Travel News: October 25, 2019

Chiang Mai Thailand

Thai Tourist Hotspots Being Impacted by US China Trade War
Travel Weekly

If you’re looking to score a bargain while exploring Thailand, now may be the time to visit.

A recent article in the South China Morning Post says hotels in the popular Phuket region have been slashing prices in response to a spate of vacant rooms.

The move comes as the number of Chinese visitors to Thailand dwindles in response to the trade war between China and the US and also the stronger baht, said the publication.


Upstart hoteliers focus on activism, sustainability
Travel Weekly

As many of the world’s largest hotel companies scramble to bake new sustainability initiatives into their business models, a wave of upstarts has come out of the gate with ecofriendly activism and social consciousness at the core of their brand propositions.

The latest newcomer to thrust an environmentally friendly approach front and center is Accor’s Greet brand, unveiled in mid-September. In a statement, Accor said the new economy flag was designed first and foremost to meet “new guest expectations in relation to sustainable tourism.”


Airlines don’t usually hold connecting flights for delayed passengers. That could be changing.

Booking a flight with a tight connection is almost always a risk, yet plenty of us do it anyway. It can sometimes lead to cheaper or more convenient flights, and if your incoming plane is on time, chances are you’ll make the outbound leg just fine — at least, that’s likely how most people justify it.

Of course, making that connection isn’t always what happens. The minimum connecting time between flights can be as short as 30 minutes for domestic travel and 60 minutes for international connections, according to the travel provider AirTreks.


Global luxury tourism is on the rise

According to Statista’s latest data, over the next five years, global luxury tourism is expected to grow at a faster pace than tourism in general

As of this year, global tourism revenue amounted to $5.9 trillion, while high-end tourism currently has a global value of $831 billion. Over the next five years, tourism in general is expected to increase with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.4 per cent, while luxury tourism is expected to grow at a faster pace, with a CAGR of 7.3 per cent.

Currently, the US has the biggest luxury travel market, with a value of nearly $263 billion. China follows closely behind, with a market value of $91 billion. Interestingly, Statista also highlighted that China’s and India’s luxury travel markets are forecast to grow the most rapidly in the five years, mostly driven by the growth of the domestic luxury market.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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