Wednesday, October 4, 2017

These Are the World Events That Belong On Your Bucket List

These Are the World Events That Belong On Your Bucket List
Why not plan your vacation around a world-renown event you’ve always wanted to attend? Though 2017 is coming to an end, you still have time to catch these international extravaganzas. From auto exhibitions to art festivals, there’s an event out there to suit everyone’s taste, and bring people together from around the globe.


L.A. Auto Show: Dec 1-10, 2017, Los Angeles, CA
Car fanatics rejoice! The Los Angeles Auto Show has been showcasing the best in car design since 1907. All major manufacturers attend and debut their new models. Enjoy the whole weekend in a Los Angeles rental home to make the most of the experience.


You’ll get up close with cool concept cars and aftermarket custom versions, take test drives, and hit up the Garage for customizing ideas. As a bonus, kids get a whole experience to themselves in a zone designated just for them full of games and auto-related activities.


Austin City Limits: Oct 6-8, 13-15, 2017, Austin, TX
They do things big in Texas, including a music festival that spans two weekends. Austin City Limits launches every in October at Zilker Park in downtown Austin. Eight stages, over 140 artists, local food, and an art market makes this all-day festival awesome for everyone.


Art Basel: Dec 6 – 10, 2017, Miami, Florida
In December, art connoisseurs from across the globe descend on Miami Beach for Art Basel. Over 4,000 artists are represented by some 270 galleries to display and sell modern, contemporary, and cutting-edge art of all mediums. Emerging artists get equal footing with famous for one of the most vibrant art experiences going today.


Carnival: Feb 24 – 28, 2018, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
No place does Carnival like Rio. Four days of exuberant partying before the Lenten season feature dancing and drinking throughout the streets in outrageous costumes. Experience the world-famous Rio Samba Parade at the Sambodrome in person as competing samba schools flash their best moves and costumes.


Milan Design Week: Apr 17 – 22, 2018, Milan, Italy
For one week every spring, the entire city of Milan turns into an interior designer’s paradise for Milan Design Week. What started as a furniture design exhibition has grown to include lighting, kitchen and bath, home accessories, and more.

Interior designers and innovators from all over show off cutting-edge ideas and trends in the market. Workshops, parties, and networking round out the events.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Top 10 Travel Websites Most Visited by US Hispanics

1   TripAdvisor Inc.
2   Expedia Inc.
3   Uber
4   Priceline.com Incorporated
5   Lyft, Inc.
6   USA TODAY Travel
7   Southwest Airlines Co.
8   American Airlines
9   CNN Travel
10 Airbnb Sites

Source: CommScore

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Mexico City Launches Video Web Series With Celebrity Designer Genevieve Gorder

Travelers today demand rich, authentic cultural experiences rather than simply ticking landmarks off their sightseeing checklist. To showcase the city's flourishing design scene and breadth of offerings available to sophisticated, culture seeking travelers, the Mexico City Tourism Trust (Fondo Mixto de Promoción Turística del Distrito Federal) partnered with celebrity designer Genevieve Gorder to launch a video series highlighting her picks for design tips, trends and treasures in Mexico City.

The six-part series immerses viewers in local cultural vignettes as Gorder shares her favorite places to shop, stay, find inspiration and source authentic design pieces in the Mexican Capital. Viewers follow along on the HGTV star's journey as she meets with up-and-coming designers and brings her interior designer's eye to the artisan creations available in shopping hotspots.

Her onsite interviews and expert tips educate viewers on the products, places and experiences that are both distinctive to the destination as well as position the capital city as a forward-thinking international design hub. From colorful, open air markets abundant with traditional Mexican creations, to upscale boutiques offering the latest international trends, Mexico City is truly a top design city.

Engaging with consumers around their passions, like design, is an important way for Mexico City to ignite the curiosity that ultimately leads travelers to the destination. The series is hosted on MXCity.mx/en, the official Tourism Promotion Partner website, as well as the @MexicoCityLive YouTube and social media channels. To view the videos, visit MXCity.mx/en/video.

Through her videos, Gorder educates viewers on experiences available to travelers of varying interests, including:

La Ciudadela 
This open air market in the heart of Mexico City brings together traditional tourist souvenirs and artisanal products from all over Mexico. Here, Gorder expertly navigates the treasure trove to find eclectic decorative items that demand a story. Zeroing in on hand-painted figures and hammocks, Gorder provides viewers with a bit of history, a dash of geology, and some practical design tips. For more information visit laciudadela.com.mx.

Onora Casa 
Located in Polanco, the heart of upscale designer and home décor shopping, Onora Casa brings centuries-old techniques to high end home design. Gorder talks with New York City transplant and Co-Founder Maggie Galton about her vision for rescuing traditional methods, and reveals the true craftsmanship behind the sophisticated textiles and housewares. For more information visit onoracasa.com.

La Metropolitana 
Gorder takes viewers behind the scenes at La Metropolitana, a burgeoning furniture design firm that is transforming Mexican design and redefining what "Made in Mexico" means. At the factory, the young owners discuss their process before heading to the showroom where visitors can find a piece to take home with them. For more information visit lametropolitana.com.mx.

Blend Concept Store 
Blend is a concept store and designer showroom dedicated to selling the latest designs from Mexico. Viewers follow Gorder as she shops her favorite trends and Mexican designers. For more information visit blendmexico.com.

Hotel Carlota 
This design hotel is one of the newest hot spots in the city. Gorder explores the property's distinct architectural and decorative elements with Javier Sanchez, the architect behind the project, who has led the design with his firm, JSa Architects, from inception to creation. For more information visit hotelcarlota.com.

Claudia Fernández Vintage Furniture 
An artist, philanthropist and vintage furniture dealer, Fernandez is an expert of all things midcentury modern design. Gorder gives viewers VIP access into her appointment-only showroom filled with treasures from this iconic period, from intricate light fixtures to bar carts.

Mexico City is the country's premier tourism destination, welcoming more than 12.5 million visitors a year.  As the number one destination on The New York Times "52 Places to Go in 2016" list, there's never been a better time to visit. The ancient capital offers a vibrant, contemporary culture that combines pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern influences that span nearly seven centuries. With more than 150 museums, 100 contemporary local art galleries and 30 distinct architectural and historic sites, the city is a mecca of fine art and treasures that speak to its vast history. The Mexico City Tourism Promotion Fund (Fondo Mixto de Promoción Turística del Distrito Federal) supports and enhances city tourism. For more information, news and updates on travel to Mexico City, visit Mxcity.mx/en and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/MexicoCityLive), Twitter (@MexicoCityLive) and Instagram (@MexicoCityLive).

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Technology’s effects on the travel industry are widespread, with innovation signaling the dawn of a new age of travel products and services after the birth of the Internet and modern-communication systems. Not only has the industry itself benefited from recent technological advancements such as with GPS in rental cars, Wifi on airplanes, and computerized hotel door locks, just to name a few, but consumers have as well through the rise of countless travel websites and apps devoted to enhancing the customer experience from beginning to end.

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If your firm isn’t marketing to Hispanic travelers, you may be missing out on a lot of revenue.

In the U.S., Hispanic travel is growing at a faster rate than the general market, with an economic impact estimated at more than $56 billion annually in leisure travel, according to the National Tour Association.

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7 new travel start-ups making business trips less stressful

Vacation travel might be a chance to relax, but business trips are too often long stretches of tedium punctuated by tension and frustration.

In fact, a 2012 study by corporate travel agency Carson Wagonlit Travel found that travelers lose an average of 6.9 hours to stress on every work trip.
Technology might not be the solution to all life's ills, but there are still a bunch of new services and apps on the market making travel that bit easier for the tired, lonely worker.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

10 Tips to Travel Safely Through Latin America

Latin America still has a bad reputation when it comes to safety whilst traveling. As much as one still needs to practice caution, it is much safer than even 10 years ago and remains a bucket list item for many travellers. Here is a list of 10 tips to best minimise dangers and enjoy this unique part of the world.

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Beijing launches activities in Latin America to promote tourism

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Beijing launched a series of activities Wednesday to introduce its tourism resources and culture in its latest promotional campaign in several cities in Latin America.

The events, including a conference themed "Glamorous Beijing", were held by the Beijing Commission of Tourism Development (BCTD) at Windsor Atlantica Hotel, introducing the city of Beijing, its main places of attraction, tourism infrastructure, and several types of specialty tours.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Spain receives record 68.1 million tourists in 2015

MADRID –  Spain has received 68.1 million tourists in 2015, setting a new record with an increase of 4.9 percent than the previous year, according to data released on Friday by the National Statistics Institute, or INE.

INE noted that the number of tourists visiting Spain during December 2015 went up by 7.6 percent on annual basis hitting 3.4 million visitors.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Rise of In-Flight Wi-Fi Advertising

Once considered a novelty to many fliers, the amenity has increasingly become a necessity for travelers looking to stay productive and connected on the road. But given the growing availability and popularity of in-flight Wi-Fi, it’s also attracting significant attention from marketers, who are looking to reach this captive audience with shopping promotions and advertising. How should airlines and the marketers trying to reach Wi-Fi users balance between maximizing profit and potentially annoying customers?

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Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) Celebrates Top Female Hospitality & Travel Dignitaries For Its 3rd Annual Year of the Executive Women’s Conference

Los Angeles (February 2, 2016) – BLLA, in partnership with the Travel Industry Executive Women's Network (TIEWN), wrapped its third annual Executive Women's Conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 27. Over 25 guest speakers and more than 100 hospitality professionals, discerning travelers and elite media attended the symposium to enhance the knowledge, ambition and education opportunities for female hospitality successors.

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Hispanics Love Air Travel [Infographic]

This infographic from MotionPoint showcases how U.S. Hispanics are vacationing more and more, and increasingly traveling by air to reach their holiday destinations.

Savvy airlines have noticed this trend, and are leaning in. Since about 75% of Hispanics speak Spanish at home, and many prefer to transact in Spanish via their mobile devices, a powerful opportunity exists for airlines to engage this influential market with Spanish-language mobile sites.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Caribbean and Latin America Outlook 2016: The Biggest Stories for The Year Ahead

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Brazilian Bounce? The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janiero, one year after Brazil hosted the FIFA World Cup. While success on the pitch escaped the soccer-loving country throughout the tournament, the event proved a huge triumph for Brazil tourism, bringing one million visitors to the country.

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Biggest Winners and Losers in the Caribbean and Latin America for 2015

High Times in Jamaica: Jamaica is headed toward another year of impressive tourism growth, recording a 5.5 percent increase in visitor arrivals between January and September of 2015 according to tourism minister Wykeham McNeill. Supported by a comprehensive tourism marketing platform led by the government-run Jamaica Tourist Board, the growing arrivals have encouraged new hotel and resort development across the island.

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Worldwide Digital Travel Sales Will Total More than $533 Billion in 2015

Worldwide digital travel sales will surpass $533 billion in 2015, a 13.3% increase from 2014, eMarketer projects. Sales will rise steadily through 2019, driven by the expansion of digital travel purchasing in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa. By 2019, worldwide digital travel sales will top $762 billion.

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