2009 was a year of extreme conditions for the travel industry: the U.S. online travel market declined for the first time, the corporate travel market faltered, and the groups and meetings industry is looking for a new normal.
The Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul won “Europe’s Leading Business Hotel” at the 2009 World Travel Awards. Located in the heart of Istanbul’s commercial district, it offers easy access to Istanbul Atatürk International Airport whilst also being a stone’s throw from Taksim Square and the historic Old City and Grand Bazaar.
The mobile revolution is putting travel in the palm of your hand—quite literally.
Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of ADAC and one of the key players in developing Abu Dhabi as a world-class tourism destination, has been announced as the winner of the AHIC 2010 Leadership Award.
There has been a considerable growth in the number of suppliers providing e-commerce solutions, as selling online has become a ‘must-do’ activity for tour operators. The Travel Technology Consultancy Genesys says there are no longer any excuses, and that your product is never too complex, too tailor-made or too expensive to sell online. If you cannot close the deal online there and then, you run the risk of your customer booking elsewhere.
As one of the premier leisure travel destinations in Europe, Spain’s economy suffered from the decline of both inbound and domestic travel amidst the global recession.
Fiona Jeffery is spearheading “Just Help Haiti”, the appeal run by safe water charity Just A Drop to help rebuild community infrastructures in Haiti at the ground level up. She shares her thoughts with BTN about how the campaign is evolving and what the travel industry can do to help.
Austria’s Grandhotel Lienz has opened a new wellness centre equipped with the very latest in leading edge facilities and techniques. The hotel is being spearheaded by Caribbean hospitality legend Professor Heinz Simonitsch. BTN asks his thoughts on wellness, and the secrets to launching successfully during a downturn.
Charles de Foucault is the General Manager of Bali’s incredible AYANA Resort and Spa, where sumptuous luxury blends with nature to create the ultimate escape from the stresses of modern living. So what goes into creating a resort where guests feel they are the only people on earth? BTN delves deeper.
In a year when global travel markets struggled under the weight of recession, Germany’s online travel market held up to the pressure.
Hotel industry performance is often predictable yet somehow still catches us by surprise. Like any other economy, the sector relies on a balance of supply and demand—do not let the flat panel TVs and fantastic beds fool you
Hon. Glynis Roberts is the Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation for Grenada. BTN finds out her thoughts and strategies for her islands in 2010.