Airfare- and hotel-price-tracking service Yapta's TravelAI Hotel version 2.0 offers recommendations based on a host of factors that can offer significant savings. "TravelAI 2.0's dashboard makes it easy for travel managers at any level to see the savings impacts of implementing the top recommendations, laying out precisely where and how to address sourcing, rate performance and policy issues without exhaustive effort," Yapta's Valerie Layman says.
More than a dozen top tourism operators are coming to North American Aug. 18 to 23 for a South Australian Tourism Commission trade roadshow designed to share the state's WOW factor -- wildlife, Outback, and wine -- with travel advisors and wholesalers. They say they're encouraging travelers as opposed to tourists.
American Airlines is rolling out its premium Five Star Service at Texas' Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Nashville International Airport, New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport and Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Passengers using the service receive perks including priority check-in, expedited security screening, an escort to their gate and access to the Admirals Club.
A 346-room JW Marriott has opened in the ICE sports and entertainment district of Edmonton, Alberta. Restaurants, a fitness center and 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space are among the features.
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, Ky. (21c Museum Hotels)
Windowless hotel rooms aren't all geared toward people with smaller wallets or those who prefer darkness and quiet. Matthew Kronsberg points to "the swank cocoon of a Cosy Core room at the Standard Hotel in London," the 21c Museum Hotel's art installation you can sleep in Louisville, Ky., and the underground, opal-mine rooms of the Desert Cave Hotel that provide cool respite in a scorching Australia town.
The traditional hot springs culture is the focus of ANA InterContinental Beppu Resort & Spa, which has debuted in southwestern Japan with 89 guest rooms. Several rooms feature private, open-air baths with large onsen, or hot baths, overlooking Beppu Bay.
Travel brands must ensure they achieve tangible results from social strategies such as boosting lead generation and sales by developing unique content that appeals to the different audiences on each social platform, Maise Hunns writes. Don't act like a salesperson but showcase your brand's personality and use Twitter to share catchy posts with hashtags, she recommends.