Taxing Overtourism and 14 Other Tourism Trends This Week

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Crowds in Venice on Sept. 29, 2018. The city has struggled for years with tourist-related crowd management. Vera Izrailit / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in tourism, we investigate why an overtouristed destination would tax visitors, which is not necessarily meant as a deterrent. Then we ask why the United States is so rarely deemed unsafe, despite a shocking number of mass shootings so far this year.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Bhutan’s First Vineyards Inspire New Himalayan Luxury Tours

Bhutan Wine Company

The Paro Taktsang Buddhist monastery is also known as the Tiger’s Nest. It’s a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred temple in the mountainous Paro Valley and one of the country’s highlights for tourists. Bhutan Wine Company

Skift Take: One entrepreneur is turning some of Bhutan’s famous Himalayan slopes into lush vineyards. We can already hear luxury travelers clinking their wine glasses to toast the promising news.

— Sean O’Neill

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The Problem With Carbon Offsets and 5 Other Aviation Trends This Week


Offsets don’t effectively address the aviation industry’s problem of carbon emissions. Bloomberg

Skift Take: This week in aviation, we take a critical look at carbon offsets, which don’t actually address the industry’s emissions problem. Then we have an in-depth story on the viability of El Al as a national carrier and more Max news from Boeing.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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U.S. Department of Transportation to Enforce Federal Guidelines for Animals on Planes

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In this April 1, 2017, file photo, a service dog strolls through the aisle inside a United Airlines plane at Newark Liberty International Airport while taking part in a training exercise in Newark, N.J. The government is telling airlines and passengers how it will enforce rules governing animals that people bring on planes. Julio Cortez / The Associated Press

Skift Take: Animals on planes have been a flashpoint for airlines — and animal owners. New federal guidelines will be a welcome way to bring some standardization to what can seem like arbitrary rules and differing airline policies.

— Rosie Spinks

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