Tourico Holidays Hyatt Regency Tourico Holidays reaches exclusive agreement with Hyatt Regency Paris EtoileTourico Holidays, a global leader in wholesale travel brokerage, today announced that it has agreed to terms to pre-purchase 47,000 room nights at Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, providing Tourico clients with exclusive selection and prices on hotel rooms at the four-star hotel in Porte Maillot. The current partnership with Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile will run through February 2017.“By partnering with Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile and pre-buying a large quantity of room blocks, we can ensure that our clients have exclusive access to favorable room prices right in the heart of Paris – even during peak season,” said Dermot Quigley, Executive Vice President of Global Product Development for Tourico Holidays. “Tourico is not only offering clients unbeatable prices that they can pass on to their customers, we are also allowing clients to sell this unique inventory at a higher profit margin.”In 2015, Tourico Holidays’ bookings in Paris have increased by 25% year-over-year and room nights in the city have increased by 36% year-over-year. Paris accounted for 4% of Tourico’s global income in 2014 and 16% of the company’s income in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Tourico has 425 active hotel supplier contracts in Paris with an average of 2,100 rooms sold per day. Due to the high volume of business in the city, Tourico opened a Paris office in 2014 – ensuring supplier partners have nearby employees dedicated to distributing product throughout the world.The 4 star Hyatt hotel is located just minutes from both the Arc de Triomphe and the world-famous Champs Élysees, and is within easy reach of the impressive La Defénse complex. Aside from its great location, the 34-story hotel offers truly unique views over Paris, especially of the Eiffel Tower, from its 950 elegant rooms and suites, and from its panoramic Bar La Vue.
If you see someone staring at a billboard, chances are you’ll stare at it, too. The behavior seems natural enough; you want to know what has caught their eye. But during this moment of “joint attention,” something else happens: The person looking at the billboard will quickly—and unconsciously—glance sideways to make sure you’re staring at the same thing. This “gaze leading,” reported online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, helps us understand social situations, the authors say. Gaze leading makes the difference between a coincidental sighting, and a “truly social” interaction. In the billboard example, when the gaze leader looks back to confirm that the follower sees the object, they facilitate shared attention, making it easier to discuss, mock, or purchase whatever’s on that billboard. Gaze leading enhances nonverbal communication for a lot of social interactions, from teaching infants their first words to inconspicuously pointing out someone across the room. Though it’s not confirmed, the researchers think that gaze leading can spur “social rewards,” like making new friends or forging new relationships. It could even help identify group leaders—on a team for instance, if one team member’s gaze is often followed, he or she could more easily stand out as a leader.