Americans love to travel as much as ever, but results from a recent AARP Travel survey reveal some noteworthy trends in preferences: The percentage of Boomers saying they travel to relax and rejuvenate jumped from 38% to 49%. Seventy-four percent (74%) of employed Millennials with paid time off expect to bring work along on a trip, compared to 56% of Boomers. In the international travel arena, touring with a local is increasingly appealing. Read more here. Or view the infographic here VISIT WEBSITE DOWNLOAD PDF … [Read more...] about Travel Trends for 2018
If you are a local convention and visitors bureau, do you ever worry about having a modest advertising budget in comparison to competing CVBs? According to a study from Kantar Media of over 2,300 CVBs: Approximately 51% of CVBs exhibit measured media spend of less than $10,000 per year. 51% is likely to be a low figure since Kantar lists only CVBs with measured media spend. There are many more CVBs that are not included in this report. Only 3% had annual measured media spend of $1 million or more. … [Read more...] about How Does Your Advertising Budget Measure Up?
Sharing our recent work on sharing economy (in collaboration with Sangwon Park) in Tourism Management. Free access to the article for 50 days. #sharingeconomy #peertopeeraccommodation #airbnb In order to better understand the dynamics of user behavior in the sharing economy platform, a multi-stage study was conducted on how Airbnb hosts articulate themselves online and how consumers respond to different host self-presentation patterns. First, using text mining techniques on a large dataset consisting descriptions of Airbnb hosts in 14 major cities in the United States, two patterns of host self-presentation were identified. Hosts generally present themselves online as (1) a well-traveled individual, eager to meet new people or (2) an individual of a certain profession. This contributes to the conceptualization of profile as promise framework for online self-presentation in mixed-mode interactions involving peer-to-peer accommodation platform. Second, consumers respond to the two … [Read more...] about When Guests Trust Hosts for their Words: Host description and trust in sharing economy
Spain has jumped above the U.S. to become the second biggest tourist destination, according to new estimated figures. Despite facing a number of significant challenges in 2017, around 82 million tourists visited the country. The preliminary figure, which uses data for the first 11 months of the year and an estimate for December, would likely put it ahead of the U.S. and behind France in terms of overall numbers. Spain’s position as the official world number two looks almost certain because of the dreadful Trump slump year the U.S. is having. France, meanwhile, expects a year-on-year improvement. Visit the original source of this trend at skift.com … [Read more...] about Spain Overtakes U.S. as World’s Second-Most-Visited Tourist Destination
Consumers are looking for experiences, and travel brands want to be their one-stop shop. Skift recently identified its top Megatrends in Travel for 2018. The top trend is that travel brands want to be experience platforms. Online travel agencies were the first to disrupt the industry and empower consumers to take more control over their own travel experiences. As these companies began to grow, they became the precursors to the experience platform model that travel brands are striving to become—a place where consumers can plan/book almost every facet of his or her travel journey through one platform. In addition to being intermediaries, brands wish to ensure great experiences—by curating content and harnessing big data and artificial intelligence to personalize the experience to make it that much faster, better and smarter. READ REPORT … [Read more...] about The Top Travel Industry Megatrend
TTRA update: latest OnlineFirst Articles for Journal of Travel Research for Nov/Dec 2017 are now available at http://bit.ly/2iE9Zwp … [Read more...] about OnlineFirst Articles for JTR for Nov/Dec 2017 are now available
TTRA update: The January 2018 (vol 57, no 1) issue of the Journal of Travel Research is now available at http://bit.ly/jtr57no1 As a TTRA Lifetime, Partner, or Premier member, you receive comp. online subscription with membership. Inquire to email@example.com … [Read more...] about The January 2018 (vol 57, no 1) issue of the JTR is now available
Select 2017 GWTTRA Symposium Presentations from Reno, NV U.S. International Tourism Policies, Todd Davidson Supporting Sustainable Rural Tourism Growth, Bethany Drysdale 5 Myths about Digital Marketing, John Hope-Johnstone THE PORTRAIT OF AMERICAN TRAVELERS: INTERESTED IN VISITING NEVADA, Steve Cohen … [Read more...] about 2017 GWTTRA Symposium Presentations