Travel News Report
Jan. 7, 2015

Travel habits of Americans: 42 percent didn't take any vacation days in 2014
Skift
Skift has been tracking the travel habits of Americans throughout 2014 with a series of surveys and as we enter 2015 the picture of when and how many vacation days workers in the U.S. take is still pretty bleak. And of course, the number of vacation days taken directly correlates to whether Americans travel inside or outside the country, and how that affects the health of the U.S. travel industry and its various constituents in airlines, airports, hotels, destinations, attractions and other related sectors.More

2015 gas prices could average $2.64, lowest since 2009
USA TODAY via CNBC
Crude oil prices plunged again recently, exacerbating Wall Street's New Year's hangover. But crude's sell-off is expected to extend a record-breaking decline in daily gasoline prices and push 2015 pump prices to their lowest yearly average since 2009. In its annual outlook, price tracker GasBuddy.com. forecasts 2015 gas prices to average $2.64 a gallon. That's 70 cents below 2014's $3.34 average and nearly $1 a gallon below 2012's all-time record of $3.60. More

The top Chinese travel trends to watch for in 2015
Skift
China has been having a transformative impact on the way the global travel industry operates, finances, and markets itself, and 2015 promises to be a year where brands and organizations marketing to Chinese start looking at them as travelers, beyond just shoppers.More

Top hotel trends of 2015: Technology, sustainability, charity
Successful Meetings
More hotels have high-tech amenities, environmentally friendly policies, and charitable giving programs, and fewer have newspaper delivery, in-room DVD players, minibars, and Jacuzzis, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), which this month published the findings of its annual "trends" survey, revealing what will be in and what will be out at U.S. hotels in 2015.More

The 'social media phase of the Internet' is over
Business Insider
Fred Wilson says "the social media phase of the Internet ended" in 2014. Wilson, perhaps more than any other venture capitalist, spotted the emergence of social media early and profited from it. His firm, Union Square Ventures, invested early in Twitter, Tumblr, Zynga, Foursquare and a few others. More

Pivotal moments in 2014: when mobile overtook desktop
Tnooz
Forty percent. The number was embedded in an Expedia-Comscore workshop presented at PhocusWright, alongside lots of other data, and it got lost in the maelstrom. No one noticed. But it was right there: 40 percent of visitors to U.S. travel sites are seen as mobile only. Yes, ONLY. Compare this to 33 percent desktop only, and 27 percent using both devices. More