Travel News Selection – May 2017

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

Indonesia has become a new focus market for the European nation, as it sees remarkable growth of 70 per cent in arrivals to France last year to become the largest visitor source from South-east Asia. Arrivals from Indonesia last year totalled 150,000, with first-timers making up a majority, surpassing even France’s mature markets of Malaysia and Singapore. The number is likely to exceed 200,000 in 2017, and Indonesia is expected to become the third biggest market in Asia after China and Japan in five years. Read More
Etihad Airways’ A380 Paris flights launching in July 2017 will become year-round from 25 March 2018. With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777-300ER, Paris will join London, New York and Sydney as long-haul destinations served by the A380. The increased capacity on the airline’s flagship product serving one of Europe’s most popular destinations will benefit travellers to and from Abu Dhabi, and popular connecting cities across Asia and Australia. Read More
Chinese companies are building their own luxury vessels. For the travellers in China, cruises are often a multigenerational holiday, as they are are very family oriented. Tailoring ships to win over Chinese seafarers may provide an advantage to local cruise lines that can adapt quickly to the rapidly changing tastes of Chinese consumers. The number of passengers in China has risen tenfold in five years, to around 2 million in 2016, and the government expects 4.5 million by the end of the decade.
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Outbound travel agents in four emerging travel markets in South-east Asia – Indonesia, the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam – are reporting strong growth in bookings for Europe this year. Italy, Switzerland, France and Germany are the hot favourites. In Cambodia, travellers are seeking “change in destinations for their holidays” as they are already familiar with Asia, and this is fuelled by the country’s increasing middle-class and disposable income. Read More
A survey done by Phocuswright, a travel industry research authority, found that among European travellers, online reviews were favoured most by those in the 35-54 range (around 38%) and those over 55 (around 32%), with videos and pictures from friends or brands the least influential channel. On the other hand, for young travellers in the 18 to 34-year-old range, they are motivated by video content and online reviews in equal measures when selecting products for a trip. Read More
Google’s research about the usage of travel apps showed that travellers prefer using apps for convenience with regards to accessing loyalty schemes, using a digital ticket or boarding pass, checking-in for a flight and booking a flight, as compared to the mobile web counterparts. When travellers decide whether to install a travel app, ease of use is top of mind. 44% of those surveyed use travel apps to look for offers, 35% use them to research on things to do before visiting and 32% use them to find things to do while travelling. Read More
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