Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UK holiday makers set to opt for all-inclusive

A new research study highlighting the key consumer trends in the UK holiday market has been added to the vast repository of Market Research Hub (MRH). The report offers holistic analysis on major factors that are shaping the holiday market in the UK.

On account of the growing inflationary pressures, UK consumers are likely to opt for those deals that offer all-inclusive packages. The preference for all-inclusive deals is likely to increase during the summers, as a high percentage of consumers are expected to focus on reducing expenditure on foreign travel. The pressures on consumer spending are also likely to result into a preference for those destinations that are cheaper to visit.



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Monday, 19 February 2018

At the airport . . .

TRAVELLING is one of life's great adventures, but it can also bring its fair share of headaches. Like getting a taxi that can be counted on to be clean, driven competently and coming along with a fair price. In Birmingham, England, Beaufort Airport Taxis Birmingham have all those areas covered the company recently announced the launch of their new website, designed to be even easier to navigate, find out information and book Birmingham taxi appointments online. 

They even offer a professional “meet and greet” service, where the driver will wait for their passenger holding a sign with their name making finding them as easy as possible.

Taxi transfer service is available from Birmingham Airport to all UK airports including Heathrow Airport, East Midlands Airport, Gatwick Airport, Manchester Airport, Luton Airport, and Stansted Airport.


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Transformational Travel in Africa

THIS year we won’t just be looking to make more meaningful connections when we travel, we’ll be opting for mind-altering experiences which allow for a deeper sense of introspection. Transformational travel is expected to be one of the biggest trends of 2018. 




















Lesotho and Swaziland are excelling when it comes to fusing cultural heritage, remote backdrops and local community tourism to create life changing holidays. Relatively undiscovered, both kingdoms are ideal for adventurers concerned about over-tourism, #Lesotho recently securing a place on CNN’s list of places that deserved more travellers. Slowly creeping up the popularity polls, Acacia Africa reported a ten fold increase in bookings for its camping overland tours going via #Swaziland and Lesotho in 2017, since launching tours to the destinations mid 2016. 

So why not try Acacia Africa's 46 day Southern Africa Explorer tour?  The overland itinerary includes a village visit to meet local shepherds near the Sani Pass (the gateway to Lesotho) and seasonal opportunities to participate in sheep shearing; an optional horse riding trek with the Basotho Herdsmen to the Botsoela Waterfall in Malealea (an impressive insta-worthy site), mountain bike safaris in Swaziland’s Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and an Umphakatsi Cultural Experience with a Swazi village chief near the royal enclosure. A great year to visit the Kingdom of Swaziland - King Mswati III will celebrate his 50th birthday and the country will mark its 50th year of independence in 2018.
 

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US visitor numbers to Portugal rise in record year

PORTUGAL started 2017 with Travel + Leisure naming it the Editors Pick Destination of the Year. Tourism growth is a huge boost to the Portuguese economy, with economic growth near the top of the European Union and unemployment at a 9 year low. 

According to data from the Bank of #Portugal, in September 2017, revenues generated by tourism jumped 21.3 percent in September, reaching 1.6 billion euros. Revenue from US visitors was up 34 percent or the month over 2016.

The numbers are impressive so far. If in 2016 the total number of American visitors in Portugal was 391,125 with overnights of 910,751, by October 1, 2017 they had already hit 522,653 visitors with 1,196,923 of overnights, which is 34 percent higher than last year’s results and four times higher than just 10 years ago. The number of US travelers for October 2017 was up 44.2 percent over the same month in 2016.   


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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Creatures of habit

BRITS are creatures of habits when they travel, a study has found. Almost half of travellers admit they always go through the same habits and rituals to ensure their journey and holiday goes to plan.

Fliers also follow the same routines when it comes to the time they arrive at the airport, the food and drink they consume and even going to the toilet before boarding. It also emerged that 72 per cent of Brits believe they are an organised traveller, while 20 per cent admit that although they usually get everywhere on time, and with everything they need, it is a little haphazard.

Researchers also found many travellers follow a set routine when boarding the plane with 52 per cent always going to the toilet beforehand, even if they don’t need to.

Half of British fliers will head to the gate as soon as it is announced, while 40 per cent will hold back to miss the rush, without leaving it until the last minute.

A daring one in twenty admit they won’t make a move to the gate until the ‘final call’ message is flashing up on screens.


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San Antonio celebrates Tricentennial in 2018

SAN ANTONIO makes National Geographic Traveller Best of the World List - San Antonio, which draws more than 34 million visitors a year, was one of three U.S. destinations listed. Also honored were Cleveland, Ohio, and Oahu, Hawaii.



















#sanantonio will be celebrating its 300th birthday throughout 2018. It has recently enjoyed a string of notable accolades, including recognition from Conde Nast Traveler, Fodor’s and Frommer’s, all naming the city as a must-visit #destination. In October, Travel + Leisure named San Antonio one of the friendliest communities in the country.

Already home to the only World Heritage Site in Texas, San Antonio also was honored earlier this month when UNESCO named it a Creative City of Gastronomy for its mix of culinary cultures. San Antonio is only the second U.S. city to receive this recognition.


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Robot to guide passengers in Munich Airport

SHE is 120 centimeters tall, with sparkling, round eyes and a pleasant voice, “Josie Pepper” the robot will be answering questions for passengers in Terminal 2. Whether they need directions to their gate or want to stop at a certain restaurant or shop – #JosiePepper will look them in the eyes and give them a prompt answer.

With the rollout of Josie Pepper, Munich Airport and Lufthansa are breaking new ground: It is the first-ever test of a humanoid #robot equipped with artificial intelligence at a German airport. For the next few weeks, Josie Pepper will welcome travelers to the non-public area of Terminal 2, which is jointly operated by Munich Airport and Lufthansa. In her initial deployment, Josie Pepper, who speaks English, will await passengers at the top of the ramp leading to the shuttle connecting the main terminal to the satellite building. This test phase will be used to show whether Josie Pepper is accepted by passengers.

Pepper was developed by the French company SoftBank Robotics. The lady robot was given the name “Josie” by the staff of Munich Airport and Lufthansa when she arrived at the airport.


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