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Thomson and Booking.com named top travel brands

Travellers favour established brands and online travel booking sites, according to the latest Customer Engagement: Travel report released today by the DMA. When asked to name their favourite travel brand, Thomson was most mentioned, followed by Booking.com and Thomas Cook. However, consumers also mentioned over 70 different brands, highlighting the wide range of brands engaging UK consumers. According to the research, conducted by the DMA and Foresight Factory, with partners Emarsys, Epsilon, Feefo and Wiraya, what consumers want more from travel brands is value for money, which was considered important by 59% of respondents, convenience which got a vote of

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Currency fluctuations and visa trouble putting young travellers off UK, study finds

The UK is seen as a less attractive holiday destination due to visa controls and currency fluctuation, a survey by British Educational Travel Association (BETA) has found. The traditional markets for the UK such as Europe – which accounts for 77% of all youth travel to the UK – have either peaked or are shrinking. The publication, ‘Unlocking the Value of Youth Student & Educational Travel’, found that 21% of respondents initially wanting to visit to the UK changed their minds mostly due to lower costs of living. Some 1.5 million youth and student travellers from 60 countries worldwide took

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Which cities are the rising giants of the hotel industry?

When it comes to competition among the world’s top hotel markets, it’s going to take a lot to rival London and Paris. These two long-term favorites attract 30 percent of all hotel investment. Yet that’s not to say that fast growing cities in Asia and the Middle East aren’t rapidly gaining ground. The likes of Dubai, Beijing, Bangkok, Shanghai and Guangzhou are the world’s most dynamic emerging markets with huge potential for future growth. “Shanghai and Beijing already rank among the top largest hotel markets and investment destinations,” says Jeremy Kelly, Director, Global Research at JLL. “Bangkok and Dubai are

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UK economy set for boost as nearly 7m plan bank holiday staycations

VisitEngland’s August Bank Holiday Trip Tracker survey published today (23 August) shows 6.9 million Brits are planning an overnight holiday trip in the UK this weekend, bringing an estimated £1.7bn boost to the UK economy. The figures show an increase on last year’s results when 5.1 million adults in Britain planned to take an overnight holiday trip in the UK during the August bank holiday weekend. John Glen, tourism minister, said: “Tourism is a key economic driver and job creator and we want every part of the UK to benefit. It is fantastic that so many people are planning a

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How hotels are turning day-trippers into overnighters

Image credit: Shutterstock Many travelers in the U.S. never set foot in a hotel during a business or leisure trip – even when it’s several hours away from home. It’s not just because of growing competition from home sharing platforms like Airbnb and VBRO. Whether they’re driving or even flying to a nearby locale for a cultural event or for a business meeting, people often prefer to head in and out of their destination in one day rather than stay overnight. It’s a familiar phenomenon to tourism professionals. In recent years, there were 12 million day trips to Denver, Colorado;

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