Oct 09

Monthly Travel & Hospitality Roundup: OCTOBER 2017

Hi All,
We’re back with our second week of Monthly Travel and Hospitality Roundup, where we bring you the most interesting and relevant news from the travel industry to keep you updated. Don’t forget to follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

Industry News

Nationwide hotel occupancy highest in 2016-17 since 2008: HVS

Consulting firm HVS has said that nationwide occupancy in the hospitality industry was the highest since 2008, In its 2017 report titled, ‘Hotels in India Trends & Opportunities’. According to the report, on a nationwide basis, new branded and organized supply grew by just 5.9% over the preceding year, while overall demand increased by 9.6% in the same period. Market wide occupancy of 65.6% was consequently 3.5% higher than the 2015-16 performance of 63.3%. Read more.


Food defines the way Indians travel: Airbnb APAC Travel Survey

Airbnb APAC Travel Survey revealed travelers are getting more adventurous with 71% of people surveyed emphasizing the importance of trying local cuisines on vacation. Read more.


Airbnb enters restaurant reservation business

Airbnb is now in the restaurant reservation business, hoping to provide customers with a memorable meal before they drift off in their home away from home. It is to offer table reservations at 700 restaurants in 16 US cities. Read more.


Travel Tech

TripAdvisor Tours and Activities Brand Viator Debuts a Booking Tool for Travel Agents

On Monday TripAdvisor-owned tours-and-activities marketplace Viator debuted a booking platform for travel agents. Agencies worldwide can use the English-language platform to book more than 70,000 tours and attractions in thirteen currencies, earning an 8 percent commission. Read more.


Mobile Tech is Key for Hotels Looking to Engage Millennial Guests

Hospitality industry experts agree that it is vital for hotel operators to use mobile tech to properly cater to millennial guests. Read more.


Expedia launches Collections – the best hotels for every experience

Expedia has launched Collections, a new resource to help travelers find the best hotels for every experience. It has started off with six Collections; Beach, Relaxation, Family Fun, Culture & History, Shopping and Snow. Read more.


2017’s digital experience trends show how hotels can increase direct online conversions

Travelers are relying more on mobile phones and tablets for both hotel shopping and booking, spending less time on webpages as a result, but showing more willingness to book once they’ve checked availability in a hotel’s booking engine. Check out more from the Sabre study. Read more.

International Travelers’ Hotel Booking Preferences: How to increase direct conversions

The new infographic demonstrates the most popular direct channels travelers around the world prefer to book their hotel. Read more.

Artificial intelligence

Trivago Turns to AI as Travelers Increasingly Book Directly

This week hotel booking site Trivago announced it had purchased tripl, a personalization technology firm, in a move that could help the service remain competitive in a sector where sales appear to be slowing. Read more.