Lack of inbound travel continues to hamper UK economic revival

The UK’s economic revival is being hampered by the lack of inbound travel while flights to amber list countries take off, says the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). The warning comes from the global tourism body, which represents the global private Travel & Tourism sector. New data collected by travel and analytics firm and […]

U.K. leading Europe in hotel occupancy recovery

The U.K. continues to lead Europe in hotel occupancy with four straight weeks above 60% in the metric, according to STR data through 18 July. “Demand is almost exclusively leisure-driven as the U.K. has benefitted from a successful vaccination program, a phased reopening, and improved travel sentiment overall,” said Thomas Emanuel, STR’s Director. “Other countries […]

International travel largely on hold despite uptick in May

The biggest crisis in the history of tourism continues into a second year. Between January and May, international tourist arrivals were 85% below 2019 levels (or a 65% drop on 2020), UNWTO data shows. Despite a small uptick in May, the emergence of COVID-19 variants and the continued imposition of restrictions are weighing on the […]

Independent hotels have the key ingredients to steal share from branded hotels

The top factors influencing a guest’s choice in hotel accommodation according to STR Research in May 2021 are: location, price and value for money, cancellation policy, previous stay, positive reviews/personal recommendations. Although most factors have been in the top 5 before COVID-19, the way each affects the booking decision has changed. By focusing on these […]

UK-wide campaign to boost domestic breaks

VisitEngland in partnership with the tourism organisations of London, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales are stepping up its UK-wide ‘Escape the Everyday’ campaign to drive domestic day trips and overnight breaks as the summer holidays begin. The ‘Escape The Everyday’ campaign, first launched in September 2020, highlights the quality destinations, visitor attractions and experiences on […]

Traveller demands at an all-time high, ‘material consequences’ for hotels not prepared

Travellers in Australia, the United Kingdom and United States will not be accepting of dropped standards in their hotel accommodation, in spite of the challenges faced by the hotel industry over the past year, new research by SiteMinder, the world’s largest open hotel commerce platform, has found. On the contrary, SiteMinder’s Changing Traveller Report 2021, […]

Caution: Data protection

At least since the GDPR went into effect, data protection should be at the top of your agenda. However, when it comes to selecting cloud software systems, the applicable legislation is often negligently violated. In case your Cloud Provider is located outside the EU Today, every cloud provider is obliged to take sufficient technical and […]

Recovery of European tourism in sight this summer

European travel activity is set to build some momentum moving into the peak summer months due to the gradual easing of restrictions, the ramp-up in vaccinations, and the EU’s recent reopening to more third countries and fully vaccinated travellers from abroad. Travel demand is expected to pick up considerably in the second half of 2021, […]

mia’s reaction to UK Prime Minister’s statement

The Meetings Industry Association (mia) says it welcomes the news that the business meetings and events sector could potentially fully reopen from 19 July. Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia, said: “While it is hugely positive news, we do have concerns that the announcement has pre-empted any government guidance that we understand is due […]

How to get the most out of your Learning Management System

It can be overwhelming moving your team’s online training from traditional paper methods to online training platforms, however, it offers you so much opportunity to make your training even more engaging for your employees. With so many tools and features to utilize in your online training courses, it’s important to know the tips and tricks […]