Change is in the Air: Commercial Airlines Upgrade and Innovate in 2014

January 1st, 2014 marked the one hundredth birthday of commercial aviation. On the same day back in 1914, four visionaries initiated the very first scheduled air service, which provided transport between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida. The ride carried just one passenger – the mayor of St. Petersburg who bought a ticket to ride for […]

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Beyond the Hotel Spa: Medical Tourism Trends for 2014

Therapeutic massage, deep cleansing facials, revitalizing jacuzzi, and detoxifying sauna – these are some of the accoutrements of the traditional spa, appealing to tourists who seek a deeper level of relaxation and release while on holiday. But in recent years travellers seeking increased wellness are looking beyond the conventional offerings of the resort spa, booking […]

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New Virtual Currency the Preferred Choice for the Tech-Savvy Tourist

What is a “Bitcoin”? It is a form of virtual currency that can be bought and sold online through encrypted peer-to-peer networks. There is no typical third party bank keeping track of transactions, but rather a virtual (no-fee) ledger that records and verifies each transaction. The alluring thing about Bitcoins, is that their value fluctuates […]

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Vancouver Likes to Share: Peer-to-Peer Services on the Rise

According to the Canadian Tourism Commission, trends in travel and tourism are being shaped by a growing interest in the sharing economy. And Vancouver is at the forefront of this trend, facilitating the sharing of a multitude of services including builder’s tools and pop-up libraries, apartments for short-term rental, and collaborative rideshares. Appealing to tourists […]

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Netting the Mobile Consumer: Tourism’s Top Trends for 2014

Tourists are focused on connectivity – whether they are looking for their next travel destination, booking a flight, or planning a night out – they are doing it all from laptop, tablet or smartphone.  When it comes to the travel industry, savvy hospitality business management will invest heavily in reaching and retaining those habitually web-centred […]

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Virgin Galactic and the Rise of Space-Tourism

Trends in travel and tourism change as tastes evolve and fads fade. But there is one aspect of the tourist trade that will always remain in high demand: the new, the novel, the never before experienced.  Holistic holidays, medical excursions, eco-resorts, extreme adventure; travel sites offer consumers an isolated retreat or usher them into strangers’ […]

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Luxury Couponing: Bargain Sites Offer Upscale Deals

When we think of coupons, we often envision grocery store flyers with specials on everyday items, or offers for buy-one-get-one-free.  T.V. shows like Extreme Couponing follow bargain-hunting consumers obsessed with achieving maximum discounts on household supplies. It’s a practice associated with families on tight budgets. However, the travel and tourism industry is seeing an increase […]

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Travel Technology: Mobility and the Modern Concierge

Travel and tourism trends indicate that online bookings are on the rise, growing by 8.4% in 2012, and garnering an impressive $524 billion in global revenue. Savvy hospitality business management understand that increasingly, travellers are looking online for customer support and services while on the road. With the right apps and websites, tourists can orchestrate […]

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