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Tourism after Corona Virus – Fast or Gradual Recovery?

Tourism after Corona Virus - Fast or Gradual Recovery - TRAVELINDEXGeneva (Switzerland) – March 30, 2020 /travelindex.com/ by Bernard Metzger, Founder, Travelindex – Aggressive containment measures by governments around the world had an immediate severe economic impact but are helping to contain the virus spread, leading to lesser long-term negative economic implications. Previous disease outbreaks recovered to pre-outbreak levels in six to ten months after the peak of the outbreak but for some destinations the visitor numbers recovered only after 19 months.

For tourism to bounce back, we need to see a normalization and all restrictions to be lifted as well as a rebound in consumer confidence.

Gradual recovery – How fast?

Is the covid-19 going to disappear completely in the near future or are we going to get into a period of cyclical virus-waves? Or are we going to end up with low-level endemic disease that we have to deal with in the long term?

The answers to these questions will also determine how governments will modify the current travel limitations or uplift restrictions therefore how tourism will recover.

In an ideal scenario, on September 1st, 2020 (hypothetically) the world will be declared corona virus free and all travel restrictions will be lifted, people start traveling again, airlines resume all their routes and hotel are re-opening.

The World Economic Forum forecasts that once the outbreak is over, it could take up to 10 months for the industry to recover. Tourism Economics expect a full recovery by 2023, based on how the travel industry recuperated from past slumps, once the situation has stabilized.

Several factors will have a direct impact on the speed of recovery (a) official travel restrictions, (b) events reinstatement, (c) travelers risk aversion or fear factor, (d) consumers disposable personal income.

People travel for distinct reasons: business and work, leisure and holidays, events and MICE, family and friends visits but most people don’t have to travel, they choose to. Each category will recover at a different pace, in line with national and international travel restrictions and on their free own choice.

States will modulate their restrictions according to the travel intend of each individual travelers. For economic reasons the “business traveler”, defined as a person contributing essential services to the community or to an enterprise, will be granted “travel privileges” before the leisure traveler. Initially, governments will weight benefits of lifting travel restrictions against traveler’s contribution to the national economy and well-being of its people.

Governments from around the world have to recognize the key role tourism can play in response and recovery of the covid-19 crisis.

Many countries have already enacted multi-billion-dollar fiscal stimulus measures to offset the massive, coronavirus-induced hits to their respective economies, including the tourism sector. In a number of countries, the state will control tourism assets (airlines) which will have a direct bearing on their decisions on travel restrictions and on the reopening of routes, which ones and how soon.

Destination marketing organizations are facing difficult times and 80 percent of destination organizations surveyed in North America have reduced or postponed sales and marketing spending. However, destinations have every reason to launch inventive and genuinely uplifting campaigns, now. Estonia launched a campaign “visit estonia…later…stayhome” in line with the hashtag #TravelTomorrow launched by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), trending on Twitter and emphasizing that we will travel tomorrow for the right reasons, creating opportunities for all, making positive change and building a better future for people and planet.

The tourism sector is resilient but economic, financial, psychological and even privacy concerns will make travel decision more difficult. The future of global tourism will be determined by us and our behaviour, our governments as much as the virus.

Exploring Chonburi: 6 Things to Do and Places to Visit

Exploring Chonburi: 6 Things to Do and Places to Visit - Koh LarnChonburi, located just 89 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, is a tourist destination that is well-loved by both local and foreign tourists. Being a coastal town (its name means “City of Water”), Chonburi is one of the best places to get fresh seafood. In addition, Chonburi’s tropical climate makes it an ideal place to enjoy the sun, sea, and sand for a good part of the year. April is particularly popular for beachgoers, with sultry temperatures reaching 35°C (95°F).

If you happen to be vacationing in Chonburi province or are planning to visit soon, here are a few ideas for things to do.

Buddha Mountain

Buddha Mountain or Khao Chi Chan Buddha is often the first on the list of popular Chonburi tourist spots. The 130-meter-high image was carved in 1996 in honor and celebration of the 50th anniversary of King Bhumibol’s reign. Using lasers, the computer-designed pattern was etched onto the side of the limestone mountain. This process was done entirely at night so that the workers can clearly see the lasers and ensure the accuracy of the design. As a final touch, the grooves were filled in with gold leaf.

Surrounding Buddha Mountain are landscaped gardens, giving the site a relaxing, tranquil atmosphere. There is also a temple at the foot of the mountain where visitors will often see monks performing their daily duties and rituals. Since this place is a religious site, make sure to dress appropriately when visiting this landmark.

Koh Larn (Coral Island)

เกาะ ล้าน or Koh Larn (also Ko Lan or Coral Island) is one of the most popular beach destinations in Chonburi. The beaches of Koh Larn are surrounded by mountains, giving you views of both deep, sparkling blues and lush, bright greens. Because it’s popular with tourists, Ko Larn has no shortage of restaurants that serve fresh and delicious seafood and a variety of other dishes. You can also participate in various water activities like diving, parasailing, snorkeling, and underwater “sea walking.” What’s great about Koh Larn is that it’s away from the city (about 7 kilometers from the coast of Pattaya) but not too far for it to be inconvenient.

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

If you love plants and flowers, one of the best destinations in Chonburi for you would be Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Gardens. It has nine different divisions, dedicated to various kinds of plants and famous gardens around the world: European Garden, French Garden, Stonehenge Garden, the Ant Tower, Butterfly Hill, Cactus and Succulents, Flower Valley, Orchid and Bromeliad Garden, and Variegated Plants. There are also cultural shows held at Nong Nooch, as well as religious ceremonies and even martial arts demonstrations. Inside the 500-acre garden are two restaurants, a mini zoo, as well as a hotel and Thai-style houses for rent.

Wat Yansangwararam

Wat Yansangwararam, Wat Yan for short, is a Buddhist temple complex covering 145 acres. It features various buildings with different architectural styles, along with several sprawling gardens and a large man-made lake. The first building you will see upon entering Wat Yan is the Viharn Sien Temple, which is also a museum that houses a collection of Chinese artifacts that date as far back as 3,000 years. There is also the main Wat Yan Temple, with a pavilion that contains a replica of Buddha’s footprint. There are also temples with Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and even Swiss influences inside Wat Yan. You can also find monuments in the complex, including one of King Prajadhipok, who was the last absolute monarch and first constitutional monarch of Thailand. Finally, there are also certain areas inside Wat Yan where you can catch a glimpse of Buddha Mountain.

Nong Mon Market

Nong Mon Market is one of the busiest in Thailand and perhaps also the most well-known. That’s because it has the biggest variety of dried foods, like squids, shrimps, and salted fish, which you can’t always buy from any other marketplace. It’s also a popular place to get souvenirs and Thai desserts, like khao lam, palm juice, and khanom chak. In terms of street foods, you can enjoy local favorites like chaeng lon, hoi cho, and tod man pla. Nong Mon Market is a popular pitstop for tourists coming from Bang Saen or those heading to Chan, Trad, and Rayong.

Cartoon Network Amazone Waterpark

Cartoon Network Amazone is the first Cartoon Network-themed amusement and waterpark in the world. It has a total of 10 entertainment zones, which are classified based on their intensity and whether they’re suited for young children. Some of the attractions include Cartoonival and Riptide Rapids for the least intense experience, Rainfall Rainicorn and Banana Spin for the medium level, the Omnitrix and XLR8-TOR for the most heart-pumping experience. There is also a massive food court that serves a variety of dishes from different culinary traditions, and here are also private cabanas if you want to take a break from the wild adventures. Of course, kids will enjoy seeing the likenesses of popular Cartoon Network characters like Ben 10 and the Powerpuff Girls here.

Chonburi is certainly one of the best places to have a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. The next time you want some time off, head down south and experience beauty and adventure in this exciting coastal city.

Travelindex and Snap Productions Unveil a Brand New Website on Langkawi

Travelindex and Snap Productions Unveil a Brand New Website on LangkawiLangkawi (Malaysia) – September 16, 2018 (travelindex) – Travelindex in collaboration with Snap Productions launched their website www.VisitLangkawi.net at the PATA Travel Mart 2018 here in Langkawi today. A website devoted to providing travellers accurate information and inspiring stories about the Magical Island of Langkawi.

The website is aimed to provide a comprehensive and current travel information current to the public and it will serve as a platform where visitors can find as much content as they can on just one website. Developed and designed in house, its features include: mobile – first responsive design to optimise user experience, increased video presence , high impact visuals and real time response to trending topics and to aid visitors with their trip planning.

The new VisitLangkawi.net website is leveraging the Travelindex platform one of the world’s largest content marketing ecosystem that owns 80 over travel related websites, integrating hotels, restaurants and tour options all under one roof with direct contact details complete with photos and videos. Combined with an extensive social media platform, the network reaches over 11 million travellers and decision makers in the tourism industry monthly.

“Travelindex has a global travel network and we believe that this website will enhance not only travellers wanting to visit the island but will definitely boost the Langkawi travel industry players as well. We deliver the webs most concentrated audience and to inspires travellers and buyers at every stage of the purchase cycle.” said Bernard Metzger, founder of Travelindex.

The website provides business profile pages and is broken down respectively into key search criteria for visitors to access easily, current news and communications will be distributed to relevant websites and social media handles such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sasha Aru of Snap Productions stated “VisitLangkawi.net aims to become the most innovative, trusted travel guide and reference source on Langkawi which is currently lacking for the island unfortunately. Especially now that we are living in an age where there is a constant need to provide data, the website will serve as a platform for travellers and business owners alike. The strategy is to build something that will benefit the local industry players as well.”

In Malaysia, Travelindex has joint forces with Snap Productions who runs social media campaigns for tourism boards and travel associated business, as it has extensive knowledge of the local market and is closer to the needs of tourism professionals helping them reach their target audience.

“With this strong synergy between the two companies, we hope to bring a fresh, creative and an interactive website for the Magical island of Langkawi” Bernard added.

The launch during the PATA Travel Mart 2018 in Langkawi was presided by Ybhg. Dato’ Haji Azizan Noordin, CEO of LADA and Mr. Anthony Wong, Group Managing Director of Frangipani Hotels and Resorts.

The website is currently running and is in the initial development stages but already has some resourceful content to start planning for that holiday in Langkawi, Malaysia.

For further information please contact:
Sasha Aru
Email : sasha@snapproductions.com.my
Mobile : +60123165010

Bernard Metzger
Email : contact@travelindex.com
Mobile : +66800518151

Bangkok First Global City with Top 25 Restaurants Guide by Travelindex

Bangkok (Thailand) – December 1, 2017 (Travelindex) – Travelindex launched today its first Top 25 Restaurants City Guide by Restaurant Rating Index. Bangkok as the top tourism destination in Mastercard’s annual travel index, 20 million overnight visitors and a very diverse and dynamic dining scene was the perfect choice for this first restaurant city guide.

From Michelin-star quality tasting menus to exquisite Thai food or the best sushi you’ll ever have, Bangkok is a gourmet heaven. The city is also the top-ranked destination city by international overnight visitors and Travelindex decided to launch its First Global Restaurant City Guide with the Top 25 Restaurants in the Thai capital.

Restaurant ratings and reviews are critical in the consumer decision making process. The Top 25 Restaurants Guide is based on Travelindex owned and patented, “Restaurant Rating Index”. The 3-tier rating combines the power of crowd wisdom (social media and review sites) with artificial intelligence behavioral algorithms and a zest of human expertise from some of the world’s top culinary experts. The result, the Restaurant Rating Index (RRI), a true and objective measuring standard on a scale between 1 and 100, where 100 is best.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, said “How often are you asked by your friends for restaurant recommendations? Existing guides and websites offer either too much choice, and one gets frustrated by the many layers to go through, or restaurants on curated sites tend to be expensive with Michelin-star quality of cooking and a price tag to match. Our aim, with the Top 25 Restaurants guide series, is to give, diners and foodies alike a tool to fast and easily match their aspirations, location and budget.”

Bernard added “Bangkok is the first in our new series of restaurant city guides and in fact our team of experts is already working on the Singapore and Hong Kong editions”.

The Bangkok guide ranked L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, the Michelin star world champion, in the top spot while Savelberg, another Michelin star regular and Sra Bua a Thai restaurant offering a modern interpretation of Thai cuisine take respectively second and third positions.

The Top 25 Restaurants Guide brings together not only gourmet dining but the best of all cuisines, with every establishment chosen first and foremost for the quality of cooking. The diversity of cuisine is reflected in the ranking, from the classic French and Italian to hyper-local Thai food restaurant Bo.lan, to Middle Eastern inspired at House on Sathorn and modern American at Bunker. To discover all 25 top restaurants in Bangkok, please visit Top25Restaurants.com

About Travelindex
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Since 2013 Travelindex has spearheaded the development of the “Travel Rating Index” a system and platform measuring objectively, in the same way across the world, criteria important for travelers. Travelindex puts a priority in the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill. Travelindex is a UNWTO World Tourism Organization Affiliate Member. Website: Travelindex.com

About Top25Restaurants.com
Top 25 Restaurants aims to guide and assist diners to find, in every city and every day of the year, the restaurant matching their aspirations, location and budget. To deliver a true and objective measuring standard Travelindex has develop its own and unique “Restaurant Rating Index” (RRI) combining the power of a mathematical algorithm driven by artificial intelligence and re-assessed through the human discernment of some of the world’s top culinary experts. Website: Top25Restaurants.com

Travelindex Supports Alain St.Ange for World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – March 28, 2017 – Bernard A. Metzger, the Founder & Director of the highly respected Travelindex Media has come out with a strong letter of endorsement for Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Alain St.Ange from the Seychelles is one of the seven candidates contesting the May elections to head the UN Tourism Body. Armenia, Brazil, Columbia, Georgia, Korea, Seychelles and Zimbabwe are the countries that are in the running with candidates already accepted by the UNWTO Madrid Office.

In his letter Bernard A. Metzger, the Founder & Director of Travelindex Media says:- “I am following the process of selecting the next World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General and, as you well know, I am one of your greatest supporter and admirer and few in your position have achieved so much for world tourism. I humbly have the following recommendation to make which I’m doing on my own accord and based on my very personal opinion.

As Founder of Travelindex, one of the world’s largest travel content distribution and destination marketing platform, connecting directly over 800,000 travel companies in 241 countries and territories worldwide, I declare herewith my support for the Seychelles bid for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and stand behind Alain St.Ange without hesitation.

I have seen Mr St.Ange as Head of the Seychelles Tourism Board and then as Minister and his enthusiasm and passion for tourism has never been greater. His success is a tribute to his hard work. I can think of no better person to become Secretary General of the UNWTO; Alain St.Ange is charged with an infectious energy and excitement over the future in world tourism. He places people and culture at the very heart of tourism and his fundamental belief is that tourism must be good for everyone, it must benefit every country and all people in the world.

Mr. St. Ange said “The world must come together. We must connect and need to embrace each others’ ideas.” A statement perfectly aligned with our own slogan “Connecting Travel People” and our vision of making the world a better place by enabling universal and equitable access to data and information.

Without reservation, I support and recommend Mr. Alain St.Ange for the post of UNWTO Secretary-General as I know that he is dedicated, hardworking and truly devoted to make world tourism work for everybody and a force for good”.

Travelindex is a PATA Preferred Partner from Kong Kong and speaks to the tourism trade at large. As a known and respected tourism partner, Mr Bernard A. Metzger has now started communicating to UNWTO Member States to make his choice of candidates for Secretary General of the UNWTO known.

For more information, please visit www.alainstange.net/action-plan/

View the video with Alain St.Ange’s Statement of Intend as World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Candidate

The Worlds Most Travelled Person Joins Travelindex as Brand Ambassador

London (United Kingdom) – March 23, 2017 (travelindex.com) – Fred W Finn, the ‘Worlds Most Travelled Person’ has joined Travelindex as Global Brand Ambassador. Fred Finn is a well-known public figure. A career that involved considerable business travel started his love affair with travel and in particular his well-documented record breaking flights in Concorde. Over some thirty years, he has been employed, involved and engaged with many leading names in the aviation and travel related business and is recognised as a leading figure in the travel industry.

His travel experience and knowledge closely linked to his media and commercial activities enhance and support, all the bespoke travel and tour services provided by leading travel and tour operators. He also provides regularly updated travel tips, advice and destination information to a wider audience.

Honours & Achievements
As the world’s most travelled person he has the distinction of achieving something that no other human being has accomplished. In 1983 his records were ratified by The Guinness Book of Records: Frederick W Finn has flown a total distance of 24,140,160 km (15,000,000 miles) and holds the record for most number of flights as a supersonic passenger having made 718 Atlantic crossings on Concorde.

With related travel this equates to 33 round trips to the moon or 671 circuits of the globe, his record breaking 718 flights in Concorde will never be broken as Concorde reached the end of its commercial life.

Fred is also the Ambassador of Tourism for Kenya, International Property and Hotel Awards Judge, Travel Editor of the International Property and Travel magazine, Chief Inspector for the International Hotel Awards. He has a close following on Trip Advisor with 70,000 readers. He is the Co-Founder of Quicket, No.1 mobile travel APP. Fred is recently the co-founder and director of Exclusivetravel4U, a specialist travel consultancy based in the United Kingdom.

“I am delighted to join Travelindex as Global Brand Ambassador. Travelindex is one of the leading innovators in travel content distribution and discovery with a vision to change how travel is planned and booked by advocating universal and equitable access to information. Destination marketing organisations, hotel groups, airlines and thousand of smaller operators in the tourism sector trust the Travelindex brand as a key contributor to their digital brand strategy.” said Fred.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, said “For over 30 years Fred Finn has been involved and engaged with most leading names in aviation and travel and is recognised as a preeminent figure in the travel industry. Fred is not only well-known for his travel records, but he is also seen as a trusted and reliable person. He has always been honest about his findings when making recommendations about flights, destinations, hotels, restaurants and what happens in the tourism industry. I am proud to say that Fred W Finn is working with us at Travelindex.”

About Travelindex:
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data-driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill.

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First Sustainable Recognition Scheme Introduced by Travelindex

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – January 18, 2017 – Travelindex announced the first sustainability incentive program; Sustainable First. Sustainable First is not a certification program but aims to recognize individuals, companies and organizations making significant efforts and contributing to the environmental, social and economic welfare of the planet and all its inhabitants.

Sustainability is central to economic growth. For the private sector, it represents greater environmental and social responsibility as well as a new landscape of business opportunity in particular for the tourism sector. Tourism plays a key role in delivering sustainable solutions and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has declared 2017 “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”.

Sustainable First intends to inspire actions and strategies for moving towards a more sustainable pattern of development in tourism providing prosperity and opportunities for all. The program’s vision is to make the tourism industry the leading activity sector in implementing sustainable strategies.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, said; “Currently, there are over 128 organizations offering certification programs and multiple challenges are associated with the current status of sustainability certification, i.e. the proliferation of schemes has lead to confusion among actors involved and consumers are unsure of credibility, reducing the value of the certification.

Bernard further added, “the recognition methodoly used at “Sustainable First” is based on a 3-tier patented Travelindex algorithm and the Sustainable Recognition Index. They include crowd wisdom, self-assessment and expert opinions. Travelindex will work closely with recognized and reputable organizations in the fields of development, tourism, environment and sustainability.”

Join us on this exciting journey and send us your ideas and suggestions here: partners@sustainablefirst.com

About Travelindex:
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill.

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Bernard Metzger meets with World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General Taleb Rifai in Madrid

World-Tourism-Organisation-Secretary-General-Taleb-Rifai-And-Founder-Travelindex-Bernard-Metzger-UNWTOMadrid (Spain) – December 22, 2016 – During a recent trip to Europe, Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex paid a courtesy call on Dr. Taleb Rifai UNWTO Secretary-General. The visit was to brief the Secretary-General on the developments and commitment of Travelindex in promoting tourism as a major contributing factor to
economic development, international understanding, peace and prosperity, paying particular attention to the 157 UNWTO Member States. In attendance of the meeting were also Carlos Vogeler, UNWTO Executive Director, John Kester, Director Tourism Market Trends Programme and Sandra Carvao, Chief Communications and Publications at UNWTO.

Commenting on the visit of Bernard Metzger, the Secretary-General said it was always a pleasure to have such friends visiting the UNWTO Headquarters especially now that we are about the launch the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and we need all support to highlight tourism’s enormous potential to contribute to the development of all countries within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

World-Tourism-Organisation-Secretary-General-Taleb-Rifai-And-Executive-Team-With-Founder-Travelindex-Bernard-Metzger-UNWTOBernard said “This was a great privilege and immense honor having the opportunity to meet Dr. Taleb Rifai and his executive team in a one hour private meeting and to explore all avenues of cooperation between our two organizations, in particular in the promotion of lesser known destinations. Am grateful for the open discussions and for the time taken by the Secretary-General and his team in the very busy end of the year period”.

Travelindex has been a strong advocate of public-private partnerships for the tourism industry as a way to address social and economic problems that are difficult or impossible for a single entity to tackle such as greater sustainability, inclusiveness, alleviating poverty, increasing access to education and peace in our societies.

About Travelindex:
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill.

Watch our travel channel at YouTube: youtube.com/bestdestination
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From Luxury to Fabulous – Travelindex to Launch Fabulous Thailand

fabulous-thailand-luxury-to-fabulousHong Kong (Hong Kong SAR) – February 29, 2016 – Travelindex Media, a pioneer in travel marketing and digital content distribution, today announced the 2016 launch of FabulousThailand.com (http://www.fabulousthailand.com), the first digital, interactive publication focusing on ultra-luxury in Thailand.

The number of travelers visiting Thailand has risen dramatically in recent years with the destination drawing a total of 29.9 million international visitors in 2015, an increase of over 20% compared to 2014, according to data provided by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Thailand. Regardless of the volatile economy, luxury demand has continued to grow and diversify, with the ultra-rich representing an exclusive clientele for luxury tourism. The increasing demand for authenticity, new experiences and exclusivity will boost interest in places reflecting the culture and traditions of local communities

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex Media said “Thailand is one of the world’s most desired and attractive tourism destinations. It is therefore fitting that we wish to contribute in the promotion and efforts to draw more High Net-Worth individuals (HNWI) in the ultra-luxury travel segment; think private jets, helicopters, mega-yachts and 7-star hotels combined with ultra-personalised services, and more attention to green/ethical social principles. Through our unique ecosystem of over 50 travel websites we are in a position to monitor and influence on trends among luxury travelers to attract the high-end market to Thailand.”

Breaking new ground in the field, the FabulousThailand.com platform will serve as a destination for exclusive news, unbiased tips, practical insights and by-invitation only offers. Key features of the platform include live and archived resources and contacts, a suite of tools for those seeking the “fabulous Thailand”, and technologies to manage interaction and social sharing.

About Travelindex:
Travelindex specializes at the confluence between travel, media and technology. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions generating more visitors and revenue. The portfolio of media products include web properties in multiple content verticals, travel review and rating solutions, video distribution channels and a dedicated travel technology framework. With the vision of enabling travel businesses and brands to overcome the huge fragmentation in the online video market, Travelindex is building the world’s leading multi-media platform for engaging audiences and driving higher conversions by unlocking the true potential of online video. Our ecosystem is all about driving revenue and visibility that traditional marketing strategies and partners are unable to deliver,

Watch our travel channel at YouTube: www.youtube.com/bestdestination
Visit our website: www.fabulousthailand.com
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40 Million Travel Video Views and Growing Fast

travel-videos-by-travelindex-bestdestination-tv-youtubeSan Bruno, California (United States) – January 31, 2016 – Travelindex Media, today announced it has reached 40 million views on its YouTube travel channel; a milestone and a more than 40 percent increase of video views year-over-year. The channel showcases destinations, attractions, travel brands, hospitality businesses, and lifestyle products in almost every country of the world.  Its remarkable scale and diversity of content inspires and influences travel shoppers around the globe in their travel decisions and actions.

Video has changed hotel and travel marketing and it’s impossible to ignore the emergence and widespread consumption of online videos as well as its impact on the travel shopping journey. A Google study found that 66% of business travelers and 60% of leisure travelers were inspired to think about planning a vacation after watching a travel video. Furthermore, 64% and 58% of the respective groups said that online video influenced where they decided to travel.

Travelers the world over want to have the perfect trip and experience, and nothing helps travel planning more than a video with a well told story as it evokes emotions for the viewer and triggers actions.” says Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex. “Having thousands of travel videos with reviews, comments and over 40 million views adds remarkable perspective during any travel-planning decision”.

The Google study revealed also that travelers want to do more than just watch videos on YouTube; they want to connect with destinations, hotels, attractions and brands. Travel video viewers are also extremely interested in hearing real-life stories and half of the travel subscriptions are to vlogs (video blogs) that feature personal travel experiences.

About Travelindex:
Travelindex specializes at the confluence between travel, media and technology. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions generating more revenue. The portfolio of media products include web properties in multiple content verticals, travel review and rating solutions, video distribution channels and a dedicated travel technology framework. With the vision of enabling travel businesses and brands to overcome the huge fragmentation in the online video market, Travelindex is building the world’s leading multi-media platform for engaging audiences and driving higher conversions by unlocking the true potential of online video. Our ecosystem is all about driving revenue and visibility that traditional marketing strategies and partners are unable to deliver,

Watch our travel channel at YouTube: www.youtube.com/bestdestination
Visit our website: www.travelindex.com
Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/travelindex
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/travelindex
Add us at Google+: www.google.com/+travelindexmedia
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Press Contact:
Ms. Nicole Lim
media@travelindex.com
+852 6236 9854