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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?

6 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.

7 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.

7 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.

7 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.

8 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.

8 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.

8 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.

9 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.

10 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.

10 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.

11 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.

11 months ago