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The latest tourism and destination news for cities, regional, state, and national tourism boards and experts.

Portugal Laments Fall in British Visitors Due to a Weak Pound

Portugal Laments Fall in British Visitors Due to a Weak Pound

Henrique Almeida, Bloomberg

Brexit hasn't even happened yet, but it's already having effects on Europe's tourism industry as British travelers search for cheaper destinations outside the euro-zone.

1 week ago

Syria’s Tourism Industry Shows Signs of Life — But the Comeback Is Controversial

Syria’s Tourism Industry Shows Signs of Life — But the Comeback Is Controversial

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Is visiting a country an implicit endorsement of its leadership? Or can intrepid travelers frame it simply as a gesture of connection with its people? The situation in Syria raises these questions and more.

1 week ago

Italy Revives Abandoned Villages as Experiential Travel Destinations

Italy Revives Abandoned Villages as Experiential Travel Destinations

Laura Powell, Skift

While every destination tries to offer authenticity, few really deliver. But in Italy, scores of local passion projects are serving up the real deal — while helping rural areas make a comeback in a sustainable way.

2 weeks ago

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How Destinations Are Redefining Themselves for the Decade Ahead

How Destinations Are Redefining Themselves for the Decade Ahead

Coraggio Group + Skift

While everyone is excited about the start of the new year ahead, progressive tourism leaders are thinking ten or more years into the future to create a more holistic, sustainable vision for the visitor and resident experience. It represents a larger shift as destination marketing organizations evolve their role to management and stewardship in order to drive long-term benefits for communities and visitors.

4 weeks ago

China’s Taiwanese Travel Ban Cuts Mainland Arrivals in Half

China’s Taiwanese Travel Ban Cuts Mainland Arrivals in Half

Chinmei Sung, Bloomberg

China's strategy to isolate Taiwan by banning individual travel is having its desired outcoome — and an unfortunate effect on Taiwanese tourism.

2 weeks ago

Africa Needs to Make Conservation a Growth Industry

Africa Needs to Make Conservation a Growth Industry

Colin Nagy, Skift

If leaders continue to look at African conservation as a charitable cause, it is doomed. As a growth industry — yes, an industry — that creates jobs and economic mobility, there is still hope for a sustainable future driven by the very young population on the continent.

2 weeks ago

How One Popular Cape Cod Tourist Spot Is Tackling Plastics

How One Popular Cape Cod Tourist Spot Is Tackling Plastics

Micheline Maynard, Skift

Restaurant owner Jeff Lewis decided to eliminate disposables, even though some customers grumbled. Now vendors are bringing him ideas.

2 weeks ago

Ivory Coast Aims to Make Tourism the Third Pillar of Its Economy

Ivory Coast Aims to Make Tourism the Third Pillar of Its Economy

Baudelaire Mieu, Skift

Ivory Coast — which saw its tourism industry wiped out in 2011 — is hoping to raise $1 billion to grow the sector and create much-needed jobs.

2 weeks ago

Saudi Tourist Visa Draws UK, Chinese Visitors

Saudi Tourist Visa Draws UK, Chinese Visitors

Vivian Nereim, Bloomberg

Two things are proven here: Chinese are among the most curious travelers of the world, and it will take a lot more than just issuing a tourist visa category for Saudi Arabia to be on the map as a destination.

2 weeks ago

Los Angeles Tourism Invests in India With Influencer Campaigns

Los Angeles Tourism Invests in India With Influencer Campaigns

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Indians are keen to travel to Los Angeles — that much is clear. But the city's destination marketer is looking for ways to ensure that Indian visitors don't just show up, but know how to get the most out of the sprawling city.

2 weeks ago

Sober Curious Travel Experiences Take Off and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Sober Curious Travel Experiences Take Off and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in tourism, the travel industry is starting to recognize the sober lifestyle movement as more travelers look for less boozy experiences. Meanwhile, travel advisors are reconceptualizing their office designs to attract customers.

2 weeks ago

U.S.-Hosted World Cup in 2026 Kicks Off Ambitious $50 Million Soccer Fund

U.S.-Hosted World Cup in 2026 Kicks Off Ambitious $50 Million Soccer Fund

Scott Soshnick, Bloomberg

Richard Graham, part-owner of a Major League Soccer team, hopes to grow the sport's popularity in the U.S. The lead-up to the 2026 World Cup is the perfect time to do this, raising hype across the country and spurring a wave of sports tourism.

2 weeks ago