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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.

4 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.

5 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.

5 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.

6 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.

6 months 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.

7 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.

7 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.

8 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.

8 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.

8 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.

9 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.

9 months ago