Airbnb enters work space

September 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 14 September 2017: Airbnb, a so-called community-driven hospitality company, announced it has signed leading companies in Asia Pacific to boost its business travel sector bookings.

Among the latest signings is  Hyundai Motor Company, Culture Convenience Club Co Ltd, which will offer Airbnb home sharing within its corporate travel options.

The Global Business Travel Association estimates that APAC accounts for the largest proportion (40%)[1] of the global USD$1.2 trillion business travel spend, and with overall market expected to grow by 3.7% per year over the next decade. 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

India extends eVisa role

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Trade Talk

NEW DELHI, 5 April 2017: India has liberalised and extended the scope of its eVisa scheme effective 1 April in a move to boost tourism to the country.

The popular eVisa, is now available in three distinct categories specifically for leisure, business and medical travel, India’s Press Information Bureau announced last week.

The e-Tourist, e-Business visa and e-Medical visas have also been extended to 161 countries for entry through 24 gateway airports, up from 16 airports earlier and three Indian sea ports; Cochin, Goa and Mangalore to tap cruise tourism potential. Read more

Singapore boosts MICE

July 11, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 11 July 2016: Singapore will host a slew of business events majoring in information and medical technology sectors.

Scheduled for 2016 and beyond, the technology-centric MICE (Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions & Exhibitions) events range from meetings to regional conventions making their debuts in Singapore.

They are expected to attract the brightest minds and provide delegates with content and opportunities to exchange knowledge with local and regional leaders. Read more

Bleisure Travel: Fact or fiction?

October 21, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, Travel Logs

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2015: Not convinced that Bleisure is a real travel segment that travel executives can tap, we asked Singapore Tourist Board, which is highlighting the segment in its latest marketing efforts, to connect the dots. Just who are Bleisure travellers?

Singapore Tourism Board  director, exhibitions & conferences, Andrew Phua, fielded the questions.

Who are Bleisure travellers and what data is out there to identify them for your campaigns?

According to research by the Global Business Travel Association, Bleisure travellers tend to be Millennials or Generation Y. This market segment is the most inclined to own smartphones and to use mobile apps to communicate and carry out tasks. About 43% of Millennials in Asia are inseparable from their smartphones[1] and prefer to access and pay for services and products instantly via tools and apps.

Is the pressure on business travel budgets and restrictive travel polices a deterrent for a campaign that asks business travellers to take time out? Read more