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Eastern Europe’s Tricky Balance on Avoiding Overtourism

Eastern Europe’s Tricky Balance on Avoiding Overtourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The days of seeing overtourism as "a nice problem to have" are over. While they are still intent on building thriving tourism economies, some Eastern Europe tourism officials are also learning from the mistakes of their western neighbors.

1 month ago

Iceland’s Central Bank Further Cushions the Blow of Tourism Collapse

Iceland’s Central Bank Further Cushions the Blow of Tourism Collapse

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

It's no surprise that a 17 percent drop in visitors to Iceland in the past four months is wreaking havoc on Iceland's visitor-centric economy.

2 months ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: How the Faroe Islands Got the Tourism World’s Attention

Skift Global Forum Preview: How the Faroe Islands Got the Tourism World’s Attention

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The Faroe Islands has managed to punch above its weight with its tourism campaigns in recent years. Smaller, more remote destinations often have to be pretty creative in order to get attention.

2 months ago

Berlin and Other German Cultural Hubs Grow Popular With Chinese Travelers

Berlin and Other German Cultural Hubs Grow Popular With Chinese Travelers

Diana Cerqueira, Jing Travel

As Chinese travelers increasingly seek out cultural tourism, destination marketing organizations would do well to boost visibility for museum institutions and historic landmark sites with this segment. VisitBerlin's effort is case in point.

2 months ago

With Summer Tourism Comes a Spike in Crime in Barcelona

With Summer Tourism Comes a Spike in Crime in Barcelona

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press

Tourists are often the target of petty crime, but the situation in Barcelona seems to be escalating.

2 months ago

Georgia’s Growing Tourism Industry Will Get a Major Lift From Ryanair

Georgia’s Growing Tourism Industry Will Get a Major Lift From Ryanair

Rosie Spinks, Skift

The low-cost carrier expanding its network to Georgia will be good news for the nation's already-growing tourism industry. But with $11 (€9.99) flights comes great responsibility for a tourism economy.

2 months ago

Barcelona’s Recent Openings Give It a Fresh High-End Twist

Barcelona’s Recent Openings Give It a Fresh High-End Twist

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Barcelona is still an incredibly popular city, but hotels need to offer something different and fresh if they are to make their mark on the hospitality landscape.

2 months ago

Greenland Doesn’t Want to Be Part of U.S. — But It Wants American Visitors

Greenland Doesn’t Want to Be Part of U.S. — But It Wants American Visitors

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Greenland, unsurprisingly, is not for sale. But it respectfully thanks Donald Trump for all the attention and would like to extend an invitation for more Americans to visit — as tourists, that is, not prospective buyers.

2 months ago

Rome Cracks Down on Tourists Sitting on Spanish Steps

Rome Cracks Down on Tourists Sitting on Spanish Steps

Dolores Hinckley, The Associated Press

Tourism backlash continues with #BehaveTourists trending. Visitors should behave, but enforcing a ban on sitting to admire sights is silly.

2 months ago

Popular Russian Tour Guide to St. Petersburg Charms With Personal Story

Popular Russian Tour Guide to St. Petersburg Charms With Personal Story

Irina Titova, Associated Press

Homeless for years, Vyacheslav Rasner has become the best-known guide in Saint Petersburg. Based on this description of his tour of the city, we want to take it, too.

3 months ago

The Highest Paid Travel CEOs in Europe in 2018

The Highest Paid Travel CEOs in Europe in 2018

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Amadeus’ Luis Maroto came out on top in 2018. His executive compensation is appropriate, given that the company is the most valuable European travel firm.

3 months ago

Paris Grapples With Mass Tourism Amid Growing Local Hostility

Paris Grapples With Mass Tourism Amid Growing Local Hostility

Geraldine Amiel, Bloomberg

The tourist backlash by Parisian residents isn't nearly in the same league as hostilities in Venice or Amsterdam by far, but like any popular destination, the City of Light is having to face up to the impact of overtourism. Government officials are devising methods to better manage the negative effects, which is a trend that will continue to gain momentum.

3 months ago