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1. New Zealand visitor spend outpacing arrival numbers
According to the latest International Visitor Survey released by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the amount visitors spend in New Zealand each year is growing at 1.5 times the rate of total arrivals. Total annual tourism spend was up 6% last year, totalling US$11.2bn, extending outside of the industry to local businesses, services and products across the country.
2. Myanmar tourism starts off on positive note in 2019
Arrivals to Myanmar are rising, with 160,000 tourist arrivals in January 2019 (a 20% YOY increase), according to Myanmar Tourism Marketing. Additionally, the number of domestic tourists visiting sites including Bagan, Kalaw and Inle Lake saw double-digit growth, leading to fully booked hotels during Myanmar’s holiday periods.
3. Decline in travel agent visits
A study by Kayak.co.uk has found that nearly half of British respondents (47%) have not visited a travel agent in the past ten years, with 73% booking their last holiday online instead. The study found that booking online is simply ‘easier’ for 50% of the respondents, with 31% saying you can find everything a travel agent has online.
4. GCC mobile travel bookings up 110% in 2018
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) recorded a 110% increase in mobile travel bookings in 2018, representing one-third of all transactions, according to a new report by Cleartrip and Flyin. Saudi Arabia has the highest rate of mobile booking penetration in the region, accounting for 38% of all bookings – a huge increase of 233% from the previous year.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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