Considering a quarter of Accor's rooms are in France, the hotel operator had a decent quarter. But will demand soon fall further in the company's key markets?
Brazil has enough Olympics issues to deal with beyond worrying about how tourists will communicate with business owners. In the grand scheme of the global event, the language barrier is muito pequeno (very small).
Travel to the U.S. is more resilient than some other countries, but there are already warning signs that the current climate should be cause for concern.
Brazil my have some serious financial challenges right now, but one thing countries tend to put first is security.
For some reason we don't think Brazilians will cheer the news that the Olympic Games in Rio are shaping up to be cheaper than summer games in other destinations, especially with this study pointing to overruns of more than $1 billion.
Brazil longs for the glory days when people were worried it couldn't pull off the World Cup because a few stadium seats were wobbly. Oh, the glory days of event tourism.
We want to believe that, like the World Cup, Rio's Olympics will be a success. But it's really hard to keep on believing they will be given these numbers, and the recent resignation of the country's tourism minister, following accusations he accepted improper campaign gifts.
At this stage it looks as if Rio 2016 will be the "Heaven's Gate" of sporting events: long, drawn-out, and a financial disaster. It's yet another compelling argument that big events don't always mean smart tourism.
Remember when we all thought the Brazil World Cup was going to be a disaster and it wasn't. Although we wish we could say we'll be wrong about the Olympics in the same way, Brazilian officials are making it really hard to be optimistic.
Rare is the big event that makes money for the people who live in the destination where it takes place. To do so requires long-term thinking and tourism development rather than immediate gratification, which is a problem for many cities.