Articles tagged “barcelona”

Luxury Hotels Want to Make You Feel Culturally Relevant

Luxury Hotels Want to Make You Feel Culturally Relevant

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Luxury is no longer defined by pristine interiors and personalized service but limited knowledge-based access, distinct cultural experiences, and curated, specific references. Luxury hotels opening the doors to those experiences set themselves apart for future generations of affluent travelers.

4 months ago

Europe Working on New Tourism Brand Positioning: Value Not Volume

Europe Working on New Tourism Brand Positioning: Value Not Volume

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Europe is so popular as a tourist destination that it doesn't really need any help growing numbers. A move to concentrate on value is a sensible approach and one that will hopefully see the benefits spread to lesser-known destinations.

6 months ago

Innovative Hoteliers Tap Craft Cocktail Culture for Luxury Guests

Innovative Hoteliers Tap Craft Cocktail Culture for Luxury Guests

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Craft cocktail culture is based on the same principles driving change in the luxury hospitality world today: consumers’ desires for best-quality ingredients, a curated sense of place, and staff conscious of (and connected to) the local scene.

9 months ago

What a Month of Bicycle Rides Through Valencia Reveals about Authenticity in Tourism

What a Month of Bicycle Rides Through Valencia Reveals about Authenticity in Tourism

Rebecca Stone, Skift

For all its imperfections, Valencia still has its spirit and a sense of authenticity that other destinations have lost in some ways in the age of overtourism. As the city fights to maintain equilibrium, it has a unique opportunity to set an example via the proper management of tourism. Don't put doors in the field. Set up bike lanes instead.

11 months ago

Cities Take Baby Steps to Address Overtourism This Summer

Cities Take Baby Steps to Address Overtourism This Summer

Dan Peltier, Skift

It took years for overtourism to happen in some destinations and the problem won't be solved overnight or this year. But to start, destinations could begin paying tourism workers more fairly and give locals more access to programs and services that tourism revenue supposedly helps to fund.

1 year ago

Overtourism Countermeasures Include Limits on Cruise Ships and Short-Term Rentals

Overtourism Countermeasures Include Limits on Cruise Ships and Short-Term Rentals

Patrick Whyte, Skift

We've been talking about overtourism for a while now and it's good to see cities getting more creative when it comes to managing numbers. Visitors are going to keep coming to the likes of Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and Amsterdam, and therefore these places are going to have to get smarter about managing the flow of people, whether they already live there or not.

1 year ago

Spain Overtakes a Struggling U.S. as World’s Second Favorite Tourist Destination

Spain Overtakes a Struggling U.S. as World’s Second Favorite Tourist Destination

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Despite facing plenty of challenges, Spain saw a healthy growth in international tourists in 2017. But this year is likely to be tougher because of Barcelona's troubles and with places like Turkey regaining some of their popularity.

1 year ago

Why This Boutique Barcelona Hotel Transformed Itself Into a New York Weekend

Why This Boutique Barcelona Hotel Transformed Itself Into a New York Weekend

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Cross-promotions like this are most successful when both sides have something to gain. While Seagram's gets access to a new audience, The Corner Hotel can enhance its reputation.

1 year ago

Destinations Around the World Search for Overtourism Solutions

Destinations Around the World Search for Overtourism Solutions

Pan Pylas, Associated Press

Every destination is different and there is no one-size-fits-all panacea to limit overtourism. Until cities get smarter about quantifying the movements and behavior of travelers, there's little hope for finding reproducible solutions.

2 years ago

Catalonia Tourism Forecasts $520 Million Drop in Visitor Revenue

Catalonia Tourism Forecasts $520 Million Drop in Visitor Revenue

Associated Press

Madrid, not Barcelona, now controls Catalonia tourism. There are no big changes so far, although visitor revenue is expected to plunge, at least in the short term.

2 years ago

Spain Fires Defiant Catalonia Leaders as Europe Awaits a Confrontation

Spain Fires Defiant Catalonia Leaders as Europe Awaits a Confrontation

Aritz Parra, Associated Press

Will there be massive civil disobedience in Catalonia? Will the Spanish government use force? Will local police put down their arms? These are some of the issues looming as Spain attempts to assert control in an independence-minded Catalonia.

2 years ago

Proposing Solutions to Overtourism in Popular Destinations: A Skift Framework

Proposing Solutions to Overtourism in Popular Destinations: A Skift Framework

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As destinations scramble to reduce the impact of tourism on their citizens, foundational work must still be done to create a repeatable framework and process for preventing overtourism.

2 years ago