Traveltek opens Singapore office

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 4 October, 2017: Traveltek Group has made its debut in Southeast Asia, introducing booking solutions to the region’s travel industry.

The UK-based firm opened an office in Singapore, targeting OTAs, retail agents, cruise bookers and tour operators, who are seeking technology to help them keep pace with customer demand for leisure travel, particularly cruises,

Asian cruise passenger volumes are growing at double-digit rates annually. Read more

ITB Asia sold out

September 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 September 2017: Messe Berlin Singapore, organisers of ITB Asia 2017,  says booth bookings are sold out ahead of its milestone show, this October, that marks its 10th anniversary. ,

The show continues its strong Asian backing with 60% of exhibiting companies coming from the region.

It will be held 25 to 27 October at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. 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

TUI summer sales lift spirits

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 16 August 2017: German travel group TUI confirmed a bright outlook for its full financial year as summer bookings lifted the mood following a net loss in the first half.

TUI, whose business year runs from October to September, reported a net profit of 47.7 million euros (USD56 million) between April and June, a fall of some 45% compared with the same period last year.

Meanwhile, operating, or underlying profit grew 37.2% to 221.6 million euros on an adjusted basis, on the back of revenues up 12.6% at almost 4.8 billion. Read more

Expedia removes wildlife bookings

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, 26 July 2017: Elephant rides, swimming with dolphins and getting pally with drugged tigers are heading for the exit as major travel websites remove interactive wildlife bookings from their inventory.

Travelocity was the first to pull the plug on interactive wildlife bookings and by late last week Expedia followed.

Expedia announced that it is withdrawing bookings for some wildlife activities immediately and will make a full review of all activities linked to wildlife based on guidance from wildlife protection groups. Read more

Asia’s top travel planners

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 20 July 2017: Hong Kongers are the most organised travel planners booking travel on average just short of 50 days in advance, according to the latest Agoda.com research.

Its holiday booking trends covered 20 countries offering insights on who likes to stay close to home, who tends to book at the last minute, and who are the most serious forward planners.

From the millions of bookings made on the agoda site in 2016, there are some clear distinctions from market to market in terms of booking habits. Read more

Tourico measure Middle East growth

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

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

Delta bump up compensation

April 19, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

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

ATTA agents suffer Q1 decline

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

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

Booking.com rebuffs block

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Trade Talk

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

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