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www.Buy2Greece-Travel Technology Market Growth Forecast at 7.9% CAGR to 2019

Global Travel Technology Market – Opportunity, Trends and Forecast 2015-2019 research report includes revenue generated from third-party service providers and excludes in-house IT spending by airlines, hotels and other travel agencies.Commenting on the latest travel technology market report, an analyst said: “Many travel suppliers are focusing on developing in-house applications and software for their business processes, as constantly changing business models require flexible and scalable technology. Increased cost efficiency and reduced IT budgets have compelled many travel suppliers to outsource services to third-party solution providers for key technologies. As a result, they have started using monthly fee subscriptions associated with software as a service (SaaS) and hosted solutions.”

According to the report, organizations spend significant amounts of money on business travel. The cost involved in these business trips includes not only travel expenses but also other costs associated with planning and arranging business meetings, accommodation, food and beverages, transportation, and recreation and entertainment.

Further, this travel technology market report states that building the right multi-channel strategy is a concern for many travel agencies. Most travel technologies have similar functions. As a result, many travel agencies are unable to adopt the correct channel to target their customers.Companies mentioned in this 2015 travel technology market report include Amadeus, Sabre, TravelPort, Navitaire, CRS, Dolphin Dynamics, eCare, Expert Travel, Fourth Dimension, Lemax, mTrip, PcVoyages 2000, Qtech, Technoheaven, Toursys, Tramada, TravelCarma, Trip Solutions, and Web Booking Expert. Order a copy of Global Travel Technology Market – Opportunity, Trends and Forecast 2015-2019 research report.

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www.buy2greece.com-Tourism sector struggles to fill up vacancies

In the lead up the World Tourism Day this coming Sunday the 27th, CV-Library, the UK’s largest independent job board, has examined the state of the industry. Statistics reveal that whilst August 2015 has seen a significant rise in tourism jobs when compared with August 2014, application rates have failed to maintain the same growth, resulting in dwindling candidate choice for businesses.

Latest figures from the job site’s database have highlighted that job postings in the tourism industry have risen by 40.9% in the last year. Despite impressive job growth across the nation, the number of job hunters applying for roles in the sector has failed to maintain pace, resulting in an overall deficit of 11.33% in terms of the number of applications per role.

This is concerning news for businesses. Whilst a tourism job could expect to receive 23 candidates per vacancy in August 2014, comparable data for August 2015 shows that this number has reduced to 20, meaning organisations have less choice during the selection process.

“The tourism industry is falling victim to a growing trend,” says Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, “as jobs are on the rise, applicants can afford to be more selective in their job search. With the recent decline in applications per role it’s clear that businesses need to become savvier at attracting new talent to their organisations.”

“A recent survey revealed that 93.8% of tourism professionals consider training opportunities ‘very important’ when looking for a new job. By adapting recruitment strategies, such as communicating a robust training and development programme in job openings, tourism organisations attract more qualified candidates to vacancies and ultimately increase application rates.”

The good news is CV-Library has over 174,594 job hunters seeking tourism work, meaning there are plenty of candidates available to fill roles.

www.buy2greece.com – Luxair: the best of European cities

Luxair has just launched the travelblog.eu site, a dynamic platform designed to present culture, leisure, nightlife, restaurants and shopping recommendations at Luxair Luxembourg Airlines destinations.
The travelblog, a collection of original contributions from on-site correspondents, has been produced by publishing house Maison Moderne and is available in English and French. It is meant as a place of inspiration for travelers, who can view it on their computer, tablet or smartphone. Each post consists of a photo, a short presentation, a location map, the address and a link to the place’s website. The cities covered are Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Geneva, Hamburg, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Nice, Porto, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna and Venice, a list bound to evolve along with Luxair Luxembourg Airlines’ map of destinations.
Powered by 400 sheets accumulated in the past two years for the recommendations contained in Flydoscope, Luxair‘s in-flight magazine, travelblog.eu will be updated at a rate of 365 new posts per year.
“Through this blog, and our many locally-based contributors, we will inspire you, guide you along your way and help you discover the best which Europe has to offer”, Adrien Ney, President and CEO of LuxairGroup, is quoted as saying on travelblog.eu.

www.Buy2Greece.com – Sabre celebrates a decade of growth, innovation and technology

Sabre celebrates a decade of growth, innovation and technology

Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, today celebrated the tenth anniversary of its technology center in Bangalore, India. Opened in 2005, the center has helped Sabre expand and enhance its technology solutions to its global customer base of more than 425,000 travel agents, 400 airlines and 176,000 hotel properties. Sabre’s strategic center in Bangalore supports multiple technology functions including product development, enterprise data and analytics and operations research. It also provides customer care and support, implementation and consulting services, and product and solutions to clients globally.

“I am fortunate to have been a part of the original nine-member team that set-up the Bangalore center in 2005. Ten years on, our commitment to quality, innovation and customer-centric solutions has set a benchmark from which Sabre has grown globally,” said Shail Maniar, vice president and managing director, Sabre India. “Over the years, we have built a global center of excellence with a focus on technology innovation, acquiring, nurturing and retaining top talent, and staying at the forefront of our competition,” said Maniar.

Set up to enhance Sabre’s existing global operations and capabilities, the center now plays a critical role in Sabre’s commitment to providing customers with quality products and solutions, based on innovative technology and driven by best-in-class customer support.
Highlights over the years include:

Innovation highlights:

§ The development of market- leading forecasting and optimization models for Sabre AirVision Revenue Manager which have enabled over 30 of Sabre’s low cost carrier customers to accurately manage their revenue. Now a market leader in this segment, Sabre is now focused on building next-generation revenue management solutions analytics, integrated with data analytics and business intelligence to help airlines further optimize their revenue in real-time.

§ The development of Sabre’s award-wining Hotel RFP (Request For Proposal) solution, one of the industry’s top online hotel sourcing and rate negotiation tools for corporations and agencies. The solution won Travel Weekly’s 2014 Gold Magellan Award and Global Business Traveler Association (GBTA) 2011 Business Traveler Innovation People’s Choice Award. Currently.

§ Developing Sabre AirVision Market Intelligence, the industry’s first online tool powered by global demand data to helps airlines make informed flight operation decisions – when to fly, where to fly, and how frequently to fly. The Bangalore team gathered 10 years’ of airline data and developed algorithms to help Sabre’s airline customers operate more efficiently and profitably.

§ The Bangalore center played a key role in developing GetThere, providing unmatched cost control for more than 3000 corporations in the world, including the majority of the Fortune 200. GetThere processes more than 12 million transactions annually, $2 billion in annual savings to our customers, and is actively used in 95 countries.

Customer highlights
§ The Bangalore center developed mission-critical software to ensure a seamless travel experience for passengers’ post-merger of US Airways into American Airlines in October 2015.

§ The center regularly supports major airline reservations migrations to SabreSonic Customer Sales and Service (CSS). Key migrations include Cambodia Angkor Air, Aero Mexico, Philippine Airlines and Kulula Air.

§ The center has been instrumental in upgrading the SabreSonic Check-in platform that has helped Sabre deliver a platform with industry-leading flight disruption management capabilities. The platform has helped airlines – improve productivity, increase targeted merchandising opportunities and reduce training costs. Over 28 airlines have been migrated to SabreSonic Check-in and currently more than 50 airlines spread over Asia, Australia Europe and Central America, are a part of the updated check-in system.

§ The Bangalore team led the introduction of a new user experience for the Sabre cruise website. The enhancements have reduced booking workflow by 30%, helping agents complete bookings faster. The team also scaled the capabilities of Sabre Cruise to offer new content from Vikings River Cruises (2013), AmaWaterways and Avalon Waterways (2014-15), bringing travel agents more diverse options.

§ The Bangalore team supported Air India towards having a fully integrated flight control system, with solutions from Sabre AirVision and Sabre AirCentre suites. The products are expected to offer Air India with increased efficiencies, minimal disruptions, enhanced punctuality and passenger connections, and better scheduling. Having a local footprint has helped Sabre drive close engagement with Air India.

Growth & Culture
Ø Awarded ‘India’s Best Companies to Work For’ in 2009 by the Great Place to Work (GPTW), the center provides employees a working environment that encourages personal growth and development, including opportunities to pursue higher education from India’s leading university, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS).

Ø Collaborated with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India to set up India’s First Aviation University in 2015. Sabre will play a central role in guiding the formation of the curriculum and providing tools and platforms for training. This collaboration with the University will help build a stronger aviation workforce in the APAC region.

Ø In June, the Bangalore center expanded its facility to accommodate the growing employee strength, and the decision to invest and grow the site further is a testament to the quality of talent that has been nurtured in the center over the years. The center currently has over 1000 employees.

Employees have been actively involved in community building initiatives as a part of Sabre’s global Corporate Social Responsibility program. From 2007 onwards, Sabre has been involved in funding education of underprivileged children at Parikrma Humanity Foundation in Bangalore

www.Buy2Greece.com – New tool from Google to reveal latest travel trends every quarter

The global technological giant, Google has released an innovative and interactive device called “Travel Dashboard”. This latest tool dedicated for the travel industry will detail the recent trends in the travel industry.

Google’s extensive big data collection will provide a comprehensive outlook for the airline, hotel and other travel industries. Google will be updating the tool on a quarterly basis.

The latest dashboard collects data from 2013 through June 2015, analyzing how people from 25 major U.S. markets travel and their traveling habits. The tool is set to detail the brands most searched, the destinations traveled, the top-five travel related questions on Google and mobile search items.

The tool is designed to assist travel marketers around the world and help them understand the changing trends in the travel industry. In the first half of 2015, it is observed that the most attractive hotel brands in America were Marriott, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Hotels, Holiday Inn and Best Western. Similarly, the Travel Dashboard indicates that Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines were the most popular airlines in the United States.

www.Buy2Greece.com – Travel smart, travel safe to help tourism defeat terrorism!

The unscrupulous activities by the terrorist groups all over the world are resulting in a huge blow to the global tourism sector substantially. The world tourism body, UNWTO strongly condemned the recent terror attack in Bangkok. UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai in a statement said, “These are direct attacks on the livelihood of the Thai people and their economy which is strongly linked with tourism. We stand by the Government and the people of Thailand in supporting its tourism sector as a vital pillar of the well being of Thai people.”

 
The truth about the terrorism activities pronounce the fact that anything can happen anywhere in the world. Be it the shooting and explosion at the touristy Dolmabahce palace in Istanbul, the bombing at the Erawan shrine and in the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, or the mass shootings on the shores of Mediterranean at a beach resort in Tunisia. Paris, Nairobi and many other popular destinations of the world have witnessed the burns of cruel and gruesome terror attacks.

Global travelers are striving hard to find a way to avoid such ill-fated incidents but there is hardly any full-proof plan. However, as a smart traveler, one should be able to gauge the political condition of a country before planning a trip. People in New York might be afraid of traveling to Paris, but even their own city witnessed the dreadful 9/11 incident.

Taleb Rifai in his statement about the recent Bangkok attack added, “Terrorism is a global threat impacting our societies, taking the lives of innocent people around the world and aiming to destroy our economies and our way of life. Thailand has a long tradition of being a hospitable and welcoming country and we fully believe it will continue to be so.”

In a debate against the thought of avoiding travel, one can imagine how that will encourage the terrorists even more. Travel agencies are advising travelers to plan their trips smartly and keep a track of the odds before traveling. It is observed, while it’s always a good idea to register your trip abroad with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. It becomes all the more important if you’re heading to an area where you’re worried about terrorism or unrest.

For travelers who book independently, it is for them that the travel leaders worldwide are suggesting travelers to book their trips through a travel advisor. This may be one of the situations in which it could be beneficial to have a trusted travel agent help you plan your trip, rather than simply booking yourself online. A travel advisor can be an advocate you can turn to in a time of crisis when you’re far from home.

To conclude, a traveler must remember that the odds are always in their favor and they can hardly defy the destiny. In 2014, 24 private-sector U.S. citizens overseas were killed as result of terrorism. However, the fatalities were in places where people will hardly go for a holiday, like Syria and Afghanistan.

www.Buy2Greece.com – Greece leads European property rebound

Greece is leading a rebound in European property demand. The country, which agreed new bailout terms with the European Commission this week, has seen enquiries surge.

Greece is now the 12th most popular property destination in the world, according to TheMoveChannel.com’s latest Top of the Props report. The country climbed four places in the rankings in July 2015, accounting for 1.28 per cent of all enquiries on the portal – up from 0.81 per cent in the previous month.

The country saw enquiries rise for the second month in a row, despite concerns surrounding its ongoing financial situation. In June 2015, worries over a possible Grexit saw overseas buyers lose interest in European favourites Portugal, France and Italy. Greece, though, remained popular, thanks to the euro’s favourable exchange rate, the country’s attractive house prices and its lifestyle appeal. In July 2015, that interest built momentum, with enquiries rising 70 per cent in real terms month-on-month to reach their highest monthly total since January 2015.

Greece’s growing popularity led a wider rebound in demand for European real estate, as investors overcame their caution surrounding the area’s economy. Spain remained the most popular destination in July, with its share of enquiries up from 6.68 per cent to 9.36 per cent. Italy climbed three places into sixth place, its share of enquiries expanding from 2.54 per cent to 3.14 per cent. France, after falling to a record low in the Top of the Props rankings, re-entered the Top 10, rising four places to seize seventh spot, with its share of enquiries increasing from 1.99 per cent to 3.06 per cent.

Portugal fell two places into eighth, its share of enquiries shrinking from 3.26 per cent to 3.02 per cent, but in real terms, the country saw its enquiries rise 3 per cent month-on-month. In real terms, Italy’s enquiries also rose 33 per cent, France’s climbed 67 per cent, while Spain’s jumped 51 per cent.

The return of buyers to Europe caused demand to fall for other destinations, including Australia (down three places into 13th), Cayman Islands (down nine places into 16th) and Thailand (down 10 into 14th). Other, more established destinations saw demand remain steady or increase. Brazil held onto fifth place, while Canada held onto third. They saw their share of enquiries climb from 3.42 per cent to 3.66 per cent and from 3.71 per cent to 5.35 per cent respectively.

Turkey and Cape Verde rose four places to fourth (3.99 per cent) and ninth (2.11 per cent) respectively. The USA also retained its second place, with enquiries up by 52 per cent in real terms.

TheMoveChannel.com Director Dan Johnson comments: “The Greek bailout crisis has been both good and bad news for European real estate. Greece’s struggling economy means that, like many recovering from recession, local demand for property remains low, but the weak euro against the strong dollar and pound has also boosted demand from foreign investors looking to take advantage of bargains. In June 2015, financial uncertainty spread from Greece to other European destinations. With the resolution to Greece’s bailout crisis taking its first steps in the middle of July, though, the following weeks saw previously shaken confidence restored among investors, with demand rebounding for Spain, Italy, France and Portugal.

“Greece still has a very, very long way to go for its economy and housing market to return to normal. Enquiries for Greek real estate on TheMoveChannel.com were 17 per cent down in Q2 2015 compared to Q1 2015, but July marked the promising start of an upturn, with the highest number of enquiries received by Greece in six months.”

The full top 40 destinations on TheMoveChannel.com in July 2015 are listed below.
Read more at http://www.themovechannel.com/news/topoftheprops/greece-leads-european-property-rebound-337/#JxHRKSYlpkT5Y55O.99

www.Buy2Greece.com – easyJet launches record number of flights and routes for Spring 2016

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has put its Spring schedule for Bristol on sale for 2016 with a record number of flights and routes available for passengers to book now. Over 7,620 flights are set to take place to and from Bristol between 21 March 2016 and 26 June 2016 providing more than 1.2million seats.

Over 22.5 million seats are being launched today across the entire easyJet network so customers can look forward to low fares by booking early at http://www.easyjet.com.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said:
“We’re pleased to be putting Spring 2015 from Bristol on sale for our passengers today, allowing them to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares to cities and beaches across Europe.
“We have come a long way since the launch of our first flight from Bristol back in May 2001. We now carry over 3.6 million passengers a year and have 55 routes.

“We remain committed to our network from Bristol and on 6 November 2015 will launch our new year-round services to Basel and Vienna. This year has also seen us start flights to Bilbao, Catania, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Lanzarote, Porto and Zante. We are continuing to provide an unrivalled network for our passengers in the South-West and are now Bristol’s largest airline.”

The two new services to Basel and Vienna are expected to carry around 78,000 passengers annually. Bristol to Basel flights will take-off four times a week and Bristol to Vienna will fly twice a week. Prices for both routes start from £35.49 one-way*.

Customers can look forward to a number of routes to destinations such as:
– Bristol to Barcelona from £22.24*
– Bristol to Palma from £25.49*
– Bristol to Edinburgh from £25.49*
*Fares per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking.

easyJet has bases across 11 UK airports and flies more than 750 routes on its network across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

www.buy2greece.com-Why It Is Advisable To Make Your Vacation Rental Pet Friendly

“This holiday home offers all the luxuries and amenities. I would really want to holiday here with our kids, but what a shame we couldn’t bring Xena along. They have a no pets policy”.

A lot of vacation rental searchers go through such moments where they love everything about the place – amenities, location, cost, etc but still they have to strike off the option because of zero tolerance policy of the management on the pets issue.

According to research, over 60% of US populations have at least one pet. Holiday home owners must understand that there is a very high percentage of population who wish to take along their furry friends when on a family vacation. Vacation rental owner who are flexible and accommodating on the pets clause, find it easy to get customers for their rental and overtime the pool of their prospective clientele increase, keeping their rental properties fully occupied during holiday season.

Myth Vs Reality

It’s a myth that properties who allow pets aren’t as profitable for the owner due to the damage caused by the pets. On the contrary, research has shown that in most cases there is limited or no damage at all when a property is let to renters with pets. Most pet owners appreciate that they are allowed to spend vacations with their pet and take good care of the property.

Pet owners are also willing to pay 20-30% higher rentals and greater security deposits. They are also more likely to repeat their visits as it is difficult to find another pet friendly property and it is inconvenient for the pet to change its environment each time. On the other hand, holding on to a vacant space and advertising for it is more expensive for home owners as compared to letting tenant who owns a pet. This means that home owners stand to make good profits when they allow pets in their home.

How to Make Your Rental Pet Friendly

You may use baby gates to demarcate areas where you would not like the pets to enter. Install easily maintainable spill proof floors; lock up low cabinets that have cleaning equipment and keep breakable items in higher shelf. These arrangements cost way less as compared to profits earned by retaining a long term tenant.

To make the stay more convenient for guests with pets, you may keep food and water bowl for pets, some chew toys and waste baggies. These arrangements will not only make things convenient for pet owners but also help to keep your rental clean and safe.

A good way of ensuring that pet fury is not hurled towards the property is to keep handy information for pet parks in the nearby areas that can be used by tenants for energy dissipation of their furry friends.

A pet keeping agreement should be signed between the home owner and the tenant so as to keep things clear in black and white as to what is acceptable and what is not.

Checks should be made at the end of the stay to ensure that the terms of the agreement are adhered to and no damage to the property is done.

The landlord must have an insurance against damage done by pets or take a chunkier security deposit to accommodate the risk undertaken.

Just the way it is difficult for a holiday makers to find a good property that is pet friendly, it is difficult for property owners to find guests who would stay for long and also repeat their visits. The equilibrium of this gap can be reached by keeping your no pets policy flexible and making your property pet friendly. This simply reduces the stress levels on either sides and makes the society that much happier.

Buy2Greece.com-Strength of the pound aids UK property show growth

In a sign that overseas property business is picking up in the UK, leading consumer show A Place in The Sun Live, is adding extra capacity to its shows.