Why travelers are returning to travel agents? The life raft for an increasing number of travelers these days is a friendly, flesh-and-blood travel agent. People today want hand-picked ideas for their particular tastes and interests. Source: Hotel Marketing Why travelers are returning to travel agents?
Group bookings in new year brighten hotel outlook Committed occupancy and average daily rates for the first quarter of 2017 are showing major signs of growth with group travel leading the way despite the continuing lag in transient booking pace in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to new data from TravelClick. Source: Hotel Marketing Group bookings in new year brighten hotel outlook
More on Airbnb challenging tourism industry with new ‘experiences’ feature Experts say the push to become a full-service vacation booking site is a natural one for Airbnb – it’s the same path Expedia and other competitors followed. But Airbnb’s expansion could mean trouble for the rest of the travel industry. Source: Hotel Marketing More on Airbnb challenging tourism industry with new ‘experiences’ feature
Airbnb has no plans for an API to integrate with its new trip platform…yet Airbnb said that APIs were interesting, though the company declined to provide an estimate for when a public API might be released. It’s all about the guest experience, Airbnb told VentureBeat, and the company wants to ensure that any integrations match up to the brand reputation. Source: Hotel Marketing Airbnb has no plans for an API to integrate with its new trip platform…yet