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

How Struggling Air India Is Setting the Stage for a Major Battle Among Distribution Giants

How Struggling Air India Is Setting the Stage for a Major Battle Among Distribution Giants

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Much is at stake for global distribution systems and travel agencies as struggling Air India uses airline distribution as a means to stay afloat. The real winners and losers in this battle are still up in the air, with Amadeus back in the game after pulling out over a year ago.

6 days ago

Volcano’s Eruption Disrupts Flights at Manila’s Main Airport

Volcano’s Eruption Disrupts Flights at Manila’s Main Airport

Joeal Calupitan and Jim Gomez, The Associated Press

Some planes may be able to fly Monday, which will free up parking bays for incoming flights. But it’s hard to tell if flight disruptions will end quickly — the volcano’s similar restiveness in the 1970s lasted for about four months.

6 days ago

French Institutions Capitalize on China’s Demand for More Western Culture

French Institutions Capitalize on China’s Demand for More Western Culture

Richard Whiddington, Jing Travel

While French cultural institutions have faced backlash in the past for creating international branches, it seems in the case of China, the desire for capital trumps those concerns. As more Chinese travel abroad seeking new experiences, their desire for cultural tourism is growing at home as well.

7 days ago

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How Houston Turned Diversity Into Its Biggest Selling Point

How Houston Turned Diversity Into Its Biggest Selling Point

Houston First Corporation + Skift

With diversity driving Houston’s dynamism on many fronts, the city is well positioned to attract both leisure and business travelers in the years ahead.

2 weeks ago

The Megatrends Defining Travel in 2020 and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

The Megatrends Defining Travel in 2020 and 8 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

This week in tourism news, Skift released its annual megatrends list. For 2020, we predict among the trends a rise in subscription services, a continued focus on wellness, and an emphasis on protecting destinations — the latter of which could not come at a more crucial time.

7 days ago

Ocean City, Maryland, Shows Marketing Chutzpah in Appeal to Harry and Meghan

Ocean City, Maryland, Shows Marketing Chutzpah in Appeal to Harry and Meghan

Associated Press

Everyone seems to care about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle escaping the UK and some destination marketers want to rustle up some publicity for their destination during the drama. What a strange world we live in.

1 week ago

An Expanded Trump Travel Ban May Be Coming Soon

An Expanded Trump Travel Ban May Be Coming Soon

Jonathan Lemire, Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin, Associated Press

The original Trump travel ban wasn't an especially effective or well-received piece of political theater. One hopes the travel industry will find a stronger voice to oppose any expanded ban than it had the first time around.

1 week ago

Australia’s Tourism Needs a Crisis Communications Plan — Stat

Australia’s Tourism Needs a Crisis Communications Plan — Stat

Raini Hamdi, Skift

With vivid images and videos of a burning Australia, and words such as “apocalyptic” and “atomic” being flung about, the tourism industry needs to quickly deploy a plan that is sensitive and achievable.

1 week ago

Will Concierge Fashion Services Shape Luxury Travel?

Will Concierge Fashion Services Shape Luxury Travel?

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Luxury travel, fashion concierge services have started taking off, and different companies are vying to grab the top spot. Right now it seems the front-runner is Rent the Runway, but more niche brands could find traction too.

1 week ago

A New Market for On-Demand Luxury Fashion Delivers

A New Market for On-Demand Luxury Fashion Delivers

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Rental is the future of fashion, and the trend could transform how we pack and plan for upcoming trips. What businesses are ready to serve the demand?

1 week ago

North Dakota Will Promote Itself as the Antidote to Crowds

North Dakota Will Promote Itself as the Antidote to Crowds

James MacPherson, Associated Press

Overcrowding is a big concern and a huge downside of visiting popular tourist sites. That's why North Dakota's new campaign is both well-timed and cleverly formulated.

2 weeks ago

Intrepid Partners With Ctrip to Popularize Green Trips in China

Intrepid Partners With Ctrip to Popularize Green Trips in China

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Both partners seek growth when the home markets aren’t expanding as much as before. Intrepid needs Ctrip’s user base of 300 million while Ctrip needs Intrepid’s kind of journeys. But doubtful if sustainable travel will instantly be the norm in China. It's a start.

2 weeks ago