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

Push for Phang Nga airport

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

PHUKET, 7 August 2017: Thailand’s Phang Nga province recorded an all-time record high 4,475,223 visitors in 2016 as tourism revenue topped USD1.16 billion according to a new report by consulting group C9 Hotelworks.

While the numbers are impressive, the destination’s lack of a gateway airport remains a stumbling block to broader success.

Phang Nga and its leading resort area Khao Lak heavily rely on Phuket’s overloaded international airport as a lifeline. With over 12,000 registered hotel rooms in the province and a burgeoning pipeline of new projects, something has to give. Read more

Exchanging urban for rural

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

HUZHOU, CHINA, 3 August 2017: Interest in Asia’s  rural tourism has spiked in recent years as a growing urban Asian population seek to escape their stressed-filled city life, through a relaxing holidays in the countryside.

Huzhou City, China, partnered with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to host The Second International Rural Tourism Conference last month in Anji County.

During the opening ceremony, PATA chief operating officer, Dale Lawrence, presented the International Rural Tourism Destination Base Award to Anji County Magistrate Chen Yonghua. Read more

Asia cities draw US and UK tourists

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, EUROPE, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 27 June 2017: Asian cities are gaining in popularity with tourists from the United States and the United Kingdom, according to Expedia.co.th that reported increased bookings from these two markets during the summer.

The report based on data from the first quarter of 2017 showed bookings for June to August increased when compared with trends monitored last year.

Cities in China and India are key destinations for US travellers this summer. The most popular mainland China cities are Beijing and Shanghai, with Hong Kong also in the mix. Read more

Tourism top of the Thai pile

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

LONDON, 23 June 2017: Thailand’s tourism sector is one of the strongest performers out of nine of the country’s industry sectors covered in a new study released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The WTTC Benchmarking Report 2017 compares Travel & Tourism to eight other sectors, which are considered to have similar breadth and global presence, across 27 countries and six regions.

The section on Thailand showed that business and leisure travel directly contributed THB1.3 trillion (USD37 billion) to Thailand’s GDP in 2016, which is higher than all other eight sectors researched in the study. Read more

More jobs in travel

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 13 June 2017: According to a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global Travel & Tourism sector directly sustains twice as many jobs as the financial sector, and five times as many jobs as the chemicals manufacturing sector.

The WTTC Benchmarking Report 2017 compares Travel & Tourism to eight other sectors, which are considered to have similar breadth and global presence, across 27 countries and six regions.

In 2016, Travel & Tourism supported 108 million jobs directly, and 292 million in total, taking the direct, indirect, and induced impact into account. The report shows that both on direct and total level, Travel & Tourism employs more people than the automotive manufacturing, banking, mining, chemicals manufacturing, and financial services sectors. Read more

Millennials travel and talk about it

May 31, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

BANGKOK, 31 May 2017: Authentic travel experiences and the ability to share them on social media are two integral drivers for Millennial generation travellers, according to 2017 Expedia Millennial Traveller Report.

Released Tuesday, the report surveyed 21,000 consumers from 21 markets on motivations and aspirations driving the demand for travel among Millennials in Thailand and around the world.

Millennials, according to media pundits are born between 1982 and 2004 and tend to place higher value on investing in experiences such as travel, than on owning high-value possessions such as a car or a home. Read more

Krabi becomes a rising star

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 23 May 2017: For those looking for new Asian resort success stories, look no further than Krabi, according to the latest C9 Hotelworks report.

A high velocity growth which has seen airport passenger arrivals multiply by 5.4 times over the past decade, has further accelerated during last five year by a remarkable 33% compound annual growth rates.

From a mere 376,000 who arrived at the airport ten years ago, last year the number exceeded 2 million according to C9 Hotelworks recently released Krabi Hotel Market Update. Read more

Myanmar’s beach destinations to watch

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 25 April 2017: Four of Myanmar’s beach destinations are emerging as contenders in Asia’s search for the next exotic tropical getaway spot, according to the latest C9 Hotelworks report.

According to research released in C9 Hotelworks’ Ngapali Beach Tourism Market Review, over 70,000 visitors visited the resort last year, which was an impressive 31% year-on-year increase. Most travellers booked domestic flights to the gateway Thandwe Airport from Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Heho and Sittwe.

Based on discussions with the local authorities, C9 Hotelworks believes Thandwe is currently in advanced discussions to add in direct international flights in the not too distant future. Read more

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