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

Sabre’s GetThere gets better

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, Technology

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

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

OTAs told to drop illegal hotels

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand, Trade Talk

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

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