TRENDING TOPICS – WEEK 32/2017

By Jennifer Hohepa-Lam and Tim van der Pas, Efficient Hotel Partner, 11 August 2017

The dark side of tourism: Amsterdam’s homeless students
Tourists are pushing students and locals out of Amsterdam´s city centre. Universities claim that the city is already facing a shortage of 12,000 student homes. Private student hotels are offering new solutions, hosting students and tourists under one roof. But not everybody is convinced. Amsterdam is amazing for tourists, but for all young people it is almost impossible to find a place on the private housing market. It is described as the AirBnB-dilemma. Average AirBnB prices of 150 – 250 euro per night are more profitable for landlords than renting the room to a student on fixed contracts.

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Image 1: Canal Parade / Source: Parool

100.000 people visit Canal Pride Parade in Amsterdam
A massive 100 thousand people turned out to watch the Canal Pride parade in Amsterdam on Saturday, the traditional highlight of the nine-day long Amsterdam Pride festival. For the first time the parade, consisting of 80 boats this year, travelled in the opposite direction, from Oosterdok to Westerdok. The theme of the parade was ‘This Is My Pride’. The prize for most theme appropriate boat went to the boat of travesty act Dolly Bellefleur.

TUI lifts annual turnover forecast as tourism remains strong
Travel operator TUI raised its full year expectations for turnover on the back of strong demand for its hotels, cruises and holidays. The company said it sees turnover for the year rising more than the 3% previously guided after delivering a 16.4% increase in the third quarter to €4.7bn from €4.2bn the same period a year ago.

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Image 2: Whale art in Paris / Source: Travelpulse

Is that a beached whale in Paris?
When a whale washes up on the banks of the River Seine in Paris, people take notice. The whale was an impressive art display and the scientists were actually actors. The exhibition was the work of a group of Belgian artists known as the Captain Boomer Collective and is meant to raise awareness about human impact on the environment, specifically whale habitats.

Global air travel hits 12-year high
A new report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts a record breaking summer travel season for the northern hemisphere. During the first six months of 2017, global demand for air travel was up 7.9 percent. In June alone, demand increased 7.8 percent. The IATA report attributes the spiking demand to improved economies and lower fares.

Citizens of 80 countries can now enter Qatar visa-free
In a landmark move, Qatar has further eased its visa policies allowing citizens of 80 countries visa-free entry.  With this announcement, Qatar has now the highest in the region in terms of number of nationalities eligible to enter visa-free, making it the most open country in the region. Citizens of those 80 countries wishing to visit Qatar will no longer need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry waiver will be issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket.

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Image 3: Empty cockpit / Source: Pilotjobs

Would you get on a pilotless plane?
As we move closer to a world of driverless cars, which have already been on the road in some US cities and have also been tested in London, remotely controlled planes may be the next automated mode of transport. In a recent survey, only 17% of those questioned said they would board such a plane, with more young people willing to give them a try and the 25 to 34 age group the most likely to step on board. One of the biggest debating points around the introduction of the planes is safety.

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