Friday, December 30, 2005

Childless couples change holiday trends

With a quarter of Brits taking their annual holiday in winter the traditional summer holiday is on the wane. The figures, produced by an International Currency Exchange survey, reveal a change in the demographics of the typical British household. An increase in the number of childless couples means that school term timetables are no longer the major considerataion for holiday planning, resulting in only 3 out of 5 Britons going on holiday last summer.

This is good news for travel agents specialising in winter sun resorts; typically in far-flung locations these resorts are popular with affulent couples looking or some luxury, and a child-free poolside.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Bumper Christmas holiday causes mammoth lost production

Due to Christmas and New Years days falling on Sundays, this festive break is set to be one of the longest on record. The 3-week shut-down will cost £1.2 billion in lost production with 4 million British workers expected to be out of the office for a fortnight.

An other bumper crop is the number of people travelling abroad this festive period, estimated at 2.3 million. The holiday season has begun early with many companies gradually scaling down production from the 19th December and many employees setting off earlier on their travels to avoid the rush.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Long distance travel WILL pose a threat to health

It has been announced that all journeys over 4 hours long will increase your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. Whilst the risk is only small, it is undoubtedly real and should be acknowledged by all travellers.

DVT has been in the press quite a lot recently and whilst it is true that in some instances it can result in death, there are some fairly simple, yet effective steps that can be taken to reduce the risk. A person of generally good health is generally less likely to develop thrombosis, and older people do have a higher risk. Yet all members of the populace can protect themselves by wearing travel socks and, wherever possible, taking the opportunity to get up or at least move your legs if actually walking is impossible.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Online travel spend to grow by 10%

Jupiter Research has predicted that online display and search advertising spend will increase annually at an average rate of 10% a year until 2010. The online travel industry is set to enjoy a whopping 13% annual growth rate

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Oil explosion may casue travel chaos

The recent oil explosion at Hemel Hempstead has caused chaos on neighbouring roads, which may extend to the skies. The huge plume of black smoke is obscuring visibility so badly that the M10 has been closed, and there are dangers that air traffic may be disputed - not only by the initial smoke but by possible ensuing oil shortages.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Travel meta-search engines pip the post for Europe

Recent studies show that Europeans favour meta-search sites for finding holiday bargains instead of the pricier traditional online travel agent.

The report, published by 'eyefortravel' indicates that whilst American travellers prefer the security and personal touch of having all, or some elements of a holiday booked for them, and are happy to pay for the service, European travellers go for the cheaper option.

Because meta-search engines only offer price comparisons and no actual booking facilities, they are invariably cheaper, although the risk factor remains as clients are essentially booking their own travel, accommodation etc with limited idea of what to expect.

This cheap and cheerful model generally fits the profile of an online travel-shopper however who is, traditionally, looking for the best possible deal.

Travel meta-search engines pip the post for Europe

Recent studies show that Europeans favour meta-search sites for finding holiday bargains instead of the pricier traditional online travel agent.

The report, published by 'eyefortravel' indicates that whilst American travellers prefer the security and personal touch of having all, or some elements of a holiday booked for them, and are happy to pay for the service, European travellers go for the cheaper option.

Because meta-search engines only offer price comparisons and no actual booking facilities, they are invariably cheaper, although the risk factor remains as clients are essentially booking their own travel, accommodation etc with limited idea of what to expect.

This cheap and cheerful model generally fits the profile of an online travel-shopper however who is, traditionally, looking for the best possible deal.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Scottish National Day should cause more of a stir

An article in The Scotsman National newspaper has caused a stir amongst radio and TV stations as well as prominent Scottish figures. The call to celebrate St. Andrew's Day in style has involved the First Minister, the Communities Minister and the Scottish National Party to name but a few.

The general consensus seems to be that more should be done to celebrate the 'Scottishness' of Scotland - and this should include a more formal recognition of St. Andrews day.