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

Why Tourism Marketing Is Such a Political Issue in the U.S.

Why Tourism Marketing Is Such a Political Issue in the U.S.

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Publicly funded destination marketing organizations are increasingly finding their mission questioned — and budgets threatened. Is it time for a reinvention?

4 weeks ago

Philippines’ Boracay Island Tackles Overtourism and 8 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Philippines’ Boracay Island Tackles Overtourism and 8 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in tourism, cruise lines adjust to new regulations in the Philippines, record numbers of travelers are set to visit Alaska this summer, and the recent bombing in Sri Lanka highlights the safety obligations of travel agents.

4 weeks ago

With More Leisure Time, Chinese Tourists Are Traveling More Too

With More Leisure Time, Chinese Tourists Are Traveling More Too

Matthew Lubin

Chinese citizens are enjoying more free time, and they’re leveraging that time to travel more. But with government initiatives promoting nationalistic “red tourism,” international destination marketing organizations face some stiff competition.

4 weeks ago

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The Future of Business Travel in Asia Is the Future of Business Travel — Period

The Future of Business Travel in Asia Is the Future of Business Travel — Period

Travelstop + Skift

Clever startups operating in Asia are helping to reshape the future of travel booking in the region. Their innovations could soon spread across the world — benefiting business travelers everywhere.

2 months ago

Singapore Club Gets Indoor Ferris Wheel as Nightlife Operator Gets Tourism Lift

Singapore Club Gets Indoor Ferris Wheel as Nightlife Operator Gets Tourism Lift

Ranjeetha Pakiam and Joyce Koh, Bloomberg

This sounds like a crazy rich nightclub. The Singapore tourism boom revolves around more than just the benefits of a popular movie, but that didn't hurt, either.

4 weeks ago

Thailand Suffers an Unusual Fall in Arrivals and Visitor Spending

Thailand Suffers an Unusual Fall in Arrivals and Visitor Spending

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

A 0.7 percent drop in arrivals for most destinations is no big deal. But for Thailand, which has been enjoying month-after-month and year-over-year increases in visitor numbers, that’s sobering. Moreover, tourist spending dropped at a higher rate of 1.3 percent.

4 weeks ago

Theme Park Operator Parques Reunidos Gets $703 Million Takeover Approach

Theme Park Operator Parques Reunidos Gets $703 Million Takeover Approach

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With two of the company’s minority shareholders on board, this bid looks like it’s got a good chance of succeeding. But will any of Parques Reunidos’ rivals fancy getting involved with their own bids?

4 weeks ago

Culture Is Central in Puerto Rico’s New Marketing Campaign

Culture Is Central in Puerto Rico’s New Marketing Campaign

Isaac Carey, Skift

A good website is critical for branding in this day and age, and the tourism organization made a smart move by investing heavily in design and functionality.

1 month ago

Accor to Open 30 Hotels in Egypt Citing Strong Rebound

Accor to Open 30 Hotels in Egypt Citing Strong Rebound

Bella Genga, Bloomberg

Accor will open 60 hotels in Africa, half of them in Egypt. Remember it bought the Movenpick chain, which has a strong footprint in Egypt? That comes in handy now as the brand is well-recognized in the region and will open doors for an Accor expansion there.

1 month ago

Travel Advisor Risk and Responsibility in Sri Lanka

Travel Advisor Risk and Responsibility in Sri Lanka

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Leisure travel advisors may not have the same obligations as their corporate travel counterparts when it comes to keeping travelers safe, but this week’s terror attack raises questions about risk and responsibility.

1 month ago

Sri Lanka Tourism Braces for Cancellations After Fatal Blasts

Sri Lanka Tourism Braces for Cancellations After Fatal Blasts

Asantha Sirimanne and Michelle Jamrisko, Bloomberg

Industry players are reeling from shock at the Easter Sunday deadly attack that targeted tourists. Sri Lanka has been enjoying a long period of peace, gaining the confidence of visitors and investors. Now, this. Cancellations are inevitable; it’s the long term that is uncertain and the destination must be vigilant.

1 month ago

Asia’s Persistent Pollution Problems Weigh on Tourism Opportunities

Asia’s Persistent Pollution Problems Weigh on Tourism Opportunities

Raini Hamdi, Skift

If China can make good progress to reduce pollution levels, why can't other Asian countries do it? Makes us sick — pun intended — just thinking about it.

1 month ago