Once a sleepy town famous for its rice terraces and ethnic tribal cultures, Sapa — a five-hour drive from Hanoi — has grown in recent years to become one of the hottest tourist destinations in Vietnam.
With a population of less than 140,000, the area welcomed more than 1.6 million visitors in the first half of 2019 — accounting for 57% of tourists visiting the entire Lao Cai province.
Along with this travel growth, naturally, has been an influx of new hotels.
Police arrested a 27-year-old man at Singapore’s Changi Airport who bought a boarding pass just to walk his wife to the gate and say goodbye.
On Aug. 25, the unidentified man was taken into custody “for misusing his boarding pass at the transit area of Changi Airport,” the Singapore Police Force wrote in a post on Facebook.
Hurricane Dorian didn’t slam Florida’s coast, but it likely put a dent in the bottom lines of the tourism industry, which was hoping for a robust Labor Day weekend.
Tourism officials say it’s too early to estimate the economic cost in lost visits, hotel stays and other spending that visitors would’ve brought over the holiday, but it’s likely to be significant.
Like Airbnb, Expedia, and others in the sector, Google is making a push to professionalize and increase its portfolio of vacation rental offerings, and that means enlisting property managers, and entering into new partnerships.
Along those lines, U.S. vacation rental property manager Vacasa announced Thursday that it has directly connected to Google, delivering its more than 14,000 vacation rentals as listings in Google Hotels, which currently offers both hotels and vacation rentals.