Each day, we curate a bite-sized round-up of the best industry news from across the world. We search the web for the latest hospitality updates and travel trends, so you don’t have to. Get comfortable with a coffee and tuck in to our daily must-reads
1. Abu Dhabi cuts fees to boost tourism
Abu Dhabi has reduced tourism-related fees to help boost the sector and attract more visitors in an effort to diversify its economy. The Department of Culture & Tourism has reduced tourism fees from 6% to 3.5%, municipal fees from 4% to 2% and municipality hotel room fees per night from 15 dirhams (US$4) to 10 dirhams. DCT also plans to spend 500mn dirhams over the next three years toward marketing the destination to tourists.
2. Tourism in Osaka catching up with Tokyo
Osaka, Japan’s “second city,” is winning the international tourism race against Tokyo. Visitors to Osaka surged five-fold between 2012 and 2017 with foreign arrivals hitting 11.1 million in 2017, while visits to Tokyo roughly tripled in the same period. The growth is said to have been fuelled by the arrival of low-cost carriers and promotional activities marketing the city as a base to visit the 25 World Heritage sites in nearby Kyoto and Nara.
3. “Red tourism” booms in China
China’s Ministry of Tourism is stepping up efforts to promote “red tourism”, centred around visits to sites with significance in revolutionary history. China has 33,315 revolutionary sites and relics and more than 800 million “red tourism’ trips are made on average every year. One such destination, Jinggangshan, received more than 10 million tourists in the first ten months of 2018, generating revenues of more than 10bn yuan (US$1.49bn).
4. 72% of Brit’s avoid local cuisine while abroad
A survey by Villa Plus has revealed that 72% of British tourists prefer home comforts while abroad and would not try any dishes different to their usual cuisine. The data also found that nearly half of holidaymakers (42%) eat more meals when abroad compared to when at home, with 18-24-year olds the most likely to indulge.
Don’t forget you can access weekly travel insights and expertise with Click. Bytes
Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
Popular around Click.
Evolution of online payments
Insider tips on boosting your review score
Podcast: #4 – Talking cancellations
Travel trends: what 2017 taught us
What I wish I knew: lessons in holiday rentals
Adapt or die: surviving in the era of digital Darwinism
Five travel trends that will shape customer experience in 2018