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Airfares to cities like Paris and Zurich have also plummeted

New Delhi, April 13, 2015 - This summer, bookings to European destinations are witnessing a jump due to a decline in the euro. Travel companies say the cost of packages has come down with cities such as Paris and Zurich seeing a drop in airfares. On Monday, a euro was worth about Rs.68, while a year ago it was around Rs.82.

Amit Taneja, Cleartrip’s Chief Revenue Officer, said: “We witnessed 77 per cent jump in bookings against last year to popular European cities. As the euro dipped this season, air fares to cities like Paris and Zurich have seen a phenomenal drop, some falling by 12 to 17 per cent.”

For instance, a family of four booking on Cleartrip for Paris, stands to save almost Rs.23,644 on their total airfare if booked for this April-May, he added.

As the euro has depreciated by almost 15 per cent over the year, Sharat Dhall, President of Yatra.com, said the portal has seen an increase in the bookings by 15-20 per cent.

New favourites

Destinations such as Turkey, Greece and even Japan and South Korea, which were earlier not chosen in large numbers, are now being explored widely, Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head, Expedia India, said.

“Flight Shop has seen a 22 per cent increase in bookings for travel to Europe compared to last year. With benefits in package cost due to prevailing rates impacting travel spends, tourists are eager to re-align their holiday budget allocations.

Consequently, Indian travellers are spending more on shopping and leisure experiences,” said Vicki Parris, National Brand Leader India, Flight Shop.

‘Ancillary services’

“We have also seen a rise in demand for inclusion of ancillary services such as exotic dining and local experiences in the basic packages,” Parris added.

New destinations emerging strongly on the radar over and above traditional favourites such as Switzerland, France, Germany and the UK are Spain, Greece, Czech Republic and Hungary, said Jatinder Paul Singh, Senior Vice-President & Head, Sales & Distribution Leisure Travel (Outbound), Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.

“Besides Europe, we are witnessing interest for Dubai, Thailand and Hong-Kong, while Bali and Sri Lanka are emerging as new favourites,” added, Mohit Gupta, Head-Online Business, MakeMyTrip.com. Business Line

 
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Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 27, 2015: 
Aimed at promoting tourism in the state, the tourism department will launch ‘Visit Kerala 2015’ from April 1, according to Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar.

“The main focus of Visit Kerala 2015 will be to strengthen promotion of tourism products including Ayurveda, Responsible Tourism, Spice Route and Muziris heritage,” he told reporters here on Monday. The department will host a tourism industrial meet to promote responsible tourism and encourage the participation of local communities in the tourism sector, he said.

“The meet will provide guidance to people on setting up home stays and villas with small scale investments,” he said. In the wake of the fresh initiative, Kerala Tourism will explore new markets in China and Sri Lanka. Aggressive campaigns targeting potential travellers in big traditional markets will be conducted in the UK, France and Germany through trade fairs and road shows, the Minister said. Consumer fairs and familiarisation trips will also be introduced in upcoming markets such as the US, he added.

Leveraging the increased air connectivity, a focused Ayurveda and monsoon campaign will be conducted in West Asia where 90 per cent of the diaspora are from Kerala.

Noting that Kerala’s unique product - Ayurveda - is marketed effectively in other countries like Sri Lanka, he said that more focus would be given to promotion of Ayurveda in other countries. “Kerala - Home of Ayurveda campaign will be launched in selected national and international markets like Germany,’’ Anil Kumar said. The department will promote Spice Route and Muziris heritage through an international campaign.

He also mentioned that adventure and cycling holidays would be promoted to attract youth and students.

“Visit Kerala Contest will be held for tourists holidaying in Kerala in 2015, with attractive gifts and complimentary holidays. Also, there will be social media and online campaigns to promote 2015 as the best time to visit the state, highlighting the festivals and events, along with the contests,” Anil Kumar said.

The Minister also noted the increase in the total number of hotel rooms in the state from 40,000 in 2010 to the present 75,000. “This is a good sign for the tourism sector in the state,” he said.

 
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Curitba, Dec 24, 2014:
Seamless connectivity between the channel and a property is key to more online revenue, according to the online distribution specialists from Malapronta.com and eRevMax.

In a networking session on ‘Trends in Online Marketing and Management using Revenue Management Technology’, hosted by online distribution technology provider eRevMax in association with Malapronta, a part of TUI Travel PLC group with over 1,200 listed domestic properties, industry veterans shared key insights on online travel trends in South America. The session was aimed at providing an open platform for information sharing and was beneficial for hoteliers looking for superior connectivity and updates on new technology developments.

“It was a great platform to present our value proposition to a varied set of attendees, and reinforce Malapronta’s position as a leader in hotel distribution. The industry discussion and knowledge sharing from a distribution software specialist like eRevMax was extremely effective in helping hoteliers to better understand how to use innovative technology in order to maximize revenue and enhance guest service,” said Leandro Carvalho, CEO of MalaPronta.com

“With online travel catching on fast in the region, events like this give us an opportunity to share our knowledge to the hotel customers and to understand their technology requirements. It was great to see a large number of revenue management professionals, hoteliers and travel technology partners attending the session. It has helped us showcase how hoteliers can benefit from our advanced connectivity and how they can reach out to our diverse client base,”said Alex Moura, Sales Director - Brazil, eRevMax.CCI Newswire
 
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Dubai, Dec 24, 2014 - Arabian Travel Market to feature International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) as YouGov report highlights appeal of MENA region as global luxury hotspot

Luxury travel trends will once again be a highlighted feature at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2015, with the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Middle East showcase matching luxury-focused exhibitors with travel buyers from around the world looking to discover the very best experiences in the region.

Taking place from 4-7 May 2015 at the Dubai International Convention&Exhibition Centre, the ATM line-up will include a two-day ILTM @ ATM programme with a series of pre-scheduled appointments and dedicated luxury travel focused seminars and panel debates to run on 5-6 May.

The Atlantis, The Palm will be the Official Luxury and Leisure Host Hotel for the duration of the four-day event, hosting the ILTM buyer group and international buyers from outside the GCC.

“A 2014 YouGov Luxury Travel report for the MENA region showed that out of the 1,000-plus regionally based survey respondents, luxury clearly has a home in the Middle East with Dubai ranked in top spot as the preferred upscale destination,” said Nadege Noblet, Exhibition Manager of Arabian Travel Market, WTM Portfolio, Reed Travel Exhibitions.

A total of 69% of respondents in the YouGov report agreed that luxury travel is defined by the availability of five-star accommodation as a minimum standard. Also those surveyed admitted they had taken an average of 1.9 luxury holidays over the last 12 months, meaning that the region’s preponderance of upscale hotel properties is perfectly positioned to capitalise on growing demand from high net-worth travellers eager to discover new destinations or enjoy an exclusive experience in their favourite resort.

“Today the definition of luxury is strongly dependent on the perspective of the traveller. With no universally accepted definition of what luxury travel is, brands need to truly understand what luxury means to their customers in order to be successful. The subject is of strong interest to travel brands in this market and it is great to see ILTM focus on this issue, said YouGov’s Travel&Leisure Research Director, Scott Booth.

The YouGov report also highlighted the fact that 61% of luxury tourists from the MENA region choose to travel with their spouse, staying for an average of 5.1 nights, with four out of five people choosing to go on a luxury holiday for pure relaxation.

“Of the respondents surveyed, on average they reported typically spending around US$8,310 per trip, with 60% choosing a destination based on recommendations from family and friends, and 53% personally booking their travel. Service delivery combined with exclusivity are clear prerequisites for a desirable luxury offering,” noted Noblet.

Once in the hotel, respondents ranked a good view from their room and a choice of fine dining restaurants as paramount to ensuring an enjoyable experience with consumer opinion defining luxury as ‘differentiating, discovery and experiences’.

“Interestingly, 77% of respondents said that they were likely to book an all-inclusive luxury holiday package, which is an area of opportunity that many Gulf destinations have yet to explore,” said Mark Walsh, Portfolio Director for Luxury Events at Reed Travel Exhibitions.

ILTM @ ATM 2015 will welcome up to 25 international hosted buyers with a specific interest in the Middle East luxury experience, and up to 28 exhibitors representing the luxury travel offering, from hotels and cruise lines to DMCs and destinations.

“ILTM @ ATM returns to ATM with an expanded programme of one-to-one appointments and is a crucial component in our global calendar of luxury events which cover Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,” added Walsh.

In addition the ATM 2015 line-up features a central Family Travel theme alongside branded exhibition trails including budget travel, health and wellbeing, shopping, transportation, sports travel, culture and heritage and adventure travel. At the event, ATM’s research partner, YouGov will report new and fresh insights on Family Travel in MENA. The 2015 event will also build on the success of last year’s edition with the announcement of an additional hall as Reed Travel Exhibitions looks to add to its record-breaking achievements in 2014. Last year ATM saw the total attendance increase by 12% to reach 33,000 delegates with exhibitors and visitors signing business deals worth more than US$2.1 billion over the four days.

“We are honoured to be named the official hotel of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2015. ATM is one of the most important travel and tourism exhibitions in the world and it is our great pleasure to partner with them. With the spotlight theme of Family Travel for 2015, our unique family offering ties in perfectly with the focus of next year’s event, and we are looking forward to showcasing the amazing diversified attractions at Atlantis,” David Loiseau, Vice President, Sales at Atlantis, The Palm. Forimmediaterelease.net

 

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