Rich tourists wanted: What’s behind the rush for high spenders and will it reduce overtourism?

Rich tourists wanted: What's behind the rush for high spenders and will it reduce overtourism?

When the pandemic hit, travel stopped. Nearly three years on, most countries have opened up – but certain kinds of visitors are more welcome than others. Countries are being more selective about the type of tourism they want, with nations like New Zealand expressing a desire for “high quality tourists” over budget travellers. Earlier this … Read more

€9 rail pass: 52 million cheap train tickets sold in three months as Germans embrace deal

€9 rail pass: 52 million cheap train tickets sold in three months as Germans embrace deal

The €9 German rail pass will come to an end this week, after travelers purchased a mammoth 52 million tickets over three months. The ultra-cheap pass offered passengers unlimited use of local and regional trains between June and August. The offer comes to an end on Wednesday. But the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) … Read more

€9 rail pass: This is how much Germany’s cheap train tickets increased passenger numbers

€9 rail pass: This is how much Germany's cheap train tickets increased passenger numbers

Short distance train travel in Germany has surged over the past few months – partly thanks to the country’s ultra-cheap summer rail pass. The number of passengers traveling short distances by rail “markedly increased” over the second quarter of 2022, Germany’s federal statistical office Destatis has revealed. Compared to the first quarter of the year … Read more