DUBAI, 25 April 2017: Tourico Holidays reports inbound hotel room nights to the Middle East have increased by 112% year-over-year in 2017.
Outbound travel from the market is on the rise, as well. Hotel room nights sold from the Middle East are pacing at an increase of 138% through to the end of 2017 – meaning future hotel reservations through the end of the year have more than doubled compared to the same time in 2016.
Travel from China is a driving force in the market’s inbound hotel industry success. Tourico reports a sharp increase in Chinese travel to the Middle East, marked by a 60% surge in hotel room nights booked so far in 2017. Additionally, The US has increased its hotel room nights to the Middle East by 12% year-over-year, while Germany (+21% YOY), Canada (+8% YOY), and South American countries (+9% YOY) have also been key contributors to the growth. Read more
NEW YORK, 19 April 2017: Delta Air Lines has increased the maximum possible payout to passengers to nearly USD10,000 if they voluntarily give up a seat on an overbooked flight, the company told AFP Monday.
The boost is part of the airline industry’s response to the global outrage sparked by last week’s violent removal of a customer from a United Airlines Chicago flight after he resisted being “bumped” by the carrier.
Delta customer service employees will be permitted to offer up to USD2,000 in these cases, up from the prior cap of USD800. Read more
BANGKOK, 18 April 2017: China and Russian travel markets continue to decline, but India supplied a positive 25% growth in travel for members of the Association of Thai Travel Agents during the first quarter of the year.
January to March figures showed ATTA member companies handled 1,437,292 travellers at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, representing a decline of 9.93% from 1,595,778 visits during the same period last year.
ATTA released its data, last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide a meet-and-greet service for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok. Read more
BANGKOK, 4 April 2017: Booking.com is filing an appeal against a Turkish court injunction that blocked the popular travel website in Turkey.
In a statement to TTR Weekly, Monday, Booking.com said the court blocked the site’s domestic bookings in Turkey.
“We disagree with the injunction and are in the process of filing an appeal. However, Booking.com always abides by local law,” the statement read. Read more
SINGAPORE, 3 April 2017: Sabre’s GetThere travel management solution moves to the next level with the launch of a fast, design-led mobile experience to provide business travellers a simple way to book and manage in-policy travel while on the go.
Based on research sessions to evaluate what travellers and travel managers needed from an online booking tool, the newly redesigned GetThere empowers travellers to make smarter in-policy booking decisions.
The new consumer-grade and streamlined user experience gives them more self-service options and delivers an optimal search, shop and book experience whether on mobile or desktop. Read more
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
BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: The Thai government intends to work closely with the private sector to sift out illegal hotel operators that sell rooms through the online room bookings space.
Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn chaired a meeting of the National Policy Committee for Tourism, earlier this week to discuss the subject within the framework of tourism management and community tourism promotions, according to the National News Bureau.
Gen Tanasak noted at the meeting that tourist arrivals had surpassed 6 million and generating more than THB300 million in revenue. Read more
BANGKOK, 28 February 2017: A new content deal signed between Amadeus and low-cost airline, Thai Lion, will give travellers worldwide a channel to book low fares to Thailand’s popular holiday destinations.
More than 30 million international tourists visited Thailand last year and according to the country’s research more than 60% will return for a second or third trip.
Familiar with the destination they will search cheap flights and the latest Amadeus agreement will ensure they can book the best fares on 17 Thai Lion routes through the Amadeus network of travel agents, worldwide. Read more
ORLANDO, 23 February 2017: Cruise bookings through Tourico Holidays increased 37% in 2016 year-on-year with an 8% increase in average transaction size.
The major growth in the wholesaler’s cruise sector was driven primarily by outbound bookings from the US, which increased by 49% year-on-year.
Canada increased its cruise bookings by 12% followed by the UK with a 10% increase and Latin America 21%. Read more
SINGAPORE, 15 February 2017: Sabre brings FlightGlobal’s real-time flight schedule data to travel agents, worldwide, in a new deal that promises to ease headaches for travel agents.
It ends the aggravation of having to redo a booking process for a client after discovering a flight time has changed, or has been cancelled altogether.
Sabre claims to be the first technology provider to introduce live data feeds from FlightGlobal’s schedule data, that offers a comprehensive database of airline schedules from more than 900 carriers worldwide. Read more