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Arthur Frommer: The Biggest News is the Dominance of Tourism by the Chinese

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2018, 12:00 AM

Suddenly, the press that deals with travel is full of articles about the sudden rise of Chinese tourism.   All over the world, Chinese citizens have become the largest source of tourism, edging out the American, German, British and French. This doesn’t happen by accident.  In recent years, the Chinese government has encouraged the movement towards international travel as a means of accomp...

Huge New Atlantis Resort Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/26/2018, 10:30 PM

The world now has three Atlantis resorts to overwhelm visitors with an ocean's worth of watery amenities and maximalist architecture.  Joining sister properties in the Bahamas and Dubai (another is in the works in Hawaii), the just-opened Atlantis Sanya occupies more than 130 coastal acres on China's Hainan island, a tropical spot southwest of Hong Kong in the South China Sea that's becoming incre...

Where's Everybody Going? The United Nations Provides Some Answers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/20/2017, 10:15 AM

If you've been feeling more crowded than usual on vacation this year, it's not your imagination. The United Nations World Tourism Organization just released its tourism barometer report for the first four months of 2017, and it found that the number of overnight stays in destinations across the globe reached 396 million. That's some 22 million more than the same period for 2016. That growth reach...

World's Biggest Indoor Ski Resort Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2017, 4:00 AM

A city in China has a new must-visit spot for those who love skiing but could do without the fresh air and mountain scenery. The Harbin Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort is being billed as the largest facility of its kind, extending across more than 860,000 square feet and six ski runs—all of them inside. There are slopes for winter athletes of all abilities, including beginners, a...

City of Ice Opens in China

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/10/2017, 5:00 AM

(photo: @theeconomist / Instagram) If you take your vacation cues from Elsa in Frozen, you'll want to make your way immediately to northern China, where the 33rd annual Harbin International Snow and Ice Festival has officially launched.   The yearly event is best known for its enormous illuminated sculptures, built this year with 180,000 cubic meters of ice—all of which came from ...

In Its Ability to Start and Stop the Flow of Outbound Tourism, China Possesses a Mighty Weapon to Use Against the West

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/13/2016, 12:00 AM

Despite what fevered political rhetoric may imply, international relations cannot be simply reset. Countless American families depend on the tourism relationship between the United States and China....

White Cliffs of Dover and Other Tourist Sites Facing Extinction

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/10/2016, 5:00 AM

Scientists revealed this week that the famous White Cliffs of Dover in England are eroding at a rate of 12 inches per year—10 times faster than they were losing ground before humankind began making changes to the coastline in the last 150 years.  In case that piece of bad news has you hankering for more, Britain's Daily Mail has rounded up several more priceless world treasures facing exti...

Great Wall Repairs Spark Outrage

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2016, 4:00 AM

(Photo: CNN/Twitter) An effort to restore a 700-year-old portion of the Great Wall of China has sparked outrage on social media after photos of the project were posted online. In the country's northeastern Liaoning province, workers have covered the 8-kilometer (5-mile) Xiaohekou stretch of the wall in concrete, replacing crumbling steps and plant overgrowth with a smooth walkway ...

In China, You Can Go to a Restaurant in a Retired Boeing 737

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2016, 4:00 AM

Lily Airways, a restaurant housed inside a retired Boeing 737 in Wuhan, China (photo: leo_lijie/Instagram) We recently told you about a dinner experience in Los Angeles that transports guests back to the golden age of air travel by serving them inside an old grounded Pan Am Airways craft, outfitted to look exactly as it did in 1973, right down to the perky stewardesses and ample legro...

Air China Removes In-Flight Magazine with Article Deemed Racist

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2016, 4:00 AM

State-owned Chinese carrier Air China says it has removed from its planes copies of its in-flight magazine that contained an article many have found racist. In a guide to London, the September issue of Wings of China offered this piece of advice (in English) to out-of-town visitors: "London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly p...

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