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.

  • London and New York remain top international and domestic destinations for US business travellers
  • Airbnb and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency team up ahead of Atlantic Hurricane season
  • Rocky Mountaineer expands capacity with new luxury rail cars
  • Want to secure British arrivals? Wi-Fi, guaranteed sunshine and value for money are what they are after
  • Holland America Line to call latest Pinnacle Class ship Ryndam
  • Travel Leaders Network looks to add to its international partners to build global corporate agency web
  • AND FINALLY… How long will EUR50 last in Europe’s popular travel hotspots?

London and New York remain top international and domestic destinations for US business travellers

Despite the United Kingdom’s Brexit plans, the country’s capital remained the leading international destination last year for US business travellers, according to global travel management company BCD Travel. London topped the list of most-frequented international cities for American business travellers in 2018, in BCD Travel’s ‘2018 Cities & Trends Report’. The report’s rankings are based on ticketed flights booked by BCD Travel clients in 2018 and 2017 in a range of international markets. Other top five cities for US business travellers included Frankfurt, Tokyo, Paris and Amsterdam. New York City topped the list of domestic destinations in the US for business travellers, followed by Chicago, Dallas, Washington, DC and Atlanta. Year-over-year, Dublin experienced the highest growth rate of US business travellers, among the top destinations. Dublin secured the number nine spot on the list of top 10 cities while surpassing Sao Paulo and nudging Singapore off the top ten list.


Airbnb and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency team up ahead of Atlantic Hurricane season

Airbnb and The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) signed an agreement whereby Airbnb and CDEMA will collaborate to strengthen emergency preparedness, response, and recovery — including facilitating infrastructure for temporary emergency housing – throughout the CDEMA Participating States. The signing comes a little over a month before the start of the Atlantic Hurricane season, positioning the organisations to work together during times of peak need.


Rocky Mountaineer expands capacity with new luxury rail cars

Canadian rail-tour company Rocky Mountaineer has announced that seven newly built GoldLeaf Service rail cars will be offered on its Western Canadian rail routes for the 2019 season. The world’s largest privately owned luxury train company will add four rail cars to its fleet in April, with three additional cars coming later in the season. The bi-level rail cars feature oversized glass-dome windows and a separate dining area for guests travelling through the Canadian Rockies. To meet the growing demand from travellers worldwide, Rocky Mountaineer partnered with the Swiss rail car company Stadler to engineer and then build the new equipment. This project marked the largest capital investment in Rocky Mountaineer’s history. The remaining three cars will join the fleet in 2020, bringing the company’s total to 26 bi-level GoldLeaf rail cars and 16 single-level SilverLeaf rail cars.


Want to secure British arrivals? Wi-Fi, guaranteed sunshine and value for money are what they are after

A survey of over 1,000 people by trusted travel price comparison website, dealchecker, has revealed that when booking a holiday, Britons seek access to Wi-Fi, guaranteed sunshine and value for money. While Britons prioritise authentic local food (56%), when asked what makes a perfect holiday, there remains a need to stay connected, with access to Wi-Fi a top requirement for almost half of respondents (46%), surpassing the importance of access to a swimming pool (42%) or a swim-friendly beach (38%). Factors that influenced Britons to book their most recent holiday included visiting somewhere new (29%), guaranteed good weather (26%) and value for money (24%), compared to the safety of a destination, which only 1% said influenced their decision to book. Almost two thirds (63%) said that they enjoy going on holiday with their partner, when asked who they enjoy going away with most. It was also revealed that going on a solo holiday (9%) or with friends (11%) was more enjoyable than going away with their children (7%).


Holland America Line to call latest Pinnacle Class ship Ryndam

In a nod to its long line of historic ships that helped build the foundation for cruising as we know it today, Holland America Line has revealed its next Pinnacle Class ship will be called Ryndam. The newbuild, due for delivery in May 2021, will be the fourth ship in the company’s history to carry the name. The 100,000 tonne vessel will be similar to sister ships Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam with space for 2,666 guests. The steel cutting for Ryndam, signifying the official beginning of the building process, was held in Mar-2019 at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy.


Travel Leaders Network looks to add to its international partners to build global corporate agency web

North American travel agency organisation, Travel Leaders Network, working in partnership with its sister company, Travel Leaders Corporate, is embarking upon a large-scale international expansion programme to increase opportunities and provide enhanced service to corporate customers. To date, 40 major travel agencies from Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia have become new members and many more agencies are expected to join over the coming months. “We are creating a network of agencies that will serve as connective tissue enabling us to respond to larger opportunities both regionally and internationally,” explains Roger E Block, president of Travel Leaders Network. “These agencies, now backed by the scale, technology and tools available through Travel Leaders, are positioned to provide an even more customised, personalised and superior level of service to existing and new clients within their respective geographies.” New members, some of which are among the largest corporate travel agencies in their countries, have joined several existing international members of Travel Leaders Network. Combined, the network now has agency representation in nearly 50 countries. It has a plan to sign one exclusive Travel Leaders representative in key countries around the globe. “We are engaging partners who can offer a full portfolio of corporate, leisure and events services and are recognised in their country and by their peers as service-oriented, successful agencies,” adds Mr Block.


AND FINALLY… How long will EUR50 last in Europe’s popular travel hotspots?

We are all enjoying more breaks each year thanks to enhanced air connectivity, but are also becoming increasingly cost conscious. Travel experts, alpharooms Ireland, have analysed the most popular destinations in Europe and calculated how long a day budget of EUR50 will last by taking into account the average cost of food, transport, attractions and even alcohol in each city. Based on averages cost of a breakfast, lunch dinner, beer, cocktail, two one-way transport tickets, and three attractions, In London your EUR50 will run out at 12:30pm; in Rome, Dublin and Vienna it will run out at 3:00pm; in Paris, Benidorm and Amsterdam it will run out at 6:00 pm; but in Istanbul, Prague and Antalya it will last all day, and you’ll still have money left over.