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Virgin Australia launches frequent flyer program for pets

Virgin Australia launches frequent flyer program for pets | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
VIRGIN Australia has launched a new frequent flyer program that is sure to have tongues - and tails - wagging.
The airline has become the first in Australia to let pets earn frequent flyer points.

Members of the airline's Velocity scheme can earn 300 points every time their dog or cat flies on the Virgin Australia domestic network.

Velocity Frequent Flyer Chief Executive Officer Neil Thompson said it's about time our four-legged friends reaped the benefits of their high-flying lifestyle.

"Virgin Australia flies almost 30,000 pets each year around Australia, and a large proportion are owned by Velocity members, so we know how important their companions are to them," Mr Thompson said.

"We're delighted to make their flying experience even more rewarding by unleashing Australia's first frequent flyer program for pets, giving our members another truly unique way to earn points.

"The program builds on the unique family benefits currently available to our members, such as the ability to pool points and status credits with family members.

 

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/news/virgin-australia-launches-frequent-flyer-program-for-pets/story-e6frg8ro-1226672515521


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Deb Leon's curator insight, July 1, 2013 11:56 AM

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Le partage 2.0 : les nouveaux consommateurs

Le partage 2.0 : les nouveaux consommateurs | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
Qu’adviendrait-il si un nombre croissant de gens rejetaient la consommation traditionnelle et que, plutôt que d’acheter des produits qu’ils utilisent rarement, ils optent pour le partage et le troc ? Internet a permis l’émergence de fonctionnements collaboratifs. L’économie mondiale est-elle sur le point de faire sa mue ?

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Tristan Rouquier's curator insight, December 23, 1:59 PM

Les acteurs locaux doivent être au cœur du développement de la nouvelle économie du partage, partie prenante de l'économie de demain.

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How Online Reviews are Affecting the Consumer Decision Making Model - Local Marketing Circle

How Online Reviews are Affecting the Consumer Decision Making Model - Local Marketing Circle | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it

Reviews are playing a major role in the consumer decision making model. They provide information about your business for your customers while helping boost your local SEO in the process. With the access of countless online reviews and commentary on social media networks consumers are now more informed, connected, and empowered than ever before.

 

Our objective for this post is to break down the 5 steps in the consumer decision making model to discuss the impact of online reviews and strategies you can implement to encourage potential customers to choose your business with their purchases....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 22, 2:01 AM

Here's a look at the impact of online reviews on social marketing.

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, December 23, 4:25 AM

Network marketers should pay attention to this too. As the economy gets worse, which I'm sure it will, people are going to 'cocoon' themselves more and more and they'll be using the internet to look for information to make purchases (if and when they have money).

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Country brand rankings – how do they compare?

Country brand rankings – how do they compare? | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it

Recently the results of two country brand rankings were released, with Australia ranking in the top ten markets on both indexes. GfK - an international research firm - measured 50 nations for its 2014 'Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index' while international branding firm FutureBrand assessed 75 countries for its 2014-15 'FutureBrand Country Brand Index.' The top 10 countries in each ranking are fairly similar despite the differing methodologies. GfK's NBI measures the image of 50 countries with respect to exports, governance, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. In comparison, Future Brand's CBI assesses 75 countries on associations of value system, quality of life, business potential, heritage/culture, tourism and products. GfK's NBI index involved conducting over 20,000 interviews in 20 countries whereas FutureBrand's CBI incorporated quantitative and qualitative data from 2530 opinion-formers and frequent international business or leisure travellers in 17 countries. Click here to view how various countries ranked on both indexes. 


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Top 10 European Train Trips - Travel - National Geographic

Top 10 European Train Trips - Travel - National Geographic | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
Top 10 European Train Trips from National Geographic
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The Online Travel Booking Game in Europe Is About to Get Really Interesting

The Online Travel Booking Game in Europe Is About to Get Really Interesting | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
Despite contracts between hotel chains and online travel agencies that mandate all distributors get the same room rates as displayed on the hotels' own web

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To Buoy Tourism in Bermuda, a Campaign Turns to Social Media

To Buoy Tourism in Bermuda, a Campaign Turns to Social Media | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
Marketers flew popular users of networks like Instagram and Tastemade, whose users make videos about restaurants, to the island to foster promotion.
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Travel in 2015: Destinations, Innovation and Variation

Travel in 2015: Destinations, Innovation and Variation | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
With so much to do and see, Hotels.com™ is narrowing it down with their predictions for top travel trends in 2015. Increase in Luxury Travel: Whether it's five-star accommodation, fine dining or activities, Canadians aren't afraid to open their wallets to improve their travel experience. In the most recent report by The Canadian Tourism Commission Canadian travel spending was $30 billion a year, making Canadians one of the highest per capita spenders worldwide.
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Oculus Rift Tourism

Oculus Rift Tourism | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
The tourism industry hopes to lure us with virtual reality previews of destinations viewed with the Oculus Rift and other VR headsets. Will it backfire?

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Five Big Data Trends To Watch For In 2015

Five Big Data Trends To Watch For In 2015 | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
To capitalise on big data in 2015, make sure to be on the lookout for these specific trends.

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Victor Alfonso's curator insight, December 14, 10:10 PM

Big Data will continue to evolve at a rapid pace - here are a few trends to look out for in 2015. In my mind, more efficient and automated data management and processing capabilities is at the top of the list.

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SMART Cities - Editions B2 (.pdf gratuit)

SMART Cities - Editions B2 (.pdf gratuit) | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
 Théorie et critique d'un idéal auto-réalisateur

 

« Comment faire vieillir les villes intelligentes ? » Telle est la conclusion philosophique soulevée par Antoine Picon. Car il semblerait que la smart city demeure encore durablement l'imparfaite « cristallisation » des opérations humaines et matérielles qui la traversent. Pourtant, à l'image des modélisations informatiques et cartographiques, l'interaction dynamique formée entre les habitants-cyborgs et leurs terminaux nomades tend indéniablement à inventer un nouveau métabolisme. Mais confrontés aussi bien à une nécessité d'efficacité écologique et énergétique qu'à une surveillance automatique permanente, les systèmes d'exploitation des conurbations mondiales parviendront-ils à surmonter l'inquiétante entropie de notre époque ?


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'Doctor Who' and 'Sherlock' rides could feature at new £2 billion theme park

'Doctor Who' and 'Sherlock' rides could feature at new £2 billion theme park | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
Fans of 'Doctor Who' and 'Sherlock' may want to block out some time in 2020, as a new theme park will likely feature attractions based on the BBC shows.
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Future Connected Cars Designed With Elements of Human Emotion

Future Connected Cars Designed With Elements of Human Emotion | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge entries visualize a connected vehicle for the year 2029 that is more aware of its users.

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Here Are the Most Innovative Tourism Organizations of 2014

Here Are the Most Innovative Tourism Organizations of 2014 | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
There are tons of awards honoring innovation -- "best of," "top 10," and other variations -- in airline, airports, hotels, destinations, and online tools i

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Why luxury hospitality is returning to the human element

Why luxury hospitality is returning to the human element | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it

This article details the future of hotel experiences through the lens of future themes: Think Context, relating to the luxury consumer psychographic; Curate Collectively, examining the rise of next generation travel intermediaries; and Sell Different, discussing how hotel brands require a strong point of view to be successful today. Click here to view a discussion of today's hospitality consumer trends.


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Eve-Line Boulle's curator insight, December 22, 7:06 AM

"The LE Miami hotel buyer and supplier conference released its latest industry thought leadership report on Monday, entitled: Exploring The Shift In Luxury."

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3 Tourism Trends We're Tracking at Skift This Week

3 Tourism Trends We're Tracking at Skift This Week | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
Skift's weekly tourism trends report.

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Virtual reality experience helps holiday planning

Virtual reality experience helps holiday planning | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it

Thomas Cooke Group is offering a new way to shop for your next holiday trip - in a world where consumers are increasingly turning to online outlets for tour comparisons, purchases and DIY tours, this initiative by Thomas Cook may draw high-end clientele back into the bespoke tour fold. Thomas Cook are modernising their offerings by allowing potential vacationers a chance to look before they book by using a high-tech virtual reality tour of destinations before making a final decision of where they will spend their next holiday. Their taster units feature goggles and a headset that give the user an immersive glimpse, complete with narration, of the sights and sounds they will experience at different destinations. After a successful initial trial in a UK-based outlet, the virtual reality tourism content will expand to a second stage with three locations in the UK, three in Germany and four in Belgium. Click here for more information.


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Hospitality Net - Accor’s Digital Strategy – The Unanswered Questions | By Peter O’Connor

Hospitality Net - Accor’s Digital Strategy – The Unanswered Questions | By Peter O’Connor | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
On 30th October 2014 global hotel operator Accor held its first digital day, launching its ambitious digital transformation project "Leading Digital Hospitality" and highlighting the importance of digital for the hotel company of tomorrow. This ambitious plan focuses on reinventing both the customer experience and hotel operations through digital technology, with the company committing €225 million to eight clearly defined projects over a five year period.
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Top 15 Expert Tech Predictions for 2015

Based on findings from our annual survey of nearly 2,000 global technology professionals, the slideshare reveals data about increased usage in cloud computing, wearable tech, and localized apps. These findings will shed light on how this behavior is poised to transform business, culture and daily life in the coming months.

 


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Top 10 ethical travel destinations for 2015

Top 10 ethical travel destinations for 2015 | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
Ethical Traveler has released its annual list of the countries that are doing the most to promote human rights and preserve their environments.
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Metropolitan strategy delivers new precincts for tourism

Metropolitan strategy delivers new precincts for tourism | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
The NSW government’s Metropolitan Strategy released today charts a course for new precincts and major centres that, if delivered well, can make Sydney an even more attractive
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Panorama des sites de voyage et tourisme collaboratif (2014)

Panorama des sites de voyage et tourisme collaboratif (2014) | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
Cet article est actualisation du panorama des nouvelles tendances du voyage collaboratif paru en septembre 2013 jusqu’ici illustré avec quelques sites emblématiques. Il était temps pour le millésime 2014 juste avant les vacances du blog pendant les fêtes de fin d’année. Pour cette mise à jour, j’ai essayé d’être le plus exhaustif possible sur les différents sites du tourisme collaboratif classés selon 6 principaux postes :

tourisme collaboratif et voyage solidaire,
transport,
hébergement,
conciergerie et services additionnels,
repas chez l’habitant,
guides locaux et activités.

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Guidelines and Resources for Organising Accessible Events | ENAT

Guidelines and Resources for Organising Accessible Events | ENAT | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
People with disabilities and older people are considered as an important and growing number of clients for all kind of events and meetings (about 20 % of the population today).

Accommodating and supporting their needs and providing accessible services is becoming more and more a success criterion for conferences and events in terms of:

meeting public procurement requirements for events organisation and management 
addressing the whole range of potential clients
economic success or other goals of events in all domains e.g. accompanying touristic products and offers
respecting ethical and legal requirements
avoiding bad and undesired mood, feedback or Public Relations
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Slow acceptance of Airbnb by mainstream travel brands starts with KLM

Slow acceptance of Airbnb by mainstream travel brands starts with KLM | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
Until now, many of the leading travel brands in the industry have avoided doing anything with Airbnb and its sharing economy kin.
It will probably remain unclear whether this was because of the legal difficulties surrounding Airbnb and others with regards to insurance or local tax regulation and payment.
But perhaps the tide is turning.
KLM‘s recent promotion with Airbnb, to offer a sleepover on one of the carrier’s retiring MD-11 aircraft, was the first sign that one of the world’s biggest airlines was ready to do something substantial in this area.

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Stat: How Destination Marketing Drives Economic Growth | Travel Agent Central

Stat: How Destination Marketing Drives Economic Growth | Travel Agent Central | Tourism Innovation | Scoop.it
Destinations that market themselves experience significantly greater employment and economic growth beyond the visitor economy, according to new research by the Destination & Travel Foundation, conducted by Oxford Economics.

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Link to the report:

http://www.destinationmarketing.org/sites/destinationmarketing.org/files/Economic%20Engine%20-%20Master%20Report_0.pdf

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