TravelMole Publisher speaks to Lionel about Singapore's transformation over past 5 years, including their successful integrated resorts (i.e. Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands); the new "Gardens by the Bay", a 101-hectare horticultural attraction with simulated global climate; F1 racing; diversity of food (food stalls to highly acclaimed restaurants). And, plans for next 5 years, which include a new National Stadium in support of sports tourism (football, rugby); new museum....
TravelMole Publisher catches up with Niall in China, where he was with Ireland Tourism Minister, and Irish Hotels Federation members on their first major promotional trip. Niall also talks about the new "Wild Atlantic Way" program focusing on the 2500 km western coastal route; record double digit growth from US, Canada, Australia, Germany...., helped by the recent reduction of VAT and travel tax.
It has been a busy year for The Travel Corporation's Trafalgar, Contiki, Insight...new tour operator acquisition and iconic additions to the Red Carnation Hotels collection. Brett also tells TravelMole Publisher about the World Travel & Tourism Council acknowledgement and growth in China, as well as their how sustainable tourism has become part of their DNA.
Ruan Samarasignhe, Jetwing Hotels Managing Director, tells TravelMole Publisher about the 40 year path this family run business has taken towards their sustainable growth, which was recognized with this Award for the Ecolodges they developed on neglected land, incorporating and enhancing the surrounding eco system and training hundreds of unemployed youth into the hospitality industry.
Caroline Bremner, Head of Travel and Tourism at Euromonitor International explains how they create market research reports, statistics and online information systems on various travel industry sectors and related markets, including recent studies, Rise of Mobile; growth of peer to peer model and brands (i.e. Airbnb, car sharing, etc.). TravelMole Publisher also speaks to Caroline about customer demand for sustainable tourism products.