Solo Travel News July 2014

THE CURRENT THREAT TO CULTURAL HERITAGE IN IRAQ

A set of photographs showing the destruction of priceless statues recently shocked the world with their depictions of violence and hatred at the hands of extremists in Syria. These images are being seen as a dire warning by many historians who fear the same will soon happen in Iraq; the violence is spreading across the country and those responsible appear to have no regard for the history of the land around them.

SPENDING ON BUSINESS TRAVEL IN THE U.S. TO GROW BY 7%

According to a Visa-sponsored survey conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the U.S. business travel spending is expected to grow about 7 percent on year-on-year basis in 2014. The report clearly highlights the relationship between business travel and the country’s economic growth. The study also points out that the U.S. businesses have increased confidence in the country’s economic recovery.

GENERATION Y BUSINESS TRAVELLERS INCREASING IN NUMBER AND INFLUENCE

Business travel is being redefined with the increasing presence and influence of Generation Y. The approach of members of Generation Y to business travel is different in many ways, owing to a number of factors, including technology, a desire to meet new people and explore new places. Gen Y business travel trends are certainly worth considering, given that they make up a third of business flight passengers in the US and have higher travel expenditures than average.

CHINESE TOURISTS ARE HEADING TO NEPAL IN LARGE NUMBERS

A recent report from Nepal’s Tourism Ministry shows that the recent attempts to attract tourists from neighbouring countries through selling low-cost travel with desirable air links has had a great impact. The idea began when the industry saw the need to look towards a new market following the drop in interest from Europe and America, areas still dealing with financial issues. The result was that this Asian market began to see the appeal of Nepal’s geographic location and enhanced flight options and more visitors started to arrive.

PRICING DISAGREEMENT PROVES TO BE A HURDLE FOR NEW RUSSIAN BUDGET AIRLINE

Dobrolyot emerged as a new low-cost airline in Russia only last month, but now they are facing a hurdle with establishing flights to St Petersburg as a result of a pricing disagreement. A news revealed that Dobrolyot was unable to get the low priced servicing charge they needed from St Petersburg’s only airport, Pulkovo.

HOTELIERS ARE FURIOUS: HIGHER TAXES AGAIN

Following the adoption by the National Assembly of an amendment to establish an additional regional tax of 2€ per night and person in Ile-de-France, Roland Heguy, the Confederal President of the Union of Trades and Industries in the Hotel Business (UMIH) is furious.

INCREASE IN TOURISTS FROM EMERGING MARKETS TO CHILE

A study by El Servicio National de Turismo (SERNATUR) shows that in May, Chile enjoyed a 9% increase in foreign visitors. Undersecretary of Tourism, Javiera Montes, explained, “In the fifth month of the year we received 228,542 visitors from other countries, which signified an increase of 9 percent over the same time period in May of 2013.”

TOP 7 OFFICIAL WORLD LEADER RESIDENCES TOURISTS CAN VISIT

More and more official residences belonging to world leaders are opening their doors to tourists. For the world leaders, it’s a great way to lift the building’s world heritage status and show people one of their country’s architectural treasures. For tourists, it’s a great opportunity to explore an iconic national building first-hand, and for many, has become a key attraction to check out when visiting a country. Tourism Review introduces a list of seven world leader residences around the globe available for tourists.

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TRAVEL AGENCIES NEED TO RE-EVALUATE THEIR ATTITUDE TOWARDS SOCIAL MEDIA

Technology is a vital resource for tourism brands and companies need to embrace it to stay ahead of the competition and encourage new business: that is the message that has been sent out across the global industry for months following reports and forecasts but it seems some travel agencies are still ignoring the potential of social media. Because the market is so saturated, companies need to establish their niche and clientèle and social media is the ideal way to create an individual, online presence and build on successes.

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A NEW ONLINE TREND IN SENIOR TRAVEL BOOKINGS

Online and mobile travel booking is often perceived as being a young man’s game, with some companies understandably targeting the more youthful demographic that seems to be constantly attached to their smartphones; however, research shows that 23% of the total internet population is over 55, a sizeable portion of users that shows that senior travellers are heading online more readily than the tourism industry may have suspected.

IN SEARCH OF THE CHINESE MARKET

Europe has done studies that show that potential Chinese tourists are currently found to be around 100 million people, and experts believe that they will reach 220 million by 2023. Chinese tourists have a special preference for France and they are “obsessed with Bordeaux wines,” a recent analysis done by The Economist indicated.

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CRUISES: AUSTRIA GROWS IN RECORD PACE

The number of the booked cruises in Europe reached its all-time high of 6.4 million in 2013. That corresponds to an increase of 4 percent as opposed to 2012 and a doubling of the European cruise ship market in only eight years. The source market Austria – with an absolute emergence of more than 134,000 passengers in the previous, not at all considered a giant – evolved even stronger.

2014 IS A YEAR OF FULL RECOVERY FOR BUSINESS TRAVEL IN ITALY

The forecasting index indicates a more marked progression in the second half of this year. In 2014, the Italian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow by 1 percent with business travel following suit. This is what is shown by the figures of the business travel sector revealed by the Uvet Travel Index, the statistical model developed by the Uvet Group with the scientific back up from The European House – Ambrosetti.

US GROWTH PREDICTIONS RISE DESPITE THE CRIMEAN CRISIS AND AMERICAN STORMS

The problem with creating forecasts for sector growth for the year to come and predicting global travel trends is that any event, big or small, can have an potential effect and positive and negative outcomes can come from unlikely sources. Events that seem so far away and inconsequential to American business travel could have a bigger impact that first imagined but, at the same time, situations much closer to home may not have been as damaging as suspected.

GERMAN OCCUPANCY DATA SHOWS GROWING TREND IN WEEKEND BREAKS

There is a new trend emerging in Germany of visitors spending the night in hotels over the weekend rather than during weekdays. Data for room occupancy in German hotels from the MKG European Hospitality Report shows that rates rose to 67.6%, putting the country only marginally behind the European average of 67.9%.