Philippines Cracks Down on Ultra-Premium Resort and 6 Other Tourism Trends This Week

Banwa Private Island

View from one of the villas on Banwa Private Island. Banwa Private Island

Skift Take: This week in tourism, wildly expensive resort Banwa Private Island is under investigation by Philippine authorities, and negative press threatens to harm the Dominican Republic’s travel industry. Plus, be sure to check out our newest Skift research, where we explore the future of international travel.

— Isaac Carey

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Could Saudi Arabia’s Social Transformation Include an Ease on Alcohol Ban?

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Saudi Arabia may ease restrictions on booze. Bloomberg

Skift Take: The loosening of social restrictions in Saudi Arabia has residents wondering if breaking the taboo on alcohol consumption could be next. That would surely go down well with the tourism industry and the grand Red Sea resorts the Crown Prince plans to build. Lots of international tourists and talent would drink to that.

— Raini Hamdi

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