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Interhome helps further strengthen Europe’s holiday home sector
Interhome,

Interhome reconfirmed its leading role in the European vacation accommodation sector yesterday by co-founding the new European Holiday Home Association (EHHA) in Aachen, Germany. The new umbrella organization for the continent’s vacation home industry was formally established yesterday afternoon by Interhome and its fellow European market leaders Novasol, Hoseasons and DanCenter. The EHHA is intended to provide this booming sector with better international links and enhance the industry’s lobbying clout and activities.


Interhome launches first iPad app for clients on the move
Interhome,

Switzerland-based Interhome – Europe's leading provider of holiday homes and apartments – has launched an innovative iPad app with its own exclusive look and feel. As from today, the application is available free of charge from the App Store. It offers the user practical added value and an overview of Interhome's expanding range of self-catering quality accommodation, currently comprising some 32,000 properties in 29 countries.


Increasing demand for holiday apartments in Europe
Interhome,

The market for holiday apartments in Europe is expected to continue its growth, with annual increases of 2 percent to 6 percent in both turnover and guests likely up until 2013. This is the key finding of a European survey conducted by US-based travel industry research authority PhoCusWright. The study reports that while the tourism industry in general has been in decline, the holiday apartments sector has been experiencing a boom. The PhoCusWright study – the first of its kind – was commissioned by leading holiday rental providers in Europe, including the market leader Interhome. Switzerland itself was not a specific focus of the research, but the results reflect general trends in the Swiss market. The report states that a new clientele is being attracted not only by the advantageous price/performance ratio offered by holiday rentals, but also the ease of booking in the Internet.

 

 


Hotelplan Group to acquire Inter Chalet
Interhome,

Migros subsidiary Hotelplan Group is to acquire a 26% equity holding in Freiburg (Germany)-based Inter Chalet Ferienhaus-Gesellschaft mbH. The transaction will be formally concluded on 1 November 2011. The parties have agreed not to divulge the sale price involved.



Sustainable tourism as an interesting market niche
World Tourism Forum Lucerne,

Holidaymakers generally favour the idea of sustainable travel, but are not willing to pay significantly more for a “sustainable” holiday. This finding was confirmed in a study conducted by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in preparation for the World Tourism Forum Lucerne 2011. The study is based on the responses of nearly 5,000 Swiss customers of the travel operator Kuoni.


Spirit of optimism at World Tourism Forum Lucerne
World Tourism Forum Lucerne,

The second World Tourism Forum Lucerne – dedicated to the topic “Sustainability in tourism: Challenges, pathways and intelligent business models” and attended by 230 participants from around the world – drew to a close at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. Besides a series of keynote addresses, the Forum centred on numerous interactive workshops, breakout sessions and a World Café, not to mention networking events at the highest level held throughout the three days. “We saw that it is essential for all stakeholders to work together if we’re going to make any decisive progress in the areas of sustainability and talent management”, concludes Martin Barth, General Manager of World Tourism Forum Lucerne. The event attracted 230 decision-makers from 30 countries to Lucerne, clearly surpassing the number and the importance of participants of the first event in 2009. The three-day Forum offered a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in tourism.

 


Second World Tourism Forum Lucerne opens its doors
World Tourism Forum Lucerne,

The second World Tourism Forum Lucerne got under way this afternoon with an opening event hosted by its General Manager, Prof. Martin Barth. The three-day international summit is fully dedicated to the topic “Sustainability in tourism: Challenges, pathways and intelligent business models” and 230 members from 30 countries have travelled to Lucerne to participate.


World Tourism Forum Lucerne is dedicated to sustainability
World Tourism Forum Lucerne,

World Tourism Forum Lucerne, will take place on 13-15 April 2011. This year topic is “Sustainability in tourism: Challenges, pathways and intelligent business models”. It is of special importance in view of the current situation in Japan and the Middle East. With registrations by 220 participants from 25 countries, the Forum already now promises to be well attended.


Sustainability in tourism as market opportunity
World Tourism Forum Lucerne,

The topic of sustainability plays a minor role when people select a holiday destination or book a trip. Nevertheless, sustainable tourism can be an incentive for a particular client segment in future and therefore constitutes a market gap. These are the findings from a study conducted by Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in preparation for Word Tourism Forum Lucerne 2011.


Interhome extends market leadership, launches new website
Interhome,

Switzerland-based Interhome – Europe's leading provider of quality holiday homes and apartments – has launched a major campaign to boost further its growing share of online bookings. Online business already accounts for more than 60% of Interhome's total turnover. Now the company's website (www.interhome.ch) has undergone an extensive facelift, offering enhanced colour, greater clarity and state-of-the-art search technology. The aim is to enable users to find their ideal holiday property faster and with improved efficiency.


Promotion of young talent at the World Tourism Forum Lucerne
World Tourism Forum Lucerne,

World Tourism Forum Lucerne is scheduled to take place for the second time at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne from 13-15 April 2011. With its select group of participants and renowned speakers from the international tourism scene, the Forum offers CEOs as well as young talents a unique opportunity to discuss the very latest global developments and challenges affecting the industry and to further expand their network of contacts.


Top quality, wide variety, high intensity–that was TTW 2010
TTW Montreux,

The 35th edition of TTW – official trade fair of the Swiss travel industry – was held in the lakeside resort of Montreux on 3 and 4 November. The high quality of the participating exhibitors again confirmed the key status of the TTW as the most important event on the Swiss travel trade calendar. Over the two days trade visitors from throughout the country experienced a very varied fair programme which set new standards of quality, diversity and intensity. Nevertheless this year’s TTW saw a decline in the number of exhibitors compared with 2009, due to ongoing structural changes within the industry and also continuing consolidation in the travel trade sector. Although these developments had been taken into consideration in planning this year`s TTW Montreux, the further staging of the event in its traditional form must now be called into question. It is the firm intention of the TTW Montreux management to embrace the positive spirit of the event in planning an innovative platform for the future.


TTW Montreux 2010 – the countdown commences!
TTW Montreux,

The countdown has started! The annual TTW – official trade show of the Swiss travel industry – will take place in the Lake Geneva resort of Montreux for the 35th time on 3 and 4 November 2010. This year's event has undergone modernization and major re-organization, to reflect the changing structure within the travel industry. Preparations are well under way for the two-day trade show, and exhibitors and visitors alike are assured an attractive multi-faceted event.


Second World Tourism Forum Lucerne, 13–15 April 2011
World Tourism Forum Lucerne,

World Tourism Forum Lucerne is scheduled to take place for the second time at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne from 13–15 April 2011. Since its successful start in 2009, the Forum has gained the status of a major summit of the international tourism industry. So far, numerous prominent speakers from Switzerland and abroad have agreed to participate in the event, where they will engage in a solution-oriented dialogue on the challenges facing the tourism industry in the coming decade.


Interhome launches mobile eShop
Interhome,

Switzerland-based Interhome – Europe's leading provider of holiday homes and apartments – has launched a new eShop, targeted specially at the needs of smartphone users. Clients can now browse and book more than 32,000 top-quality properties in 29 countries via mobile phones.


Interhome: exclusive partnership with Orascom Development
Interhome,

Interhome – Europe's leading provider of holiday homes and apartments – has announced further international expansion by entering into an exclusive partnership with Orascom Hotels & Development S.A.E. of Egypt. The latter is a 100% subsidiary of Orascom Development Holding AG (Orascom Development), a leading developer of fully integrated towns. From 1 March 2010 Interhome will have its own local office in the Orascom Red Sea resort of El Gouna, making Egypt the 27th country in Interhome’s portfolio of destinations. Orascom Development and Interhome are considering further cooperation in the luxury sector.


TTW Managing Director leaves – major re-organization planned
TTW Montreux,

The TRAVEL TRADE WORKSHOP (TTW) Montreux – official trade fair of the Swiss travel industry – is to undergo major re-organization following the announcement that Managing Director Ralph Nikolaiski is leaving his post this May. The TTW Management board has already appointed a two-man team to take over provisionally the operational running of TTW Head Office in Zurich with immediate effect and to initiate wide-ranging reform of the fair.


South Africa – Interhome already on the ball!
Interhome,

The world of football is already focusing its attention on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Excitement is increasing in those nations which have qualified – among them, Switzerland. And Interhome of Switzerland, one of Europe’s leading providers of holiday homes, has already booked its ticket for Africa’s leading travel and tourism destination. The company is expanding its international portfolio of properties by entering the market in South Africa, where carefully selected homes and apartments


Les voyages intervilles plus appréciés que jamais
Travel.ch,

Les voyages intervilles connaissent un véritable boom chez travel.ch – depuis mars, l’agence de voyages en ligne suisse enregistre un nombre de réservations en constante hausse. Les cinq destinations les plus prisées pour les vacances d’automne sont Londres, Barcelone, Berlin, Vienne et Rome. La raison de ce boom est à rechercher dans la baisse du prix des hôtels et des vols ainsi que dans la technologie d’un type nouveau offrant de la flexibilité dans les réservations – en exclusivité chez travel.ch.  L’outil d’évaluation intégré complète le service et révèle un certain nombre de bizarreries.


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