Articles tagged “tourism”

President Obama’s U.S. Travel Legacy After Eight Years as Tourist-in-Chief

President Obama’s U.S. Travel Legacy After Eight Years as Tourist-in-Chief

Dan Peltier, Skift

Few other presidents have done as much for the U.S. travel industry as President Obama and by many measures he will hand Donald Trump a healthy and growing industry. But some of the Obama Administration's tourism goals — programs and initiatives — while steps in the right direction, still leave plenty to be desired and require renewed efforts.

14 hours ago

Unrest in the Gambia Prompts Tourist Evacuation

Unrest in the Gambia Prompts Tourist Evacuation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Negative headlines are likely to put anyone off wanting to travel to the Gambia at least in the short term. How long this lasts depends entirely on when the political crisis in the country is resolved.

2 days ago

Thailand’s 2017 Tourism Growth Looks Dim After Cheap Chinese Tour Crackdown

Thailand’s 2017 Tourism Growth Looks Dim After Cheap Chinese Tour Crackdown

Suttinee Yuvejwattana, Bloomberg

Cracking down on overtourism by Chinese tourists is a smart move by the Thai government but dealing with the short-term blowback from that will be a challenge for the country heading into 2017.

2 days ago

William Shatner Is Selling Montreal Tourism in New Facebook Ad Campaign

William Shatner Is Selling Montreal Tourism in New Facebook Ad Campaign

Dan Peltier, Skift

Montreal's use of targeted advertising on Facebook, however, and the use of William Shatner is a smart example of how to go after key markets.

3 days ago

Travel Megatrends 2017: Overtourism Goes Mainstream

Travel Megatrends 2017: Overtourism Goes Mainstream

Jason Clampet, Skift

A global surge in tourism, driven by the growth of low-cost carriers and middle class families across the world who are beginning to vacation abroad, has had deep ramifications for the world’s most popular destinations. Some have tried to manage tourism by limiting the ability of tourists to stay in cities or pushing less popular areas as bona fide tourist destinations. The jury is still out on whether these destinations will be able to effectively manage tourism, or will continue to struggle in the face of mounting backlash from their citizens.

4 days ago

Better Relations With U.S. Means Much Better Wi-Fi Across Cuba

Better Relations With U.S. Means Much Better Wi-Fi Across Cuba

Andrea Rodriguez , Associated Press

Tourists' experiences just got better in Cuba, too.

6 days ago

Thailand’s Crackdown on Cheap Chinese Tours Cuts Lunar New Year Holiday Numbers

Thailand’s Crackdown on Cheap Chinese Tours Cuts Lunar New Year Holiday Numbers

Pairat Temphairojana, Reuters

There's a level of responsibility and long-range thinking to this overtourism crackdown that we haven't seen from the Thai authorities before.

6 days ago

Chinese Travelers Will Make Nearly 3 Billion Trips Over Next 4 Weeks

Chinese Travelers Will Make Nearly 3 Billion Trips Over Next 4 Weeks

Associated Press

Lunar New Year makes holiday travel in the U.S. look positively quaint while also demonstrating the amazing development of China's tourism and transport infrastructure.

1 week ago

Governor Wants to Make New York a Hiking and Cycling Paradise

Governor Wants to Make New York a Hiking and Cycling Paradise

Mary Esch, Associated Press

Giving travelers another reason to visit other parts of New York State aside from New York City doesn't sound like a bad idea, as long as the costs don't outweigh the economic benefits to the state.

1 week ago

Visit Florida Hires New CEO and Pays $73,000 to Outgoing Leader after Pitbull Controversy

Visit Florida Hires New CEO and Pays $73,000 to Outgoing Leader after Pitbull Controversy

Gary Fineout, Associated Press

Visit Florida is facing pressure from state legislators to justify its very existence. The governor's pick of a new Visit Florida CEO who has zero tourism experience signals that fiscal controls will trump creativity in marketing the state to visitors.

1 week ago

Las Vegas Says Visitors and Conference Attendees Set 2016 Records

Las Vegas Says Visitors and Conference Attendees Set 2016 Records

Associated Press

Las Vegas doesn't publicize how it calculates its numbers but claims visitor numbers set another record in 2016. Conference attendees too.

1 week ago

Europe Bounces Back as Top Destination for Chinese Travelers After Volatile Year

Europe Bounces Back as Top Destination for Chinese Travelers After Volatile Year

Dan Peltier, Skift

Chinese travelers see Europe -- and the UK in particular -- as a big sale sign and are taking advantage of that after an uncertain year in Europe while many will also choose to travel domestically this year and in countries closer to home such as Thailand and Japan.

2 weeks ago