Despite ambivalent global economic development, international tourism reached a new record high in 2013. This positive development will continue on a world-wide scale in 2014 and now also extend to numerous “advanced economies.
OTAs (Online Travel Agencies) – hoteliers love to hate them. Unfortunately, they’re an important part of your hotel’s eMarketing strategy. Joe Schmo down the road doesn’t know anything about rate parity or the exorbitant margins your hotel has to pay when guests book a room on an OTA; however Joe Schmo does know that the Travelocity gnome is adorable and that those William Shatner Priceline commercials are hilarious. So, when he’s looking for a hotel in city X, Joe turns to his favorite OTA to begin shopping.
The Travel and Tourism industry remains one of USA's strongest industries, although the third quarter of 2013 (latest available data) saw a deceleration in its growth rate. According to the BEA, lower air passenger travel as well as all other transportation-related commodities affected the industry during the quarter.
Expedia study shows Americans Perceive Destination weddings as less stressful and more romantic than traditional ceremonies. Expedia's American Altar Report finds 69% of Americans believe a destination wedding would alleviate stress; 42% of married Americans would choose destination wedding if they could do it over.