Middle East

Israel Looks to Food Tourism to Attract a Different Kind of Visitor

Israel Looks to Food Tourism to Attract a Different Kind of Visitor

Dan Peltier, Skift

Israel doesn’t really have a problem bringing in visitors. But bringing visitors who are not driven by religious beliefs is a challenge. Diversifying the country through food could help convince some travelers that a trip here is worth it.

4 months ago

UNESCO Labels Hebron as a Palestinian Heritage Site in Danger

UNESCO Labels Hebron as a Palestinian Heritage Site in Danger

Associated Press

Hebron has sites considered holy to both Muslims and Jews. The UNESCO determination will put new focus on Hebron as a heritage destination and on the tinder box that is the Palestine-Israel conflict.

5 months ago

Lebanon Tourism Sees a Rebound in Shadow of Regional Turmoil

Lebanon Tourism Sees a Rebound in Shadow of Regional Turmoil

Philip Issa, Associated Press

This is wonderful news for Lebanon, which has been wracked by instability and internal turmoil for years. The country hasn't returned to its glory days of tourism in the 1950s and 1960s but we'll take it.

5 months ago

Etihad and Emirates Suspend Flights to Qatar as Gulf State Rift Grows

Etihad and Emirates Suspend Flights to Qatar as Gulf State Rift Grows

Associated Press

It is quite rich for Saudi Arabia to claim other states support terrorism. Perhaps now the big three U.S. carriers can stop making equally ironic claims about subsidies and just watch the Gulf carriers fight each other?

6 months ago

Turkey Tourism Makes Slight Turnaround After Year of Russian Tensions

Turkey Tourism Makes Slight Turnaround After Year of Russian Tensions

Onur Ant, Bloomberg

Turkey's tourism troubles extend far beyond its issues with Russia and average daily rates for hotels are still very low.

6 months ago

Egyptian Officials Are Optimistic Tourism Woes Are on the Mend This Year

Egyptian Officials Are Optimistic Tourism Woes Are on the Mend This Year

Maria Sheahan, Reuters

Investment in security at airports and tourist attractions are a good first step in showing tourists that Egypt is ready for them. But any unrest elsewhere in the Middle East this year will be a factor in how many tourists visit Egypt.

9 months ago

Banksy-Designed West Bank Hotel Shows Art Meeting Politics

Banksy-Designed West Bank Hotel Shows Art Meeting Politics

Nebi Qena, Associated Press

Banksy has become one of the most fascinating artists-slash-tourist-magnets in modern times. If this property indeed operates like a typical hotel, we expect demand will push rates far above $30 a night.

9 months ago

Three Ways to Make the Most of a Dubai Airport Layover

Three Ways to Make the Most of a Dubai Airport Layover

Dean Fosdick , Associated Press

Have an eight-over layover in Dubai? Why not make the best of its and go dune bashing? Or if you're feeling less adventurous, perhaps you'll try a desert sunset safari.

9 months ago

Turkey’s Travel Chiefs Look to Arab Tourists to Make Up for Reduced European Visitors

Turkey’s Travel Chiefs Look to Arab Tourists to Make Up for Reduced European Visitors

Neyran Elden and Mehmet Guzel, Associated Press

Undertourism is a thing, too. Europeans are avoiding Turkey due to its turmoil. TUI's annual revenues from Turkey, where it is the market leader, fell by nearly 50 percent in 2016. But inbound tourism from the Arab world is rising.

9 months ago

Egypt Hopes to Revive Russian Tourism With Airport Upgrades

Egypt Hopes to Revive Russian Tourism With Airport Upgrades

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press

Those who work in Egypt's tourism industry will be hoping the changes made at key airports will be enough to allay the security fears of Russia (and the UK). The market has been decimated by geo-political problems and needs big changes if it is to start to recover.

9 months ago

Travelers to Egypt Face a Doubling of Its Visa Fee

Travelers to Egypt Face a Doubling of Its Visa Fee

Maggie Michael, Associated Press

Travelers considering a trip to Egypt were already weighing its beautiful resorts and attractions against the risk of turmoil. So the country's plans to levy higher visa fees on visitors seems ill-timed.

9 months ago

Six Flags Says It Is Just Getting Started With Its International Expansion

Six Flags Says It Is Just Getting Started With Its International Expansion

Hannah Sampson, Skift

How much of the world is eager to host a Six Flags theme park? The Texas-based company is trying to find out.

9 months ago