Asian leisure tourists spend half of their total holiday budget on food and drink while travelling, according to a survey of travellers' behaviour conducted recently by Hilton Worldwide.
The survey asked 2,700 leisure travellers in Asia Pacific countries, including China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand how they spent their money and 43 per cent said at least half was spent on food and drinks, with 79 per cent looking for culturally unique food experiences like culinary festivals and food markets while travelling. Japan topped the list of favourite culinary destinations among travellers in the region, followed closely by Thailand and Taiwan. – The Korea Herald/ANN
Cambodia hosts travel mart
Cambodia has announced that it will be hosting its first ever PATA Travel Mart next month.
The show is being held at Phnom Penh’s Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre and runs from March 17 to 19. The Mart is being hosted by Cambodia’s Tourism Ministry and will offer delegates the opportunity to buy and sell Asia Pacific travel
products in an emerging destination that has diversified its tourist attractions and attracted double digit increases in arrivals over the last 10 years.
An inaugural Responsible Travel Pavilion will be a feature of the Mart, providing a business platform for sustainable travel.
Room at the top
Berlin's TV tower is to get new lifts made from brass and kitted out with glass roofs. The re-fit will take around two months to complete, during which time only one lift will be in operation. The Berlin landmark, built as the pride of communist East Germany, has a revolving restaurant at the top offering panoramic views of the city. It generally attracts fewer visitors during the winter months, which is why the work is being done now. The new lifts will use less electricity than the ones previously in operation. The 368-metre-high tower, located mid-city at Alexander Platz, opened on October 3, 1969 and attracts 1.3 million visitors last year. – DPA
Life’s easy with an app
India's Jet Airways has launched a mobile application on Apple’s iOS platform. The mobile application will allow travellers to book tickets, check flight status, manage their JetPrivilege account and enjoy special promotional offers, among a host of other features. The native mobile application (app) is available for free download from the App Store and is compatible with iOS 6 version and above. The app has been specially optimised for iPhone 5. The application offers a booking and secure payment process allowing credit card transactions accompanied by the ability to save and access booked itineraries using the Passbook app.