Expedia reveals the rise of sports tourism

first_imgExpedia reveals the rise of sports tourismWith the rugby currently underway in England and less than a year until the summer games in Brazil, fans around the world are gearing up for some of the biggest and best international events on the sporting calendar.New research released today* by Expedia.co.nz shows that, for the nation’s most enthusiastic sports supporters, simply watching a live match from the comfort of their own sofa or the local pub no longer cuts it. The study shows that more than one in four Kiwis (28%) are planning to travel overseas to the host cities of major international sporting events in the next 12 to 24 months.Of the top sporting events coming up in 2015 and 2016, it will come as no surprise that it is the major rugby tournament of the year that is tempting more Kiwis to travel than any other sporting event on the calendar. In the run up to the Rugby World Cup, thirty eight percent of the nation was planning to head to the Northern Hemisphere to indulge their love of the game, compared to just 12% planning to travel to Rio in 2016. Other sporting events on the Kiwi travel agenda include the Monaco Grand Prix, Wimbledon and The Australian Open.Expedia.co.nz Travel Expert Kelly Cull comments: “There are some really exciting sporting events coming up over the next year, both locally and internationally, and for a nation that is so devoted to its sport, there’s nothing quite like watching the action live! A major sporting event is a great excuse to make the most of an overseas holiday and explore new destinations.”While sports tourism is rife among all Kiwi fans, the research reveals Aucklanders have the largest appetite for sport. More than a third (36%) from this region are likely to travel for an international game, compared to less than a third of Cantabrians (32%) and one in five Wellingtonians (21%). And, interestingly, it’s not just Kiwi blokes heading away for sporting matches, with the research revealing only a 10% gap between the sexes, as 23% of women and 33% of men are keen to travel.As for the best sporting travel companion, fifty three percent of Kiwis are most likely to travel with their husband, wife or partner, above travelling with their friends (18%), family (18%) or solo (8%). Men are little more likely than women to travel with their mates (29% vs. 23% of women), while women would rather holiday with their family (32% vs. 19% of men).When it comes to cost, Cull says: “There’s no escaping the fact that travelling to international cities at the time of big sporting events can be expensive. My top tip is to book now, as availability for major sporting events is often limited and prices are likely to rise as the big event draws near. Booking early and bundling your flight and hotel into apackage can greatly help with savings.”Source = Expedialast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Healthy poke bowls and

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHealthy poke bowls and a herbal tea designed especially for Qantas are among the new dining choices on Qantas’ new 787 Dreamliner Perth to London menus to increase hydration and help reduce jetlag.The airline’s creative director of food, beverage and service, Neil Perry, said the new menus combined research from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre with in-house experience of the Qantas and Rockpool teams to create dishes that encourage sleep at optimal times during the flight.“Working with clinical sleep specialists, nutritionists and metabolic scientists, we’ve designed new menu options using delicious ingredients that have added benefits of hydration, aiding sleep and reducing jetlag,” said Neil Perry.“The menu we are trialling on the Perth to London route will continue to offer a selection of customer favourites, but it has some special ingredient additions and exclusions.”Academic director of the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, Professor Stephen Simpson, said the next step in the research will involve trials with a group of Frequent Flyers using wearable technology and apps to collect data on sleeping and activity patterns, mental state, eating patterns and hydration before, during and after their long-haul flight.“Qantas’ new menu incorporates the latest scientific knowledge on nutrition and hydration and our scientists are excited by this opportunity to discover how the wide variety of influences work together during long haul flights.”Professor Stephen Simpson, Charles Perkins Centre, University of SydneyThe new menus will debut on Qantas’ 787 Dreamliner services from Perth to London on 24 March.Highlights of the new inflight menu across various cabins include:Probiotic Bc30-infused Botanica cold-pressed juice shotsA herbal tea that encourages relaxation, developed especially for Qantas by Dilmah, made from lemon verbena, chamomile and lemongrassDishes that feature ingredients to promote hydration such as green leafy vegetables, cucumber, strawberries and celeryTailoring specific ingredients (such as chilli) to particular times of the dayLighter meal options (e.g. tuna poke salad bowl)A hot chocolate bedtime drink with the combination of warm milk and chocolate containing the sleep-inducing amino acid Tryptophan to help prompt the body’s sleep cycleOrganic kombucha by Remedy: a live-cultured, sparkling drink full of natural probiotics that assist with digestionGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more