Eastern Europe’s Tricky Balance on Avoiding Overtourism

Barbara Kožar  / Slovenian Tourism Board

Tartini Square in Slovenia’s Mediterranean region Barbara Kožar / Slovenian Tourism Board

Skift Take: The days of seeing overtourism as “a nice problem to have” are over. While they are still intent on building thriving tourism economies, some Eastern Europe tourism officials are also learning from the mistakes of their western neighbors.

— Rosie Spinks

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Skift Global Forum Preview: How Costa Rica Is Staying Ahead of the Pack on Sustainability

Marco Centola  / Flickr

Shown here is a white face monkey in a mangrove forest by the Rio Paquita, just north of Quepos, Costa Rica. Marco Centola / Flickr

Skift Take: Costa Rica has long been associated with ecotourism. But now that the rest of the world is catching up, it is still intent on meeting the challenge of sustainability in newly innovative and ambitious ways.

— Rosie Spinks

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Singapore Tourism Could Benefit Most From Hong Kong’s Crisis


Raffles Hotel Singapore North Bridge Road Entrance. AccorHotels

Skift Take: Singapore could be the prime beneficiary as Hong Kong’s key tourist sources such as China, the U.K. and the U.S. look for an alternative. But though long-time rivals, it’s hard to imagine the Singapore industry being gleeful about this. In the long term, Hong Kong is critical to Asia’s overall appeal.

— Raini Hamdi

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