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Third-Party Excursions Popular With Cruisers and 14 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Third-Party Excursions Popular With Cruisers and 14 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in tourism, cruise lines are feeling the heat as third-party company tours become more of a hit with passengers and travel advisors. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's new tourism frontier is put to the test as the kingdom loosens restrictions in a bid to bring in more non-Muslim visitors.

1 week ago

Beijing Daxing Airport Is a Giant Showcase for Public Art

Beijing Daxing Airport Is a Giant Showcase for Public Art

Richard Whiddington, Jing Travel

Who needs the museum? Visitors are flocking to Beijing's new airport, a gigantic wonderland filled with Chinese art both contemporary and traditional. Like Singapore Changi Airport, it has instantly become a destination in and of itself.

2 weeks ago

Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Since Saudi Arabia introduced a new tourist visa on Sept. 28, the focus has been on what it means for non-Muslim leisure travelers. But the new visa holds a bigger significance for the huge Muslim travel market in Asia and elsewhere.

2 weeks ago

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As Tourists Flock to Thailand, the Country’s Meetings and Events Sector Will Benefit

As Tourists Flock to Thailand, the Country’s Meetings and Events Sector Will Benefit

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau + Skift

As meeting planners worldwide look for unique venues and programming that will wow attendees, Thailand is stepping up its meetings and incentives efforts. Big investments in infrastructure, hotels, venues, and transportation networks — not to mention top-flight food and gorgeous beaches — are already paying multi-million dollar dividends.

3 weeks ago

A Post-Brexit Labor Market Will Severely Hurt UK Tourism’s Ability to Recruit

A Post-Brexit Labor Market Will Severely Hurt UK Tourism’s Ability to Recruit

Rosie Spinks, Skift

What will happen with Brexit is still anyone's guess. But the end of the "freedom of movement" — which is the most likely outcome in the event of any Brexit deal or no deal — will present existential hiring challenges for the tourism sector's labor force.

2 weeks ago

Venice Sets Rollout Date for Its New Tourist Day-Tripper Tax

Venice Sets Rollout Date for Its New Tourist Day-Tripper Tax

Associated Press

Venice's tourist day-tripper tax finally has a roll out date. It will target the kind of in-and-out visitors who don't stay in hotels, such as those coming off of cruise ships.

2 weeks ago

Sojern Steps Up Asia Presence as Travel Marketers Boost Digital Spending

Sojern Steps Up Asia Presence as Travel Marketers Boost Digital Spending

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Asia-Pacific advertisers spend more than half of their budgets on digital marketing, the highest compared to other regions, according to a Sojern survey. It’s why the company is pouring more resources into Asia.

2 weeks ago

Hong Kong’s Imperiled Travel Industry Grows Increasingly Desperate With New Plea

Hong Kong’s Imperiled Travel Industry Grows Increasingly Desperate With New Plea

Rosie Spinks, Skift

There are no signs of things getting better for the embattled travel industry in Hong Kong, as a recent plea from the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong indicates.

2 weeks ago

Tourists to Return as India Claims to Loosen Grip on Kashmir

Tourists to Return as India Claims to Loosen Grip on Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press

While India claims tourists will soon be welcome to return to Kashmir, the country's crackdown on locals will continue. Mobile phones still won't work, highlighting just how severe the Indian government's tactics have been in its attempt to put down an uprising in the region.

2 weeks ago

China Reports a Slump in Travel During Golden Week

China Reports a Slump in Travel During Golden Week

Bloomberg

Tourism often serves as a bellwether indicator for the economy. A 15 percent drop in international trips during one of China's most popular travel weeks can certainly be viewed as such.

2 weeks ago

The Impact of Brexit on the Travel Industry: New Skift Research

The Impact of Brexit on the Travel Industry: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

The UK is an important contributor to global travel, but the uncertainty over Brexit will impact its place in the world and its residents’ willingness to spend on international vacations. The questions are just how and where the impact will be felt most.

2 weeks ago

Saudi Arabia’s New Tourism Frontier Explained

Saudi Arabia’s New Tourism Frontier Explained

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Businesses can’t resist the opportunities that a new frontier brings. In the case of Saudi Arabia, however, the gamble they take is whether tourists will actually go, given the kingdom’s poor image. The adage "build and they will come" is being tested.

2 weeks ago