Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Holiday information in one place

Get all your holiday information in one place with the brand new Newscertain. The online service allows companies to publish their press releases in the place where you want to find them.

By optimising articles Newscertain can also help ensure that when you search on your favourite keyword (such as bargain holiday) the results you see are the most relevant ones for you.

So why not save surfing time by cutting to the chase and getting it all your way?

Monday, November 28, 2005

Half of Brits don't take holiday

Half of all Britons have taken no holiday in the last 12 months according to recent research. These figures are even worse amongst Asian and Afro-Caribbean communities with a whopping 66% having taken no leisure break over the last year.

Taken from a survey of 16,000 people, lack of finance and time were cited as the main reasons for missing out on holidays.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Is competition too fierce to remain competitive?

Expert analysis of the online travel world has revealed that start-up companies will not be able to get a foothold in the market. So entrenched are the major players, and so fierce is the competition that start-up companies will not be able to offer the deals, or get the visibility needed to draw in business.
There have also been suggestions that price-comparison meta-search sites, such as Kayak, are not providing the expected response, mainly because there are too many of them offering a service that people are not interested in. In fact so over-run is the travel market with cheap deals that companies are now gaining a competitive edge by focusing on service instead of price.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Travel sites hit the big time

Online holiday booking has been big business for some time now, but recent figures place it firmly on the map as a booming industry. 54% of British web-users have visited a travel site, equating to a staggering 14 million per month.

Obviously there are a lot of travel sites out there fighting over these visitors, but research shows that the over-50's market is growing faster than that of younger surfers providing some very nice niche marketing opportunities.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

E-Passports a reality in US

Any US passport issued after 2006 will contain a radio frequency identification device allowing the US Government to track the location of its citizens anywhere in the World. Introduced as a means of reducing international terrorism and cutting identity theft, there are serious concerns amongst human rights groups that such tracking is a mis-use of government power. There are plans for similar systems to be introduced in the UK and Germany.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Mondays busiest day for holiday shopping

It seems lots of surfers avoid the Monday morning blues by booking themselves a holiday online, or that is certainly the case in America. Recent studies have found that in the period from Thanksgiving (mid November) to Christmas sees the most holidays booked on a Monday as shoppers compare High Street prices with online offers.

So any company wanting to make the most of natural opportunities, Mondays are the prime time to get offers up on your site and the phones manned.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

High street travel agencies pushed out by online bargains

Buying holidays on the High Street is a dying pastime for British Tourists if the recent closure of 110 Going Places shops this month is any sort of measure. The huge popularity of online holiday booking has caused several small independent companies to go bust this year and now it seems that the big players are also falling foul of online bargain hunters.

Compared to the peak in 1989 when there were some 7513 high street travel agents that number has now slumped to 6124, although with many companies stating that they cannot sustain cut-price online holiday deals indefinitely, the fate of the High Street shop may not yet be sealed.

Monday, November 07, 2005

eBay boosts hotel bookings

With over 160 million visitors per month, eBay offers a vast, and tempting market place, one that hotels can now access. The Great Hotels of the World Organisation has struck up a deal with eBay where they can sell rooms to the highest bidder in a number of targeted ways. By agreeing a minimum price with eBay (which is not disclosed to the bidder) hotel rooms can be bought by the highest bidder, or snapped up as a special offer by a set date.

It is hoped that the system will not only allow more exposure in the competitive holiday-accommodation market, but also win over returning customers for participating hotels.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

US online travel spending soars

Improved user confidence and technological advances have been accredited with the growth in US online travel bookings; this trend is being seen across the globe.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Balearics car tax threaten to drive holidaymakers away

In an effort to raise an extra 12million Euros in local taxes a controversial car tax will be imposed on car hire for tourists travelling to the Balearic Islands. It is feared that the tax would worsen already decreasing numbers of tourists to the islands which are no longer viewed as good value for money. With package holiday bookings already down 16% from last year the new tax could spell out disaster for the tourist trade in the Balearics.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bird flu could close down air travel

Australia's health minister has warned that should a strain of bird flu develop that is lethal for humans, international air travel would have to virutally be shut down.