SINGAPORE, 30 January 2013: Asia’s tourism industry must prepare for major changes in the next 20 years, including a projected boom in travel by senior citizens and female business executives, a study said Tuesday.
The days when Asians toured in large groups are disappearing, according to the study commissioned by tourism technology provider Amadeus, resulting in the industry being fragmented into niche markets.
“Significant new traveller segments will emerge, such as the female business traveller, the small business traveller and the senior traveller, all of which have different aspirations and requirements from the travel experience,” it said.
HONG KONG, 24 January 2013: Travelport announced, Wednesday, a new multi-year agreement with Morning Star Travel Service Ltd, a leading travel agency in Hong Kong.
Travelport will become Morning Star’s key travel technology provider linking travel agents across all Morning Star locations, including their headquarters in Kowloon and an office in Macau.
They will have immediate access to Travelport’s comprehensive air, accommodation and ground content.
PARIS, 2 March, 2012: Air France-KLM launched the sale of half its stake in Spanish group Amadeus, a world leading technology provider for the travel, tourism and airline industries, a spokesman for the airline said on Thursday.
“Air France-KLM launched the sale of a block of shares representing 7.5% of (Amadeus) capital,” an spokesman from the Franco-Dutch carrier said.
The transaction was worth 467 million euros (US$621 million), a statement issued by the airline group said later.
NEW YORK, 8 April 2011 – Online travel giant Expedia announced plans on Thursday to spin off TripAdvisor into a separate publicly traded company later this year.
Expedia shares soared 12.68% to US$25.35 in after-hours trading following the announcement.
TripAdvisor, which was founded in 2000, provides reviews and advice on hotels, flights, vacation packages and other services.
BANGKOK, 24 March 2011 – ASEAN’s travel and technology industries have started to work together, but they still have a long way to go to catch up on other regions, Tourism Technology Association president Apichai Sakulsureeyadej, told delegates attending the inaugural ASEAN e-Travel Mart Thursday.
About 400 delegates attended the opening session of the inaugural ASEAN eTravel Mart, in down town Bangkok.
Commenting on ASEAN’s status in technology and tourism he said the two industries had started to work together and “one day we should be ahead as a region.”
BANGKOK, 24 March 2011 – Region-wide collaboration in technology and tourism are key elements in the lead-up to achieving ASEAN community status in 2015, Thailand’s Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejaijiva, told delegates attending the opening session of the first ASEAN eTravel Mart in Bangkok, Thursday.
Citing the importance of technology in the move towards ASEAN community objectives, he pledged government support to strengthen work force skills in the tourism industry and back technology developments.
SINGAPORE, 10 February 2011 – After a strong showing in 2010, Asia is on target to take its spot as the largest region in travel by 2015, Abacus International president and CEO Robert Bailey said during a media briefing in Singapore, Wednesday.
According to Abacus data, booking transactions for 2010 ended on a record high, even higher than the pre-recession period back in 2007. This trend appears to support data from other organisations such as the UNWTO that predicts Asia’s tourism industry will surpass North America and Europe within five years.
Abacus reported that booking transactions were up +11% year-on-year from 2009. This coincided with international arrivals into Asia, which was up by almost 13% in Asia. Globally, international tourist arrivals were up 7 % after a 4 % decline in 2009. Growth is expected to continue in 2011, but at a slower pace of 4 to 6%, according to Mr Bailey.
SINGAPORE, 12 January 2011 – Abacus International announced Tuesday the appointment of Danny Kondic as vice president, channel management.
Mr Kondic is an industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, having started his career with Qantas in Sydney, Australia.
He has also held senior roles in the airline business including Malaysia Airlines in Kuala Lumpur as well as travel agency, wholesale and content with Kuoni Travel and most recently with Gullivers Travel Associates, both based in Hong Kong.
BANGKOK, 1 December 2010 – Tourism Technology Association has recruited the support of the ASEAN Tourism Association to bolster attendance at its e-Travel Mart scheduled 23 to 25 March 2011 at Plaza Athenee, Bangkok.
ASEAN e-Travel Mart will be the fourth event in a series called “2012 Vision for Tourism Industry’s Technology” that will tour the country, kicking off 16 December, at Centara Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai. Identical events will follow hosted at Novotel Phuket Resort Phuket, 9 February and Amari Orchid Pattaya, 23 February, leading up to the final event in Bangkok, 24 March.
BANGKOK, 19 November 2010 – Accor announced earlier this week it has entered a content partnership with TripAdvisor to encourage transparency and objective comment and feedback about its properties on the popular hotel review site.
Possibly the world’s largest hotel group across all categories budget to luxury, Accor is providing a link on its website whcih will allow visitors to see customer comments about its hotels posted on the independent TripAdvisor.