Each day, we curate a bite-sized round-up of the best industry news from across the world. We search the web for the latest hospitality updates and travel trends, so you don’t have to. Get comfortable with a coffee and tuck in to our daily must-reads.
1. Booking.com reveals the most welcoming places on Earth
Based on the share of properties receiving a Guest Review Award in 2018, Booking.com has revealed the most welcoming places on Earth, according to customer reviews. With the highest percentages of total eligible properties winning awards, the most welcoming countries are Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, New Zealand, Taiwan, Romania, Hungary, Ireland, Serbia, and Greece.
2. US Travel Association predicts inbound travel slow-down in 2019
Inbound travel growth in the US has been predicted to slow to 1% in the first five months of 2019, dropping from 3.8% growth in the same period in 2018. The US Travel Association also expects domestic travel to slow to 2.4%, with business outpacing leisure.
3. Gen Z to prioritise UK and European short breaks in 2019
According to a survey from YouGov, Gen Z travellers are planning more short breaks in the UK and Europe than last year with 24% of 18-24 year olds having a travel bucket list for 2019. Priority experiences include exploring new destinations, visiting cultural landmarks and enjoying local delicacies.
4. Outdoor activities and farm-gate visits fuel tourism in Tasmania
Tasmania is experiencing a surge in tourist numbers with the latest figures from Tourism Research Australia showing 307,000 international visitors in the 12 months to September last year – up 15%, the biggest growth of any of the states and territories. A boom in outdoor activities such as bushwalking and farm-gate visits is said to have contributed to the increase.
5. British holidaymakers prefer ‘culture over climate’
TripAdvisor’s annual TripBarometer study has revealed that British travellers prioritise the opportunity to experience new cultures and societies when choosing their holiday destination, with the promise of good weather being less of a draw . The survey also found that city breaks are the most popular type of trip, with nearly one in three British travellers (27%) opting for this kind of experience.
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Katrina is Travel Writer for Booking.com's Blog and Click.More by Katrina Visser
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