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June 3rd, 2015

Sightseeing News & Views - June 3rd, 2015




San Francisco Travel is the 1st to partner with innovative app FLYR Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
San Francisco-based FLYR uses data science to predict changes in airfare and protect the best prices, effectively ending the guessing game associated with booking airfares. By using massive databases and complex forecasting algorithms, FLYR delivers the world's most advanced airfare predictions for travelers — enabling innovation for the global travel industry. READ MORE

The world's best ethical tourism destinations in 2015 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ethical Traveler
There was a time, not long ago, when we traveled more or less in a bubble. Long-distance travelers could be gone for weeks or months and have little or no contact with family or friends. Today, we're able to stay connected to our communities as often as we wish. But this can be distracting — because the real connection offered by travel is with the unknown. Every journey is a series of surprises, no matter how carefully we plan our trips. We encounter people who enrich our lives and inspire our dreams, and face the human condition in ways unimaginable to us when we set off. READ MORE

Airlines in America set to face record traffic this summer Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
According to projections released by Airlines for America, US carriers are expected to face record traffic this summer as the US economy recovers. The group has projected a 4.5 percent year-over-year (YoY) increase in traffic for the period June-August 2015. Airlines for America said in its report that it expects 2.4 million passengers to fly between June and August, with a total of 222 million passengers travelling via air. The expected traffic this summer is likely to mark a record high in the industry's history. READ MORE

World's largest hotel coming to Mecca Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Twelve towers, 10,000 rooms and 70 restaurants, plus helipads and a full-size convention center: That's the plan for Abraj Kudai, a complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that's set to become the world's largest hotel by room count when it opens in 2017. The $3.5 billion site is currently under construction and will stretch across 1.4 million square meters. A ring of 12 towers will rise from a podium just over 2 kilometers from the Masjid al-Ḥaram, Mecca's holy mosque, according to Dar Al-Handasah's website. READ MORE


Bay City Bike: A leader of bicycling sightseeing tours for 15 years Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Since its inception, Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours has been an innovator in the bike rental market in San Francisco and surrounding areas. The goal of this small, family-run business was to transform the rental and tour business with professional, bright, clean and welcoming facilities; new, high quality bikes replaced annually; exceptional customer service; and quick check-out procedures. The dynamic, international staff at Bay City Bike is comprised of bicycle enthusiasts and share the passion of enjoying the outdoors and everything that the San Francisco Bay area has to offer. READ MORE

Family travel: New focus on affluent choices Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel-Intel Newsletter
Family travel. It may be the secret sauce. If you want to make a permanent customer out of a well-heeled client, there is one word that will open all doors: Family. Family travel and family-centric experiences are keys to winning the hearts and wallets of the affluent global travelers, especially in an era of such chaotic economic growth and rapid urbanization. New research from Collinson Group out of the U.K. reveals distinct motivations and attitudes in this group that go beyond traditional demographic and geographical boundaries. READ MORE

Bing will also favor mobile in search results Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Search Engine Journal
Recently, Bing published details about a future update that promises to improve how it delivers mobile-friendly search results to mobile searchers. Bing's approach is not unlike Google’s, although there are some subtle differences. The key difference here is that Google gave a firm date as to when its mobile-friendly update would be rolled out, while Bing has opted to be a bit more vague. Bing has not given an exact date, other than to say it will be launched in the next few months. READ MORE

Four Seasons unveils world's 1st hotel private jet Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
Four Seasons embark to recreate their famed hotel experience in the sky in a bid to cater to the increasing demand among modern luxury travelers. Recently Four Seasons unveiled their brand new private jet, with this they appear to be on the right track to achieve exactly their goal. The jet, originally slated for launch in February 2015. The luxury Four Seasons brand promises to deliver the full fancy hotel experience at 30,000 feet. The private jet also includes its own executive and sous in-flight chefs and exclusively stocks Dom Pérignon champagne. READ MORE

Amadeus forecasts 1.8 billion annual international travelers by 2030 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Itching to see another country? Well, it turns out you're not alone. According to the Future Traveler Tribes 2030 report by Amadeus, the number of annual international travelers is expected to reach a whopping 1.8 billion by the year 2030. The figure is anticipated to reflect the world's rising population as well as expanding markets like China. Citing a report from L2, Joe McCarthy of Luxury Daily points out that travel industry sales are expected to reach $671 billion by 2018. What's more, mobile booking sales are expected to increase 800 percent during that time. READ MORE


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