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The travel barometer

Posted on 21 January 2016 by admin

Seeking new experiences is the top reason why people want to travel, according to the TripAdvisor’s TripBarometer study.

Taste of Hong Kong.

The research is based on an online survey conducted between Oct 15-29 last year by Ipsos, a global research firm. A total of 44,782 people participated in the survey. They are 34,026 consumers who are TripAdvisor website users and Ipsos online panellists and 10,756 representatives from accommodation properties who use TripAdvisor’s free marketing services.

The study found that people want to seek new experiences with 69% of participants wanting to try something new in 2016. About 20% of them want to try a cruise for the first time this year while 17% plan to travel solo. About 15% will try adventure travel for the first time.

People tend to choose destinations based on culture and the people of the specific country (47%), special offers of hotels or tour packages (21%) and TV tourism programmes (20%).

When choosing a place to stay, the top factors on the list are having air conditioning (63%), followed by free in-room Wi-Fi (46%), breakfast (40%) and a swimming pool (26%).

The study also found that 33% of travellers are open to spending more this year than they have in the past. Almost half of those who plan to increase their travel budget give the reason that it is “because I or my family deserve it” and 31% agreed that it will be because “it’s important for my health and well-being”.

In addition, about 47% of hoteliers globally plan to increase room rates in 2016 as they want to compensate for increased overhead costs (65%), recently completed renovations (37%) and because of increased demand (35%).

Hotels will invest more on their online reputation as 93% of hoteliers said that online traveller reviews are important for the future of their business.  

A taste of Hong Kong

Taste Festivals will be hosted for the first time in Asia starting with “Taste of Hong Kong” between March Ǫ-13 on the Central Harbourfront in Hong Kong.

The food festival was launched in 2004 with the first Taste of London before expanding to other cities throughout Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and Australia.

Taste of Hong Kong will include the participation of 12 of Hong Kong’s Michelin-star restaurants and Hong Kong’s top chefs serving more than 40 signature dishes and iconic one-off festival creations. The four-day event will also provide exclusive Champagne masterclasses, local artisanal produce to buy and interactive food and wine attractions.


Airlines update

Lufthansa has opened its first family check-in service at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Bangkok is the first airport in the Asia Pacific region that offers this unique service, said Dirk Grossmann, the Lufthansa general manager for Thailand and the Mekong Region.

At the counter, children can climb a few steps so they can watch the check-in procedure, receive their boarding pass and also a special boarding pass for their “Best Friend” such as a teddy or cuddly toy accompanying them on their flight. Lufthansa also has mascots Lu and Cosmo to welcome children at the airport. “Even prior to take off our young passengers should have a memorable experience with Lufthansa. We are therefore delighted that we are now also able to offer this new family-friendly service in Bangkok,” he said.

In the past year the crews welcomed more than 750,000 children and adolescents on board.


Bangkok Airways has launched an additional daily flight between Bangkok and Phnom Penh, increasing the number to six flights a day.

The new flight is in the early morning. It departs Suvarnabhumi airport at 6.20am and the return leg from Phnom Penh airport is 8.20am. The travel time is one hour and 10 minutes.

The airline uses Airbus A319, featuring 12 business class seats and絬 economy class seats.

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Hotels update

X2 will open its first hotel in Buri Ram. X2 Vibe Buriram will offer 68 rooms including one suite in its five-storey building. On the rooftop will be a bar and lounge where guests can see the city view. Also provided are a swimming pool, 24-hour fitness centre, a meeting room which can accommodate up to 80 people and a restaurant.

“The X2 Vibe Buriram is just one of the many exciting openings that we have lined up for 2016,” said Anthony McDonald, CEO of Bespoke Hospitality management based in Bangkok and founder of the CrossTo brand.

The hotel is a short drive to Buriram United International Circuit and the Buriram United football stadium. 

X2 Vibe Buriram is open for reservations and will be launched in the second quarter of this year.


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