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Archive for May, 2017 – Tripadvisor announces world’s top landmarks with travellers’ choice awards

TripAdvisor® the world’s largest travel site* from reviews to bookings, today announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice®awards for Landmarks. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. The awards honor 706 landmarks in 82 countries.

Top 10 Travellers’ Choice Landmarks – India
1. TajMahal – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
2. AmberFort – Jaipur, Rajasthan
3. SwaminarayanAkshardham – New Delhi, National Capital Territory of India
4. BandraWorli Sea Link– Mumbai, Maharashtra
5. QutabMinar– New Delhi, National Capital Region of India
6. AgraFort – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
7. HarmandirSahib(Golden Temple) – Amritsar, Punjab
8. Humayun’s Tomb – New Delhi, National Capital Region of India
9. Gateway of India – Mumbai
10. MehrangarhFort – Jodhpur, Rajasthan
“India has many incredible landmarks and payinga visit to them is a fantastic way to get acquainted with the country’s rich history. With summer being the peak travel season owing to the summer vacations, the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Landmarks list will help Indian travellers narrow down the attractions to visit during their trip whether in India or abroad” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.


Top 10 Landmarks in India:

1. TajMahal – Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Popular as the epitome of love, Taj Mahal is undisputedly one of the most iconic wonders in the world. Year after year it attracts an increasing number of tourists from all across the globe. A TripAdvisor traveller commented “Words can’t really explain how amazing this place is”.

2. AmberFort – Jaipur, Rajasthan
A blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture, Amber fort is one of the top tourist attractions in Jaipur. The Sheesh Mahal a state room in the fort also known as the mirror palace is world famous for thousands of mirror tiles which are said to be lit using a single candle. “This is one of the best forts of the world according to its design Vastu and safety and security features as well as internal and external beauty” is how a TripAdvisor traveller described this landmark.

3.SwaminarayanAkshardham – New Delhi, National Capital Region of India
Spread across a 100 acres in Delhi, Swaminarayan Akshardham is a visual delightand fills one with spirituality and culture. Built on the banks of River Yamuna, the temple showcases architectural styles from all over India. A TripAdvisor traveller commented “This is an absolute highlight in Delhi. Its architecture is impressive, both inside and out”.

4. BandraWorli Sea Link– Mumbai
The BandraWorli Sea Link connects Bandra, located in the western suburbs of Mumbai to Worli in South Mumbai. This 5.6km structure across the Arabian Sea is an architectural marvel and considered to be one of the biggest cable-stayed bridges in the world. “Great view and driving experience. Is a pleasure for driving enthusiasts” is how a TripAdvisor traveller describes his experience.

5. QutabMinar– New Delhi, National Capital Region of India
Considered an epitome of victory, Qutab Minar is an architectural delight and a must visit monument in Delhi. Its 5 storied 73 meter tall tower is built with red marble. “An amazing piece of Indian history” commented a TripAdvisor traveller.


Source:-Tripadvisor – Virtuoso Reveals The Five Secrets of Success For Its Top Travel Agencies

Research by international luxury travel network Virtuoso® has uncovered the five factors shared by its top-producing agencies that can serve as a model for others to improve profitability.

Virtuoso identified the 25 agencies with the highest production per advisor, a metric that established a baseline that can be applied to all agency members regardless of size, then examined the characteristics they have in common with each other. The network unveiled the analysis at its annual Symposium held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia, with 530 of luxury travel’s most prominent figures in attendance.

The common qualities of Virtuoso’s top 25 agencies:

  • Experience counts – They have 40 years of travel industry experience on average. The newest among them has been in business 20 years, and an impressive eight percent have been in business for more than 70 years.
  • They are Virtuoso veterans – 88 percent of these top agencies have been with the network for more than a decade. On average, they have been Virtuoso members for 20 years.
  • They come in all sizes – Top-performing agencies range from small to large and have a median of 19 advisors. Midsize members compose the majority: 56 percent of the top agencies.
  • They are everywhere – Although 72 percent have one office location, nearly all have independent contractors in other cities.

After Virtuoso delved deeper by interviewing executives at the top 25 agencies, an important pattern of behaviour emerged. Although a collection of great advisors is key, agency excellence extends beyond that. What transports an agency from good to great is creating a specific strategy and ensuring that it is reflected in all its actions.

The five secrets of success for Virtuoso’s top 25 agencies:

  • They engage in the luxury travel industry – 90 percent of these agencies attend Virtuoso Forum and Symposium executive events, and 45 percent have representatives serving on Virtuoso committees. Their advisors seek out opportunities to get involved in the industry, thereby raising their profile with partners, increasing their product knowledge and sales results, and furthering their career path.
  • They hire the right people and prioritise training – Their advisors are twice as likely to use Virtuoso’s professional development offerings. In addition, these agencies bring 25 percent of their advisor workforce to Virtuoso Travel Week, and 80 percent of the agencies send at least one advisor to a Virtuoso Travel Week On-Tour event.
  • They are savvy marketers – These agencies take full advantage of the array of marketing products available to them and use it to drive more sales. They have 48 percent more clients opted in for Virtuoso marketing, 55 percent more clients receiving email travel offers and 75 percent more clients receiving the network’s award-winning magazine, Virtuoso Life. These agencies know that for clients who receive Virtuoso’s full suite of marketing vehicles, their annual travel spend is four times more per year than those who do not.
  • They have a strong digital presence – Two-thirds of the advisors at top agencies display profiles on, which is 30 percent higher than other agencies. receives more than 100,000 unique visitors per month and its advisor profiles display on a Google search, ensuring consumers can easily find these advisors. They also have nearly three times the number of client reviews displayed on the site as other agencies.
  • They sell Virtuoso preferred partners – 73 percent of their leisure production is with preferred suppliers, showing the power of partnerships. Top agencies know that working with the high-caliber partners that Virtuoso has vetted and accepted into the network saves them time and money.

This year’s study offers a fresh direction on a related theme to last year’s research revealed at Symposium, which examined the seven habits of highly successful advisors. Virtuoso encourages all its member agencies to review the high bar set by these top performers and adopt their strategic secrets of success to attract more clients and increase profitability. Since travel agencies are a critical driver of industry sales, the health of agencies serves as a barometer for the entire travel ecosystem. – Airbnb to target business travellers with introduction of new search tool

It seems global accommodation site Airbnb is consistently launching new products, so it’s no surprise to hear they’ve got another one on the go: a search tool for business travellers.

This feature will launch soon and allow professionals to filter homes and apartments that Airbnb has deemed Business Travel Ready, reports Bloomberg. To qualify for a BTR listing, as the company calls it, the dwelling must have a desk, Wi-Fi, self-check-in through a doorman or digital lock and various amenities you’d expect at a hotel, like free shampoo, a hairdryer and iron.

Last year Airbnb announced the introduction of its Trips feature, which includes guided nights out and experiences such as violin making in Paris and marathon running in Kenya. The company continue to expand its offerings and this new tool is just another example of how.

There were 250 companies signed up with Airbnb to book and manage business travel in 2015. Last year, the number of people using the site for business purposes tripled and is expected to quadruple this year, said David Holyoke, the head of Airbnb’s business travel division. There are now more than 250,000 companies using it, including Alphabet Inc., Domino’s Pizza Inc. and Morgan Stanley.