March 2017 Hot Topics

Horus Development & Consulting brings you a selection of industry news for the month of March.

Emirates will be the first and only airline to operate its A380 to Nice Cote d’Azur Airport from 1 July 2017. Emirates is also partnering with Monacair to offer helicopter transfers and a limousine service from Monaco’s heliport to their final destination. The service will be complimentary for First Class Passengers, and subsidized at 79 EUR for Business Class passengers and at 109 EUR for Economy Class passengers. Read More
Brian Buchwald, CEO of Bomoda, a consumer intelligence company focused on the Chinese outbound consumer, revealed that Chinese tourist groups are time-sensitive. Many of the visitors arrive with a list of items to purchase, complete with images of the products and knowledge of the local French prices. Efficiency is important to getting everything they seek and they want to feel cosmopolitan – shopping and rubbing elbows with the French and other nationalities in the great Maisons.” Read More
Local Measure, a marketing research firm, examined the content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for two months for 300 hotels in the USA, Australia and across Asia. The results showed that Restaurants/Food were shared most frequently by patrons. The next few most popular posts on social media are: Drinks/Cocktail Bar, View from the guest rooms, Key room features and the swimming pool.
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Owned by Tencent, WeChat is looking to launch an office in the U.K. and another European country, alongside its existing presence in Italy. WeChat, which also hosts payments and brand pages, has more than 889 million users in its home country, yet remains largely unused outside of its home country. WeChat is hoping its expansion in Europe will convince more high-profile brands onto the platform, not only to reach consumers in China, but also Chinese tourists visiting Europe. Read More
First-time travel experiences have proven to leave life-changing impact on people. surveyed more than 15,000 travellers from 20 countries and found that almost 65% said that pushing themselves to take part in a new travel experience vastly increased their confidence. This also inspired major life decisions such as switching careers, changing relationships, relocating overseas. Read More
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