Welcome to your bi-weekly industry round up featuring all the latest industry news and trends from around the world.
In the headlines recently was the announcement that RCI has welcomed 24 new properties in the Asia Pacific and India region to its exchange network during the first half of 2019, with a total of 613 affiliated-resorts now available in the Asia Pacific and India region The 24 properties are located across a wide range of popular tourist destinations such as Vietnam, Malaysia, and China.
Positive news for UK resorts is the upward trend in visitors in England's museums and art galleries, with a visitor and revenue growth of 2 per cent on prior year. VisitEngland’s latest domestic tourism statistics show that for the first four months of 2019, Brits took a record 11.8 million domestic overnight holidays in England up 3% on the previous record set in 2017.
Elsewhere in the news, it's all about further resort and service expansions, designed to deliver holidaymakers with even more choice, quality and value from their travels.
- Wyndham Destinations expands Orlando call centre - Wyndham Destinations is set to add 140 jobs to its South Orlando call centre operations as part of an expansion to support the ongoing growth of its vacation club business.
- ALG has nearly 9,000 rooms under development - Leading travel, leisure and hospitality management group Apple Leisure Group (ALG) continues to record industry leading growth with a strong start to 2019.
- Star Alliance and NEC to harness biometric data - Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, and NEC Corporation, global leader in IT, network and biometric technologies, have signed a partnership agreement to develop a biometric data-based identification platform for frequent flyer programme customers of Star Alliance member airlines.
- HGV named a top place to work in Central Florida - Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) has ranked fourth in the ‘Top Large Workplaces’ category on Orlando Sentinel’s ‘Top Workplaces’ list, which recognised outstanding companies to work for in Central Florida.