3 Jul 2015

Report: Business Travel


Chris Pouney has published a research paper in which he discusses the business travel industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. Contents include African culture along with advice given on all aspects of setting up a business there.

He is a partner in Nina and Pinta, a corporate travel and expense management company that provides strategic consulting and accredited training to help build sustainable businesses.

A  range of videos on business travel in the Middle East and Africa can also be viewed on their website.

30 Jun 2015

TMI awards its first Recognition of a Foundation Degree course to UCB

“Assessment and recognition by TMI means that students can be confident the course will provide them with knowledge, understanding, skills and experience which will fully prepare them for a career in destination management. TMI was keen to extend this reassurance to students on foundation degrees and I am delighted to confer the first award on University College Birmingham.”                                                                                                                                  Paul Williams, TMI Head of Professional Development
Tourism Management Institute (TMI) has awarded its first Recognition of a Foundation Degree course to University College Birmingham’s FdA/BA(Hons) International Tourism Business Management and BSc(Hons) International Tourism Management. The assessors were impressed by the strong engagement with industry, the European links and the way destination management is embedded throughout the programme.

Michelle Callanan, UCB’s Assistant Dean for Tourism and Aviation, commented, “We are delighted to have contributed to the recent changes made by TMI in recognising foundation degrees and to be the first university in the UK to formally receive this recognition for our FdA International Tourism Business Management course...UCB has a long history in delivering successful tourism courses and is committed to developing creative work-based learning that meets the needs of industry and professional bodies as well as our students.”

The award was presented during TMI's recent Hot Topic Event entitled, 'Digital Destinations Masterclass' which was hosted by UCB. The keynote speaker was Prof Dimitrios Buhalis, director of Bournemouth University’s eTourism Lab; UCB tourism lecturers Paul Bamber and Kathryn Bell also gave a presentation examining social media best practice in the tourism industry.

Find out more about UCB's Tourism programmes here.

26 Jun 2015

IATA news

IATA have suggested that the size of carry-on luggage should to be decreased; this is to allow for best use of cabin space and give everyone a chance to store their carry-on bags on board. IATA stressed that this was a suggestion, not a requirement, since each airline decides the maximum carry-on size for itself. Whether the idea will take hold is still up in the air, with some airlines and consumers criticising the idea and other airlines agreeing to adopt the new size requirements.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) annual meeting took place in Miami recently. During the meeting, it came to light that airlines all over the world are investigating their suppliers and whether or not they are being charged fairly for the equipment needed to run an airline. All the releases and speeches from the two-day event, are available on the IATA website.

24 Jun 2015

Report: Driving Growth

ABTA have produced a new report on outbound tourism and its value to the UK economy; it highlights how outbound travel businesses, including the supply chain that supports them, generate jobs and growth throughout the UK.

It shows that holidaymakers spend in excess of £34 billion in the UK before they travel abroad, challenging the myth of a ‘tourism deficit’ - the difference in spend by UK residents abroad, and foreign residents’ spend in the UK.

22 Jun 2015

Innovation: Hotels

Plans to open an eco-resort have been unveiled by actor Leonardo DiCaprio; the environmentally friendly project named ‘Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island’,  will offer 68 villas spread across its 104 acres (42 hectares) when it launches in 2018. Blackadore Caye will adhere to the Living Building Challenge - strict environmental requirements including water and energy self-sufficiency, becoming the first resort to adhere to these standards.

Floating hotels have been big news recently and a number of projects are underway in this area; using solar energy as its sole source of power the solar floating hotel can be found in the Maldives. Another company, has designed a floating hotel with detachable catamaran apartments. Over in Norway, a floating snowflake hotel has been built to be as self-sustaining as possible with minimum environmental impact whilst aiming to promote tourism on inland waters. The Chinese government are also jumping on the floating bandwagon, but on a much larger scale; a floating city has been proposed which would be built to appeal to tourists and residents alike, offering an array of attractions and plenty of green space. 

On the topic of floating hotels, a pair of architecture graduates recently teamed up with Airbnb to create The Floating House – carrying the address ‘Number 1, The Thames'.

19 Jun 2015

Indigenous Tourism

The adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in September 2007, raised awareness of the need to engage with Indigenous peoples and many organisations have working happily alongside indigenous communities to offer nature and culture-based tourism, whilst respecting their rights, resources, cultures and knowledge. However, following a decline in both Australia's domestic and international markets for this type of tourism, a gap analysis report was published to look at the issues in supply and demand for indigenous tourism.

The World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA) is an Indigenous-led global network of about 170 organisations that seek to give practical expression to the UN Declaration through tourism. A number of useful publications can be found in the Resources section of their website.

The Adventure Travel Trade Association has produced a webinar, which introduces the vast range of Indigenous homelands around the world and aims to show the correlation between biological diversity and Indigenous territories; it goes on to discuss the many issues facing Indigenous tourism development with advice given to the travel industry on working effectively through those issues.

9 Jun 2015

Rebranding Magaluf

Magaluf, in Mallorca has hit the headlines as strict new rules for antisocial behaviour come into operation today, to help halt the declining reputation of the resort. 

Calvià Council, covering the Magaluf area, intends to rebrand the area and designate it as a 'mature tourist zone' (in progressive decline) in order to force public officials and businesses to conduct a 'review of everything on offer to tourists'. Local businesses that rely on tourism will be given six months to submit plans explaining how they will modernise and improve quality. Melia Hotels which owns a number of hotels on the island, led the way a few years ago, with the Calvia Beach Project, a phased investment approach hoping to attract high-quality tourism to the region; in 2013, they were partners in setting up the island's first hotel theme park.

Case studies on Magaluf and Mallorca as tourist destinations are plentiful: