Solo Travel News Round-up November 2014

TOP 3 ANCIENT TOWNS FOR THE CHINESE NEW YEAR

The Spring Festival or Chinese New Year is coming close – starting on February 19, 2015. Many Chinese towns, big or small are already preparing traditional events that travelers can look forward to.

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CRUISE: FOUR NEW SHIPS FOR CARNIVAL CORPORATION

Carnival Corporation recently announced its intention of increasing its fleet capacity by almost 10% from 2014 all the way through to 2016. This new expansion will result in 4 new ships across 4 different brands in a span of less than 18 months.

HOTEL TAX TO INCREASE CONSIDERABLY IN FRANCE

The French Minister for Tourism, Laurent Fabius, announced coming changes to the hotel tax rates that will affect not only the traditional hotels but apartments booked via internet like Airbnb website as well.

INFOGRAPHICS: CHINESE OUTBOUND TRAVELERS DEMOGRAPHICS

In 2013 outbound travel market in China reached 98 million person trips. It means increase of 18% from the previous year. Most of Chinese outbound travelers came from Shanghai, Guangdong, and Beijing, and also form some coastal provinces such as Jiangsu, Zhejiang and etc.

GLOBAL TOURISM ECONOMY FORUM 2014 IN MACAU CLOSED WITH A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

The Global Tourism Economy Forum • Macau 2014 (the “GTEF” or “Forum”) adjourned this afternoon (28 October), concluding the two-day meeting with tremendous success. As an advanced international platform for tourism exchange and a bridge for multilateral cooperation, this edition has invited over 40 ministerial officials, globally‐renowned corporate leaders, experts and scholars from around the world to address the Forum under the theme “Maritime Silk Road – From Macau We Begin”.

CHINA TO INVEST $16.3 BILLION IN THE SILK ROAD

Centuries-old Silk Road is planned to be revitalized so that it can connect China’s markets spread on three continents – just as it did it in the past. For this, China is ready to invest incredible $16.3 billion in construction of infrastructure including building and expanding railways, roads and pipelines in Chinese provinces covered by the project.

ALITALIA AIRLINE TO BE HEADED BY EX-FERRARI BOSS

Last week, a number of reports have linked Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the former Ferrari boss, with the future top job at Italy’s Alitalia Airline.

CANCÚN BECOMING THE HUB OF ONLINE AGENCIES

Quintana Roo, one of the Mexican states, has become in recent years the epicenter of online travel agencies ever since they have established their central offices there.

ITALY: ONLINE AND OFFLINE TRAVEL SALES SEEM TO BE BALANCED

Since the end of the summer, several indicators point to a change in the balance between online and offline travel bookings in Italy.

CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE – TRADITIONAL MARKETS ARE MOST POPULAR

From the German and Austrian markets to the Jewish Prague – European tours take the traditional and cultural route for this year’s Christmas.

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MOST HOTELS AROUND THE WORLD INCREASED PRICES

Guests heading to Europe and the U.S. need to dig deeper in their pockets when paying for hotels. Asian and Latin American hotels on the other hand decreased their rates in the first half of 2014.

With hotels the next biggest expense, travel insurance for the over 80 is set to increase too. Flights are suppose to become cheaper though as the price of fuel drops.

HOW TO WELCOME CHINESE GUESTS: WHAT A CHINESE HOTEL GUEST WANTS

Clearly, Chinese outbound market is a huge one, yet will only increase as time goes by. Tourism Review introduces a simply infographic-guide for hospitality businesses to know how to cheer up your Chinese guests in their hotel.

HERITAGE: Tours: In the Footsteps of Political Icons
PROFESSIONAL: Hotel Chains with Pet Friendly Policies
TRANSPORT: Some Like to Cruise
ETHICAL: Rural Tourism – A Genuine Vacation Trend
DESTINATION: Berlin – Living without the Wall
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NEW ZEALAND REPORTS GROWING VISITOR SPEND

New visitor spend statistics indicate that New Zealand’s tourism industry can now boast being on the right track to reach its objective of nearly doubling tourism revenues by 2015, at least according to the Tourism Industry Association new Zealand (TIA).

USA: NATIONAL PARKS TO RAISE ENTRANCE FEES IN 2015

If you are planning to visit one of the 131 national parks in the U.S. this fall, you will be among the last people to enjoy the low admission fees. The National Park Service has given permission to the parks to raise their entrance fees starting in 2015.

GBTA: BUSINESS TRAVEL SPEND IN CHINA TO GROW 18% IN 2015

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has just released a new GBTA BTI Outlook for China. The Business Travel Index (BTI) is a semi-annual publication that analyses current economic events around the globe and their effect on China’s business travel market.
REPORTED DATA ON TASMANIA TOURISM IS INACCURATE

According to Tourism Tasmania, the Federal Government figures on the number of interstate tourists to Tasmania are wrong and detrimental.

SWITZERLAND CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF WINTER TOURISM

Switzerland is celebrating 150 years of winter tourism. What started as a small spa getaway now attracts tourists from all over the world in search of fun and extreme sports. Schweiz Tourismus wants to bring the pioneer spirit from the past to the present.
WAIKIKI’S TOURISM INDUSTRY PLANS TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS

Industry leaders in the tourism sector donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to put an end to Waikiki’s homeless problem. The initiative aims to get hundreds of homeless off the streets in a year’s time.

SCOTLAND: LEASED HOTELS GREW 7.8 %

According to Scottish Development International, a recent research shows that over the past three years, there has been a significant growth in returns for investors as Scottish leased hotels have tremendously grown at 7.8 percent year-on-year. The research goes ahead to report that the total returns from the Scottish hotels have ranked Scotland as the second best market in total investment returns in the leased hotel sector in Europe.

TOP 7 HOTELS WHERE GUESTS FORAGE FOR THEIR FOOD

Numerous hotels are taking their guests out to play hunters looking out for food outdoors. The amazing places to forage may include everything ranging from huge mountains for picking berries to lovely woodlands to pick blossoms. The guests are usually accompanied by local foragers who also assist the hotel chefs in the culinary styling. Tourism-Review.com brings 7 hotels featuring wonderful foraging packages.

AFRICAN TOURISM FIGHTING EBOLA AND MEDIA COVERAGE

After years of low sales from the US market largely due to the great recession, business has over the recent past been remarkable good for Alluring Africa a leading tour operator in East & South Africa. Then came the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

ONLY THREE AIRLINES OFFER FREE WIFI

Norwegian, Turkish Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines are the only airlines in the world offering free WiFi on board, according to a study by the company Rumbo.

INFOGRAPHICS: THE 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX

The first Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in history took place in the Olympic Sochi and exceeded all expectations. The main race on Sunday provided the near 60 000 excited visitors. Exciting race also gave the drivers a proper challenge that they all seemed to enjoy.

MOBILE BOOKINGS GROWING IMMENSELY IN POPULARITY

The recent “Travel Flash Report,” by Criterio, highlighted the importance of the mobile gadgets in the travel and tourism industry. The report was based on 2014 first half data, showing how the consumers made 300 million bookings, worth more than USD 150 billion within the period. The data was retrieved from online travel agencies and online travel suppliers in all the holiday marketplaces.

THE AZORES NAMED NO. 1 SUSTAINABLE DESTINATION AGAIN

And the Award for Platinum Quality Coast, 2014-2015 goes to the Portuguese archipelago of nine islands – Azores. The award from Quality Coast, the largest certification programme in the world, identifies destinations that standout in regard to sustainable tourism. This is the first time such an award is being presented.

SPAIN: NUMBER OF MEDICAL TOURISTS TO DOUBLE WITHIN 5 YEARS

The number of medical tourists coming to Spain is expected to double in the next five years. A new public-private partnership ‘SpainCares’ has been proposed to boost the segment and to achieve 200,000 travelers seeking medical care in the country in 2019.

EURO DISNEY LOSES 800.000 VISITORS IN ONE YEAR

Euro Disney announces a recapitalization of EUR 1 billion by its American head office, Walt Disney Company. This proposal aims to improve the financial situation of the European subsidiary and allow it to pursue its investments.

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