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China Tourism Stall Leads to U.S. Drop in Foreign Visitor Spending

China Tourism Stall Leads to U.S. Drop in Foreign Visitor Spending

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Even though official government data is still unavailable for 2018, reports show the United States is losing ground when it comes to international tourism — and especially key markets like China. What will it take to turn that trend around?

3 weeks ago

Pilot Shortage Threatens to Stifle Asia’s Tourism Boom

Pilot Shortage Threatens to Stifle Asia’s Tourism Boom

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Asian airlines are scrambling to build academies to train new pilots. But tourism economies are increasingly being hurt by the dearth of pilots. The industry needs to come together with better solutions to solve this looming labor crisis.

3 weeks ago

UK Travelers See New Opportunities From Brexit Uncertainty With Stronger Pound

UK Travelers See New Opportunities From Brexit Uncertainty With Stronger Pound

Charlotte Ryan, Bloomberg

After living with uncertainty over Brexit for so long, U.K. residents may take some comfort in a recent boost in the value of the pound versus the euro, making a spontaneous trip to warmer climates on the continent more affordable.

3 weeks ago

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What Takayama City Can Tell Us About the Future of Japanese Tourism

What Takayama City Can Tell Us About the Future of Japanese Tourism

Japan National Tourism Organization + Skift

Destinations of all shapes and sizes across Japan want fresh ideas to help attract overseas visitors and transform their economies. The strategy used by the city of Takayama, which has seen a surge of new tourism in the past decade, offers one potential roadmap.

2 weeks ago

Indonesia’s Olympics Bid and 8 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Indonesia’s Olympics Bid and 8 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in tourism, the Olympics could exacerbate Indonesia's problems with poverty, and the dissolution of Mexico's tourism board has widespread ramifications.

4 weeks ago

Chinese Tourists Are Moving Away From Government-Licensed Group Tours

Chinese Tourists Are Moving Away From Government-Licensed Group Tours

Aaron Minter, Bloomberg

As Chinese travelers have become wealthier and more experienced, they have less use for the government-approved group tours that bring a high volume of visitors to global destinations. This trend has reduced China's power to control where tourists spend their money.

4 weeks ago

Singapore Developer Wants to Turn Sentosa Cove Into the Next Bali

Singapore Developer Wants to Turn Sentosa Cove Into the Next Bali

Pooja Thakur, Bloomberg

Comparing Sentosa Cove to Bali might be a bit of a stretch, but the former could use some rejuvenation regardless.

4 weeks ago

Malaysia Turns to Tourism to Correct Palm Oil’s Bad Image

Malaysia Turns to Tourism to Correct Palm Oil’s Bad Image

Anuradha Raghu, Bloomberg

Palm oil, a huge industry for Malaysia, is taking a beating from consumer concerns over palm’s links to deforestation and threat to animal habitats. The government's year-long 'Love My Palm Oil' campaign is spilling over to the tourism sector. Can this be a new tour for the industry?

4 weeks ago

Visit Faroe Islands’ Latest Viral Campaign Seeks a Tourist-Free Weekend

Visit Faroe Islands’ Latest Viral Campaign Seeks a Tourist-Free Weekend

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Visit Faroe Islands is once again attracting outsized attention for a tourism push, but that shouldn't detract from the underlying sentiment. The tiny destination is trying to stave off the pitfalls of overtourism even as it promotes itself on the world stage.

4 weeks ago

Florida Sees Tourism Gain Despite Another Decline in Overseas Visitors

Florida Sees Tourism Gain Despite Another Decline in Overseas Visitors

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Florida's tourism picture is still setting records, but the persistent drop in overseas visitors is troubling — especially for a warm-weather destination with global appeal.

4 weeks ago

Will Indonesia’s Olympics Bid Ever Have a Tourism Upside?

Will Indonesia’s Olympics Bid Ever Have a Tourism Upside?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Without doubt, Indonesia is one economy in Southeast Asia that has made much progress. But its 2032 bid for the Olympics still comes as a surprise. While the event may force the country to build much-needed infrastructure, it may also break its bank. With poverty still widespread, that would be a shame and could backfire.

1 month ago

Genoa Eyes Comeback by Rebuilding Famous Bridge

Genoa Eyes Comeback by Rebuilding Famous Bridge

Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg

Genoa is on track for a comeback after the shocking collapse last summer of the Morandi bridge, once hailed as an engineering feat. The irony is the rebuilding of the bridge may be the impetus needed to revive the Italian town whose city airport is losing passengers and hotel owners are feeling scared.

1 month ago