Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 30th 2015 Contents authentic side of a destination. This could
mean going beyond the tried and true tourist
favourites, and seeking cuisine or culture as
seen through the eyes of locals. This could
also mean finding meaningful volunteer
Asked what contributes to increased
demand for one destination versus another,
she said: "High-quality accommodations at
a great value, good dining options and attrac-
tions, a safe environment and friendly locals.
Good word of mouth helps a destination to
Amral's Travel Service Ltd:
Richard David, manager, said Curacao has
become a more popular destination for T&T
nationals since InselAir relaunched the T&T
to Curacao route. In mid-December 2014,
InselAir relaunched the route and operates
flights from Curacao to Port-of-Spain three
times per week, departing Curacao at 10:30
am and arriving in T&T at noon.
"The destination has always been a popular
one but now with the emergence of InselAir,
it boosted visitor numbers going to that des-
tination. St Lucia is also a popular destina-
Regarding trends in travelling, he said:
"Corporate sales will be corporate sales. As
a result of school closing, families are likely
to go on a holiday abroad and this is where
the numbers start to increase. American des-
tinations would always be in demand because
of the friends and family travel, where friends
in T&T would visit their friends abroad or
family in T&T would visit family abroad."
Revenue for Amral s has not changed this
year compared to last year and ticket sales
are basically the same, he said.
Lazzari and Sampson Travel
Dexter D Oliveira, managing director, said
there is a mixed pattern of demand when it
comes to its customers. Demand for desti-
nations such as Miami, New York, Curacao,
Panama, Kingston, St Lucia and London are
out front. The numbers concerning visitors
to Curacao are increasing due to InselAir
relaunching the T&T/Curacao route.
Referring to Barbados, D Oliveira said that
destination, as with destinations that have
events such as Carnival, the bookings would
be done in advance. While he did not want
to disclose the figures for people visiting that
destination, D Oliveira said they are on par
with 2014. He said the hotels, too, are now
reducing their rates to accommodate the
With regard to Grenada, he said there
isn t too much demand for that destination.
Overall, he said what is happening is that
people are adopting a wait-and-see
approach before booking their destination.
Bookings are done at the last minute in
He said the company s core business
is business travel and though it declines
sometimes, the next day or few days
after it "picks back up." This pattern
in demand was never the custom years
ago, he said, as it only started recently
especially with the changing oil price.
Navarro's Travel Service Ltd:
Member of the tours department who
did not want to be identified said Panama,
St Lucia and Margarita are the package
destinations in demand.
Offering specials to destinations helps to
stimulate demand. Customers to Margarita
tend to repeat their experience because of
the exchange rate which makes costs within
the customers budget.
Another trend which is emerging is retirees
travelling to destinations and mainly female
retirees going to Margarita and St Lucia. It
costs approximately $4,900 to go to Panama
if the customer opts to purchase the Panama
package. That package comes with breakfast
only because the destination is a shopping
destination and customers are most likely to
be out all day long.
Demand also comes from youth groups.
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NEWS | BG5
Top 10 destinations according to
Airlines for America
6. Mexico City
8. Santo Domingo
9. Montego Bay
10. Punta Cana
In the American market alone, the top 10
brands in the US airline industry for the first
quarter of 2015, reported revenues of US$3.1
billion in profit, deemed by Airlines for Amer-
ica (A4A), which is the industry trade organ-
isation for the US airline industry.
Further, the American industry added more
than 9,500 jobs within the last five years.
February 2015 was the 15th consecutive
month of employment gains for US airlines,
according to John Heimlich, vice-president
and chief economist, A4A in his projections
With the July/August vacation considered
to be the busiest time of year for the global
airline industry, maintaining customer loyalty
does not seem to be an issue despite the
volatile price of oil and the other external
factors that airlines face.
"Healthy air-travel demand and lower, yet
still volatile, fuel prices are helping US airlines
close the gap to average US corporate prof-
itability," Heimlich said.
"In the first quarter, airlines invested more
than US$20 per passenger in capital improve-
ments, taking care of employees, continuing
to pay down debt and returning cash to
Heimlich in predicting a positive revenue
outlook for the airline industry and said rev-
enue is ready to take flight, especially as
there is continued rise in US consumer sen-
timent and employment, which is leading
to more people travelling more often.
He added: "With 13 of the 15 busiest air
travels days of the year falling in the summer
months, US airlines are well-prepared to
accommodate the increased travel demand
by adding flights and seats and deploying
new and larger aircraft along with a boost
in staffing to enhance the customer expe-
As though giving a reason for the uptake in
revenues in the airline industry, Heimlich said:
"Despite entering 2015 with approximately
US$66 billion of debt and coping with another
harsh winter, meaningful financial progress
enabled carriers to continue significant levels
of reinvestment to further enhance operational
reliability and the customer experience."
"First-quarter capital expenditures for the
nation s airlines totaled $3.6 billion, on track
to exceed $14 billion for the full year. Collec-
tively, these 10 airlines are slated to take delivery
of 367 new aircraft in 2015, or the equivalent
of roughly one per day."
Global airlines, multibillion-dollar revenue earner
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