What’s New in Hotel Online Distribution and Tech Trends? W2, January 2023

Here is your weekly industry news round-up. Check out the short snippets here and follow below for more details. 

  • Expedia Reports says, 96% of travellers want to do nothing on their vacation  
  • Top 7 Tech & Travel Trends that will shape 2023 & beyond 
  • Multiverse is the future of the travel & tourism industry 
  • Siliguri gets new luxury address – Fortune Hotels  
  • Sunset Hospitality Group, Dubai launches Azure Beach and Attiko in Vietnam 

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Newshound w2 Jan 2023

Expedia reports 96% of travellers want to do nothing on their next vacation 

New research from Expedia reveals the over-scheduled holiday season has prompted many Americans to plan a “nothing-cation,” a trip where warm weather and relaxation are the main attractions. Expedia internal data confirms January is one of the top months for researching and booking beach vacations, which is a favourite trip type for nothing-cationers. On average, about a quarter of getaways planned during the first month of the year is to beach destinations, and many hotspots including Cancun, Riviera Maya, Punta Cana and Oahu are already seeing double-digit increases in demand compared to the same time in 2019. 


Top Tech & Travel Trends that will shape the tourism industry in 2023 

2022 was something of a rollercoaster for the hotel industry. While travel demand surged from its pandemic lows, hoteliers faced new challenges such as persistent labour shortages, and new ways of interacting with technology and their guests. According to a survey by Bankrate, rising prices caused 79% of U.S. travellers to alter their travel plans during the 2022 holiday season, with many travellers opting to travel fewer days, enjoy less expensive activities and cheaper accommodations, or travel shorter distances. 


Metaverse: Shaping the future of the tourism industry  

Definitions of the metaverse differ, but a commonly held view is that a true metaverse – one that’s perhaps decentralized, ungoverned, universal and in which anyone can interact with anyone – is probably still years away. Hotel company Leven purchased its first property in the metaverse using virtual currency and unveiled it last year. Designed by an architect, the virtual hotel is “rich and organic. It doesn’t have any hard edges. It’s a very curved, almost seductive building” that incorporates nature and botanicals into its design, according to Griffin. 


Fortune Hotels expands its step in Siliguri 

Fortune Hotels, a member of ITC’s hotel group announced the signing of a new property in Siliguri, West Bengal. Situated at a 15 min drive from the Siliguri airport, the upscale ‘Fortune Select’ hotel is surrounded by breathtaking views of majestic tea gardens and mountains. Commenting on Fortune Hotel’s India expansion spree Samir MC, Managing Director, Fortune Hotels said ‘With the Siliguri signing we further our footprint into the East. This is a greenfield project and our third hotel in the State of West Bengal.   


Sunset Hospitality, Dubai announces two projects in Vietnam 

Sunset Hospitality Group (SHG), a leading hospitality group renowned for creating lifestyle hospitality experiences, expands its global footprint to Southeast Asia as it prepares to launch Azure Beach and Attiko in Vietnam. Both venues will mirror their Dubai-based presence, replicating the already tried and tested model. Azure Beach is nestled among the heavenly white sands and shimmering blue waters of the South China Sea, serving up exotic beverages and mouth-watering Asian fusion cuisine – the perfect destination for a luxury and relaxing daycation with friends and family. 


That’s all folks! 

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