Sightseeing News & Views
September 16th, 2015

Sightseeing News & Views - September 16th, 2015

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The new 'must have' travel jacket that's catching everyone's attention Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Quartz
Air travel is miserable. Aside from all the hassles of getting on the plane, once you're in your cramped little seat it becomes difficult to do anything but sit upright, elbows tucked, and wait for the journey to be over. In testament to what a nightmare it is, a Kickstarter campaign for a "travel jacket" designed to make flying more comfortable has become the crowd-funding site's most successful clothing campaign ever. READ MORE


The travel makeover: The most popular destinations for plastic surgery 2015 Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Paste Magazine
Plastic surgery is a major life decision. Most who opt for it spend 5-10 years considering if, how, and when they would go through with it. As many travel internationally for more affordable prices, a new trend has emerged: Travel in search of plastic surgery. READ MORE


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Oceanwide Expeditions in the spotlight! Ski mountaineering (X): a new activity in Antarctica Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

At the end of the Antarctic summer the glaciers are still covered with snow and conditions are perfect for active people to go out and explore. Untouched mountain tops invite experienced ski mountaineers to indulge in this technical and strenuous activity. Ski mountaineers climb high snow-covered and glaciated peaks and viewpoints. READ MORE

Travel + Leisure names best hotels for business travel Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fortune
For the second year, Fortune partnered with Travel + Leisure to survey readers on their tastes and habits while traveling for work. They were asked to rate their favorite hotel brands on customer service, room design and amenities, business and meeting facilities, value, and loyalty programs. READ MORE

New trends report: Social media customer service strategies for travel brands Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Skift
In 2015, social media has transformed the relationship of customer and hospitality brand, raising the stakes in a number of ways. Customers now live tweet their flight delays or post photos on Instagram of maintenance issues at their hotels and instantly reach thousands of people. READ MORE


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The week in digital travel marketing: Facebook booking, ad blocking and more Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Skift
According to a report (paywall) by The Wall Street Journal, around 6 percent (200 million) of global internet users rely on ad blockers while browsing the web. The WSJ story highlights the growing concern from digital marketers about the technology, a concern which is increasing as Apple enables ad blocking capabilities in its popular Safari browser for the impending iOS 9 software release. READ MORE




Lots of cruises to Cuba but so far few US takers Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
USA TODAY
The thaw in relations between the USA and Cuba has set off a race among cruise companies to start up sailings between the countries. But so far, few Americans are booking the trips, according to a survey conducted for USA TODAY by one of North America's largest travel sellers. The survey of 1,034 travel agents who book cruises by Travel Leaders Group found that just 2.9 percent have taken a booking for one of the recently announced Cuba voyages. READ MORE

20 destinations: The 10 most friendly and the 10 least Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
While the Russian economy is on a downhill journey, the tourism sector has just received word that readers of Travel + Leisure have said that Moscow is the most unfriendly city in the world. Galway, Ireland, was voted the world's friendliest city. Two other Irish cities/places, Dublin and County Cork, also appeared in the top five, at number three and four, respectively. READ MORE

Check out the newest country on the tourism promotion circuit: Iran Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
Iran will be participating in FITUR 2016 in Spain as well as Malaysia's MATTA fair 2015 announced the Touring & Automobile Club of Iran director, Ebadreza Eslami. The country is scheduled to attend the 36th edition of FITUR, the International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain as well as Malaysia travel MATTA Fair in 2015. READ MORE

Chinese hotel chains plans to absorb Western hotels Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Travel and Tour World
In the international top hospitality new mega fusions are in the making. This year alone major mergers and acquisitions of hotel groups could take place. Striking is the urge of Chinese hotel groups, to buy Western chains. TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data, has listed the current market trend. READ MORE


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