Europe

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.

4 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

Ryanair Moves Closer to Adopting a Hub-And-Spoke Model

Ryanair Moves Closer to Adopting a Hub-And-Spoke Model

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Point-to-point flying (as opposed to hub-and-spoke service) has allowed Ryanair to avoid the costs of providing baggage transfer and other assistance. But the Irish airline will now allow some of its customers to connect from one flight to another.

2 months ago

Italy Thinks Switzerland’s Nighttime Border Closings Will Hurt Tourism

Italy Thinks Switzerland’s Nighttime Border Closings Will Hurt Tourism

Associated Press

When tourists and residents in two countries hear that border crossings are closed, no matter the time of day, they perceive that they're not welcome and Switzerland's decision could impact tourism in the region.

2 months ago

TUI Group CMO Says That Bricks and Mortar Retail Still Matters to Tour Brands

TUI Group CMO Says That Bricks and Mortar Retail Still Matters to Tour Brands

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Internet has more information about destinations than any traveler could possibly need. Do consumers really need tour operators to have retail stores? It seems unnecessary, but travelers in some markets still like the model.

2 months ago

St. Petersburg Subway Explosion Kills at Least 10, Shuts Down Entire System

St. Petersburg Subway Explosion Kills at Least 10, Shuts Down Entire System

Henry Meyer, Reuters

2 months ago

We’re All Set: Discussing the Future of European Travel on April 4

We’re All Set: Discussing the Future of European Travel on April 4

Rafat Ali, Skift

Travel in and out of Europe is the big hope for the future of the world, and we'll be discussing all aspects of it and beyond at our first Skift Forum Europe. See you all soon!

2 months ago

Why the UK Travel Industry Isn’t Yet Suffering a Brexit Slowdown

Why the UK Travel Industry Isn’t Yet Suffering a Brexit Slowdown

Patrick Whyte, Skift

So far there has been a limited impact from last June's Brexit vote, but that doesn't mean there won't be an economic price to pay, especially in the long term.

2 months ago

Lufthansa Will Expand Its Eurowings Brand as Budget Carrier Fight Heats Up

Lufthansa Will Expand Its Eurowings Brand as Budget Carrier Fight Heats Up

Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

Reading between the lines, Lufthansa is saying its success in acquiring Brussels Airlines and Air Berlin and incorporating them into Eurowings means it may do additional takeovers and may compete with Wow and Norwegian on transatlantic routes.

2 months ago

Brexit Briefing: What the Travel Industry Needs to Know

Brexit Briefing: What the Travel Industry Needs to Know

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Much of the travel industry remains in denial about the risks of Brexit. As the countdown starts to the UK's divorce from the EU in April 2019, here's a recap of the best coverage on Skift.

2 months ago

Lufthansa CEO Says Britain Risks Flight Chaos if Brexit Talks Miss Deadline

Lufthansa CEO Says Britain Risks Flight Chaos if Brexit Talks Miss Deadline

Birgit Jennen, Benjamin Katz and Richard Weiss, Bloomberg

As Britain and the European Union divorce, aviation treaties need to be redone. Lufthansa's CEO Carsten Spohr warns that a plan needs to be made within a year or else there will be flight disruptions in 2019.

2 months ago