COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

Brightspot Launches Travel Boutique - Curated Catalog of Individual Incentive Trip Packages

Brightspot | December 07, 2020

While group incentive travel programs anticipate relaunching safely in 2021, the Brightspot Travel Boutique seeks to reinvigorate travel grants with a curated list of individual incentive trip packages.

The Brightspot Travel Boutique was conceived out of a longing for incentive travel a trip alternatives to be appreciated by a victor and a visitor, ideal for isolating from huge gatherings during the pandemic or for remain along prizes in quarterly deals challenges. Each package in the inventory was deliberately considered by master organizers that utilization similar motivating force quality objections, resorts, and service as for their group programs.

Spotlight

The travel industry is finally on its long-awaited road to recovery — U.S. travel restrictions are easing for vaccinated individuals and international travel is resuming in higher numbers. While leisure travel intent for this summer looks promising, less than one-third of travelers have solidified travel plans by booking their full trips.

Uncertainty surrounding vaccine coverage, infection rates in various areas, and quarantine mandates continue to keep prospective travelers vigilant. With a slew of trips still not fully booked, hotels and airlines can tailor their strategies to consumers’ preferences to influence their decisions.

This white paper explores what recovery looks like for the hotel and airline sectors, analyzes consumer trends and how to increase their comfort in travel, and examines the post-pandemic staffing situation in the travel industry.

Readers will also learn about:

  • Consumers’ travel budget plans
  • Why digital nomads are a lucrative market
  • How Salesforce can assist with mitigating staff shortages and scheduling
  • Features travelers appreciate in public and private lodging accommodations

Spotlight

The travel industry is finally on its long-awaited road to recovery — U.S. travel restrictions are easing for vaccinated individuals and international travel is resuming in higher numbers. While leisure travel intent for this summer looks promising, less than one-third of travelers have solidified travel plans by booking their full trips.

Uncertainty surrounding vaccine coverage, infection rates in various areas, and quarantine mandates continue to keep prospective travelers vigilant. With a slew of trips still not fully booked, hotels and airlines can tailor their strategies to consumers’ preferences to influence their decisions.

This white paper explores what recovery looks like for the hotel and airline sectors, analyzes consumer trends and how to increase their comfort in travel, and examines the post-pandemic staffing situation in the travel industry.

Readers will also learn about:

  • Consumers’ travel budget plans
  • Why digital nomads are a lucrative market
  • How Salesforce can assist with mitigating staff shortages and scheduling
  • Features travelers appreciate in public and private lodging accommodations

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DESTINATION AND TOURISM

Trek Travel and AutoCamp expand portfolio to offer unique travel experiences

Trek Travel | February 08, 2022

Trek Travel, a leader in adventure and cycling travel, announces a partnership with experiential travel operator AutoCamp to bring two first-of-their-kind trips into its portfolio with Trek Travel Palm Springs & Joshua Tree AutoCamp and Trek Travel California Wine Country AutoCamp. This comes on the heels of its 2022 new portfolio with 12 all-new destinations and opportunities to discover the world by bike. Trek Travel has been chosen by Travel + Leisure as one its “World’s Best Tour Operators” for 2021, ranking it in the top ten in the world for adventure, luxury, and commitment to service. It had also made this list in 2016 and 2018. The company has consistently been recognized by guests and travel enthusiasts alike for its wide portfolio of trips, exceptional guides, and partnership with Trek Bicycle which yields a deep selection of industry-leading equipment for every trip. AutoCamp offers overnight lodging and accommodations in modern Airstream suites and luxurious tents at locations in Cape Cod, Yosemite National Park, the Russian River Valley, and Joshua Tree National Park.  AutoCamp brings high-end, boutique-style amenities, mid-century modern design, and welcoming hospitality to some of the world’s most beautiful natural places. The two new trips, Joshua Tree/Palm Springs and California Wine Country are innovative offerings designed to combine the natural beauty of experiential travel with the riding, dining, and adventure of a Trek Travel cycling vacation. Both trips offer hiking, exceptional dining, and plenty of cycling. “We’re overjoyed to partner with AutoCamp on these new adventures, We’re always pushing to find new ways to travel and wow our guests. The Airstream suites of AutoCamp are truly unique and offer incredible luxury and amenities in a wide variety of locations not normally accessible to hotels. They’re the perfect way to relax in places our guests would not expect.” -Tania Burke, CEO of Trek Travel. Trek Travel is the perfect partner for our Airstream suite experiences,” notes Taylor Micaela Davis, Senior Director of Marketing for AutoCamp. “Our Airstream suites give you all the joy of camping without the hassle. Booking one of our suites means all you have to do is check-in and make the most of your time in the great outdoors. They’re the perfect complement to a day of riding. Booking begins on January 28th. To learn more, visit https://TrekTravel.com. About Trek Travel: Trek Travel provides cycling vacations of a lifetime in the world’s most beautiful destinations. From luxury experiences to easygoing self-guided adventures, the bike tour brand has a trip for every rider out there. Their trips include the use of award-winning Trek bicycles, including e-bikes, so you can ride the best routes with the best gear. Trek Travel has been crafting unforgettable cycling vacations for 20 years, and was most recently recognized by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2021 as one of the top tour operators in the world. About AutoCamp: AutoCamp is where great design meets the great outdoors. Its design-forward accommodations in nature make spending time outdoors fun and easy for everyone. Reconnect with nature, each other, and yourself in Sonoma, Yosemite National Park, and Cape Cod, with upcoming locations in Joshua Tree, Zion, and Catskills. The company has been recognized by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021, Bloomberg Pursuits as one of the Places to Travel 2020, TIME as World’s Greatest Places 2019, awarded Hospitality Design’s Award for Lodges + Camps 2020, and included in Hospitality Design’s 2021 Openings Hot List. To learn more, visit https://autocamp.com.

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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

SendSquared Partners with Resort Data Processing, an Award-Winning Provider of Property Management Software

SendSquared & Resort Data Processing | November 30, 2021

SendSquared (sendsquared.com), a data and marketing communications platform for the hospitality industry, announced it has partnered with Resort Data Processing (RDP), a leading provider of property management software. The collaboration will integrate SendSquared with RDP’s property management software to provide resorts, hotels and vacation rentals the tools to power all guest communications including email, text and voice services. “RDP is a respected industry standard that brings decades of experience in the hospitality industry to this collaboration,SendSquared is absolutely thrilled to join forces with a company we so deeply admire, and together offer added value to our current and future customers.” -Nicolas Wegener, CEO of SendSquared. With the SendSquared integration, properties using RDP software can now leverage valuable guest data to power meaningful communications and sales efforts. At every touchpoint along the customer journey–from pre-booking to post-stay–users can deliver personalized, timely messages that delight guests and allow them to relax and focus on enjoying their stay. “At RDP, we create solutions that meet the unique needs of each customer,Our partnership with SendSquared will provide our customers with best-in-class marketing solutions to help grow their businesses and generate more revenue.” -RDP President Barry Biegler About SendSquared Founded in 2018 and based in the Twin Cities, SendSquared provides an all-in-one communication platform for the hospitality industry that facilitates email marketing, SMS, voice services, CRM and more to help resorts and hospitality organizations grow by building strong customer relationships and increasing direct bookings. SendSquared is trusted by more than 100 leading resorts, hoteliers, and VRMCs. For more information or to demo SendSquared, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog. About Resort Data Processing Resort Data Processing (RDP) has long been considered one of the pioneers of the property management software industry, and currently supports over 1000 installations worldwide. RDP specializes in providing a customized solution for each client. We cater to properties of all sizes, from small luxury vacation rental companies, to 1500 room resort properties. Our software solutions offer an endless feature set that has evolved over 35 years from customer input and real world application.

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BUSINESS TRAVEL

KAYAK and Babbel Team Up to Help Travelers Learn a Language for their Next Trip

KAYAK and Babbel | November 11, 2021

Travel ranks among the top three reasons Americans want to learn another language, according to a recent survey from KAYAK, the world's leading travel search engine. One quarter (almost 24%) said they simply feel more comfortable visiting a country where they can speak the local language, while nearly the same (23%) want to avoid the embarrassment of mispronouncing a word. To help Americans travel like a local while speaking like one too, KAYAK and Babbel are teaming up to launch linGO - a one-stop-shop for travel planning and language learning. Focused on where to go, when to book, and top phrases to consider as restrictions ease (like how to ask for directions or for the check at dinner), linGO pulls together both travel and language hacks to make the most of your next trip. 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