Leveraging AI English Language Training Tools to Address Travel Surge

Apurva Pathak | July 13, 2022 | 365 views | Read Time : 01:41 min

: Leveraging AI English
Following the relaxation of travel restrictions worldwide, the travel and hospitality industries are bracing for a surge in demand, which will be exacerbated by the upcoming holiday season. As widespread delays and cancellations become more likely, companies like airlines are looking for new ways to put customer experience first.

In a global workplace, not being able to speak more than one language, especially English, can hurt productivity and customer service. For this reason, people who work with customers need to have good communication skills.


Investing in AI English Language Training Tools

Traditional training for staff in the travel and hospitality industries requires in-person sessions. It can be expensive and impractical because employees have tight work schedules and staff operates in different time zones. AI app-based training alternatives solve these key issues, allowing employees to learn "on-the-fly" whenever possible.

Digital training alternatives can provide greater levels of personalization for task assignment and user feedback. This individualized approach to staff development is difficult to replicate in large in-person sessions. Because all tasks are given and done digitally, management teams can track each user's progress and how well training is going for the whole department.


Offering Excellent Customer Experience

English communication is vital to offering an excellent customer experience and long-term profitability as the travel industry recovers. Artificial intelligence-powered English language training solutions stand out from the crowd. This technology has the potential to constantly advance and improve over time, thanks to its own learning community.

Ed-tech learning tools that incorporate future-proofed AI technology will enable providers to confidently invest in training, increase staff engagement, and provide best-in-class customer experiences to global travelers. As a result, companies in the travel and hospitality industries that put communication skills training at the top of their list of priorities and speed it up can increase customer loyalty and stay competitive with other market leaders.

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Omeir Travel Agency

Omeir Travel Agency part of the renowned Omeir Bin Youssef Group is the largest and most recognized travel management company in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Taken off way back in 1956 as the pioneer of the travel industry in UAE, the company has greatly evolved in style and stature. With more than 20+ outlets (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and U.S.A), and an employee bank of 300+, we are ensuring “all’s well with world travel”.

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Our new office in Iloilo will supplement our Manila and Cebu operations and create more job opportunities locally. TDCX opened its Manila office in 2014 and its Cebu office in 2019. Since the opening of the Cebu office, TDCX has almost doubled its staff strength in the Philippines. TDCX’s Iloilo office a gateway into Philippines’ upcoming innovation hub Iloilo is anticipated to be an innovation hub by 20303. TDCX’s strategic expansion into Iloilo enables it to entrench itself in the local innovation ecosystem and work with other stakeholders to enhance the outsourced customer experience industry’s competitiveness on the global stage. Ms Acuña said, The outsourced customer experience industry is increasingly important in the growing digital economy. As consumers live more of their lives online, their experience becomes a more significant factor in brand preference and loyalty. Hence, this is a very exciting time for our industry and our people. With our positive work environment, attractive client roster and interesting and fulfilling work, we look forward to growing with our people and equipping them with future-ready skills that will help them stay competitive in the new economy. New economy jobs are emerging professions that reflect the continuing importance of human interaction, according to a report by the World Economic Forum4. The report also states that demand for both “digital” and “human” factors in the professions of tomorrow is driving greater demand for roles such as customer success specialists. To equip its people with the skills for new economy jobs, TDCX provides a wide variety of training programs through a mix of structured and unstructured learning environments. TDCX’s online learning and training programs known as "Flash Coach" and "Flash Learn" provide employees with access to training virtually and on-demand. In addition to job-specific training, employees also receive training in critical thinking, problem-solving and agility. These are among the top skills that are needed by 2025 as identified by the World Economic Forum. Employees are empowered to complete the modules at their own pace while managing their day-to-day responsibilities. The training content is continually refreshed based on analytics from the platform. In addition, TDCX provides employees access to leadership programs such as Dale Carnegie training and online tools such as LinkedIn Learning so that they may voluntarily gain new skills. TDCX’s Iloilo campus is located at Robinsons Cybergate Iloilo Tower 1 in Pavia. About TDCX Singapore-headquartered TDCX provides transformative digital CX solutions, enabling world-leading and disruptive brands to acquire new customers, to build customer loyalty and to protect their online communities. TDCX helps clients achieve their customer experience aspirations by harnessing technology, human intelligence and its global footprint. It serves clients in fintech, gaming, technology, home sharing and travel, digital advertising and social media, streaming and e-commerce. TDCX’s expertise and strong footprint in Asia has made it a trusted partner for clients, particularly high-growth, new economy companies, looking to tap the region’s growth potential.TDCX’s commitment to delivering positive outcomes for our clients extends to its role as a responsible corporate citizen. Its Corporate Social Responsibility program focuses on positively transforming the lives of its people, its communities and the environment.TDCX employs more than 17,000 employees across 26 campuses globally, specifically Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, India, Romania, Spain and Colombia. For more information, please visit www.tdcx.com.

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CellPoint Digital partners with Radisson Hotel Group

Radisson Hotel Group | September 09, 2022

CellPoint Digital, the global leader in payment orchestration, announces a new partnership with Radisson Hotel Group.Radisson Hotel Group is one of the largest international hotel groups. The Radisson family of brands can be found around the world in more than 120 countries. Radisson Hotel Group operates the business in EMEA and APAC with over 1,000 hotels in operation and under development. The Group will now use CellPoint Digital’s full payment orchestration platform to seamlessly integrate new payment methods, new acquirers and stored card facilities. By orchestrating payments across regions and payment methods, CellPoint Digital’s innovative platform will allow Radisson Hotel Group to optimize a multi-acquirer payments model that opens new opportunities for growth. It also helps increase top-line revenue by utilizing intelligent routing, increasing authorizations, providing system uptime transparency, and reduces the cost of accepting cross-border payments. This will reduce costs, increase acceptance rates and ultimately lead to a better customer experience. “After researching the impressive results our global airline clients have enjoyed, Radisson Hotel Group decided we were the right Payment Orchestration partner to help it revolutionize how payments are handled across its locations. This is a very competitive environment, and we are proud to have been chosen by the Group, which has such an incredible reputation in the hospitality field. -CellPoint Digital CEO, Kristian Gjerding For many hotels, local payment methods and alternative payment options can be challenging to navigate. But getting payments right can unlock new opportunities for hotels to grow revenue, both in the short and long term. CellPoint Digital’s aim for this partnership is to help Radisson Hotel Group achieve its vision of transforming how it orchestrates international payments. This is a strategic win for both CellPoint Digital and Radisson Hotel Group. It allows CellPoint Digital to capitalize on its leadership position within the airline space for Payment Orchestration to deliver significant value to the hospitality industry. Philippe de Roose, SVP Tax & Treasury Radisson Hotel Group, added: “We chose CellPoint Digital because the senior team was impressed with their solution and appreciated its flexibility and innovative approach to help our customers pay in the payment method and currency that they prefer in the most optimal and beneficial way for Radisson Hotel Group. Crucially, both organizations have a shared desire to work collaboratively and get things done.” News of the partnership comes after it was revealed that business leaders within the hospitality industry see the offering of a variety of payment choices (42%), payment fraud and security (40%) and the refund process (28%) as their most significant challenges this year.

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