Check in! – hotel highlights across South Pac

    The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.

    Yotelair opens at Jewel Changi Airport

    Yotel opened (12-Apr-2019) Yotelair on Level 4, Lobby H of Singapore Changi Airport’s flagship Jewel Changi Airport retail development. The hotel features 130 cabins and is accessible from all four of Changi’s terminals. All cabins are equipped with rain showers, and guests will also have access to F&B options and a 24 hour gym.

    Etihad Airways launches free Abu Dhabi stopover promotion

    Etihad Airways launched (10-Apr-2019) a free stopover promotion, offering two free nights of hotel accommodation in Abu Dhabi for passengers booking services to and from Etihad destinations via Abu Dhabi. Passengers can choose from 15 hotels located across Abu Dhabi including the five star Intercontinental Abu Dhabi and Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi as well as the Courtyard by Marriott WTC, Crowne Plaza and Radisson Blu. The promotion is available for online bookings from 10-Apr-2019 to 15-Jun-2019 for services operating between 21-Apr-2019 and 15-Jul-2019.

    Tourism Research Australia: Youth visitors account for 45% of visitor spend

    Tourism Research Australia released (09-Apr-2019) its 2017/18 state of the industry youth visitation statistics. Key highlights include:

    • Youth markets aged 15 to 29 accounted for 45% of international spend;
      • 19% of youths travelled on a low cost carrier, compared to an 11% average of other age groups;
      • 4% of youths utilised hotel accommodation, compared to 18% of other age groups;
    • Average nightly spend of AUD131 (USD93), compared to age groups 30 and above which spent an average of AUD188 (USD134);
    • 92% of youth did not travel in a group tour, compared to 83% of age groups 30 and above;
    • 64% of youth travelled alone, with 48% of travellers aged 30 and above travelling alone,
    • Younger travellers showed increased demand for authentic tourism experiences including:
      • Authentic, adventurous and local tourism offerings over mainstream attractions;
      • Greater appreciation for environmental sustainability;
      • Being more connected socially with more spontaneity in decisions;
    • International education experience increases, with Australia being the third largest destination for international students in tertiary education behind the US and UK. Australia is predicted to overtake the UK in the “next few years”;
    • The international education market shows the effects of the changing trends in tourism. Among short term education visitors:
      • 85% are in the youth market with more than 70% from Asian markets;
      • 15% had family come to visit while they were studying and 97% had a smart device on arrival in Australia;
      • 50% used Uber and 24% travelled to regional Australia.