Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Tours.com's Travel-Intel Checks Out the Hot Spots and Hot Oughts for the New Year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- What's trending in travel for 2015? Think mechanical butlers, "welcome joints" upon check-in, perhaps Detroit as the next must-do destination.

At least those are some of the travel movements afoot according to some recent surveys monitoring the search engines for what would-be travelers are seeking.

This week's Travel-Intel features a focus on these trends in travel and offers up the Top Ten Travel Predictions for 2015. Travel-Intel is a publication that goes out weekly to more than 103,000 sellers of travel. It is also posted online at Tours.com.

Also in view this week in Travel-Intel is a look at the top travel gadgets in the pipeline, straight from the annual Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas this month. While autos on auto-pilot, speakers that levitate and furniture pieces that turn into gadget chargers were all the rage this year, Travel-Intel was there to see what might be in store for the savvy traveler who wants to pack the right gadgets for the road.

In other updates, this week's Travel-Intel is running a feature on where to find private island perfection in Fiji. The Wakaya Club & Spa keeps the luxury in line while maintaining progressive practices in ecology and sustainability. The property is a member of the Kurtz-Ahlers collection of exclusive hotels and resorts.

Also in Fiji, The Brando became the newest member of the National Geographic Society's Unique Lodges of the World and joins such remarkable properties as the Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland and the Southern Ocean Lodge in Australia as extraordinary places around the world with demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity and excellence. Travel-Intel looks at the collection and what the designation actually means.

Finally, Travel-Intel takes a look at business travel and what forecasts are saying for the health of corporate travel this year. And for anyone in search of the perfect cup of tea, Travel-Intel's writers are checking out travel to Assam in northeast India where tea gardens tell the story behind the hardy tea leaf.

Travel-Intel reports from travel conferences and expos, as well as popular hotels, exotic resorts, cruise ships and ports, and destinations near and far with stories that feature the latest intel on travel. Current features and archives can be viewed at www.travel-intel.com.

"We have been watching travel as a business, as an industry and as a passionate pursuit for more than 20 years," said Lark Gould, content director for Travel-Intel and Tours.com. "No two travel experiences are alike and no destination is the same as it was. It is important to have experienced travel journalists with deepened perspective keep on top of these places and practices."

As a veteran travel journalist who has been covering the travel industry for more than 20 years, Gould puts her incisive perspective into the weekly publication, with features and news updates, and also "packages" issues that detail great travel deals to be found at hotels and resort locations worldwide. Travel-Intel can be viewed as a stand-alone site on Tours.com. Gould publishes travel columns and stories in Larkslist, Barclay's Travel Community, the Washington Times, and Business Traveler USA.

About Tours.com: Tours.com Since 1995 -- The Only Worldwide Directory of Tours & Vacation -- the most comprehensive directory of tour and vacation providers searchable by company name, destination and/or activity. Find a Travel Agent Specialist search feature allows one to find travel agents with in-depth knowledge in their chosen specialty. The Travel Resource section includes all the information a travel professional may need from Passport & Visas, Travel Insurance, Accommodations ( B&B, castles, villas and more, etc.) Cruises, Barges, Boats, Yachts & Ferries, Rail & Railroad Vacations just to name a few.

Contact: 
Maria Polk
President & CEO
Tours.com 
Phone: 415-332-7916 
[email protected] 

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