Airbnb gets serious on long-term stays, denies hosts are finding new platforms

PhocusWire | April 01, 2020

Airbnb is introducing a number of new tools to help push the platform more in the direction of long-term stays during the coronavirus crisis. The company says the move is to give hosts the chance to provide "local accommodation in these challenging times." It claims 80% of hosts now accept longer term stays and around half of its active listings are giving guests a discount on stays of one month or more. There has been a 20% increase in long-stay bookings on Airbnb in the last two weeks compared to the same period in 2019, it says.

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Selina | September 20, 2021

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Whistle Messaging Named Best Guest Messaging Software in the 2022 HotelTechAwards

Whistle Messaging | January 18, 2022

We're excited to share that Whistle Messaging, Inc. has been named #1 Guest Messaging Software for 2022 by Hotel Tech Report for the fifth consecutive year.Each month, more than 169,000 hotel industry professionals use HotelTechReport.com to make informed technology purchasing decisions. The HotelTechAwards determine the best hotel software products across every Guest Messaging Software based on customer feedback and key proprietary data signals such as integration compatibility, organizational health, market share, partner network strength, and customer support quality. "The ranking process is simple, transparent, and unbiased--judging is based on time-tested ranking factors developed specifically for the industry. Only verified hoteliers with hands-on experience using each product are allowed to participate in the voting process. This means that Whistle Messaging Inc's users decided the #1 Guest Messaging Software," -said Hotel Tech Report CEO, Jordan Hollander. Co-founder and CEO of Whistle Messaging, Christopher Hovanessian, says, "This continued recognition from HotelTechReport and the HotelTechAwards validates the work we're doing at Whistle, which is to give hoteliers a unique, easy-to-use platform that simplifies and streamlines the way they communicate with guests. Our clients often report to us that Whistle is the reason they've increased revenue, have happier guests, and can operate at an unprecedented pace." The authentic voice of the customer decides the winners of the annual HotelTechAwards - ranking hotel software solutions based on users' experience in buying, implementing, and using those solutions, said Jordan Hollander, CEO of Hotel Tech Report. We're thrilled to highlight the value that the world's leading software solutions deliver to their customers. By building a platform around the voice of the people actually using these hotel tech solutions, we're able to deliver actionable, peer-to-peer insights that potential buyers can trust. Winning a HotelTechAward is the highest achievement in the industry because it's based on data. The HotelTechAwards are often referred to as "the Grammys of Hotel Tech" and winners have been selected from more than 200 of the top technology products around the world. The HotelTechAwards are the industry's only data-driven awards platform with winners determined not by a handful of judges or popularity votes but by product reviews from a global community of verified hotel technology users across more than 120 countries. Whistle continues to expand its platform and services, launching a Digital Guest Book and Digital Registration in 2021, and coming soon is Whistle's Upsell Playbook, a new educational tool designed to empower hotels to make guest messaging a top revenue stream for hotels. Get a free demo of Whistle here. ABOUT HOTEL TECH REPORT HotelTechReport.com helps 170k hoteliers each month to understand the changing hotel technology and digital transformation landscape. We help hoteliers make smarter decisions about which technologies to adopt, keeping scalability and adaptability in mind. Hotel Tech Report helps hoteliers uncover the value propositions of emerging technologies and how they align with the needs of your property stakeholders and guests. About Whistle Messaging, Inc. Whistle is a hotel and guest engagement platform that is 100% cloud-based. It helps tens of thousands of hoteliers and millions of guests by streamlining communications and hotel operations. Messaging has quickly become the preferred channel of communication for customer service in hospitality and is a crucial part of travel during the pandemic.For more information, visit www.trywhistle.com.

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Etihad and Sabre announce long-term partnership with key technology renewals

Sabre Corporation | September 17, 2021

Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, announced a renewed technology agreement with Etihad. Under the new agreement, Etihad will continue leveraging a suite of Sabre's industry-leading IT solutions to aid recovery, help drive post-pandemic growth and enhance the passenger experience. "As we focus on our recovery, it is imperative that we have the right technology in place" said Frank Meyer, Chief Digital Officer, Etihad Aviation Group. "Our strong relationship with Sabre and this renewed agreement means that we can continue to optimize our day-to-day operations." Etihad and Sabre have a successful and long-standing relationship, with the carrier already having seen tangible benefits from a suite of Sabre's network planning and scheduling, pricing and revenue management and cargo technology. Under the new multi-year agreement, the following products will be among an important suite of technology for Etihad as it focuses on optimizing its operations to fuel its recovery: Fares Optimizer – Uses near real-time responses to provide dynamic price recommendations for Etihad's fares. The solution will be crucial in helping Etihad improve its revenue. Network Planning and Optimization – this industry-leading planning and scheduling suite is able to scale to the largest airlines in the world. Powering more than 60% of the world's top airlines, Sabre's Schedule Manager will continue to help Etihad build and deliver robust, accurate and operationally feasible schedules across its network. Inflight – In previous years of using Sabre's Inflight solutions, Etihad has been able to achieve significant savings, while continuing to provide a world-class and award-winning guest experience onboard "Our renewed technology agreement with Etihad is testament to the airline's confidence in Sabre to deliver the advanced solutions needed to help secure its recovery, and help it to power future growth," said Roshan Mendis, Chief Commercial Officer, Travel Solutions, Sabre. "It is essential now more than ever that airlines like Etihad employ the most advanced technology to help stimulate demand, recover lost income and position themselves for future growth." About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences.

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