The four most interesting forecasts for the travel industry in 2020

first_imgAmazon has been interested in the travel sector for years, and next year there is a possibility that this company will enter it through the big door. With Expedia currently in a mess and still looking for a new CEO and CFO, after the duo stepped down in early December, a deep-pocket company like Amazon could buy the Expedia Group and its travel companies “cheaply” companies. Amazon buys Expedia, TripAdvisor joins Trip.com Airbnb will indeed launch some sort of flight-related service in 2020, but it will do so in their own way. After all, Airbnb has hired Fred Reid, the former CEO of Virgin America, as the global director of air transport to help achieve that goal. Given that the company plans to launch a public offering in 2020, Airbnb intends to show investors that there is room for growth and intends to become a “more complete” travel solution. Also, Expedia has had problems with Google, and Amazon is the best example of a company that can stand up to Google. Hotel brands are gradually disappearing Meanwhile, Ctrip, which was rebranded as Trip.com Group, entered into a joint venture with TripAdvisor in 2019 to expand into markets outside of China. TripAdvisor continuously develops its tours, activities and restaurant reservations and has top-notch user-generated content. However, their hotel reservation system is used rather poorly. Ctrip could greatly expand its global image and brand and “use” TripAdvisor, according to Skift. Ever since Airbnb introduced the word “flights” in its presentation back in 2016, it has been speculated that the company’s entry into the flight market is just around the corner. Airbnb launches a flight booking service Another decade is behind us, and Skift’s team of editors and journalists outlined predictions and expectations in the tourism and travel sector for 2020. Although some of them may be unusual and difficult to achieve, the most interesting and relevant ones will be presented in this article. Source / photo: Shift; Pixabay People will think more about the number and necessity of travel We have not witnessed a large consolidation of catering companies since 2016 when Marriott International bought Starwood Hotels & Resorts and thus became the largest hotel company in the world in terms of number of rooms. Accor also rocked things that year with the purchase of Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands and a stake in the 21c Museum Hotels boutique brand. The French hotel giant bought Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts last year, which has 90 properties worldwide. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that Marriott or the InterContinental Hotels Group will try to buy Accor. What’s going on here? We are far from the time when passengers had very few options where to stay on the trip, and now there are too many of them. Marriott has 30 brands, and Accor as many as 39, and it is predicted that next year we will witness the overlap of certain brands and the consolidation of hotel companies. Certain types of travel industry clients are expected to target quality rather than quantity. This could manifest in several ways: people will set the upper limit on the number of trips per year, consider alternative ways of traveling, or combine business and private travel to reduce the number of flights. Travel has so far been largely exempt from conscious consumerism because actions like buying organic vegetables or cycling to work contribute to someone’s quality of life, that is, inspire. On the other hand, not going on vacation seems like a big sacrifice to wealthy consumers. However, with the rise of the so-called “shame of flying”, awareness of environmental issues and taxation of frequent flights in the UK, this will begin to change. People will still want to travel, but will think more deeply about the number and necessity of travel. Passing that awareness on to your friends and companions will become more widespread – and status in itself.last_img read more

Five year sentence for Mason City man who pleaded guilty to serious injury by vehicle

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man who pleaded guilty to serious injury by vehicle is headed to prison. On November 13th 2018, 48-year-old Kevin Shafer was driving northbound on Grouse Avenue when he crossed the center line just south of the intersection with 230th Street south of Clear Lake. A southbound vehicle trying to avoid a collision went into the ditch, but Shafer went into the same ditch and crashed into the other vehicle, seriously injuring the driver. Investigators said lab tests found amphetamines and methamphetamine in Shafer’s blood at the time of the crash. Shafer pleaded guilty to serious injury by vehicle. Judge Adam Sauer on Wednesday sentenced Shafer to five years in prison and issued a $750 fine which was suspended.last_img read more

England teams selected for European Nations Cup

first_img Tags: elite golf, England squads, England teams The four-man team has been selected for England’s defence of the European Nations Cup at Sotogrande, Spain, from 10-13 April.England will also take part in the women’s championship, with the team aiming for a first win. The men will seek their eighth victory following last year’s success when they won by 20 shots.The players are: Bailey Gill of Yorkshire, Ben Jones of Northamptonshire, Tom Plumb and Tom Sloman of Somerset; Georgina Blackman of Essex, Emily Toy of Cornwall and Bel Wardle of Cheshire.The players:Bailey Gill, 21, (Lindrick) was joint runner-up in last year’s Portuguese Amateur and a member of England’s winning teams in the Home Internationals and the international against France.Ben Jones, 19, (Northamptonshire County) was a semi-finalist in the 2019 New South Wales Amateur in Australia, a runner-up in the 2018 Portuguese Amateur and played in the successful teams in the Home Internationals and the match against France.Tom Plumb, 19, (Yeovil) has recently won the Sanlam Cape Province Open in South Africa, having been third in the South American Amateur in Chile. He also played in last year’s Home Internationals team.Tom Sloman, 22, (Taunton and Pickeridge) reached the last 16 in the 2019 Australian Amateur and was runner-up in last year’s Welsh Men’s Open. He too was a member of the successful Home Internationals team.Georgina Blackman, 22, (Chelmsford) is the English Women’s Amateur Champion and she followed up by finishing third in this year’s Portuguese Women’s Amateur.Emily Toy, 21, (Carlyon Bay) won the women’s New South Wales 36-hole Championship on a recent tour of Australia, when she had a series of good results. She tied fourth in last year’s English Women’s Amateur.Bel Wardle, 19, (Prestbury) was the 2018 Portuguese Women’s Amateur Champion. She is a past winner of the English Women’s Stroke Play and the English Girls’ Championships.Caption: Bailey Gill (image courtesy adidas Golf) 27 Mar 2019 England teams selected for European Nations Cup last_img read more