Articles tagged “olympics”

South Korea Tourism Slump Raises Fears About Upcoming Winter Olympics

South Korea Tourism Slump Raises Fears About Upcoming Winter Olympics

Jiyeun Lee, Bloomberg

Threats from North Korea and prolonged conflict with China are keeping tourism down in South Korea as preparations continue for the Winter Olympics next year. With domestic interest lacking as well, will the Games be a failure for the host country?

3 weeks ago

Paris is Debating Investments in Infrastructure Projects for Tourists Versus Locals

Paris is Debating Investments in Infrastructure Projects for Tourists Versus Locals

Ania Nussbaum and Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg

Many large cities around the world are facing predicaments that are similar to what Paris is dealing with. Governments like the idea of building projects that will bring in more tourist spending, sometimes at the expense of those who elected them to office.

1 month ago

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.

2 months 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.

4 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.

7 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.

8 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.

1 year 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