24 Feb 2017

Philanthropic Travel

A report, 'Good Travels' by Tourism Cares, has found that philanthropy has become increasingly important to travellers; research showed that 55% of travellers had volunteered services or donated money to a destination they had visited in the past two years. 

This case study discusses how the need for 'purpose-driven travel' led to a partnership between The Travel Corporation and 'ME to WE', a for-profit social enterprise that uses its revenues to develop local communities by creating a platform for coordinating the volunteer work of 'ME to WE' and the company’s travel programs.

17 Feb 2017

Focus on.... Barcelona

Barcelona's popularity as a tourist destination recently brought local residents on to the streets; they were protesting against the number of residential apartments being offered as holiday accommodation, causing prices of their homes to rise.

The city council listened and with the aim of balancing the economic benefits of mass tourism with quality of life, passed a new law: the Special Urban Development Plan for Tourist Accommodation (PEUAT) will limit the number of hotel rooms in each accommodation and will stop the issuing of permits to turn apartments into accommodation for servers, such as those of Airbnb. The opening of new hotels in certain areas will also be prohibited. 

If you are looking for resources on Barcelona, this page might help; as well as statistics, it contains detailed reports on a range of tourism-related topics.

30 Jan 2017

Travel Trade Gazette

The latest issue of TTG gives updates from the travel industry, including an interview with G Adventures' Bruce Poon Tip, on recent acquisitions. United Airlines, airports and cruises come under the spotlight in 'City and Finance' whilst 'Toolkit' features tips on technology and top sales and marketing techniques from the experts; we also follow the travel career of Reed Exhibitions', Charlotte Sutton. Featured destinations are Oakland in California and Boston, USA.

20 Jan 2017

City in the Sky

A fascinating new TV series gives us an in-depth look at airports and what makes them tick; in three parts, City in the Sky takes a behind-the-scenes look at the crucial stages of an airline's journey from start to finish.

In the first episode, we see the massive fuel tanks in Ghent, the amount of baggage handled at Dubai Airport (50,000 pieces of luggage is typical in just one morning) and how airline's tyres are kept from freezing when it is - 47 degrees on the ground. 

12 Dec 2016

European Traveller Insights Report

A new report, ‘European Traveller Insights Report’ 
has been released today. It is the first of it's kind to be published by the online travel company, eDreams ODIGEO and contains extensive global data highlighting consumers’ travel habits in 2016. The report also reveals the destinations that will be trending next year.