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Eight travel-related trends in 2018 according to Booking.com

first_imgExperts from Booking.com, a global leader in connecting travelers to the world’s largest selection of amazing accommodations with more than 1.500.000 overnight stays each day, combined highly important data from more than 128 million actual guest reviews with a survey that involved 19.000 passengers from 26 different countries and discover the most significant travel trends in 2018.”As technology advances, so do our travels. Technology allows us to plan the perfect vacation and helps us explore in more detail and safely, bringing us more flexibility and options than ever before. At Booking.com, we build and design everything according to our users and fulfill their wishes and needs when it comes to researching, booking and enjoying the trip. As their expectations evolve and new trends emerge, we are excited to see how advanced technology can continue to help people have the best experience of 2018.Said Pepijn Rijvers, Marketing Director at Booking.com.Interestingly, according to research, global travelers consider Croatia the most popular location from television series they want to visit in 2018. We are transmitting the collected data from Boking.com for travelers from Croatia and eight trends related to their travels in 2018.1. New technological solutionsDuring 2018, innovative technological solutions will be even more useful for travelers when getting to know a destination or accommodation before booking. Artificial intelligence and digital technology help users when it comes to smartly collecting destination information, changing the way we explore, book and experience travel. Almost a fifth (18%) of passengers from Croatia claim that they do not mind that the computer plans an upcoming trip based on data from previous trips, and half (50%) do not care whether they communicate with a real person or a computer provided they receive answers to questions that interest them. More than half (52%) of travelers from Croatia would like to try everything first with the help of virtual reality, while 58% believe that personalized recommendations for destinations and activities encourage them to book. Technology allows us to make decisions easier, and in 2018 it will certainly continue to help us on the way to unforgettable stays and experiences.2 ..From dream to reality2018 is the year of dreams come true since 61% of travelers from Croatia have a list of destinations they want to visit during their lifetime, and the majority (86%) will try to visit one or more destinations from their list as early as next year. The desire for new experiences is more important than material goods and continues to be the main driver of unforgettable travels. Passengers in 2018 will have less patience and higher expectations, and will use technology to ensure the desired enjoyment of the moment.The list of plans and wishes of travelers from Croatia will most often include some of the tropical islands, since almost half of the passengers (40%) plan to visit some of the paradise islands in 2018. More than a third (36%) want to see some of the wonders of the world, 34% want to treat their palates to some local delicacy, and 29% want to learn some new skill on the trip. Other most popular activities you must try in 2018, according to travelers from Croatia, include a visit to one of the famous theme and amusement parks (27%), a visit to health-oriented destinations (27%) and a unique cultural event (25%).3. Back to childhoodJust like new experiences, travelers will return to their favorite childhood memories in 2018. By merging the future with the past, travelers will be inspired next year to return to once-favorite destinations to explore in a whole new way. In 16, 2018% of travelers from Croatia will consider visiting the location where they spent their vacation in childhood.The popularity of travel involving a return to the past stems from the sense of nostalgia and happiness that these destinations evoke. Travelers say that the destinations of former family vacations are the most beautiful memories, even more than childhood love or a family pet. Millennials seem to be even more sentimental with 28% of young travelers from Croatia between the ages of 18 and 34 planning to return to their favorite destinations for former family vacations. 59% of passengers from Croatia in 2018 intend to post on social networks every day, so we can expect that all these nostalgic places will return to the future and be immortalized on social networks for future generations.4. Icons of pop cultureWith the whole world at our fingertips, we are increasingly relying on a variety of sources as inspiration for new destinations. In 2018, television series, movies, sports and social media are increasingly influencing the booking decision as travelers seek more and more pop culture in search of inspiration. Reading blogs or watching Youtube recommendations will encourage ideas for 29% of travelers from Croatia, and locations from television, movies or music videos will be crucial for 20% of travelers from Croatia in the coming year. Almost a quarter (24%) of passengers will be inspired by a trip to a major sporting event, of which 43% of the world’s passengers will be thinking about a football summer in Russia.The most popular locations from TV series that global travelers want to visit in 2018 include Croatia, Spain and Iceland inspired by Game of Thrones (29%), London as we watch in the series Sherlock and The Crown, (21% and 13%), New York and Manhattan from the Billions series (13%) and Los Angeles as we can see in the Entourage series (10%).5. Find your way to prosperity The trend of wellness travel does not abate in 2018, with almost twice as many passengers from Croatia planning to travel with an emphasis on health and well-being in 2018 compared to 2017 (from 12% of respondents in 2017 to 21% in 2018) . Travel that includes walking will be especially emphasized. Hiking – the perfect way to enjoy the local landscape – will be the perfect way to explore next year. That is why 64% of passengers from Croatia stated that in 2018 they want to go on hiking or mountaineering trips. A new generation of walkers put on their walking shoes.Other activities inspired by health and wellness that are among the first on the schedule of travelers from Croatia in 2018 include going to a spa or enjoying beauty treatments (40%), cycling (36%), water sports (27%), rest with full body detoxification (33%), going to yoga (16%), going to the gym (23%). Enjoying such activities is popular with travelers from Croatia – 61% say that their vacation is more important than material things, and almost half of travelers (48%) say that for them going on vacation is a moment when they can look back on the past. period and make better lifestyle decisions – decisions that are easier to make by going on a trip with an emphasis on health and wellness.6. Economic awarenessTravelers are becoming more experienced every year, especially when it comes to finding ways to make the best use of their money. Many of them base their travel decisions on finances. And in 2018, passengers will become even more financially aware, with 45% of passengers from Croatia considering the economic climate in the destination before making a travel decision, and 37% when considering travel during the year will take into account exchange rates. 22% of passengers from Croatia will go on vacation with the goal of buying products that are cheaper at the destination they are going to than in Croatia, and 22% plan to make more purchases in duty free shops at the airport in 2018.As they gain more and more confidence to follow their own intuition, travelers from Croatia feel less and less pressured to follow others. More than half of them (59%) want to travel more independently in 2018, so increasing value is placed on personal endeavors, seeking the best deals and composing their own arrangements – all with the help of applications and technology. Almost half of Croatian travelers (44%) will use more travel applications in 2018 – with the continuous development of stress-free travel technology in 2018. This includes technology for determining geographical locations, which gives the traveler directions to accommodation in the app), or planning activities during the holidays in just a few simple steps on your smartphone – which 33% of Croatian travelers expect to work in 2018.7. A short break with friendsIt seems that 2018 will be the year of group travel. When asked who will keep them company on trips in 2018, the answer that experienced the largest increase compared to 2017 was traveling with a group of friends – an increase from 23% to 30% of passengers from Croatia.Since experience seems to be the most important thing in 2018, people are, along with the destination, equally important for creating memories. Traveling with friends is the best escape from everyday worries, reducing stress and bringing you closer to friends. The world is just a click away and it has never been easier to find the ideal accommodation and look for new adventures with a large group of friends in every corner of the world.Traveling with friends also has a financial advantage, as 4 out of 10 (42%) travelers from Croatia claim that holidays with friends allow them to stay together in accommodation facilities that they could not afford on their own.8. Live like locals, no s to themIn 2018, private accommodation will be especially popular – not only for travelers who want to stay in this type of accommodation, but also for owners who are considering renting their home to others. Almost half of Croatian travelers (49%) claim that they would rather stay in private accommodation (cottage or apartment) than in a hotel, and three out of ten (27%) would consider renting their own home on the accommodation booking page.When it comes to the role of the host, passengers say that it is not necessary for the hosts to always be present. In 2018, it will be important for travelers from Croatia that the host is available to them, but not too aggressive (54%), and 18% want a host with whom they do not have to communicate at all. Only 2% of travelers from Croatia think that it is important that the host has a lot of knowledge and advice about local specialties and sights of the location.last_img read more

Locked down franchises eye off iconic Sizzler site

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31Locked down interstate business owners are looking for opportunities to relocate to Queensland in a bid to survive the COVID pandemic period.A prime commercial site fronting the Gold Coast Highway at Mermaid Beach, with tenants including an iconic Sizzler restaurant and KFC, has attracted interest from Melbourne, Sydney and South Australia.A prime mixed-use site fronting the Gold Coast Highway in Mermaid Beach is up for sale.“Major franchises are looking at Queensland because we are open for business,” said Gold Coast agent Ricky Mahuika.“Because we are virtually COVID-free and the infection rate is so low compared to Sydney and Melbourne, a lot of interstate businesses are targeting Queensland.”The iconic Sizzler restaurant is a family favourite at Mermaid Beach.Calls have been coming in hot on 2506 Gold Coast Highway which Mr Mahuika is marketing as the ‘best mixed-use redevelopment site on the Gold Coast’.Sizzler and KFC are long-term tenants on the 6525 sqm site which also hosts a medical centre, pharmacy, Optus tower and pool hall.The sales campaign comes after the Sizzler restaurant space and two neighbouring tenancies were advertised for lease last month.Mr Mahuika confirmed that negotiations were underway on the leasing opportunities, but could not divulge any specific details.A medical centre and pharmacy are among the tenants on the site.A spokesman for Brisbane-based Collins Foods, who operates a string of Sizzler and KFC stores, said no decision had been made to change their leasing arrangements at their Gold Coast restaurants.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“They maintain a current lease with the landowner and confirm that Sizzler and KFC Mermaid Beach restaurants remain open for business as usual,” the response read.Mr Mahuika said the site presented a combination of opportunities to hold and redevelop, with potential for a transit-related development to work in with the light rail.“It’s a huge development site that’s currently under-utilised,” he said.“It has three street frontages and there will be a light rail station directly in front of the site.”Expressions of interest are open until October 9.last_img read more

Holding critical of umpires, DRS technology in early West Indies dismissals

first_imgSKY Sports Cricket commentator Michael Holding was critical of the umpiring and the technology used in the Decision Review System (DRS) after West Indies lost three early wickets in the fourth innings of their second Test against England at Manchester.The first dismissal to come under fire was Kraigg Brathwaite’s, who was given out lbw on the field with the decision upheld on review with HawkEye projecting the ball would have clipped the top of the stumps.“They haven’t really had the breaks today. Part of it is their fault, but I’m going to have a little moan here about two of the dismissals,” said Holding. “You know I’ve been talking about how it’s so important that the first decision on the field is correct. That’s so that whenever you have a referral it’s all about umpire’s call. Everybody has heard me saying it for years.“Benefit of the doubt should go to the batsman. Umpire’s call, there has to be some doubt where the umpire is confirmed, so say not out and then let the technology prove you wrong. We didn’t see that this time around with Brathwaite. I think that should have been not out and stayed not out. There has to be doubt if the ball is clipping the bails.”The second was John Campbell edging behind off Stuart Broad. The decision was given not out originally, and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler didn’t even appeal at first. But, after Joe Root was convinced to review, there was “the finest little nick on UltraEdge,” as commentator Ian Ward put it.Holding pointed to the reprieve of Ollie Pope earlier that day, when the technology detected an inside edge on an lbw review, despite the TV umpire having suggested one was unlikely, as evidence that UltraEdge information should be taken with a pinch of“Yeah, [there was a nick] according to UltraEdge,” Holding said. “There was a referral when England were batting when the third umpire said ‘Well we can see there’s no bat involved but let’s have a look at UltraEdge anyway.’ And what did UltraEdge show? That he got a nick on the ball. That thing records sound. Who knows where the sound is coming from?” (Wisden India)last_img read more

VIDEO: Flings Owusu-Agyapong takes silver in women’s 60m at AIT International Grand Prix

first_imgGhana’s female sprinter Flings Owusu-Agyapong was at her very best in the final of the 60m Women AIT international Grand Prix 2017 in Ireland. Agyapong finished an impressive second in the race with a time of 7.2 seconds behind LAWSON Lekeisha of the United States of America.She qualified to the finals having won her Heat with a time of 7.29 seconds but had to settle for second best in the final showdown. AIT International Grand Prix is an indoor athletics event held annually. It is the fourth year in a row as athletics fans across the Great Britain have been availed of the opportunity to witness some of the world’s best talent on show in the midlands arena.last_img read more


first_imgThe young au pair forced to flee the home of a Co Donegal-based family has been inundated with offers of help from local people.Au pair Myriam SbaouniMyriam Sbaouni, 17, from France, was forced to climb out of the window of a Letterkenny house after just two days of arriving at her host family after claiming she was not being treated fairly.Donegal Daily advertised Myriam’s position as an au pair and we have received numerous kind offers from families across the county inviting her to stay with them over the summer months. The young law student from France was the THIRD au pair who has been forced to flee the house in recent months.Another young Australian woman and also an Italian woman were also forced to leave their positions.All the young women claimed they were given very little to eat and were forced to work for more than 70 hours for just €65 a week plus bed and boarding.Myriam Sbaouni fled the house after claims the family were not standing by an agreement set up between them and the au pair agency. “I was told I would be working six days instead of five and I got very little to eat. They also had cameras in the house.“Also I was told I would only have to do light housework but I got a list of all I had to do.“This is not what I thought I was going to be doing,” said the law student.Miriam revealed how she was given a video to watch when she arrived in the house explaining how to clean carpets and make beds.After just two days she realised she was being exploited for just €65 per week but expected to work up to 70 hours. She was given little to eat and given a roster which explained all the duties expected of her including cleaning bathrooms.She decided to leave but was forced to escape the house through a window when she found the front door of the family’s home locked and without a key.She fled to a nearby hostel run by a local family.Businesswoman Karen McGlinchey, whose family run the establishment, knew straight away that the same host family were involved. “My sister Adrienne, who runs the hostel, knew it was the same family as both the Italian and Australian girl who fled the same house had stayed here.“This poor girl came to us and told us the exact same story as the previous two girls of how she had been mistreated.“It is just not on in this day and age. People have rights and this kind of practice has to be exposed,” she said.Myriam turned to a local businessman whom she met when he had been collecting his own au pair from a bus station in Letterkenny this week.He waited with her and telephoned Myriam’s host family when they had not turned up.The businessman gave Myriam his email and two days later she contacted him to tell him of her plight.He has now come to her aid and he seeking to place her with another local family until the end of August when she plans to return to France and to continue her studies.“A man collected her and he appeared nice enough even though I thought it was a little strange that it turned up late and we had to telephone him to collect Myriam.“I’m very disappointed that this has happened but we will get her sorted.“I was shocked to hear that this was the third such au pair who had left the family.“The matter needs to be looked into by whoever the relevant authorities are in this matter,” said the businessman.Local Gardai are aware of the situation but insist the family are not breaking the law.On a previous occasion, they accompanied one of the au pairs to collect her personal belongings after she fled the house.An Italian au pair who fled the house recently also revealed that her toilet tissue had been rationed by the couple.She was also reprimanded by the woman for eating some crusts from some sandwiches she had made for the couple’s child.Aoife Smith, a spokeswoman for the Migrants Rights Centre of Ireland, said young women need to realise they do have rights.But she appealed to any young au pair who feels they are being exploited to come forward in confidence to speak to them.“We need to continue to highlight these cases and raise them at a national level so the Irish Government sits up and takes notice that these young women are being exploited.“We would appeal to this young woman and women like her to come forward in confidence and we will assist them in any way we can.”DONEGAL PUBLIC COME TO THE AID OF STRANDED AU PAIR was last modified: June 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:au pairdonegalhost familyletterkennyMyriam Sbaounilast_img read more