CWT: Cost of meeting rises

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Hospitality, TRENDING

AMSTERDAM, 20 September 2017: The cost of attending meetings and events is increasing and the latest research suggests they will continue to rise through 2018.

The cost evaluations are part of the latest 2018 Meetings and Events Future Trends report.

Released by CWT Meetings & Events (CWT M&E), a division of global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the report shows the regional differences and cost projections as well as the latest industry trends and top destinations. Read more

What makes us click buy?

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

BANGKOK, 12 September 2017: Product, service and convenience are elements travellers value when they are researching their next trip rather than just the bottom-line price.

Amadeus’s latest report explores what drives travellers to click “buy”, particularly for airlines striving to secure loyalty.

Released on Monday it charts a range of changes taking place as digital is becoming a driving force in the airline industry. Read more

Gemalto on passport trending

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 12 September 2017: A leader in digital security, Gemalto reports that its advanced ePassport technologies are now being used in over 30 countries.

Claiming the ePassports have “outstanding security” Gemalto believes they also speed up border crossings.

Introduced in 2005, the ePassport now represents 57% of passports in circulation.  They deliver enhanced fraud protection by incorporating a secure microprocessor that stores the holder’s personal data and digital photo. Read more

Bed and internet replaces B&B.

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 11 September 2017: AccorHotels’ latest research underscores what we have always suspected; a good internet connection tops the clicked boxes when we make a holiday choice.

AccorHotels.com did its homework on what makes for a great holiday, assisted by the research institute GFK*.

There were no surprises concerning the internet’s crucial importance to holiday success, but the responses to the question “who is the best travel companion raised a few eyebrows. Read more

New service to unlock China travel data

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, TRENDING

LONDON, 5 September 2017: Businesses looking for much-needed data on Chinese travel patterns will soon be able to access analysis from two leading companies in the field – ForwardKeys and COTRI China Outbound Tourism Research Institute.

Both organisations are already supplying considerable intelligence on Chinese travel.

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing over 17 million booking transactions a day. COTRI is the leading independent research institute for information, training, quality assessment and consultancy relating to the Chinese outbound tourism market. Read more

Technology inspires business travellers

August 28, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, TRENDING

AMSTERDAM, 24 August 2017: Business travellers are taking more devices than ever on their trips, and feel more productive about conducting business while on the road, according to the CWT Connected Traveller Study, released last Friday by Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

The survey of more than 1,900 business travellers found that they carry on average three different types of technology (mobile, tablet, laptop), with the smartphone being the one “travel tool they can’t live without.

The study showed that 80% of those surveyed rely on their phone to conduct business. Read more

Chinese flock to the USA

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under North America, Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 24 August 2017; If there any doubts where Chinese travellers are going these days, the latest study from Hotels.com tracks the trip trends.

Some of the findings are surprising for those who marvel at the queues of Chinese passing through Thailand’s gateway airports.

According to Hotels.com’s Chinese International Travel Monitor (CITM) the USA was the second most popular long-haul destination for Chinese travellers in 2016, behind France. But while both destinations topped the long-haul destinations, Asia-Pacific’s popular destinations gobbled up the numbers to stay top of the pile, globally. Read more

Travel tech going places

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

BANGKOK, 23 August 2017: Bigger shifts in how people book travel will occur over the next five years due increased mobile penetration in Asia, according to Expedia Asia Pacific’s Head of Marketing and Channel Strategy, Gabriel Garcia.

Garcia was commenting on the power of technology in the online travel industry space, sharing Expedia’s view on key factors and trending shape the travel business.

Trending highlights Read more

Thailand’s bookings looks bright

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, Thailand, August 22, 2017: Interest in booking Thailand holidays is as robust as ever with the country heading for a great last quarter season, TripAdvisor senior director key accounts APAC, Grant Colquhoun, told a press briefing, Tuesday.

Commenting on TripAdisor’s latest inbound travel data for Thailand he said “barring anything disruptive Thailand tourism is looking robust… there is a wish-to-visit driven by low-cost airlines, new air access and emerging beach resorts.”

He argued that there was no sign of Thailand’s popularity waning, or bookings dampened by a strengthening of the Thai baht against the US dollar and UK pound. Read more

What will not happen in travel

August 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 22 August 2017: Usually experts are telling us what will happen and how to adapt to the every changing travel scene.

This time round, Mike Murray, founder of the hotel booking app Vir.al, predicts what will definitely not happen.

Perhaps a mite tongue-in-cheek, Murray underscores the gulf between hotels and OTAs and the fact that OTAs are happy with the status quo. Read more

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