Articles tagged “iceland”

Coronavirus May Solve Overtourism in Europe But Will That Shift Leave Lasting Economic Scars?

Coronavirus May Solve Overtourism in Europe But Will That Shift Leave Lasting Economic Scars?

Cameron Sperance, Skift

European tourist organizations should use coronavirus as an opportunity to solve overtourism concerns. But going overboard may ultimately do away with the economic benefits of recent years that put much-needed funds into both local and national coffers.

4 months ago

8 Questions for Iceland on Its Bold Plan to Reopen by June 15

8 Questions for Iceland on Its Bold Plan to Reopen by June 15

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Iceland says it is ready to accommodate growing travel interest it has been tracking on social media and on search engines the last few weeks. It's counting on its wide-open spaces to help visitors feel at ease. The world has its eyes on this reopening.

5 months ago

Is India the New China for Tourist-Hungry Destinations?

Is India the New China for Tourist-Hungry Destinations?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

India is becoming the boat that lifts Asia-Pacific destinations that have become too dependent on China outbound travel, which is sputtering. Australia is a good example of this.

1 year ago

The Rise and Fall of Iceland’s Tourism Miracle

The Rise and Fall of Iceland’s Tourism Miracle

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Life has changed for Icelanders as the country's tourism industry faces a slump. While many are looking at the change as an opportunity to reassess their business, the widespread decline of tourism across the country presents intractable problems.

1 year ago

Iceland’s Central Bank Further Cushions the Blow of Tourism Collapse

Iceland’s Central Bank Further Cushions the Blow of Tourism Collapse

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

It's no surprise that a 17 percent drop in visitors to Iceland in the past four months is wreaking havoc on Iceland's visitor-centric economy.

1 year ago

Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism

Destinations Leverage Tourism Pledges as Marketing Tactic in Age of Overtourism

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Tourism pledges are commonly thought of as a way to improve visitor behavior. But done right, they can also potentially help attract a desirable kind of traveler: one who cares about the environment as much as locals.

1 year ago

Tourism Drop May Push Iceland Into Deeper Recession

Tourism Drop May Push Iceland Into Deeper Recession

Jasmina Kuzmanovic, Bloomberg

Arrivals are set to decline to 2016 levels. Wow Air is gone. It's cold out there in Iceland, which is bracing for a deeper recession due to a fall in arrivals coupled with a disastrous fishing season.

1 year ago

Wow Air’s Shutdown Prompts Recession Fears in Iceland

Wow Air’s Shutdown Prompts Recession Fears in Iceland

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

Iceland's tourism growth had seemed unstoppable. But as Skift has said for years, every geopolitical upheaval today can be traced back to the travel sector in some way. Policy planners need to adequately account for it.

1 year ago

Iceland to Lure Tourists With a Mediterranean-Style Resort

Iceland to Lure Tourists With a Mediterranean-Style Resort

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

This is a smart, out-of-the box idea, considering Iceland's natural geothermal power. But with overtourism such a recent issue in the country, could this new project aggravate locals' complaints?

1 year ago

What Local News Tells Us About Overtourism: New Skift Research

What Local News Tells Us About Overtourism: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Sentiment analysis is a burgeoning field that we can use to add a new dimension to the industry-wide conversation about overtourism.

2 years ago

What Locals Feel About Overtourism: A Skift Research Report

What Locals Feel About Overtourism: A Skift Research Report

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Overtourism is one of the biggest challenges faced by the travel industry. Quantifying it helps diagnose and fight the issue. Our new method of measuring local sentiment toward tourists can build upon and complement existing overtourism metrics.

2 years ago

Iceland’s Best Travel Finds Aren’t on Instagram

Iceland’s Best Travel Finds Aren’t on Instagram

Brandon Presser, Bloomberg

Ignore everything Instagram shows you about Iceland if you want to avoid overtourism. Venture instead to the hidden places few travelers have ever seen.

2 years ago