A new report from Hotels.com found that Americans paid a bit more for hotel accommodations in 2017.
According to the site’s Hotel Price Index, travelers paid 2% more globally for overnight accommodations last year, the biggest jump since 2014. One reason for the price increase is demand. Johan Svanstrom, the president of Hotels.com, stated that several markets had record visitor growth in 2017.
For example, Portugal welcomed a record 12.7 million people in 2017, up 12% from 2016. Domestically, New York City experienced record-breaking tourism with 62.8 million visitors, 2.3 million more than the previous year. Chicago welcomed 55.2 million, up from 48.3 million, while Los Angeles attracted 48.3 million, slightly more than 2016’s figure of 47.3 million.
Avalon Waterways fans soon will be able to go to India with the company.
The Colorado-based river line has unveiled plans for cruise tours to India starting in 2019.
The 13-day Colorful India and the Ganges River trips will begin with a multi-day overland tour to India’s capital, Delhi, as well as Agra (home to the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur — a trio of historic cities known as the Golden Triangle. It’ll then continue with a seven-night voyage on a tributary of the Ganges River.
A Four Seasons hotel will be developed on a 280-acre private island in Belize near the northern hemisphere’s largest barrier-reef system. Opening is scheduled for 2021.
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize, will have 100 rooms and 35 private residences. The resort will have the Greg Norman-designed White Shark Golf Course as well as the Fabien Cousteau Nature and Conservation Institute and Adventure Center. It will also have an airstrip, a marina and two beach clubs. Guests will be able to go diving, snorkeling and paddle-boarding.
U.S. News & World Report
The travel and tourism sector is set for a modest slowdown in 2018 as a result of higher oil prices and airfares, a year after it experienced its best year on record, according to a leading global industry body.
In its annual Economic Impact Report, the World Trip and Tourism Council said Thursday that the sector was responsible for the creation of 7 million new jobs worldwide in 2017, or one in five new jobs.
That was due largely to the fact that the sector outperformed the global economy for the seventh year running, growing by 4.6 percent against 3 percent. The sector, according to the organization, outperformed all others.