Would you pay more for a seat in a child-free zone?
60% of TripAdvisor poll respondents say ‘yes’. In the wake of Scoot’s recent introduction of child-free quiet zones on their flights, TripAdvisor polled more than 1,800 Australian respondents for their opinion. Almost two thirds (61%) of the respondents said they will be willing to pay more for a seat in a child-free section, approximately 21% of the respondents said they will not, and almost 8% of respondents indicated that they have no preference. Slightly more than 11% of the respondents find the airline's policy offensive. “The introduction of child-free zones on flights provides travellers with a choice. As suggested by the results of our TripAdvisor poll, the majority of Australian travellers are willing to pay a premium for the option to control their in-flight experience,” said Andrew Wong, TripAdvisor’s regional director for flights. “This might be the start of a trend among the low-cost carriers who make money by selling value-added services.” Source: Press Release.
Disney cracks down on disability scams
Disney theme parks have changed the policy that lets visitors with special needs skip the lines. Starting October 9, guests with park-issued disability cards will receive tickets for entry to rides and attractions at an assigned time. In the past, too many able-bodied visitors were abusing the policy that allowed disabled visitors to skip many lines, including hiring disabled "tour guides" to accompany them to the front of the line. Walt Disney World in a statement underscored its "unwavering commitment to making our parks accessible to all guests" and said it is changing the process "to create a more consistent experience for all our guests while providing accommodations for guests with disabilities." Guests with disabilities and their families will be given a new version of Fastpass tickets, which provide shorter wait times. A petition asking Disney executives to reconsider the policy change has already generated more than 20,000 signatures. Source: Travel Mole
Global Leisure Hotel Rates Up 4.2% in August
According to Pegasus Solutions, one of the world’s largest processors of electronic hotel transactions, rates paid for leisure hotel stays in August 2013 grew by +4.2% over 2012. While leisure booking volumes fell just short of 2012 levels, the corporate market maintained enough productivity to post positive year-to-date gains in both bookings and rates over the prior year. Leisure data, drawn from bookings made through online channels, showed leisure bookings were within -0.2% of August 2012. Year-to-date, bookings in the channel increased by +2.2%, with rates growing at a pace of +2.8% globally. Bookings are expected to slow this month, but will rebound to prior year levels with potential gains in October and December, as rates will likely climb between +2% and +4% globally. Source: Asia Travel Tips