Meeting costs rise in 2018

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, MICE, TRENDING

BANGKOK , 8 December 2017:  The overall cost per attendee per day for meetings and events, worldwide, increased in 2017 and is expected to continue rising next year, according to the 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 regional differences and cost projections as well as the latest industry trends and top destinations.

“Costs are rising in key M&E markets, globally,” said, CWT M&E senior vice president and global head, Cindy Fisher. “With a 3.7% increase in hotels and 3.5% rise in air fares projected for the coming year, that trend is likely to continue.” Read more

Expedia: Travel by generation gaps

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 24 November 2017: Travel trends in European markets gain an airing in the latest Expedia Group’s research with a focus on travel to Southeast Asia.

Including AirAsiaGo.com, Hotels.com, wotif.com and other leading online travel brands, the Expedia insights reveal the multi-generational travel habits of European travellers booking travel in Southeast Asia.

European travellers are considered highly valuable as they book way in advance and tend to stay longer when compared to the average traveller. Read more

What freaks out business travellers?

November 6, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, PACIFIC, South Asia, TRENDING

AMSTERDAM, 6 November 2017: Asia Pacific travellers are likely to worry more about safety and security than their counterparts from other regions recent research by Carlson Wagonlit Travel concludes.

Findings showed Asia Pacific 56% of travellers worry about their safety and security compared with 37% of European travellers and 47% American travellers.

There were considerable geographical differences when it comes to identifying what scares travellers the most.  For example only 19% of Australians surveyed said they worried about terrorist attacks. In contrast, 59% of Singaporeans said they worried most about terror attacks. Indians shared the same concern with 46% claiming terror attacks were their main worry. Read more

Pain points of business travel

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 12 October, 2017: Time spent in transit is the most challenging aspect of business travel in Asia-Pacific, says a new report released today by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association.

Before anyone says so what, or “tell us something new”,  the Asia-Pacific study identifies other serious gripes dished out by airlines and hotels.

They included complaints that focused on hassles related to the away-from-home work environment,  layovers and  the task of rebooking flights and hotels. Read more

Thai tourism leaps ahead

September 13, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 13 September 2017:  A leading bank research centre, KResearch, has revised its tourism forecast for Thailand upwards to 35.20 million this year, representing a surge of 8.2%.

Earlier in the year, Kasikorn Research Centre forecast international visits would hit 34.15 million with an estimated revenue of THB1.79 trillion. Now the bank’s research centre says revenue could top THB1.81 trillion.

The revision followed the Ministry of Tourism and Sports release of tourism performance data for January to July that showed tourist arrivals topped 20.41 million up 4.5% on year-on-year. Read more

Bed and internet replaces B&B.

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 11 September 2017: AccorHotels’ latest research underscores what we have always suspected; a good internet connection tops the clicked boxes when we make a holiday choice.

AccorHotels.com did its homework on what makes for a great holiday, assisted by the research institute GFK*.

There were no surprises concerning the internet’s crucial importance to holiday success, but the responses to the question “who is the best travel companion raised a few eyebrows. Read more

Singaporean mobile travel savvy

May 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 3 May 2017: With one in five online travel transactions already made on mobile in 2016, mobile travel sales will continue to grow and present the biggest opportunity for travel companies, according to Criteo, a performance marketing technology company.

It released its latest findings, last week based on a Criteo-commissioned study by Euromonitor International on mobile use in travel.

Euromonitor International surveyed 150 Singaporeans to analyse the online travel landscape, as well as browsing and purchase behaviours in Singapore to help travel businesses and online travel agents (OTAs) identify digital strategies to engage travellers throughout their purchase journey. Read more

Thais ready for solo travel

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 27 March 2017: Thai travellers turn to social media to research and share their travel experiences, while solo travel is growing starting with road trip adventures, according to Booking.com recent research.

Released last week, the study interviewed 500 Thais, during 11 to 30 January, this year, to explore the travel intentions of Thai travellers. It concluded social media was the driver that inspired first-time travel experiences in 2017.

The finding showed that 62% of Thai respondents are planning to travel solo for the first time this year. This contrasts with the traditional view that Thais prefer group and family travel mainly to deal with perceived deficiencies in foreign language skills Read more

Secrets of data-driven hoteliers

March 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 17 March 2017: Sabre Hospitality Solutions and Phocuswright released a new research report, Thursday, that evaluates channel optimisation in the hospitality industry.

It identifies critical elements of an effective, future-ready channel strategy that will maximise the ROI of both direct and indirect channels.

This new report, “Channel Optimisation in Hospitality: Secrets of Data-Driven Hoteliers,” claims to  help hoteliers make well-informed, data-driven decisions about their channel strategies and offers insights on consumer trends. Read more

Russians return to Phuket

March 14, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

PHUKET, 14 March 2017: Russian tourists are returning in force to Phuket Island according to C9 Hotelworks latest analysis of the Phuket Russian Tourism Market.

Last year, the rebounding segment contributed an estimated THB30 billion (approximately USD848 million) to the island’s economy.

C9 Hotelworks states in its latest research that one clear cut metric pointing to Phuket’s appeal is that 51% of Russian travellers to Thailand visit the island destination. Read more

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