Mayoral polls to city civic body all set to see stiff fight

first_imgBengaluru, Sep 10 (PTI) The stage is all set for a stiff contest in the high-stake mayoral poll to the city civic body tomorrow in the midst of Congress and JDS forging an alliance to upset BJPs plans to wrest control of the BBMP council even after the saffron party bagged 100 of 198 seats in the August 22 polls. BJP had won 100 wards out of 198 and Congress 76, JDS 14 and others eight. Besides corporators, the 260-member BBMP Council includes 62 other members from Bengaluru with voting rights. They include Members of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, MLAs and MLCs. With the magic number to gain control over BBMP being 131, the Congress-JDS alliance, which claims to have a combined strength of 132, appears all set to sail through. In the backdrop of JDS deciding to join hands with Congress for the mayoral polls, BJP had filed a petition in Karnataka High Court, challenging Section 10 of Karnataka Municipal Act 1976, which allows both non-corporators and corporators to participate in the Mayoral poll. The court had yesterday ordered that the result of the September 11 mayoral election would be subjected to the outcome of the petition. However, the court had said it would keep aside the election of the mayor if the constitutionality of the participation of non-corporators was invalidated. In the wake of hung council, police has imposed prohibitory orders on the premises of BBMP head office. Only members who have the right to vote will be allowed to participate in the election process. No outsider or member of the public, except mediapersons, will be allowed to cover the proceedings. PTI BDN APR DB DKadvertisementlast_img read more

New research highlights what Chinese guests want from Australian hotel

first_imgNew research highlights what Chinese guests want from Australian hotelsThe sixth annual Chinese International Travel Monitor released by Hotels.com™ has revealed that Chinese travellers are spending a whopping 28 per cent of their income on average on international travel. They also intend to spend 10 per cent more on travel in the next 12 months, with Australia topping the list as the most desired destination in Asia-Pacific.Regardless of many key indicators showing signs of a slowdown in the Chinese economy, this year’s CITM found spending on travel increased across all age brackets, with Chinese travellers spending US$3,600 in the last 12 months – more than a quarter of their income and an increase of 4 per cent compared with the previous year. 90s millennials are the biggest spenders, allocating 35 per cent of their income to travel.93 per cent of Australian hoteliers surveyed in the Hotels.com research said they accommodated Chinese travellers, with 55 per cent observing growth of the market over the last 12 months. According to the Hotels.com data, Australia was deemed the third most welcoming country to Chinese travellers, up one place from 2016.Despite this, the Hotels.com report revealed a gap in what Chinese guests want versus what hotels are providing, highlighting that, by making some adaptions to accommodate Chinese tourists, there is huge potential for Australian hotels to further tap into this market.While Australian hotels are focusing their efforts on social media and marketing programs in a bid to attract Chinese travellers, the investment in on-site services for Chinese guests has decreased according to the Hotels.com data, with only 5 per cent spending more than US$10,000.The report identified key areas where hotels could improve their services, according to Chinese travellers: Chinese payment facilities at hotels, such as UnionPay, rank second for consumers in importance, yet only 18 per cent of AU hotels currently offer these facilities. Indeed, only 15 per cent intend to offer them in the next 12 months. In-house Mandarin speaking staff was ranked number one by travellers but was low on the list for hoteliers, with only 16 per cent currently offering the service and 11 per cent planning to in the next 12 months.On-site Chinese restaurants were ranked fifth by travellers however only 3 per cent of hoteliers currently offer this service. Only 5 per cent intend to provide it in the next 12 months.Translated travel guides were ranked number four by travellers but are a low in priority for hoteliers; 14 per cent currently offer this and only 17 per cent plan to in future.Hotels.com Marketing Manager for Australia and New Zealand, David Spasovic says both the perception of Australia as a welcoming destination, and willingness of accommodation providers to cater to Chinese travellers is critical to ensuring sustainability of the local tourism industry.“As Australia’s second largest inbound tourist market[1], there’s no doubt that Chinese travellers offer huge economic benefits to our country. It’s fantastic to see Australia continues to deliver quality and friendly hospitality and Hotels.com is proud to partner with accommodation providers who work hard to ensure Chinese travellers feel welcome in our beautiful country. Despite this, Australia has fallen two places since topping the wish list of countries to visit last year.“The CITM report notes that Chinese travellers have entered a new phase in their evolution and are demanding more of everything – more time travelling, more locations and more diverse experiences. With Tourism Australia estimating up to AU$13 billion in total expenditure by Chinese travellers by 2020[2], it’s vital that hoteliers adapt to these evolving needs and develop tailored hotel services that tap into their enormous spending power.”The rise of the ‘more generation’The Hotels.com survey reported all age groups traveling more often and for longer, with the number of trips and number of days per trip increasing in the past year from 3 to 4 and from 5 to 7 days, respectively. Chinese travellers are also visiting multiple cities per trip, with over 80 per cent saying they would not just stay in a single city.The average amount spent per day also increased – up 8 per cent from 2016 – with dining, sightseeing and rest and relaxation activities proving most popular. Interestingly, shopping took a dive from last year – dropping from 68 per cent in 2016 to 33 per cent in 2017, and indicating the increasing diversification of Chinese travel preferences.Independent travel, including backpacking, is well and truly in for this increasingly discerning, experience-hungry group of travellers, with 50 per cent saying they are interested in this type of travel. Only 37 per cent said they will take part in group tours in the future, according to the research.Source = Hotels.comlast_img read more