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Fueled partly by a surge in inbound travelers with a strong preference for digital booking, online travel bookings in Japan are growing more than twice as fast as the overall travel market. In addition, global OTAs including Expedia, Booking.com/Agoda and Ctrip/Trip.com are expanding their footprint in the country, further helping to drive online bookings. Meanwhile, suppliers and intermediaries in Japan’s rail space are introducing new technology to transform rail distribution and deliver a seamless trip planning, booking and riding experience. This publication presents a high-level view of the Japanese travel market, focusing on the need-to-know developments, trends and stories that are impacting the market now.Analysts: Haruo Ushiba, Cathy Walsh, Coney Dongre, Deepak Jain, Maggie RauchTopic: Market Overview & SizingSegments: Air, Car Rental & Ground Transportation, Hotels & Lodging, Online Travel Agencies, RailRegion: Asia PacificResearch Type: Report
Have you used your smartwatch to board your flight? How about using your wearable to unlock your hotel room door? The answer most likely is no. The hype around wearables was at its peak when I wrote my last article Wearables: Their Time Has Come in June 2015. Over the last 18 months reality has set in and a clearer picture has emerged of the role wearables are playing in our life today and how they fit in the travel experience in the immediate and mid-term future. This article takes another look at the subject of wearables and readjusts our expectations.Analyst: Norm RoseTopic: Technology InnovationResearch Type: Article
Spain’s tourism industry is a bright spot in a country that is still recovering from economic recession. Gross bookings are projected to climb 7% in 2016, making Spain one of Europe’s fastest-growing travel markets. This report presents findings on the Spanish leisure and unmanaged business travel markets, with sizing and projections from 2014-2020. Additional coverage includes an overview of the broader European online travel landscape, as well as analysis of Spain’s key travel segments, distribution dynamics, market challenges and more.Analysts: Fabian Gonzalez, David Juman, Cathy WalshTopic: Market Overview & SizingSegments: Air, Car Rental & Ground Transportation, Hotels & Lodging, Online Travel Agencies, Rail, Tours & PackagesRegion: EuropeResearch Type: Report