Europe

Montenegro Tries to Woo Western Europe Without Offending Russian Visitors

Montenegro Tries to Woo Western Europe Without Offending Russian Visitors

Misha Savic, Bloomberg

This tiny Balkan state has a tricky needle to thread in preventing a diplomatic tussle between Russia and the U.S. from harming its popularity with Russian travelers.

2 months ago

Montenegro’s UNESCO Site May Lose Status Due to Overtourism

Montenegro’s UNESCO Site May Lose Status Due to Overtourism

Aleksandar Vasovic, Reuters

Overtourism isn't just an inconvenience; a destination could lose a tangible asset like UNESCO status.

2 months ago

Eurostar Sees Business Rise as Brexit Fears Subside

Eurostar Sees Business Rise as Brexit Fears Subside

Christopher Jasper , Bloomberg

European tourism numbers seem to be on an upswing for now, but once Brexit takes full effect, will that still be the case?

3 months ago

Ireland is Already Feeling the Sting of Brexit’s Tourism Impact

Ireland is Already Feeling the Sting of Brexit’s Tourism Impact

Dara Doyle, Bloomberg

Ireland and other European destinations will start to rely more on U.S. and other foreign markets as the fallout from Brexit and a weaker pound sterling becomes clearer.

3 months ago

Nationalism Threatens to Undermine Transatlantic Travel

Nationalism Threatens to Undermine Transatlantic Travel

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Trump and Brexit both have the potential to damage their respective country's tourism industries. Open, inclusive countries are always more attractive to outsiders than closed ones.

3 months ago

European Parliament Said it Won’t Scrap Visa Waivers for U.S. and Canada

European Parliament Said it Won’t Scrap Visa Waivers for U.S. and Canada

Associated Press

The threat of suspending visa-free travel for Americans in Europe is a favorite of the EU, even if they'll never actually follow through on their threats.

3 months ago

U.S. Issues Warning About Travel To Europe

U.S. Issues Warning About Travel To Europe

Matthew Lee, Associated Press

This travel warning replaces one that expired in February. Is it based on new intelligence or specific threats? That wasn't clear.

3 months ago

Violent Attacks Push European Tourism to Extremes

Violent Attacks Push European Tourism to Extremes

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia have all been devastated by terror attacks in recent years and they are all well down on their previous highs. The reluctance of tourists to visit is having unintended consequences while other destinations such as Barcelona are experiencing a boom.

3 months ago

A Ghost Town Near Chernobyl Has Become a Spectacle for Tourists

A Ghost Town Near Chernobyl Has Become a Spectacle for Tourists

Associated Press

As long as there are disasters, there will be tourists who want to gape at the aftermath.

3 months ago

Royal Caribbean Sees a China Slowdown But Other Markets Are Thriving

Royal Caribbean Sees a China Slowdown But Other Markets Are Thriving

Hannah Sampson, Skift

As cruise executives often say, having ships all over the world means some areas boom while others struggle. At the moment, China-Korea tensions are hurting Royal Caribbean's business in Asia, but other regions are strong.

3 months ago

Overtourism and Artificial Intelligence Spell Trouble for Icelandic Language

Overtourism and Artificial Intelligence Spell Trouble for Icelandic Language

Egill Bjarnason, Associated Press

We certainly hope that overtourism, which in Iceland requires the import of foreign tourism workers to handle the influx of travelers, doesn't doom the Icelandic language. There's nothing like watching a 'hundslappadrifa' with a bunch of locals talking about it in their native tongue.

3 months ago

Norway Is Building the World’s First Ship Tunnel to Bypass Dangerous Seas

Norway Is Building the World’s First Ship Tunnel to Bypass Dangerous Seas

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press

Norway is becoming ever more popular as a cruise destination, but this tunnel won't accommodate more than the smallest of passenger ships.

4 months ago