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May 18th, 2016

Sightseeing News & Views - May 18th, 2016



Gen Z will soon transform the travel industry Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Huffington Post
Yes, generation buzzwords like "millennial" and "Gen Z" are constantly being thrown around. And it's right to question the feasibility of defining an entire generation with a single keyword. However, the truth is that generations are changing. Two siblings, one millennial and one Gen Z (I'm talking from experience here), are likely drawn to different goals, priorities, and even social media networks.  READ MORE

Kayak co-founder Paul English launches travel agent app Lola Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Boston Magazine
The gist: Lola is an app that lets users communicate via text message 24/7 with a live travel agent, who can find and book hotels, flights, rental cars, restaurant reservations, Broadway tickets — basically anything travel-related.  READ MORE

Countdown to the 100th running of the Indy 500 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

For the first time in two decades, the Indianapolis 500 is sold out. While general admission infield tickets are still available for the May 29 100th running of the world's largest single-day sporting event, all 250,000 grandstand seats have been reserved. More than 1600 international media are expected to cover the event and it will be broadcast to more than 200 countries and nearly 300 million viewers.  READ MORE

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Why the tourist brochure is still surviving in the hotel lobby Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new survey conducted by the Center for Marketing Technology at Bentley University suggests print isn't dead — at least not when it comes to providing visitor information to hotel guests. The "Hospitality Visitor Information Survey" found that 98 percent of the 1,560 hospitality professionals surveyed value printed visitor information for their guests, and 94 percent provide guests with brochures, leaflets, and flyers. The hospitality professionals surveyed included concierge and front desk staff from the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and Greece.  READ MORE

What the sharing economy's success means for your travel business Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The travel industry worldwide has been witnessing a modern-day gold rush called the sharing economy. Emerging companies such as Airbnb, HomeAway's Travelmob, Breather, Uber, Lyft, Didi Kuaidi, Turo, Drivy, and BlaBlaCar are changing the game. Hoteliers, online travel agencies and metasearch sites, rental car brands and travel management companies are having to adjust how they do business in ways small and large.  READ MORE

Priceline and Expedia put focus on vacation-rental business Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel Weekly
The Priceline Group made it clear that its recent surprise shuffling of CEOs, which brought back a familiar face to lead the OTA, would not result in the company shifting its focus on alternative accommodations. Jeffery Boyd, the former longtime Priceline CEO who will oversee the company while it seeks a successor to Darren Huston, told analysts on the first-quarter earnings call that the company will continue to try to broaden its base of 422,000 "instantly bookable" vacation-rental properties as a complement to its core hotel-booking services.  READ MORE

Why the hotel of the future looks just like home Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More than ever before, the line between "hotel" and "home" is becoming blurred: Few in the industry would still deny that today's traveler wants lodging to feel more localized, personalized and authentically welcoming. In short, we want to stay in a "home" wherever we travel.  READ MORE

The biggest plane in the world to fly across 3 continents Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
The biggest airplane in the world is ready to take flight on a rare delivery mission across three continents. Undisputed superstar of the skies, the Ukrainian cargo jet named "Mriya" is one of a kind. The gawkers were all around in Prague when this huge aircraft defied gravity before it touched down at Vaclav Havel Airport in the Czech Republic.  READ MORE

Delta will add full premium economy product next year Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Delta Air Lines has announced that it plans to offer a full premium economy class option by next year. The airline currently offers a step up from regular economy class called Comfort +. These are basically economy class seats with extra leg room and better food. The other legacy carriers have similar offerings, but none have the same kind of premium economy product that international carriers like Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa offer as a separate class.  READ MORE

Travel industry worries about long TSA lines this summer Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Los Angeles Times
The head of the Department of Homeland Security acknowledges that airport security lines have gotten longer but he said that any real fixes to the problem will require money. Congress has sent mixed signals about whether it will free up the money. That is making travel industry leaders nervous because even the talk of airport gridlock could scare off Americans from traveling this summer.  READ MORE


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