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Luxury Italian Brands Fashion Travel Experiences

Luxury Italian Brands Fashion Travel Experiences

Laura Powell, Skift

What does it take to bring more high-end travelers to your destination? Offer them more high-end experiences. That's the aim of two new projects stemming out of Italy's luxury goods industry.

1 month ago

Cruise Lines Are Going Just About Everywhere in 2019

Cruise Lines Are Going Just About Everywhere in 2019

Fran Golden, Bloomberg

High-end cruise lines are going to harder-to-reach places this year, and those rarefied trips will be priced accordingly. Popular destinations such as Alaska and Cuba will continue to see crowds from brands that range from budget to luxury.

1 month ago

Italy’s Uffizi Gallery Urges Germany to Return Painting Stolen by Nazis

Italy’s Uffizi Gallery Urges Germany to Return Painting Stolen by Nazis

Associated Press

Returning stolen art isn't just about reclaiming a piece of cultural heritage; it's about truth and reconciliation.

2 months ago

Cyprus Gets Dedicated Tourism Minister Ahead of New Mega-Casino Resort

Cyprus Gets Dedicated Tourism Minister Ahead of New Mega-Casino Resort

Georgios Georgiou and Paul Tugwell, Bloomberg

Tourism is Cyprus’s largest industry and soon new attractions such as City of Dreams Mediterranean will open. Cyprus sure deserves a dedicated tourism minister to ensure sustainability for this important part of the economy.

2 months ago

Venice Will Start Charging an Entrance Fee to Day-Trippers to Combat Overtourism

Venice Will Start Charging an Entrance Fee to Day-Trippers to Combat Overtourism

Colleen Barry, Associated Press

Tourists who visit Venice for the day will be charged a fee; overnight visitors already pay a hotel tax. The fee will help defray costs and might to deter some visits. Any overall overtourism solution would have to address other issues, as well, such as the proliferation of short-term rentals.

2 months ago

Brexit Is Costing Cornwall, England Its Hotel Bartenders

Brexit Is Costing Cornwall, England Its Hotel Bartenders

Lucy Meakin, Bloomberg

Brexit's impact is one wake-up notice after another for England's tourism industry. And the wake-up is harsh.

2 months ago

Paris Cultural Sites to Close Saturday Amid Riot Fears

Paris Cultural Sites to Close Saturday Amid Riot Fears

Associated Press

Now is not the best time to be visiting Paris, though some of the biggest tourist draws in the city will remain open. It will be in the interest of residents and visitors alike for the government and protestors to reach an agreement that brings calm.

2 months ago

Europeans Traveled Abroad More in 2018 But the Pace Slowed

Europeans Traveled Abroad More in 2018 But the Pace Slowed

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Europeans did more outbound international travel this year than last year. The pace of growth was not as torrid as in the past, however. Experts forecast a similar modest growth rate for 2019.

2 months ago

Disney’s Paris Operations Are a Target of French Tax Investigation

Disney’s Paris Operations Are a Target of French Tax Investigation

Gaspard Sebag, Bloomberg

This is a complicated case, but one thing is clear: Disney isn't happy French investigators raided its Paris offices, and authorities don't seem to care all that much about what the entertainment giant has to say.

3 months ago

Europe Working on New Tourism Brand Positioning: Value Not Volume

Europe Working on New Tourism Brand Positioning: Value Not Volume

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Europe is so popular as a tourist destination that it doesn't really need any help growing numbers. A move to concentrate on value is a sensible approach and one that will hopefully see the benefits spread to lesser-known destinations.

3 months ago

The Arctic Circle Is the Next Frontier for Ski Tourism

The Arctic Circle Is the Next Frontier for Ski Tourism

Jen Murphy, Bloomberg

Perhaps surprisingly, it's still possible to find pockets of undiscovered terrain in the world. The Arctic Circle is one of those hidden gems that may not stay hidden for long.

3 months ago

Turkey’s Weak Economy Entices Travelers With Good Deals

Turkey’s Weak Economy Entices Travelers With Good Deals

Dan Peltier, Skift

Travelers love nothing more than a good deal, and that's exactly what much of Turkey is offering right now. A cooling economy has travelers striking while the iron is hot.

3 months ago