Articles tagged “olympics”

South Korea Is Having Trouble Selling Tickets for the Next Olympics in 2018

South Korea Is Having Trouble Selling Tickets for the Next Olympics in 2018

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press

It's a shame that political circumstances threaten to undermine the upcoming Winter Games.

1 week ago

Paris and Los Angeles on Track to Host the Next Summer Olympics Games

Paris and Los Angeles on Track to Host the Next Summer Olympics Games

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press

It is hip to be cynical about the Olympics because recent host cities have mismanaged spending. Yet we believe officials when they say Los Angeles doesn't need to construct new permanent venues and can keep costs in line.

2 months ago

Los Angeles Bid to Host 2024 Olympics Based on Already Having the Venues in Place

Los Angeles Bid to Host 2024 Olympics Based on Already Having the Venues in Place

Beth Harris and Michael R. Blood, Associated Press

Hosting the Olympics is seductive, but like winning a new car on Oprah, there are massive strings attached. Long-term benefits for destination marketers seem murky at best.

4 months ago

World Health Organization Says Japan’s Bad Smoking Habit Could Hurt Olympics Tourism

World Health Organization Says Japan’s Bad Smoking Habit Could Hurt Olympics Tourism

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

Japan should certainly take steps to restrict smoking ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but tourists still flock to notorious smoking destinations such as Paris despite its pervasive smoking culture.

6 months ago

Hawaii’s Tourism Hopes Ride Along a Wave of Olympic Surfing

Hawaii’s Tourism Hopes Ride Along a Wave of Olympic Surfing

Associated Press, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Surf's up, indeed. Hawaii is often thought of as the literal and spiritual birthplace of surfing, so building a travel marketing campaign around the sport makes a lot of sense for the destination, especially as it rides a wave of record-breaking tourism numbers, too.

10 months ago

Brazil Tourism President on the Aftermath of Rio’s Olympic Games

Brazil Tourism President on the Aftermath of Rio’s Olympic Games

Greg Oates, Skift

Few other Olympic Games in recent memory created as much controversy as Rio 2016, but all of the airport, hotel, and transportation upgrades bode well for continued tourism development over the long-term.

1 year ago

The Next Three Olympics Are Headed to Korea, Japan, and China

The Next Three Olympics Are Headed to Korea, Japan, and China

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

No Olympic Games is ever without its troubles or controversies, and hosting the Games is never cheap. Given what's happened in Rio, however, it's clear that Olympic organizers are realizing they need to be much smarter about which cities they pick to play host: While it's an incredible honor and source of pride for the countries picked, it can also be a tremendous financial and logistical burden, too.

1 year ago

Airbnb Has a Golden Moment at the Rio Olympics

Airbnb Has a Golden Moment at the Rio Olympics

Deanna Ting, Skift

For all the challenges facing this year's Summer Games, chief among them a lack of hotel rooms, the beauty of Airbnb's flexible supply scheme makes it ideal for major events like the Olympics.

1 year ago

Google Maps Comes to Rio’s Favelas for a 360-Degree Video Project

Google Maps Comes to Rio’s Favelas for a 360-Degree Video Project

Greg Oates, Skift

"Rio: Beyond The Map" is Google showing off what destinations can do with its Street View technology to provide an immersive and self-directed virtual experience, combining both 360-degree video and traditional digital content.

1 year ago

Samsung to Publish Some Rio Olympics Programming in Virtual Reality

Samsung to Publish Some Rio Olympics Programming in Virtual Reality

Nicole Piper, Bloomberg

The Rio Olympics gives Samsung a huge worldwide audience and tons of excellent content opportunities to expand exposure around VR tech.

1 year ago

Olympics Tourists Will See Different Sides of Rio Depending on Which Events They Attend

Olympics Tourists Will See Different Sides of Rio Depending on Which Events They Attend

Alexander McIntyre, Bloomberg

There are only so many Band-Aids you can put on a bad situation before they no longer stick. In Rio's case, it can probably manage to keep the bandages on for a few weeks for the sake of tourism but much larger problems loom for the long-term.

1 year ago

Airbnb Rentals for Rio Olympics Are Very Expensive Right Now

Airbnb Rentals for Rio Olympics Are Very Expensive Right Now

Wei Lu and Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg

What many people don't understand about Airbnb is that it's not really about the price, it's about the product.

1 year ago