It's surprising that more destinations don't create virtual trade shows like this. Although with virtual reality looming on the horizon and growing numbers of millennials moving into decision-making roles, that could motivate more cities to build these platforms in coming years.
The Spanish airports can be considered the comeback kids of the industry after near destruction during the economic recession.
Madrid Barajas has become one of Europe’s most iconic airports, but its privatization signals the financial struggles that have underlined its existence from the start.
Spain needs to balance regulating the black-market economy with making it easier to start a business or keep one running.
It's a simple way to gauge how your customers are feeling, but it needs more insight into why they are feeling this way.
Visitors to Madrid continue to slump and the 2014 outlook is bleak. Few companies are willing to invest amid Spain's economic malaise, making the capital's best hope for a revival a homegrown initiative.
Spain's belt tightening is especially difficult because when workers are laid off the options for other employment are few to none. Just ask the seasonal summer tourism workers.
Iberia's coming return to profit will be the first step in turning around Barajas and attracting new airlines. Until then, operator Aena needs to boost the assets it does have if a sale is to ever take place.
If Madrid can't depend on the country's flag carrier to fill flights slots, it'll turn to other airlines that boost airport revenue and visitor numbers.
It was no competition. The IOC learned the hard way in Sochi that corruption, infrastructure costs, and conflict don't make the games any better. Japan was the most buttoned-up host they could find.