The migrant crisis and a surge in chauvinistic movements around the world leads to admonitions like the UAE having to warn its citizens to forsake wearing traditional garb when traveling.
As Dubai tries to grow its tourism numbers leading up to the 2020 World Expo, better roads and transit systems can only help.
Six Flags may not be ready to formally announce a park in Saudi Arabia, but we would not be surprised if plans are in the works.
It's as if they took all the lessons of the economic crisis and didn't pay attention to them at all.
With this week's EgyptAir crash, Egypt's tourism economy just took another hit while it was already down. It will take several years before the country is back to its pre-2011 revolution tourism arrival numbers and on track to seeing long-term growth.
Considering the annual hajj, Saudi Arabia knows how to manage massive amounts of visitors. It just has no experience managing independent ones that may travel differently than someone on a pilgrimage.
This is small for Dubai, but apparently a rich enough deal for Viacom and Disney to let their intellectual property be licensed.
Post-nuke agreement, Iran is in an excellent position to start selling itself to the world again.
There are still numerous challenges and restrictions for Americans who want to visit Iran. But recent progress for Europeans has created hope for a wider opening of the country to U.S. travelers.
Plans for the Dubai Parks and Resorts complex were ambitious even without adding Six Flags for more than $454 million. The question is whether tourism will continue to grow — and visitors will be clamoring for more theme park experiences.