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. Tourist arrivals in Nepal top 1 million for first time ever
Nepal welcomed a record number of tourists in 2018 thanks to an increase in visitors from India, China, the US, Sri Lanka and the UK. According to the Nepal Tourism Board, the Himalayan nation saw arrivals jump nearly 25% as it welcomed an all time high of 1,173,072 visitors.
2. Hyatt launches public “bug bounty” programme to tackle cyber security
Hyatt is partnering with cybersecurity company HackerOne to launch a public bug bounty programme, inviting ethical hackers to test Hyatt websites and mobile apps for potential vulnerabilities and securely disclose them to the group. By collaborating with the security research community, it’s hoped that the programme will accelerate identifying and fixing potential vulnerabilities.
3. France tops poll of most popular ski destinations
The French Alps remains the top ski destination among UK travellers, according to research from resort operator Club Med. France was was the first choice for 28% of those surveyed, followed by Austria (24%) and Switzerland (18%). Resorts based at a higher altitude are expected to be popular this year, with 27% of consumers opting for a destination that ensures good snow conditions.
4. Eco-tourism to draw travellers to Latin America in 2019
The Latin American Travel Association has revealed that increased interest in offbeat travel and ecotourism are set to fuel travel growth in 2019, particularly in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. Following the passing of new legislation, the Iberá National Park has been created in Argentina adding 395,000 acres to the neighbouring 1.3 million acres of the Iberá Provincial Park. The new protected space hopes to drive ecotourism to the area and is expected to receive over 100,000 visitors annually by 2029.
5. United Airlines and ARC test blockchain technology
United Airlines and the Airlines Reporting Corporation have been working with blockchain solutions provider Blockskye to test the reporting and settlement of airline tickets. The tests showed blockchain can simplify the booking process for travellers and improve receipt collection for expense reports.
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