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Travel Bites – October 2017

GTI’s monthly takeouts from the Australia/New Zealand market

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WORLD PASSENGER INCREASE

Worldwide international passenger demand rose 7.0% in August, compared to August 2016, in the latest figures by International Air Transport Association (IATA). All regions recorded increases in passengers during the month, led by Latin America which saw demand increase by 9.3%. Asia Pacific recorded an increase of 8.6%. India recorded the largest increase in domestic demand, followed by China.

AUSSIE TRAVELLERS AREN’T USING MOBILE TECH

New research from Amadeus has found that Australian travellers are less reliant on their mobiles when planning and travelling. 81% of Australians do their travel research and booking on a laptop or computer. Interestingly, 49% of Australian travellers have never used a sharing economy service such as Uber and Airbnb, whereas 75% of APAC travellers have used sharing economy apps. Moreover, Australian travellers are more heavily influenced by traveller reviews than friends and family.

THE GROWING AVIATION MARKET & THE CHALLENGES

Some 7.8 billion passengers are expected to travel in 2036, a near doubling of the four billion air travellers expected to fly this year, shows IATA’s latest update of its 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast— and the industry is being urged to prepare. It’s fantastic news for innovation and prosperity, which is driven by air links. It is also a huge challenge for governments and industry bodies to ensure their ability to successfully meet this demand.

VENTURE HOLIDAYS REBRANDS

Venture Holidays has rebranded to Venture Far. The new branding was developed to better represent their level of service and high quality product offering. Venture Far and the tagline “Naturally Curious” evokes the idea of taking travellers on an experience of self-discovery that is more adventurous, personalized, experiential and attuned to local culture. Venture Far will continue to provide the same extensive range of accommodation, flights, transfers and tours that agents are used to.

NEW ACCOMMODATION START UP

Australia has a new online accommodation booking platform with Aabode.com officially launching to the market. The Sydney-based startup will target the more discerning Aussie traveller and currently has more than 1,000 properties available to choose from with booking fees starting from 5%. Initially Aabode.com will focus on travel hotspots including Sydney, tropical Far North Queensland, Byron Bay and Bali.