Data highlights the hard life of business travellers
The high-flying days of business travel surely are over in the U.S. The restaurant of choice of travellers in the last quarter was Starbucks. T&E expense-reporting company Certify scanned its data to see where business travellers are actually spending the most money, and the results highlight just how hard life on the road can be. The most-expensed eating places were all fast-food restaurants, led by Starbucks, McDonald's, Subway, with an average tab of around $10. Panera Bread seemed to be the most popular spot for a group, with an average bill of $35.35. Applebee's and Chili's were the top-rated full-service restaurants, averaging about $30. Travellers actually spent more in Washington DC than in New York, averaging $20 for lunch and $25 for dinner. The average tab for all markets combined was $16 for lunch and $24 for dinner. Marriott was the most often-expensed hotel, with an average bill of $208.21, and Delta the most frequently used airline, with an average ticket of $403.17. Most travellers in New York seem to just give up at the end of the day and head for their hotels. Seamless, a restaurant delivery service, took the top spot there, accounting for 7.01% of all expenses, and beating out even Starbucks, at 5.44%. Source: TravelMole
Hyatt Hotels is expanding its footprint in Africa
The Chicago-based global hotel company said it will open the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Senegal, the Hyatt Dakar, in 2016. Additionally, Hyatt has entered into a management agreement with ASB Holdings Ltd. to open two new Hyatt-branded hotels in Tanzania - the Park Hyatt Zanzibar and the Hyatt Regency Arusha - bringing to three the number of Hyatt properties in the country. Hyatt also previously announced plans to open a Park Hyatt-branded hotel in Marrakech and a Hyatt Place property in Taghazout, both in Morocco. Pressrelease.
Europe leisure travel rebounds
A leisure travel recovery is underway in France, Germany and the U.K., says a new report from PhoCusWright, as improved economic conditions boost vacation spending in all three markets. The share of adults who took at least one vacation over the past 12 months jumped four percentage points in France (70%) and Germany (72%) over 2012. In the U.K., the share increased three points, to 78%. Consumers in all three markets report that vacations are a priority in their lives, more important than dining out, sports or electronics. In addition to a larger traveller pool, consumers in Germany spent an average of EUR 206 more on vacations in 2013 than in 2012, and spending among U.K. travellers jumped EUR 283. Source: TravelMole