Saturday, 16 July 2011

'I want to go anywhere' search query could soon be solved

There is encouraging news from travel technology specialist Amadeus as the firm have announced plans for a super search tool for the travel industry. Amadeus extreme search will focus on the traveller and not require destination information but will be able to search on terms such as 'what can I get for £500.'

Stephane Durand of Amadeus said, “Extreme Search is the natural evolution of today’s consumer practices, overthrowing established search methods based on destinations and dates. As important, it is an opportunity for the online travel agency to differentiate itself from the traditional “book it” button which is visible on every website today. Travel sellers are able to capture the traveller’s attention early in the search process due to the unique search experience, thereby growing their share of the leisure market and ultimately increase conversion and customer loyalty. Furthermore, Extreme Search provides invaluable business intelligence on how customers search, helping online agents to respond instantly to new trends and target new customer segments.”

Jumeirah to launch hotel in Abu Dhabi

Jumeirah Hotels are to launch their first hotel in Abu Dhabi later this year with the opening of a five star hotel at Etihad Towers.

The hotel will feature 382 rooms and suites, 199 serviced apartments and a huge spa.Etihad Towers is a five tower developments which will also encompass 885 apartments and penthouses and a huge convention center with its own private beach.

BA booming at London City Airport

There is good news for British Airways as the airline is celebrating record passenger numbers from London City Airport. June saw passenger numbers surpass 100,000 for the first time and the airline has also taken delivery of a new Embraer 190 aircrarft.

The new plane will operate on all British Airways European routes from London City which will include new flights to Malaga and Faro.

May travel figures at pre-recession levels

Government travel statistics have shown that the number of people travelling in May 2011 were at similar levels to figures in 2008 before the great credit crunch.

Around 5.14 million UK residents went abroad in May and the number of foreign trips increased by 11% to over 14 million in the three months to end of May. However, figures have shown that Britons spending is still low with an increase in spending of 7% per traveller compared with 2010 figures.

US hotel chains adapt to accommodate Chinese demand

In a sign of the times, Hilton and Starwood Hotel chains have made significant changes to their US hotels in order to accommodate for a boom in Chinese tourism. Figures show that visitors from mainland China have more than tripled since 2000 and is expected to triple again by 2015.

The Hilton and Starwood super brands hope to satisfy this demand by employing at least one member of staff who is fluent in Chinese, a tea kettle and slippers in each room and traditional Chinese breakfast items. Not only are Chinese the fastest growing number of visitors but also the largest spenders with the average Chinese visitor spending $6,243 per visit including airfares.