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China’s Tencent Partners With Helsinki to Help Chinese Travelers Live Like Locals

China’s Tencent Partners With Helsinki to Help Chinese Travelers Live Like Locals

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Chinese travelers are the world's largest outbound travel market. With the launch of Helsinki's WeChat collaboration, it seems the days of asking them to pay cash in a destination are numbered.

3 months ago

Tourism-Dependent Croatia Eagerly Awaits the Euro

Tourism-Dependent Croatia Eagerly Awaits the Euro

Andrea Dudik and Jasmina Kuzmanovic, Bloomberg

There's little doubt that Croatia's tourism economy stands to gain when the EU member state country finally enters the eurozone, but that doesn't allay fears that the cost of living for local people could spike.

3 months ago

Tourists Could Soon See Notre Dame’s Facade as Summer Ramps Up

Tourists Could Soon See Notre Dame’s Facade as Summer Ramps Up

Thomas Adamson, The Associated Press

Millions of people visit the Parisian icon each year, and it’s heartening that reconstruction continues apace despite cash delays from wealthy donors. Revealing the facade once again is a smart move, in time for high season and to keep those individual donations coming for the vast rebuild.

3 months ago

Tourism Drop May Push Iceland Into Deeper Recession

Tourism Drop May Push Iceland Into Deeper Recession

Jasmina Kuzmanovic, Bloomberg

Arrivals are set to decline to 2016 levels. Wow Air is gone. It's cold out there in Iceland, which is bracing for a deeper recession due to a fall in arrivals coupled with a disastrous fishing season.

3 months ago

Experts Advise Travelers on How to Cope With Overtourism

Experts Advise Travelers on How to Cope With Overtourism

Melissa Rayworth, Associated Press

Skift coined the term overtourism, and the wave of this problematic phenomenon has begun to crest with the Louvre closing on Monday after employees complained they were harassed by tourist throngs. Expect more such incidents this summer at top destinations worldwide.

4 months ago

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American Airlines Launches Nine New Seasonal Routes to Europe

American Airlines Launches Nine New Seasonal Routes to Europe

American Airlines + Skift

American Airlines is once again expanding its seasonal service to traditionally less-trafficked destinations in Europe where tourism growth is reaching new highs.

4 months ago

Olympic Tourists to Paris Will Find No Direct Airport-City Rail Link

Olympic Tourists to Paris Will Find No Direct Airport-City Rail Link

William Horobin, Bloomberg

Government officials are prioritizing the needs of Parisian residents over tourist needs. The city plans to offer extra service on one of its existing rail lines instead — but considering the likely massive influx of visitors, will that be enough?

4 months ago

Louvre Museum Reopens After Overtourism-Induced Closure

Louvre Museum Reopens After Overtourism-Induced Closure

The Associated Press

As our 2019 Travel Megatrend on tourism points out, the emergence of overtourism has led organizations to manage visitor growth more carefully, even at the expense of revenue goals. The plus side is those dollars can be spread out to less congested areas.

4 months ago

Amsterdam Considers Home Rental Ban to Limit Overtourism

Amsterdam Considers Home Rental Ban to Limit Overtourism

Ruben Munsterman, Bloomberg

Amsterdam has already limited homesharing and is considering a total ban in popular neighborhoods. Stronger permitting for legit bed-and-breakfast operators will probably be more sustainable than an outright ban, if the goal is to improve life for locals.

4 months ago

Lufthansa Will Adopt Dynamic Award Pricing for Its Loyalty Program

Lufthansa Will Adopt Dynamic Award Pricing for Its Loyalty Program

Grant Martin, Skift

In moving to a dynamic-based system for selling award seats, Lufthansa will be the first European carrier to formally adopt the model. But will the program look like its American cousins?

4 months ago

Wow Air’s Shutdown Prompts Recession Fears in Iceland

Wow Air’s Shutdown Prompts Recession Fears in Iceland

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

Iceland's tourism growth had seemed unstoppable. But as Skift has said for years, every geopolitical upheaval today can be traced back to the travel sector in some way. Policy planners need to adequately account for it.

4 months ago

Netherlands Will Continue Tourism Promotion Despite Media Reports

Netherlands Will Continue Tourism Promotion Despite Media Reports

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Forget the flashy headlines; destinations need time to respond effectively to overtourism with the cultural fabric of popular locations at stake. The intelligent move is to thoughtfully adjust policies to limit the negative impact of tourism.

4 months ago