What the Western Media Gets Wrong About Sri Lanka Tourism
Sunset in Sri Lanka. Annette 777, Flickr.
Skift Take: The Western media jumped on a 57 percent drop in arrivals to Sri Lanka in June. That’s only half the story, and one that could dissuade readers to postpone visits. The destination is actually on the mend.
A ThirdHome property in Antigua and Barbuda. The mansion-sharing platform just might have the winning formula on what affluent homeowners want when sharing properties. ThirdHomeSkift Take: Meditative hotel gardens, travel subscriptions, and high-tech spas are some of the key trends reshaping luxury travel. They reflect a growing demand for slow travel experiences that are more thoughtful in nature. — Faye ChiuRead the Complete Story On Skift
Whether we’re on a long-term trip overseas, enduring a busy work week or embarking on a weekend adventure, a lot of time is spent traveling between the places we visit. Although the actual ‘travel’ part of traveling can be a positive experience at times, it can also be extremely exhausting. But, what if you could get rewarded for your travels, no matter what mode of transportation you use? Sure, it sounds like a bit of gimmick, however, it’s actually quite real.
There is indeed a way to earn travel rewards for sitting in traffic, taking the subway, biking or even skiing.
The Transportation Industry and Travel Rewards
Every year people across the globe travel 25 trillion miles via some form of ground transportation. In fact, economists put $18 trillion as the cost people pay for moving from A...
On this coming Christmas Day, it will really be 20 years. It was December 25th, 1999 when I boarded a flight from the US to Bangkok and, without knowing it at the time, began my life of travel.
Two crazy decades ago. Two unbelievable decades.
I still have an extremely difficult time believing everything I’ve experienced in every corner of the world over those past 7,300 days. I have a difficult time simply coming to terms with how my life has played out so far. It’s turned into something that I could never have anticipated no matter how wild I might have allowed my imagination to be.
Over the next few months, I’m going to share several blog posts about these 20 years of travel. I’ll open up and talk about as many aspects as I can...
I remember the days when it was almost impossible to stay connected globally. Whenever I was traveling abroad, I had to either rely solely on Wi-fi, search for the best local SIM cards and then carry multiple SIM cards everywhere I went. Of course, this was not ideal.
I had to keep track of all the cards, it all cost a decent amount of money and there was also the fear of not being able to work abroad because of the poor Wi-Fi connectivity in the places I stayed. Luckily, times have changed for the better and now with a simple eSIM card, we can travel and stay connected at the same time without too much hassle.
So, what is an eSIM card exactly?
It is basically a SIM card that is embedded in your device and allows...
Donald Trump speaks during a tax bill passage event in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 20, 2017. The 2020 U.S. presidential election could affect travel advisor sales, yet agency executives are still confident that the year ahead will closely mirror 2019's unprecedented growth. Patrick Semansky / Associated PressSkift Take: There may be turmoil on Capitol Hill and a contentious presidential election up ahead, but travel advisor leaders don't expect it to put a damper on 2020 sales. They are, however, keeping an eye on the economy and said travel advisors should be extra proactive in keeping clients enthused and confident about travel. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift
Skift Take: In search of a competitive edge, price transparency, and the ability to offer better service to their customers, travel agencies find value in indisputable data provided by aggregators such as Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). — Read the Complete Story On Skift
Sen. Elizabeth Warren on stage Saturday, Jan. 5, during her first trip to Des Moines, Iowa, after launching an exploratory committee for 2020. Travel advisor executives are cautiously optimistic that 2020 will not mirror any downturns seen in prior election years. Joe Crimmings / FlickrSkift Take: The adage that U.S. presidential election years are bad for business may or may not hold true for 2020. Savvy travel advisors, however, may want to put extra effort into keeping clients confident and enthusiastic about upcoming travel plans. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift
This April 13, 2012 photo shows festivalgoers running toward the main stage to catch the beginning of Kendrick Lamar's set during the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Music is playing an increasing role in travel plans. Chris Pizzello / Associated PressSkift Take: Music tourism, much like adventure or wellness travel, is a fast-growing niche worthy of travel advisors' attention. Not only does it appeal to all age groups, but clients will appreciate help in obtaining tickets and making travel arrangements built around events. — Maria LenhartRead the Complete Story On Skift
New Orleans street musicians delight visitors. Travelers are increasingly tying their travel plans to their musical inclinations. Zack Smith / New Orleans and Co.Skift Take: Music travel is gaining popularity as tourists look for new experiences. There are plenty of opportunities for travel advisors, even though some of the big festivals are trying to keep all the business to themselves. — Allan LeibowitzRead the Complete Story On Skift
Skift Take: Heading into 2020, we handpicked 10 reports we published in 2019 that touch upon the most important topics and trends in travel. These themes should be top of mind moving forward. — Haixia WangRead the Complete Story On Skift