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The Best Tourism Websites in the US (to Build Your Travel Bucket List)
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While most travel and tourism websites provide recommendations on things to do, places to eat, and where to stay, only the best tourism websites offer additional features, interactive tools, and other experiences that surprise and delight travelers who are filling their bucket lists and planning adventures.
Organized by region, these are the best tourism websites in the US. Whether you’re actively planning your next adventure or need a cure for your wanderlust while you’re stuck at home , escape your current place for a bit by checking them out!
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The Best Tourism Websites in the Midwest
Visit abilene, kansas.
Located roughly halfway between Kansas City and Hays, this little town on the Kansas prairie is packed with history and full of amazing architecture. Crowned by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the best small towns to visit, this city tourism website is one of the best because it’s easy to plan your trip based on your interests. Journey to the Old West , ride the rails , or explore President Eisenhower’s legacy when you plan your visit to Abilene.
And, as a travel writer, I greatly appreciate the way Visit Abilene features the work of some of my favorite travel bloggers — like Sara Broers and Melody Pittman — on par with coverage in Fodor’s Travel , The Oprah Magazine , and The Wall Street Journal .
Visit Bloomington, Indiana
Encompassing the cities of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield, Hamilton County is just north of the capital city of Indianapolis. Some of the unique experiences in this part of the Hoosier State include attending the Indianapolis Colts Training Camp , biking the Monon Trail , and sipping more than 10 varieties of warm beverages from the gluhwein pyramid (yes, please!).
Pro Tip: Hamilton County is coming together in a time of crisis by detailing ways folks can support local businesses, donate to their community, and stay safe as the world battles COVID-19. #LoveHC
Like the Wizard of Oz and my home state, Michigan is inextricably linked to stereotypes about Detroit. But just as Kansas is so much more than Dorothy and Toto, the Great Lake State has more to offer than Motown (which is still a great place to visit ). One feature that makes Pure Michigan one of the best travel and tourism websites is its destination finder . First, select your interest the options provided include unique experiences like stargazing and small towns). Then, scroll down to learn about the recommended destinations like Marquette , Frankenmuth , and Ypsilanti (in my case).
West Michigan Tourist Association
The West Michigan Tourist Association virtually divides the mitten-shaped state in half vertically and focuses on the destinations that stretch from Sault Ste. Marie near the Canadian border to Battle Creek near the Indiana border. In addition to providing recommendations of things to do, places to stay, and where to eat and drink, this travel and tourism website also features a page of live camera feeds . Watch the critters at the Binder Park Zoo, gaze at the water surrounding Mackinac Island from Chippewa Hotel, or ascend Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville.
The Best Tourism Websites in the Northeast
Visit concord, new hampshire.
New Hampshire’s capital city is located roughly halfway between Boston and Portland, Maine. What makes Concord’s tourism website one of the best is that it’s designed as a magazine (rather than a city guide). Use it to fill your travel bucket list with helpful articles about things to do, what to eat, and where to shop when you visit Concord. And art lovers won’t want to miss the public art map in this town of about 45,000 people.
Positioned horizontally along the Atlantic Ocean between New York and Rhode Island , Connecticut is home to 3.5 million people. And if you plan to visit, you’ll want to check out the Connecticut Office of Tourism’s interactive planning tool . By selecting when you’d like to visit (winter, spring, summer, or fall) and the type of trip you’re planning (family fun, foodie trip, couples escape, etc.) the tourism website will create a custom itinerary just for you.
Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, New York
Roughly halfway between Poughkeepsie and the capital city of Albany, about a two-hour drive north of New York City, the Northern Catskill Mountains of Greene County are an outdoor lover’s dream destination year-round. From snow sports to summer hikes, this travel and tourism site provides trip ideas by season. It also offers several pre-planned driving tours that allow you to explore upstate New York’s scenic byways by car, motorcycle, or bicycle.
NYC, The Official Guide
With more than 65 million visitors each year, the Big Apple is America’s number one tourist destination. The official guide to New York City lets you plan your visit by season (winter, spring, summer, or fall), by experience (museums, Broadway, shopping, sports, and more), and by borough.
I Love New York
Covering the Big Apple, Greene County, and the rest of the Empire State, I Love New York is a one-stop resource for planning a trip around New York State. Travel experts from around the state have lovingly crafted easy-to-follow itineraries for weekend getaways that will delight art-lovers, baseball fans , foodies, shopaholics, and more. Additionally, they offer special planning guides for LGBTQ visitors and senior travelers . I Love New York also offers a mobile app that helps you identify the things to do and places to visit based on your preferences and even experience virtual reality events like a hot air balloon ride in Chittenango or surfing on Long Island.
Lastly, I love the way New York State has gone above and beyond to ensure accessibility for site visitors as they fill their bucket list and make their plans to visit.
See Plymouth, Massachusetts
Steeped in history, this town of 60,000 on Cape Cod Bay is home to a full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower ship that carried the pilgrims to the “new world” in 1620. And while this 400-year-old town’s tourism website is full of recommendations for history lovers, it also offers virtual tours , informs visitors where to find free public parking , and details seasonal activities and events .
The Best Tourism Websites in the South
Visit charlottesville, virginia.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is both a college town and the location of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. One of the features that makes this one of the best tourism websites in the US is its nickel tours . These visually engaging teaser videos provide a taste of all that Charlottesville and Albemarle County have to offer. (I just added the Glass House Winery to my travel bucket list thanks to a nickel tour!)
Visit Dallas, Texas
Easy to use, updated regularly, and packed with helpful information, Visit Dallas makes it easy to plan an adventure in the Big D. In addition to expected advice about attractions, restaurants, and accommodations, Visit Dallas breaks it down further by neighborhood . The site also offers tips on how to navigate the city, from DART public transportation to the free trolley to an eco-friendly efrog .
This city tourism site was recommended by Will Hatton, The Broke Backpacker . Check out his recommendations of things to do in Dallas , including activities, itineraries, and day trips.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida
On Florida’s Gulf Coast, Destin-Fort Walton Beach created this tourism website to encourage kids to get out on the water and develop their sense of adventure. One of the experiences that makes this website one of the best for tourism is its interactive adventure builder.
Expertly curated by local residents, the Little Adventurers tool makes it easy for families to plan outdoor itineraries based on their children’s ages, skill sets, and interests. Toddlers can enjoy an afternoon splashing and discovering wildlife in crystal clear tide pools , aspiring marine biologists can find themselves an arm’s reach away from marine life , and teens can explore Spectre Island via kayak . And the whole family can enjoy a dolphin excursion .
Pro Tip: If the Destin-Fort Walton Beach website makes you wish you were at the beach right now, you’re in luck. This city tourism website also offers live beach cams that bring the lulling waves and spectacular sunsets of several area beaches right to you.
As a Pisces living in the most landlocked state in the Union, you can bet your barbeque sauce that I love visiting Florida (even though I don’t do Disney ). One of the features that make this tourism website one of the best in the country is its Florida Beach Finder . This interactive tool makes it a snap to find beaches that are hidden gems, family friendly, romantic, dog friendly, or whatever it is that you’re seeking!
I also love that the travel ideas section goes above and beyond most travel and tourism websites. In addition to the usual categories, like day trips and family vacations, Visit Florida offers extensive resources for visitors with special needs , black heritage travel , Hispanic heritage travel , and LGBTQ travel . But what’s really near and dear to my heart as a military brat is the list of destinations and attractions that offer military discounts .
Visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
With a 60-mile string of beaches, world-class golf courses, and other outdoor activities, Myrtle Beach is a popular vacation spot in the Palmetto State. And while the Atlantic Ocean and a round of golf are quite popular, this travel and tourism website makes it easy to add other experiences to your itinerary.
When you choose your Myrtle Beach experience , you can get recommendations for an art lover, history buff, and even an all-about-you day! There’s even a page full of recommendations for a rainy day . (And if I pick Myrtle Beach for spring break, you can be sure it will rain the entire time .)
The Best Tourism Websites in the West
In addition to providing recommendations on things to do and places to stay, the Gem State’s tourism website includes a feature called My Backpack that lets visitors create a more personal experience. Visit Idaho also offers several 360-degree virtual tours to help you imagine what it’s like to soar over the landscape on a zipline, race down white water rapids, or paddle past waterfalls in a kayak.
Visit Las Vegas, Nevada
As one of the most visited cities in North America, Las Vegas doesn’t need to wrestle for mindshare or vacation dollars like the lesser-known destinations on this list. But what if you’re seeking a family-friendly experience or things to do beyond The Strip? That’s where this travel and tourism site shines.
The Things to Do page lets you quickly sort through hundreds of activities in and around Las Vegas. Simply select your desired location (on-strip, downtown, greater Las Vegas, etc.) and interest (free attractions, family-friendly experiences, casinos, etc.) and the results will dynamically update.
Visit Longmont, Colorado
With amazing mountain views and stunning sunsets, this town of 90,000, about an hour north of Denver, is the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers, history buffs, and other travelers. But what makes it one of the best city tourism websites in the US is its focus for foodies. Not only is there an entire section dedicated to Longmont’s breweries, cideries, and distilleries (and the Brewhop Trolley that will shuttle you between establishments), but the website also shines a big spotlight on its agritourism experiences . Get recommendations for touring local farms and orchards, purchasing the best locally sourced ingredients, or where to enjoy a farm-to-table feast that’s out of this world. And if that’s not enough, these are the Longmont eateries that have been featured on television !
Experience Scottsdale, Arizona
Located in the Sonoran Desert northeast of Phoenix, Scottsdale delights visitors with everything from boozy brunches to rejuvenating spas to outdoor adventures. But the feature that makes Experience Scottsdale one of the best city tourism websites in the land is its live chat option. No matter how small (or outlandish) a request, website visitors can immediately connect with a real-life Scottsdale expert who can make recommendations.
Discover Siskiyou County, California
At the very top of California, where the Golden State kisses Oregon, what makes Siskiyou County’s tourism website unique is that it’s helped draw visitors to this gorgeous, lesser-known area. Travelers can enjoy unique adventures that are largely under the radar and don’t include the crowds of San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego to the south. If you enjoy winter sports , plan to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, sled, or ice skate in the Mount Shasta area. If you prefer the outdoors in warmer temperatures, then check out Siskiyou’s agritourism , fishing, golfing, or biking opportunities.
Visit Yakima Valley, Washington
When you think of Washington State’s Yakima Valley, the first thing that may come to mind is its wine region. And while this travel and tourism website definitely provides plenty of details about wine country, it also delivers beer lovers , foodies , and outdoor enthusiasts everything they need to know to fill their travel bucket list and plan a trip.
What Destinations Have the Best Travel and Tourism Websites?
Is there a US destination or city tourism website that you feel is missing from this list? What website would you add and why? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Quite a list! But what about general tourism, not regional, websites like Travel Awaits??? Are there any outstanding ones?
Well, you know I think TravelAwaits is awesome! 🙂
These are amazing thank you! Esp love Siskiyou – have been to CA countless times & never heard of this place!
I’ve used about a third of these wonderful tour boards. What a great idea to have a place to go and reference for an upcoming trip!
I’m so glad you think they’re as amazing as I do! I soooo can’t wait to get out there and travel again!
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14 best travel and tourism websites to inspire your own
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- Oct 26, 2022
While the pandemic affected many industries, it irrevocably changed the travel and tourism sector. As the World Economic Forum reports , “In 2020 alone, the [tourism] sector lost $4.5 trillion and 62 million jobs, impacting the living standards and well-being of communities across the globe. Moreover, the halt in international travel gave both leisure and business travelers the chance to consider the impact of their choices on the climate and environment.”
That being said, airline ticket prices are starting to rise again and airports are struggling to keep up with demand. Furthermore, amid current economic and environmental shifts, more travelers are seeking sustainable tourism options—and the industry has begun to adapt.
Whether you’re new to tourism—curating local experiences or renting out your home—or a travel veteran who has weathered the storm of tourism woes, there’s no better time to create a website for your tourism and travel types of businesses - its the perfect service business idea . We’ve compiled a list of some of the best travel websites, plus a few tips on what to include on your own.
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What is a tourism and travel website?
The tourism and travel industry has become more accessible than ever. The internet has made it easier to research, plan and book trips, all with just a few clicks. You can find everything from flights, hotels, and restaurants to car rentals and local experiences online.
A tourism or travel website serves as an information hub for prospective travelers planning a getaway. Today, people travel for a range of experiences—babymoons, staycations, voluntourism or bleisure—you name it. So, provide as much relevant information as possible to help users plan their trips.
When creating a travel website, entice travelers with blogs or video content that offers insider tips and local secrets. You can discuss practical information like local currency, customs and expectations, or review or rating popular destinations. You can also supply average local prices for travel necessities, offer tips for transportation or even add a Google Map of your favorite spots.
Tip: You can make your hotel website with Wix, complete with ready-made travel and tourism templates .
What to include in a tourism and travel website
Every tourism or travel website will vary depending on the destination and target visitor. However, most travel websites should include the following:
Easy-to-use scheduling software
High-quality photography and images
Relevant information about nearby attractions—including museums, arts, cultural events, restaurants and shopping
Maps and directions
Public transportation information (note if users need to download apps in advance)
Air travel and airport information
Language guidelines and local slang
Clear links to social media channels
Reviews or testimonials
An online store to buy branded or local merchandise (use an online store builder for this)
Ready to create a blog for your travel website? Make one today. Or read more about how to start a travel blog .
Travel and tourism website design tips
Whether you have created a hotel website starting from scratch or you are updating your current travel website, keep these design tips in mind.
Include a logo. A logo can help establish consistency for your brand’s online presence. A good logo should communicate the crux of your destination, tour company or rental and help visitors make a positive association with your business before they even arrive. You can use a free logo maker to design a logo for your travel website, plus use it for business cards, brochures, branded merchandise and social media channels.
Ensure a cohesive design. Select a representative color palette for your brand and stick to it throughout your travel website’s visual identity. For example, if you run a natural spa getaway, stick to tranquil and calming colors over rugged and earthy tones that better match an extreme sports tour guide. With Wix’s editor's site and theme design , you can customize your website colors, fonts and images and maintain a cohesive look with automatic theme updates across your site’s pages. Also check out some of these general website examples for inspiration.
Use images. For prospective travelers planning their future getaways, high-quality images can immediately transport them to your destination. We recommend using JPEG , PNG and GIF files for images to appear their best on your site.
Don’t overload pages. Travel is all about the escape. Make your site’s user experience just as relaxing as traveling should be—don’t overload it with superfluous content or features. Tip: Build your travel website with Wix website performance at its core. Sites offer better page load speed plus Wix’s site speed dashboard to test, analyze and optimize your site’s performance for both desktop and mobile.
Think about site hierarchy. As visitors explore your site, you want them to receive relevant information and experience your offering efficiently. Prioritize your main pages and create menus, headers and subheaders that clearly reflect this hierarchy. Not only will this create a better user experience (and hopefully convert visitors to customers), but it will also make it easier for Google’s search engine robots to scan and index your pages.
Make it mobile friendly. Mobile accounts for approximately half of web traffic worldwide, meaning potentially half (or more) of visitors will explore your website via their devices. Creating a mobile-friendly travel and tourism website will ensure a better experience, regardless of device. Tip: The Wix Editor automatically creates a mobile version for every website it designs.
Consider SEO. If you optimize your travel website content to rank on search engines, you can increase your traffic. How? First, target specific keywords. For example, think of your prospective travelers: what questions or phrases might they search for that could lead them to your tourism website? Integrate these keywords into your website content. Tip: Check out Wix SEO features or the Wix SEO hub for more detailed steps that’ll help your travel website perform better on search engines.
Maintain your travel website . Just as you care for your hotel or tours, you need to apply the same TLC to your website. Fresh and up-to-date content (like prices and current links) can help users get the most out of their experience.
Try out new technologies. Following the latest travel technology trends , try integrating a chat bot for quick responses and user engagement or use 3D/AR viewer to give users a virtual tour of your destination.
Best travel website examples
Let’s explore a range of tourism website examples, all built with Wix.
01. Inward Travel
Creator Noå runs Inward Travel to “take the opportunity of lifelong learning, to improve quality of life and performance by consciousness and exercise.” The company curates unique cold water experiences, sweat-dripping-exercises and leadership trails in destinations like The Netherlands.
Inward Travel’s minimal one-page website highlights the relevant information clearly and concisely. The enticing video strip in the first fold of the website instantly paints a picture of the experiences offered. The simple color palette aligns with the brand messaging and the site effectively uses his logo, including the favicon.
02. Tourism Richmond Hill
Canadian-based Tourism Richmond Hill’s informative website includes thorough details for both locals and visitors alike, paired with eye-catching visuals and clear language. A clear menu leads users to navigation options like ‘restaurants around town,’ ‘where to stay,’ ‘things to do, and ‘useful links’. Additionally, their ‘Shop Local, Support Your Community,’ section expands their potential visitor pool, encouraging residents to treat their hometown like a tourist destination.
03. Echo Fitness
Don’t let the name fool you, Echo offers much more than just a fitness website . The homepage gives a brief description of all of Echo Fitness’s services, including active holidays, fitness retreats, personal training and ski instruction—all based in Zermatt, Switzerland—with clear CTAs to learn more. Each section includes a thorough description, complete with sample itineraries of previous trips or retreats. The travel website also gives a clear breakdown of plans and pricing, with a clear Book Now button for easy requests. Echo Fitness’s social media bar also includes a link to TripAdvisor, using this external platform to establish trust from previous travelers’ reviews.
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04. African Empire Tours
African Empire Tours immerses travelers in the culture, architecture and natural splendor of Asante, Kongo, Songhair, Zulu and Ethiopia. The tourism website clearly outlines the five tour destinations and gives a clear itinerary example.
African Empire Tours also smartly includes a clear Subscribe form above their contact information to engage with prospective travelers in the research/deciding phase of trip planning. Adding a subscribe form can help you keep visitors up to date on your business offerings.
05. Champlain Tours
Champlain Tours puts their pre-arranged group and customizable private tour options front and center, so prospective visitors can easily find what they want. They also include links to their social media profiles, including their YouTube channel which showcases video content of what visitors can expect when on tour with the company. They also prominently display previous travelers’ customer reviews as social proof to establish trust.
06. Japan Time
Japan Time’s Tom and Stav share their first-hand experiences with a range of thoughtful blogs, guides and tips for other travelers looking to make the most out of their experience. They break down the essentials like travel budget, transportation, food as well as holidays and cultural traditions in the land of the rising sun. The travel site also includes experiential tours like a “Culinary evening in Osaka” or “Ikebana techniques” that visitors can directly book online.
07. Bella Vista
Ciao Bella—arriving at Bella Vista’s vacation website offers an instant escape into the Sicilian countryside. Parallax scrolling brings the hotel to life; from a close up shot of a mouth-watering cannoli to the gorgeous view their property boasts, visitors will want to book a vacation and sign up for Italian lessons, too. This is one of the best hotel websites we've come across, as the captivating photos take you on a beautiful Italian getaway.
08. Home Sweet Home
Sometimes when vacation planning, you want a home away from home rather than a big to-do. Well, at France’s Home Sweet Home, you can choose from three uniquely styled rooms fit for comfort, relaxation and fun. Take a closer look at the photo gallery for every room and start to feel that vacation vibe seep in. Our favorite part? Their on-site private spa services.
09. Immanuel Wilderness Lodge
For those seeking adventure, consider Immanuel Wilderness Lodge, located in the Namibian Savannah. This family-run lodge has earned a collection of rave reviews and well-deserved TripAdvisor awards. For those who prefer to know exactly what to expect before arriving, their amazing 360° virtual tours show off their accommodations, lobby, restaurant and surrounding property.
10. Sea Breeze Panormos
Is there anything more exotic than a Greek vacation? After browsing their travel website, you’ll know why the four properties comprising Sea Breeze of Mykonos offer a quintessential vacation spot. Look at the romantic views, pristine accommodations and learn about what this magical island offers.
Using a teal Book Now button pops out amid the muted gray background, helping users know exactly what to do upon entering the site.
11. Jon’s Carmel Market Cooking Class and Food Tour
Almost any traveler to Tel Aviv knows that a visit to the Carmel Market is a must. Jon’s Carmel Market Cooking Class and Food Tour’s clear and direct website makes it incredibly easy for travelers to navigate through the famously bustling market. Jon, the owner, includes a short, captivating video that lets visitors know what a typical day in the market looks like. He also provides a detailed itinerary and a strategically placed CTA for Book Now.
Jon also uses a Wix pro gallery to showcase the vibrant colors and flavors of the food market. His contact information is easy to find, and includes links to all his social channels, including his TripAdvisor rating.
12. The Berlin Storyteller
Dennis Behnke, a Berlin native offers his tour services and in his own words, “Be it on foot and public transportation, be it on bike or in a van, let me help you create your perfect Berlin private tour.” His thoughtful and well-organized tourism website includes a clear list of his unique tours with detailed descriptions and lengths. Behnke has native experience and insights into the diverse city.
He includes his TripAdvisor rating directly on his homepage alongside a personalized explanation of his experiences, effectively reinforcing his brand name as the Berlin Storyteller. Working as an independent tour guide is a great service business idea. It can be a great side hustle or full-time venture if you have detailed knowledge of a city or specific destination.
13. All Inclusive Vacations
This travel website asks users a simple yet profound question upon entry—where to? For those who connect with this spark of wanderlust, there’s a relevant questionnaire to fill out and to receive a range of all-inclusive vacation packages.
This travel website also offers visitors drone video content, providing a bird-eye’s view and immersive look into each exotic getaway. In addition, All Inclusive Vacations includes their team’s photos, letting prospective travelers know who they’re talking to while planning their trips. A chatbot provides instant responses and efficiently handles incoming questions as well.
14. Twende Zetu Kilimanjaro
For hikers looking to experience iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, this travel website offers practical information including medical details, experiential knowledge, trip schedules and trail guides. Users can easily navigate the clearly laid-out information, helping them to understand the most relevant information before such an exciting hike.
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Most Visited Travel and Tourism Websites Ranking Analysis for October 2023
booking.com is ranked number 1 as the most popular website in the Travel and Tourism category in October 2023. The average amount of time that users spend on the website is 00:08:23 minutes, and they see, on average, 8.21 pages per visit. Pages per visit is a popular engagement metric that is calculated by dividing the total number of website views by the total number of visitors. The bounce rate for booking.com is 33.47%, meaning that 33.47% of visitors leave the website after viewing just one page.
agoda.com is a top Travel and Tourism website that ranks in 4th place. On average, visitors remain on-site for 00:06:17 minutes and 37.37% of those visits bounce after viewing just one page. In addition, the average website pages viewed per visit is 5.48.
Number five on our list is expedia.com, a top Travel and Tourism website. Visitors see 7.84 pages per visit and spend 00:05:45 minutes on the website. The bounce rate for expedia.com is 36.31%.
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FAQs About The Top Travel and Tourism Websites
Question: Which is the most visited Travel and Tourism website? Answer: booking.com is the most visited Travel and Tourism website in October 2023.
Question: Which is the 2nd most visited Travel and Tourism website? Answer: tripadvisor.com is the 2nd most visited Travel and Tourism website in October 2023.
Question: What are the top 5 most popular Travel and Tourism websites in the world? Answer: The top 5 most popular Travel and Tourism websites in the world in October 2023 are: 1. booking.com 2. tripadvisor.com 3. airbnb.com 4. agoda.com 5. expedia.com.
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Motivating Travelers with Imagery
Sometime around the early 2000s, I saw a photo of Hallstatt, a village in the lake district outside of Salzburg in Austria, printed in a copy of National Geographic Traveler . I had a visceral reaction—I wanted to know what it felt like to stand on the streets of that little town where mountains plunged into the lake. Years later, I booked a backpacking trip, and Hallstatt was at the top of my list. I took my own photos of the picturesque town and posted them on social media, and since then, I’ve recommended Hallstatt to my friends traveling abroad.
One photo inspired me, and my photos inspired my friends—but, this story is not unique.
Postcards have never really conveyed the ‘wish you were here’ vibe—instead, they’ve inspired travelers to get out and seek utopian destinations. Similarly, people today scrolling through Instagram feeds aren’t just looking for the perfect breakfast balcony view, they’re looking to be transcended to a destination through a visual experience . Today, the travel brands that satisfy their audience’s demanding cravings for visual content will reap the benefits for generations to come.
Below, take a closer look at how some of the best tourism websites in the world inspire wanderlust in travelers worldwide. Then try some of their visual storytelling tactics to engage your brand’s audience!
1. The Big Apple: New York City
New York City and Company’s NYCGo.com website rebrand in 2016 was launched alongside the Mayor’s Office’s new Digital Playbook , which emphasized a push toward sharing more transparent communications with city residents. It also includes a citywide visual media gallery of assets shared through their PhotoShelter library.
We’re excited to share with you the new NYCgo.com, reimagined to reflect the energy of New York City. The site marries beautiful design and timely content with bright imagery and video to capture NYC like never before, showcasing the endless possibilities the five boroughs hold for all visitors.
The new website aims to convey the energy of the city to visitors through iconic visuals and clean design.
The homepage is designed similarly to a traditional DMO website with sections like “Hotels,” “Museums & Galleries” and “Restaurants.” However, instead of reading long lists, you’re encouraged to scroll through gorgeous photos that you’d probably stop to double tap on your Instagram feed.
Tip #1: Celebrate what makes your brand iconic and blend that with your audience’s preferences through visual storytelling to help your destination stand out online.
2. Visit Seattle
While Visit Seattle’s homepage is simple and organized for potential visitors, it’s also visually engaging. The real highlight is VisitSeattle.tv— their branded video studio’s online TV channel. The investment in a branded content studio itself shows that the organization prioritizes video content in its marketing strategy, but when you watch the content they’ve produced so far, it’s clear that video content captures the destination’s versatility so much better than static images can.
In their series ‘ Seattle First Takes,’ you watch a real traveler visit Seattle for the first time—experiencing what they’re sensing while incredible footage brings the trip to life.
Check out this story about the feeling of Seattle from the perspective of a New York web developer:
Tip #2: This video-first content strategy puts Visit Seattle ahead of the curve, so wherever it’s feasible, start experimenting with producing original video content. 94% of marketers say video has helped them increase the understanding of their brand’s product or service and 86% of marketers say video has helped them generate leads. Bottom line: The importance of video content will increase in the future.
3. Visit Finland
Visit Finland uses full-page photos and a responsive design to make you feel immersed in its website’s stunning imagery. The homepage seamlessly integrates high-quality photography, video thumbnails, and social posts to give you a holistic sense of the country digitally.
Where the brand really excels with the power of visual storytelling is with ‘ Tour De Relax ,’ a spoof on shows like Amazing Race where the challenge is not to race, but to r-e-l-a-x.
The Tour De Relax is comprised of 9 teams made up of photographers, bloggers, content creators, and more. You can see their content by following them individually on social media, or by scrolling through a mix of all the team’s photos on Visit Finland’s website.
Tip #3: Turn your destination’s culture into a celebratory campaign that people want to naturally be a part of! Plus, when you launch user-generated content campaigns it’s easier to ask influencers to participate because you’re likely asking them to create content that resonates with their personal brand, and consequently their thousands of followers. This experiment is one to watch! Has your brand launched an experimental marketing campaign you want to share? Tweet @PSforBrands and share your work with us!
4. Zurich Tourism
If you’re visiting a tourism board’s website, chances are your end goal is to explore the city. When you land on Visit Zurich’s homepage, their call to action is just that—come explore! An aerial image of the city fills the page before you scroll anywhere, and bright colored pins on the photo invite you to explore specific spots, from Old Town to Lake Zurich. When you click a photo, a pop-up opens to list what that location has to offer.
Tip #4: Use universal visual cues to entice travelers and website viewers to explore beyond their pre-set destination! Using the location pin symbol and strong calls to action direct visitors where to go next, and encourages them to go further than the home page.
5. Visit Norway
Is that a sheep on the beach? A sheep on a sailboat? Yes, it is. If you want to catch people’s attention and make them want to know more, creating unusual visuals is a great way to get people to pause and say, ‘What was that?’
Visit Norway created the #SheepWithAView campaign to highlight their country’s beloved animal and the playful trailer they created filled the homepage to draw visitors in with humor and incredible visuals. When you click to learn more , you’re introduced to four sheep who live in different regions of Norway. You learn that millions of sheep just like them are released to roam the country every year—and you’re invited to come along:
But, it’s not just sheep that enjoy this freedom to roam. In Norway the right of access has been traditional since ancient times, but in 1957 legislation governing the right to roam (“allemannsretten”) was set out to ensure that everybody in Norway can experience nature on equal terms.
The site integrates campaign content, including an interactive map, stories about the sheep, and a behind-the-scenes video with evergreen content that celebrates Norway like features on the places you’ve seen the sheep enjoying on their travels. They also share links to additional campaign content on their social media channels, mainly Instagram and Pinterest and as you might expect, those feeds are full of gorgeous high-quality photos of landscapes, and, you guessed it, sheep! What do people love to see on Instagram even more than unbelievable landscapes? Cute animals in front of unbelievable landscapes!
According to Campaign , the Instagram account @SheepWithAView picked up nearly 9,000 followers in ten days. That’s 9,000 people who will start seeing content from Norway on a regular basis, giving Visit Norway the opportunity to entice followers to book a trip.
Tip #5: It may seem scary to take creative risks on your website, but it’s crucial for conveying your brand purpose and personality. This campaign shows how risks can be well worth taking, especially when it is on-brand, visually engaging, and clever. 🐐
6. Discover Puerto Rico
After Hurricane Maria hit in 2017, Discover Puerto Rico was founded as Puerto Rico’s official destination marketing organization (DMO). At the time the one-man team, Jean-Paul Polo powered the creative process alongside an outside agency based in New York City, but as the organization’s content needs expanded, he built out an in-house team of creative producers to make content to inspire travelers to visit the culturally and biologically diverse island of Puerto Rico.
Watching his team’s creative strategy evolve over the years has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. We learned how they pivoted their content marketing strategy to attract tourists once traveling became safe after COVID began , we learned how they developed an Emmy award-winning campaign ‘Sounds of Puerto Rico’ that portrayed the sensory experience of being in many locations on the island, and how their award-winning content landed them a partnership that created global support for an endangered animal native to the island.
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Tip #6: Here’s a groundbreaking way to shift your mindset right now — don’t be afraid to highlight the vulnerable, beautifully fragile parts of yourself, your country or your brand, whatever business you’re in. Highlighting the one-of-a-kind characteristics of your destination while simultaneously teaching people to responsibly celebrate and honor those characteristics is the only mutually beneficial and sustainable way to do tourism marketing today.
While these inspiring examples of visual storytelling may be specific to the travel industry, any brand in any industry can leverage these timeless content marketing tips to discover new audiences:
- Tip #1: Celebrate what makes your brand iconic and blend that with your audience’s preferences through visual storytelling to help your brand stand out online.
- Tip #2: Start experimenting with producing original video content. 94% of marketers say video has helped them increase the understanding of their brand’s product or service and 86% of marketers say video has helped them generate leads, so the return on the investment, even if you start small, will be huge.
- Tip #3: Turn your brand culture into a celebratory campaign that people want to be a part of and get influencers involved.
- Tip #4: Use universal visual cues to entice website visitors to go beyond their pre-set destination!
- Tip #5: It may seem scary to take creative risks on your website, but it’s crucial for conveying your brand purpose and personality.
- Tip #6: Don’t be afraid to highlight the vulnerable parts of your brand. What you think is a flaw or a limitation, your audience might see as a one-of-a-kind characteristic to celebrate. Find the beauty in what makes your brand unique and honor it, respectfully.
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Kristin was the Content Marketing Director for PhotoShelter for Brands. She covered visual storytelling trends and best practices here on Stories, and used her background in television production, daily news and communications to shoot, produce, edit and publish video content for social media, marketing and sales.
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Top 30 travel destinations worldwide for 2024 revealed by National Geographic
From “wildlife havens and urban escapes to off-grid locales and cultural gems,” National Geographic Traveller’s Cool List 2023 reveals destinations that are “set to make the news” next year, a company press release said.
National Geographic Traveller (UK) announced a list of thirty locations which span five continents that were chosen by editors as the “top places and spaces around the world where tourism benefits communities and the environment as much as the visitors and locals themselves.”
“The 30 entries reflect an incredible range, featuring everything from exciting immersive journeys to inspirational visits that could take just a few hours,” the statement says.
“Whether it’s culinary excellence, solar eclipses, night trains, new national parks, rewilding initiatives, ancient wonders revisited or cultural landmarks, we’ve curated some of the best travel destinations for the next 12 months,” Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), was quoted as saying in the statement. “From Canada, the US and Argentina to Sierra Leone, Sikkim, Australia and beyond, the world is represented in all its full glory.”
National Geographic's top 30 travel destinations for 2024
- Albanian Alps, Albania
- Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Emilia-Romagna, Italy
- Europe by train
- Galloway & Southern Ayrshire, Scotland
- Nordland, Norway
- North Yorkshire, England
- Pompeii, Italy
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- Saimaa, Finland
- Tartu, Estonia
- The Euros, Germany
- Valletta, Malta
- Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland
- Dominican Republic
- Nova Scotia, Canada
- Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico
- Atacama Desert, Chile
- Iberá Wetlands, Argentina
- Akagera, Rwanda
- Andrefana Dry Forests, Madagascar
- Sierra Leone
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- Sikkim, India
- Tainan, Taiwan
- Xi’an, China
- Victoria, Australia
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December 20, 2019
India is one of the top travel destinations for tourists from across the globe. The cultural, geographical, traditional, and linguistic diversity in the nation attracts visitors from all over the world.
The rise in the popularity of Indian tourism has also encouraged the development of numerous tourism websites in India.
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A few of these websites are maintained by governmental agencies and many by private travel agencies. This blog will elaborate on the best tourism websites in India.
1. Incredible India
Incredible India is an initiative launched by the Government of India to promote tourism in the country. This campaign was launched in 2002 and the website is being maintained by the Ministry of Tourism.
This website has information regarding the top destinations in India. Tourists can choose tour packages based on the experience that they wish to have such as Spiritual, Adventure, Art, Yoga and Wellness, Shopping, Museums in India, Heritage Sites, Luxury, Food and Cuisine.
2. Ministry of Tourism
This website is maintained by the Ministry of Tourism, India. It provides information regarding tourism infrastructure development in the country, hotels and restaurants, travel trade, overseas marketing, international cooperation, and niche tourism.
Tenders and RFP for products and services related to the tourism industry are also available on this website.
This website is maintained by the Indian Association of Tour Operators. In this website, you can find all information regarding this association and its services.
The website also offers information regarding exhibitions, fairs, and other events conducted to promote tourism in India. Visitors can also check out the list of government-authorized tour operators on this website.
Indians traveling abroad can also verify details of foreign tour operators here before booking their trip.
4. India Healthcare Tourism
India is one of the most popular destinations for medical tourism in Asia. Patients prefer to visit India for medical treatment as they can get top-notch treatment at affordable prices.
The Indian government has also been encouraging medical tourism in India by simplifying medical visa regulations and encouraging healthcare institutions in India to offer the best medical care to overseas patients.
India Healthcare Tourism is the official website maintained by the Department of Commerce Development in India and SEPC. The website helps patients find the best hospitals in India for treatment.
It also offers information regarding medical treatment, wellness and rejuvenation, Ayurvedic and alternative medicine. Patients can also get details regarding immigration, visa, connectivity in India, cost of treatment, and more on this website.
5. The Maharajas
Traveling through India in a train is an experience that you will remember forever. The Maharaja’s Express is an initiative by the Indian Railways to offer luxury rail travel experience.
Tourists can book the various trips offered in the Maharaja Express and travel to the various destinations in luxurious accommodation. The Maharaja Express is not an ordinary train.
It is custom built with deluxe suites, restaurants, and a lounge bar. The popular trips offered in the Maharaja Express are The Indian Panorama, The Indian Splendor, Treasures of India, and The Heritage of India. The departures are mostly from Delhi and the trips are usually between October and April.
Yatra is a Gurgaon-based online travel company. It offers destination, experience, and activity-based tour packages. Users who are planning a holiday can fill in details on the website or call the customer care to get a free quote for a customized trip.
A few of the themed tour packages they offer are Spiritual Retreat, River Rafting, Forts and Palaces, Exotic, Water Sports, Mountain Climbing, Road Trip, Romantic, and Family.
7. Thomas Cook India
Thomas Cook started its operations in Mumbai, India in 1881. Thomas Cook offers Indian and international tour packages based on a theme, budget, time frame, and other attributes.
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They also offer Forex and visa application support. Thomas Cook offers handcrafted holidays where travel professionals talk to you to understand your needs and preference and create a customized tour package for you.
Indian Railways is one of the largest transportation agencies in the world and covers the length and breadth of the country. The IRCTC tourism offers affordable tour packages for Indian and foreign tourists.
IRCTC offers domestic tours, international tours, and pilgrimage tours. Tourists who sign up for IRCTC tours get AC train tickets, accommodation, food, and sightseeing as a part of the package.
They also organize flight tickets for certain packages. The various segments of IRCTC tourism are Buddhist Circuit Special Train, Rail Tour Packages, Maharajas Train, Luxury Train Tours, Cruise packages, Bharat Darshan Special Tourist Trains, and customized LTC tours.
9. WOW Club
Women on Wanderlust (WOW) is in our list of the best tourism websites in India for its unique approach to travel and tourism. This tour operator founded by Sumitra Senapaty offers safe all-women tours for adventure-loving women. WOW offers culture and heritage, adventure and wildlife, Signature, Active, leisure, and sailing trips both in India and abroad.
SOTC website offers India tour packages, honeymoon packages, luxury holidays, MICE (Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) tourism, and more.
Tourists can also find tour packages for Rann Utsav, home stay packages, international tour packages, Dharshan tour packages, and Jalesh Cruise packages, and more.
SOTC has been in the business of organizing tour packages for over 70 years now. It has more than 1000 travel professionals and 160 touch points that organize all the travel and accommodation needs of tourists.
11. Tourism India Online
This website is the digital version of Tourism India, which is a tourism magazine. You can get the latest updates about the India tourism industry on this website.
The website also provides details regarding destinations, MICE tourism, festivals, art and culture, food, tourism festivals, hotels and resorts, travel events, and lots more.
12. Travel Triangle
Travel Triangle is one of the private tourism websites in India that helps tourists find all the information they need about traveling in India. Tourists can book tour packages based on their budget, time frame, and other preferences on the website.
Travel Triangle offers state-wise destination guides, which can help tourists find all the information they need about a particular destination or tourist spot.
It offers customized packages for honeymoon, family, friends, wildlife, friends, seasonal, water activities, and more. Visitors can get information about places to see and things to do in the most popular tourist destinations in India.
13. Tour my India
Tour My India is a Noida-based company that offers tour packages all over the country. It is associated with the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.
This company offers heritage tours, cultural tours, educational tours, MICE, and special interest tours. The services they offer include pick up and drop, multilingual guide services, accommodation, transportation, transfers, sightseeing trips, and also arrange tickets for special events on request.
Thrillophilia is in our list of the best tourism websites in India as it offers unique customized tours for the modern traveler looking for offbeat travel destinations, adventure activities, and thrilling experiences.
They mostly focus on weekend trips and experiences that professionals and working people can take up. Thrillophilia helps tourists find the best places to go trekking, cycling, biking, rappelling, boating, river rafting, canoeing, camping or other activities.
Users can also gift experience for birthdays, anniversaries, friendship day, or special events. The website also offers corporate gifting solutions.
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Taking Off From School to Take In the World
Vacationing during the off-season has long been considered a cost-saving boon. But can families with school-aged children take advantage? Should they?
By Lauren Sloss
For her family vacation next year, Liz Thimm has booked a 10-day trip to Bocas del Toro, Panama, in February. She requested time off from her pharmacist job a year in advance, checked out guidebooks from the library and has shared itinerary ideas with her daughter and son — who are 11 and 9 — to involve them in the planning process. One thing she has not and will not do? Schedule the trip around a school vacation.
Much of Ms. Thimm’s approach to planning comes from the high costs and time constraints endured during a spring-break vacation the family, who lives in Wauwatosa, Wis., took to Puerto Rico in 2019.
“We paid $2,260 for four seats, had a six-hour layover on the way there and a 2:15 a.m. departure on the way home,” she said. “And those were the cheapest tickets we could find.”
Taking a trip during the off-season traditionally offers travelers fewer crowds and reduced fares and has long been considered a boon for budget-conscious planners. This trend is all the more pressing as the appeal of a traditional summer vacation has diminished, particularly after this year’s hot , crowded , expensive and natural - disaster - filled season.
But can families with school-aged children take advantage? While tacking on a day or two before or after winter and spring break has been a relatively normal occurrence for some families, now some well-off parents, emboldened by the rise of remote work and schooling in the pandemic and fed up with the record-breaking high prices of peak-season travel, are saying yes.
“People are feeling more freedom to be flexible,” said Natalie Kurtzman, a travel adviser with Fora Travel in Boston, noting that many of her clients with families are increasingly comfortable extending school breaks, and skipping a few days of classes in the process, to avoid high airfare prices that tend to appear during vacation periods.
“You can see that parents are becoming more and more brazen about doing it,” said Karen Rosenblum, the founder of the Spain Less Traveled travel agency.
But teachers and school administrators worry about ramifications, like students falling behind in schoolwork, and the mixed messages that the practice of skipping school might send.
“I feel like education is a privilege, and some students see it as a burden,” said Joanne Davi, a middle school teacher at St. Peter Martyr School in Pittsburg, Calif., who has noticed a major uptick in students missing school to travel since the pandemic. “When you make choices over school, that often translates to how students make choices during the day.”
More travel year-round for all
Not all families in the United States are ditching school. This year, in its U.S. Family Travel Survey , the Family Travel Association noted that summer and spring vacations remain the most popular times for families planning trips. But 56 percent of respondents found the timing of school breaks to be a challenge, and 59 percent cited affordability as their most pressing issue.
Travel costs are just one part of the financial equation, of course. Since the pandemic, many Americans have been struggling to keep up with a rising cost of living . Persistent inflation has led to changes in spending behavior , including, for some, around travel.
“Affordability has always been the most challenging thing. We’ve seen that since the survey began in 2015,” said Lynn Minnaert, a professor at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland and co-author of the 2023 Family Travel Association study. “But now, prices are the highest I’ve ever seen them. Being able to travel off-season would make a big difference for many families.”
Anecdotally, at least, a desire for scheduling flexibility is taking root. Melissa Verboon started the Facebook group Travel With Kids in 2017 and writes a blog covering her family’s travel; she said that the group’s membership had grown since the pandemic, with more conversations centering on traveling during the school year. Ms. Verboon, who lives in Holiday, Fla., and has four kids (15, 13, 11 and 9), believes that family time at home during the pandemic was a major impetus for reimagining vacation scheduling, as well as reimagining the types of trips that parents could take with their children.
Stephanie Tolk voiced similar thoughts. Ms. Tolk currently lives in Portland, Ore., but in 2021 and 2022, traveled internationally with her husband and two daughters for more than a year.
“People had bought into the idea that their kids went to school at 8:15 and that you don’t see them again until 4 in the afternoon. That was all shattered in 2020,” she said. “I found that I wanted more time with my kids.”
Easier with younger children
For parents eager to travel with their offspring year-round, a prepandemic truth remains: It’s significantly easier with younger, grade school children who have fewer academic, extracurricular and social demands. Ms. Thimm, whose daughter started middle school this year, has discovered that school-year travel planning is more challenging.
“I’m getting a little more nervous about taking her out, and she doesn’t want to miss out on anything that’s going on in school,” she said.
Alison McMaster, a travel adviser and corporate travel planner who lives outside Boston, has been traveling with her two sons, now 11 and 13, during the school year since they were young, sometimes tacking on extra days or weeks to school breaks. The family has even spent close to a month in destinations like Peru, Colombia and Europe.
“The education that they’re going to receive by way of international travel and cultural experiences outweigh days missed in the classroom,” she said. “The best version of my kids is when we are traveling.”
She’s unsure, however, if she’ll be able to pull off an extended trip this year.
“As they’ve gotten older, it’s become more important for them to be physically present in school,” she said of the shift from elementary school. The upper schools require more work and holding students more accountable. “There’s a sort of unspoken pressure,” she said
Ms. McMaster’s sons attend a private school, which has been generally accepting of their absences, extra work and increased accountability aside. But public elementary and secondary school systems, which educate about 50 million students, or about 88 percent of U.S. schoolchildren, have varying levels of tolerance for missed days of school. In recent years, they have also been contending with a rash of absences , travel-related or not, and plunging test scores among their students.
In Ms. Thimm’s Wisconsin school district, families may receive a letter from the school district requiring a meeting between the parents and school staff, should a child miss more than 10 days of classes.
“We’ve never gotten a letter; my kids are both great students and we usually only pull them out for five to seven days,” she said. “But last year, my son had Covid and he was out for five days because of that. I was definitely stressed about a trip we had planned, knowing that he couldn’t get sick again and miss any more school.”
In Ms. Davi’s school in California, a student missed the first three weeks of classes this year for a trip. Others have traveled to Las Vegas, Disneyland and Washington, D.C. The school’s policy allows these absences, so long as the administration is informed beforehand, but teachers are not obligated to put together work packets for children missing class for vacation.
“I tell the students, ‘We continue without you, so the responsibility is on you when you get back,’” Ms. Davi said, adding that classroom work and other assignments are online on Google Classroom. Whether or not a student will check in and keep up is “case by case.”
“There are some students who are intrinsically motivated as it is,” she said. “But then, there are students who are completely cut off. They come back and have no idea what’s going on.”
Out of the classroom, out in the world
For some parents, the incompatibility of school schedules with travel desires leads families to drop out of school systems altogether, at least for a little bit.
“Worldschooling,” a loose term that refers to making travel a central part of a child’s educational experience, can involve a monthlong trip to Europe, or years spent traveling. Parents might try to stick to the curriculum of a school back home using workbooks and remote learning tools, or choose to engage in more free-form, interest-driven learning.
Ms. Tolk worldschooled her daughters during their years on the road. The girls were 10 and 12 when they left, and while she and her husband initially tried to stick to a semi-strict schedule — daily math lessons, grammar exercises and spelling lists — they quickly found themselves easing up, focusing instead on the places they were exploring.
“We ended up doing a lot of family projects. All four of us would research something we were interested in and present it to each other,” she said. While they were in Egypt, one daughter did a project about ancient makeup traditions in Egypt, while another delved into the story of the wife of King Tutankhamen.
Though there has long been a small community of families who travel with their children, Ms. Tolk believes that the pandemic and social media have both made worldschooling a more approachable option. She is currently working to set up three worldschooling hubs through her company, Deliberate Detour , where families can meet up for learning and socializing, in Peru, Guatemala and Mexico.
Meanwhile, her daughters, now 12 and 14, are adjusting to attending public middle school in Portland, which has been challenging. The day feels long and overly structured, while other students strike the girls as closed-off. The jury’s still out on how they’ll fare academically, though so far, they are finding the work easy, said Ms. Tolk. Still, the value of these trips remains incomparable for her family.
“I’ve had a life of really impactful, powerful, transformative international experiences,” Ms. Tolk said. “I always knew that I wanted that for my children.”
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Egypt Tourism Was Having a Record Year, but Cancellations Are Rising
Dawit Habtemariam , Skift
November 6th, 2023 at 1:45 PM EST
If the conflict ends or remains contained, American travel to Egypt could recover faster than expected.
Egypt tourism is facing cancellations from many American tourists due to the Israel-Hamas war.
Great Wonders of Egypt , a Cairo-based destination management company that specializes in cultural tourism and adventure tourism, said over half of its American travelers have canceled their trips for November and December.
Intrepid Travel, which serves a large number of American tourists, has seen an increase in cancellation requests for tours in Egypt through 2023 — with the vast majority opting to book trips elsewhere, said a spokesperson.
“We think the season’s really going to be lost for most operators who handle the U.S. market through the Christmas period,” said Kelly Torrens, vice president of product for Kensington Tours.
Egypt Tourism Impacted Over Fear of War Spreading
When the Israel-Hamas war started on October 7, American cancellation requests came for the two immediate weeks but none came for November and December, said Basem Salah, co-founder and director of operations for Great Wonders of Egypt. Yet as the war escalated, cancellations for subsequent months mounted.
Cruise operators Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean recently told investors that there has been a slowdown in bookings and a rise in cancellations for the Middle East region. Both companies removed Israel from their itineraries.
Egypt tourism can be affected even though the conflict hasn’t spread there. “They just feel unsafe to be in the region, and this is happening because, to them, they don’t know what’s happening tomorrow for us,” said Salah.
2024 Could Be Better for Egypt
This year has so far been a strong one for Egypt tourism, with a record 10 million tourists in the first eight months.
“It was going very well. It was busy everywhere. It had been a wonderful season,” said Salah.
Tour operators are hopeful for 2024, and they can look to past history for some positive patterns.
In the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, tour operators reported a spike in cancellations in April and May for Ukraine’s neighboring countries. As time passed and fears of the conflict spreading ceased, bookings recovered through the summer. A similar scenario could play out for Egypt.
Yet weak bookings for spring trips in Egypt point toward pessimism.
“We’re hopeful that the winter and the spring will be good, but we just don’t know at this point, and new bookings are still trickling in, but they’re very light compared to what they would typically be for sure,” said Torrens. “We think a lot of [travelers] would rather just make other plans and think about Egypt for 2025, so we don’t think that it’s very short-term,” said Torrens.
Earlier this month, credit agency Fitch downgraded Egypt’s credit rating . “In Fitch’s view, the Israel-Hamas war poses significant downside risks to tourism,” the agency said .
The Egyptian government responded by saying the concerns were overstated.
Some cruise operators are optimistic about Egypt in 2024.
“We are more bullish about the ability to return to places like Egypt and other places in the Middle East,” said Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Harry Sommer in a third-quarter earnings call.
Correction: This story has been updated to correct the month of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was February 2022.
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Backgrounder: Vancouver’s North Shore communities receive over $2.7 million to revitalize public spaces and enhance tourism experiences
From: Pacific Economic Development Canada
Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $2.7 million in PacifiCan funding for seven projects throughout Vancouver’s North Shore.
Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $2.7 million in PacifiCan funding for seven projects throughout Vancouver’s North Shore. This includes over $2.6 million for six projects funded through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and $99,999 for one project funded through the Tourism Relief Fund.
The projects announced today include:
Canada Community Revitalization Fund
City of North Vancouver $97,500 Funding will upgrade pathways in the commercial corridor of Lonsdale Avenue to increase accessibility. Funding will also help create queueing areas along the sidewalk, allowing the public to safely gather while visiting and shopping.
City of North Vancouver $217,500 Funding will help build a permanent skate park at Mahon Park. The new park will provide free skateboarding, scooting, cycling and roller-skating recreation for the community.
City of North Vancouver $500,000 Funding will create pedestrian-friendly spaces and pathways along the Esplanade corridor by installing accessible footpaths, public seating, bike racks, safety barriers, fencing and lighting.
Greater Vancouver Water District $354,000 Funding will revitalize the outdoor space surrounding the new Watershed Centre in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve by expanding the trail network, creating a public gathering space, displaying educational illustrations and installing bike racks and a water fountain.
District of North Vancouver $750,000 Funding will help build a new field house at Delbrook Park that includes an accessible washroom and storage space for community use.
Squamish Nation $750,000 Funding will help design and build a multi-use recreational facility in Xwmelch'sten (West Vancouver) for a variety of sports and community events.
Tourism Relief Fund
Grouse Mountain Management Inc. $99,999 Funding will help build a new chair lift at the Grouse Mountain resort, which will reduce wait time for skiers and improve North Vancouver’s reputation as an urban-accessible ski resort.
- News Release: Vancouver’s North Shore communities receive over $2.7 million to revitalize public spaces and enhance tourism experiences
Haley Hodgson Senior Communications Advisor Office of the Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada [email protected]
Jillian Glover Communications Manager PacifiCan [email protected]