Industry News Articles United States reopens borders to fully vaccinated travellers

November 8, 2021

The United States has opened its borders to travellers from a host of new countries following nearly two years of closures in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Phocuswire – Metaverse is nonsense to some  but the future for many

November 5, 2021

Scary or otherwise, Metaverse-like products and worlds will be a feature of our lives (or our kids‘ lives) for decades to come. Brands need to remember that, rather than dismiss them outright. What Business Strategies should Hoteliers implement in 2022?

October 29, 2021

5 Hotel Business Strategies to Implement in 2022. The industry appears to be cautiously optimistic about business performance. But what does that mean for your hotel business strategies in 2022

Sky News- Facebook changes its name to Meta as part of company rebrand

October 29, 2021

In an announcement at the Facebook Connect conference, founder Mark Zuckerberg said legacy apps like Facebook and Instagram will now be part of the new metaverse-focused parent company.

The Guardian – Facebook gives a glimpse of metaverse, its planned virtual reality world – video

October 29, 2021

Mark Zuckerberg has revealed a glimpse of Facebook’s plans to built the “metaverse” – a digital world built over our own, comprising virtual reality headsets and augmented reality.

ehotelier- Tripadvisor report reveals new data in fight against fake reviews

October 29, 2021

eTripadvisor, the travel platform trusted by hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide for its traveler reviews, has today published its 2021 Review Transparency Report

HospitalityNet – Europe Travel & Tourism sector lags global recovery

October 22, 2021

Latest research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows Europe’s Travel & Tourism sector’s year on year recovery may only achieve a growth of 23.9% this year.

AdAge – The state of holiday travel with trip advisor (video)

October 21, 2021

Christine Maguire, general manager and VP of global media business, joined Assistant Managing Editor Jeanine Poggi, to discuss trends in consumer travel behavior and TripAdvisor’s holiday marketing strategy.

eMarketer – How travel companies and ads are changing (podcast)

October 21, 2021

eMarketer’s Oscar Orozco and Zach Goldnerd discuss how travel companies are changing their offerings to attract travelers including a la carte pricing, loyalty programs, and travel ad spend.

Hotel marketing – predicts triumphant return of travel in 2022

October 20, 2021

In its most extensive travel predictions research to date, reveals a new and renewed sense of optimism to experience the world in the year ahead – 2022.

Hospitality Net – How can hotels forecast and manage revenue given the volatility of travel?

October 19, 2021

A breakdown and analysis of OTA Insight’s co-founder, Gino Engel’s thoughts on the status of travel and hospitality in the UK and Ireland, Europe, and the industry’s prospects moving in to 2022.

Phocuswire – Willingness to use apps and share health data increasing as travel opens

October 18, 2021

According to the latest “Rebuild Travel Survey” from Amadeus, travelers are showing increased willingness to use apps to alleviate anxiety about last-minute cancellations and refunds.

SiteMinder – International hotel visitors in Germany surpass 30% for first time since pandemic

October 18, 2021

Nearly a third (30.94%) of bookings in German hotels this month have come from abroad, the highest proportion since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This tops the figure of 30.71% recorded in February 2020.

Phocuswire – Majority of travelers prefer flexible booking

October 13, 2021

Most travelers expect that providers should continue the revised booking policies that were implemented during the height of the pandemic and establish them as an ongoing standard. 

Phocuswire – What will drive hotel recovery in 2022?

October 11, 2021

Phocuswire with Amadeus provide specific actionable ways for hospitality professionals to build and execute recovery plans across four key functional areas – sales, marketing, revenue management, and operations.

Phocuswire – Sounding off – Tripadvisor Plus changes show the complexity of travel subscriptions

September 24, 2021

Effective later this year, Tripadvisor Plus will shift to a cash-back benefit for subscribers. Participating hotels will provide their lowest publicly accessible retail rates and pay a commission on bookings

Skift – Tripadvisor CEO Defends Subscription Service Changes That Rattled Investors

September 23, 2021

Tripadvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer acknowledged that hotels objected to the discounted rates being advertised on the Plus program, but said the change to a points-based wallet will be a hit with consumers..

Skift – Tripadvisor forced by hotel chains to reverse course on subscriptions to cash back model

September 20, 2021

In a stunning reversal Tripadvisor bowed to hotel chain concerns and will transition Tripadvisor Plus subscription program from immediate discounts on hotels to cash-back after check-in.

Skift – Google Jumps Into Contactless Hotel Technology Push

August 26, 2020

Google wants to extend the contactless tech push into the guest room by offering more voice activated commands for the in-stay experience via their Nest Hub smart display e.g. asking the front desk for more towels.

Econsultancy – How QR codes are finally enabling innovation in 2020

August 25, 2020

QR codes have found a new lease of life in the coronavirus pandemic. This can be seen across healthcare, hospitality and social media where they are now abundant and seeing a surge in adoption.

Phocuswire – Countries consider wearables as a way to bring back tourists

August 26, 2020

Some countries are issuing wristbands that track an arrival’s movements to ensure quarantine compliance. Meant to encourage tourism, some see it as a deterrent to leisure travel.