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

Myanmar’s beach destinations to watch

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 25 April 2017: Four of Myanmar’s beach destinations are emerging as contenders in Asia’s search for the next exotic tropical getaway spot, according to the latest C9 Hotelworks report.

According to research released in C9 Hotelworks’ Ngapali Beach Tourism Market Review, over 70,000 visitors visited the resort last year, which was an impressive 31% year-on-year increase. Most travellers booked domestic flights to the gateway Thandwe Airport from Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Heho and Sittwe.

Based on discussions with the local authorities, C9 Hotelworks believes Thandwe is currently in advanced discussions to add in direct international flights in the not too distant future. Read more

Thai airlines top low-cost pile

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 11 April 2017: Two Thai airlines were honoured by TripAdvisor’s inaugural Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines in the Asia-Pacific regional, low-cost category.

THAI Smile was declared the favourite carrier in the category followed by Bangkok Airways in second place.

Indigo India was third. Just three airlines were recognised in the Asia-Pacific regional, low-cost airlines category. 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

Japan the favourite for Thais

BANGKOK, 7 April 2017: Japan ranked as the top destination for Thai travellers in 2016 according to Hotels.com’s latest Hotel Price Index (HPI).

Released Tuesday, the index reported that Thai travellers spent 10% more when travelling to Japan and South Korea – their favourite destinations in 2016.

Japan’s Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo were the three favourite destinations for Thai travellers. Read more

PATA bullish on Asia Pacific travel

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Trade Talk, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 4 April 2017: Collective foreign tourist arrivals to 39 Asia Pacific destinations will grow by 5.9% over 2016 and add around 35 million additional foreign arrivals in 2017, according to Pacific Asia Travel Association’s latest forecast for the Asia Pacific visitor economy.

Bundled into a comprehensive data package for members under its PATAmPOWER brand, PATA released, Monday, highlights of the arrival trends for 2017 to 2021.

It estimates that during 2017 to 2021, foreign arrivals into the Asia Pacific region will grow at an average rate of 5% per annum, reaching a combined foreign inbound count of close to 758 million trips. Read more

Chiang Mai enjoys tourism boom

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 3 April 2017: Chiang Mai’s tourism market has undergone a transformation that is now tapping a new base of travellers seeking authentic Thai experiences.

Last year, over 4.6 million arrivals at the city’s international gateway thrust the destination into a new light, as the passenger volume only trailed Phuket in terms of provincial airports in the country.

According to C9 Hotelworks’ latest market research Chiang Mai Hotel Market Overview much of the growth has been fueled by rising low-cost carriers, with 5,346 flights from Greater China last year. Read more

Expedia insights on Thai market

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 31 March 2017: Thai hoteliers should tap research and booking trends reported by online travel agencies to help them improve market share and build new business.

That’s the advice from Expedia, an online travel agency that believes its booking data would help hotels using its online booking channels to work smart.

Expedia group’s Thaiand market management director, Pimpawee Nopakitgumjorn, said understanding the travel patterns of visitors will assist Thai hoteliers to better target and capture incremental demand throughout the year. Read more

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