Chinese airlines are flooding the world with some of the lowest long-haul fares ever seen — and delivering a hammer blow to foreign carriers trying to keep up. From Delta Air Lines Inc. and American Airlines Group Inc. in the U.S., to Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. and Korean Air, many operators are feeling the squeeze from the extended reach of mainland Chinese carriers.
They don’t just offer cheap fares on routes long-dominated by national airlines like Korean Air. They’re also adding hundreds of overseas flights from little-known Chinese cities to airports all over the world.
In a move that could “reinvigorate the entire Caribbean,” Cuba, after demurring for most of the year, has opened the floodgates to cruise tourism, at least for the first five months of 2017.
In a burst of activity following the death of former leader Fidel Castro and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, Cuba will allow at least six more cruise brands to visit Cuban ports on voyages from the U.S. next year.
Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of all hotels and resorts in a recent survey said they plan to implement location-based technologies within the next year, similar to how Hilton and Marriott have done so previously.
The survey of nearly 1,200 hotels, most of which would be considered full-service, was conducted by Zebra Technologies, a global technology solutions provider, as part of its 2016 Hospitality Vision Study. That same study also surveyed more than 1,680 hotel guests from around the world, 73 percent of which were aged 18 to 49.
The Irish Whiskey Association, along with the Irish tourism industry and ministry, plan for Ireland to become the world leader in Whiskey Tourism by 2030. The Association, along with Michael Creed, Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has launched the Irish Whiskey Tourism Strategy.
It proposes innovations such as the establishment of an all-island whiskey trail that will attract a significant number of tourists to Ireland, like the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky which attracts nearly a million tourists every year.