Tour Operators

What Travel to North Korea Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Adventure Travel

What Travel to North Korea Says — And Doesn’t Say — About Adventure Travel

Steven Schwankert, Skift

The death of a young American illustrates the continuing risk for niche operators committed to taking travelers to remote and risky parts of the world, including North Korea. They’re called risky for a reason.

2 weeks ago

Travel to Russia Surges Despite Geopolitical Tension

Travel to Russia Surges Despite Geopolitical Tension

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Russia is experiencing a huge tourism Trump bump, and tour operators are slammed with demand from U.S. travelers.

4 weeks ago

Tour Operator That Brought American to North Korea Has Unprofessional Reputation

Tour Operator That Brought American to North Korea Has Unprofessional Reputation

Gerry Shih, Associated Press

The founder of Young Pioneer Tours left the company to form GN Tours, which at one point stood for Gross Negligence tours. That about says it all.

1 month ago

Contiki’s Western Europe Tours Are Popular But Eastern Europe Is on the Rise

Contiki’s Western Europe Tours Are Popular But Eastern Europe Is on the Rise

Dan Peltier, Skift

Contiki doesn't think millennials, which tend to be an open-minded demographic, are too concerned about sporadic terrorism incidents in Europe but we'll let the data speak for itself later this year.

2 months ago

Thomas Cook Is Cautiously Optimistic About its China Business

Thomas Cook Is Cautiously Optimistic About its China Business

Dan Peltier, Skift

Thomas Cook has hit the ground running in China but it's not running away from its core business in Europe. The group doesn't want to be too aggressive in China before its made more of a name for itself in the market and sees how consumers respond.

2 months ago

Video: TUI’s CMO on Growing an Established Brand in a Fragmented Market

Video: TUI’s CMO on Growing an Established Brand in a Fragmented Market

Patrick Whyte, Skift

TUI Group has a big job on its hands during its move away from country-specific brands, but the prize is a substantial one. If it manages to create a global superbrand it will make it much easier to expand into new areas and markets.

2 months ago

Adventure Travel Firm Intrepid Group Says It’s Stronger After TUI Breakup

Adventure Travel Firm Intrepid Group Says It’s Stronger After TUI Breakup

Raini Hamdi, Skift

After kissing TUI goodbye, Intrepid Group has a new adventure -- to be a company with $1 billion in revenue. With experiential travel being the buzzword, and having incorporated lessons from TUI into the company, it may achieve the goal sooner than five years.

2 months ago

U.S. Travel Industry Jobs Show Healthy Growth and 12 Other Tourism Trends This Week

U.S. Travel Industry Jobs Show Healthy Growth and 12 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the tourism trends we were talking about this week.

2 months ago

Private Equity Rips Apart Kuoni as Thomas Cook India Gets More Global

Private Equity Rips Apart Kuoni as Thomas Cook India Gets More Global

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Thomas Cook India’s acquisition of Kuoni’s network of destination management companies is a story of how an Indian company becomes a global player overnight. There are also deep wounds about how a global company like Kuoni could end up being broken, literally, to pieces.

3 months ago

Violent Attacks Push European Tourism to Extremes and 15 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Violent Attacks Push European Tourism to Extremes and 15 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the tourism trends we were talking about this week.

3 months ago

National Geographic Expeditions Buys Tour Operator to Enter Land Vacation Market

National Geographic Expeditions Buys Tour Operator to Enter Land Vacation Market

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

National Geographic Expeditions is expanding into land tours through its purchase of Global Adrenaline. It can now offer a wider variety of vacation products and one has to wonder about the fate of its partnership with G Adventures.

3 months ago

How Second-Tier Cities Sell Luxury Travel and 13 Other Tourism Trends This Week

How Second-Tier Cities Sell Luxury Travel and 13 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the tourism trends we were talking about this week.

3 months ago