Middle East

Egyptian Tourism Hopeful About Discovery of 2 Ancient Tombs in Luxor

Egyptian Tourism Hopeful About Discovery of 2 Ancient Tombs in Luxor

Ahmed Hatem, Associated Press

The discovery of these two ancient tombs won't be a game-changer for Egyptian tourism, but it can't hurt, either.

6 days ago

United Nations Warns That 17 Arabic World Heritage Sites Are Endangered

United Nations Warns That 17 Arabic World Heritage Sites Are Endangered

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

Over the centuries, conquistadors, clerical authorities, and others have damaged architectural legacies that are now iconic. It's happening again in the Middle East. The world should clamp down on the smuggling of antiquities and record digital imagery of historic architecture.

2 weeks ago

Video: Tourism Leaders on Planning to Avoid Overtourism

Video: Tourism Leaders on Planning to Avoid Overtourism

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tourism executives from around the world all have unique challenges as they promote their destinations, but they also have a lot in common: They want to avoid the pitfalls of destructive tourism, get a good return on their marketing dollars, and attract high-spending visitors.

2 months ago

Bahrain Restricts Travel From Qatar Making Blockade Even Tighter

Bahrain Restricts Travel From Qatar Making Blockade Even Tighter

Associated Press

Qatar's regional disputes are mounting, but its status as a global hub and destination isn't falling off a cliff.

2 months ago

Eastern Libya Issues Retaliatory Travel Ban Against U.S. Travelers

Eastern Libya Issues Retaliatory Travel Ban Against U.S. Travelers

Associated Press

While we generally dislike travel bans, it's better safe than sorry in this case. Tripoli and other cities have seen fighting between armed groups and government forces, catching hotels in the crossfire.

3 months ago

Pakistan Receives More Visitors as Its Security Improves

Pakistan Receives More Visitors as Its Security Improves

Chris Kay, Bloomberg

Since 2013, Pakistan has seen far fewer bombings, which explains why annual tourist arrivals have more than tripled. Let's hope that the country's "Emerging Pakistan" campaign has a tailwind.

3 months ago

Israel Is Welcoming U.S. Evangelicals for High Holiday Tourism

Israel Is Welcoming U.S. Evangelicals for High Holiday Tourism

Jonathan Ferziger, Bloomberg

Israel attracts a wide range of visitors, and evangelical Christians are coming in droves this year thanks in part to U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

3 months ago

Abu Dhabi Louvre Aims to Attract Affluent Tourists After Years of Delays

Abu Dhabi Louvre Aims to Attract Affluent Tourists After Years of Delays

Zainab Fattah and Tracy Alloway, Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi is smart to integrate this museum into its tourism planning, and to think big. These days, nothing less than a world-class Louvre, Guggenheim, or Smithsonian will attract real visitation.

3 months ago

Omani Monsoon Season Has Become a Global Tourist Draw

Omani Monsoon Season Has Become a Global Tourist Draw

Samuel McNeil, Associated Press

Oman is competing with Dubai for global tourists and using its natural landscape as a differentiator.

4 months ago

Egypt Is Finally Seeing Some Good Tourism News

Egypt Is Finally Seeing Some Good Tourism News

Mirette Magdy, Bloomberg

No word yet on tourism numbers, but increased spending — especially at these levels — is an excellent signal for the country. Now it just needs to prevent another relapse into violence and political self sabotage.

4 months ago

Saudi Arabia Tourism at Center of Development Plans But It Will Be a Tough Sell

Saudi Arabia Tourism at Center of Development Plans But It Will Be a Tough Sell

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia has seen its Middle East neighbors diversify away from oil. That makes sense, but it's not clear the country's leaders will be able to turn it into a tourist destination. One problem — as an expert says in this story — is the country's restrictions on alcohol and dress.

4 months ago

Qatar Ends Tourist Visa Requirements for 80 Nationalities to Combat Growing Isolation

Qatar Ends Tourist Visa Requirements for 80 Nationalities to Combat Growing Isolation

Associated Press

Qatar is facing a real crisis and it is doing everything in its power, including spurring tourism, to combat the Saudi-led coalition's aggressive tactics.

4 months ago