Following a poor first quarter, all segments have caught up over the year to end mostly flat compared to 2012, with only the luxury segment showing any real growth at 4% (all in rate, not occupancy). In fact there has been no occupancy (demand) growth at all across all segments this year compared to last.
Britons spontaneous travel and leisure appetite boosts the UK economy by an extra £26.1bn annually, a new report by lastminute.com reveals today. In fact, it’s never been easier than today to be spontaneous with an explosion of choice, a rapid evolution of technology and smartphones making deals constantly accessible.
The Caribbean proved a popular destination with UK consumers who went online to look for cruise holidays in the lead up to the festive season, reveals analysis of the latest cruise-related online search data from leading independent digital marketing agency, Greenlight.
American manufacturer Eastpak has launched its latest Core Series in the United Kingdom ahead of the winter travel season. The range is the essence of style and functionality, including its rich herringbone and top coated fabrics embedded in the sleek and modern packaging.
Adara has appointed Yahoo veteran Ann Reilly in the new role of vice president, international sales. As the company experiences significant growth within the global travel industry, Adara is accelerating its international expansion in order to better service strong demand from its rapidly growing list of advertisers.
With recent research revealing that families are increasingly using holidays to achieve “quality time” together and with Father’s Day fast approaching, tour operator The Mighty Fine Company has unveiled its top six “memory-making” and “bonding” holidays.
Global passenger markets remain buoyant with growth of almost 5% year over year for the first half of 2011 and for June 2012. While certain domestic markets have slowed in North America (+0.8%), Europe (-0.3%) and Africa (-2.4%), international passenger traffic has shown strong growth in June. Africa (+19.2%) and the Middle East (+13.9%) recovered from the sharp declines in traffic in 2011 brought on by the Arab Spring. Asia-Pacific also posted double-digit gains in international passenger traffic at +12.3%.
A new survey commissioned by Badoo, the world’s largest social network for meeting new people, today reveals Brits are in fact a nation of friendly commuters with over half (56%) confessing to regularly smiling at strangers on their commute to work and nearly half (44%) having admitted to striking up conversation with a fellow traveller.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events, published its Travel Management Priorities for 2012 report, based on an international survey of 290 travel managers. The report highlights the main changes likely to affect travel programs and looks at global trends and differences between regions.