Mastercard | January 21, 2022
Mastercard announced the establishment of a new Tourism Innovation Hub in Spain, with the support of the Spanish Government. The Hub, based in Madrid and which will open in the second quarter of 2022, will develop solutions to support a sustainable and inclusive recovery for the global tourism sector through innovation, research and collaboration across the ecosystem. The initiative was ratified today, at the FITUR International Tourism Fair, between Reyes Maroto, Spain’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, and Mark Barnett, President of Mastercard Europe.In 2019, travel and tourism represented 10.4% of global GDP but nearly halved to 5.5% in 2020 - similarly international visitors spent US$1,691.5 billion in 2019 and the amount dropped to US$517.6 billion in 20201. And according to its latest forecast, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that international tourist arrivals remained 70 to 75 percent below 2019 levels last year2. The impact also goes beyond GDP figures, with the industry playing a vital role in generating jobs and creating opportunities for micro and small businesses around the world.
But despite the clear challenges, Mastercard data shows that there are opportunities for a robust recovery in the relatively near future. Many consumers are looking at how to spend their share of the extra US$5 trillion saved since the onset of COVID-193, and travel ranks second only to eating out as the out-of-home activity most missed during lockdowns4. There has been a clear willingness to travel that has been determined by pandemic-related restrictions.
“There has been a multi-trillion dollar impact on the global tourism industry over the past couple of years, but Mastercard is committed to enabling innovation and ensuring that technology is harnessed for a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable recovery, The Tourism Innovation Hub will foster programs and build partnerships which will help the industry recover and drive more inclusive and sustainable tourism growth. Being located in Spain will allow us to leverage the expertise of a country intrinsically linked to tourism and the second most visited destination in the world."
-Mark Barnett, President of Mastercard Europe.
According to the Spanish Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Reyes Maroto: "The Spanish Government believes that now is the time for us to work together to build the future of our post-pandemic tourism model. We are going to stop measuring the success of the Spanish tourism model exclusively by the increase in the number of tourists - we must now go beyond this and focus on quality, profitability, innovation and sustainability, as well as social inclusion and territorial cohesion. There is no time to lose in taking up this challenge. And we all need to work together - the institutions and the private sector - strengthening our alliances and bringing other partners on board so that the Spanish tourism sector maintains its international leadership."
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili added: “Tourism’s future will be driven by new ideas, new business methods and through joined-up solutions to overcome challenges and fulfil our sector’s enormous potential. UNWTO warmly welcomed the creation of a new Tourism Innovation Hub and looks forward to working closely with Mastercard to harness the power of data and creativity to build a more inclusive and sustainable sector.”
The Tourism Innovation Hub will act as a global platform for industry research, tourism strategy development and the co-creation of tailored products and solutions, through partnerships and initiatives such as:
Thought Leadership: leveraging data insights and capturing target consumer insights to identify trends and inform policy decision-making. Development Center: co-creating new products and services, codifying best practices and serving as a platform to bring together public and private sector partners to innovate together. Labs As A Service: designing, developing and testing new products and platforms that deliver digital first, sustainable and inclusive solutions for the industry, which address common business and consumer priorities. Supporting the Global Tourism Industry.
Mastercard’s trusted network and leading technology stands at the heart of the global tourism industry:
Facilitating payments so tourists can spend safely, securely and easily when they travel abroad
Enabling digital payments acceptance for small businesses to allow them to benefit from the tourism economy
Working with travel agents, airlines, hospitality providers and many others across the ecosystem
Building loyalty through engagement programs and Priceless Experiences, giving tourists tailored access to the best and most exciting opportunities when they explore or return to preferred destinations
Partnering with tourism agencies to supporting businesses in the tourism industry and encouraging inbound tourism through digital vouchers and incentive schemes
Providing data insights to governments and tourism agencies to identify trends and inform strategies, including through the Mastercard Economics Institute Insights Reports, as well as executing inbound tourism campaigns.
Sustainable tourism will be a key focus, and there will be close collaboration between the Tourism Innovation Hub and Mastercard’s Sustainability Innovation Lab, to help empower governments, businesses and consumers to transform how they adapt and create new sustainable tourism innovations in destination, travel, accommodation, experience, rewards and incentives and other services.
Alongside this, Mastercard is working with the UNWTO, headquartered in Madrid, across a range of initiatives. For example, last year the company supported the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition, providing mentorship to innovative small businesses that are enabling sustainable and responsible tourism around the world.
In Spain, Mastercard has a well-established track record of supporting the tourism industry, as part of the broader work with governments and cities around the world adapt their tourism strategies. In 2020, Mastercard's data intelligence tools helped the City Councils of Madrid and Barcelona identify how the flow of tourists were being impacted, helping them draw a roadmap to recover post-pandemic tourism. Additionally, in May last year, together with Turespaña, Mastercard announced the first Security Perception Index, which measures the level of confidence shown by visitors in Spain’s health-measures.
The Tourism Innovation Hub becomes part of Mastercard's network of global centers of excellence around the world, including the Intelligence and Cyber Centre in Canada, the Fintech-Cyber Innovation Lab in Israel, the Mastercard Lab for Financial Inclusion in Kenya, and the Sustainability Innovation Lab in Sweden, as well as Tech Hubs in Dublin and New York City.
Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all. www.mastercard.com
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Hawaiian Airlines | December 13, 2021
Amadeus has been selected by Hawaiian Airlines as its next-generation technology partner. Implementation of the Amadeus Altéa PSS suite will begin in Q1 2022 with targeted completion in 2023. Altéa is at the heart of the Amadeus Airline Platform, an open technology platform built for innovation, agile collaboration, and simplified interactions that will equip Hawaiian Airlines with the best technology to deliver superior service to its customers.
The airline will join a community of 200+ airlines around the world, shaping its operations and passenger experiences with leading technology from Amadeus. The Hawaiian Airlines and Amadeus partnership will enable Hawaiian Airlines to:
Deliver a modern, efficient reservations solution for front-line employees to aid customers in purchasing, changing, and using services from the airline.
Provide airport staff with a new, modern user experience to simplify complex tasks, resulting in more time to care for customers.
Connect to the Amadeus Payment Platform, allowing the airline to integrate modern payment services to Altéa and provide new payment capabilities for its customers.
Equip its teams with modern, seamlessly integrated technology that provides real-time access to data insights.
“The past few years have been transformative for Hawaiian Airlines in many ways and have led us on a path to take major steps in preparing for the future,We look forward to this expanded partnership that now includes Altéa PSS, which increases our flexibility to introduce new products and allows us to create a great customer experience.”
-John Jacobi, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Hawaiian Airlines
We are excited to welcome Hawaiian Airlines to the Amadeus community. We are confident that our partnership will enrich Hawaiian Airlines’ customer and employee experiences, said Rajiv Rajian, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Americas, Amadeus. “We have built a close working relationship over the past several years, and we are thrilled to begin a new chapter with Hawaiian Airlines. We believe the Amadeus Airline Platform will deliver the technology to enable Hawaiian Airlines to deliver a superior traveler experience.
Hawaiian Airlines is an existing user of Departure Control Flight Management, Amadeus’ load planning solution, and as part of this expanded partnership, the airline will implement Amadeus Departure Control Customer Management. Also, to help Hawaiian Airlines continue to be flexible and responsive to health and safety requirements, it will implement Traveler ID for Safe Travel, an Amadeus solution that allows passengers to verify their health documentation directly through the airline app or websites. Additionally, Hawaiian Airlines will be connected to the Amadeus Payment Platform, ensuring they can provide their customers a seamless payment experience.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 17 years (2004-2020) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation and was named No. 1 U.S. airline by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards. Consumer surveys by Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawaiʻi.Now in its 93rd year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaiʻi's biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers approximately 130 flights within the Hawaiian Islands, daily nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and 16 U.S. gateway cities – more than any other airline – as well as service connecting Honolulu and American Samoa, Japan, South Korea, Sydney, and Tahiti. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaiian’s Auckland and Brisbane flights remain suspended.The airline is committed to connecting people with aloha by offering complimentary meals for all guests on transpacific routes and the convenience of no change fees on Main Cabin and Premium Cabin seats. HawaiianMiles members also enjoy flexibility with miles that never expire.Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow Hawaiian’s Twitter updates (@HawaiianAir), become a fan on Facebook (Hawaiian Airlines), and follow us on Instagram (hawaiianairlines). For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian’s LinkedIn page.
Travel powers progress. Amadeus powers travel. Amadeus’ solutions connect travelers to the journeys they want through travel agents, search engines, tour operators, airlines, airports, hotels, cars and railways.We have developed our technology in partnership with the travel industry for over 30 years. We combine a deep understanding of how people travel with the ability to design and deliver the most complex, trusted, critical systems our customers need. In 2019, we helped connect over 1.9 billion people to local travel providers in over 190 countries.We are one company, with a global mindset and a local presence wherever our customers need us.Our purpose is to shape the future of travel. We are passionate in our pursuit of better technology that makes better journeys.Amadeus is an IBEX 35 company, listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under AMS.MC. The company has also been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last ten years.
Amadeus | December 17, 2020
Amadeus and Star Alliance framed an partnership that will give travelers biometric identity verification at a developing number of airports, with the point of making a more touchless travel experience.
Travelers enrolled Star Alliance Biometrics, which was dispatched in November, or Amadeus Traveler ID, will have the option to take advantage of identity verification services at various airports.
Star Alliance Biometric enables travelers to navigate through check-in kiosks, bag-drops and boarding gates with facial recognition technology.
For its part, Amadeus Traveler ID interfaces traveler’s digital IDs to online and biometric portals.