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1. Mobile payment catching on with older travellers
According to data from Alipay, the greatest gains during the Chinese New Year holiday came from older users and smaller cities. Travellers from third- and forth-tier cities outspent those from first-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai, while the total number of Alipay users born between 1960 and 1969 grew at a rapid rate of 230% from last year.
2. 50% of Brits book all-inclusive holidays, says data
On the Beach has revealed all-inclusive breaks account for 50% of all bookings made by British holidaymakers so far this year – up from 46% in January 2018. Additionally, close to two thirds (62%) of all family bookings made during January were for package holidays, whilst 44% of couples holidays and 39% of group getaways were booked on an all-inclusive basis.
3. London and Paris announce partnership
The official convention bureaus for London and Paris have announced a new partnership that will see the two cities working together to offer a new range of exciting incentive travel products. The landmark agreement is aimed at inspiring North American incentive buyers to book a 2-in-1 trip for their clients, with a variety of itineraries created to allow delegates to access the best experiences across both London and Paris.
4. WTTC and IBMATA join forces to promote biometric technology
The World Travel & Tourism Council and the International Border Management & Technologies Association are partnering to promote biometric technology for safe, secure and better travel. Together, the organisations have committed to making the best use of new and emerging technology to deliver an improved international passenger experience.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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