How Currency Exchange Rates Will Affect U.S. and European Travel This Summer

It's probably too early to tell how the exchange rate will impact European travel to the U.S. as the summer season is the best barometer for that. But there's little question American travel to Europe will see big gains.

Greece expects record 17 million tourists to lead economic turnaround

Relaxed visa regulations, affluent visitors, and a boost of German tourists will provide Greece’s economy a much-needed boom this summer and pave the way to more efficient tourism marketing moving forward.

Global emerging markets are already defining the future of tourism

The continued deterioration of global economic powerhouses has left them vulnerable and seeking the boost provided by droves of tourists pouring out of China, Brazil, India, and Asia.

Athens Airport saw a 10 percent drop in passenger traffic in 2012

International passenger traffic dropped more steeply than domestic numbers as Greece’s largest industry took a hit to its sun soaked image amidst political and financial struggles.

Strikes across Southern Europe cripple transportation by air and rail

This isn't your annual summer strike of a few thousand rail workers. As discord spreads over banking policies and continued unemployment, widespread actions could easily become the new normal.

Tourist season in Spain ends and unemployment goes up

Spain's malaise will linger throughout the tourist offseason as service workers wait for the next influx of tourists in the late spring to find out if they'll have a job again.

Tourism industry in Greece would benefit from the country’s Eurozone exit

Despite the overall economic effects that a deflated drachma would have on Greece should it leave the Eurozone, plummeting prices would at least keep the country’s profitable tourism industry afloat.

Tourists face deja vu in Greece today as strikes shut down transportation

Just as tourists began booking European holidays again, strikes flare up in Greece, halting flights and ground transportation, as protestors take to the streets of Spain showing the world that crisis isn’t over yet.

Spanish rail services stopped as workers protest perceived salary cuts

Unfortunately, this could be the first news of many similar instances as the restructuring of the transport sector that workers believe will cut jobs and lower wages is still a year away.

Will the Euro crisis lead Catalonia to declare itself Europe’s newest nation?

It’s unlikely Catalonia will ever secede from Spain, although one benefit would be the rush of tourists looking to visit the world's newest country and sweet marketing materials the come from such a title.