Business travelers are taking to the skies just as much as in previous years, but they are increasingly taking time out for themselves, according to new research released by American Express Global Business Travel
Benchmark Hospitality International announces the "Top Ten Travel Trends for 2014" as observed through a survey of the companys extensive database of professional travel agents. In a Benchmark-commissioned study, over 20,000 travel professionals were provided a comprehensive survey on consumer and business travel in 2014, for review and submission to an independent market research firm for compilation and analysis.
Women are more organised, plan further ahead and differ in terms of their travel priorities, according to a survey of over 1,000 business travellers commissioned by bmi regional (www.bmiregional.com) to understand the behaviour and demands of women travelling on business.
The average cost for a one-week trip for a family or group of four traveling to the Caribbean during the spring travel period is $7,152, and they can expect to pay around $3,253 for round-trip flights and $2,772 for one week in a hotel.
According to the American Express Meetings & Events 2014 Global Meetings Forecast, following two years of modest budget and activity increases, flat or slight declines in meetings spend per organization are expected across all regions heading into 2014.
American Express Travel released findings from a recent survey of its travel counselors, which queried the experts on travel trends for 2014. The survey of nearly 200 travel counselors sought to uncover the impact the Internet has had within the travel professional community as well as the latest trends in customer buying behavior. The survey shows not only an increase in customers booking and spending more with travel professionals, but that perceived challenges, such as the Internet, have in fact bolstered the industry.
With the growing interest in trips to enhance mind, body and spirit, wellness tourism has created a new niche for travel agents to grow or expand their business while offering a personally and professionally rewarding career specialty.
Do you read online reviews before buying a product, reserving a table at a restaurant or booking a trip? A new study from Maritz Research shows that while you may not want to believe everything you read, larger, more established ratings sites such as TripAdvisor and Zagat are much more likely to be trusted over smaller, newer sites.
Todays young travelers are smart consumers, demand customized and adventurous trips, and rely heavily on social interaction for recommendations when considering a certain destination and activities. This according to a new report from Amadeus which also highlights the role of new technologies in continuing to drive and impact the way younger generations travel.