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.
For those looking for the self-made holiday experience, Europe remains top choice with interest growing substantially for countries east of the border such as Romania and Hungary. Adventure, exploring local food, culture and history is more important than ever before, it seems.
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.
In a comparison of European countries, Finland has shown itself to be the front runner when it comes to the quality of service provided by its hotel staff. Germany and Austria are level-pegging close behind, each having 8.37 points.
Hilton Worldwide survey reveals culture of 'culinary travel' across Asia Pacific. Over a third of leisure travelers in Asia Pacific said food and drink is the determining factor in where they choose to vacation. 52 per cent of Singaporeans allocat
Experts predict mobile purchases to increase exponentially as younger travelers get more comfortable with last-minute reservations. Hotwire experienced a 60 percent year-over-year increase in mobile bookings for the first nine months of 2013. Currently, nearly 20 percent of Hotwire transactions occur on a mobile device.