Weekly round-up of digital travel and tourism news for February 18-24, 2013
February 18, 2013
Free Sydney hop-on-hop-off guide
Asia Pacific Guides Ltd. one of top eBook and online travel guide publishers, released a free online Sydney hop-on-hop-off guide offering practical travel information.
Indians prefer self-organized holidays
Understanding Growth Markets: China & India. Nielsen Outbound Travel Monitor. Neilson
The report highlights an array of influences and trends that are changing urban China and India. For instance,
- Self-organized travel dominates the Indian market. Online travel-transportation bookings increased from 12% in 2008 to 42% in 2010 in the country. However, the travelers from the tier II towns are not very comfortable with online travel bookings
- In China, the web gained enough critical mass and would influence travel decisions in future. The medium would emerge as a principal platform for travel booking. Read the complete travel report.
February 19, 2013
Utrip, an online travel company based in Seattle, introduces “Featured Trips version 1.1.” The new feature allows professionals from various fields to plan your holiday.
February 20, 2013
Online travel spending increases
February 20, 2012. U.S. Consumer Online Travel Spending Surpasses $100 Billion for First Time in 2012. comScore, Inc.
The author reviewed the U.S. consumer spending on online travel in 2012. The spending grew by 9% and touched mark of $103 billion. The spending was the highest on air travel (2/3 of the total spending), The online spending on air travel recorded an increase of 10%. Expedia, Inc. accounted for the highest page views (31.6%) of the total page views received by online travel agents in 2012. However, the Expedia page views declined by 6% as compared to the last year. Get more information about the digital travel research.
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February 21, 2013
Vayama promotes off-the-beaten destinations
Vayama compiles a list of off-the-beaten paths to offer alternative destinations to savvy travelers interested in exploring places other than the popular one. For instance, the European alternative destination list includes Glasgow in Scotland and Siena in Italy.
Will domestic flash air ticket sale boost travel sector?
Shukla, Tarun. and Srivastava, Moulishree. February 21, 2013. Fare cuts unlikely to provide a long-term boost for travel sector. Live Mint & The Wall Street Journal.
The article evaluates impact of the over 50% fare reduction scheme launched by Jet Airways (India) on February 18, 2013. The domestic fare discounts have been introduced to stimulate the travel market. The Jet Airways promotion compelled other low-cost airlines to do the same. Air India, GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet, for instance, are offering more discounts. As a result, online travel agents (OTAs) recorded substantial increase in the booking. However, the experts are not optimistic about its long-term benefits. Read the full article.
February 22, 2013
Legislation requiring OTAs to pay more tax
Doug Overbey, Senator from Tennessee State, released the legislation requiring online travel agents (OTAs) to pay higher hotel occupancy tax. If the legislation gets enough votes, OTAs have to pay the tax on the tariff charged to consumers instead of on the rate paid to hoteliers for bulk room purchase.
JourneyMart.com, an online travel information company, unveils “Happy Feet”, a new travel trivia section. The new section features unknown interesting facts about the destinations. Read the travel trivia.
Online and mobile travel events in March 2013
No Vacancy Conference Australia 2013
March 14, 2013
Sheraton On The Park Sydney
Travel & Words Spring’ 13 Conference
March 17-18, 2013
Seaside OR Conference Center, Seaside, Oregon, U.S.A.
Social Media Strategies for Travel 2013
March 18-19, 2013
Web in Travel (WIT) Indonesia
March 27, 2013
Pullman Central Park, Jakarta