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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.

5 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.

6 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.

6 months ago

Egypt Is Finally Seeing Some Good Tourism News

Egypt Is Finally Seeing Some Good Tourism News

Mirette Magdy, Bloomberg

No word yet on tourism numbers, but increased spending — especially at these levels — is an excellent signal for the country. Now it just needs to prevent another relapse into violence and political self sabotage.

6 months ago

Saudi Arabia Tourism at Center of Development Plans But It Will Be a Tough Sell

Saudi Arabia Tourism at Center of Development Plans But It Will Be a Tough Sell

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia has seen its Middle East neighbors diversify away from oil. That makes sense, but it's not clear the country's leaders will be able to turn it into a tourist destination. One problem — as an expert says in this story — is the country's restrictions on alcohol and dress.

6 months ago

Qatar Ends Tourist Visa Requirements for 80 Nationalities to Combat Growing Isolation

Qatar Ends Tourist Visa Requirements for 80 Nationalities to Combat Growing Isolation

Associated Press

Qatar is facing a real crisis and it is doing everything in its power, including spurring tourism, to combat the Saudi-led coalition's aggressive tactics.

7 months ago

Egyptian Hotel Projects Attract Large Investment From Saudi Billionaire

Egyptian Hotel Projects Attract Large Investment From Saudi Billionaire

Tamim Elyan, Bloomberg

The investment is a vote of confidence in Egyptian tourism, which has been battered in recent years.

7 months ago

Saudi Arabia Tourism to Debut Eased Dress Restrictions in Red Sea Resort Area

Saudi Arabia Tourism to Debut Eased Dress Restrictions in Red Sea Resort Area

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

The heir to the throne in Saudi Arabia wants to loosen things up for tourists in a specific destination on the Red Sea. It's a welcome step and a sign of tentative changes although it is bound to be very controversial within Saudi Arabia.

7 months ago

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.

7 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.

8 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.

8 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?

9 months ago