Τετάρτη, 22 Μαΐου 2019

CLIA Launches 2018 Asia Cruise Industry Ocean Source market Repor

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, has released the 2018 Asia Cruise Industry Ocean Source Market Report. The report offers an in-depth look at the growth, demographics and trends of the top source markets in Asia.
While China continues to dominate the passenger share of Asia, cruise passengers from Taiwan and Singapore have been steadily growing in numbers. Multiple source markets, many of which registered double-digit growths in 2018, contributed to Asia’s record-breaking 4.24 million ocean-going cruise passengers. Asia is the third largest cruise region after North America and Europe.
“With nine out of ten Asian cruise travellers choosing to cruise in Asia, it is clear that cruising will keep growing in popularity as more capacity will be deployed to Asia in the next few years,” said Mr Joel Katz, Managing Director for CLIA Australasia & Asia.
“Asian cruise passengers are found across the age spectrum, suggesting different consumer segments interested in a cruise holiday and providing numerous possibilities for industry partners to develop the cruise penetration rate in this region.”
Highlights from the 2018 Asia Cruise Industry Ocean Source Market Report Include:
  • Asian cruise passengers are found across the age spectrum with an estimated average age of 45.4 years, lower than the global average of 47 years. Only three markets show real divergence: India, a young 37-year average; Indonesia a 39-year average and Japan an older 57 years.
  • Asian cruise passengers predominantly sail in Asia with more than 50% (2,194K) cruising in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Almost 40% (1,694K) cruise in the rest of Asia.
  • Outside of Asia, the Mediterranean, Caribbean/South America, Baltics/Northern Europe, and Alaska were popular choices, in that order.
  • Shorter sailings remain the dominant choice of Asians, 89% of whom are sailing 4-6 nights with an average duration of 4.9 days.

Western Europe key destination for gastronomy tourism as 67% of Chinese tourists travel for this reason

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Due to a rich mix of cultures within Western Europe, each individual country is known for specific dishes, or entire cuisines. This attracts Chinese tourists who want a varied gastronomical experience, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
GlobalData’s latest report: ‘Destination Market Insights: Western Europe’ reveals that 67% of Chinese tourists typically take gastronomical holidays. Destinations such as Italy and Austria are set to experience a rapid growth in Chinese visitor numbers over the next four years. Diversifying their gastronomy product should be a tourism strategy that both countries should be focusing on.
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Ralph Hollister, Travel & Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The number of Chinese tourists to Austria is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5% between 2019 and 2023. Numbers to Italy are expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.8% during the same period. Western European countries can utilize their gastronomy offering to spread Chinese tourist numbers around different regions. This will help to avoid over-tourism in hotspots such as Salzburg and Rome.”
Western Europe attracts different types of gastronomy tourists such as Foodies, Adventurers and Traditionalists due to the presence of a range of countries, which have varying relationships with their culinary heritage.
Gastronomy tourists will often travel to Western Europe to experience unique cuisines that are famed for dishes that have achieved global success. Italian food is a prime example; Chinese tourists want to sample authentic pizza and pasta, allowing for them to be culturally submerged in the process.
Hollister concludes: “The key challenge surrounding gastronomy tourism is that it is mainly restaurants which receive the economic benefit. DMO’s need to encourage all food tour companies to take travellers to real, authentic food suppliers where they can taste local dishes and interact with locals from different parts of the supply chain. Encouraging this strategy within gastronomy tourism will assist in spreading the economic benefit of this niche type of tourism. International tourists will gain a more authentic experience, creating a culturally enriching experience.”

The UAE’s hospitality sector is gearing up for the World Expo 2020 by adding 56,701 rooms

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The UAE’s hospitality sector is fully prepared for the World Expo 2020 by adding 56,701 rooms that represent 33.6 per cent of the country’s existing supply over the next one year.

As per latest available data, the UAE drives the Middle East hotel industry boom with an exponential increase in the number of new hotel projects and rooms, followed by Saudi Arabia with an additional supply of 42,571 rooms.

By 2022, the UAE’s hospitality market is expected to reach $7.6 billion, growing at a five-year CAGR of 8.5 per cent between 2017 and 2022. Qatar has 13,086 rooms in the pipeline, accounting for 47.8 per cent of the current hotel room supply. Oman is next in line by adding 4,129 rooms by 2020.

A recent hospitality industry report said that hotel supply in Dubai, the fourth most visited city in the world, is expected to reach 132,000 this year, and it is aiming to complete 160,000 hotel rooms by October 2020, to welcome 25 million visitors for Expo 2020.

American travellers prefer road trips to flights this summer; OnePoll

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American travellers prefer to hit the road this summer instead of flying to their holiday destination as per a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Ford. 73 per cent of the 2,000 respondents prefer to drive to their vacation destinations, making it the preferred method over planes, trains and cruise ships.

There are several factors for their lack of desire to fly. These include delays, going through security, cramped seats and the inability to pack everything they want to bring. American travellers  prefer the road journey even if it takes longer.

In total, 59 percent of Americans plan to take more road trips in the next five years than they did over the last five years.

Road trips allow Americans to enjoy scenic views, the freedom to stop whenever and the ability to pack whatever is needed for the trip.

Ford chief futurist Sheryl Connelly said in a statement. “Many of them are choosing to stay closer to home, taking family road trips instead and reliving their childhood for their kids, something we call the #RoadTripRewind.” He said that millennials – globe-trotting generation – came of age in a time when air travel was democratizing. However, now a shift is being witnessed.

About 63 per cent of respondents said they look forward to vacation more when it’s a road trip.  There are some issues stopping some Americans including overall cost, bad weather conditions and the long trips causing children to become restless.

International tourism numbers and confidence on the rise

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MADRID (SPAIN) - The latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer from the World Tourism Organizationshows that international tourism continued to grow over the first quarter of 2019. Though at a slower rate when compared with the last two years, the 4% increase registered in early 2019 is a very positive sign. The Middle East (+8%) and Asia and the Pacific (+6%) experienced the highest increase in international arrivals. Numbers in both Europe and Africa were up by 4%, and in the Americas growth was recorded at 3%.
“International tourism continues to perform strongly worldwide fuelled by a positive economy, increased air capacity and visa facilitation”, says UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili“Growth in arrivals is easing slightly after two years of exceptional results, but the sector continues to outpace the global rate of economic growth.”
Europe, the world’s largest tourism region, reported solid growth (+4%), led by destinations in Southern and Mediterranean Europe and Central and Eastern Europe (both +5%). Growth in Africa was driven by the ongoing recovery in North Africa (+11%). In the Americas, the Caribbean (+17%) rebounded strongly after weak results in 2018, following the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria in late 2017. In Asia and the Pacific, results for the first three months showed a 6% increase led by North-East Asia (+9%) and a very solid performance from the Chinese market.
“With this growth comes greater responsibility for translating it into better jobs and better lives”, Mr. Pololikashvili stresses. “We need to continue investing in innovation, digital transformation and education so that we can harness the many benefits tourism can bring while at the same time mitigating its impact on the environment and society with a better management of tourism flows.”
UNWTO Confidence Index Panel optimistic over future growth
Confidence in global tourism has started to pick up again after slowing down at the end of 2018, according to the latest UNWTO Confidence Index survey. The outlook for the May-August 2019 period, the peak season for many destinations in the Northern hemisphere, is more optimistic than in the recent periods and more than half of respondents are expecting a better performance in the coming four months.
Experts’ evaluation of tourism performance in the first four months of 2019 was also rather positive and in line with the expectations expressed at the beginning of that period.
UNWTO forecasts growth of 3% to 4% in international tourist arrivals in 2019.


Football Travel Trends: 68% of Travelers Plan Holidays Around Sporting Events

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A huge 68 percent of global travelers have planned holidays around sporting events at least once and 47 percent of the travelers admitted to changing their holiday booking to make sure they don't miss a football match, according to a Football Travel Trends study.
Expedia, Official Travel Partner of UEFA Champions League presents the results of Destination: Football – An Expedia Group Study on Football Travel Trends. According to the research, a staggering 68 percent of travelers around the world have planned holidays around sporting events at least once. Of this 68 percent, 70 percent of female and 67 percent of male respondents confessed to planning their holidays around their favorite team. Showing their dedication, nearly half (47 percent) admitted to actually changing holiday bookings to make sure they don't miss a match.

Most Desired Destinations to Watch Live Football

Home of Messi, Barcelona tops the list of most desired destinations to watch live football, as voted for by nearly a third (30 percent) of global fans. Camp Nou in Barcelona is heralded as the absolute football Mecca too, with 15 percent wanting to rally behind FC Barcelona. The UK falls close behind with 20 percent of respondents around the world stating London and Manchester as their chosen destinations. In fact, 11 percent want to visit Old Trafford to watch a game.
Football fans dedication is unquestionable. The study revealed two thirds (67 percent) of respondents have been to an away match and one in ten were even willing to travel 11+ hours to watch their team in action
Footie fans are also serious about their match companions, with ex-professional footballers topping the celebrity wish list. Former Brazilian striker Ronaldo is the most desirable celeb to join fans traveling to a game (17%), with David Beckham coming in a close second (15%). Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo battleit out to be the number one current footballer that travelers would like to buddy up with on holiday, with the data revealing that one-fifth of global respondents choose them as a travel companion. 

Near-the-stadium hotels with free breakfast and 24 hours check-in

When booking accommodation for away games, more than 50 percent identified proximity to the stadium as a must have and see 5-star hotels as the equivalent of traveling like a football superstar. Other key deciding factors for accommodation include free breakfast (35 percent), how close it is to the city/town center (34 percent) and 24 hours check-in (31 percent).
Many see traveling for football as an opportunity to explore a new city. Aside from watching football, 62 percent prioritize sightseeing when visiting someplace new. Shopping is the second most popular past-time, with more than half hoping to bag a bargain. Wanderlust becomes wanderlunch with food playing a meaty role when traveling. 46 percent search out restaurants, while over a third (39 percent) prefer sampling local delicacies of street food markets.

Preparation is key, but we're willing to skip family commitments to avoid missing a match

When it comes to booking, fans don't wait around. Over a third of respondents (40 percent) confirmed they book their travel for a trip as soon as their team's fixtures are announced, with women (46 percent) being more organized than men (38 percent).
Some were even willing to lie to their other half with just under a third (32 percent) of respondents admitting they had pretended to book a romantic break to watch a football match. We're often more loyal to our football team than family – 25% of people would miss a birthday, 12% would flake on parent's evening and 11% would skip a wedding to make a game.
expedia football infographic

Application for VisitBritain Business Events Growth Programme grants now open

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VisitBritain is accepting applications for grants for VisitBritain’s Business Events Growth Programme. Following a successful three years

VisitBritain’s Business Events Growth Programme provides support to the UK’s business events sector with two funding strands.

The ‘Bid Enhancement and Support’ strand supports UK cities in bidding for international events. The ‘International Delegate Growth’ strand supports existing business events to boost international delegate attendance and profile.

VisitBritain/VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said, “Following a very successful 2018/19 year for applications, we are very pleased to have supported UK wide events through the Business Events Growth Programme, demonstrating our commitment to growing this valuable sector and supporting our world-class destinations and venues to boost inbound business events.

“Working with the industry we can secure more international conferences, promote the UK as the premier destination for business events and grow local economies.”

Organisations can apply to the Business Events Growth Programme for grant-funding under each strand. Funding is open for applications from Convention Bureaus (CVBs), Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) or venues and event organisers including universities and associations.

Organisations can also apply on an ongoing basis for government advocacy to support the bid process for international events, or to grow the international profile of existing events, in many ways including letters of support and video messages from ministerial and senior UK Government officials.

VisitBritain promotes business events worldwide, under the Events are GREAT brand, part of the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign. Events are GREAT drives awareness of Britain’s destinations and products, highlighting its history of research, innovation and high-quality infrastructure, positioning it as a leading destination for business events.


Air Lease Corporation Announces Delivery of New Airbus A350-900 Aircraft to Sichuan Airlines

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Today Air Lease Corporation announced the delivery of one new Airbus A350-900 aircraft on long-term lease to Sichuan Airlines. Featuring Trent XWB-84 engines, this A350-900 is the first ALC A350-900 to deliver to an airline in China. The aircraft is from ALC’s order book with Airbus and joins eight Airbus aircraft currently on lease from ALC to Sichuan Airlines for a total of nine aircraft.
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“Sichuan Airlines is a loyal long-term customer of ALC and we are pleased to be leasing our new A350-900 to the airline,” said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “This significant delivery further strengthens our close relationship and we are confident this new widebody aircraft will complement the airline’s current fleet operations, adding technological and innovative advancements that will bring a whole new experience to Sichuan’s offerings.”

“We are very pleased to announce this new A350-900 delivery to our distinguished customer, Sichuan Airlines,” said Jie Chen, Air Lease Corporation’s Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Asia. “ALC is proud to introduce the airline to the A350-900 and pioneer modernizing the airline’s long-haul fleet to maximize Sichuan Airlines’ fleet operations and global growth.”

Source:- Air Lease Corporation

‘Hilton Breakfast Alliance’ Uncovers The State of Breakfast, Sparks a Movement to Transform the Most Important Meal of the Day Into an Opportunity for Connectio

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MCLEAN, Va. - It is frequently called the most important meal of the day, but a new nationwide survey by the “Hilton Breakfast Alliance” – five hotel brands that collectively serve nearly 200 million free hot breakfasts annually – found that breakfast in America may actually be the most neglected meal of the day.
Hilton’s family of brands that offer free, hot breakfast to guests – Embassy Suites by HiltonHampton by HiltonTru by HiltonHomewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton – today unveiled The State of Breakfast, a consumer survey, which found that Americans want more opportunities to make breakfast a priority and connect with their loved ones.
Among the results:
  • The vast majority of Americans (79 percent) believe breakfast is the most important meal, and 80 percent believe a shared breakfast can set the tone for the day. 
  • In fact, 89 percent of Americans believe having breakfast with family or loved ones is a recipe for a great day and would make them feel happier (47%) and more fulfilled (38%).
  • Despite this, the majority of Americans (56%) admit they skip breakfast more than any other meal. And sadly, fewer than one in 10 get to share the morning meal with family or friends.
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“The 'Hilton Breakfast Alliance' is on a mission to transform breakfast, taking it from an isolated, rushed and disconnected experience to an enjoyable opportunity to start the day by connecting with others,” said Bill Duncan, global head, All Suites and Focused Service category, Hilton. “Every day in our hotels, we see the bonding that occurs when family and friends share breakfast together. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect while on the road – and should be at home, as well.”
The “Hilton Breakfast Alliance” is encouraging everyone to make breakfast the most connected meal of the day starting Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kick-off to the summer travel season. Saturday, May 25, becomes “Eat Breakfast Together Day,” and Hilton encourages people to take a pledge to enjoy the most important meal of the day with others. National TV personality and lifestyle expert Brandi Milloy is joining the “Hilton Breakfast Alliance” to celebrate Eat Breakfast Together Day.
“Like many people, my favorite meal is breakfast. But with crazy schedules, it feels like we’re always rushed,” Milloy said. “That’s why my family and I really savor those mornings where we spend meaningful time together over breakfast.”
“Pro tip,” Milloy offered, “summer travel is the perfect time to get in the habit of starting the day with breakfast together. Bonus points if everyone puts their phones away.” 
To take the pledge to eat breakfast together, visit www.HiltonStateofBreakfast.com and follow the mission on social with #HiltonBreakfast. Those who take the pledge will be entered for a chance to win a weekend stay at a select Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton or Home2 Suites by Hilton property, where they can enjoy a hot fresh breakfast each morning of their stay.
Other survey highlights include:
  • The Power of Breakfast: Close to two-thirds (62%) of parents think eating a sit-down breakfast while on vacation is the best way to connect as a family – more so than taking a trip to a local attraction, visiting the beach, hiking or attending a sporting event or concert.
  • Putting Breakfast on the Backburner: Nearly all (95%) Americans admit to doing some sort of other activity while they eat breakfast. Close to two-thirds (62%) reveal that they are typically using technology, be it using their phone or computers to check emails and social media (36%), watching TV (31%) or listening to music or a podcast (21%).
  • A Breakfast Disconnect Plagues the Nation: Nearly half (49%) of Americans admit they usually feel disconnected to those around them at breakfast and less than half (41%) say they have conversations with the people around them while eating breakfast, with only 20% feeling those conversations are meaningful.
  • Building Better Breakfast Connections: Four-in-five (81%) admit they wish they had more opportunities to sit down and eat breakfast with the people they care about, but 87% of Americans believe simple changes can make them feel more connected, like having breakfast together (44%), having more meaningful conversations at the breakfast table (38%), unplugging from digital devices (38%) or making breakfast a priority (37%).
  • Making Time for a Better Breakfast: Four in five (80%) parents are willing to give something up to have more meaningful conversations with their children at the breakfast table, whether that be an hour of sleep (58%), a year of dessert (40%), TV (43%), smartphone (35%) or even 5% of their income (15%).
“Hilton Breakfast Alliance” to the Rescue
Through The State of Breakfast survey, the “Hilton Breakfast Alliance” unveils that from spending quality time with others to simply sharing a delicious meal, nothing beats sitting down with others for breakfast.
Whether on a business trip, family vacation or flying solo, the “Breakfast Alliance” of Hilton brands provides unique breakfast offerings as well as morning classics, across its more than 3,200 properties in the U.S.:
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton: With its cooked-to-order breakfast – including custom omelets – Embassy Suites will satisfy even the pickiest eaters (and their parents), so they can make time for what really matters – connecting with the ones they love.
  • Hampton by Hilton: Hampton by Hilton changed the game as the first hotel brand in its segment to serve a free, hot quality breakfast. The brand is continuing to raise the bar by rolling out a new breakfast experience across its properties in the U.S. and Canada throughout the summer. Hampton’s fresh-baked waffles that guests have known and loved will get a whole new look with the option to create four individual mini waffles, along with delicious new flavors including Blueberry, Chocolate, Banana and Cinnamon Roll. The new breakfast will also introduce category firsts such as Greek yogurt smoothies and pressed juices.
  • Tru by Hilton: Tru by Hilton guests don’t have to choose between a consistent, fun experience and an affordable price – right down to its breakfast. The sky is the limit with a complimentary build-your-own "Top It" breakfast bar. Guests can create Waffle Boat masterpieces from more than 35 toppings including healthful, sweet and savory items.
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton: Homewood Suites by Hilton offers all guests a complimentary, daily full hot breakfast to kick start the day. For those needing that extra hour to get ready or squeeze in their morning yoga stretch in their spacious suites, Homewood Suites has their back with the option to get groceries delivered to whip up breakfast in their own fully equipped kitchen.
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton: Everyone can have a breakfast companion at the popular communal Inspired Table at Home2 Suites by Hilton. Guests can enjoy more than 400 breakfast combinations, including breakfast sandwiches, waffles, oatmeal, fruit and cereal.
Click here to learn more about The State of Breakfast survey and for more information on the “Hilton Breakfast Alliance,” including its hot free breakfast offerings and signature morning meals.

*Kelton Global conducted The State of Breakfast Survey among 1,571 nationally representative Americans ages 18+ from April 9-12, 2019 via an online survey with an overall margin of error of 2.5%.