Articles tagged “barcelona”

Barcelona Is Great, But Might it Be Even Better Traveling Alone?

Barcelona Is Great, But Might it Be Even Better Traveling Alone?

Courtney Bonnell, Associated Press

Solo travel is on the rise — and for good reason. Traveling to a city like Barcelona alone is not only possible, it's perhaps even more engaging alone than with a group. Here is one traveler's tips.

3 days ago

Boutique Hotel Brands Rethink Grand Opening Events to Loop in Community

Boutique Hotel Brands Rethink Grand Opening Events to Loop in Community

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Boutique brands are discovering that creating splashy grand openings is a way to build buzz while creating community connections. Expect more investment in these one-time celebrations.

2 months ago

With Summer Tourism Comes a Spike in Crime in Barcelona

With Summer Tourism Comes a Spike in Crime in Barcelona

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press

Tourists are often the target of petty crime, but the situation in Barcelona seems to be escalating.

3 months ago

Barcelona’s Recent Openings Give It a Fresh High-End Twist

Barcelona’s Recent Openings Give It a Fresh High-End Twist

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Barcelona is still an incredibly popular city, but hotels need to offer something different and fresh if they are to make their mark on the hospitality landscape.

3 months ago

Barcelona Openings Underline a Luxury Market in Transition

Barcelona Openings Underline a Luxury Market in Transition

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Sophisticated serenity is the best way to describe luxury hospitality in the Catalan capital where troubles including sky-high petty crime rates, legality surrounding Airbnb, and political tensions bubble under the surface. For a city once considered the coolest in Europe, its development is useful to watch for other cities just now entering their gilded age of tourism.

3 months ago

European Cities Turn to EU for Help in Battle Against Airbnb

European Cities Turn to EU for Help in Battle Against Airbnb

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Until Airbnb becomes more forthcoming about the information in its listings, which would enable cities to enforce their local regulations, the company will continue to face opposition from municipalities that want to limit its growth.

5 months ago

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.

10 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.

12 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

2 years 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.

2 years ago