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Articles tagged “tourism”

Japan Hopes New Animation Character Trail Will Help Boost Tourism

Japan is going after exactly what it's known for -- anime -- to help its otherwise sluggish economy get a lift from its growing appeal as a tourist destination.

2 weeks ago

Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Has Devastated Once-Booming Margarita Island

With international tourism dried up — and domestic visitor numbers down to a trickle — Venezuela's resort destinations are in trouble.

2 weeks ago

The Most Visited U.S. States Spent Less to Market to Travelers Last Year

For some states coming in under budget is good news and for others the smaller spending signifies problems that marketing organizations are having. For now, most provisional tourism budgets increased for fiscal year 2016 and we'll soon see what impact that's had on travelers.

2 weeks ago

Paris Street Protests Take Violent Turn as Tourism Convention Season Begins

In early summer when it's just about leisure tourists, this may fly. But it's no longer summer in Paris, and it's no longer about leisure travel.

2 weeks ago

Disney Says Zika Is Not Hurting Its Florida Theme Park Business

Disney did not like an analyst's suggestion that Zika could be causing travelers to reconsider trips to Florida parks. The theme park company is working to allay visitors' fears with bug spray and messages about mosquito control, but as long as the virus isn't being transmitted locally, we don't expect the parks to take a serious hit.

2 weeks ago

Skift Podcast: Puerto Rico and the Fight for Caribbean Tourism

As they try to promote tourism amid a Zika outbreak, Caribbean destinations — and especially Puerto Rico — are facing challenges. Spreading information about efforts to combat the spread, targeting visitors who are least threatened by the virus, and running promotions to spark demand are some of the efforts Puerto Rico's tourism leaders are employing.

2 weeks ago

Orlando Tourism Is Taking a Hit From Brazil’s Woes and Higher Theme Park Prices

The bad news has kept on coming for Orlando, so we aren't surprise by the dip so far in visitor numbers. Industry leaders have said they are working hard to control the threat of mosquitoes, which is important: They need Zika to stay away.

2 weeks ago

The Once-Hidden Buddhist Enclave Being Transformed by Tourism

We're interested to see if a Buddhist approach to tourism development can grow out of this region's shift.

2 weeks ago

Behind Orlando’s New IBM Watson-Powered Travel App

Although Visit Orlando's new AI-powered travel app still has kinks, it shows the power of machine learning to provide more contextual and customized information to travelers — most of the time.

3 weeks ago

Chinese Tourists Avoid Taiwan as Political Tensions Rise

Tourism boards hate playing politics, but when situations get extreme the smart ones speak out about what's in their best interest.

3 weeks ago

Miami Business Owners Miss Tourists, Want Zika Warnings to End

Local officials have worked hard to address the Zika threat, but fear by some locals and failure by the U.S. House of Representatives to provide funding have made matters more difficult.

3 weeks ago

The Families and Friends of 9/11 Victims Turned Tour Guides

The conversion of the former World Trade Center into a tourist attraction has been a strange one, but the perspective of people who were closely touched by the events of 9/11 adds a valuable perspective.

3 weeks ago