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Dubai Theme Park Operator’s Ambitions Are Scaling Back Amid Debt Reshuffle

Dubai Theme Park Operator’s Ambitions Are Scaling Back Amid Debt Reshuffle

Archana Narayanan and Matthew Martin, Bloomberg

Not enough people are visiting the theme parks that DXB Entertainments operates and the company isn't holding out hope for a profitable year. But plans remain in place to move forward with a hotel and a Six Flags park at the site. If they build those, will people finally come?

7 months ago

Iranians’ Vacations Are Surging During Holiday Break

Iranians’ Vacations Are Surging During Holiday Break

Arsalan Shahla, Ladane Nasseri, and Anthony DiPaola, Bloomberg

Like the Lunar New Year in China, Iran's holiday could increasingly strain its infrastructure. Anyone who can offer a smoother, quicker travel experience for these families could make some money.

7 months ago

Top Jerusalem Christian Attraction Remains Closed to Protest Taxes

Top Jerusalem Christian Attraction Remains Closed to Protest Taxes

Josef Federman, Associated Press

When a church owns many different types of property, the line between religious space and commercial interest — encompassing hotels — becomes blurred.

8 months ago

Holy Sepulchre Church Closes in Tax Dispute With Israeli Authorities

Holy Sepulchre Church Closes in Tax Dispute With Israeli Authorities

David Wainer, Bloomberg

Christian tourism is a big deal to Israel, and this tax dispute, if it isn't resolved soon, won't help.

8 months ago

Dubai Theme Park Sees Business Slump as Tourists Stay Away

Dubai Theme Park Sees Business Slump as Tourists Stay Away

Filipe Pacheco, Bloomberg

Dubai Parks & Resorts had high hopes for its theme park complex last year, but reality turned out to be a disappointment. As losses mount and debt piles up, will the operator be able to turn the business around?

8 months ago

Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Become a Global Arts Hub

Saudi Arabia Announces Plans to Become a Global Arts Hub

James Tarmy, Bloomberg

A shiny new arts complex could be a strong driver of tourism, in some other country. Saudi Arabia presents so many obstacles to leisure travelers that it's hard to imagine this boosting visitation.

9 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: European Travelers Return to Once-Disrupted Destinations

Travel Megatrends 2018: European Travelers Return to Once-Disrupted Destinations

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Things can change very quickly in travel. Geopolitics plays a big part in deciding a destination’s popularity. With Spain undergoing its own problems, and fewer terrorist incidents taking place in North Africa and the Middle East, the tourist spread is starting to rebalance itself.

9 months ago

Egypt Has a New Tourism Minister as Visitor Numbers Climb

Egypt Has a New Tourism Minister as Visitor Numbers Climb

Salma El Wardany and Ahmed Khalil El-Sayed, Bloomberg

While more visitors are coming to Egypt, the new tourism minister still has plenty of work ahead after several difficult years for the destination.

9 months ago

Jordan Tourism Adjusts to Rapid Changes in Destination Marketing

Jordan Tourism Adjusts to Rapid Changes in Destination Marketing

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Embracing influencers and virtual reality, Jordan tourism is working to evolve as destination marketing tactics change.

10 months ago

Bethlehem Tourism Surges Despite Political Tension

Bethlehem Tourism Surges Despite Political Tension

Fadwa Hodali and Gwen Ackerman, Bloomberg

Christmas is approaching and pilgrims have been undeterred from visiting the narrow streets of Bethlehem, revered as the birthplace of Jesus. They visit against a backdrop of protests that have broken out over the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

10 months ago

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.

11 months 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.

11 months ago