CTH Connections Newsletter – September 2015

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Our September edition is here!

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We hope you had the opportunity to enjoy some holiday over the last couple of months and visited new and exciting places. We have been working hard on this publication and it comes full of exciting news.

To start with, we will keep you abreast of the latest trends in airport security and how the passenger screening process will become less intrusive, quicker and more effective. A recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Airport Passenger Screening Market, reveals that airports seek more automation and quicker screening processes to improve the travellers’ experiences.

We will provide you with some details on how the UK Government is determined to boost tourism outside London, and how the wine industry is set to play an important role. If you are also interested in which places you should visit to enjoy stylish food, do not miss our article ‘Round the world for food lovers’.

In addition, we will discover how India is determined to promote their tourism industry by developing yoga and meditation facilities. We will also share with you some tips for starting an Ecotourism Business.

Finally, our travel blogger will select her Top 5 airports to get stranded in, and most importantly: what to do with your time while you are there.

India to sponsor WTM Buyers’ Club

Article-1-1India Tourism will sponsor World Travel Market London’s prestigious WTM Buyers’ Club as it looks to promote India to the global travel industry as a safe and year-round luxury destination.

India Tourism will sponsor World Travel Market London’s prestigious WTM Buyers’ Club as it looks to promote India to the global travel industry as a safe and year-round luxury destination. In 2014, 7.7 million tourists visited India, a growth of more than 10 per cent from just under seven million (6.97m) in 2013. In the first six months of 2015 the country welcomed 3.85 million tourists, up 3.4% on the same six months in 2014. India is looking to increase its tourism numbers further by enticing tour operators from global source markets to promote the country as a year round luxury destination.

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The key to India’s strategy is to focus on a variety of niche products – including; rural, wellness, medical, adventure, golf, MICE and cruise tourism –to overcome the aspect of ‘seasonality’ spread tourists around the country by promoting India as a 365 days destination, and expanding out from its most popular period of October to March. India has an array of new products to promote to the world’s leading buyers at WTM London 2015; including the development of its cruise industry, which will see Royal Caribbean include Indian ports in its itineraries from October. Other leading global cruise companies operating from India include Oceania Cruise and AIDA Cruise. A string of luxury global hotel chains including Rotana, Meininger, Jumeirah and Six Senses are scheduled to open a number of hotels in the next two years, further enhancing India’s position as a luxury destination. The UK is India’s second largest source market for tourists with 810,000 people visiting in 2014. India will look to sign deals at WTM 2015 with UK tour operators that will see the number of visitors from the country increase to one million in 2016.

Dr. Lalit Panwar, Secretary (Tourism), Government of India, said, “India is very happy to be sponsoring the WTM Buyers’ Club for WTM London 2015. The objective of the Ministry of Tourism is to promote India as a year round luxury destination through its vibrant destinations and tourism products and to increase tourist traffic to the country. There is an ever-increasing amount of new and exciting products to educate the world’s leading buyers about. WTM London is an event when the Indian tourism stakeholders get to meet the world’s buyers and sign business agreements. The Ministry of Tourism and the Indian exhibitors look forward to a very successful WTM London 2015.”

Simon Press, Senior Director, WTM London, said, “WTM London will host more than 9,000 of the world’s most important buyers through the WTM Buyers’ Club. These buyers will sign deals worth more than £2.5 million with exhibitors. India is in prime position to promote its exciting range of tourism products to these buyers through its sponsorship of the WTM Buyers’ Club.”

Published on tourismbreakingnews.com

The future of airport security: Passenger screening transitioning into an invisible process

Article-2New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Airport Passenger Screening Market, finds while the threat of terrorism continues to be the most influential market driver; efficient checkpoint processing is in high demand by airports to reduce traveler wait times. Airports seek more automation and quicker screening processes to enhance traveler experience, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. – Automation and pre-processing are reducing the physical interaction with travelers during airport passenger screening. This is the first step toward a future in which the passenger screening process will become unintrusive. An assortment of portal scanners, biometric collection devices, and pre-clearance based on voluntary background investigations will transform the passenger screening process.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Airport Passenger Screening Market, finds while the threat of terrorism continues to be the most influential market driver; efficient checkpoint processing is in high demand by airports to reduce traveler wait times. As a result, the global spending on passenger screening technologies, which stood at $1.42 billion in 2014, expects to reach $1.63 billion in 2020.

According to a recent passenger forecast released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of global annual airline passengers will reach 7.3 billion by 2034, more than double from the 3.3 billion reported in 2014.

“To deal with the escalating passenger traffic, airports need to implement swifter and more efficient methods of passenger screening,” said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defense Senior Industry Analyst John Hernandez. “One solution could be to supply passengers with alternate venues and automated tools to prescreen them before they arrive at the airport.”

Screening technologies enhance passenger processing, but the technology is only as efficient as those operating it. A risk-based approach to security was established to speed up the screening process, wherein screeners would focus on travelers who are perceived to present a security threat. However, accelerating the passenger screening process has been met with resistance from officials who believe it lessens the effectiveness of checkpoint operations.

Identifying high-risk passengers is only one element of establishing a more efficient airport passenger screening operation. For a more thorough system, airports are looking for innovative technologies capable of screening a large number of people quickly and accurately. Additionally, deploying scanners than can detect nonmetallic improvised explosive devices will also be imperative.

“Airports already employ automated systems such as automated passport control kiosks and automated border control, eGates, for international travel,” observed Hernandez. “The next step is to transition automated passenger screening to airport checkpoints. Equipment maintenance and recurring training will be critical selling points to agencies responsible for procurement.”

Global Airport Passenger Screening Market is part of the Aerospace & Defense Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Rapidly Evolving Defense Markets, Global Military Aircraft Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Market, US DoD 2016 Budget Assessment and The Global Distribution Systems (GDS) Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Published on traveldailynews.com

VA Travel Programmes online platform

va-articleWe are delighted to announce that CTH Travel Programmes are available for online delivery.

VA Online courses offer comprehensive information to travel industry professionals and those students who want to pursue a career in the aviation and travel industries.

Our VA Online courses have been developed by some of the travel industry’s top course developers. The result is a fresh contemporary approach, and a thoroughness for which Virgin is famous. The objective is to provide training programmes leading to valuable qualifications that demonstrate professional competence on the part of the job the holder and now students can do it online!

With this initiative CTH is promoting a more flexible learning opportunity as students take an active role in their learning, the costs will be lower, and lecturers and students will have more time during their sessions to exchange ideas, opinions, practices and experiences.

“Having the CTH Travel Programmes courses online means that you can now access the study materials. No longer do you have to carry around heavy books or worry about forgetting them. This is a fantastic option for all, you only need a computer and an internet connection. Centres can either combine this into a blended learning programme or as a distance learning course, and time in the classroom can be used for discussions or support provided via email”, says Ulpa Chauhan, VA-Programme Manager at CTH.

If you are interested in knowing more about the delivery of these programmes, how to register as a student, or the advantages of offering VA Online at your centre, please get in touch at info@cthawards.com

More vacationers prefer to plan rather than wing-it

Article-3Fifty-six percent of all respondents according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express said they plan airfare and hotels and some activities in advance of their trips, but like to have plenty of unscheduled time to enjoy as they please. Sixty-one percent of women are these “partial planners” as are 52 percent of men.

CHICAGO – When it comes to vacations, more travelers opt to plan every detail than those who plan nothing according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider.

Of the more than 1000 people who responded to the surveys, 22 percent of men and 20 percent of women said they plan months in advance, creating detailed itineraries so as not to miss out on any key activities or sites.

This compares with just over four percent of both men and women who noted they make no plans at all, preferring last minute trips and adventures.

Most people, however, are somewhere in the middle. Fifty-six percent of all respondents said they plan airfare and hotels and some activities in advance of their trips, but like to have plenty of unscheduled time to enjoy as they please. Sixty-one percent of women are these “partial planners” as are 52 percent of men. Twenty percent of men and 15 percent of women said the only pre-planning they do is booking hotels and airfare in advance, leaving all activities unscheduled.

“While most of us keep tight work, social and family schedules, when it comes to vacations we want to be more flexible,” says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express. “However, a significant number don’t like to leave anything to chance.”

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago’s railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation’s largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.

Published on traveldailynews.com

UK set to become ‘major player’ in wine tourism

Article-4Britain has been tipped to become a significant destination for wine tourism, with vineyards and wineries across the country currently attracting more visitors than ever before.

According to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), wine tourism remains an untapped asset for continued growth in the tourism sector. It says that with the bulk of English vineyards within an hour’s train journey from London, wine tourism could be key in helping to grow the UK tourism industry.

Citing David Cameron’s recently announced Five Point Plan to boost tourism outside of London, the WSTA believes vineyards could be key to tempting tourists away from the capital and boosting overall spend. It says the average wine traveller in the USA spends £650 per trip on wine-related activities, underlining the potential of wineries to persuade visitors to “deliver fantastic growth for UK Plc.”

With 470 vineyards and growing, the UK wine industry is beginning to grow in stature and visitor numbers are starting to reflect that. Eager to capitalise on their growing popularity, many wineries are adding restaurants, cafés and even accommodation to their premises to keep visitor numbers growing.

“We have seen considerable growth in the wine tourism industry over recent years and it is fantastic that vineyards across the UK are starting to feel the very real benefits from this growth,” said Miles Beale, chief executive of the WSTA.

“With an ever-increasing number of tourists, as well as a growing export market for English wine, it is an exciting realisation that our vineyards and wineries are competing with the best in the world.”

Published on tourismalliance.com

Round the world trip for food lovers

If you’re a food lover – why not use a round the world trip to explore the delicious food of Mexico, India and Vietnam? Washed down with some Australian or Argentine wine, this trip is sure to tickle your taste buds.

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Enjoy the varied street food of India

India is so vast that there is a huge range of regional street food on offer in different areas. Vegetarian curries containing eggs or potatoes are popular throughout the country with many regions adding their own blend of spices and pastes to create unique flavours. Exploring India will introduce you to a huge range of new delicious dishes.

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Indian street food

Explore the complex tastes of Sri Lanka

The spices of Sri Lanka have been sought by foreign powers for many centuries and their range of flavours and heat are shown in their delicious cuisine. Curry with rice is the most popular dish in Sri Lanka, with a large emphasis on seafood due to its island location, although various meat and even fruit curries are also available. Explore the spice markets for some new flavours to take home.

Tuck into some sushi in Tokyo

For the freshest sushi and sashimi, there’s nowhere better than Japan! Make an early start and head to Tsukiji fish market (the largest in the world) and you can watch the famous tuna auctions as the day’s catch is brought in for the markets. Don’t pay tourist prices for your sushi whilst you’re here – head to the back streets where the locals eat, and you’ll find it’s half the price and just as tasty!

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Tokyo fish market

Try the curries and noodles of Vietnam and Cambodia

Cambodia is internationally renowned for the quality of its pepper, from Kampot in the south of the country. The use of pepper makes this cuisine less spicy than in Vietnam but just as delicious. Vietnamese food is much more focused on noodles whereas in Cambodia, rice is the staple and by travelling through both of these regions, you can really get a feel for the different styles of food.

Fish amok in Cambodia

Fish amok in Cambodia

Wander the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, Australia

One of Australia’s first wine regions, the Hunter Valley yields wine from a large variety of grapes including Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its close proximity to Sydney means it is an easy trip out from the city to explore the delicious wine and cheese that make this area famous.

Vineyards in Australia

Vineyards in Australia

Try the red wine and steak in Mendoza, Argentina

The vineyards of Western Argentina are best known for the Malbec grape, which produces the red wine of the Mendoza region. With over 25,000 hectares planted, touring the vineyards is a great way to learn about pairing wine with food, like a juicy Argentine steak!

Malbec grapes in Argentina

Malbec grapes in Argentina

Journey through the delicious food of Mexico

Enjoy the varied food across several states of Mexico, from the chocolate of Oaxaca to the spicy habaneros of Yucatan. In Mexico City, street food is popular with tacos making a very popular street snack. Often stuffed with rice, peppers, beans and chicken, these delicious morsels are eaten before noon or late at night, rather than as a main meal.

Tacos in Cancun

Tacos in Cancun

Published on travelnation.co.uk

India to fund yoga tourism

Article-6India will develop its yoga and meditation facilities as a means of boosting tourism.

The country’s Minister of Tourism, Culture & Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma, said this week that it will extend Central Financial Assistance (CFA) to state governments and union territories for the expansion of yogic infrastructure and facilities, including “yoga centres, meditation centres, facilities and amenities at pilgrim centres etc”.

“The Ministry of Tourism promotes India as a holistic destination in the domestic and international markets that include various tourism destinations, wellness and medical tourism and other tourism products of the country,” the minister said.

He added that the Indian government would promote yoga and spiritual tourism in overseas markets through its overseas offices, roadshows, participation in international travel shows, and the publication of new brochures and films.

Late last year, India’s government created a new ministry to focus on yoga and traditional medicine. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a strong believer in the benefits of yoga and recently led thousands of people in the first International Day of Yoga in New Delhi.

Published on traveldailymedia.com

Starting an Ecotourism Business

Ecotourism in Lake Titicaca / Puno - Peru

Ecotourism in Lake Titicaca / Puno – Peru

Adventure travelers are always looking for exotic trips to all corners of the planet. And today, with a new global consciousness, this love of the outdoors is translating into a burgeoning industry known as ecotourism.

Ideally, someone starting an ecotourism business should have both knowledge of and some background in tourism and environmentalism. To create ecotours, you will need to learn about regions that are available to tourists and find out how and where they can find lodging that does not require new construction but can instead be at facilities indigenous to the land. Knowing local (licensed) guides, as well as all local rules and regulations regarding visitors is also important before launching any kind of eco-journey. Also, like most of today’s home-based travel agents, you are likely better off selling such tours through established host agencies and/or ecotravel associations.

Ecotourism, also called sustainable tourism, is a term used to cover a lot of potential travel ideas. Typically, it is meant to describe travel to natural surroundings. However, it is more than that. For most ecotravelers, it is also a learning process that focuses on local culture and wilderness adventures and understanding the means by which people in other parts of the world are living off the land around them. Education also focuses on how sustainable development can best meet the social, economic, and environmental needs of an area or region and on promoting biological biodiversity. The hope is that those taking such tours will impart this knowledge to more industrialized nations. Volunteering and participating in hands-on experiences are also often part of these tours.

Popular ecotourism activities include visiting tropical rainforests, studying flora and fauna, hiking in natural parks, taking whale-watching trips, exploring volcanoes, canyoning, exploring the Australian outback, and even visiting the frozen lands of the arctic circle.

One goal of anyone promoting and/or packaging green vacations is to not feed into the already common misconceptions of ecotravel. For example, ecotrips go not only to tropical jungles but to all sorts of natural locations worldwide. Additionally, such trips do not require backpacking, nor do they mean staying in huts for accommodations. Travel comes in numerous packages involving various types of accommodations.

Among the many Web sites with information about ecotourism are Rainforest Alliance, theInternational Centre for Responsible Tourism, Conservation International, the EcoTour Directory, and the Green Hotels Association.

Along with learning about how to better protect the environment, based on visiting other parts of the world, responsible ecotourism should also feature programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on each specific environment. It is important to teach the benefits of ecotourism, which include energy conservation, water conservation, recycling, and engaging in activities that do not harm the natural setting or interfere with local culture.

The increased interest in camping and outdoor activities in recent years may indicate that more people are focused on enjoying the outdoors, and for an ecotourism company, that is a good sign for the future.

Published on allbusiness.com

Reducing food waste in hotels and restaurants can have a big positive impact on overheads

article-8By creating food waste, you could be paying for it three times over; for the ingredients, for the labour involved in creating the dish, and then for the refuse company to take it away.

According to UNEP, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. And the Food Waste Alliance reports 68m tonnes of food waste are produced each year in the US, with around 39.7m tonnes going to landfill or incineration. One third of this is from full and quick service (QSR) restaurants. Every bit of food you throw away costs you and the environment.

Finding ways to reduce, and better ways to dispose of your food waste will always save you money and create improved working practices for kitchen staff.

With a few simple steps, a hotel or restaurant can cut costs, reduce its impact on the environment and often support community initiatives.

The International Tourism Partnership is working with the Association of Green Hotel Property Owners and Managers to offer a free webinar helping hoteliers learn how to reduce food waste, and cost, in their hotels.

Who should attend? CR professionals, Environment Managers, Head Chefs, Hotel Owners & General Managers, Purchasing Teams, Heads of F&B. Our webinar takes examples of initiatives and case studies from all over the world so wherever you are based, please join us! Speaker: Fran Hughes, Head of Programmes, International Tourism Partnership

Published on greenhotelier.org

Top 5 airports to get stranded in!

I was recently on a trip where my return flight home was cancelled. Due to a technical problem we had to stay overnight in 2 different cities before returning home 2 days later. We took it in our stride as did the children and started our adventure. And an adventure it sure was. There was a lot of time spent at the airports and with this as inspiration I have compiled a list of the Top 5 airports around the world to be stranded in.

1. Singapore Changi Airport

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With the world’s tallest airport slide who needs escalators. Whizz down the slide which stands 12 metres tall and while away the hours. And don’t worry, the maximum height is 2.0 metres so most of us ‘big kids’ will get to have a go too. A minimum spend of $10 on one receipt will give you one free ride. There are also numerous gardens, a games room, a movie theatre open 24 hours showing family movies for free and even a swimming pool over in Terminal 1. No chance of getting bored here.

2. Hong Kong International Airport

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A huge 4D cinema and an igym with a computer simulated basketball court sound like fun. For children though there is also plenty to keep them occupied with an Aviation Discovery centre and an education park where children get to dress up and role play their favourite jobs. I’ve always wanted to be a pilot!

3. Munich International Airport

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So what would be the one thing you must do before boarding your flight? Ride the waves of course! At Munich airport, you will find the largest standing artificial waves so that you can surf before you go for a bite. There is also the largest in-airport brewery and beer garden so that you can start the Oktoberfest festival as soon as you land and continue on when ready to leave.

4. London Heathrow Airport

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Shopping, shopping and shopping. With over 80 stores, you can ensure you grab some last minute purchases before getting on the flight. Not only will you find luxury retailers such as Harrods, Swarovski and Alexander McQueen but you also get the finer end of dining with Fortnum & Mason, Gordon Ramsay and The Cavier House Oyster Bar. And of course, don’t forget your in-flight picnic as mentioned in one of my previous posts!

5. Dubai International Airport

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Housing the world’s largest Duty-Free, this is a place I could easily get stranded. There is also a swimming pool, gym, sauna and spa to totally relax and not worry about when you will be getting on your next flight. Take a walk around the Zen garden and if that hard work makes you sleepy then worry not. Just rest your head in their Snoozecubes!

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Ulpa Chauhan writes a travel blog called Yummy Love Journey that focuses on families, good food and sharing inspiring articles to get us all to think different. She has been working in the travel industry for 20 years and previously worked for British Airways Travel Shops, United Airlines and currently as a Business Development Executive for CTH.