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1. Global tourism industry enjoys 2018 success
The global tourism industry experienced another exceptional year in 2018, with outbound trips growing 6% in the first eight months of the year, according to the World Travel Monitor. Leisure holidays were a key driver across all regions, with a growth of 7% worldwide.
2. 38% of adults over 40 prefer to travel ‘off the beaten track’
A recent survey by Rough Guides has found that one third of 40-somethings are more “adventurous” with their holiday choices now than they had been in the past, with 38% saying they prefer to go off the beaten track when they travel abroad. Additionally, six in 10 had already booked a trip abroad in 2019.
3. Tech drives travellers decisions
A report from Angie Hospitality has revealed that over 60% of guests think it is “very or extremely important” for hotels to continue investing in technology to enhance the guest experience. Additionally, 49% of guests say their hotel selection is influenced by high-tech features in the guest room. The report also found that investment in technology pays off, increasing in-room sales revenue by 20%.
4. Booking.com remains top hotel channel
According to a report from SiteMinder, Booking.com brings in the highest total booking revenue to hotels. Analysing more than 87 million online bookings in 2018 to identify the top 12 hotel booking revenue makers, each region – with the exception of the US – saw Booking.com at the top of the list.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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