Articles tagged “economic development”

Google Smart City Vision in Toronto Poses Privacy Concerns

Google Smart City Vision in Toronto Poses Privacy Concerns

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It doesn't seem like a good idea to build a business, let alone make your home, in a surveillance experiment controlled by Alphabet. As data security and privacy become more important, the vision for the modern smart city will have to shift.

3 months ago

Medellin’s Tourism Challenge: Telling the Right Story of Its Violent Past

Medellin’s Tourism Challenge: Telling the Right Story of Its Violent Past

Rebecca Stone, Skift

Medellin has gone through an incredible transformation over the past 30 years, but large issues still remain prevalent. As the city figures out the right story it wants to tell, its "fake it ‘til you make it" strategy somehow works — speaking to the resilience of many developing economies that are navigating histories of crime, corruption, and violence and still figuring out how to position themselves as destinations.

7 months ago

A New Saudi City Wants to Attract Tourists Although Its Strategy Is Undefined

A New Saudi City Wants to Attract Tourists Although Its Strategy Is Undefined

Sarah Algethami, Bloomberg

Like past leisure tourism efforts in Saudi Arabia, this new city will have to compensate hard for the barriers to reaching the country in the first place, and letting loose in a religiously conservative environment.

1 year ago

New Skift Research Report: 2018 Global Travel Market Outlook

New Skift Research Report: 2018 Global Travel Market Outlook

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

With many global markets showing healthy signs of growth and consumer and business confidence high, we expect the travel industry to benefit from a solid year of macroeconomic growth in 2018.

2 years ago

Orlando Tourism Strip Outside Theme Parks Is Getting a New Neighborhood Vibe

Orlando Tourism Strip Outside Theme Parks Is Getting a New Neighborhood Vibe

Mary Shanklin, Associated Press

While Orlando is trying to make a major thoroughfare more livable, the city should also consider how many are too many new tourist attractions and businesses. City officials need to be careful not to kill International Drive's new cool vibe before it has a chance to get off the ground.

2 years ago

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Want to Know the Next Hot Beach Town for Tourism? Ask a Surfer

Michael Heath, Bloomberg

This study — which shows that surfers can be a bellwether for future visitor growth — could help destinations adequately prepare for more tourists before they are overwhelmed.

2 years ago