Articles tagged “skift asia weekly”

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 day ago

Australia’s China Travel Slump: A Blip or Something Bigger?

Australia’s China Travel Slump: A Blip or Something Bigger?

Martin Kelly, Skift

After years of phenomenal growth, Chinese inbound tourism has hit the wall in Australia. It’s a pivotal moment for an industry that has enjoyed a golden run over the past decade. The question now is what does the future hold for Australia’s international tourism industry? For now, the answer is far from clear.

2 days ago

Stopping Asian Airports From Becoming Protesters’ Punching Bags

Stopping Asian Airports From Becoming Protesters’ Punching Bags

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Unless they live on another planet, most people now know that airports are the perfect places to hold demonstrations and gain maximum coverage for a cause. It’s a message that airport authorities in Asia must correct, particularly as conflicts will continue to simmer in the region.

1 week ago

How Not to Close an Island: Tourism Lessons From Indonesia

How Not to Close an Island: Tourism Lessons From Indonesia

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Closing islands for a rehab seems fashionable in Southeast Asia. It shouldn’t be. Authorities must first assess options carefully, and by no means should premature announcements be made. Just look at the Komodo Island example and the wrong messages Indonesia has sent about one of its most unique tourism assets.

2 weeks ago

Australia’s Uluru Sees Bright Future From Visitors Interested in More Than a Rock

Australia’s Uluru Sees Bright Future From Visitors Interested in More Than a Rock

Raini Hamdi, Skift

All roads lead to Uluru, even after October 26 when a ban to climb "The Rock" is put into effect. Customers are changing, a reason why it should all be rock-steady for the red desert in Australia's Northern Territory long after the ban is enforced.

3 weeks ago

Philippine Tourism Industry Attracts More Family Money: Why It’s Wrong

Philippine Tourism Industry Attracts More Family Money: Why It’s Wrong

Raini Hamdi, Skift

For many, the idea that a few families can control a whole industry is unthinkable, unfair, actually galling. In Philippine tourism, it’s as entrenched as the sight of a jeepney — no one thinks anything of it at all. That has to change, although it won’t be anytime soon.

4 weeks ago

Tourism Gets Caught in the Crossfire of Northeast Asia Politics

Tourism Gets Caught in the Crossfire of Northeast Asia Politics

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Chinese tourists are the world's biggest spenders. That arms Beijing with a geopolitical tool. The not-so-secret weapon shows no signs of diminishing in its effectiveness to redirect tourism flows.

1 month ago

Lessons From a Destination’s Crisis Recovery in Asia

Lessons From a Destination’s Crisis Recovery in Asia

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It's understandable that Sri Lanka wants arrivals to return to pre-Easter bombing levels soonest. The challenge is knowing what measures are needed, amid the sense of urgency that can cloud the mind.

1 month ago

Sri Lanka Boldly Asks Online Travel Agencies to Cut Commissions to Help Revive Tourism

Sri Lanka Boldly Asks Online Travel Agencies to Cut Commissions to Help Revive Tourism

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Of the several measures to bring arrivals back to pre-Easter bombing levels, a tireless Sri Lanka is asking online travel agencies to slash commissions. It might be better to ask them instead to do a free or at-cost campaign to drive bookings to the country.

1 month ago

Asia’s Elusive Chase for So-Called Quality Tourism

Asia’s Elusive Chase for So-Called Quality Tourism

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Quality tourism is a term that has been bandied about by Southeast Asian destinations. It’s high time they stop and give real thought to it.

2 months ago

Why Corporate Travel Management in Asia Is Looking Sexy

Why Corporate Travel Management in Asia Is Looking Sexy

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Hello, modern world of corporate travel and expense management, where words such as “compliance” are unfriendly and strange. Hello as well to Western investors — such as Silicon Valley's Accel — that are starting to find the Asian market irresistible.

2 months ago

Are You Overlooking a $220 Billion Market?

Are You Overlooking a $220 Billion Market?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The global Muslim travel market, which will soon be worth more than $200 billion, is fast becoming an ever more attractive sector, especially for travel technology players. Here's why.

3 months ago