BANGKOK, 8 May 2013: Thais will spend more on travel in 2013 while relying more on the internet and social network, according to TripAdvisors’ latest TripBarometer.
Released last week, TripBarometer by TripAdvisor is based upon an online survey compiled in December 2012 to January 2013, by StrategyOne, a division of Edelman Berland, a global research and insights firm.
Trip Advisor said 35,042 people participated in the online survey from 26 countries spanning seven regions. The sample was made up of 15,595 consumers and 19,447 corporates. 510 travellers in Thailand participated.
LONDON, 19 April 2013: Brits are collectively saving, on average, an astounding £32.1 BILLION each year on all their purchases by using saving techniques such as shopping for sale items and using discount codes, new research conducted by discount travel site Hotwire.com reveals.
‘The Britain on Sale’ report, is a compilation of data collected from a research study, that recession has had a long lasting impact on how people shop.
Travel relies on discounting and sales more heavily than any other industry according to study that show 30% of British travellers rarely or never pay full price for hotels and 21% rarely or never pay full price for flights.
HANOI, 11 April 2013: A Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism survey shows most visitors want to return to the Vietnamese capital, but they are not happy with its taxi drivers, or the city’s hotel and travel prices.
According to the department survey released last week, 81% of 1,420 of interviewed tourists, who were staying in Hanoi, want to return to Vietnam’s capital in the future.
The survey also showed 93% of respondents thought Hanoi was worth visiting and gave the city positive reviews for its cultural values, historic sites and safety.
WASHINGTON, 9 April 2013: Virgin America came out best and United Airlines the worst in a survey of US airline performance released Monday that showed passenger bumping and complaints soared last year.
The annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR) study by researchers at Purdue and Wichita State universities said that the industry’s overall on-time arrival improved in 2012.
In addition, less luggage was being lost or damaged than before.
HANOI, 28 January 2013: Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism says the latest survey shows food is the most favourable factor attracting international travellers Vietnam’s capital city.
Released last week, the department survey showed food was ahead of all other attractions including cultural and historical attractions. The survey findings were based on interviews with 1,400 foreign tourists during their stay in the city. The actual dates when the survey was conducted were not disclosed.
BANGKOK, 21 January 2013: Thailand leads its neighbours as the most attractive tourism destination in Southeast Asia, according to a recent Bangkok University’s Research Centre survey.
Almost 60% of those interviewed ranked Thailand as the top destination in ASEAN, ahead of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and 85% said they would return to the country.
However, interviewing travellers who were already in Thailand could be a drawback for the survey as those interviewed had made the decision that Thailand was worth a visit.
BANGKOK, 15 January 2012: Do-it-yourself travel, last minute planning and a preference for visiting and staying with relatives , rather than in hotels, were identified as dominant travel trends in the 2012 Thai travel behaviour study.
Thailand’s National Statistics Office in association with the Tourism Authority of Thailand released details of the 2012 Thai travel behavior survey last week.
TAT believes the survey will help relevant agencies to build accurate plans and strategies that will then enable the private sector to create appropriate services. The survey has been conducted since 2009 and covers data on travel, activities, arrangements and expenses.
BANGKOK, 8 January 2013: The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology’s National Statistic Office is working with Tourism Authority of Thailand to survey Thai travel behaviour in order to develop a domestic tourism strategy.
National Statistic Office director, Wiboontat Suthanthanakit, said tourist behaviour and needs are diverse so the department and TAT will assign officials to collect travel data to build a database that can be used to create a tourism strategy.
The survey will cover Thais who are 15 years and older, nationwide, January to March, while the findings will be released in September or October.
BANGKOK, 27 December 2012: Kasikorn Research Centre estimates Bangkokian will spend Bt21,300 million during the New Year holiday, an increase of 12% over the same period last year.
The centre’s survey interviewed 544 Bangkok residents, age 15 to 55 upwards, during 1 to 10 December. It revealed that 88.8% of respondents said they would celebrate New Year while 11.2% said they would not.
BANGKOK, 21 December 2012: Bangkok was the second top shopping destination after New York City, according to the TripAdvisor’s Cities survey 2012.
Released late last week, the survey indicates how travellers and locals view 40 key tourist cities around the world, based on more than 75,000 responses sent to those who have recently written TripAdvisor reviews on the featured cities.
There were nine categories in the survey: friendliest locals; friendliest taxi drivers; best taxi services; cleanest streets; ease of getting around; best public transport; best value for money; best for shopping; and safest city.