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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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

Melia Hotels Says the Lower Pound Is Driving Americans to the UK

Melia Hotels Says the Lower Pound Is Driving Americans to the UK

Rodrigo Orihuela , Bloomberg

There has been plenty of negative fallout for the UK since the Brexit vote, but it sounds like increased tourism to Britain could be a silver lining.

2 months ago

Amsterdam Mayor Can’t Blunt Overtourism Visitor Boom

Amsterdam Mayor Can’t Blunt Overtourism Visitor Boom

Martijn van der Starre, Bloomberg

Many destinations around the world would love to have Amsterdam's problem -- too much tourism. But that doesn't reduce the complexities in finding a workable balance between maintaining a nice way of life for residents and attracting tourism dollars. In Amsterdam, the inherent conflict will lead to something new. We just don't know what that is yet.

2 months ago

Portugal Sees Tourism From the U.K. Staying Strong Despite Brexit Vote

Portugal Sees Tourism From the U.K. Staying Strong Despite Brexit Vote

Henrique Almeida , Bloomberg

It's a good sign for Portugal that British tourists are still coming despite the weaker pound; more investment and promotion to increase the destination's appeal should help that trend continue.

2 months ago

This Greek Refugee Camp Is Being Converted Into a Luxury Resort

This Greek Refugee Camp Is Being Converted Into a Luxury Resort

Nikos Chrysoloras and Sharon Smyth, Bloomberg

It's a real shame when, in the interests of making money and working under the guise of improving the economy through tourism, governments and corporations so carelessly neglect those most in need. We seriously hope the Greek government and the developers behind this project come up with a solution for the refugees.

2 months ago

Tourist Magnet Iceland May Be Getting Too Hot for Investors

Tourist Magnet Iceland May Be Getting Too Hot for Investors

Omar R. Valdimarsson, Bloomberg

As Skift reported in a recent deep dive on Iceland, the country is struggling to adjust to the changes that came with a huge tourist boom.

2 months ago

Turkey Had a Terrible Year for Tourism and Signs of Recovery Are Elusive

Turkey Had a Terrible Year for Tourism and Signs of Recovery Are Elusive

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press

This year has set Turkey back farther than the numbers show. It's reputation has taken a huge hit and the country's leaders are making one move after another to worsen the situation.

3 months ago