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Jul

HotStats MENA Chain Hotels Market Review – May 2013

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UAE Hotels See Surge in May Profits Driven by Strong Leisure and MICE Demand

HotStatsMENA Chain Hotels Market Review – May 2013

Dubai hotels posted 30.9% growth in GOPPAR, while a 14.7 percentage point surge in occupancy boosted GOPPAR by 31.6% in Abu Dhabi, according to the latest HotStats survey of full service four and five star hotels by TRI Hospitality Consulting Middle East.

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Jun
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Jun

Wearable tech and understanding the concerns over user’s own data

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DEVICES: Glass, watches, all sorts of so-called wearable technology, appear to be around the corner – but whilst a lot of debate around privacy is concentrated on what users might do with the data they capture, there are equally fundamental questions about a user’s existing information flowing through such devices. Read the full story on The Guardian.

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27
Jun

THE WORLD OF DISTRIBUTION

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Jun

Pegasus Solutions Reports Global Leisure Bookings in May Grew +3.7%

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Setting the Stage for a Solid Summer Travel Season - Booking Gains are Expected to Continue and Climb Along with Rates through August

DALLAS (June 25, 2013) – Global leisure hotel bookings in May grew +3.7% over prior year, according to Pegasus Solutions, the single largest processor of electronic hotel transactions. Setting the stage for a solid summer travel season, the gains are expected to not only continue, but to also climb along with rates through August.

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Jun

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Why should we share our know how and knowledge + my disclaimer:

1- Knowledge sharing is an essential part of the knowledge creation process

2- Knowledge is a resource and not a possession.

3- If you share knowledge you share purpose with other people.

4- Knowledge is not something that runs out, it’s not something that only I or you know.

5- Don't be afraid to teach, don't be afraid to learn, anything that does not promote violence or fear is worth passing on.

6- Don’t overvalue your knowledge; you learn to draw, to code or to design by practicing, not by reading tutorials or articles. Tutorials can motivate you or give you some tricks but the real learning is based on practice.

7- It’s a very big world, don’t be afraid of your competitors, millions of potential clients in the world, there’s room enough for all of us.

8- It’s also a way to keep track.

9- I am currently employed by a chain in the United Arab Emirates. None of the contributions or material on this site represents the views or opinions of it or any of its brands. No intellectual property or data belonging to the chain is shared or will be shared on this site or in my articles.

10- Articles appearing here contain copyright material. They are meant for your personal and educational use and may be reproduced or redistributed. While e-distributions.org makes every effort to ensure accuracy, we can not be held responsible for the content nor the views expressed, which may not necessarily be those of either the original author or e-distributions.org

 

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20
Jun

Localeur adds a twist to local expert tips with a focus on actual locals

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Local knowledge is the currency of many a travel startup. However, the truth is that much of this local information is delivered by professional writers who don’t live in the subject destination.

Localeur, a four-month-old travel startup based in Austin, is changing that model by seeking out true locals – writers or not – to share their actual local haunts. And it pays them.

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Jun

A (very) deep-dive into using Facebook for marketing in the travel industry

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NB: This is a viewpoint by Robert Patterson, vice president of social media and influencer marketing at MMGY Global.

Since 2008, the growth rate for social media marketing spending has surpassed search, display, email and television marketing.

Consumer adoption of social media has shifted the online marketing landscape and with this change in consumer behavior, marketers have had to re-evaluate their marketing plans.

According to the 2013 Portrait of American Travelers study, 82% of travelers trust recommendations from friends and family, 74% of US travelers have a Facebook profile and one out of three travelers reference social media as a main source of travel ideas and inspiration.

With an increasing amount of individuals communicating, reviewing and recommending products and experiences to their friends and family through social media, online word of mouth is vital to successful organic referrals, leads and conversions in today’s marketplace.

How Facebook influences travelers

Facebook offers travel brands the ability to identify prospective travelers, communicate directly with users, engage with advocates and create branded experiences through advertisements and custom-developed Facebook applications.

Facebook is the most powerful social media channel for travel marketers because of the platform’s purchasing process.

Furthermore, Facebook users are passionate about sharing their travel experiences. In 2012, Facebook reviewed the top stories people shared to their Facebook timelines and discovered that the top story being shared by users was travel experiences.

42% of stories shared to users Facebook timelines were travel experiences, more than double that of the next category.

In the evolving digital marketing landscape, it is clear that consumers want to share their travels with others and tourism marketers need to tap into this consumer behavior to generate awareness, inspiration and visitation.

Typical Facebook marketing goals:

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Jun

Online luxury shoppers help pinpoint expansion opportunities for hotels

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Different use cases for every day search data are getting more interesting and sophisticated as the results of the World Luxury Index Hotels show.

Digital marketing agency Digital Luxury Group is claiming a first with the index which uses online search data from search giants including  Baidu, Bing, Google and Yandex to discover luxury consumers’ hotel shopping habits.

[market share figures in black, red and green percentages represent change]

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Jun

Tree of (social media) life comes to Singapore airport

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Airport officials in Singapore are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to trying to engage with passengers digitally as they pass through the terminals.

Changi Airport Group has planted a nine-metre tall and 11-meter in diameter digital “Social Tree” in the facility. A combination of eight touch-screen photo booths and a giant structure in the middle that constitutes 64 huge 42″ HD TVs form the Social Tree.

Travellers can upload their photos and videos (via a secure log-in mechanism) onto the photo booths which are then displayed in the giant 360 degree screen in the center.

The giant screen displays various animated backgrounds including a mystical forest, deep sea environment, Marina Bay skyline and the heartlands of Singapore.

Travellers can also post photos and videos taken at the booths on their social networking profiles.

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