Weekly Roundup: Travel, Tech and Social Media
Happy Friday and welcome back for another Weekly Roundup!
It’s been a pretty busy week in the travel industry, with lots of news, 2016 conclusions and reports, new technology releases and many other stories that caught our attention. We summarized the posts that stood out the most, in hopes that they will spark your curiosity too, so go on with your reading and enjoy!
Have a lovely end of the week and don’t forget to pay us a visit next Friday, for another roundup!
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts have stolen the spotlight at TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards, with 9 of their properties being introduced in the world’s top 1%. This award is based on traveller’s reviews and feedback and is considered the biggest honour that TripAdvisor grants to a hotel
Kayak’s division expands with new investment: Priceline Group, owner of our client Kayak, has recently purchased Momondo Group, for $550 million. It is expected for the deal to be wrapped by the end of 2017.
Business travel loses $185 million because of Trump’s travel ban: Remember how last week we talked about president Trump’s new travel ban, its consequences and the uncertainty that it has arose? It appears that $185 million in business travel bookings have already been lost.
Trends and Insights
TrustYou CEO, Ben Jost, about bookings, Airbnb and Google: Our very own CEO gave an interview this week to TravelDailyNews and talked about the most important booking decision factors, the Airbnb phenomenon and about Google’s presence and impact in the travel industry. Don’t miss the full story!
2016 turned out to be a rather modest year for European tourism, compared to 2015: Although Europe is still considered safer than many other destinations worldwide, due to some tragic events and terrorist attacks that took place in 2016, overall tourism growth has slowed from the previous year (+5% in 2015). Iceland remains the top growth destination (+40%).
International travel to the U.S. returns to pre 9/11 levels: According to U.S. Travel Association analysis of the latest Department of Commerce data, 2016 has registered the highest travel exports level since 2000, represented by a total of $247 billion.
Hotel v destination - what matters most to guests looking for romance? Don’t miss out on our joint press release regarding our company’s most recent study, conducted in collaboration with Wego.com. Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, check out those hotels that rate highest amongst guests, when it comes to romance.
TripAdvisor’s new Storyboard feature for restaurants: TripAdvisor releases a new feature, allowing restaurants to create videos based on images and reviews, in order to entice and engage potential customers.
Things hoteliers must know about mobile behaviours: We talked last week about the galloping growth of the mobile’s importance when it comes to the travel industry. Experts at the 2017 Americas Lodging Investment Summit think that hoteliers must learn a few new things, in order to properly understand the interaction between travellers and their smart phones and, therefore, be able to make the most of this technology trend.