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.
Melia Hotels and Accor Hotels are among the early movers in global chains' return to Iran after an ugly exit in 1979. The parliamentary gains of moderate politicians in Iran's recent elections may give foreign businesses a bit of a confidence boost.
Tourism boards are hyper sensitive when it comes to potentially divisive political issues. But when the tourism board is Israel's, conflict is nearly impossible to avoid.
We're not sure that people plan a trip to a destination like Israel based upon photos they see in Us Weekly, but we have seen bigger wastes of money on influencer trips.
Amid losing hundreds of millions of dollars, we've seen little effort from the Egyptian government to convince tourists that the country is safe and open for business.
Dubai knows it can't rely solely upon people spending silly money, it needs to diversify the experiences available to visitors.