Shiroube, a Japanese start-up hopes to provide highly personal and emotional journeys through cities, by creating an online marketplace for tourists in search of tour guides. The service claims to be to tour guides what AirBNB is to hotels. By allowing any individual to advertise as a guide on the site, Shiroube wants to create an alternative to the predictable jaunts through tourist trap that tour guides currently tend to offer and give travellers an authentic and unique trip. Prospective tour guides describe the tour and price on the site, and tourists can contact then contact them and pay using PayPal.
‘We have been following the rebound of business travel closely, and were pleasantly surprised by the findings of our most recent Hotel Price Index,’ said Victor Owens, vice president of marketing North America for hotels.com...
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When you tell someone that you’ll staying with complete strangers during your travels, you will instantly be met with a plethora of concerned looks that let you know your friends think you’re absolutely insane.
As initiatives that promote and legalize same-sex marriage continue to gain steam across the country, hospitality companies are paying attention to a growing clientele: gay honeymooners. As such, several new hotels and resorts aimed at gay travelers are offering LGBT-friendly conveniences and activities in safe and welcoming atmospheres.
Research by Tourism Intelligence International, to be unveiled at World Travel Market next month, partly blames the decline on the economic downturn, but says ‘more critically… the British travel market is already fully saturated and will not experience any significant growth in the future’.
The report, How the British will Travel 2015, says the UK is one of the most important travel markets in the world.
It currently ranks as number four in terms of outbound arrivals (55m) and tourism expenditure ($48.6bn) after losing third spot to China in 2010.
However, the British market still remains critical to the lifeblood of international travel and tourism.
The results show that China will be one of the main future destinations for the British traveller, while Egypt tops the list.
Respondents who took part in research for the report said cultural trips are the most important type of holiday, followed by sun, sea and sand breaks.
Other important holiday types are luxury trips, cruising, city tours, short breaks and all-inclusive holidays.
The main motives for travel were to gain ‘new experiences’ (71%), to relax (57%) and for entertainment (43%).
The greatest growth in terms of traveller types will come from the over-50s market.
The ‘young seniors’ market (aged 50-64) is expected to experience the greatest growth, according to 71.4% of respondents.
A further two-fifths of respondents indicated that the over 65s will produce significant growth between now and the year 2015.
New research by FTI Consulting, claims that the ‘do nothing’ approach to runway capacity expansion in the South East ‘will stifle UK growth’ and could result in lost benefits of up to £47 billion over the next 30 to 50 years.
The independent report, A study on the importance of aviation infrastructure to sustainable UK economic growth, makes clear that the UK needs to have the potential to connect with emerging markets and warns: ‘if there is no spare capacity…the UK could be left behind other European countries that have much more capacity.’
Foster said: ‘We need to recapture the foresight and political courage of our 19th-century forebears if we are to establish a modern transport and energy infrastructure in Britain for this century and beyond.’
I love this student concept for Virgin, booking holidays based on the weather that you want, and what’s more, is that this is one of the more realistic, commercially aware concepts, again from the guys at the Miami Ad School who really do seem to be creating great young digital talent.
Palace on Wheels is known for its sheer opulence. But best part about this luxury train is the destinations it covers. This article will uncover the route followed by this train explaining what all you can indulge into during this magnificent voyage.
The iPad, which began primarily as an entertainment device when it was launched in 2010, has captured the imagination of many other industries in ways that Apple never even imagined. We have reported several times on airlinetrends.com how airlines have made Apple’s versatile iPad device available to passengers in their lounges, rent them out in the air, or use them as self-service kiosk, customer survey tool, and food ordering tool. As the list of applications continues to grow, here is the latest overview of how airlines and airports are deploying the iPad worldwide.
Before the web, airline complaints were relegated to the lost world of phone trees and hold times. These days, airlines have embraced social media as a powerful customer service tool. Here's how the big players stack up.
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