China’s new entry rules spur tourism, but lingering hurdles still a deterrent

During the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday in February, China recorded 3.23 million tourism-related entries, roughly the same as the festival period in 2019, the official Xinhua News Agency said in February. A big boost to these figures came in December, when China began allowing citizens of certain countries to enter visa-free for 15 days. […]

Asia’s airlines weigh the cost of China’s absent tourists

By comparison, airlines in Europe, North America and the Middle East are all forecast to post profit margins of 3.3 per cent or greater next year. Those in Latin America and Africa are expected to make losses. The key piece of the puzzle for many airlines in Asia is whether Chinese tourists feel they have […]

Scotland’s far north has already reached peak tourism

“The North Coast 500 has helped create jobs in communities right across the North Highlands, grow awareness of the area and boost tourism numbers, particularly for attractions on the main route,” a spokesperson told me. “However, there are many places to visit off it. The ambition of local stakeholders, including VisitScotland, is to inspire visitors […]

Andalucia is asking for influencers – and will live to regret it

As influencers increasingly present destinations in an idealised way – often getting up at dawn to take photos before the crowds arrive or photo-shopping images to remove ugly details – many popular resorts are facing a backlash from disappointed travellers.  “I’d seen all these Instagram photos of Santorini and it looked amazing, but they don’t […]

Chinese Tourists Flock to Dubai During Golden Week on Free Visa

Chinese tourists flocked to the Middle East during the eight-day Golden Week holiday, as popular travel destinations like Dubai roll out free visas and increase flight capacity, according to Trip.com Group Ltd. Year-on-year visitation to the region climbed three digits, Chief Executive Officer Jane Sun said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Tuesday, without […]

How COVID-19 changed the world’s top tourist destinations: 10 key insights

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered unprecedented shutdowns globally. The tourism industry was the worst-hit sector during this period. Although the industry is slowly recovering, it is yet to fully be back on its feet. According to an impact assessment report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international tourism saw stronger-than-expected growth in 2022 backed […]

Iceland to Hike Tourism Tax to Ease Nature Impact, Premier Says

Iceland is turning to taxes to reduce the impact exponential growth in tourism has on its pristine wilderness, Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir said. “Tourism has really grown exponentially in Iceland in the last decade and that obviously is not just creating effects on the climate,” Jakobsdottir said in an interview with Shery Ahn on Bloomberg […]

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