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Iceland’s Tourism Sector Is Hoping for a World Cup Boost

Iceland’s Tourism Sector Is Hoping for a World Cup Boost

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

It's funny how quickly things can change. Maybe it's actually a good thing that growth is slowing. It will give Icelanders an opportunity to re-evaluate what kind of tourism they actually want.

2 months ago

Russia Faces an Uphill Climb to Turn World Cup Into Tourism Win

Russia Faces an Uphill Climb to Turn World Cup Into Tourism Win

Dan Peltier, Skift

Who can blame travelers for wanting to sit this World Cup out given all the reasons (some valid) they get from news reports every day? FIFA could also have done more to assure travelers from countries like the U.S. and UK that Russia will have the welcome mat rolled out, at least while the matches are being played.

2 months ago

Estonia’s Alcohol Tax Hikes Have Been a Buzzkill for Tourism

Estonia’s Alcohol Tax Hikes Have Been a Buzzkill for Tourism

Ott Ummelas, Bloomberg

It doesn't make sense to discourage taking a ferry to stock up on alcohol since it's likely a gateway to future overnight stays. Tourism may be a casualty in Estonia's war on alcohol abuse.

2 months ago

Uber Is Expanding Its Electric Bike Rentals Into Europe

Uber Is Expanding Its Electric Bike Rentals Into Europe

Natalia Drozdiak and Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is on a "charm offensive," as this story points out, trying to expand into markets that have proven tricky in the past. Will it work?

2 months ago

London’s Luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel Suffers Severe Fire Damage

London’s Luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel Suffers Severe Fire Damage

Associated Press

London's fire department responded quickly and effectively. But this event is a reminder that the world's major cities need to have more frequent drills in case of emergencies.

2 months ago

Skift Forum Europe 2018 On-Stage Videos Are Now Live

Skift Forum Europe 2018 On-Stage Videos Are Now Live

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Missed Skift Forum Europe in person? Now you can watch the sessions from our event in Berlin, featuring speakers from top travel companies including Marriott, AccorHotels, Airbnb, Ryanair, and Booking.com.

2 months ago

Lisbon’s Overtourism Lesson: Living Like a Local Is Not Enough

Lisbon’s Overtourism Lesson: Living Like a Local Is Not Enough

Rebecca Stone, Skift

Lisbon's post-crisis evolution and corresponding tourism boom show the dramatic impact and lasting ramifications of overtourism. Efforts have centered on sustainable tourism and limiting tourism's potential negative impacts, but, in our view, the focus has been all wrong. Sustainable tourism should be about sustainable cultures, and we all have a role to play.

3 months ago

Skift Podcast: How European Tourism Came Back From the Brink

Skift Podcast: How European Tourism Came Back From the Brink

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in to hear experts on European tourism discuss the recent growth in visitors — and how to best manage it.

3 months ago

How These Currency Fluctuations Will Boost Tourism This Summer

How These Currency Fluctuations Will Boost Tourism This Summer

Ben Bartenstein, Bloomberg

It's the upside to currency fluctuations. While the local economies suffer, for the most part, when the value of the currency drops, it does make those locations more attractive to foreign travelers because of exchange rates. Here's hoping for a robust summer vacation season.

3 months ago

Turkey’s Tourism Industry Is Optimistic That the Good Times Are Coming Back

Turkey’s Tourism Industry Is Optimistic That the Good Times Are Coming Back

Bloomberg, Taylan Bilgic

With thoughts of political coups and terrorism starting to recede in peoples' memories, Turkey's tourism industry will be hoping for a bumper 2018 season. As long as the prices are low, tourists will come.

3 months ago

Disney and Universal See Big Gains in Orlando After Major Expansions

Disney and Universal See Big Gains in Orlando After Major Expansions

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Orlando remains a battleground for the world's largest theme park operators, but attendance is growing around the world — and the biggest companies are trying to win audiences all over.

3 months ago

Ireland Wants Chinese Travel Agents to Make It a Top European Destination

Ireland Wants Chinese Travel Agents to Make It a Top European Destination

Jing Travel

Chinese tour buses are already a common sight throughout Ireland, but Tourism Ireland wants to dial it up with travel agents. It isn't a cheap country to visit, either, but teaching travel agents to better package Ireland could be a long-term win.

4 months ago