Travel News Selection – April 2017

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

The Affluent Insights Luxury Study 2017 by Agility Research & Strategy, found out the top 3 priorities for affluent millennials (under 35 years old in China, Hong Kong and Singapore) to be health, travel and spending time with family. These 7 key words and phrases: health, travel, spending time with family, quality, uniqueness, exclusivity, and self-reward are great guides for effective marketing. Read More
According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, overseas spending by Chinese tourists increased 12% year-on-year in 2016 to US$261 billion. This continues a long-running trend of double-digit growth, which has now been achieved every year since 2004 and saw China become the world’s most valuable outbound tourism market in 2012. The growth in expenditure outpaced the number of Chinese outbound travellers in 2016.” Read More
Singapore Airlines has signed a deal that will significantly expand its route network in Europe. The national carrier has penned a Memorandum of Understanding with Air France-KLM to codeshare on multiple routes from Paris. Effective 27 April 2017, SIA will place its ‘SQ’ flight code on Air France-operated flights from the French capital to Aberdeen, Bordeaux, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Newcastle, Nice and Toulouse.
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Asia’s most populous countries are among the fastest-growing markets in the world for air travel, according to the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) report. A total of 3.8 billion passengers travelled by air in 2016, up from 3.5bn the previous year. Of which, Indonesia moved up two positions this year, to sixth, with 116m passenger departures. Read More
A new membership-based booking engine,, was launched on April 27, hoping to “fill a gap in the world of OTAs” by catering to independent business travelers. Apart from allowing business travelers to book their own trips, what sets BudgetBusinessTravel apart from other OTAs is the option for customers to request assistance from their personal account manager around the clock, making it easier for business travelers to update their itineraries and change bookings quickly and without having to pay processing fees. Read More
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