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- Tourism industry and Competitors news
Viva Tech: «the tourism players have again shone by their absence…»
Viva Technology has closed the doors of its 4th edition. The French event on new technologies, which is the equivalent of CES Las Vegas, brought together thousands of start-ups, GAFA executives, stars and major groups. Sophie Lacour, CEO of Advanced Tourism, looks back on an enriching edition, despite the limited visibility of tourism stakeholders. For the doctor in information and communication sciences, specialized in tourism foresight, «Viva Tech is very interesting… And inspiring. Technology will not replace the human, because tourism is a deeply human world.» TourMag
- Aviation news
For a weekend, Air China settles in the Marais
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first flight between France and China, Air China inaugurated, on Thursday evening, May 23, 2019, an «ephemeral and immersive» space called Unexpected China.
Located at 18 rue de Turenne, in the heart of Paris’ Marais district, this free venue allows Parisians to discover many facets of China throughout the weekend (from May 24 to 26 included). Many thematic workshops are offered to the public: from tea rituals to Tai-chi, Chinese opera mask painting and calligraphy workshops. TourMag
Record result for Volotea in 2018
Volotea has published the results of its 2018 financial year. The company generated €396.1 million in revenue, an increase of €89 million, representing a 29% increase over the €307.5 million achieved in 2017. Volotea operated 53,400 flights in 2018 (+20%) and carried more than 6.57 million passengers (+36%) with a load factor of 93.1%, 7.7% higher than the previous year. With the addition of four new aircraft, the company has a fleet of 30 aircraft. Quotidien du Tourisme
- Travelers: Tour operators and travel agents
Selectour: a new website and mobile app in 2019
How to bring Internet users to travel agencies, then build their loyalty? This is the challenge of the many projects on which the Selectour network is working this year. It is not easy to unite 850 independent travel agencies around common projects on the Internet. However, this is one of the challenges facing Pierre Lecat, Selectour’s digital and marketing director, who is working on several major 2019 projects: a more high-end website, information sharing between headquarters and the various agencies, as well as a mobile leisure application to complement the existing business application. Echo Touristique
Amadeus signs with Booking.com
Amadeus announces the signing of a «historic» agreement with Booking.com. The inventory of the hotel platform will thus be accessible on the Amadeus Travel Platform. This partnership includes all types of accommodation: hotels, motels and resorts as well as houses, apartments… In the coming months, they will be able to access the new content through various points of sale, including Amadeus Selling Platform Connect and, for business travel bookings, through Amadeus cytric Travel & Expense.
What are the preferred destinations for travellers in Europe?
Que Choisir magazine conducted a major satisfaction survey to establish a list of travellers’ favourite destinations, based on their budget.
In low-cost cities (less than 110 euros per day), Krakow, Seville and Valencia are at the top of the podium, with satisfaction scores ranging from 8.6 to 8.4 out of ten.
In the category of 110 to 130 euros per day, Edinburgh, Vienna and Berlin are the top 3.
Among the expensive cities – more than 130 euros per day – Copenhagen, Florence and London are at the top of the table. Echo Touristique
The Thomas Cook group in great difficulty
After colossal losses in the first half of the year, the British tour operator has to sell its airline and reduce its debt to get its head out of the water. Forced to react, particularly in response to the growing concern of its customers on social networks according to The Financial Times, the tour operator has undertaken several recovery operations. Thomas Cook announced the closure of 21 travel agencies, affecting more than 300 jobs. The group will also reduce the number of employees at its Peterborough headquarters, while pursuing other avenues. Echo Touristique
Agency barometer: the tops and flops of winter 2018/2019
This winter, France was the French people’s favourite destination. On the other hand, medium- and long-haul flights are declining, at least for some destinations: Echo Touristique