Nat Geo enters tour business

May 5, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 5 May 2017: National Geographic Expeditions announced, Thursday, that it has acquired Global Adrenaline, a full-service tour operator that designs, plans and operates customised trips for groups and independent travellers worldwide.

The transaction is a key part of Nat Geo’s overall growth plan for the travel business.

Global Adrenaline currently operates a number of land-based National Geographic Expeditions’ itineraries as well as its growing private and custom expeditions business. Read more

Chill out holidays win

April 28, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, TRENDING

NUREMBURG, GERMANY, 28 April 2017: In a 17-country online survey conducted by market research specialist GfK, well over half (59%) of people say they prefer a vacation “where I relax and take it easy”.

Just 35% preferred an active holiday of which teenagers were the most energetic, with 43% preferring active vacations.

Only 6% were not sure which type they prefer. Read more

How US airlines score in consumer index

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, TRENDING

ANN ARBOR, MICH, US, 26 April 2017: Passenger satisfaction is up compared to a year ago, but airlines remain in the bottom third of industries tracked by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

As the legacy airlines lower their fares to compete with discount carriers, the industry gains 4.2% to 75 on a 100-point scale. The ACSI results are based on thousands of customer interviews conducted over 12 months, ending in March 2017.

United Airlines had the lowest score of all legacy airlines in the index. Read more

Where travellers check-in

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

NEEDHAM, MASS, US, 26 April 2017: TripAdvisor launched its first-ever mobile Check-Index, Tuesday, that reveals travellers’ and locals’ most frequented hotels, restaurants and attractions in major world tourism destinations.

The study was based TripAdvisor’s massive databank of mobile check-in information.

“Our mobile Check-Index shows the points of interest where consumers are voting with their feet and actually spending their time,” said TripAdvisor vice president of product, consumer experience Jeff Chow. “It’s interesting to see how in some cities travellers and locals are drawn to the same things to do or places to eat, while in others you see distinct differences in their preferences.” Read more

More travellers ready to go green

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

AMSTERDAM, 20 April 2017: To mark Earth Day, 22 April, Booking.com, has released findings from its global Sustainable Travel Report that indicate more travellers are prepared to book green travel products and services.

In a year that the United Nation’s has designated as  International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, this new research points to some promising signs when it comes to eco-considerations weighed by both travellers and accommodation providers. Read more

TripAdvisor clocks up half billion

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEEDHAM, MASS US, 20 April 2017: TripAdvisor announced, Wednesday, that it has crossed the 500 million reviews and opinions milestone.

The popular travel planning and booking site and app now posts 290 pieces of content every minute of every day.

The phenomenal growth in user-generated content has been fuelled by travellers’ desire to “pay it forward” with insights and advice for millions of other global users. Read more

Tips on best times to buy fares

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, TRENDING

CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA, 10 April 2017: CheapAir.com released details, Friday, of its latest Annual Airfare Study, which crunched 921 million airfares from 2.9 million trips to find the best and worst times to buy an airline ticket.

For the second consecutive year, the study found that 54 days out is, on average, when travellers can get the best deals on US domestic flights. However, the best timing depends on when and where passengers fly.

CheapAir.com found that the lowest fare for a given flight changes an average of 71 times between the time it’s announced and the day the plane takes off. In other words, the price of a flight changes on average every 4.5 days, and each change averages USD33 up or down. Read more

Hilton Garden opens in Shanghai

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 10 April 2017: Hilton announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Shanghai Hongqiao, Friday, which marks the debut of the Hilton Garden Inn brand in Shanghai.

Hilton currently manages Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, Hilton Shanghai, Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao, and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Shanghai – Pudong in this top tier city.

“The addition of Hilton Garden Inn Shanghai Hongqiao enables us to address the growing demand in the city’s mid-market segment,” said Hilton senior vice president, operations, Greater China & Mongolia, Bruce McKenzie. “This is our 12 Hilton Garden Inn hotel in China… With a pipeline of over 230 hotels, including more than 30 Hilton Garden Inn hotels, we will continue to provide our guests with more choice in this key market.” Read more

Virtual race along the Silk Road

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, Technology

HANGZHOU, CHINA, 30 March 2017: Hangzhou Tourism Commission in partnership with Expedia Media Solutions, has launched a virtual space  “Silk Road Race, Explore the Living Hangzhou” tourism campaign.

Virtual explorers from England, France, and Germany will compete against each other to reach a virtual Hangzhou, by accumulating 5,500 tweets.

Revisiting the Silk Road’s, more than 1,000 years of cultural exchange  that spanned 5,500 miles from Europe to China is measured by tweet posts not miles in this virtual race. Read more

Maritime week in Singapore

March 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 8 March 2017: Sea Asia 2017, ASEAN’s top maritime exhibition, is gearing up to host more than 16,000 people from over 80 countries, 25 to 27 April in Singapore.

Taking place as part of the 12th Singapore Maritime Week (22 to 28 April), it will opened by Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Khaw Boon Wan.

Singapore Maritime Foundation chairman, Andreas Sohmen-Pao, said: “The maritime industry has always played a vital role in Singapore’s economy and by attracting companies and talent, we will continue to build on the strong platform that has been established over the past decade.” Read more

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