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Asian airlines bulk up capacity to meet demand for Aussie holidays

Asian airlines bulk up capacity to meet demand for Aussie holidays | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

A massive injection of capacity on Asian air routes will open the floodgates to more international visitors down under. From this month, thousands of extra seats will become available as a result of new or additional services to Japan, China, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney are the biggest winners from the capacity surge which will see airlines such as Hong Kong, Xiamen and All Nippon Airways make their debut or return to the Australian market. Another nine airlines are adding new services or more seats to predominantly Asian routes, including Philippine Airlines, Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Scoot, Silk Air, AirAsia X, Qantas and Jetstar. By early next year, an additional 12,000 seats a week will be available between Australia and Chinese destinations, and another 6000+ between Australia and Singapore. Find out more.

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Travellers want wifi in hotels to be free, but Asian travellers happy to pay for in-flight web

Travellers want wifi in hotels to be free, but Asian travellers happy to pay for in-flight web | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

While two-thirds of hotels in Europe now offer free wifi, much to the relief of many travellers, their counterparts in India and Singapore have a vastly different opinion when it comes in-flight connections.

A survey conducted by Skyscanner amongst 1,000 Indian travellers reveals that 72% are willing to pay for wifi services in-flight.

The survey was conducted at a time when the Indian government approved unbundling services for Indian carriers, allowing airlines to charge for extra services like check-in baggages, special seats in flight.

When the Indian low cost carriers were resorting to cost cutting measures to strengthen their bottom line, the survey reveals several psychographic changes in the way Indians were willing to spend on their flights.

Key highlights from the survey:

  • 89% of Indian travellers would be willing to pay for their in-flight meal within a price range of INR. 250 – 500 ($5-10) whilst 71% said they would pay for extra leg room
  • 79% of Indian men were more likely to pay for their beverages as compared to 76% of women passengers
  • 64% said they would be willing to pay for live TV in-flight
  • 67% of Indian women would be willing to pay for movies as opposed to 65% of their male counterparts
  • 77% of elderly travellers in the age group 55+ were not in favour of paying for entertainment such as ‘Games’, whilst more than 50% travellers within this age group were willing to pay for Wi-Fi services
  • 83% of travellers within the age group 18-24 years were more likely to pay for Wi-Fi in contrast to paying for ‘Games’

Read more at http://www.tnooz.com/2013/05/20/news/travellers-want-wifi-in-hotels-to-be-free-but-asian-travellers-happy-to-pay-for-in-flight-web/#uLriPbHOBWR7ol6m.99
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Big-spending Chinese luxury travellers heading to Asia for breaks

Big-spending Chinese luxury travellers heading to Asia for breaks | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

High-earning, well-educated Chinese spend an average of US$4,500 on annual trips, and nine in 10 travelled to Asia for holidays in the last 12 months. These findings were revealed in the GfK Luxury Travellers online survey, which polled 300 Chinese travellers with high household income (US$10,000 and above per month). Around four-fifths (80%) of respondents said they travelled out of China at least twice and up to four times in the past year, spending an average of US$5,800 on flights and accommodation and US$5,600 on miscellaneous purchases during each trip. Click here to view the survey's overall findings.

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Asia cruise market prediction: 7M passengers a year by 2020 - Travel Weekly

Asia cruise market prediction: 7M passengers a year by 2020 - Travel Weekly | The Insight Files | Scoop.it
By the end of the decade, Asian passengers will account for one in every five cruisers, about double the ratio today, Carnival Asia head Pier Luigi Foschi predicted at a cruise forum in Hong Kong.

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