Will Saudi Arabia’s Planned Futuristic City Have a Future?

Amr Nabil / Associated Press

FILE- In this April 8, 2017 photo, a girl plays with her kite as visitors walk on the Red Sea beach, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is planning to build a semi-autonomous luxury travel destination along its Red Sea coast that visitors can reach without a visa. Amr Nabil / Associated Press

Skift Take: Neom Bay would be seen by some as a feather in the cap of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who’s accused of ordering the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Not to worry: Saudi Arabia’s track record in completing mega developments like this is spotty, at best.

— Dennis Schaal

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Will the Nairobi Attacks Dent Kenya’s Tourism Boom?


Armed soldiers patrol the streets of Nairobi this week after terror attacks that raise new questions about tourism in Kenya. Bloomberg

Skift Take: After this week’s terror attacks in a Nairobi hotel complex, a question mark hangs over the continued growth of Kenya’s lucrative tourism industry. But tourists have been here before, and as long as there are no follow-up attacks, mass cancellations seem unlikely.

— Richard Holmes

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Why Iceland’s Tourism Boom May Finally Be Over

Frank Augstein / Associated Press

People walk on the black sanded beach in Vik, Iceland, near the Volcano Katla, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Katla Volcano has helped turn sleepy Vik, a community of 300 people some 110 miles (180 kilometers) east of the capital, Reykjavik, into a tourism hotspot. Frank Augstein / Associated Press

Skift Take: Tourism grew to one-third of Iceland’s economy in 2015, boosting the country’s dependency on the sector. But things are likely changing, and it’s unclear what comes next.

— Isaac Carey

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Philippines Mulls Limiting Cruises to Boracay as Overtourism Worries Mount

Genting Cruises’ MS World Dream drops anchor off Boracay last December 16. Local stakeholders believe the island derives no economic benefit from cruise ships. Photo courtesy of Christine San Diego.

Skift Take: The Philippines wants cruise dollars. But Boracay, which has reopened after some rehabilitation, does not. The island is a key cruise stop but can carry only so much. Tourism authorities and cruise lines should work out the sums.

— Maria Stella F. Arnaldo

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