Thomas Cook Collapses After 178 Years and 20 Other Tourism Trends This Week - Destinations · 28 Sep

This week in tourism marked the end of an era as UK-based Thomas Cook filed for bankruptcy. We take a look at the domino effect this collapse will ha

Saudi Arabia Loosens Strict Dress Code for Female Travelers - Destinations · 27 Sep

Saudi Arabia has taken so few real steps to open to the outside world that even small steps like this seem like big ones.

Blackstone Looks at Buying Water-Park Operator Great Wolf - Destinations · 19 Sep

Great Wolf Resorts has had a few private equity owners in its recent history and another one clearly thinks there is more money to squeeze out of the

Russia Is Relaxing Its Restrictive Visa Regimes for Tourists: Why Now? - Destinations · 9 Sep

Russia wants to be seen as a global power and attract all the foreign investment that comes with that. After years of restrictive visa regimes, it se

Brand USA Finally Has a Path Forward Even as Some U.S. Airlines Oppose the Funding Plan - Destinations · 30 Jul

Plenty of lawmakers in Washington want to see Brand Ubut it should come as no surprise that an increased passenger tax will leave some parties unhapp

Protests Against Puerto Rico's Governor Put Rebounding Tourism Industry to the Test - Destinations · 18 Jul

Puerto Rico's tourism industry is back on track just shy of two years after Hurricane Maria, but the kind of civil unrest happening in San Juan this

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India's Growing Travel Market - Destinations · 12 Jul

Most countries are still prejudiced against the Indian passport. That's a shame. Indian travelers are a legitimate, growing source for the global tou

Lego Family Plot to Take Merlin Entertainments Private With $6.1 Billion Joint Bid - Destinations · 28 Jun

The trend for public companies going private looks set to continue. A change in ownership might allow Merlin to boost its spending on hotels and them

Asian Tours Aggregator BeMyGuest Gets Funding Shot in Arm - Destinations · 24 Jun

A leaner and freshly funded BeMyGuest puts it in a stronger position to harness the growth of Asia's tours and activities sector. But competition is

Theme Park Operator Parques Reunidos Gets $703 Million Takeover Approach - Destinations · 26 Apr

With two of the company's minority shareholders on board, this bid looks like it's got a good chance of succeeding but will any of Parques Reunidos'

UK Travel Bookings Surge With Brexit Divorce Postponement
UK Travel Bookings Surge With Brexit Divorce Postponement - Destinations · 17 Apr

UK tour operators can heave a sigh of relief at last. With the Brexit divorce being postponed to October, Brits are saying "sod it," we are going on

Destinations Say Public-Private Partnerships Help With Overtourism - Destinations · 3 Apr

Destinations have realized that partnerships and collaboration between public and private forces is the best way to create sustainable tourism growth

The Big Fat Indian Election Is the Country's New Tourism Draw - Destinations · 28 Mar

Politics and tourism are strange bedfellows but the big fat Indian general election next month is giving that notion a vote of no confidence. The fes

Japan Approves Rules for Resorts With Casinos - Destinations · 26 Mar

Looking at the new rules, Japan appears to have followed in the footsteps of Singapore in ensuring resorts that integrate casinos, entertainment show

U.S. Citizens Will Soon Need Visas to Visit Most of Europe - Destinations · 9 Mar

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.

Malaysia's Sovereign Fund Considers Selling Legoland - Destinations · 5 Mar

Malaysia's new government is building blocks to reduce the deficit left by the previous administration. Legoland Malaysia, owned by the national sove

Saudi Arabia Lifts Its Travel Warning for Lebanon - Destinations · 15 Feb

Saudi Arabia has lifted a travel warning on Lebanon for its citizens. Gulf tourists used to be the biggest spenders in Lebanon, so it's hopeful news

Progress Finally Being Made on a Single African Passport - Destinations · 29 Jan

Will 2019 be the year that the African Union passport is made freely available to the continent's 1.2 billion citizens? Probably not, but technocrats

UK Tourism Has a Europe Problem: Decline in Visitors From the Continent - Destinations · 28 Jan

The UK might have seen a fall in tourists in 2018, but that has a lot to do with the extraordinary growth the year before. The longer-term trend is f

Brits on Holiday Face 3-Hour Entry Delays If No-Deal Brexit Occurs - Destinations · 27 Jan

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 oth

Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists - Destinations · 19 Jan

Tourism revenue accounts for a vast majority of Bali's income, but the crowds take a toll on its resources and infrastructure. Now the provincial gov

Venice Will Start Charging an Entrance Fee to Day-Trippers to Combat Overtourism - Destinations · 31 Dec

Tourists who visit Venice for the day will be charged a fee; overnight visitors already pay a hotel tax. The fee will help defray costs and might to

South Africa's Visa Problems and 9 Other Tourism Trends This Week - Destinations · 16 Dec

This week in tourism, we looked at the fallout from South Africa's prohibitive visa requirements for minor travelers, and how TUI survived the summer

South Africa's Visa Policy Still Hurting Tourism Despite Recent Tweaks - Destinations · 11 Dec

South Africa's onerous visa regime for minor travelers continues to hobble its all-important tourism industry. Amendments published last month may lo

Upgrading U.S. Highways Will Require Increased Gas Tax and Tolls - Destinations · 9 Dec

President Trump's pledge to invest in U.S. transportation infrastructure never materialized. It's going to take a sustained, decades-long investment

Paris Cultural Sites to Close Saturday Amid Riot Fears - Destinations · 7 Dec

Now is not the best time to be visiting Paris, though some of the biggest tourist draws in the city will remain open. It will be in the interest of r