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1. Thailand’s tourism industry focuses on LGBT travellers
Thailand is advancing same-sex partnership legislation, and the tourism industry is using the occasion to actively promote the country as an LGBT-friendly destination. Last month, the Tourism Authority released a promotional video featuring LGBT travellers and this year it plans more participation in pride parades globally. According to LGBT Capital, tourism revenue from that community contributes 1.15% (US$5.3bn) to Thailand’s economy, a greater share than any other destination.
2. Greek tourism sector growing faster than wider economy
According to WTTC, the Greek travel and tourism sector grew at a rate of 6.9% last year – over three and a half times the pace of its national economy, which grew by only 2%. Two-thirds of inbound Greek travel spend came from international visitors (66%), with one-third coming from domestic travel (34%). Additionally, one quarter (988.6k) of all employment in Greece is based in travel and tourism, a figure that is forecast to surpass one million in 2019.
3. Staycations increasingly popular with Millennials
Staycations are more popular with millennials than with Gen Xers and Boomers, according to MMGY Global, with domestic vacations accounting for more than half of the generations intended trips. The survey also found that almost half of millennials booked at least one holiday in the past 12 months, compared to just over a quarter of Xers and Boomers.
4. Hilton-sponsored study discovers what Chinese travellers want
Hilton has released results of a study that examined the travel mindset of Chinese consumers, highlighting a change in preferences for the segment. Key findings included: 83% of respondents are ‘keen to explore’ different local cultures; 82% enjoy ‘self-pampering’; and 77% are ‘open’ to socialising with locals.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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