In our monthly digest, you can find the past month’s highlights on travel technologies in under a 1-minute read! We wish you good reading!
HotelRunner is selected as Booking.com’s Premier Connectivity Partner for 2022
“Premier” status is the highest tier in Booking.com’s Connectivity Partner Programme. This program is a way Booking.com ensures hoteliers have access to the best products and services. Achieving the Premier Connectivity Partner title for the eighth time is a reflection of HotelRunner’s commitment to the success of its properties.
Travel & Tourism sector expected to create nearly 126 million new jobs
The World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest Economic Impact Report (EIR) reveals that the Travel and tourism sectors will create nearly 126 million new jobs within the next decade. The report also shows global travel and tourism GDP could reach pre-pandemic levels by 2023.
Google enhances trip-planning tools as travel searches boom
Compared to last year, global searches for ‘passport online’ jumped 80%, while searches for ‘travel insurance’ surged 2X,” says Google’s Chief Business Officer Phillip Schindler. Google is launching new features on Maps to help consumers plan a trip like ‘explore nearby’ and ‘interest layer’.
International travel set to maintain growth in 2022 with full recovery expected by 2025
Hannah Free, Travel and Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “International travel from North America had shown improvement in 2021 as international departures grew by 15% year on year.” She expects outbound departures from North America to reach 69% of 2019 figures in 2022.
Expedia Group revamps marketplace, tech platform as part of new strategy
The Expedia Group of two years ago is “no more”, according to the company’s newest Vice Chairman and CEO Peter Kern. The OTA giant has been making many enhancements to its marketplace and tech platforms. Recently announced, The Expedia Group Open World technology platform is created for partners to leverage and configure products and services.