Middle East

Dubai Developers Try Underwater Bedrooms to Jumpstart Large Hotel Project

Dubai Developers Try Underwater Bedrooms to Jumpstart Large Hotel Project

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

It's as if they took all the lessons of the economic crisis and didn't pay attention to them at all.

8 months ago

Jet Crash Sets Back Egypt’s Already Lagging Tourism Recovery

Jet Crash Sets Back Egypt’s Already Lagging Tourism Recovery

Tamim Elyan, Gregory Viscusi and Ahmed Feteha, Bloomberg

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.

8 months ago

Saudi Arabia Has a Plan to Start Welcoming a Handful of Tourists

Saudi Arabia Has a Plan to Start Welcoming a Handful of Tourists

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

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.

9 months ago

Small-Scale Theme Park in Dubai Turns to Marvel and Cartoon Network

Small-Scale Theme Park in Dubai Turns to Marvel and Cartoon Network

Associated Press

This is small for Dubai, but apparently a rich enough deal for Viacom and Disney to let their intellectual property be licensed.

9 months ago

Bombardier Sees Opportunity in Iran’s Untapped Tourism Potential

Bombardier Sees Opportunity in Iran’s Untapped Tourism Potential

Ladene Nasseri , Bloomberg

Post-nuke agreement, Iran is in an excellent position to start selling itself to the world again.

9 months ago

Tour Operators Hope Iran Becomes the Next Cuba

Tour Operators Hope Iran Becomes the Next Cuba

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

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.

10 months ago

In a Bid for Thrill Seekers, Dubai Theme Park Complex Plans to Add a Six Flags

In a Bid for Thrill Seekers, Dubai Theme Park Complex Plans to Add a Six Flags

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press

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.

10 months ago

Iran Gets 5-Star Melia Hotels Property on Caspian Sea

Iran Gets 5-Star Melia Hotels Property on Caspian Sea

Dalia Fahmy and Golnar Motevalli, Bloomberg

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.

11 months ago

Israel Tourism’s Oscar Promotion Has Already Turned Political

Israel Tourism’s Oscar Promotion Has Already Turned Political

Associated Press

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.

12 months ago

Israel Tourism Adds Free Celebrity Junkets to the Annual Oscar Swag Bag

Israel Tourism Adds Free Celebrity Junkets to the Annual Oscar Swag Bag

Dan Williams, Reuters

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.

12 months ago

Egyptian Tourism Losing $250 Million a Month Since Russian Plane Crash

Egyptian Tourism Losing $250 Million a Month Since Russian Plane Crash

Associated Press

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.

12 months ago

Video: Dubai and the Future of City Branding

Video: Dubai and the Future of City Branding

Jason Clampet, Skift

Dubai knows it can't rely solely upon people spending silly money, it needs to diversify the experiences available to visitors.

1 year ago