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

Bhutan’s First Vineyards Inspire New Himalayan Luxury Tours

Bhutan’s First Vineyards Inspire New Himalayan Luxury Tours

Elin McCoy, Bloomberg

One entrepreneur is turning some of Bhutan's famous Himalayan slopes into lush vineyards. We can already hear luxury travelers clinking their wine glasses to toast the promising news.

1 week ago

Lessons From a Destination’s Crisis Recovery in Asia

Lessons From a Destination’s Crisis Recovery in Asia

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It's understandable that Sri Lanka wants arrivals to return to pre-Easter bombing levels soonest. The challenge is knowing what measures are needed, amid the sense of urgency that can cloud the mind.

1 week ago

Look Who’s Issuing Travel Advisories Now for the U.S. Since Dayton and El Paso

Look Who’s Issuing Travel Advisories Now for the U.S. Since Dayton and El Paso

Rosie Spinks, Skift

In the wake of the mass shootings that claimed 31 lives in early August, several authorities have issued travel alerts for travelers headed to the U.S. Whether it's a statement or a matter of safety — or both — it's significant.

1 week ago

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American Airlines Launches Nine New Seasonal Routes to Europe

American Airlines Launches Nine New Seasonal Routes to Europe

American Airlines + Skift

American Airlines is once again expanding its seasonal service to traditionally less-trafficked destinations in Europe where tourism growth is reaching new highs.

3 months ago

Rome Cracks Down on Tourists Sitting on Spanish Steps

Rome Cracks Down on Tourists Sitting on Spanish Steps

Dolores Hinckley, The Associated Press

Tourism backlash continues with #BehaveTourists trending. Visitors should behave, but enforcing a ban on sitting to admire sights is silly.

1 week ago

Sri Lanka Boldly Asks Online Travel Agencies to Cut Commissions to Help Revive Tourism

Sri Lanka Boldly Asks Online Travel Agencies to Cut Commissions to Help Revive Tourism

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Of the several measures to bring arrivals back to pre-Easter bombing levels, a tireless Sri Lanka is asking online travel agencies to slash commissions. It might be better to ask them instead to do a free or at-cost campaign to drive bookings to the country.

1 week ago

Disney’s Big Star Wars Theme Park Bet Is a Big Miss

Disney’s Big Star Wars Theme Park Bet Is a Big Miss

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Walt Disney hoped its new Star Wars Land would shore up profits as it makes an expensive push into streaming. But the light crowds and short queues have now manifest in the company's earnings.

2 weeks ago

Saudi Travelers to the Rescue of Mauritius as Chinese Turn Away

Saudi Travelers to the Rescue of Mauritius as Chinese Turn Away

Kamlesh Bhuckory and Pauline Bax, Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia is an unexpected bonus for Mauritius as the China and UK markets soften, but it will do well for the island to look at itself for the slowdown instead of blaming external factors. Issues such as pollution, traffic jams and a lack of experiences will eventually turn off Saudi Arabians too.

2 weeks ago

Australia Advises a ‘High Degree of Caution’ for Travelers to Hong Kong

Australia Advises a ‘High Degree of Caution’ for Travelers to Hong Kong

Chris Bourke, Bloomberg

Hong Kong's protests show no signs of abating. Increasing travel warnings like Australia's will further the effect on the destination's tourism.

2 weeks ago

Why Is the U.S. Never Deemed ‘Unsafe’ as a Travel Destination?

Why Is the U.S. Never Deemed ‘Unsafe’ as a Travel Destination?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

In the wake of a tragedy, destinations are hugely beholden to the public perception of how safe it is to travel there, regardless of the reality on the ground. But the United States — which has experienced more mass shootings than there are days in 2019 — is unfairly exempt from that struggle.

2 weeks ago

Namibia Lures New Travelers Seeking Desert Solitude

Namibia Lures New Travelers Seeking Desert Solitude

Colin Nagy, Skift

It would be easy to see Namibia's ascent as a run of great PR, but the country has been playing a long game to attract visitors from around the world. And now there's both more access and new product to match rising demand from travelers who crave isolation — not to mention social media cred.

2 weeks ago

Macau’s Gaming Revenue Falls in July Amid Hong Kong Protests

Macau’s Gaming Revenue Falls in July Amid Hong Kong Protests

Jinshan Hong, Bloomberg

An unexpected decline in Macau’s gaming revenues raises the question of whether Macau casinos can continue to hold up. Though arrivals had been strong, which helped boost mass-market betting, the Hong Kong protests seem to be a bummer going forward.

2 weeks ago