Brand USA celebrates destination storytelling at ESTO 2019

Travel Daily Media | August 21, 2019

Brand USA, the destination marketing organisation for the US, announced winners of the first-ever Brand USA Video Storytelling Award during the Educational Seminar for Tourism Organization (ESTO) Destination Day. Christopher L. Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA presented the awards to representatives from Destination DC and New Mexico Tourism Department in recognition of their compelling and inspiring video content.

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Professionals working in local cities find it hard to maintain a physically fit body and a healthy mind due to their work, what more for a business traveler? In order to keep on track of their tasks, a business traveler needs to be healthy and fit; however, some face a great deal of difficulty when it comes in sustaining fitness exercises and a healthy diet while on the move. Good thing we have these seven easy health and fitness tips for business travelers like you:

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Professionals working in local cities find it hard to maintain a physically fit body and a healthy mind due to their work, what more for a business traveler? In order to keep on track of their tasks, a business traveler needs to be healthy and fit; however, some face a great deal of difficulty when it comes in sustaining fitness exercises and a healthy diet while on the move. Good thing we have these seven easy health and fitness tips for business travelers like you:

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Celebrate World Oceans Day with Terranea Resort

Terranea Resort | May 30, 2022

Terranea Resort invites guests to enjoy its rich natural habitat that spans over 102 acres. It is perched atop oceanfront coastal bluffs on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The resort has a variety of special offerings designed to entertain, educate, and explore the surrounding marine protected environment to celebrate World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day is an annual event and presents an opportunity to unite the community to support for the sustainable management of the world’s oceans. It also raises awareness of the impact of individual actions on the ocean. Guests can be a part of eco-driven initiatives in partnership with Marine Mammal Care Center and International Bird Rescue. These organizations bring awareness to the importance of safeguarding and protecting the ocean for everyone to enjoy throughout June. Guests can support the Marine Mammal Care Center while booking their stay at www.Terranea.com. Guests can go kayaking on the Californian coastline with marine biologist and Chief Operations and Education Officer of Marine Mammal Care Center, Dave Bader. He will provide the guests with invaluable knowledge on endangered cetaceans and the conservation of the local marine life. A portion of the proceeds from each tour will be donated to the Marine Mammal Care Center. Guests aged 8 and up can enjoy this activity on June 4 | 7:30am – 10:30am | $250 per person donated directly to Marine Mammal Care Center. Tour needs to be booked in advance and is weather dependent. All equipment is provided. Guests, ages 8 and up can go on a forest clean-up kayak tour to help maintain the coastline by collecting litter along the pristine Marine Protected Area of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Tour details: June 11 | 9:30am & 11:30am | $100 per person. Here is a list of other activities that the guests can enjoy: Educational ocean activities- June 11 | 11:00am – 2:00pm Nelson'sSea Harvest Workshop- Ages 21 and up. Advance reservations are required at www.terranea.com/experiences. June 11 | 10:00am | Sea Salt Conservatory | $80 per person Self-guided Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt June 1-30 | Map available at pointe discovery Captain Gray Whale Cookies June 1 – 30 Visit Terranea’s website (terranea.com/celebrate) for more details.

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Benchmark Pyramid Is Now Pyramid Global Hospitality

Pyramid Global Hospitality | June 03, 2022

On June 2, Benchmark Pyramid announced that it was rebranding to Pyramid Global Hospitality. The company’s parent entity will include multiple divisions responsible for specific industry segments. Pyramid Global Hospitality will look over all the branded properties in the Americas, while Benchmark, Pyramid Luxury Lifestyle will focus on the company’s portfolio of other independent properties. Pyramid Europe and Hamilton will continue to manage the company’s growing portfolio of European hotels. “Prior to the merger, each entity had its own identity that resonated with different audiences, Benchmark has strong equity with consumers, and Hamilton has a great reputation as an operator in Europe, while Pyramid has a demonstrated track record with branded hotels. To maintain each entity’s strong brand equity, we formed divisions that speak best to their respective verticals. By having these three distinct branded and independent verticals in the United States and Europe, we can best serve the different needs of our owners and their assets by providing a hands-on approach each company always maintained. From an associate standpoint, our ability to leverage scale is a net positive, allowing us to share best-in-class practices, provide limitless opportunities and be the industry’s employer of choice.” -Warren Fields, CEO & principal, Pyramid Global Hospitality. As a part of the rebranding, the company debuted a set of three new logos. They feature three interconnected pyramids in shades of purple. It also launched a new combined company website. “We are excited about our new identity and believe it amplifies the shared strength of our brand values and perception of our combined company, Continuing to build upon our respective foundations, Pyramid Global Hospitality will invest in people, properties and proprietary solutions to deliver power on the ground and strategic intelligence for exceptional performance and profitability in the hospitality industry. We strive to maintain a best-in-industry standing as the employer of choice in the full-service, select-service and independent categories. Our deep network of capital partners and portfolio assets gives us the agility to tackle opportunities as we create value and empower our team members to ‘Be the Difference.’” -Alex Cabañas, president, Pyramid Global Hospitality.

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Fraugster boosts chargeback protection for travel merchants post pandemic

Fraugster | August 02, 2022

Fraugster, an AI payment intelligence company, together with Worldline, a global leader in secure payments and trusted transactions, has confidently enabled travel merchants to weather the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic with its Chargeback Protection Solution. The solution eliminates chargeback losses for merchants by taking full liability for fraudulent transactions. At the same time, advanced AI trained on global payment data makes more accurate decisions to boost approval rates. Innovations in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) allow merchants to go-live without historical data by leveraging a new deep learning model. With the outbreak of Covid-19, global travel was grounded. This caused mass cancellations and a scramble for refunds, but also created new opportunities for fraudsters to strike overburdened travel operators (hotels, airlines and OTAs), and take advantage of weak points in the system. In addition, there was a surge in so-called "angry chargebacks" where customers claim not to have authorised a transaction, usually in response to being frustrated by a cancellation or booking change. Covid-19 fraud patterns and consumer payment behaviour were significantly different to those pre-pandemic. Similarly, data inconsistencies limited the ability to identify and prevent certain types of fraud attacks like last minute cancellations on short term bookings. Chargeback rates jumped to over 3%, versus a baseline of under 0.5% in normal circumstances. "Iberostar experienced a massive increase in fraud pressure during the pandemic. We were pleased that partners Fraugster and Worldline were able to act so quickly to design a new AI model specifically for us. In a few short months we reduced the Chargeback rate from 2.76% to 0.07%, which was a fantastic achievement," -Ferran Llompart, Corporate Treasury Director, Iberostar Additional factors make chargeback protection more relevant than ever. The first is that the total cost of managing chargebacks has risen to nearly 3x of the original transaction value, according to a Fraugster analysis. For verticals like travel, where average order values are in excess of $750, this implies a total cost of over $2000 per fraudulent transaction. Secondly, 80% of online merchants are reporting an increase in first party fraud (also referred to as "friendly fraud") where credit card credentials are intentionally or mistakenly abused. This trend is particularly acute in online gaming environments. These chargebacks are very difficult to prevent or mitigate and are costing companies margin, with limited recourse to recovering chargeback losses. Together these trends are increasing merchants' exposure to chargeback liability and are driving up the total costs related to chargebacks. With Fraugster's Chargeback Protection solution merchants are able to significantly reduce the costs attributable to managing chargebacks, plus chargeback losses and fees, with little to no integration effort. "Fraugster's approach to addressing chargebacks is to use a combination of machine learning and behavioral science to build a sharper picture of the transaction in question. This means merchants can provide a more seamless buying experience for legitimate customers while also preventing fraudulent transactions from getting through - this includes transactions that may turn into chargeback fraud later on, We are pleased that global brands have increased their revenue of between 5-16% since adopting Fraugster's Chargeback Protection solution product and report a steadier and more predictable financial coverage for chargebacks and bottom line impacts." -Christian Mangold, CEO of Fraugster. About Fraugster Fraugster is a Berlin based payment intelligence company. Fraugster enables the world's leading merchants, global payment companies like Worldline and Ratepay to intelligently manage the impact of fraud to minimize the costs of fraud, maximize revenue and improve customer experience. Fraugster has developed one of the most accurate AI compliance, risk and fraud management and revenue uplift platforms in the market and is backed by leading deeptech investors including Earlybird, Speedinvest and CommerzVentures. Further information can be found at https://www.fraugster.com/

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