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Macau Sees Strong Chinese Arrivals But Is It a Real Boom?

Macau Sees Strong Chinese Arrivals But Is It a Real Boom?

Daniela Wei, Bloomberg

The good news for Macau is the week-long Chinese New Year holidays brought nearly 900,000 visitors from the mainland. The bad news is many were day-trippers checking out a new bridge and leaving without spending much, or at all.

5 days ago

Medellin’s Tourism Challenge: Telling the Right Story of Its Violent Past

Medellin’s Tourism Challenge: Telling the Right Story of Its Violent Past

Rebecca Stone, Skift

Medellin has gone through an incredible transformation over the past 30 years, but large issues still remain prevalent. As the city figures out the right story it wants to tell, its "fake it ‘til you make it" strategy somehow works — speaking to the resilience of many developing economies that are navigating histories of crime, corruption, and violence and still figuring out how to position themselves as destinations.

6 days ago

SeaWorld Announces New CEO and 5 Other Tourism Trends This Week

SeaWorld Announces New CEO and 5 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in tourism, SeaWorld signals a real change with a new company head, travel advisors start to promote mystery vacations, and Disney is pretty confident its new Star Wars attractions will be a hit.

6 days ago

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How Japan Is Transforming Its Visitor Economy for the Next Wave of Tourism

How Japan Is Transforming Its Visitor Economy for the Next Wave of Tourism

Japan National Tourism Organization + Skift

Japan has grand ambitions to bring more than 40 million visitors to the country by 2020, and 60 million by 2030. But the country isn’t just dreaming big, it’s acting big too. Thanks to a concerted country-wide push by tourism officials and local business leaders to transform the Japanese tourism economy, the country seems on track to achieve this vision.

3 weeks ago

Swiss Resort Crans-Montana Wants Out of Ski Pass Amid Overtourism Concerns

Swiss Resort Crans-Montana Wants Out of Ski Pass Amid Overtourism Concerns

Hugo Miller , Bloomberg

Switzerland's network of cable cars and ski lifts makes it a haven for hikers and skiers in summer and winter. Without a pass, it is prohibitively expensive, totally spoils the fun. But while a pass is needed, so are solutions if the offer causes overcrowding.

1 week ago

The Bahamas Launches Marketing Blitz After Fyre Festival Fiasco

The Bahamas Launches Marketing Blitz After Fyre Festival Fiasco

Kim Bhasin and Polly Mosendz, Bloomberg

The old adage is that there is no such thing as bad publicity. The Bahamas plans to turn the popular focus on the Fyre Festival debacle into a showcase for the beauty that led those scammers to select the destination in the first place.

1 week ago

Six Flags Dubai Project Halted on Funding Concerns

Six Flags Dubai Project Halted on Funding Concerns

Filipe Pacheco, Bloomberg

The economic slowdown and rise in the number of theme parks in the Gulf are among the factors keeping Six Flags from going full throttle in Dubai.

1 week ago

Disney Doesn’t Plan to Spend a Fortune Promoting New Star Wars Attractions

Disney Doesn’t Plan to Spend a Fortune Promoting New Star Wars Attractions

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Disney's CEO seems to expect the company's upcoming Star Wars lands to basically sell themselves. He's probably right, but we still expect to hear plenty about Galaxy's Edge in the coming months.

1 week ago

U.S. Travel Predicts Strong Biz Travel Growth

U.S. Travel Predicts Strong Biz Travel Growth

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Although leisure travel growth will probably slow this year, business travel will continue to pick up. This is good news for those who suspect a recession is on the way.

1 week ago

SeaWorld Recruits Carnival Exec as New CEO

SeaWorld Recruits Carnival Exec as New CEO

Tom Lowry, Skift

By going outside the company for its new CEO, SeaWorld is clearly looking to signal that it is serious about a new beginning. Gus Antorcha will have his work cut out for him up the turnpike in Orlando.

2 weeks ago

Defining a New Era of Food Tourism: Latest Skift Research

Defining a New Era of Food Tourism: Latest Skift Research

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

Food tourism is one trend that we don’t see ever going away, but it will never stop evolving. Destinations and other stakeholders need to understand what it means today in order to reap the benefits food tourists can bring.

2 weeks ago

Travel Fares Better Than Bling in China’s Giant Shopping Spree for Lunar New Year

Travel Fares Better Than Bling in China’s Giant Shopping Spree for Lunar New Year

Daniela Wei and Bruce Einhorn, Bloomberg

The flaccid China economy and trade war concerns are weighing in on Chinese consumption decisions, but the good news is travel companies are better placed than those that sell bling or moutai. Here's a look at winners and losers this Lunar New Year.

2 weeks ago