40 of the best beaches in Europe

THEGUARDIAN | January 22, 2019

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Travel writers pick their favourite beaches to swim, surf, party, eat and just hang out from the Atlantic to the Aegean, from the UK to Turkey

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This too shall pass - but travel will need to adjust

Article | April 13, 2020

Just over a month ago, many of us sat in our offices, surrounded by colleagues, engaged in deep discussions about how best to leverage the increasing demand in travel this year. As per the World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) forecasts from earlier this year, international tourist arrivals were expected to grow by 4% in 2020, which is not as great as the growth seen in 2017 (7%) and 2018 (6%), but it was still enough to continue fueling the tourism industry, which contributes to about 10.4% of the global GDP and approximately 319 million jobs. We were blissfully unaware of the looming threat of the COVID-19 global pandemic. In fact, several parts of the world failed to take notice of this crown-shaped virus that was about to bring everything to a grinding halt, until March 11, when the World Health Organization officially announced it as a pandemic.

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Digital marketing in the age of coronavirus - what travel brands need to know

Article | March 12, 2020

As markets around the world reel from the turmoil of the COVID-19 coronavirus, companies of all sizes are feeling the effects - perhaps none more so than those in and adjacent to the travel industry. The crisis is forcing companies to reevaluate many aspects of their financial plans for the foreseeable future and - particularly for those operating in the B2C space - to reassess their digital marketing strategies such as paid search. After all, does it make sense to pay for traffic if consumers aren’t buying travel?

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As travel giants circle, understanding the economics in tours and activities is vital

Article | March 3, 2020

In the past 24 months, the tours and activities sector has moved from, to borrow a Cinderella analogy, the cinders to the palace, where its untapped potential has moved into the sights of major travel retailers and investors. These retailers and investors, as we know, included Booking Holdings, Tripadvisor and SoftBank via their investments in Klook and GetYourGuide. These moves have led to lots of opportunities for operators and consumers alike, but, as always, change does not come without its casualties. Some operators are to dealing with distributors and they understand that such partners can be both partner and competitor.

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How finance teams can proactively manage travel spend before it happens

Article | May 26, 2021

Controlling how employees spend company money on travel has been one of the biggest historic challenges for finance teams. Most company spend is governed by purchase orders, with payments made in relation to specific invoices from the company’s own bank. The data is available transparent and can be analyzed to spot any inconsistencies. But controlling travel spend, which is most company’s largest discretionary spend area, is much harder. Employees increasingly organize their own travel, empowered by corporate self-booking tools for search, booking, and payment. This can help with visibility, particularly if the corporate uses lodge or virtual cards to pay. However, pre-trip spend like air and hotel bookings only represent 50-60% of the money spent on travel. What about the rest?

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Xanterra Travel Collection

The Xanterra Travel Collection is a diverse portfolio of unique and unforgettable vacation experiences around the world. Trek to the ancient mountain-top ruins of Machu Picchu, venture on safari in Namibia, cycle through French wine country or take a sleigh ride in Glacier National Park at 6,000 feet above sea level. Watch Old Faithful erupt from a century-old lodge in Yellowstone, ride in a 1923 Pullman train car to the Grand Canyon or gaze at the Milky Way from a historic four-diamond desert oasis in Death Valley.It’s all possible through the companies of the Xanterra Travel Collection. So the only question is…what do you want to do on your next trip?

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