Handetour at Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Shows on 27-28 Feb 2016

Handetour.Com Vietnam cordially invite you to our Booth #1015 at Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show on 27-28 Feb 2016.

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Los Angeles, CA, USA — Handetour.Com Vietnam cordially invite you to our Booth #1015 at Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show on 27-28 Feb 2016 – Where you could find travel information, plan and book your next trips to Vietnam and South East Asia (http://www.handetour.com/News/News-and-Events/meet-handetour-at-los-angeles-travel-a-adventure-shows-on-27-28-feb-2016.html).

Handetour at Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE SHOW 2016

“We are excited you’ve found the LA Travel & Adventure Shows – the ONLY travel show in Los Angeles and the largest travel show in the Nation! It is THE place where travelers congregate annually to dream, plan, and book their next vacations. You’ll be inspired and get ideas on where to go, what to do and the latest travel information to keep you in the know- along with a bona fide list of reputable travel companies that have been serving our attendees for years..

In today’s hectic world, vacation time is limited. At the LA Travel Show, we understand your time is precious. So, when you do get a chance to travel, you want to make it count. You have to know what destinations may be the best fit for your interests, what destinations will offer the most value, when the best times of the year are to go, and what to do when you get there. It’s like walking through a living guide book with thousands of world experts to talk to. You can spend countless days and hours searching the internet or thumbing through a book for this information. Or, you can make the first stop of your next vacation the LA Travel & Adventure Show-a travel lover’s paradise and information hub.

We’ve put together some useful tips to make the most of your LA Travel Show experience and help you as you embark on “your next destination”.”

About Handetour (http://www.handetour.com):

HANDETOUR, Vietnam Travel with its head office situated in Hanoi capital, Vietnam, was established in early 2006 by Mr. Nguyen Tuan Anh and his team, soon becoming a Professional Inbound Tour Operator with thousands of travel agents and clients all over the world.

HANDETOUR, A local, reliable Vietnam Tour Operator and Vietnam Travel Agency, specializes in High Quality and Luxury Travel in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

HANDETOUR provides tourists with classic culture and leisure tours, luxury tours, cruises, set departure tours, daily excursions, special interest tours and other travel services (quality accommodation booking, fast visa service, easy ticket booking, transportation arrangement, qualified tour guide/ interpreter hire and M.I.C.E planning) within Indochina countries.

HANDETOUR also provides tourists with other Asian multi-countries tours including Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, China, etc.

HANDETOUR (established on 26th April 2006)
+ Business License No: 0101929662 by Hanoi Planning and Investment Department
+ International Tour Operator License No: 01-380 / TCDL-GP LHQT by Vietnam Administration Of Tourism
+ Member of: Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA #2436); Vietnam Society Of Travel Agents (VISTA); Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT); Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Hanoi Tourism); Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA #6989); American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA # 900169082); Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce And Industry (VCCI)

Media Contact:
Nguyen Tuan Anh
Handetour
+84 4 36416359
tuananh@handetour.com
http://www.handetour.com

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Handetour Announces Vietnam Visa FREE for Indian Passport Holders

In an attempt to lure more Indian tourists to the company, Handetour.Com offer Vietnam visa FREE for Indian passport holders (free authorized visa letter at Vietnam side only) for those who book Handetour.Com’s Vietnam Tours from 01 Dec 2015 to 30 Sep 2016.

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Hanoi, Vietnam (November 28, 2015) — In an attempt to lure more Indian tourists to the company, Handetour.Com offer Vietnam visa FREE for Indian passport holders (free authorized visa letter at Vietnam side only) for those who book Handetour.Com’s Vietnam Tours from 01 Dec 2015 to 30 Sep 2016.

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Handetour’s travel experts say that all Indian passport holders NEED visa to Vietnam and may obtain at Vietnamese embassies in India or from the Vietnamese embassies in a third country or at Vietnam international airports so-called Vietnam visa on arrival. They suggest simple procedures to get Vietnam visa for Indian:

1 – Indian passport holders could apply Vietnam Visa in India at the Vietnamese Embassy in New Delhi or Consulate General of Vietnam in Mumbai.

Submit the followings in person or by mail then obtain visa within a week.
1 – Original Passport (valid 06 months)
2 – One completed application form for a Vietnam visa
3 – One passport sized photo of 4×6 cm
4 – Visa fee payable to Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate General of Vietnam
5 – Prepaid self-addressed return envelope, preferably by FedEx or Priority Courier Indian Post with tracking number

Embassy of Vietnam in New Delhi, India
Address: 17, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapur, New Delhi, 110 021, India
Phone: +91-11-301-8059
Fax: +91-11-2301 9818
Email: sqdelhi@del3.vsnl.net.in
Website: http://www.mofa.gov.vn/vnemb.india

Consulate General of Vietnam in Mumbai, India
Address: Wajeda House, Gulmohat Cross Road No.7, Juhu Scheme, Mumbai, 400 049, India
Phone: +91-22-2620-8589
Fax: +91-22-2624-8538
Email: vietnam@mtnl.net.in
Website: http://www.vietnamconsulate-mumbai.org/vi

2 – Indian passport holders could obtain Vietnam visa in a third country at the Vietnamese Embassy or Vietnamese Consulate.

3 – Indian passport holders could obtain Vietnam visa on arrival at Vietnam international airports – Hanoi airport (Noi Bai Airport), Danang Airport, Nha Trang Airport (Cam Ranh Airport), Ho Chi Minh Airport (Tan San Nhat Airport)

They also recommend Vietnam tours for Indian passport holders.

Hanoi Capital
• HANOI – HALONG (03days/02nights)
• HANOI – HALONG (OVERNIGHT ON BOARD) (04days/03nights)
• HANOI – HALONG – HOA LU (05days/04nights)

Centre Of Vietnam
• DANANG – HOIAN – MYSON – HUE – DANANG (4days/3nights)
• HUE – DANANG – HOIAN – MYSON – HOIAN (5days/4nights)
• DANANG – HOIAN – MYSON – QUANG BINH – BANA – DANANG (6days/5nights)

Ho Chi Minh City
• HOCHIMINH – CU CHI TUNNEL (3days/2nights)
• HOCHIMINH – CUCHI TUNNEL – MEKONG DELTA (04days/03nights)
• HOCHIMINH – VUNG TAU – HOCHIMINH (04days/03nights)
• HOCHIMINH – CUCHI – VUNGTAU – MEKONG (05days/04nights)

Special Note:
1. Vietnam government has reduced visa stamping fee (At the airport to get visa on arrival) from 45usd to 25usd from 23 Nov 2015 onwards
2. Cambodia visa on arrival recommendation – no need to do anything in advance, just bring passport and photo (4×6) to airport immigration counter and pay 30usd to get visa stamp
3. Laos visa on arrival only recommendation – no need to do anything in advance, just bring passport and photo (4×6) to airport immigration counter and pay 30usd to get visa stamp

ABOUT HANDETOUR (http://www.handetour.com)

HANDETOUR with its head office situated in Hanoi capital, Vietnam, was established in early 2006 by Mr. Nguyen Tuan Anh and his team, soon becoming a Professional Inbound Tour Operator with thousands of travel agents and clients all over the world.

HANDETOUR, A local, reliable Vietnam Tour Operator and Vietnam Travel Agency, specializes in High Quality and Luxury Travel in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

HANDETOUR provides tourists with classic culture and leisure tours, luxury tours, cruises, set departure tours, daily excursions, special interest tours and other travel services (quality accommodation booking, fast visa service, easy ticket booking, transportation arrangement, qualified tour guide/ interpreter hire and M.I.C.E planning) within Indochina countries.

HANDETOUR also provides tourists with other Asian multi-countries tours including Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, China, etc.

HANDETOUR (established on 26th April 2006)
+ Business License No: 0101929662 by Hanoi Planning and Investment Department
+ International Tour Operator License No: 01-380 / TCDL-GP LHQT by Vietnam Administration Of Tourism
+ Member of: Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA #2436); Vietnam Society Of Travel Agents (VISTA); Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT); Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Hanoi Tourism); Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA #6989); American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA # 900169082); Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce And Industry (VCCI)

Media Contact:
Nguyen Tuan Anh
Handetour
+84 4 36416359
tuananh@handetour.com
http://www.handetour.com

Handetour Vietnam to Draw More American Tourists

Handetour Vietnam is participating in Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show – The largest travel show in the US on 27-28 Feb 2016 to draw more American tourists to the company.

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Los Angeles, CA, USA (November 23, 2015) — Handetour Vietnam is participating in Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show – The largest travel show in the US on 27-28 Feb 2016 to draw more American tourists to the company. Handetour has its own booth #1015 where American could find travel information, plan and book their next tours to Vietnam and Indochina.

Handetour director, Mr. Tuan Anh Nguyen said “With more than 320 million population, 70 million travelers abroad, nearly half a million travel to Vietnam and spend more than US$100 million in Vietnam each year, American travel market shows immense potential for the company’ future growth”.

He also figured out the details “443,826 American arrivals in 2012; 432,228 American arrivals in 2013; 443,776 American arrivals in 2014 and in the first six months of 2015, the number of American visitors to Vietnam reached 255,868, just after China, South Korea and Japan. Americans spend more than US$80 billion each year on tourism and this is a major point of interest to developing countries. They spend most in Vietnam – more than US$100 million, reported by Visa Inc”.

Vietnam is a real colorful country to visit with the friendly people, the scenic countryside, the bustling cities, the nice beaches, the delicious cuisine and the rich culture.

Top 10 things that American tourists should do in Vietnam was suggested by The US Huffington Post.

1 – One of the first things suggested is walking in the Old Quarter and around the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi capital.
2 – Visiting Ha Long Bay, the natural heritage of the world, is the second suggestion.
3 – Sa Pa is the next destination in the S-shaped country.
4 – Coming to Vietnam, visitors can enjoy Vietnamese style coffee and sunflower seeds on the sidewalk.
5 – Vietnamese pho is a dish not to be missed.
6 – Markets are also a unique facet of the culture of Vietnam.
7 – Hoi An ancient town is one of the most attractive destinations in Vietnam.
8 – Going to the Mekong Delta and the floating markets there.
9 – Vietnam home-stay is also one of the fun activities.
10 – The last thing that American tourists love to do in Vietnam are interested in is singing karaoke late at night.

About Handetour (http://www.handetour.com):

HANDETOUR, Vietnam Travel with its head office situated in Hanoi capital, Vietnam, was established in early 2006 by Mr. Nguyen Tuan Anh and his team, soon becoming a Professional Inbound Tour Operator with thousands of travel agents and clients all over the world.

HANDETOUR, A local, reliable Vietnam Tour Operator and Vietnam Travel Agency, specializes in High Quality and Luxury Travel in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

HANDETOUR provides tourists with classic culture and leisure tours, luxury tours, cruises, set departure tours, daily excursions, special interest tours and other travel services (quality accommodation booking, fast visa service, easy ticket booking, transportation arrangement, qualified tour guide/ interpreter hire and M.I.C.E planning) within Indochina countries.

HANDETOUR also provides tourists with other Asian multi-countries tours including Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, China, etc.

HANDETOUR (established on 26th April 2006)
+ Business License No: 0101929662 by Hanoi Planning and Investment Department
+ International Tour Operator License No: 01-380 / TCDL-GP LHQT by Vietnam Administration Of Tourism
+ Member of: Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA #2436); Vietnam Society Of Travel Agents (VISTA); Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT); Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (Hanoi Tourism); Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA #6989); American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA # 900169082); Vietnam Chamber Of Commerce And Industry (VCCI)

Media Contact:
Nguyen Tuan Anh
Handetour
+84 4 36416359
tuananh@handetour.com
http://www.handetour.com

TPConnects’ First Airline Customer Now Live with IATA NDC with the Latest Publication of the NDC Standard

The aggregator and booking tool with NDC standard will change the way air travel is retailed by giving travel agents the capability to access features and options typically available only through airline websites.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — TPConnects, a technology solution provider to the global trade today confirmed that its Travel Aggregator platform based on IATA NDC’s XML-based data transmission standard is now live for its first airline customer in United Arab Emirates.

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The announcement of the first airline delivering live transaction with IATA NDC standard in Africa and Middle East region was made by IATA’s Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler, during the IATA Middle East and Africa Aviation day in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 27th October.

By adapting the NDC Standard and using TPConnects platform, the airline will be able to differentiate its products and services, distribute the entirety of the product portfolio, including ancillaries and promotional fares, present the airline’s products in an attractive manner using rich format like photos and videos, expand the amount of information available on each product: attributes, facilities, policies, passenger reviews etc. and offer value-added products and services when applicable in addition to other non-air product offerings like hotels, cars, activities, event and concert tickets and insurance.

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Kristine Fernandez, Director Business Development at TPConnects said; ‘We are glad that our first airline customer went live with IATA NDC. With the airline industry under extreme financial pressure, stiff competition, consumers grow increasingly tech-savvy and mobile, TPConnects booking and distribution tool with NDC standard assist airlines to adopt a merchandising strategy that not only takes the need of travelers into account, but also achieves the main goal of airline to increase its profits and shift from a service provider to a retailer.

With TPConnects aggregator platform, travel agents are now able to search, compare and sell all the products and services of the airline including ancillaries and non-air products such as hotels, car, activities and insurance. With volume business, airlines are now able to negotiate better rates from the non-air product suppliers which will eventually benefit the end customers. Alternatively, the switch model enables the travel agents to plug their own credentials and contracted rates from suppliers.

TPConnects is using IATA NDC standard to connect to many airlines, and GDS’s to receive up-to-the-minute flight availability, pricing and offers, both bundled and unbundled.

TPConnects merchandising solution let airlines create and distribute tailored customer offerings.

About TPConnects
Established in 2012, TPConnects is the next generation travel booking solution: an innovative cloud based travel booking and distribution tool for travel agencies, airlines, online travel agencies and tour operators with a merchandising engine. TPConnects is a values-based company driven by the mission “Shaping the future of travel distribution.” Our proposition is simple: we want to help airlines to retail travel products, deliver rich content, bundle offers and provide consumers with the ability to create their own offers-choosing services like hotels, activities and enable travel agents to search, compare and sell travel products..

TPConnects along with other aggregators who follow the New Distribution Capability (NDC) standards, will change the way air travel is retailed by giving travel agents and travel management companies (TMCs) the capability to access features and options typically available only on airline websites. TPConnects is the only aggregator that works for both airlines and travel agencies.

TPConnects delivers efficiencies to both leisure and business travel consultants. Travel Consultants will be able to search, compare, and select products based on customer preference. If the customers wish to reveal their identity, the agent only needs to log in to TPConnects’ personalization page. For a travel management company, this cuts the time it takes to complete the booking process by up to almost 50%. The integration also distributes efficiencies throughout agency mid- and back-office processes with additional benefits in terms of customer information, tracking and reporting. TPConnects platform is Cloud Based (SAAS), Secure, Service Focused, Scalable, Fast, flexible, Shared and Usage based.

TPConnects is largely focused on delivering an aggregator system connecting buyers with sellers and a merchandising engine to airlines in the developing world, facilitating the sale of anything (flights, hotels, ancillaries, event tickets, cars, activities etc.) through any channel (B2B, B2C, B2B2C, B2B2B) using any form of payment (Cash, Credit Card, BSP, Prepaid).

With its development center in Calicut, India and Bucharest, Romania along with the representation office in Dubai, UAE TPConnects’ goal is to shape the future of travel distribution with the new IATA NDC Schema.

For more information, please contact:
Suzanne Lawrence
Head of PR & Marketing
00971567346091
management@tpconnects.com
http://www.tpconnects.com

“Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy” Report Released by Wellness Tourism Worldwide

Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW), a leading wellness tourism research, education and consulting business, is pleased to announce the release of “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy.”

Wellness Travel Shaping America's Health & Economy

Los Angeles, CA, USA (August 28, 2014) — Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW), a leading wellness tourism research, education and consulting business, is pleased to announce the release of “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy.”

Quoted below in italics is an excerpt from “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy” outlining who should be involved and why*:

• Medical professionals & wellness practitioners who understand the value of vacations in promoting mental health, physical activity and social engagement
• Parks and recreation professionals and outdoor outfitters who value nature’s solution to a sedentary and urbanized lifestyle
• Museums, cultural attractions and organizations that understand art’s important role to engagement, innovation, creativity and emotional, intellectual, physical and social well-being
• Farms, ranches and food related organizations and companies who seek to preserve local food culture and improve health & sustainability
• Travel businesses, organizations, associations and professionals that understand vacations are a need, not a luxury and that travel is a top contributor to the economy
• Meeting planners and human resource professionals who recognize the growing emphasis on a sustainable work-force and the need to maintain the health of meeting and conference participants
• Organizations that promote family values and understand the need for quality time, personal enrichment and memory making through travel
• Progressive business executives, managers & entrepreneurs who value vacations’ positive impact on productivity and work/life balance
• Labor unions & other organizations representing workers and advocate for employee rights, benefits and compensation
• Insurance companies seeking to reduce claims through wellness promotion and by encouraging physical, social and emotional well-being through an active and engaged way of life
• Teachers, schools, universities, colleges and institutions that promote life-long learning, social studies, creative arts, language skills and educational enrichment
• Social justice organizations that support fair trade and responsible community development
• Environmental organizations that understand that people’s health is tied to the environment in which they live and recreate
• All people who care about work/life balance, quality of life and well-being

Defining wellness has been a challenge to advocates, academics and businesses but even more formidable has been facilitating higher levels of individual, social and national well-being.

Wellness Travel in America: Shaping Health, Businesses & Economy provides unprecedented data on wellness travel in the United States, examining a broad spectrum of stakeholders and confluences between sectors affecting both population and economic health. A culmination of U.S. consumer survey data and extensive research across multiple industries, the report can be used to understand how wellness travel can play a significant role in disease prevention, workplace wellness, vacation policy development, tourism development and destination marketing.

Over 60 tables and figures are contained in this comprehensive 90-page document. The report includes an extensive review of wellness trends, workplace policies, and proprietary data collection and analysis of US consumers interested in healthy travel resulting in a data-driven profile marketers can use to promote their brand.

Epidemic levels of stress, obesity, sleep problems and lack of balance between home and work are drivers to the surging interest in wellness, affecting the way businesses operate. While wellness has garnered attention over the last several years, there has been very little discussion regarding what wellness travel means to U.S. consumers, businesses and the travel industry.

Concepts such as wellness vacations, healthy hotels, and business related wellness perks are on the rise as organizations seek to contain healthcare costs and drive volume and profits.

This report can be used to:

• Better integrate wellness concepts in leisure travel and business
• Gain understanding of wellness travel consumers, their interests, perceptions and needs as well as motivations, decisions and preferences in order to
• Better conceptualize wellness tourism as away to mitigate health, social and environmental problems related to an urbanized, industrialized world
• Improve, innovate and create travel products and services to positively impact health, happiness, productivity and ultimately strengthen America’s economy
• Promote healthy lifestyle vacation travel as an engine for economic growth, personal enrichment and better work/life balance

Wellness Tourism Worldwide Founder & CEO, Camille Hoheb, remarked, “Wellness tourism cuts across multiple sectors to stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation and a more comprehensive approach to population health and financial stability.” Adding, “Wellness Tourism Worldwide is constantly seeking ways to help others achieve their professional success and personal wellness goals and we believe this Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy, provides ample recommendations to do just that.”

Those wishing to get involved in wellness travel are invited to contact Wellness Tourism Worldwide through the contact page http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com/contact.html.

The report will be available for purchase online September 2, 2014 at http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com.

* The excerpt from “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy” in this press release is the property of Wellness Tourism Worldwide and any reference, citation or quotation is to be credited as “Wellness Travel: Shaping America’s Health & Economy prepared by Wellness Tourism Worldwide.”

About Wellness Tourism Worldwide: Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) is a leader in education, development and promotion of wellness travel. WTW works with companies, destinations and travel entrepreneurs to deliver meaningful experiences and boost revenue by improving the well-being of guests and clients. (http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com)

Media Contact: Camille Hoheb | camille@wellnesstourismworldwide.com | 310-720-1755

Luxury Travel Just Launched A Half Day Trip To Cu Chi Tunnels by Waterway From Saigon

The new way to visit the tunnels is very convenient, taking just 1 hour and 15 minutes to get from Ho Chi Minh City, with NO traffic jams! Saigon’s based daytrippers can admire the perspective of the HCMC skyline as they cruise upstream on the new yacht.

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Hanoi, Vietnam, November 10, 2013 — “Many travelers go by road to Cu Chi, but you will take a half day excursion by waterway to the famous tunnels, which stretched for over 200 km and became legendary during the 1960s when they played a vital part in the American War.” Says Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.

“Your adventure starts from Bach Dang Pier, and you will go on a scenic tour to discover the natural beauty and Vietnamese lifestyle along the river bank. Binh Duong Province is on the right hand side and Ho Chi Minh City on the left as you begin cruising through the frontier and you willed be amazed that just a few minutes from Bustling Saigon, there lies a peaceful countryside and amazing life in the world of water.”

The boat will continue to Cu Chi (Ben Dinh) which now is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists. Take a short walk to the “iron triangle” of Cu Chi. Travelers will have plenty of time to explore the tunnel system and watch a video about them, which includes commentary from former soldiers to help travelers better understand the history of the area.

In their heyday, the tunnels were a functioning underground city, including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens. After an hour and a half visiting the tunnels, travelers will go on boat back to Saigon where the tour ends.

Tour price start at 98 USD for the private party of 6 people, including private pick up and drop off services, entrances fees, water, fruits, boat trip and English speaking tour guide. Tour departs daily from 8 am or 1 pm for afternoon option. Discover more at http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com.

Vietnam-based Luxury Travel Ltd. is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers with luxury privately guided and fully bespoke touring holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: “The Finest and Most Innovative Luxury Travel and Tour Operator.” Visit Luxury Travel on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/luxurytravelcompany.

Media Contact:
Link Doan
Luxury Travel Group Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Street,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
84439274120
marketing@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.LuxuryTravelVietnam.com

Wellness Tourism Worldwide Announces Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2014

2nd Annual Forecast Pre-Release.

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Los Angeles, CA, USA (October 30, 2013) — Wellness Tourism Worldwide, a leading wellness travel business, is pleased to announce the release of its “Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends of 2014”. The forecast is based on data collection and research conducted throughout the year that consolidated trends across several sectors and industries to bring practical knowledge to both individuals and businesses.

WTW’s data and trend analysis included: site visits, literary review, surveys, interviews and feedback from consumers, travel trade, healthcare professionals, wellness experts and academia.

Camille Hoheb, wellness travel industry expert and founder of Wellness Tourism Worldwide and Editor of the Wellness Travel Journal noted, “The multi-dimensionality of wellness opens the door to a whole new world.” She added, “This forecast will encourage consumers and business to think of vacation travel in new ways. Our data shows that consumers view vacations as an important way to improve health, happiness and productivity. Vacation trips are often a catalyst for transformation and consumers view wellness travel as a personal investment.”

While last year’s forecast focused on the impact of wellness on air transit, hotel accommodation and destinations; this year’s report is focused on business and marketing strategy. The report, “Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2014: Boosting Sales & Maximizing Profits” will be released in January.

Snapshot: Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2014 (descriptions below)

1. Mind Matters
2. The Rise of Wellness Travel Agents
3. La Local Vita
4. Breaking Bread with Wellness Travel
5. Vacation RX
6. Looking for Personal Enrichment
7. Burgeoning Secondary Wellness Market
8. Slow Travel
9. Affluent & Altruistic
10. Spas on a Mission

Mind Matters:
Consumers have caught on to mindful vacations that offer mental restoration. Practices learned on a trip such as meditation, yoga, qi going and journaling can be incorporated at home to help manage stress, improve cognitive capacity and maintain emotional equilibrium.

The Rise of Wellness Travel Agents
With the growing interest in trips to enhance mind, body and spirit, wellness tourism has created a new niche for travel agents to grow or expand their business while offering a personally and professionally rewarding career specialty.

La Local Vita:
Consumers have developed a deeper appreciation for locally relevant and authentic experiences with an emphasis on living “la local vita” (the local life). Mindsets have shifted away from tourist behavior to a keen interest in community-based exploration where getting to know the locals in a meaningful way sweetens the experience.

Breaking Bread With Wellness
Food tourism is a big trend intersecting with wellness travel. In addition to the physical aspect of sustenance; food tours, cooking classes, agriculture and farm-to-table experiences speak to the emotional, social, intellectual and sustainable aspects of well-being.

Vacation RX:
“Take 2 weeks and call me in the morning.” Physicians are now prescribing vacations as an antidote from stress. Doctor’s orders for physical activity in parks are also being written to help combat obesity and diabetes in children.

Looking for Personal Enrichment
With the understanding that wellness is more than fitness and nutrition, consumers are choosing trips that either focus solely on personal enrichment or as a part of their travel plans. Many consumers are viewing vacations, weekend getaways and retreats as a catalyst for change.

Slow Travel:
Have you ever felt pressured to run through your vacation checking off sites to see and things to do? Slow travel advocates changing the pace in order to sip, savor and revel in the vacation experience.

Affluent & Altruistic:
Spurned by personal growth and discovery, affluent travelers value experiences connecting them to charitable causes and local communities. Volunteering on vacation has become increasingly popular and research shows altruism can improve well-being.

Burgeoning Secondary Wellness Market: There is a large segment of travelers who may not opt for wellness retreats or tours but are committed to maintaining their healthy lifestyle on the road. Air transit and hotels are investing resources to attract these guests that are both business and leisure travelers.

Spas on a Mission:
The spa industry is staking a claim on wellness tourism and on wellness in general. Eager to shake the image of pampering for the affluent, spas are repacking and rebranding as wellness providers to attract a larger market.

To request a free download of the Infographic “Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends for 2014” please go to http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com.

About Wellness Tourism Worldwide
Wellness Tourism Worldwide’s (WTW) mission is to improve well-being and economic growth through travel by providing market intelligence, education, training, and promotion of wellness travel to destinations, suppliers, sellers and consumers. Our consulting team is responsible for tourism education, development, branding and promotion, healthy destination accreditation, spa operations, hotel management, leisure travel sales, hospital administration & health promotion. WTW publishes the Wellness Travel Journal (WTJ), a monthly e-publication inspiring, educating and motivating readers to invest in themselves through wellness vacations and retreats. Our B2C approach offers advertisers a direct line to consumers worldwide while also linking buyers to suppliers, making WTJ a valuable resource for industry and consumers alike. (http://www.wellnesstourismworldwide.com)

Contact: Camille Hoheb | camille@wellnesstourismworldwide.com | 310 720-1755