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. UK looks forward to Chinese New Year boost
As Chinese New Year approaches, the UK is gearing up to host some of the largest holiday celebrations outside of Asia. The nation is expecting a boost in visits from China with forward flight data showing that bookings from China to the UK were up 24% from 30 January to 12 February, compared to the same holiday season last year.
2. 91% of consumers to travel the same or more than 2018, says report
According to Travel Leaders Group’s 2019 Travel Industry Outlook, 91% of North American consumers plan to travel the same or more this year versus 2018. The survey also found that 70% of consumers are now placing emphasis on culinary offerings when choosing a travel destination and 36% of their travels, at least in part, will involve solo trips.
3. Cyprus celebrates record-breaking arrival numbers
Cyprus is celebrating a record-breaking year for tourism with global visitors up 7.8% in 2018 compared to 2017. From January to December 2018, tourist arrivals reached 3.9 million – 1.3 million of which were UK arrivals. Russia and the UK were the main sources of tourism for the country, with visitor proportions at 33.7% and 19.9% respectively.
4. Japanese hotel fires robot staff
The Henn-Na Hotel in Urayasu, Japan is well-known for its all-robot staff. But after a string of guest complaints the property is showing more than half of its robotic employees the door. It’s not yet clear how many of the robots will be replaced with humans.
5. Study reveals the world’s most reliable airlines
Research undertaken by Get Going travel insurance has revealed the best and worst airlines when it comes to reliability. Japan Airlines came out on top, with just 10.54% of flights being delayed, while Frontier Airlines was found to be the least reliable with 30.64% of flights cancelled and an average delay time over an hour.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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