Hotelbeds, the top global business-to-business bedbank, recently hosted its 6th annual MarketHub Americas trade forum. Over 600 travel suppliers and distributors from the main sectors of the American travel industry gathered at the two-day event, held at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace, for current insights on key tourism trends and updates on the Spanish-based accommodation wholesaler.
Singapore, 9 July 2014 – Euromic, one of the world’s most expansive group of destination management companies, is now on board IT&CM India 2014.
Executive Director, Christophe Verstraete said, “India is the third fastest growing global economy, and well positioned for an un-paralleled development within the travel and tourism sector. As Indian companies look for business opportunities around the world, outbound business travel and MICE are estimated to be expanding at a greater pace than leisure.”
There are Med ports I would gladly visit again and again. A pre- or post-cruise stay is recommended for several - because there is just too much to see and do in a single day.
Athens: The glory that was Greece is still here, evidenced by centuries-old monuments alongside high-rises, neoclassical buildings, tavernas, cafés and shops. A pre-cruise stay is recommended for itineraries that start here. Major tours include the Acropolis, the museums and the great temples of Zeus. But it’s being part of Athenian life for a while, lingering in the cafes, having a great mezze with some ouzo or local beer in a taverna that makes for a satisfying feeling of having actually “been there,” instead of just passing through.
Saigon, officially Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city and pulsating commercial capital, boasts a dynamic blend of new and old. Nowhere is the country’s rich history and vibrant, fast-developing future more apparent than this cosmopolitan metropolis, often the first stop for visitors to Vietnam. Sleek skyscrapers, luxury hotels, designer shops, sidewalk cafes and traffic-jammed streets are juxtaposed with traditional markets, ancient temples and striking reminders of the city’s storied past.
Our July/August issue is being delivered just in time for one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. We all should take some time off to relax and see the world. If your clients need a reason to go, we have compiled a list of some travel quotes for you to use in your marketing pieces, on your social media pages, or just for your own inspiration.
Along with this issue is our Annual Guide to Host Agencies, Coop’s and Consortia. This guide is a valuable source of information when looking to join one of these types of groups. It can also serve as a starting point for those agents who may currently be affiliated with an organization but are looking to make a change. Our research indicates that up to 35% of agents are considering changing their affiliation.
Why join one of these groups in the first place? For newer agents without a track record in the industry, it provides them with an agency partner through whom they can book travel. More experienced agents may join for one or more of the reasons below.
Small hotels have always been part of New York’s hospitality mix. But in 1984, the first boutique hotel appeared in the city when Ian Schrager, of Studio 54 discotheque fame, opened Morgans Hotel, still a stylish Midtown fixture.
Ranging from about 100-200 rooms, boutique hotels typically offered three-to-five star luxury, personalized service and upscale furnishings. By the late 1990s and early 2000s, designer-decorated boutique hotels ran the gamut from minimalist with all-white interiors to phantasmagorical with velvet trappings, outsize gilded mirrors and eye-popping art.
With broad stretches of blue sea, calm turquoise bays where stylish mega-yachts shelter beside colorful old fishing boats, exclusive seaside resorts and sleepy bougainvillea-draped villages, Turkey’s Aegean Coast draws thousands of sun seekers each year. Home to some of the Mediterranean’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it’s also a mecca for culture and history buffs.
This year, Scotland celebrates Homecoming 2014 with scores of music, art and theater events as well as food and whisky tastings. Summer and fall bring Highland games with kilted competitors, garden tours and hill walks, and special editions of top annual festivals like the Edinburgh Festival and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. The Scots invite everyone to join in the fun, to explore their cities and towns, and their incomparable Highlands, 10,500 square miles of moors, mountains and lochs nearly the size of Massachusetts.
Poland is full of history, culture and modernity, covering a total area of over 120,000 miles of beautiful and historic landscape. There are many diverse experiences and reasons for a traveler to visit this country. Offered here are two vastly different places within Poland, both must-see destinations - but for opposite reasons.