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by Nicola Donovan, Click. Travel Writer, Booking.com

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Here are four of today’s most interesting reads to keep you in-the-know

1. 73% of travel firms ‘unprepared’ for voice technology

A survey by Travel Technology Europe has found that 73% of travel professionals are not yet prepared to take advantage of voice technology, despite its rising popularity and recent research showing that 20% of all Google searches are made via voice. However, the poll also found that 29% of respondents are ‘planning to invest’ in the technology during 2019.

Source: www.traveldailynews.com

2. Scottish hotel investments increased in 2018

Research from Savills has revealed that the Scottish hotels market saw investment volumes reach £902m in 2018 – a four-fold increase on 2017 spend (£195m). The data shows 69% of 2018 investment was accounted for by portfolios while individual transactions accounted for close to £281m.

Source: www.savills.co.uk

3. Outbound travel delivers 36% growth to UK economy since 2014

According to findings from ABTA’s new report on outbound travel – the overall contribution to the UK economy from outbound travel now stands at £37.1bn and 1.8% of GDP – up 36% from 2014. The report also found that travellers now spend more in the UK before they travel than they do while abroad.

Source: www.abtamag.com

4. Spain’s hotel sector reaches record high

Data compiled by Colliers has revealed that Spain’s hotel industry benefitted from 23.1% more investment last year than in 2017. Hotels received a total of €4.8m in 2018, although experts warned growth in 2019 is expected to slow.

Source: www.euroweeklynews.com

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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.

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