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Buy2Greece.com – Hotels.com predicts next year’s up-and-coming destinations and hotel booking trends

Robots that service hotel guests, the emergence of marijuana tourism and the rise of several Midwest destinations – these are some of the trends that marked the year in U.S. travel.  As 2014 draws to a close, Hotels.com® has compiled an analysis of search data, survey findings and data from the Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®) to come up with the Top 10 Travel Predictions for 2015.

 1. Detroit’s resurgence will continue and the city (currently ranked the 28th most popular domestic destination according to HPI) will join Chicago (ranked sixth) as the only other Top 25 U.S. destination in the Midwest. After emerging from two years of bankruptcy, new hotel openings, such as the Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney, and the addition of new downtownentertainment and nightlife options will help the ongoing revitalization of Detroit.

2. The travel industry will continue to see robust growth in mobile hotel bookings in 2015 as hotel and travel companies continue to find new ways of reaching millennials – the fastest growing segment in travel. Easier online payment methods – the use of more mobile payment services, hotel gift cards and the emerging smart watch market – are making the booking experience more convenient.

3. Denver’s tourism will continue to surge, making it a Top 15 domestic destination. In 2014, Denver (currently ranked 17th) enjoyed a record year in business travel according to the Colorado Convention Center, while Colorado’s legalization of marijuana sales sparked travel interest.

4. More Americans will flock to mid-size beach towns, such as Key West, Fla., Ocean City, Md. and Palm Springs, Calif., and at least one will become a Top 50 domestic destination. All three beach towns were among the most searched destinations on Hotels.com in 2014.

5. Bangkok will once again become a Top 20 international destination for Americans following a steep drop-off in 2014 (from 14th to 21st) due to political unrest. Bangkok’s Department of Tourism reported an increase in airport arrivals for November 2014, which were up 2.5 percent compared to November 2013 when the protests began.

6. Innovation will continue to be a point of differentiation for new hotel properties. While many properties won’t go the way of arobot concierge or drone delivery service, smart innovations such as keyless mobile entry and automated check-in kiosks will begin to become standardized.

7. Latin American countries will account for one-third of Top 50 international destinations for Americans. While the majority of top international destinations remain European cities, Latin American destinations have been on the rise, with Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico accounting for nearly 20 percent of the Top 50.

8. Pop culture tourism will be a boon for small towns following a year in which Albuquerque, N.M. rose in popularity after being portrayed as a key character in a popular TV series. Montauk, N.Y. and Cape Girardeau, Mo. also garnered recent attention and next year’s TV and film releases should bring other destinations into the spotlight.

9. There will be more demand for complimentary breakfast. Free WiFi has long been the most important hotel amenity, but complimentary breakfast was also recently named at the top of the list.

10. Venice and Florence will see more American visitors. The Hotels.com Winter Holiday Travel Survey found that Italy is the second most popular 2015 travel wish list destination for Americans (after Hawaii). Both cities have been popular international destinations for Americans (ranked 12th and 13th, respectively), but may see a boost as a result of heightened interest due to some big celebrity weddings in 2014.

Source:- Hotels.com

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Buy2Greece.com – U.S. tourists take maximum advantage of rising dollar price

U.S. tourists are in for big holiday plans as the price of dollar has hit the highest level since March 2009. U.S. Tourists are packing bags to welcome a grand holiday for Christmas and the New Year.

With the strength of the dollar increasing, the American travelers will have great buying and leisure travel experience in the European and Asian countries against their currencies.

The dollar may dominate and keep up its top position till 2018 with other currencies following a sluggish growth and oil prices facing volatile prices.

Americans are regarding this as a golden opportunity to wine, dine and shop in Beijing, Tokyo and Paris.

The same trend was observed in Europe in 2014 when the European currency dipped by 10 per cent against the dollar. Travelers taking adventure trips found great deals on Luxury holiday’s in Irish Castles and shopping articles like Italian leather shoes.

This year saw more travelers from the U.S. Traveling to European destinations. Travelers from the U.S. have been taking holidays on exotic river cruises.

Weaker Australian dollars has increased strong consumer confidence and there has been a 7 per cent increase in travel spending.

With the Japanese yen falling 14 per cent behind the USD, electronic goods, hotel rents and food have become more affordable for the U.S. travelers.

The number of American tourists rose by 20 per cent according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. They said that with the acceleration of dollars, Japan attracted more overseas travelers.

The airlines like JAL and All Nippon Airways are increasing their airfares but the prices in hotels still remain the same. In 2015 it is expected that more Americans will make trips to Australia.

Buy2Greece.com – Happy Couple Santorini

Happy couple have no idea what’s above them – Santorini

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Buy2Greece.com – Sabre Red App Centre exceeds 1 million downloads

Sabre Red App Centre, the world’s first B2B travel app marketplace and innovation showcase, has exceeded 1 million downloads by travel agents worldwide.

1,206,898 downloads to be exact.  That’s 1.2 million downloads by nearly 118,000 users across 119 countries. The Top Five Red App downloads in the past 60 days include Clipboard App, SeatGuru, Command Translator, Dynamic Calendar and Airport Search.

Red App Centre has attracted developers and agencies from around the world, building creative tools and solutions travel agents use to extend the capabilities and customize the Sabre Red Workspace to meet the unique needs of their business and workflow.

“The success of Sabre Red App Centre has exceeded our expectations,” said Greg Webb, president of Sabre Travel Network. “By providing developers the ability to use Sabre’s APIs and Informational Services through Sabre Dev Studio so they can create solutions that are not only making travel buying easier but more personalized and dynamic, the App Centre has brought fresh ideas to the travel marketplace and we’re proud to be part of that. Sabre Red App Centre has served as an important platform to feature and enable innovation.”

Using Sabre Dev Studio, which includes a powerful portfolio of APIs, Informational Services, Notification Services and a variety of other tools and resources, developers and travel agencies are building apps that are taking the travel buying experience to new levels.

“By consuming apps through Sabre Red App Centre, travel agents are in the driver’s seat when it comes to shaping their business to meet the varying needs of travelers,” Webb said. “Red App Centre is a great way for us to bring innovation to the marketplace quickly and gives us the opportunity to work with creative thinkers to help reinvent travel.”

Red App Centre was launched in 2012 and quickly became a hub for agents to find and use trusted solutions. Today there are more than 100 apps in the Centre.

Buy2Greece.com – Global Tourism Is Set To Hit a New Record by the End Of 2014

With over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in one single year, international tourism is on track to end 2014 with record numbers. According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, during the first ten months of 2014, the number of international tourists grew by 5%, rising above expectations.

The number of global tourists reached 978 million, 45 million more than in the same period of 2013 between January and October 2014. With an increase of 4.7%, international tourism continues to grow well above the long-term trend projected by UNWTO for the period 2010-2020 (+3.8%), and is set to end the year at over 1.1 billion.

The strongest growth was registered in the Americas (+8%), followed by Asia and the Pacific (+5%) and Europe (+4%). By subregion, North America (+9%) and South Asia (+8%) were the star performers, as well as Southern and Mediterranean Europe, North-East Asia and Northern Europe (all +7%).

Arrival in Asia and the Pacific is increased by 5% (through October). The best results came from South Asia (+8%), led by India (+7%), and from North-East Asia (+7%). Arrivals in Oceania grew by 6% owing mostly to the increase of arrivals in Australia and New Zealand. In South-East Asia (+2%), growth slowed down compared to 2012 and 2013 as a result of the decline in arrivals registered in Thailand.
Europe posted a 4% increase in global tourist arrivals through October, with strong results in Northern Europe and in Southern Mediterranean Europe (both +7%). International tourism grew at a more modest pace in Western Europe (+2%) and was stagnant in Central and Eastern Europe (0%), in stark contrast with the last three years, during which arrivals grew at an average of 8% a year.

In the Middle East global tourist arrivals are estimated to be up by 4% (in the first ten months of 2014), recovering the declines registered sinc 2011.

In Africa international tourist numbers grew by 3% (through October) with North Africa consolidating its recovery (+2%). Subsaharan Africa’s arrivals were up by 3% despite the challenges of the Ebola Disease Outbreak in a few West African countries.

Πουλά ακίνητα και εκτάσεις στην Μαντινεία η REDS

Την πώληση ακινήτων – αμπελώνων ιδιοκτησίας της ανακοίνωσε η εταιρεία «REDS A.E».

Πιο συγκεκριμένα, σύμφωνα με την ανακοίνωση της REDS πουλήθηκαν ακίνητα στην περιοχή Μαντινεία του Δήμου Τριπόλεως της Περιφερειακής Ενότητας Αρκαδίας, συνολικής επιφανείας 350 χιλ. τ.μ. περίπου,  στην εταιρεία με την επωνυμία «ΔΗ-ΜΗΤΗΡ ΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΕΣ ΑΣΚΗΣΕΙΣ ΑΝΩΝΥΜΗ ΕΤΑΙΡΙΑ».

Η ανωτέρω συναλλαγή  έχει εγκριθεί  από την Τακτική Γενική Συνέλευση της «REDS A.E» την  27.06.2014 και το τίμημα ανέρχεται στο ποσό €463.742.

Buy2Greece.com – Ryanair Announces 3 Additional New Athens Routes

Ryanair added 3 new routes to its Athens Summer 2015 schedule, to/from Budapest, Bratislava & Santorini, which will deliver over 2.2m customers in 2015 and support over 2,200* “on-site” jobs at Athens Airport, as Ryanair doubles its Athens traffic.

Ryanair’s extended Athens Summer 2015 schedule will deliver:

  •              1 new based aircraft (4 in total)
  •              6 new routes: Budapest, Bratislava, Santorini (2 x daily), Brussels, Rome & Warsaw
  •              12 Athens routes in total
  •              161 weekly return flights
  •              1.1m new customers (2.2m customers p.a. in total)
  •              2,200* “on-site” jobs p.a.

Greek customers and visitors can choose from 12 routes from Athens next summer, while enjoying allocated seating, a free 2nd carry-on bag, reduced fees, a new Greek website, a smartphone app with mobile boarding passes, and our new Family Extra and Business Plus services, making Ryanair the ideal choice for families, business and leisure travellers.

Ryanair will also continue to connect Athens with Europe’s major business centres, including Brussels (1 x daily), London (2 x daily) and Milan (10 x weekly) offering business customers the largest range of destinations at the lowest fares, with the most flights, improved schedules and best service, following the launch of Ryanair’s tailored business product, Business Plus.

Ryanair celebrated its extended Athens Summer 2015 schedule by releasing 100,000 seats for sale across its European network, at prices from €19.99 for travel in January, February and March 2015. These low fare seats are available for booking until midnight Thursday (18 Dec).

In Athens, Ryanair’s Chief Operating Officer, David O’Brien said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce an additional three new Athens routes to Budapest, Bratislava and Santorini, as part of an extended Summer 2015 schedule, as we add another aircraft to Athens, bringing our investment to over $400m.

With a total of 12 exciting summer routes to choose from, including a double daily service to Santorini, Ryanair will double its Athens traffic to over 2.2m customers this year and sustain over 2,200 jobs. As Greece’s fastest growing airline, we look forward to delivering further jobs, traffic and tourism growth across Greece.

Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kenny Jacobs said: “Greek consumers already choose Ryanair for our low fares, industry leading customer service and great route choice. Now they can also book their summer 2015 flights on our new Greek website and great new app, carry a free small 2nd carry-on bag, enjoy allocated seats, avail of our new Family Extra and Business Plus services, and use their personal electronic devices at all stages of their flight, as Ryanair continues to deliver so much more than just the lowest fares.

To celebrate Ryanair’s additional investment in Athens, and 3 new routes for Summer ’15, we are releasing 100,000 seats on sale from €19.99 for travel in January, February and March 2015, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday (18 Dec). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto http://www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”

source: Ryanair

Buy2Greece.com – World Travel Market Africa 2015 Is Already Bigger And Better Than 2014

World Travel Market (WTM) Africa has already exceeded expectations for 2015 through a phenomenal growth in exhibitor attendance, attributed to the overwhelming response and interest in Africa’s fastest growing inbound and outbound trade show, the only trade show of its kind on the African continent. WTM Africa is quickly becoming the leading B2B exhibition for the travel industry in South Africa and Africa alike.

In collaboration with the City of Cape Town, the event that puts the world’s spotlight on Africa and promotes Africa to the world, will be taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 15 – 17 April 2015. Based on the magnitude of the 2015 show, the extended 3 day event programme will allow visitors and international buyers more time and a substantially bigger pool of exhibitors to form integral relationships with. The strategic platforms available such as the tactical networking sessions specifically designed to cater for travel professionals, the WTM Buyers Club, the Hosted Buyers Programme as well as the world-renowned WTM Africa exhibition ensures key quality relationship building. This expansion will allow for further economic growth in both local and international markets and is pivotal in taking the travel industry to the next level.

WTM Africa’s inaugural event in 2014 recorded remarkable results which saw approximately 4,000 industry professionals negotiate deals worth $314 million (£189 million). As a result of these impressive figures, WTM Africa 2015 exhibition space is quickly filling up and is soon to be at maximum capacity, making the popular trade show bigger and better than 2014 already.

To add further excitement around WTM Africa 2015, the portfolio is proud to announce new and internationally acclaimed industry suppliers to the exhibition such as Sun International, Radisson Blu, Tsogo Sun and Africa Travel Concepts.

Alison McKie, Group Marketing Manager for Sun International says: “Sun International is delighted to confirm our participation in World Travel Market Africa 2015. The event created a significant impact within the African business and leisure travel markets and we are confident it is the right platform for our properties to build business and business opportunities throughout 2015 and 2016.”

WTM Africa forms part of Africa Travel Week which comprises of three co-located industry events namely International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Africa, International Business Travel Market (IBTM) and WTM Africa.

Buy2Greece.com – How’s China’s Great Firewall affecting you lately?

“What does the Great Firewall of China have to do with me?”

That’s the question on the lips of many real estate agents and property developers. Our team hears it regularly from new customers.

You might be surprised by the answer. In this post, we’ll explain what the Great Firewall is, how it affects your property listings and how you can use it to your advantage.

What is the Great Firewall of China?

China has more than twice as many internet users as any other country. And its population of 1.3 billion means its number of internet users could more than double in the years to come.

Wealthy Chinese in particular turn to the internet as their number one source of information. 65% call it their “preferred” source of information and 83% use it every single day.

That’s why it’s so important to market your real estate online – it’s the best way to reach a very large and growing audience of potential buyers.

And this is where the Great Firewall comes in. Rather than leave it to international institutions, China has preferred to manage its own internet. It’s hard to argue with their success.

Besides ensuring wide access, they have enabled a system that creates huge amounts of online content. Today there are nearly as many pages online in Chinese as in any other language.

In just a couple of years, Chinese will edge into the top spot online, becoming the top language on the internet.

The “Great Firewall of China” is a cute name for a massive amount of ugly cables, switches, servers and who-knows-what-other hardware. Its one and only job is to scan and sometimes block webpages from outside of China, before web users can see them inside of China.

The government is looking for objectionable content. The presence of just a single black-listed keyword can cause your site to be blocked in China. The thing is, no list of keywords to avoid is publicly available. Furthermore, the list of keywords changes constantly depending on what is happening in China.

How does the Great Firewall of China affect my listings?

The Great Firewall of China affects your website and the portals you advertise on in one of two ways:

  • Possibility 1: If your site is blocked, no one will ever see it in China, no matter how many times they hit the reload button.
  • Possibility 2: Even if your site isn’t blocked, the scanning process can cause it to take much longer to load than a China-hosted website – up to 90 seconds in our tests – thus users often give up and click away. (When’s the last time you were willing to wait 90 seconds for a webpage?)

These slow load times and blocked pages are a serious problem for international property marketers. Google has researched the problem of site speed. The search giant found that users spend less time and do fewer property searches on slow websites.

Even a delay of just one fifth of a second has been shown to cut user page views and searches.

The delay that Chinese users experience when trying to access international sites is much longer than that. Because it’s our business, we have tested agent websites and real estate portals in 53 countries.

All too often, we find that it takes 30 seconds, a minute or even 1.5 minutes for the sites to load up and appear on our screen in China. Then, when you do a property search or click on a listing, it takes just as long to load the second page, and so on.

What’s worse is that results can be unpredictable – one day your website may load quickly, the next day not at all.

Don’t feel bad. Your website isn’t the only one that Chinese internet users can’t see. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, The Wall Street Journal…there are many sites that just don’t work in China.

In fact, these sites can cause even more problems for your website. If you happen to have installed anyplugins or widgets from Facebook or another blocked website, that in itself can be a reason for your website to be blocked.

This, in summary then, is the Great Firewall of China and how it affects your listings:

It’s a system that blocks or slows down the load times of websites hosted/located outside of China – that means your listings, on your own site and on your local portal, are very likely not visible to Chinese property hunters.

How can I use the Great Firewall to my advantage?

Slow websites. Blocked websites. Lost page views. Lost leads. Lost sales…it sounds like a disaster doesn’t it? Could there be anything good about this from the perspective of you, the property marketer?

Actually, yes. The Great Firewall could be good for you. In fact, it could be very good indeed.

Here’s how to use the Chinese Firewall to your advantage: You simply have to ensure that it applies only to other people. You know, like your competitors.

In battle, generals usually try to position their troops on top of a hill. That way, the steep slope only creates problems for their enemies, who have to climb up the hill to attack. Well, silly as it might sound, the Great Firewall of China is like that hill.

You have two choices. You can be the general who gets on top of the hill first OR you can be the general whose troops have to slog up the hill in full battle gear – while being shot at from above.

To be the general on top of the hill, the one who turns China’s Great Firewall into an advantage, all you have to do is list your properties on a website hosted inside China. A website like Juwai.com, for example.

Here’s how it works:

  • You upload your listings to Juwai.com.
  • From now on your pages load in China with remarkable speed and reliability on the computers and mobile devices of Chinese property hunters.
  • When you meet with vendors, you explain your advantage with Chinese buyers. As a result, you win more listings.
  • Your competitors continue on in ignorance, ultimately fail and come to work for you.*

Buy2Greece.com-Γιατί οι τουρίστες επιλέγουν την Κρήτη για τις διακοπές τους

Αποκαλυπτική έρευνα για τον τουρισμό στο νησί δείχνει επίσης ότι πάνω από 6 στους 10 επιλέγουν ξενοδοχεία. Συγκεκριμένα:

Το 62% των ξένων επισκεπτών επιλέγει ξενοδοχειακές μονάδες και καταλύματα του Πλατανιά και της Αγίας Μαρίνας .

Ο μέσος ορος διακοπών είναι 8-9 ημέρες.

Το 68% των επισκεπτών επιλέγει ξενοδοχεία, το 25% ενοικιαζόμενα δωμάτια διαμερίσματα και «στούντιος», ενώ ένα 7% άλλο χώρο. Από αυτούς που επιλέγουν ξενοδοχεία, το 76% προτιμά 3 και 4 αστέρων και ένα ποσοστό 31% το πλήρες πακέτο διαμονής και διατροφής.

Για να κάνουν τις κρατήσεις τους, σε ποσοστό 55% επέλεξαν κάποιο ιδιωτικό γραφείο και τουριστικό πράκτορα, ενώ το 66% θεωρεί φυσιολογικές τις τιμές στα καταλύματα.

Ένα ακόμα σημείο της έρευνας αφορά την αγοραστική προτίμηση των επισκεπτών σε αγροτικά προϊόντα, με το κρασί σε ποσοστό 44,8% να κερδίζει τις προτιμήσεις. Ακολουθούν οι χυμοί πορτοκαλιού 41,2,% το ελαιόλαδο 39,8%, τα τυριά 33,2%, το μέλι 30,5%, τα λαχανικά 29,2% , η τσικουδιά 28,2%, το ελαιοσάπουνο 28,2% , τα παξιμάδια 16,2% και τα αρωματικά φυτά 7,9%.

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