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Beyond the Horizon: The Mopelia Collection of Fine Atlases and Travel Books

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 marzo 2019

London – In anticipation of the Antiquarian Book Fair in New York, Christie’s is pleased to showcase highlights from Beyond the Horizon: The Mopelia Collection of Fine Atlases and Travel Books. This is an opportunity for explorers, sailors, distinguished collectors and all those who love global navigation, to view and acquire some of the most valuable maps and atlases of all time. Rare and in great condition, the collection contains nearly 200 lots of important travel books covering all corners of the globe with a strong emphasis on all matters maritime. Highlights include Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accurata Tabula, a striking map of the world surrounded by allegorical scenes of the four seasons, illustrated above, and Johannes van Keulen’s De Groote Nieuwe Vermeerder-de Zee-Atlas ofte Water-Werelt. Published in Amsterdam in 1688, the latter is a handsomely engraved and beautifully hand-coloured example with the frontispiece and maps highlighted in gold, perhaps one of the greatest 17th-century Dutch sea-atlases to come to the market in recent years.A global tour of the Mopelia Collection will begin in New York from 4-7 March, to be exhibited alongside Luca Pacioli’s Summa de Arithmetica (see separate press release here). Highlights will then be on view in Paris and London to coincide with international fairs for maps and atlases before being offered at auction in London on 5 June.

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Japan Outbound MICE Tourism Market

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 febbraio 2019

Traveler Flows, Spending Patterns, Main Destination Markets and Forecast to 2025 offers the most up-to-date industry data on the actual market situation and future outlook for Japan outbound MICE tourism market. The report offers an in-depth analysis of traveler flows, spending patterns, main destination markets and current and future opportunities for tourism businesses seeking to tap into the Japan outbound MICE tourism market. This report also provides readers with insight into MICE tourism, a rapidly growing segment within the travel industry. The report includes historical data from 2013 to 2018 and forecasts until 2025.This report provides clear insight into current and future tourism developments of the Japan outbound MICE tourism market. Furthermore, this report uses the main destination-focused analysis to explore Japan outbound MICE tourism market. A detailed main destination analysis of the market is provided, covering a total of 20 destinations. The report also explores detailed description of growth drivers and inhibitors of the Japan outbound MICE tourism market.The main MICE destinations for the Japanese travelers covered in the report are United States, Hawaii, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Macau, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand.

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OAG Recognizes Baarb for its Innovative Deployment of AI in Travel

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 novembre 2018

Baarb, an enterprise B2B platform helping global travel brands deliver hyper-relevant search results based on travelers’ preferences, has won the OAG Award for AI Innovation at the 2018 Phocuswright Conference. Presented by OAG, the world’s leading intelligence provider to the air travel ecosystem, the award recognizes Baarb’s innovative approach of leveraging AI to advance the travel industry. Each year, the OAG Award for AI Innovation is presented to the Phocuswright Summit company that delivers the most innovative customer-centric solution using artificial intelligence. Baarb’s solution, BaarbPro, uses AI to tailor search results based on consumer preferences, allowing travel brands to increase the probability of conversion by offering more relevant recommendations. OAG will provide Baarb with its Data Solutions Startup Package, which enables tech innovators to easily and seamlessly integrate OAG’s intelligence into applications and systems.“Billions of critical decisions are made across the travel ecosystem every single day – and they are all powered by information, intelligence and analytics,” said Vipul Nakum, CPO at OAG. “Baarb is a shining example of this in action. The solution leverages AI to create highly-relevant and personalized booking experiences that delight travelers and improve conversions. We’re thrilled to recognize their team and look forward to partnering to fuel their growth.”“We believe the greatest impact for AI going forward is in vertical specific applications, and we’re honored to be recognized by OAG for the innovation we’re bringing to the travel industry,” said Barbara Parshall, Co-Founder and CEO of Baarb. As the world’s leading intelligence provider to the air travel ecosystem, OAG helps travel and technology leaders grow their businesses, delight customers and streamline operations. For more information visit OAG.com.

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Kathmandu: Best in Travel 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 ottobre 2018

Subito dopo il terremoto che l’ha colpita nell’aprile del 2015, Kathmandu era una città distrutta e sconvolta: ovunque monumenti collassati, macerie, polvere e un inevitabile velo di tristezza.A distanza di soli tre anni la città ha saputo dare una svolta e cambiare faccia: nonostante siano ancora visibili le ferite del sisma, la ricostruzione dei templi e dei monumenti danneggiati procede a ritmo sostenuto e i siti storici stanno tornando al loro antico splendore. Anche negli edifici che compongono l’intricato dedalo della città vecchia sono state apportate grandi migliorie e oggi Kathmandu può vantare una fornitura di luce elettrica affidabile e una buona connessione wi-fi, accessorio ormai indispensabile per ogni meta turistica.Inoltre, grazie alle recenti misure introdotte per ridurre smog, traffico e rumore, fra cui il divieto di circolazione delle auto nel centro storcio, Kathmandu è oggi più piacevole, vivibile e pulita che mai.La capitale nepalese si appresta anche ad ospitare, per la terza volta nella sua storia, l’edizione 2019 dei Giochi dell’Asia Meridionale: un’occasione unica per celebrare la sua rinascita!Lonely Planet ha stilato una lista di 3 esperienze imperdibili da vivere a Kathmandu:
1. Salire i gradini che portano sulla collina dove sorge il grande stupa bianco di Swayambhunath, recentemente restaurato, e osservare il panorama della città che si stende ai vostri piedi, magari al tramonto, quando la luce del sole calante tinge tutto d’oro.
2. Passeggiare nella Kathmandu meno conosciuta, fra le vie secondarie e i cortili interni (bahal), scoprendo ad ogni angolo statue e bassorilievi di pregevole fattura.
3. Assaggiare cibi e bevande da tutto il mondo nel quartiere preferito dai backpackers, Thamel: fra questi i momo, tradizionali ravioli ripieni di carne e spezie, il daiquiri al mango e la tongba, la birra di miglio dell’Himalaya.

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B-Rent al World Travel Market a Londra

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 ottobre 2018

Londra dal 5 al 7 novembre 2018 B-Rent anche quest’anno al World Travel Market (WTM), la fiera-evento internazionale di riferimento per il settore del turismo. “Dopo il positivo esordio lo scorso anno, abbiamo deciso di rinnovare la nostra presenza al World Travel Market”, commenta il CEO e fondatore Vincenzo Brasiello, “in quanto questa fiera costituisce per noi un appuntamento di rilevanza strategica, fondamentale occasione per proseguire e rafforzare il dialogo con gli stakeholder del settore nazionali e internazionali e, in particolare, per presentare le nostre ultime novità rivolte a tour operator e intermediari, illustrando le linee di sviluppo sulla clientela corporate e consumer”.

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Men and women come from nowhere to travel into nothingness

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 luglio 2018

For years I have hoped and in the end I have almost reached the certainty that a movement like Five stars could perfectly embody the existential discomfort of a people like the Italian too long animated by a great hope that, despite the notices of the opposite sign, managed to end to feeling in tune with his political class. Without wanting to pretend to go back in time I think of the change in the change from the world scenarios resulting from the collapse of the “communist dream” and the awakening of “respectability” with clean hands in our house. We opened our credit line with berlusconism intercalating it with the groups that recalled the left center of Prodi and now of D’alema, now of Bersani and now of Renzi-Gentiloni but every time we came out disappointed but not defeated . Hope, we all know, is the last to die and ours is now octogenarian. But if the years pass and hope still remains strong and unshakable we owe it to the great desire that is in us in seeking not perfection, which is not of this world, but a political class that knows how to embody the dream of a people to be governed with wisdom and moral direction.
Now even the Pentastellati show signs of a worrying failure and leave us hopelessly orphans of a reference point that seemed to us to be going the right way. Because? Because it is not enough that the ideas are good, we need to find the right men and women. They eventually embody that ideal that we have made and must know how to represent it with strength and determination. And if today the political project wobbles is not the fault of the ideas but of those who can not express them concretely. There is also good that there are men and women come from nowhere on condition that their role is not humiliated by their lack of firmness, the emptiness of their ideals because they are cultivated on the surface and easily taken away by the first breath of wind. And this, unfortunately, is happening at home pentastellati. And the risk is that in the end even hope can no longer find shelter. (Riccardo Alfonso)

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Travel with your digital subscriptions: Joint statement by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 aprile 2018

From 1 April 2018 onwards, Europeans will be able to access the online content that they have subscribed to at home, wherever they are in the EU. Vice-President Ansip, Commissioner Gabriel, Bulgarian Minister Ivaylo Moskovski and Members of the European Parliament Pavel Svoboda and Jean-Marie Cavada said the following: “Citizens are at the core of all our digital initiatives. As of 1 April, wherever you are travelling to in the EU, you will no longer miss out on your favourite films, TV series, sports broadcasts, games or e-books, that you have digitally subscribed to at home. The rules will apply to paid-for services, but providers of free content may opt in.Providers of online content will also benefit from the new rules. They will no longer have to acquire licences for other territories where their subscribers are travelling to […]Today we have taken another concrete step towards building a true Digital Single Market and a united European digital society, accessible for all our citizens and profitable for our businesses.”The full text is available here. Watch the press statement by Commissioner Gabriel live on EbS. More details on the new rules are available in the Q&A and a factsheet, as well as a recent Facebook chat.

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Two Chinese tourism trade fairs are scheduled for 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 marzo 2018

The 15th Shanghai World Travel Fair (SWTF) will take place May 24-27. With an expected attendance of more than 500 exhibitors from around the world and 13,000 buyers and visitors, mainly from east China, SWFT is a B2B and B2C event focusing on China’s growing outbound tourism market.
The Travel Trade Market (TTM) will take place September 5-7, in Chengdu, Sichuan. It is a B2B event for inbound and outbound Chinese tourism operators. TTM offers international exhibitors the opportunity of meeting tourism professionals from secondary and tertiary cities in the central and western regions of China. Before taking EAGLE into its operational phase, the joint venture partners conducted a survey during the Chengdu Travel Trade Market Business Forum 2017 to gauge market interest, and conducted 1,000 business meetings during the TTM preview, consulting with some 60 international buyers from more than 17 countries, as well as tourism companies. The new venture has already concluded an agreement with the European Tourism Association (ETOA), which is the leading association in Europe of tour operators and tourism industry suppliers, to explore and secure greater commercial opportunities in the Chinese market.
The World Tourism Organization reported that 135 million Chinese tourists travelled abroad in 2016, up 6% from the number registered a year earlier. The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) estimated that the tourism sector grew by a further 4% in 2017. The amount spent during oversees travel by Chinese citizens exceeded 261 billion U.S. in 2016, representing a 12% increase from the previous year. A record 5.8 million Chinese tourists booked overnight stays in Italy in 2016, up 400,000 compared from 2015. According to the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI), during the first 6 months of 2017, a 14% increase was recorded in the number of visa applications, with rise in applications for +22% for individual trips and +10% increase for group trips.

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“Enjoy my Japan” Global Campaign Targets Long-haul Travellers

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 febbraio 2018

Enjoy my JapanJapan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has today inaugurated a global-scale, multilingual campaign entitled “Enjoy my Japan.” The campaign seeks to entice long-haul travelers to visit Japan and explore the country beyond the well-known popular attractions, and immerse themselves more fully in the rich depths of Japanese nature and culture that exist off the beaten tourist path. This extensive, multifaceted promotion involves a broad variety of initiatives, including the launch of a dedicated website (www.enjoymyjapan.jp) featuring video clips that show a broad range of activities and scenes not typically associated with Japan, strategically targeted digital advertisements, and television commercials to be aired in multiple markets.The campaign is a major addition to efforts made in recent years by both public and private sectors in Japan to attract more visitors from overseas. Since 2000, the number of travelers from abroad has soared by 500 percent, from 4.76 million to an estimated 28.7 million in 2017. “Enjoy my Japan” has been targeted especially for travelers from Europe, North America, and Australia. Long a popular destination for regional travelers from Asia Pacific nations, who comprise some 85 percent of visitors at present, there is plenty of room for growth with travelers from the West, who currently make up 11 percent.A cornerstone of the campaign is the message that Japan literally has something for everyone, and that whatever it is a long-haul traveler goes to an overseas destination for, Japan is ready, willing, and waiting to fulfill their passions. In addition to satisfying visitors from abroad with the familiar, iconic sites and things to see and do the country has long been known for, there is also a desire to foster a richer and more personal experience by making lesser-known places and activities more accessible, especially to entire families and those with an adventurous spirit.
The campaign theme, “Enjoy my Japan,” expresses the interaction of the international traveler with the Japanese people themselves, in addition to inviting visitors to create their own personal relationship with the country as a preferred destination. An intrinsic component of the campaign is to motivate the Japanese people to open their arms to visitors from abroad, and to show and tell them just what it is that’s so special about their country.In constructing and honing the focus of the campaign, avid travelers were surveyed to identify the things they find most alluring when choosing a destination abroad. Survey results revealed a series of commonly recurring “passion points” that make up a satisfying trip. In turn, these were categorized and compiled into a list of locations and experiences designed to fulfill a traveler’s passions—cuisine, tradition, nature, city, relaxation, art, outdoor—and a series of brief video clips, available for viewing at EnjoymyJapan.jp, were produced to bring them all to life.Website visitors also have the option of crafting their own “virtual tour” of Japan by answering a few quick questions about their interests, which then serves up a “personalized movie” with scenes that show the types of sites and experiences on offer from one end of Japan to the other. “One’s personal engagement with Japan starts at the website,” said JNTO president Ryoichi Matsuyama. “It continues with enriching experiences like summer and winter adventure sports, spring and autumn mountain treks and steam train rides, and seaside cycling excursions. Any time of year, Japan offers fine dining and mouthwatering street fare, vibrant night life in safe and spectacular cities, virtually unlimited shopping and entertainment options, exposure to ancient traditions that still exist side-by-side with emerging pop cultural trends, and physical and spiritual rejuvenation at remote hot springs, spas, and Zen Buddhist retreats,” he said. (photo: Enjoy my Japan)

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World’s First Ultra HD HDR Travel Channel Travelxp 4K Makes German Debut on HD+ via SES

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 13 dicembre 2017

Show_Tag_Food_fact_fun_Vancouver_CanadaTravelxp 4K, one of the world’s leading travel and lifestyle television channels, will start delivering its programmes in Ultra HD (UHD) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) to HD+ viewers across Germany as of 13 December 2017. The channel will be broadcast via Astra 19.2 degrees East and will rely on MX1 for playout and uplink services.
Travelxp 4K is also one of the first networks in the world to broadcast in High Dynamic Range, a feature that provides better contrast and greatly improves the viewer experience. Thanks to that technology, HD+ customers can enjoy holiday destinations from around the world from the comfort of their own homes without any additional costs – in a picture quality that is almost as good as real-life.The Ultra HD HDR channel was first launched on SES’s North American Ultra HD platform, nearly a year ago. The growing SES content line-up in North America, which also features NASA TV UHD, Fashion One 4K, C4K360, UHD1, 4KUNIVERSE, Funbox UHD, Nature Relaxation 4K, the SES demo channel, INSIGHT TV and The Country Network. “Travelxp 4K made its world debut in Ultra HD with SES almost a year ago and we have continued to innovate with SES ever since,” noted Prashant Chothani, CEO of Travelxp. “We are delighted that our partnership with SES’s media platform HD+ will soon enable German viewers to enjoy our content on Travelxp 4k. The channel will initially launch in English, but from the beginning of 2018, viewers will also be captivated by our visually stunning, well-produced German content.” “By leveraging our global infrastructure, our unique product portfolio and our commitment to new TV technologies, we have fast become the leader in Ultra HD,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video. “The combination of ASTRA capacity, MX1 services and the HD+ media platform creates a strong formula that allows Travelxp 4K to introduce its Ultra HD content in Germany. With the addition of Travelxp 4K to its bouquet, HD+ is entering the next phase of the Ultra HD development in Germany, continuing what started two years ago with the first Ultra HD demo channel.” (photo: Show_Tag_Food_fact_fun_Vancouver_Canada)

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Eighty-three Percent of Britons Have Positive View of Business Travel

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 novembre 2017

london-centralLondon. Five in six British employees think that they are treated well by their employers while travelling for business, according to an international survey by Chrome River, a global leader in expense management solutions. Almost a third (32 percent) say that getting to see new places is their favourite part of travelling for work, and 19 percent look forward to the ability to add leisure days onto a trip. A further 20 percent state that travelling in style on their company’s tab – such as staying in high quality hotels – is the best part of work-related travel. In comparison, only five percent of American business travellers view the quality of their travel as the biggest benefit, while 18 percent rate the ability to earn loyalty points as the top perk.The research also revealed strong correlation between travellers’ perception of travel expense policy and overall travel satisfaction. Those who viewed their company’s travel policies as providing the highest quality travel services and the most traveller flexibility had almost universal (97 percent) satisfaction with business travel. In comparison, almost 70 percent of those who viewed their policies as more restrictive and inflexible had a negative view of their business travel experience.Although Britons are almost three times as likely to cite travelling with their colleagues as the worst aspect of business travel as their Australian counterparts, British business travellers are also more than 50 percent more likely than Americans to dislike having to spend time with their co-workers while travelling. Conversely, while 15 percent of Americans say that spending time with colleagues they like is their favourite part of business travel, only three percent of Britons relish time with their team-mates.“With domestic and international business travel both continuing to increase, and the labour market for the very best employees remaining tight, employers must ensure that they provide a quality travel experience,” said Nick Ludlow, general manager, EMEA at Chrome River. “For frequent travellers – who can often be a company’s most valuable employees – expense policies can have a dramatic impact on their quality of life. Therefore, offering flexible travel policies and giving travellers the tools they need to make their trips as smooth as possible will play a great role in keeping a company’s highest performers happy. Chrome River works with our customers around the world to help them create and implement expense policies that offer business travellers the best possible travel experience.”The survey was conducted of almost 1,500 business travellers across Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States during the summer of 2017.

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Business Travel Survey

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 luglio 2017

costo bigliettoLe regolari rilevazioni di Uvet sull’andamento dei prezzi medi per il Business Travel Managed evidenziano, anche nel secondo trimestre 2017, una tendenza al ribasso dei prezzi medi del Business Travel Managed e una continua compressione anche rispetto all’andamento dei prezzi medi dei trasporti, che è il settore di riferimento. Nello specifico, tra gennaio 2006 e giugno 2017, l’incremento medio dei prezzi nel sistema economico (inflazione) è stato del 21,4%, l’incremento medio dei prezzi nel settore trasporti è stato del 27,7%, mentre il Business Travel Managed ha registrato una dinamica contraria e il prezzo medio del servizio si è ridotto del 43,1%.
“Tradotto in numeri – spiega Luca Patanè, Presidente del Gruppo Uvet – significa che a parità di caratteristiche e condizioni di viaggio, quello che costava 100 Euro nel 2006, oggi costa 56,9 Euro, mentre se avesse seguito la media dei prezzi del settore dei trasporti sarebbe dovuto costare 127,7 Euro (il 124% in più). Tale effetto va a tutto vantaggio delle imprese che, a prezzi inferiori, possono investire in attività di sviluppo e contatto con clienti, o potenziali clienti, alla ricerca di nuove opportunità di business anche a livello internazionale”.
Considerando l’ultimo triennio 2015-2017, le trasferte sono aumentate di 18 punti percentuali, mentre le spese solo di 7 punti. Lo stesso trend positivo ha registrato il 1° semestre 2017, che vede un aumento rilevante delle trasferte di 10 punti percentuali e un incremento nelle spese di viaggio di 5 punti percentuale. Oggi il costo medio di una trasferta di viaggio è di circa 200 euro, nel primo semestre 2015 era di 221 euro.
Il numero delle trasferte aeree nel corso dell’ultimo anno è cresciuto nel mercato domestico e nel mercato europeo, mentre è calato quello intercontinentale. Il segmento nazionale continua a essere affetto dalla concorrenza del trasporto ferroviario. Ciò ha comportato una riduzione delle spese di viaggio domestiche rispetto al numero di trasferte, indicando un abbassamento del prezzo medio del biglietto. Il segmento intercontinentale ha registrato invece una crescita di ben 44 euro rispetto al 2016.
Il 2017 conferma New York come la più importante destinazione del campione (6,2%), al secondo posto Dubai che diminuisce la propria quota (4% rispetto al 4,6% del 2016). Stabili i flussi verso Shangai e Hong Kong, in calo Sao Paulo e San Francisco.
A livello europeo la principale destinazione è rimasta Parigi, con oltre il 13,2% del totale dei viaggi d’affari effettuati in Europa, In calo Londra, Amsterdam e Francoforte A mostrare valori in crescita sono state Brussels (+0,3%) e Madrid (+0,2%). Stabile Monaco.
Nel segmento nazionale, Milano è la principale destinazione dei viaggiatori d’affari delle imprese del campione: il 35% dei clienti ha favorito gli scali di Linate e Malpensa. Roma evidenzia un calo di quasi tre punti percentuali da 31,1 a 28,4%. Lo scalo di Napoli, rimane il favorito tra le altre destinazioni nazionali (5,3%). Bari, Torino, Venezia e Palermo sono le destinazioni che evidenziano un incremento dei loro valori, in calo Catania, stabile Genova.
Crescono le trasferte ferroviarie e il 2017 vede un leggero calo del costo medio del biglietto ferroviario pari a un euro (da 48 nel primo semestre 2016 a 47 euro attuali).
tasso crescitaDal calcolo della variazione triennale, invece, si evince una sostanziale stabilità dei prezzi: nel 2015 il prezzo medio era infatti di 49 euro. Dal 2014 abbiamo assistito a un cambiamento delle abitudini di chi viaggia per affari grazie all’alta velocità che ha ridotto il tempo di trasferta tra Roma e Milano. Il 2015 ha visto il previsto sorpasso del treno sull’aereo: dal 1° Semestre 2015 il mezzo preferito è stato il treno con una quota pari al 55% sul totale. Rispetto al 2015, nel 2017 il treno ha guadagnato ulteriori 5 punti percentuali.
L’hôtellerie ha evidenziato nel 2017 un acosto medio camereumento della spesa sul territorio nazionale con una quota superiore al 60% per cento del totale. Il segmento europeo ha visto un calo della sua quota di mercato di oltre 2 punti percentuali rispetto al 2016, mentre crescono le spese alberghiere intercontinentali.Con una crescita del costo medio di 7 punti percentuali, New York rimane la città nella quale il pernottamento ha un costo maggiore. Crescono i prezzi di Shangai, Hong Kong, Singapore e San Paolo. In calo solo Dubai.
Nel 2017 in Europa, Londra rimane la città più cara, seguita da Parigi mentre la più economica si conferma Madrid seppur in crescita. Francoforte percentualmente registra il calo più vistoso con 10 punti percentuali.Negli ultimi 12 mesi, le città in cui è più caro pernottare risultano Firenze e Milano. Milano però aumenta il costo rispetto al 2016, mentre Firenze ha un lieve calo. Per Roma e Napoli il prezzo rimane sostanzialmente invariato. Genova rimane la città più economica, registrando un calo del prezzo medio di 5 euro. (foto grafico: costo biglietto, tasso crescita)

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What is the most expensive business travel destination in Europe?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017

londonCentral London third-most expensive in Europe despite Brexit – falling from second place last yearAll other ranked UK cities plummet down regional rankings this year
A typical business trip in London costs 32% more than in Brussels and 18% less than in Geneva This was one of the findings of the latest Daily Rates research published by ECA International, the world’s leading provider of knowledge, information and software for the management and assignment of employees around the world.The total cost of a typical business trip to Geneva, excluding travel to and from the city, is USD 706 per day on average.“Swiss cities dominate the top ten most expensive destinations due to the relative strength of the Swiss franc against the US dollar when compared with other European currencies,” said Simon Franklin, Daily Rates Manager for ECA International. “Geneva tops the European rankings this year due to its high hotel costs, which are partly due to high levels of tourism driving up prices. Four-star hotel accommodation in Geneva averages USD 373 per night, beating the second highest in the region, Zurich, by 10%.”London has fallen from second in last year’s regional rankings to third place this year, being overtaken by Zurich.“Over the last year, the cost of a typical business trip in Central London has fallen by around 13% in USD terms, with the fall in the value of the pound against the US dollar contributing to this,” stated Franklin. “Tourism and international business travel to the city have been boosted by the pound’s decline. However, in local terms, Central London has actually become more expensive over the last 12 months with four-star hotels, meals and transport costs increasing, which is bad news for UK nationals travelling to the capital.”Updated annually, ECA’s Daily Rates reports provide average costs for hotel accommodation, which makes up the bulk of any daily allowance, as well as meals, drinks, laundry, taxi transport and daily essentials. This information is used by companies to determine daily expense allowances for staff who undertake business travel.“Costs commonly incurred during business trips include accommodation, transport, meals and day-to-day necessities,” advised Franklin. “Looking at four-star hotel accommodation, Geneva and Paris are the only locations that charge higher rates than Central London, with equivalent hotels in Zurich costing similar on average at USD 331.”
Paris comes in at fourth position in this year’s regional rankings. While the cost of a typical meal out and incidental expenditure are more expensive in Central London and Zurich, higher costs associated with hotel accommodation in Paris contribute to its ranking as the fourth-most expensive location in Europe to undertake a business trip.
Excluding Central London, all other UK cities have plummeted in this year’s regional rankings. Aberdeen (22nd), Edinburgh (31st), Manchester (47th) and Birmingham (54th) have all fallen dramatically owing to the pound’s decline against the dollar. On average, ranked UK locations have fallen by 19 places.The cheapest location in Europe for business travel is Sarajevo. On average, four-star hotel costs are 72% cheaper there than in Geneva.
When hotel costs are excluded, the most expensive locations in Europe for business travellers are slightly different, although Geneva still tops the rankings. London falls to 12th in the regional rankings.“When it comes to a business traveller’s daily expenditure on incidental costs such as transport, meals and beverages, Swiss cities dominate the top five in the region,” adds Franklin.Oslo is ranked sixth in the region, Copenhagen eighth, Paris 14th, Stockholm 15th and Brussels 16th based on non-hotel business-travel costs.The cheapest locations in the region for business travellers, once hotel costs are excluded, are Minsk, Tirana and Chisinau.“Companies have different ways to ensure costs incurred by employees during business trips are covered, whether by reimbursement or provision of daily allowances to meet such expenditure,” advised Franklin. “As we have seen over the past 12 months, with Zurich overtaking London as the second-most expensive location, it’s important companies review allowances or reimbursement rates for travelling employees regularly to make sure they are neither under- nor over-compensating for business trips.”

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Unicom a Finalborgo con il Travel Marketing Days

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 27 ottobre 2016

finalborgoFinalborgo, nella favolosa cornice medioevale dei Chiostri di Santa Caterina, ospita il 28 e sabato 29 ottobre il convegno nazionale di UNICOM – Unione Nazionale Imprese di Comunicazione fondata nel 1977. Il convegno è organizzato da WIKIACADEMY e STUDIOWIKI.
Una prima edizione dei TRAVEL MARKETING DAYS, questo il titolo della manifestazione, http://www.travelmarketingdays.it, che si candida a divenire un appuntamento fisso a cadenza annuale.È previsto l’arrivo di relatori ed esperti di fama internazionale che parleranno ad una platea composta da professionisti del settore turistico ligure, imprenditori, pubblici amministratori ed esperti di comunicazione e marketing provenienti da tutto il territorio nazionale.
Un’occasione importante per approfondire tematiche legate allo sviluppo di un settore economico centrale per la nostra regione. “Parlare di turismo dove il turismo è la voce prevalente del prodotto economico credo che rappresenti qualcosa di più che una semplice opportunità. Una scelta di campo che fa UNICOM come associazione di rappresentanza per essere sempre più vicina e legata ai territori”, dichiara Alessandro Ubertis, Presidente dell’Associazione.Attesa la presenza dell’Assessore regionale al turismo Giovanni Berrino, che porterà la case history ligure.“Una doppia vittoria. Un modo per avvicinare i massimi livelli della comunicazione ai nostri operatori del turismo, e l’occasione per far vedere le bellezze della nostra riviera e del nostro entroterra, così ricche di natura e storia, a tutti gli ospiti che converranno dalle altre regioni italiane”, prosegue Angelo Berlangeri, presidente dell’UPA, l’Unione degli albergatori.
Sarà inoltre interessante ascoltare i tanti esempi virtuosi che verranno portati. Fra gli altri il Monferrato e le Marche, ospiti per il pomeriggio del venerdì.Gli atti del convegno saranno pubblicati dal prossimo 15 novembre sulla rivista web nonsoloambiente.it. Maria Grazia Persico, consigliere UNICOM, editore e direttore editoriale della rivista, modererà i panel del venerdì pomeriggio. “L’iniziativa di Finale Ligure – dichiara Persico – costituisce una best practice di marketing territoriale/turistico. Casi di eccellenza nel settore sono ancora pochi in Italia, pertanto come editore di testata abbiamo il piacere di divulgarne contenuti e obiettivi in un’ottica di sempre maggiore sensibilizzazione degli uditori e del pubblico obiettivo in generale”.
“L’evento – sottolinea Federico Alberto, CEO STUDIOWIKI e Consigliere UNICOM – è aperto a tutta la cittadinanza interessata ed in particolare alla piccola media impresa e a professionisti del settore turistico e della comunicazione e marketing: studi grafici, designer, fotografi, videomaker, uffici stampa e di RP, centri media, web agency, concessionarie, publisher e riviste di settore”.

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EL AL Cockpit Innovation Hub and JetBlue Technology Ventures Launch Navigator Program For Startups in Fields of Aviation and Travel

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 agosto 2016

el-al-israel-airlinesNEW YORK, NY Cockpit, the innovation center established by EL AL Israel Airlines and JetBlue Technology Ventures, the investment arm of JetBlue, announced the launch of Navigator, an international hub for startups in the fields of aviation and travel.The Navigator includes a direct link to EL AL and JetBlue, exposure to strategic partners, initial funding, office space in Israel and the United States as well as ongoing close guidance for startups in all aspects of their business development. The first global innovation center of its kind, Navigator is searching for new technologies in the field as well as existing technologies that made a difference in other industries and are now targeting the travel and aviation industry.Navigator targets startups from all over the world that deal or have an appeal for aviation and travel. The program also includes ongoing guidance in a wide variety of business activities, especially in the realm of sales and marketing, technology and legal issues. In addition, each startup selected for the program will gain exposure to leading professionals and customers in the global aviation and travel industries. The companies will work for three months in Israel and an additional month in Silicon Valley where they will get an opportunity to present their developments to key players in the global aviation industry. After the four-month international program, alumni may be offered follow-up support for another eight months in terms of workspace and business development mentoring aimed at actualizing the partnerships that will be created.Submission of candidacy for the program is open, through the website cockpitinnovation.com. Shortly after the top startups are chosen and announced, the program will get off the ground in Tel Aviv. The selection process will be based on a rigorous examination of various criteria, the first of which is evidence that the technological development under discussion will lead to meaningful innovation and positive change in the industry.Henry Chen Weinstein, CEO, Cockpit Innovation Hub, says: “Collaboration is an innovation catalyst – bridging Tel Aviv and Silicon Valley, two of the leading startup hubs on earth through Cockpit and JetBlue Technology Ventures, as the next step in harnessing the power of innovation for the future of the Air Travel industry. The Navigator program is the first of its kind, incubating startups focused on travel and aviation by the industry itself, creating a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs.”Bonny Simi, President, JetBlue Technology Ventures, says: “We’re excited to partner with Cockpit to connect the two travel tech innovation hubs of Tel Aviv and Silicon Valley through the Navigator program. By combining a wealth of aviation and technology expertise with actual platforms and connections to incubate ideas within the airline industry, we are perfectly positioned to directly help startups shape the future of the travel.”For details on the Navigator program, visit http://www.elal.com. Learn more about EL AL news, special promotions and events in Israel plus useful travel tips by joining the airline on Facebook (ELALIsraelAirlinesUSA) and Twitter (@ELALUSA).

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WTTC comment on the UK vote to leave the European Union

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 giugno 2016

tourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.caFollowing the referendum on 23 June, the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) emphasises that travel to, from and within the EU and UK will not be affected in the short term. The process set out by the Lisbon Treaty allows for a two year period of negotiation once the UK formally states its intention to leave the EU, and this period could even be extended by agreement of all the parties. During this period the legislation around Travel & Tourism will remain unchanged.David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “We are entering a period of market uncertainty which will undoubtedly put pressure on Travel & Tourism businesses, however we know that our sector is resilient and we expect business and leisure travel to hold up in the face of these challenges.”

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No EU visa-free travel for Turks, if rule of law is undermined, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 giugno 2016

turchiaIf Turkey goes on undermining rule of law principles and stripping Members of the Turkish Parliament of their immunities, then it should not expect to be granted an EU visa-free regime, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday in a debate with Selahattin Demirtaş, co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). They also voiced solidarity with Mr Demirtaş’ efforts to revive the Kurdish peace process talks.Mr Demirtaş, the leader of one of Turkey’s major opposition parties, noted that his country is living through extraordinary times, as its constitution is suspended, political and media rights are violated, and Turkish MPs are stripped of their immunities. Coupled with the halt of Kurdish peace process talks, this has become an “Erdoğan strategy” to ignite national feelings and make President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan “a single man in power”, Mr Demirtaş explained.MEPs were worried by Mr Demirtaş’ claims, that the Turkish opposition might be put behind bars as soon as next week, given that the Turkish public prosecutor is filing terrorist propaganda charges. Several MEPs stated that with the opposition in prison and rule of law principles neglected, Turkey should not expect to get an EU visa-free regime any time soon.
A large majority of MEPs expressed solidarity with Mr Demirtaş’ efforts to revive the Kurdish peace process talks and called on him to denounce the violence and terrorist attacks. He agreed that “the solution is not in violence or firearms, but in negotiations”, calling on the European Parliament act as a mediator to this end. Asked by several MEPs about the future of the EU-Turkey migration deal, the HDP leader said that refugees “are not a big burden for us […], but they can only return to their homeland if there is stability in Syria.” He also noted that President Erdoğan should not be taking decisions alone on the future of EU-Turkey relations or the annulment of EU-Turkey deals.

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New research shows that Travel & Tourism can be a driver of peace

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 maggio 2016

india-travel-insuranceWith terror and security scares against tourists filling many headlines in the past few months, today the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is pleased to launch a new research report quantifying for the first time the links between tourism and peace.
While Travel & Tourism has often been recognised for its ability to drive peace, security and understanding, to date, there has been little empirical evidence to support this link.The report, Tourism as a Driver for Peace, conducted with the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), the world’s pre-eminent think tank measuring peace, shows how important an open and sustainable tourism sector can be for the levels of peace in a country.Countries with more open and sustainable tourism sectors* have higher levels of peace and lower levels of conflict and violence. Increases in tourism sustainability can lead to improvements in the functioning of governments. As governments respond to tourism demand and create a welcoming environment for further tourism expansion, this ultimately increases future peace, the report states.Over the last decade the world has become increasingly unequal in terms of its levels of peacefulness, with the most peaceful countries enjoying increasing levels of peace and prosperity, while the least peaceful countries are facing greater levels of violence and conflict. This research shows that the more sustainable and open a country’s tourism sector, the less peace levels have declined. Even in conflict-affected countries, all of which saw their levels of peace drop in the period between 2008 and 2015, those that had more open and sustainable tourism saw a significantly lower drop in peace than countries with less sustainable tourism sectors.David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC, said: “Travel & Tourism’s economic impact is now well established and widely recognised, and governments around the world are increasingly looking to the sector to provide livelihoods and jobs, and drive economic development. However, the benefits of tourism as a force for good, its ability to bring peace, security and understanding have been harder to quantify. I am delighted that this research now shows that Travel & Tourism does have a strong link to creating peaceful societies.In a world of increasing risk and security concerns, this research is compelling evidence of why governments should continue to focus on tourism development for the good of their people, and make policy decisions that balance the safety of their citizens with the continued facilitation of travel for business and leisure purposes.” Steve Killelea, Founder & Executive Chairman, IEP, said: “The data shows how tourism and peace can support each other and increase societal resilience, prosperity and peace in the long term. This also shows how the tourism sector is one of the key areas in which the private sector can play a positive and tangible role in contributing to global peace.”

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“Don’t close borders in response to terrorism”, says WTTC CEO

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 aprile 2016

tourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.ca“Closing borders and jeopardising the freedom to travel is not the answer to the current security concerns. World leaders need to stand together and act now, with the support of the Travel & Tourism sector.”That was the message from David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) at the start of the organisation’s annual Global Summit, in Dallas, Texas.Scowsill told the assembled private and public sector delegates that: “The combination of global terrorism and an international refugee crisis is creating an unprecedented threat, but closing our borders and jeopardising our freedom to travel is not the solution. We have to prevent an overreaction from governments.”“We live in an ever-connected world, brought closer by technology, multi-platform media, binding trade agreements and the sheer speed of travel. That same connectivity sees us witnessing the migration of peoples, on a scale not seen for decades. Navigating our way through and beyond the complexities of mass migration, embracing the possibilities while acknowledging the concerns, will be the urgent task of our global leaders now and in the future”, he said.In calling on world leaders to “prevent an overreaction from governments” he said the critical question is to understand “how can we keep our borders safe, while keeping those same borders open to business travellers and tourists?”He reminded delegates of the impact of the US border tightening after the 11 September 2001 attacks, which led to a ‘lost decade’ of tourism income that cost the United States some $600 billion.
WTTC advocates improving international intelligence and security agency cooperation, better use of technology, and better communication as ways of combatting the problem. Such action will take global agreements and a commitment to sharing data – something which can only happen with concerted international effort. “World leaders need to stand up together and to act now. And it is our role as Travel & Tourism leaders to make that happen”, he said.The economic contribution of Travel & Tourism is clear. Globally, the Travel & Tourism sector contributes $7.2 trillion annually, almost 10% of the world’s GDP, and supports one in eleven of all jobs on the planet, an exceptionally resilient performance despite many challenges.Scowsill also highlighted how the sector is force for good in the world: “Travel and Tourism brings people together. It puts a smile on people’s faces. It alleviates poverty. It provides employment across all levels of society, and in some of the most remote places on earth. It broadens horizons and breaks boundaries.”
The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. It promotes sustainable growth for the sector, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity. For 25 years, WTTC has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world’s leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses.The sector is a key driver for investment and economic growth globally. In 2015, Travel & Tourism will contribute US$7.2 trillion or 9.8% of global GDP, once all direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector will account for 284 million jobs, 9.5% of total employment, or one in eleven of all jobs on the planet.WTTC’s annual Global Summit brings together over 800 delegates to discuss the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the industry, while its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise the industry’s power to be a positive force in sustainability.

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WTTC calls for governments to better coordinate policy-making for Travel and Tourism

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 novembre 2015

tourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.caGovernments that adopt a fully coordinated approach to the development of Travel & Tourism policies are the most successful in maximising the economic and social potential of the sector, according to a new report from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).Speaking to the United States Travel Association at its Fall Board Meeting in Washington DC today, David Scowsill President & CEO, WTTC, said:“Travel & Tourism drives economic growth, creates jobs and sustains investment throughout the world. It drives almost 10% of global GDP and supports one in eleven of all jobs on the planet. Many governments are still not adopting a holistic approach to the maximising the potential of this sector. Our newly released report, ‘Governing National Tourism Policy’, concludes that for the sector to thrive and to develop in a sustainable manner, governments need to fully integrate Travel & Tourism into the national economic agenda and coordinate development across the public and private sector.”The different country examples studied by WTTC suggest that if the consultation process is backed up by legislation – if a tourism policy council or committee has statutory powers – the sector’s economic importance and priority through different government administrations is much more secure.Scowsill continued: “For many heads of state, the starting point is the recognition that our sector is a key pillar of economic development, and that it suffers from a lack of co-ordination between different ministries and agencies.This results in conflicting policy decisions – such as protecting and supporting national carriers instead of promoting open skies access to markets; funding promotional campaigns, whilst not facilitating visa automation; imposing unfair taxes on departing airline passengers, whilst not investing in necessary long term infrastructure – in summary a completely incoherent approach to tourism governance and commerce.”WTTC research shows that those governments which seek to adopt a holistic approach to the development of Travel & Tourism are far more likely to make co-ordinated policies across ministries to support this sector. Countries which welcome and encourage the input of the private sector into strategic planning and policy-making are those that will plan successfully for future growth.

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