There may be some good news ahead for the leisure side of the business if results from a new survey by Travel-Ticker, which calls itself an inspirational travel website, are correct. According to the 2012 Travel-Ticker Traveler Intentions Survey, 44 percent of visitors to the website who responded to the survey say they plan on taking more leisure trips in 2012 than they did in 2011, a 5 percent increase from last year.
Last week, travel industry loyalty program software provider ezRez Software acquired San Francisco-based startup Topquest. That would be of little interest, except that the acquisition means the use of social media now translates into points on travel rewards programs from airlines and hotel chains.
“Topguest enables members of leading travel loyalty programs…to earn reward points for geo-located check-ins via their mobile devices. Powering direct links to Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter, Topguest helps travelers build their reward balances and receive exclusive offers and bonuses for simply using some of these popular social services,”
Virgin America awards 25 Elevate points for sharing a location or a photo at a Virgin America airport terminal, baggage claim, or other venue. Hilton’s HHonors program gives an allotment of 50 points to hotel guests who share their location or a photo at Hampton® or DoubleTree by Hilton™ hotels.
The New Mexico Tourism Department has issued a request for proposals to do a complete redesign of its website. The department plans to add a booking agent and mobile site, and possibly create a smartphone application.
Hot on the heels of the recent announcement that iPads had been certified for use on the flight deck during all phases of flight, American Airlines announced today that they will be offering the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet, an Android-based tablet, as an in-flight entertainment (IFE) option on transcontinental US flights and international flights served by 767-300 aircraft.
AAA is forecasting a slight increase — 1.4 percent — in the number of Americans who will travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming holiday season. It projects that 91.9 million Americans will travel for the holidays, compared to 90.7 million last year. This is the second highest number in the past decade and represents 30 percent of the total U.S. population.
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Red Roof Inn, one of the nation's largest budget hotel chains, launched a $90-million redesign effort this month for its nearly 350 hotels across the country based on the comments of thousands of guests in Texas, Georgia and Ohio. The data were collected from email surveys taken over the last 12 to 18 months.
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Visit Sweden has gone social. Really social. Rather than continue the pattern of boring tweets and wall posts about the weather, the Swedes have turned their Twitter account over to regular Swedish citizens.
For the third year in a row, we have peered into the Tnooz crystal ball, reached into the depths of our knowledge and experience of the industry in order to come up with the biggest, most well-informed list of predictions you will find anywhere on the web.
Arizona governor seeks $7 million funding boost for Office of Tourism to ...The RepublicJan Brewer is seeking a big funding boost for the Arizona Office of Tourism so it can step up efforts to market the state.
How does the rapid-response world of Facebook and Twitter suit one of the most laid-back destinations in the Caribbean? For Keirsin Tjon Pian Gi, the public relations and e-commerce manager at the Aruba Marriott Resort, social media is all in a day’s work.
An Australian hotel chain claims that anybody that can find and steal their Banksy painting, can keep it. The British artist's "No Ball Games" is valued at $15,000 and as of December 15, it will be hanging in one of Art Series Hotel Group's three Melbourne hotels: The Cullen, The Olsen or The Blackman. Steal it and it's yours, but if you're caught in the act, the work goes back up and somebody else will get a shot. Go here to book your room.
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