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Tourism professionals must pay close attention to US default crisis

Tourism professionals must pay close attention to US default crisis | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
While it is still too early to know how the outcome of the current US "default" crisis, tourism professionals would do well to pay careful attention and to analyze the numbers not by headlines or emotions but with cool heads. Despite the fact that the US default crisis may or may not be solved, the fallout from it and the potential credit rating decline will have a major impact on tourism. Here are just a few ways that this ongoing and worldwide crisis will touch people throughout the tourism and travel industry and what tourism professionals may want to consider.
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Bye bye brand: Urbanspoon melts away into Zomato

Bye bye brand: Urbanspoon melts away into Zomato | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Rather than wait any longer or try to softly merge the platforms, Zomato has decided to quickly pull the plug on Urbanspoon to complete its purchase.
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Visit Orlando announces new marketing campaign at IPW

Visit Orlando announces new marketing campaign at IPW | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Orlando attractions do a great job selling themselves, so Visit Orlando is launching a new marketing campaign this summer to hear about individual stories and memories from tourists.
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eProAgi Anderson's curator insight, June 1, 11:27 PM

We just love Visit Orlando!

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A New Magazine For Whisky Drinkers Exists Only On Instagram

A New Magazine For Whisky Drinkers Exists Only On Instagram | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Ballantine's plays with the platform's features to create a unique branded content play.
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Lives are at risk because of this cliff's extreme popularity on Instagram

Lives are at risk because of this cliff's extreme popularity on Instagram | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Step away from the cliff, Instagram fanatics.
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Apple buys Metaio, which powers augmented reality travel apps, catalogs, and displays - Tnooz

Apple buys Metaio, which powers augmented reality travel apps, catalogs, and displays - Tnooz | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Apple has bought Metaio, the augmented reality technology company that Tnooz has been following for five years because of its relevance to travel apps.
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Instagrammers! It’s Time to Show Off #HowISummer

Instagrammers! It’s Time to Show Off #HowISummer | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Wherever your adventures may take you this season, be it Cape Cod or Kolkata, Travel + Leisure wants to see your summer retreats and revels.
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Gilt Groupe Travel Partner Site Luxury Link Has Ceased Operations (Update on Vacationist.com)

Gilt Groupe Travel Partner Site Luxury Link Has Ceased Operations (Update on Vacationist.com) | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Luxury travel website Luxurylink.com has ceased operations and is in the process of liquidating, according to officials. The company entered a partnership with luxury fashion and home retailer Gilt.com in January.
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Sydney Airport and TripAdvisor partner on destination content

Sydney Airport and TripAdvisor partner on destination content | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Sydney Airport has teamed up with TripAdvisor to provide travellers with targeted destination content via its website, app and at departure gates.
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The most instagrammed capitals in the world

The most instagrammed capitals in the world | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

It's no secret that social media is a serious influencer and a recent study from Google found the travel industry is no exception, with 83 percent of online holiday-makers heading to social sites for travel inspiration. But which capital cities have got us reaching for our smart phones? The results may surprise you.


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More than Miles: The Best Road Trip Destinations Across the U.S.

More than Miles: The Best Road Trip Destinations Across the U.S. | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
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Disney Really Wants You To Stop Using Selfie Sticks On Its Rides

Disney Really Wants You To Stop Using Selfie Sticks On Its Rides | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Disney is cracking down on the use of selfie sticks on rides at the company's theme parks, with reports of new signs being put into place at certain attractions in both the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disne
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Marriott is Launching a Digital Concierge

Marriott is Launching a Digital Concierge | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
It’s official: the concierge desk is a thing of the past. Today, Marriott Hotels is launching a new digital concierge service called Mobile Request, which puts service requests—from extra towels to fluffier pillows and airport pickups—in the literal palm of your hand.
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Bookings Continue to Increase Via Digital Channels

Bookings Continue to Increase Via Digital Channels | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Bookings increase 15 percent via OTAs in the first quarter. ADR expected to jump across all digital channels moving forward.
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Spirit Airlines robot responds to questions on social media

Spirit Airlines robot responds to questions on social media | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Most major airlines now employ a team of workers to respond to passenger complaints and questions that appear on social media sites such as Twitter . Spirit Airlines says "a big social media team costs money," so it uses a robot.

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Infographic: How Your Generation Influences the Way You Travel - Adweek

Infographic: How Your Generation Influences the Way You Travel - Adweek | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Spring and early summer's resurgence of life also heralds the return of the travel bug. Summer holidays and school vacation send affluent families across the U.S. to far-flung destinations both domestic and international.

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Young travellers seeking connectivity, comfort and accessibility

Young travellers seeking connectivity, comfort and accessibility | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

According to the latest survey from Topdeck, it's life experiences and cultural enrichment that float the boat of young travellers, rather than selfies with the Eiffel Tower. The 2015 Global Youth Travel Survey, which saw more than 31,000 people from 134 countries respond to a bunch of travel-related questions, has shown that young people are chasing more when they jump on that plane overseas. The survey highlighted that only 2% of the Gen Y and Z crew would be happy to pay extra to sleep in a five star hotel, compared to 46% who prefer the social community found in hostels and shared spaces. Experiencing new culture and eating the local foods are what inspires travel in 86% and 69% of young people respectively, despite partying still ranking at a solid 44%. Click here to read the results.


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Vagabond Lifestyles's curator insight, June 1, 10:26 AM

Once more this is a game changer for the travel industry

eProAgi Anderson's curator insight, June 1, 11:37 PM

The 2015 Global Youth Travel Survey, which saw more than 31,000 people from 134 countries respond to a bunch of travel-related questions, has shown that young people are chasing more when they jump on that plane overseas. 

Panos Fotiadis's curator insight, Today, 4:14 AM

what do young travelers want ? some hints here...

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Hotels Adjust Prices Based on Their Social Media Reputation

In addition to providing insight into consumer attitudes and preferences, social media data can help businesses adjust their pricing to better reflect their value, as determined by their online
reputations. That's the idea behind a new product for the hospitality industry from IDeaS Revenue Solutions, which has partnered with Revinate, a company that tracks hotel reputations, to incorporate
social media data into their pricing recommendations for hotels.
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Facebook continues content push by adding critic reviews to restaurant pages

Facebook continues content push by adding critic reviews to restaurant pages | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
In its bid to increase the quality of hosted content beyond user-generated tidbits, Facebook has added selected critic reviews to restaurant pages.
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Hotels add high-tech features like virtual reality excursions and drone delivery

Hotels add high-tech features like virtual reality excursions and drone delivery | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
From virtual reality thrills to delivery by drones, new tech is redefining the world of hospitality
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This Cute Little Drone is Here to Take Your Vacation Pics

This Cute Little Drone is Here to Take Your Vacation Pics | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
There’s a new way to take your selfies in the works. Lily, a flying camera, follows a wearable tracking device to catch the best views while keeping you in the frame.
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Get Local Flavor's curator insight, May 22, 12:16 PM

The ultimate selfie cam.

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Four Apps for Mapping Your Walking Routes

Four Apps for Mapping Your Walking Routes | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
These apps track your route to create an interactive record of where you’ve been, even adding photos, videos and notes to make a digital scrapbook.
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Social Media Spring Cleaning for Your Spa Business

Social Media Spring Cleaning for Your Spa Business | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Let's face it, social media is fun and easily accessible, but it takes work, time and money. Spring is the perfect time to drill down in your social media and cast off what's not working and grow what is.

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At NYC hotel, robots lend a hand--and then some

At NYC hotel, robots lend a hand--and then some | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
Travelers are getting a conversation-free experience at a Manhattan hotel thanks to machines including a modified industrial robot.
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Norman Peires's curator insight, May 24, 1:54 PM

Hotels served by robots? Good idea or do we need the human touch?

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Starwood's high-tech hotel rooms have robot butlers and smart mirrors

Starwood's high-tech hotel rooms have robot butlers and smart mirrors | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it
The future of hotel stays is looking very high-tech.
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Make room for mobile-friendly hotel review platforms

Make room for mobile-friendly hotel review platforms | Tourism Social Media | Scoop.it

Travellers use hotel reviews to make decisions. Reading them on a mobile device does not need to be a clunky, time-consuming endeavour says TrustYou. The WTM Global Trends report projects  that mobile bookings will account for 35% of online bookings by 2018, and this doesn't include the travellers who are driven to call by mobile search. A Google study found that 58% of respondents would be extremely/very likely to call a hotel if the capability were available on mobile search. Clearly, the revenue potential for bookings from mobile devices is extraordinary. However, the industry is struggling to keep up with demand, with only 45% of global hotels currently accepting mobile bookings according to TripAdvisor. In the meantime, travellers are increasingly using mobile devices to do their travel planning research, and Expedia is reportedly developing a way for travellers to begin a booking on a mobile device but transfer it to PC. According to a ComScore report, exclusive mobile visitors add an incremental 48% over desktop. Find out more.


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Panos Fotiadis's curator insight, May 19, 3:20 AM

do you have a "call us" button on your hotel's mobile website ? Do you accept mobile bookings? If not, better think about it!