widespread damage and flight delays, as the East Coast of the U.S. braces for its own bout. The travel industry will need to adjust as climate change fuels more extreme weather.

2 months ago

Weakening Dollar Could Wipe Out Trump Travel Slump in 2018

Weakening Dollar Could Wipe Out Trump Travel Slump in 2018

Lananh Nguyen and Katherine Greifeld, Bloomberg

The ebbs and flows of the value of the dollar against other currencies will do more to determine tourism trends than President Trump's rhetoric, but the latter will continue to be factor in 2018, as well.

2 months ago

Brexit Uncertainties in Aviation and Tourism Loom Large in 2018

Brexit Uncertainties in Aviation and Tourism Loom Large in 2018

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With the situation still far from clear, the biggest Brexit-related problem is the uncertainty it has unleashed on the UK. Consumers are worried and businesses can't plan for the future. Both of which point to a pretty bleak 2018.

2 months ago

Domestic Tourists Often Underestimated in Overtourism Equation

Domestic Tourists Often Underestimated in Overtourism Equation

Dan Peltier, Skift

You can't really blame people who live in and around a popular city for wanting to enjoy the attractions that make it special. Their taxes give them that right, after all. It needs to be factored into overtourism calculations that locals sometimes outnumber other visitors at tourism attractions.

2 months ago

Amsterdam Is Still Working on Its Own Solution to Overtourism

Amsterdam Is Still Working on Its Own Solution to Overtourism

Mike Corder, Associated Press

Like many other cities, Amsterdam knows it needs to do something about overtourism but has yet to find a complete solution.

2 months ago

Interview: VisitBritain Chairman Steers Tourism Boom Through Brexit Uncertainties

Interview: VisitBritain Chairman Steers Tourism Boom Through Brexit Uncertainties

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Tourism, along with business travel, is on the rise again in the UK due to a weak British pound and cheap flights. VisitBritain is trying to make the most of it despite the lingering ramifications of the political mess that is Brexit.

2 months ago

Brexit Talks Close to Resolution on Ireland-Northern Ireland Open Border

Brexit Talks Close to Resolution on Ireland-Northern Ireland Open Border

Peter Flanagan, Bloomberg

Will the UK and EU maintain an open border between the EU's Ireland and the UK's Northern Ireland? Theresa May needs it for Brexit talks to proceed, although she's trying to maintain the peace with her far-right coalition partner in Northern Ireland. It's a very difficult dance step.

3 months ago