Weekly round-up of digital travel and tourism news for January 21-27, 2013
January 21, 2013
Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd planned Gujarat Travel Mart (GTM) 2013 to provide a platform for the interaction between the travel service providers, including online travel agencies, and international players. You can register for the travel mart.
Eyefortravel organizes Create A Travel Company in 48 hours!
Eyefortravel is organizing “Create A Travel Company in 48 hours!” competition in May 2013 during the Travel Distribution Summit London. If you have an idea for new travel brand, try to compete and win contacts. You can apply online.
Travelzest plans to sell its business
Travelzest, an online nudist holiday organizer, planned to sell its Canadian operations. However, management buy-out has been rejected.
Vayant launches Fare Alert™
Vayant Travel Technologies launched Fare Alert™, a smart airfare monitoring service offering live fare up dates round the clock. The service would help both travel service providers and travelers. The service takes in account a number of factors, including price, type of trip and cabin, and private and negotiated fares. You can try new airfare search product, requiring registration.
MakeMyTrip.com won the Best Online Travel Agent Award during Garden City College (Bangalore) (GCC) Travel Puraskar event held in January 2013.
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January 22, 2013
Best time for flight ticket purchase
Perkins, Ed. January 2013. Can you solve the “when to buy’ conundrum? Chicago Tribune
The article reviews answers to the question “When is the best time to buy flight tickets?” According to the research done by CheapAir.com, the best time to purchase a domestic flight ticket is seven weeks in advance. The Economist defined an “eight-week” rule. Read the full article what other travel companies have to say.
Insight into travel blogging industry
Bannister, Kristian. January 2013. The State of Travel Blogging 2013 [infographic]. BookFHR.com
The survey-based infographic highlights behavior of travel bloggers. The key findings include
- Average age of the blog is two years.
- Most of the travel bloggers own more than one travel blog.
- 86% blogs feature sponsored posts. Browse the Travel Blogging 2013 infographic.
Booking unveils Booking.yeah
Booking.com launched the first brand campaign for the overcrowded United States Market. The brand campaign Booking.yeah featuring films would be aired on the television networks, movie theaters and web. Get more information about the online travel campaign.
January 23, 2013
Tourism Ireland unveils new website
Tourism Ireland unveiled the new website to promote tourism to the island. The multilingual website is a one-stop shop for holidaying in Ireland. Highlights of redeveloped website are “less crowded pages”, easy navigation, beautiful images, current information and social media links. Check the new travel website.
January 24, 2013
Rough Guides launches a new campaign
Rough Guides, the U.K. based travel guide publisher, launches a new advertisement campaign and website. The campaign indicates that quality information in the guides is more reliable than travel reviews available online. The website exclusively focuses on travel content.