Holland America Line 2024-2025 Set to Explore

From the colossal glaciers of Antarctica to the lush jungles of Brazil, Holland America Line's 2024-2025 South America season explores the diverse landscapes of the continent on destination-rich itineraries. From November 2024 through March 2025, Oosterdam offers cruises ranging from 14 to 22 days that visit exotic ports and offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences like visiting the Inca ruins of Macchu Pichu, rounding Cape Horn and sailing south to the world's most remote continent.

In February 2025, Zaandam sails the ultimate Amazon adventure with a 27-day itinerary roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that navigates the longest river in the world. The ship will traverse the two-toned meeting of the waters and journey along the Amazon River. This cruise adds a legendary voyage to Holland America Line's roster of itineraries that allow travelers to explore the world with a short drive or flight to departure.

"Holland America Line's South America cruises continue to attract travelers looking for those memorable experiences like the Amazon, Macchu Pichu and Antarctica, and South America delivers not only cultural immersion but also some of the most spectacular scenery in the world," said Beth Bodensteiner, chief commercial officer, Holland America Line. "Our perfectly sized ships make it possible to explore these remote locations and visit smaller ports that give our guests a unique perspective of the continent."

Highlights of the South America and Antarctica Season:

14-day "South America Passage" itineraries cruise between San Antonio (Santiago), Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina:

Guests enjoy an overnight visit to Buenos Aires at the beginning or end of each cruise, giving extra time to take in a tango show and experience the nightlife of one of South America's most vibrant cities.

Ports include Puerto Montt, Puerto Chacabuco and Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia, Argentina; Stanley, Falkland Islands; and Montevideo, Uruguay.

Stunning scenic cruising includes the Chilean Fjords, Strait of Magellan, Beagle and Cockburn Channels, Glacier Alley and rounding Cape Horn.

Departures: Dec. 1, 2024, and Feb. 19 and March 5, 2025.

17-Day "Panama Canal and Inca Discovery" cruises sail between Fort Lauderdale and San Antonio (Santiago):

Two nights at Callao (Lima), Peru, allow extra time for guests to take an overland tour to Macchu Pichu.

Calls in Grand Cayman, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Chile, with an overnight at Fuerte Amador, Panama.

A journey between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans with a transit through the lakes and locks of the famed Panama Canal.

Departures: Nov. 14, 2024, and March 19, 2025.

22-Day "South America and Antarctica" itineraries cruise between San Antonio (Santiago) and Buenos Aires:

An overnight visit to Buenos Aires at the beginning or end of each cruise.

Calls in Uruguay, Argentina, Falkland Islands and Chile.

Four memorable days exploring the vistas of Antarctica, guided by a naturalist who comes on board to point out penguin colonies and whale pods.

Scenic cruising includes the Chilean fjords, Drake Passage, Beagle Channel and Glacier Alley.

Departures: Dec. 15, 2024 (holiday cruise), and Jan. 6 and 28, 2025.

Highlights of the Amazon Explorer Cruise:

27 days, departing Feb. 8, 2025, aboard Zaandam:

Roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, making this legendary cruise to the Amazon possible with a convenient flight or short drive to the departing homeport.

12 total ports in the Caribbean and Brazil, as well as French Guiana.

Caribbean islands include St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Dominica and Tortola.

5 ports throughout Brazil, including an overnight at Manaus at the heart of the Amazon.

Several days cruising along the Amazon River with the famed "meeting of the waters" where the deep, dark Rio Nefro flows side by side with the sandy waters of the Amazon's Rio Solimões.

Two equator crossings where guests and team members who've never crossed go from pollywog to shellback.

Have It All Early Booking Bonus

For a limited time, when guests book 2024-2025 South America and Antarctica cruises with the Have It All premium package, the standard package amenities of shore excursions, specialty dining, a Signature Beverage Package and Surf Wi-Fi are included — plus the added perk of free prepaid Crew Appreciation, along with free upgrades to the Elite Beverage Package and Premium Wi-Fi. Guests can also take advantage of Holland America Line's Exclusive Mariner Society Early Booking Bonus. Mariner Society loyalty members can enjoy up to $400 onboard credit per stateroom when select cruises open for sale. Guests must book by June 5, 2023, to take advantage of the Exclusive Mariner Society Early Booking Bonus.

Holland America Line, part of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL andNYSE:CUK), has been exploring the world for 150 years with expertly crafted itineraries, extraordinary service and genuine connections to each destination. Offering an ideal mid-sized ship experience, its fleet visits nearly 400 ports in 114 countries around the world and has shared the thrill of Alaska for 75 years — longer than any other cruise line. Holland America Line's 11 vessels feature a diverse range of enriching activities and amenities focused on destination immersion and personalized travel. The best live music at sea fills each evening at Music Walk, and dining venues feature exclusive selections from a Culinary Council of world-famous chefs.

Hotel Management Japan Offers Unique Lodging

Hotel Management Japan Co., Ltd. has served diverse customer needs with 21 hotels and 6,472 rooms (https://www.oriental-hotels.com/en/hotellist/) across Japan, including Oriental, Hilton, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn brands as well as a Tokyo Disney Resort® Partner Hotel.

Among these 21 hotels, 15 are operated by the Oriental Hotels & Resorts (https://www.oriental-hotels.com/en/) brand which highlights some of Japan's unique facets by using an original breakfast menu with local dishes and providing opportunities for hands-on experience of Japanese traditions and culture. The hotel brand makes travel in Japan more enjoyable by offering a one-of-a-kind place to stay that can also be a travel destination in itself.

As Japan eased entry restrictions in October 2022 and because of the yen's historic fall, Hotel Management Japan, which has 6,472 rooms in 21 hotels of various types across Japan, has seen growth in the number of inbound tourists. Particularly popular among tourists from Asian countries are its hotels located near the two biggest theme parks in Japan: Oriental Hotel Tokyo Bay, a Tokyo Disney Resort® Partner Hotel, and Oriental Hotel Universal City, an official hotel of Universal Studio Japan. Both hotels have been selected for great access to the theme parks.

In Okinawa Prefecture, a popular destination in all seasons, Oriental Hotel Okinawa Resort & Spa officially opened after renovation in March 2022. The Yambaru forest, which was registered as a Natural World Heritage Site in July 2021, is enormously popular among couples and family tourists as they can enjoy various recreational activities such as buggy riding, stand-up paddle boarding, and cycling.

Only five minutes away by subway from Fukuoka Airport, gateway to Kyushu, Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station is in a prime location directly connected to the subway station. Many guests from Asian countries, especially from South Korea, come here because of the location. At the front desk, a free booklet written by hotel staff is available in multiple languages with recommendations for sightseeing spots and restaurants. It has been well-received by international guests. The hotel also offers hands-on programs such as making traditional Japanese paper (washi) and preparing spicy cod roe (mentaiko). This is how we create memorable experiences.

Enjoy breakfast with abundant use of local ingredients!

One of the highlights of Oriental Hotels & Resorts is breakfast. A variety of exquisite dishes are served in a buffet style. Unique eggs benedict on a croffle (croissant dough cooked in a waffle maker) and juicy beef burgers cooked in front of guests are popular on all the hotel menus. In addition, fancy dishes using uniquely arranged local favorites are served at each hotel. Okinawa gives you Taco Rice and Rice Balls with pork & egg while Osaka offers Takoyaki and Kushikatsu.

A common request from international guests is gluten-free food. Hilton Tokyo Odaiba serves gluten-free ZENB Noodles for breakfast. These noodles do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. They have a smooth texture with a mild aroma of beans.

Online Travel Agencies IT Market to grow USD 1.73 billion 2021 - 2026

The global online travel agencies IT spending market size is estimated to grow by USD 1.73 billion from 2021 to 2026, according to Technavio. The market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 15.22% during the forecast period. The growth of the market is driven by factors such as increasing internet and smartphone penetration, increasing consolidation of online travel agencies, and differential packaging methods used by vendors.

The growth of the market is driven by the increasing internet and smartphone penetration. Governments in developed and developing countries are taking various initiatives to increase the accessibility of the internet to citizens. In addition, the rising adoption of smartphones has increased the number of internet users. This has encouraged online travel companies to launch innovative and user-friendly mobile applications to attract more customers. Some travel companies are partnering with mobile phone companies to provide special edition apps and offers for customers. All these factors are driving the growth of the market.

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Global Online Travel Agencies IT spending Market - Segmentation Assessment

Segment Overview

Technavio has segmented the market based on type (software spending, IT services spending, and hardware spending) and geography (North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and MEA).

The growth of the market in the software spending segment will be significant during the forecast period. Many travel enterprises are adopting cloud-based IT solutions to reduce costs, improve flexibility, enhance customer service, and adopt advanced technologies. This is increasing the adoption of spending on software solutions for marketing, selling, serving, and operating functions among enterprises. These factors are driving the growth of the segment.

Geography Overview

By geography, the global online travel agencies IT spending market is segmented into North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and MEA. The report provides actionable insights and estimates the contribution of all regions to the growth of the global online travel agencies IT spending market.

North America will account for 39% of the market growth during the forecast period. Expanding baby boomer population, increasing significant growth in disposable incomes, and increasing expenditures in leisure and traveling activities are driving the growth of the regional market.

Global Online Travel Agencies IT spending Market – Market Dynamics

Leading trends influencing the market

- The increasing adoption of online payment platforms is the key trend in the market.

- Online payments are increasingly becoming popular among consumers.

- Banks and financial institutions are securing their websites with secure socket layer certificates to benefit their customers.

- Search engines such as Google continuously provide updates to create awareness among online users about the security offered by various websites and web pages.

- All these factors are increasing the number of online transactions worldwide, which is expected to have a positive impact on market growth.

Major challenges hindering the market growth

- Disruptions in travel demand is identified as the major challenge affecting the growth of the market.

- Disruptions in travel happen due to various factors such as increase in airline pricing, hotel pricing, and natural calamities.

- Many customers book tickets and other amenities, and later cancel these services due to various reasons.

- During natural calamities, local governments impose restrictions on traveling.

- Such instances create significant losses to vendors and negatively impact market growth.

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- Growth of the online travel agencies IT spending market industry across North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and MEA

- A thorough analysis of the market's competitive landscape and detailed information about vendors

- Comprehensive analysis of factors that will challenge the growth of online travel agencies IT spending market vendors

OYO outpaces Industry with 18% Growth

Global travel technology company, OYO’s USA operation announced that it has outpaced the budget hotel segment’s growth in per available room revenue (RevPar) with an 18% rise in 2022 vs pre-covid year, 2019. The budget hotel segment in the meanwhile, grew by only 6% in the US, according to STR reports.

OYO has seen significant growth in its priority markets of Miami, Houston and Phoenix, where it has sizable concentration of hotels. According to STR Miami Sub Market report, the budget segment in the region saw a 21% jump in RevPar in 2022 vs 2019 while OYO hotels in the region saw a 28% uplift in RevPar in 2022 vs 2019, which translated to ~1.3x higher growth than the other budget hotels in the region. Overall, the region has witnessed a shift in demand pattern with majority of bookings coming from domestic tourists.

OYO saw a 13% jump in RevPar in Houston region while the budget hotel segment here saw a meagre 0.16% growth in RevPar, according to STR Sub Market report. For OYO, the increase in demand in the region can be attributed to uptick in business travel, given the region’s proximity to the oil & gas hub.

A popular leisure market, Phoenix saw a 32% jump in RevPar in 2022 vs 2019 whereas OYO’s hotels in the region saw 41% jump in RevPars, again, ~1.3x higher than industry revenue per available room.

Talking about the recovery, Gautam Swaroop, CEO OYO International said, “OYO’s US hotels have seen a significant improvement in per available room revenue in 2022, surpassing industry average. Domestic tourism has spearheaded this uplift with leisure and revival of business travel in 2022, leading the way. After two years of travel constraints, the US government easing restrictions in summer 2022 has played an important role in opening up domestic travel in the country and paving way to creating newer tourist pockets across the country.”

OYO offers hotels access to a large base of regular customers through its app and website, and also lists hotels on multiple Online Travel Agents (OTAs) to boost booking demand and, therefore, revenue. OYO’s best-in-class Artificial Intelligence-enabled pricing software automatically drives the best booking prices across all channels, based on room type, seasonality and other factors, therefore, enabling such doubling of revenues.

The company also helps ensure great experience for customers, with ease of search and quick booking experience, highly competitive room prices, automated tools such as Artificial Intelligence powered chatbots to quickly resolve customer queries, loyalty programmes and easy refund, if needed.

OYO US recently announced that it witnessed a 46% increase in per room revenue (RevPar) for its hotels since COVID (2020) with the strongest uplift at 64%, recorded during the peak season months of June, July, August vs the same period in 2020. For OYO US, coastal Oregon, Miami, Myrtle beach, Houston and San Antonio emerged as the destinations with highest RevPar in 2022. Travel recovery was largely led by domestic travel in the US.

OYO is a global platform that empowers entrepreneurs and small businesses with hotels and homes by providing full stack technology that increases earnings and eases operations. Bringing affordable and trusted accommodation that guests can book instantly.