Travel News: April 21, 2017

Khaosan Road in Bangkok

Bangkok’s Renowned Street Food Will Soon Disappear
Travel Pulse

Bangkok is wiping one of its amazing treasures clear off the map.

The Guardian reports Thailand’s government, with aims to clean up its streets, has taken dramatic steps to destroy its street-food industry.

Some places that have been around decades are no longer able to sell delicacies that had locals and tourists coming back day after day.

The report states that the initiative took place along Bangkok’s major roads but hints that a far more widespread action is in store. It quotes Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to Bangkok’s governor, who warns that the government is “now working to get rid of stalls from all 50 districts of Bangkok.”

 

How Iceland Is Managing Its Sudden Tourism Boom
Adweek

If your Instagram feed is giving you the impression that all of your friends are going to Iceland, you’re probably not wrong. Global travelers are flocking to see its Northern Lights, waterfalls and other natural wonders in ever-increasing numbers: from 490,000 in 2010 to 1.8 million in 2016, with 2.3 million visitors expected this year, according to the Icelandic Tourist Board.

“People view Iceland as a digital detox, a place to get away from the stresses of city life and reconnect with nature, and that’s really been influencing the growth,” said Fergal McGivney, travel analyst at Mintel.

The new challenge for marketers is ensuring that Iceland doesn’t become a victim of its own success. To manage the influx of tourists, Iceland’s tourism minister has proposed a tourist tax and adding more direct flights to

Akureyri, the country’s second largest city, to divert traffic away from the capital Reykjavik in the south.

 

International visitors outpace US in New England tourism
Madison.com

A New Hampshire tourism official says international growth is outpacing domestic growth in New England.

Victoria Cimino, the director of New Hampshire’s Division of Travel and Tourism Development, says New England received an estimated 2.1 million international visitors in 2015 who spent about $2.1 billion.

 

IHG reports major breach of card data
Travel Weekly

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) reported a data breach of guests’ payment cards at U.S. hotels during the fourth quarter of 2016.

The company said that 1,161 hotels may have been affected, or nearly one-third of IHG’s 3,600 franchised properties in the Americas. IHG’s largest brand, Holiday Inn Express, had the most hotels on the list with 771.

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