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sabato 23 settembre 2017

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Journeys to the west: China believes domestic tourism can promote “ethnic unity” Journeys to the west: China believes domestic tourism can promote “ethnic unity”

Journeys to the west: China believes domestic tourism can promote “ethnic unity”

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Print section Print Rubric:  China hopes that tourism will bind its ethnic-minority regions more closely with the rest of the country. The strategy is failing Print Headline:  Journeys to the west Print Fly Title:  Ethnic harmony UK Only Article:  standard article Issue: ...
I’m with the banned: International visitors are already turning their back on Trump-era America I’m with the banned: International visitors are already turning their back on Trump-era America

I’m with the banned: International visitors are already turning their back on Trump-era America

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Main image:  WHEN President Donald Trump announced his travel ban last month, affecting people from seven majority-Muslim countries, this blog wondered what effect it would have on tourism and business travel to America. “The direct impact to tourism of a travel ban from these countries will be small,” a fellow Gulliver noted,...

Ta-ta taxis, hasta luego hotels: Business travellers are keener on the sharing economy than their employers

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Main image:  RIDE-HAILING apps and home-rental sites are fast becoming mainstays of the corporate travel world—but perhaps not quite as fast as many business travellers would like.Two recent reports shed light on the rapid changes taking place within the industry. One comes from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), which represents corporate travel managers. Its latest survey found that the number of businesses allowing their employees to use ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft has increased by nearly 15% since June. Over the same period, the share permitting workers to book lodging through Airbnb and similar services increased 20%. Yet despite that growth, half of corporate travel policies still don’t allow employees to use ride-hailing apps, and 70% prohibit home-rental services in favour of traditional hotels.At first glance, those figures appear at odds with a survey released by Certify, which makes software that tracks business-travel expenses. It found that in the final quarter of 2016, Uber accounted for 52% of “ground transportation” expenses, the first time that it has captured the majority of that market. That compares with 40% during the same period in 2015. Its main rival, Lyft, saw its share double, to a more modest 4% of all rides. Rental cars (33%) and taxis (11%) ...

Home suite home: Why Marriott is turning some of its rooms into communal apartments

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Main image:  JUST as Airbnb has started to take on hotels at their own game, the tables seem to be turning. The short-term lodging rental site was once known for its un-hotel-like offerings. Hosts lived alongside their guests, who were often put up in quirkily decorated spare rooms. Nowadays it offers “business travel ready” listings, for properties that have Wi-Fi, 24-hour check-in and other basic amenities. Entire houses can now be rented, not only box bedrooms. And as cities crack down on illegal Airbnb listings, it has even starting to play by the rules. As a result, the number of business bookings through the site has rocketed.Unsurprising, then, that some hotels are returning the favour and becoming a bit more like Airbnb. At a recent conference in Los Angeles, Marriott International unveiled a concept for a hotel room that could take on short-term rental firms. Under a row of tents on a city street, the hotel chain displayed models of some ideas it is considering. The most noteworthy was a new kind of suite with four bedrooms, a living room, dining-room furniture and a full kitchen. In other words, a four-bedroom apartment (see picture).Most hotels have emphasised convenience and comfort over home-style living. But Airbnb and its ilk have shown travellers that there is a virtue to the latter. ...

Stick with what you know: Hotels are placing more emphasis on loyalty schemes

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Main image:  FREQUENT travellers can become obsessed by loyalty schemes. Road warriors search out "points gurus", who pass on wisdom about how to wring out every last air mile and hotel upgrade from a programme, whether by signing up for a new credit card or booking a particular flight. The biggest airline scheme, American Airlines’ AAdvantage, has an estimated 100m elite members; the largest hotel programme, IHG’s Rewards Club, almost as many. But hotels and airlines have historically used such schemes in slightly different ways.Air travel is often seen as a commodity. A flight is the miserable part of a trip that must be endured to reach somewhere exciting. True, there are degrees of torture. But carriers’ economy-class service is similar enough that it does not really matter whether a flyer boards a United or Delta plane. Hence the best way to ensure that a customer continues to patronise your airline, rather than an equally ghastly competitor, is to lock him into a rewards programme. By dangling the promise of a cheap flight in the future (which is the only thing that most passengers really care about), or the occasional escape from torment in the form of an upgrade, flyers are persuaded to rack up the miles on a single carrier.Hotels are different. They are not commodities. Customers care about ...

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