With More Leisure Time, Chinese Tourists Are Traveling More Too

Matt Stroshane / Shanghai Disney Resort

Guests at Shanghai Disney Resort. Matt Stroshane / Shanghai Disney Resort

Skift Take: Chinese citizens are enjoying more free time, and they’re leveraging that time to travel more. But with government initiatives promoting nationalistic “red tourism,” international destination marketing organizations face some stiff competition.

— Faye Chiu

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Thailand Suffers an Unusual Fall in Arrivals and Visitor Spending

Asia Transpacific Journeys

Tuk tuks, a key local transport mode in Bangkok. Asia Transpacific Journeys

Skift Take: A 0.7 percent drop in arrivals for most destinations is no big deal. But for Thailand, which has been enjoying month-after-month and year-over-year increases in visitor numbers, that’s sobering. Moreover, tourist spending dropped at a higher rate of 1.3 percent.

— Raini Hamdi

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Theme Park Operator Parques Reunidos Gets $703 Million Takeover Approach

Parques Reunidos

Kids on a ride at Kennywood. Parques Reunidos operators more than 60 parks across the world. Parques Reunidos

Skift Take: 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’ rivals fancy getting involved with their own bids?

— Patrick Whyte

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Travel Advisors Will Lobby Sometimes-Clueless Politicians

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Travel advisors went to Capitol Hill on May 8, 2018, to lobby congressional representatives. American Society of Travel Advisors / Flickr.com

Skift Take: Contributions to the American Society of Travel Advisors’ political action committee are up this year, indicating growing awareness of the value of political advocacy. Making politicians aware of the particular needs of travel agencies — something many have little understanding of — is crucial.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travelers With Disabilities May Find Advantages in Using Travel Advisor Specialists

Associated Press

A robot hands a basket containing drinks to a woman on March 15, 2019 during an event in Tokyo tied to the upcoming Olympics. Associated Press

Skift Take: The number of people with disabilities is increasing and travel advisors need to understand this demographic. If they don’t, not only will they lose business to specialist agencies, they may also risk prosecution.

— Allan Leibowitz

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Las Vegas Resort Named for Developer’s Son Set to Open in 2022

Christopher Goodney / Bloomberg

Shown here is real estate mogul Steve Witkoff talking with Bloomberg news. Witkoff is pushing back the opening of a $3.1 billion resort The Drew on the Las Vegas Strip by more than a year. Christopher Goodney / Bloomberg

Skift Take: In a thoughtful touch, real estate mogul Steven Witkoff is naming Drew Las Vegas after his late son who died of an opioid addiction, and Witkoff plans to use some of the revenues to fund a foundation that battles addiction. The resort will be a Marriott property on the north end of The Strip that will emphasize non-gaming options.

— Sean O’Neill

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