Australia Pours $52 Million Into Tackling Tourism’s ‘Biggest Challenge in Living Memory’

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Dust storms, hail and flash floods have battered beleaguered Australian cities in recent days, including Canberra, pictured here. Ian Harris / Associated Press

Skift Take: A look at where the money will be spent shows Australia is putting it in all the right places with just one thing in mind: Getting tourists back. This is what’s needed as figures are showing massive losses.

— Raini Hamdi

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Travel Megatrends 2020: The Future of Travel Will Be Driven by Urban Living Innovations

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Skift Take: Cities have always been incubators for innovation, but with two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, developments being rolled out today to accommodate that new density will serve the travel industry in positive ways.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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Medical Tourism Emerges as a Bright Spot for Flagging Dubai

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Dubai Marina on June 25, 2019. Dubai has a growing medical tourism sector. Enrico Strocchi / Flickr

Skift Take: Dubai has faced a slump in recent years as it struggled amid a global economic slowdown, an oversupplied real estate sector, and slow tourism activity due to regional unrest. But its ability to build a reputation for itself as a medical tourism hub in the Middle East has provided some much-needed support for its travel sector.

— Reem Abdellatif

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Tourism Promotion Needs to Evolve to Address Climate Change and 7 Other Top Tourism Stories This Week

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Climate change is driving more tourists to visit far-flung regions like Antarctica, which are at risk of disappearing. Paul Sauders/Danita Delimont / Adobe

Skift Take: In an era of extreme climate change, tourism promotors need to acknowledge how the destinations they market are impacted. Meanwhile in Hawaii — a destination with its own environmental concerns — tourists are behaving badly.

— Danielle Hyams

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