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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.

8 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.

9 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.

9 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.

10 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.

10 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.

11 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

Israel Says It’s Safe for Russian Tourists Amid Regional Turmoil

Israel Says It’s Safe for Russian Tourists Amid Regional Turmoil

Josef Federman, Associated Press

Two countries' tourism setbacks are other countries tourism gains, and with its sunny beaches and plenty of history Israel certainly stands to gain a lot of Russian tourists if it can manage its message the right way.

1 year ago

Israel Tourism Targets Russian Travelers Turning Away From Turkey

Israel Tourism Targets Russian Travelers Turning Away From Turkey

Calev Ben-David, Bloomberg

Israel is offering security and discounts, two things sure to attract a clientele that feels insecure and fleeced right now.

1 year ago

Egypt Needs Tourists, So It Is Opening Ancient Tombs

Egypt Needs Tourists, So It Is Opening Ancient Tombs

Brian Rohan, Associated Press

Tourism in Egypt always bounces back when violence or chaos hits the country, but this time is offering particular challenges.

1 year ago

Dubai to Open a Theme Park for 21st Century Fox Characters

Dubai to Open a Theme Park for 21st Century Fox Characters

Christopher Palmeri , Bloomberg

Destinations have always envied the success of Disney, but it was Universal that demonstrated the best way to challenge the House of Mouse with it's full court Harry Potter offensive.

1 year ago

Egyptians Worry About Impact of Plane Crash on Russian Resort Tourism

Egyptians Worry About Impact of Plane Crash on Russian Resort Tourism

Brian Rohan, Associated Press

As Egypt’s tourism sector slowly recovers from years of political tumult that left it battered, Russians have emerged as the dominant group on its Red Sea beaches. How Saturday’s Russian-bound Metrojet disaster killing over 200 passengers will impact future tourism arrivals depends on results determining the cause of the crash.

1 year ago