28 May 2015

TTG online

In the latest issue, there are updates on industry events, a look at the possible impact that Google's new algorithm could have on the travel sector, news from key travel organisations and a look at Canada's thriving tourism industry. 

Meanwhile, now that the new government is in place, it asks how relevant the new tourism minister is to the UK industry.

19 May 2015

Focus on .... Arizona

It was recently reported that business travel is helping to boost tourism in Arizona, which has been helped in no small way by the state's robust aviation industry. An analysis with useful statistics is given in the report, 'Economic Impact of Aviation'.

The state's leisure and hospitality industry itself has seen an increase of 3,200 new jobs and 33.8m tourists visiting in 2013, as set out in this report by the Arizona Office of Tourism. 

Of course, the most famous attraction in Arizona has to be the Grand Canyon but as these videos will show, there is much more to discover in the park itself. 

15 May 2015

Tourism news ....

The first direct flight from Birmingham to New York took off recently. American Airlines will fly daily from Birmingham Airport to New York John F. Kennedy Airport; the airline is offering a British Airways code share, for passengers to earn and redeem BA air miles and Avios points.

A recent study has shown that today's business travellers are increasingly swapping luxury  hotels and first class flight service for better travel experiences, such as access to airport lounges, concierge services and upgrades.

The latest issue of Attractions Management is out; amongst the contents, is an article discussing UNESCO's special heritage designation of nine sites in Mexico. 

11 May 2015

Live Project Exhibition

Today, I went to see an exhibition by MA TDM/ITBA students at McIntyre House, which showcased their completed Live Project ideas. Part of their programme involved visiting Lanzarote to carry out a feasibility study for a pop-up tourism business. The four groups had very different ideas but all had been thoroughly researched and they had also presented these to the Lanzarote Tourism Authority - impressive!

Really enjoyed the exhibition and loved the students' enthusiasm; what clearly came across for me, was how much they had enjoyed the Live Project experience. 

Well done and we wish you all the best for the future! 

8 May 2015

Apple Watch

The next government has been (more or less) decided, but following the lack of take-up of Google Glass, the success of the Apple watch is still uncertain; although an online poll suggests enthusiasm for the latest gadget, sales of the Apple watch have got off to a slow start. From a tourism perspective, what will it mean for the travel industry? This article aims to answer this question, stating that the watch already offers three travel apps including Starwood Hotels and Resorts and American Airlines. 

6 May 2015

It’s a changing world....

ABTA recently held its 17th Annual Travel Law Seminar entitled 'It’s a changing world…'. which gave delegates from travel organisations the opportunity to sit down together and talk about the impacts that new legal developments will have on the industry. Some of the topics that were discussed included, new employment laws, financial protection, the introduction of the new Package Travel Directive, developments to the ATOL Scheme, changes to dealing with customer complaints and new business models such as Airbnb.

5 May 2015

The United States of Great Outdoors

Brand USA, the first US cooperative destination marketing organisation, has launched a new microsite, The United States of Great Outdoors, as part of its ongoing effort to promote tourism to the US. The site is dedicated to America's natural wonders, including famous landmarks and national parks. The microsite is available in eight different languages, including English, aiming to appeal to travellers across the globe. The new microsite arrives on the heels of the recently-launched National Park Service's "Find Your Park" campaign.