Inside Travel: Understanding the latest technology and industry trend insights

Find it hard to keep track with all the latest insights into business trends, new products and technology advancements in the travel sector? The Blue Swan Daily provides you with an update on some of the key stories from the past week.

  • Airbnb renews Curacao tourism partnership
  • Petrofac selects GlobalStar Travel Management and Airlink as travel partners
  • BCD Travel takes traveller identity management system to the cloud
  • Rentals United named a Premier Partner in Airbnb’s inaugural Preferred Partner Program
  • Cruzely reveals the most ‘cruise crazy’ cities across the United States of America
  • Brexit uncertainty influences increase in purchases of alternative holiday homes

Airbnb renews Curacao tourism partnership

As Airbnb bumps up against opposition from some regions over shorter term rentals, the lodging company has renewed an agreement with Curacao’s Tourism Development Foundation to promote the country.

The foundation stated in 2018 Airbnb hosts in Curaçao welcomed approximately 23,300 guests with an average trip length of about eight days, significantly longer than the average stay in other places throughout the Caribbean.

Additionally, more than 950 hosts in Curaçao benefit from the economic empowerment Airbnb provides through home sharing.

Curaçaoan hosts are a diverse group; fifty-seven percent of hosts are female and seventy-five percent of hosts are between the ages of 30 and 59.

There are more than 1,900 Airbnb listings in Curacao, and the company stated it was please to work with the country’s Tourist board to promote healthy travel.


Petrofac selects GlobalStar Travel Management and Airlink as travel partners

Petrofac, a leading service provider to the international oil and gas industry, has appointed GlobalStar Travel Management as one of two new travel partners to service its global travel requirements. They will support travel requirements for the 12,750 employee company which have projects and operations in 29 countries across the world.

While Airlink will provide travel management services for employees in the UAE and Bahrain, GlobalStar will service the rest of the world. The two partners were selected following what is described as “a competitive tender process”.

By consolidating its travel management through these new global partnerships, Petrofac hopes to optimise its travel spend, embracing the latest technology for booking and traveller management and security, while continuing to maintain efficiency and cost-effectiveness across this area.


BCD Travel takes traveller identity management system to the cloud

BCD Travel has announced plans to introduce their third-generation traveller identity management system built on the SAP Customer Data Cloud solution. The new solution will transform BCD’s existing TripSource Profile Manager into a digital-first solution that combines traveller identity management, traveller consent management and traveller profile management in one unified platform.

The SAP-backed system will enable more personalised service and support; seamless and secure access to trip management tools; advanced multi-factor authentication (MFA) and authentication options; and a customer-based consent solution that provides travellers with better transparency and control over the use of their personal data beyond the minimum standards established by the EU General Data Protection Rule (GDPR).


Rentals United named a Premier Partner in Airbnb’s inaugural Preferred Partner Program

Rentals United, the cloud-based channel manager and technology solution for the short-term rental industry, has been appointed as a global preferred partner for Airbnb as part of the platform’s new Preferred Software Partner Program.

The program aims to empower and strengthen Airbnb’s relationships with an exclusive group of service providers operating within the accommodations industry and provide an even more enhanced service for Airbnb hosts and guests.

With offices in Barcelona and Warsaw, Rentals United was founded in 2015 when four leading and competing European vacation rental agencies partnered together to find an effective solution to automate inventory distribution. It currently distributes 60,000 short-term rental listings onto global and niche OTAs.


Cruzely reveals the most ‘cruise crazy’ cities across the United States of America

With wave season in high gear, millions of people across the United states of America (USA) are thinking about taking a cruise and after analysing more than 2.5 million visits to its website from last year, Cruzely has determined the towns and cities most obsessed with cruise travel.

After adjusting the number of visits from hundreds of cities to account for population size, the study came to a list of the top cities. These winners represent the towns and cities with the most visits per capita.

The findings show large Floridian cities rank well in the  survey, as you might expect with Orlando, Miami, and Tampa all ranked in the top 10 nationally. While Florida proved to be the most “Cruise Crazy” state, Georgia ranked second, ahead of Tennessee and Texas. Orlando took top honours as the most “Cruise Crazy” location among large cities, and number two nationally.

According to Cruzely the most “Cruise Crazy” Cities in the USA are Union Park, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Tysons, Virginia and Four Corners, Florida. The remainder of the top ten comprises Galveston, Texas; Mount Laurel, New Jersey; Miami, Florida; Palm River, Florida and Tampa, Florida.


Brexit uncertainty influences increase in purchases of alternative holiday homes

More than a quarter (28%) of Britons have said that leaving the European Union has influenced and sped up their decision to buy a UK holiday home this year. In a survey by holiday home provider Away Resorts, Britons who had the cash to buy a UK holiday home were questioned what type of property they plan on purchasing.

The results show alternative homes in the top spot, with 37% looking to buy a caravan or lodge. 36% are looking for a house and 27% wanted a flat, showing more are looking into non-brick-and-mortar options due to the uncertainty of buying a property during Brexit.

Of those looking to buy before Brexit, results showed 59% will opt for a coastal holiday home. South of England topped the list of most desirable holiday home locations, with almost a half, 46%, planning to buy here this year. The South West was the number one choice at 26%.