Articles tagged “visas”

Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Since Saudi Arabia introduced a new tourist visa on Sept. 28, the focus has been on what it means for non-Muslim leisure travelers. But the new visa holds a bigger significance for the huge Muslim travel market in Asia and elsewhere.

6 days ago

Saudi Arabia’s New Tourism Frontier Explained

Saudi Arabia’s New Tourism Frontier Explained

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Businesses can’t resist the opportunities that a new frontier brings. In the case of Saudi Arabia, however, the gamble they take is whether tourists will actually go, given the kingdom’s poor image. The adage "build and they will come" is being tested.

1 week ago

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.

4 weeks ago

U.S. Citizens Will Soon Need Visas to Visit Most of Europe

U.S. Citizens Will Soon Need Visas to Visit Most of Europe

Tony Czuczka, Bloomberg

Overall it's not a huge deal, but we all know that the fewer hurdles put in front of travelers, the more traveling they'll do.

7 months ago

Brits on Holiday Face 3-Hour Entry Delays If No-Deal Brexit Occurs

Brits on Holiday Face 3-Hour Entry Delays If No-Deal Brexit Occurs

Irene García Pérez, Bloomberg

Many Brits love their summer holidays in Europe, but they may have to brandish passports that are valid for at least another six months, and face other bureaucratic delays before unloading their bags at the hotel. Was the pro-Brexit crowd taking this into account when they voted in favor of the referendum?

9 months ago

Even Chilean President’s Machete Won’t Halt Venezuelan Influx

Even Chilean President’s Machete Won’t Halt Venezuelan Influx

Daniela Guzman, Bloomberg

From the Middle East and Europe to Myanmar and Chile, refugees under duress will flee to safety, paperwork or not. That's what's happening as Venezuela collapse and many of its citizens escape to Chile.

9 months ago

Trump’s War on Foreign Visas Leads to Less Student Travel to U.S.

Trump’s War on Foreign Visas Leads to Less Student Travel to U.S.

Nick Leiber, Bloomberg

Fewer international college students are heading to the U.S. for their studies. This means a reduction in travel and all of the economic benefits that cities see from robust foreign visitation.

9 months ago

South Africa’s Visa Policy Is Still Hurting Tourism

South Africa’s Visa Policy Is Still Hurting Tourism

Richard Holmes, Skift

South Africa's onerous visa regime for minor travelers continues to hobble its all-important tourism industry. Amendments published last month may look like good news, but read them closely and – industry insiders say – not nearly enough has changed.

10 months ago

South Africa Will Overhaul Its Visa Rules to Woo Visitors

South Africa Will Overhaul Its Visa Rules to Woo Visitors

Paul Vecchiatto, Bloomberg

Easing entry restrictions for business travelers could help boost South Africa's effort to be a meetings and conventions center as the government targets more visitors to revive a flagging economy.

1 year ago

South Africa to Ease Visa Rules to Boost Tourism

South Africa to Ease Visa Rules to Boost Tourism

Sam Mkokeli, Bloomberg

These measures sound like an effective solution to dipping visitation. Hopefully Cape Town will be able to accommodate these potential tourists with the ongoing ramifications of its water crisis.

1 year ago

China Is Making It Easier for Foreign Tourists to Visit Hainan

China Is Making It Easier for Foreign Tourists to Visit Hainan

Keith Zhai, Bloomberg

Extending visa-free access is a surefire way to make a destination more popular. We can expect to see more tourists visiting the province over the next couple of years.

1 year ago

CEO of WeChat Parent Backs Mobile Travel Docs to Ease Cross-Border Trips

CEO of WeChat Parent Backs Mobile Travel Docs to Ease Cross-Border Trips

Bloomberg

WeChat is headquartered close to Hong Kong so Tencent Chairman Ma Huateng advocates an electronic ID system and other measures that would enhance the integration of Hong Kong with China for the purposes of trade, commerce, employment and travel. Many in Hong Kong would rather be less-integrated and more independent.

2 years ago