Europe

Greek Stability Spurs Record Summer Travel Season

Greek Stability Spurs Record Summer Travel Season

Pan Pylas, Associated Press

Greek tourism benefited from its relative stability after the debt crisis, and travelers' jitters about vacationing in Turkey and Egypt.

2 months ago

France Adds Extra Security at Landmarks as Tourist Arrivals Fall 8 Percent

France Adds Extra Security at Landmarks as Tourist Arrivals Fall 8 Percent

Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg

The steepest drops in French arrivals this year have been from visitors from Japan and China, far more than from the U.S. Ramping up security at attractions and also in crime-ridden areas will be an attractive message, at least, for tourists considering a jaunt to France.

2 months ago

U.K. Woos Indian Investors With Expedited Visas in Post-Brexit Strategy

U.K. Woos Indian Investors With Expedited Visas in Post-Brexit Strategy

Tim Ross, Bloomberg

The UK is already looking to hedge its post-Brexit losses by enhancing ties to Indian investors through preferential visa policies. There doesn't seem to be much of a trickle-down policy in terms of reassuring students from India, though, who have been foreclosed from attending university in the UK.

2 months ago

Lured By a Weaker Pound, Parisians Flock to a Post-Brexit UK

Lured By a Weaker Pound, Parisians Flock to a Post-Brexit UK

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Brexit, at least in the short term, seems to be boosting U.K. tourism numbers, but only time will tell how long the lure of a favorable exchange rate will keep travelers coming.

2 months ago

A Holland Tourism Alliance and 3-Year Video Campaign Help Drive U.S. Arrivals

A Holland Tourism Alliance and 3-Year Video Campaign Help Drive U.S. Arrivals

Greg Oates, Skift

The multi-year "Holland: The Original Cool" tourism campaign is a lesson in modern video storytelling, incorporating long- and short-form content pushing both national and local messaging. It also shows the value of taking risks to engage audiences with branded content.

3 months ago

5 Lessons From Iceland and the Perils of Overtourism

5 Lessons From Iceland and the Perils of Overtourism

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Tourism can be a great economic driver, but massive growth isn't always sustainable. Iceland now grapples what we call overtourism and has some serious planning to do for the future.

3 months ago

Tourists See England as One Big Sale Sign Right Now

Tourists See England as One Big Sale Sign Right Now

Danica Kirka and Paul Traynor, Associated Press

Until UK retailers adjust prices, the country will attract visitors happy to spend as much or more than in the past, yet walk away with so much more.

3 months ago

A Redeveloped Office Building Is the Heart of Amsterdam’s Hot New District

A Redeveloped Office Building Is the Heart of Amsterdam’s Hot New District

Bloomberg News, Bloomberg

Tourists will always want to visit Amsterdam's tried and true attractions, but establishing a buzzy new district is a smart way to keep visitors around longer.

3 months ago

Skift Podcast: Iceland and the Perils of Overtourism

Skift Podcast: Iceland and the Perils of Overtourism

Hannah Sampson, Skift

When destinations look to tourism as an economic boost, they can sometimes get more than they bargained for. Iceland provides a perfect example of the woes that can come with large numbers of visitors.

3 months ago

Visit Britain Has a New Marketing Campaign, But Deal-Seekers Were Coming Anyway

Visit Britain Has a New Marketing Campaign, But Deal-Seekers Were Coming Anyway

Dan Peltier, Skift

Sometimes you have good luck and sometimes you have good timing. And sometimes you have both. Visit Britain's campaign already makes sense since the U.S. is the UK's most valuable source market. But many Americans were probably already mulling a UK trip because of the great exchange rate without the coaxing of a tourism board.

3 months ago

Three Months In, UK Travel Industry Learning to Live With Brexit

Three Months In, UK Travel Industry Learning to Live With Brexit

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With the UK government seemingly determined to sever all ties with the European Union, things don’t look great for the travel industry. For the time being there’s not much companies can do but hope for the best.

3 months ago

Large Cruise Ships in the Arctic Prompt Calls for Regulation

Large Cruise Ships in the Arctic Prompt Calls for Regulation

Gwladys Fouche, Reuters

We've written often about the dangers of overtourism. As cruise lines and other travel industry players bring larger ships and greater numbers of visitors to fragile destinations such as the Arctic, they should proceed with caution and care.

3 months ago