Abercrombie & Kent Adds Six New Tailor Made USA Journeys

Abercrombie & Kent | May 27, 2020

With travel likely shifting towards domestic destinations rather than international, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K), which earned Luxury Travel Advisor's Award of Excellence for Best Luxury FIT Operator, added six new Tailor Made USA adventures across the American West and Alaska, in addition to two Great American Road Trips, each with private guides and carefully vetted accommodations.

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The UK is lagging behind its European neighbours when it comes to attracting Chinese tourists. The latest figures show that while France welcomes over 1 million visitors from China per year. The UK only receives 358,000 applications. More importantly, for London’s independent luxury hoteliers, while many of these visitors do have money to spend, they are doing so on goods rather than accommodation. When it comes to hotels, they prefer to stay in three- or four-star properties they are familiar with rather than splashing out on high-end independent hotels.

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The UK is lagging behind its European neighbours when it comes to attracting Chinese tourists. The latest figures show that while France welcomes over 1 million visitors from China per year. The UK only receives 358,000 applications. More importantly, for London’s independent luxury hoteliers, while many of these visitors do have money to spend, they are doing so on goods rather than accommodation. When it comes to hotels, they prefer to stay in three- or four-star properties they are familiar with rather than splashing out on high-end independent hotels.

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Southwest Airlines Launches Limited-Time Tier Status Acceleration Promotion For Rapid Rewards Members

Southwest Airlines | September 22, 2022

Southwest Airlines Co. ( NYSE: LUV) is rewarding its Rapid Rewards Members for their long-term support by giving them a limited-time incentive, making it easier to earn tier status through 2023. Starting today, Rapid Rewards® Members have more opportunities to maintain or accelerate their way to the highly coveted A-List or A-List Preferred tier status. "We're making it easier for our Members to either earn A-List or A-List Preferred tier status, or maintain it through next year as a way to show our appreciation for their continued engagement with Rapid Rewards, We believe loyalty is a two-way street, and this is our way of thanking Customers for continuing to fly Southwest and for trusting us to connect them to the people and places that matter most in their lives." -Jonathan Clarkson, Vice President of Marketing Loyalty & Products at Southwest Airlines Reward Travel Counts Southwest Airlines® is counting reward flight segments from Jan. 1 through Sept. 19, 2022, and applying them toward tier status segment requirements so Members can continue to enjoy the benefits and rewards they love and value. No registration is necessary for Members, and qualifying reward flight segments were automatically added to Members' tier progress on Sept. 13.1 Customers can view changes in the "My Account" section on Southwest.com. Earn With New Reward Travel Rapid Rewards Members who register and purchase Southwest® flights using Rapid Rewards points through Nov. 30, 2022, can now earn flight segment credits that count toward A-List or A-List Preferred tier status through 2023.1 The flight segment will appear in "My Account" within 72 hours after the flight is completed. Earn Double Tier Qualifying Points Southwest Rapid Rewards Members who register for this promotion and purchase Southwest qualifying flights, and travel through Nov. 30, 2022, can earn double tier qualifying points toward A-List or A-List Preferred tier status for 2023.2 Join Rapid Rewards The Rapid Rewards program is designed around a simple concept—to make earning reward flights faster and easier. With Rapid Rewards, every seat is a reward seat, there are no blackout dates, and points don't expire. Customers can create an account to become a Rapid Rewards Member at Southwest.com. All Rewards flights are subject to availability and taxes, fees, and other government or airport-imposed charges of at least $5.60 per one-way. Tier qualifying points are earned on flights paid entirely with dollars, LUV Vouchers, gift cards, or travel funds, and with no portion of the purchase price paid for with Rapid Rewards points. Only qualifying activity will be eligible for flight credits. ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO. Southwest Airlines Co. operates one of the world's most admired and awarded airlines, offering its one-of-a-kind value and Hospitality at 121 airports across 11 countries. Having celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2021, Southwest took flight in 1971 to democratize the sky through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel and now carries more air travelers flying nonstop within the United States than any other airline.3 Based in Dallas and famous for an Employee-first corporate Culture, Southwest maintains an unprecedented record of no involuntary furloughs or layoffs in its history. By empowering its more than 62,0004 People to deliver unparalleled Hospitality, the maverick airline cherishes a passionate loyalty among as many as 130 million Customers carried a year. That formula for success brought industry-leading prosperity and 47 consecutive years5 of profitability for Southwest Shareholders ( NYSE: LUV). Southwest leverages a unique legacy and mission to serve communities around the world including harnessing the power of its People and Purpose to put communities at the Heart of its success. Learn more by visiting Southwest.com/citizenship. Southwest is also continuing to develop tangible steps toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, including offering Customers an opportunity to help the airline offset its carbon emissions. To be part of the solution, visit Southwest.com/wannaoffsetcarbon.

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VeriFLY by Daon Expands Capabilities to Streamline Access to Travel Documents

Daon | September 28, 2022

Daon, the Digital Identity Trust Company, announced expanded usage of its VeriFLY™ digital travel app to allow users to save required travel or event documents directly to their digital itinerary, providing one-point access for retrieval. VeriFLY is the world’s first widely adopted digital travel app to help travelers and event attendees quickly and safely meet their destination’s and event’s health and identity requirements.VeriFLY is the first mobile app service of its kind to support multiple airlines (codeshare, interline) and any number of countries’ travel requirements. It applies health certificates and related documents to multiple travel legs with similar entry/transit requirements. Its newest capability is now available in over 65 countries. “Daon VeriFLY continues to provide customers with the best user experience while traveling due to its ability to adapt quickly and effectively to the travel industry’s changing requirements, This new expanded capability removes the added stress of travel restrictions, providing travelers with health document credentials throughout their entire travel journey, including multiple leg trips, outbound and inbound travel, codeshares, interline and more.” -Tom Grissen, CEO of Daon Previously, VeriFLY users could only access necessary documents for point-to-point travel, but this new capability allows customers to use VeriFLY for multi-leg travel, even if there are different airlines within the complete itinerary to help federate across the VeriFLY ecosystem. This creates a seamless user experience more aligned to the airline web and app experience that travelers expect. VeriFLY gives travelers the benefits of a faster, smoother process – while enabling the carriers to deliver more on-time flights, faster boarding times, less counter transaction time, lower ground handling costs, fewer inadmissible passengers and related fines, better audit trails, all while promoting higher passenger usage of online check-in and self-service. Travelers worldwide have widely adopted VeriFLY and continue to utilize the mobile app for their ongoing travel experiences. VeriFLY is used by major airlines, cruise lines, hotels, and other businesses, including American Airlines, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Japan Airlines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Viking Cruises, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, and many others. VeriFLY recently reached the milestone of more than 12M travelers serviced, and recently over 1 million Carnival Cruise guests have used VeriFLY for a seamless travel experience. The VeriFLY travel app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Users can create a secure profile and input flight information, upload crucial travel related documents, and any other essential identity and health documentation. Visit Daon at World Aviation Festival in Amsterdam (booth 12.561) on October 4-6, 2022, to learn how VeriFLY is defining the future of seamless travel. About Daon Daon, the Digital Identity Trust company, enables market-leading organizations worldwide to easily and accurately proof, verify, authenticate and secure customer identities at every trust point across the entire customer lifecycle. With industry-leading identity proofing and biometric authentication technologies at its core, Daon’s technology ensures that customer identities are accurately verified, easily asserted and safely recovered. By mitigating fraud, reducing friction, and ensuring regulatory compliance, Daon help businesses deliver a seamless customer experience, increase customer satisfaction and reduce cost. Daon delivers these solutions through its AI and ML-powered IdentityX® platform, chosen by leading companies in financial services, telcos, travel & hospitality and other industries to secure and process hundreds of millions of digital identity transactions daily. Learn more at www.daon.com.

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ARC and ForwardKeys Partner for New Destination Marketing Tool

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) and ForwardKeys | September 21, 2022

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) and ForwardKeys are pleased to announce the launch of Destination Gateway, a new data tool designed for destination marketing organizations (DMOs), tourism bureaus and conventions and visitors bureaus. This new product combines ARC’s industry-leading ticketing data with ForwardKeys’ travel search interest, airline schedule and capacity data to provide a comprehensive view of travel to specified destinations.With Destination Gateway, users can gain valuable insights into travel to their destination and similar destinations to better inform decisions and marketing strategies. The data is presented in easy-to-understand visuals that can be exported for presentations and further analysis. “Destination Gateway is the result of a strong collaboration between two leading air travel data and analytics organizations,” said Steve Solomon, chief commercial officer at ARC. “Nowhere else can destinations generate insights via global air traffic ticketing data, with historical trending and an outlook on future travel and traveler behavior. This comprehensive solution allows users to identify opportunities to influence travel by building relationships with travel sellers to guide them in effectively promoting their destination.” Users can customize their Destination Gateway reports across four modules to provide insights that grow a destination: Performance – How well a destination is attracting travelers. Recovery – Comparing today’s travel levels with pre-COVID-19 levels. Connectivity – Data designed to help with negotiations with airlines. Agencies – Insight into which agencies sell travel to a particular destination. “We are very excited with the launch of Destination Gateway in the USA – the first tangible outcome, of which we expect there to be many more, of our collaboration with ARC, ForwardKeys has many years of experience serving and supporting tourism-related businesses and enjoys strong market leadership with over 60 DMO-related customers throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. We look forward to working with ARC to bring data insights and intelligence from Destination Gateway to ARC customers in the USA.” -Olivier Jager, chief executive officer at ForwardKeys. About ARC ARC accelerates the growth of global air travel by delivering forward-looking travel data, flexible distribution services and other innovative industry solutions. We are a leading travel intelligence company that possesses the world’s largest, most comprehensive global airline ticket dataset, including more than 15 billion passenger flights representing 490 airlines and 230 countries and territories. Our solutions and expertise strengthen economies and enrich lives by connecting stakeholders across the travel ecosystem. For more information, visit arccorp.com. About ForwardKeys Founded in 2010, ForwardKeys has pioneered the way forward for tourism organizations, hotels, and retailers keen to understand who is travelling where, when, and for how long. We’ve managed to share such information by having the most comprehensive ticketing data covering the globe from online bookings to travel agencies and airlines. From ticketing data to Seat Capacity and Total Air Market (TAM) the variety of datasets means you get a 360-degree view of the real travel ecosystem. Equipped with historical data, future bookings, and forecasts, planning, even with a pandemic, can be simpler with daily updated data.

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