Technology is more present in tourist bus sector

Everyone talks about new technologies for mobile or cars, but no one stops to think that technology affects any sector. It has been concluded that to grow and expand, technology is the main tool to differentiate and to achieve corporate goals.

The tourist bus sector is no slouch, adopting and creating new products to meet the demands of tourists. Given the competition in the market, such as free walking tours or bike tours, tourist bus must be renewed and base its strategy on good service. For this, new technology can differentiate the service from other competitors.

USB Chargers, shops discounts, Wi-Fi or multi thematic audio tours are some of the new technologies that will make tourists decant to catch a tourist bus. Today tourists  want to be always connected , while they listen to the audio guide and see the main attractions of the city they are visiting.

The tourist wants to buy any entry to museums, sporting or cultural events with a single click, to optimize the time in the city. He also wants to reserve any restaurant without calling or going to the restaurant.

Technology is changing the business models of companies. So if you don’t adapt to the market rules or are flexible to change, it is very possible that you would not offer a good product or service to the customer and have to close.


World tourism grew by 4% in the first half of the year

The number of tourists worldwide has increased by 4% in the first half, driven in particular by Asia-Pacific and Africa, and to a lesser extent by Latin America and Europe, according to figures released by the World Tourism Organization (OMT) .

Approximately 561 million tourists traveled the world in the first half of the year, about 21 million more than in the first half of 2015.

The Asia-Pacific region received an additional 9% of international visitors, “thanks to a strong intraregional demand. Oceania was leader with a 10% increase of tourists.

Central and South America saw 6% rise in tourist arrivals, while in the Caribbean increased by 4%, partly thanks to the visitors coming from the United States.

Europe had a smaller increase, only 3%, and varied by areas: the eastern and northern reported an additional 5% of international visitors, but the west and south grew only 1 to 3%. This decline has been due to the alertness of some countries because of terrorism.

The same concerns led to a 9% drop in the number of tourists in North Africa and the Middle East. Africa as a whole saw an increase of 5%, thanks to the recovery of the sub-Saharan region 12%.

China remains the main supplier of tourists, up 20% of travelers in the first half, followed by the US (8%). Other countries that showed an increase in travel undertaken for its tourists were Spain (20%), Norway (11%) and Australia (10%).


World tourism grew by 5 % in the first quarter of 2016

The first third of 2016 closed with 348 million international tourist arrivals , 5.3% more than the record of 330 million reached in 2015.

Tourism started strongly in 2016. International movements increased by 5.3% in the first quarter , according to the barometer of the World Tourism Organization ( OMT ).

The results are positive in almost all regions and many destinations have registered double-digit growth, worldwide has  been recorded 348 million trips , 18 million more than in the first four months of 2015 . If this trend continues , 2016 will be the seventh consecutive year that tourism grows above the average of 4 % estimated by UNWTO.

Only the Middle East suffers a setback

By region, Asia – Pacific carries the highest growth with an annual rate of 9%. It has been recorded in all subregions a positive variation of 7% or higher. The second largest increase is for Africa, which closed the quarter with 7 % more tourists than last year . And this despite the north of the continent , deeply affected by the terrorist threat, has suffered a decline of 8%

North America , meanwhile , experiences a year growth of 5%, while Central America and South America exceed 7% 2015 results. Europe, the world’s most visited region , grew by 4 % compared to the first quarter of 2015. Finally, international tourist arrivals to the Middle East fell by 7 %, according to the limited information available

UNWTO expects tourism flows will increase between 3.5% and 4.5 % in 2016 overall , confirming its long-term forecast , pointing to a growth of 3.8 % annually between 2010 and 2020. Also , estimates that about 500 million international tourists made ​​trips between May and August 2016 , a figure that represents about 41 % of trips of the year .


Spain’s tourism sector prepares for a sixth consecutive year of record

The arrival of 70 million people this summer will boost growth of many areas of the Spain economy

Spain’s tourism sector is preparing for a record number of arrivals this summer. This massive influx is given by several factors:

  • Political, social and economic instability in countries such as Tunisia, Egypt or Turkey
  • good weather forecasts of this summer.

During the period from January to April have visited Spain more than 18 million people, a figure that represents a 13% more than the same period last year. This data confirms that  Spain is one of the countries with most tourist attraction, its tourism sector is strong and healthy.

Employment agencies say they are expecting a 13% increase in temporary hires over the summer months, while car sales have soared 38% year-on-year as rental firms buy new fleets of vehicles to meet expected demand.

The tourism sector has driven Spain’s economy over the course of the crisis, although many hotels have been forced to lower their prices in order to continue attracting visitors during the worst years of the recession. Prices in three- and four-star hotels this summer will be the same as when the crisis began in 2008. But the average cost of a five-star hotel has risen: from €168 eight years ago to €171.



Latest M&E installations: Barcelona and Oslo

M&E continues outfitting tourist buses all over the world with his multilingual systems. This time in Barcelona, most influential area of M&E, and Oslo new destination for the company which wants to open market in the Nordic countries. Tourist bus operators increasingly rely more on the functionality offered by the M&E systems.

Oslo is the entry of the product in the Nordic market, with the idea to differentiate themselves from the competition with the mark of quality and personalized service. Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki are cities with very attractive and M&E is studying the possibilities to install their systems there. Oslo is the first step to the implementation of M&E in the Nordic countries.

Barcelona is the capital of tourism in Spain. Every day up to Barcelona tourist buses thousands of people to visit a city with a special charm. The tourist offer is enormous and covers all tourist profiles. TMB and Barcelona City Tour (Julià Group) are the main tourist bus operators, they can see every year that their incomes increases given the greater influx of tourists in the city.

Companies such as City Sightseeing, Open tour Paris, Julià Group or TMB among many others, know firsthand the system and rely on their reliability and robustness. They understand that the installation of multilingual systems is a key to maximize the business profitability, in addition to offering a comprehensive service to tourists.


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Tourist train: New speciality of M&E

Nowadays the mode of visiting a city aboard a tourist bus, train and / or boat are increasingly fashionable. The benefits of these services are changing and adding more value, and the tourist knows appreciate them. It is clear that the tourist bus still have much more reputation than tourist train and boat, but it should be mentioned that the tourist train begins to take force in small tourist towns.

Cities like San Sebastian, Granada and Girona are already enjoying this new service. The tourist train service based on bringing the tourist along a route through the city while they listen to the comments by their individual headphones. The service is complete, while visiting the main attractions of the city its history and events is heard.

M&E has installed multilingual Systems in seven tourist trains

 M&E is specialized in the installation of multilingual systems in tourist trains, buses and boats. As the market tourist train is growing strongly M&E has adapted his systems for bus to be compatible with the tourist trains. M&E is the only company worldwide that can show off of having a system that works perfectly.

Until today cities such as San Sebastian, Girona, Lleida, Fuengirola, Granada and Peñiscola have installed M&E multilingual systems, and they match all the same:  “It has been a great boost for business and the sale of tickets”.

Finally M&E has also equipped the tourist train of the wine cellars Torres, a personalized project that works since 2008, and in 2014 turned it into a solar tourist train making it fully respectful with the environment.







Why to install a multilingual systems on your tourist bus?

Nowadays tourism has become more demanding with the services that a city can offer. People want a total experience that integrates the best gastronomy until the best guided tours. That’s why the tourist bus is so successful. The convenience offered, the possibility of having a panoramic view of the city and the mode hop-on hop-off, makes it almost mandatory for tourists.

Each city has its own beauty, its own history and culture. Every time a tourist visits a city wants to know that history has or monuments to see. That is why the multilingual systems of  tourist buses make a primary function of informing the tourists at all times. The multilingual systems have become a basic tool for any tourist bus operator offering a high quality service to tourists.

Many studies highlight the benefits of multilingual systems to operators in terms of customer loyalty and profit maximization. The system also offers a wide range of languages to cover all possible nationalities so as not to discriminate or not to leave anyone dissatisfied.

M&E world multilingual systems provider

M&E is the leading provider of multilingual systems worldwide always offering the highest quality in their systems, and having an enviable technical service by its competitors. M&E works for many worldwide operators always having a positive feedback. Innovation and differentiation are the main values, combined with quality make M&E a leading company in the sector.

Tourism is one of the foundations of the world economy, and it has to provide quality services to progress and retain tourists. Otherwise, visitors will decide to invest their money in other tourist destinations that could offer good services.

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Julià Group, differentiated brand within operators of tourist buses

Currently any tourist who has visited a major city sure you have seen typical red open top buses, touring the center, full of tourists taking pictures and listening to their multilingual systems. This type of tourism is essential for tourists, because in a few hours they have seen all the relevant sites of the city. Julià Group is one of the leading exponents of this sector, the third largest in the world with a positive growth expectations long-term average.

Julià Group has an offer ranging from Spanish cities such as Barcelona or Madrid, and other international cities like Mexico, San Francisco, Washington, Miami or London, which last year entered. The Catalan group, which began in passenger transport by road in 1933, activity that continues to have a significant weight in Spain and Andorra, has set a goal to use the bright red buses as a flag to expand to the cities with higher growth prospects of visitors from around the world. The company, which has not yet closed its accounts for 2015, notes that the forecast revenue growth is double digit, above the 250 million euros that entered a year earlier.

Julià Group has three divisions, transport, representing 8% of its turnover; the bus and tourist trains -a 17% of business- and business tourism and receptive tour operator, which represents the bulk of the revenue of the company and includes both the sale of airline tickets and trips or passenger transport in destination.

Finally, Julià Group has benefited from a sector that hasn’t suffered the irreparable consequences of the crisis, especially in Spain. The group has managed to diversify its business and has adopted a strategy of internationalization that has opened the doors of powerful and profitable markets.

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The UK tourism sector wants to stay in the European Union

The delicate situation of Great Britain shakes the main sectors that receive their income from abroad. The Brexit threatens to change the rules of the game setting the country on a new board game, where the most affected will be tourism. Concern grows in the British tourism sector by making the chamber tourism act aggressively against the British government. 82% of British tourism companies considered important to stay in the European Union (EU). They specify that the exit of the European Union cause an irreversibly harm because of differences in prices and unfavorable currency changes.

The tourism sector sees the “Brexit” as an economic abyss, because it can change the tourist preferences and bring again recession in the sector and weaken and cut an important source of national income.

Last year, foreign visitors in the UK contributed 28.396 million euros, representing an expenditure of 813 euros per tourist. The UK trade association has urged the British government to commit to the inbound tourism industry that generates billions and accounts for almost one in ten jobs in the country, saying “yes” to stay in the EU. The association has asked its 300 members about the referendum on the exit or continuity of UK in the EU.

From executive positions on the British tourism sector had claimed that the importance of not isolating the tourism market in the country, continue to invest in the sector to global reference their cities and to generate wealth.


M&E has equipped the new buses in Paris and Toledo

The last week was very moved at the headquarters of M&E Multimedia & Engineering, among other projects the technicians of the company had to move to Paris and Toledo to equip the new M&E generation multilingual system on their buses.

Analyzing the trend of tourism, the type of tour aboard a tourist bus is becoming increasingly popular due to its convenience and comprehensiveness of the course. This scenario improves the profitability of the tourist buses around the world, improving their services and expanding their fleets in order to supply the growing demand for all different countries.

Paris l’OpenTour and Toledo City Sightseeing follow the general trend of tourism and have expanded their fleets to have more continuous and better service for tourists.

Paris, the city of love, has one of the largest fleets in the world, first because it is the European city that receives more tourists and secondly, because the city has an urban core so dense, which makes the tourist bus the main tourist transport for visiting the city.

Toledo, beautiful city with many interesting things to offer to its tourists, is emerging in their rates of tourism, offering a wide and differentiated schedule of activities and a high quality service