Can You Travel In Groups Without Going Crazy? NPR Wants To Hear From You

npr | May 30, 2019

Can You Travel In Groups Without Going Crazy? NPR Wants To Hear From You
It's almost summer, and if time and resources allow, a time to get away.NPR is putting together a how-to guide — in podcast form — for navigating the social dynamics of travel. How do you get enough downtime on a trip, if you're an introvert? How do you deal with group dynamics when traveling? We will use your stories for a new NPR Life Kit podcast.So tell us, what have you learned to do to make travel meaningful, despite different personality types? Or tell us about a time the group dynamics didn't work out.Please fill out the form below, or follow this link to respond.Part of this project involves putting voices on-air, so we would love it if you could send us a voice memo. You can submit a voice memo within the form — instructions are inside.

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The world is changing. Everything seems to get faster, louder, and more connected. That’s why, increasingly, we’re seeking a slower pace, simplicity and relaxation. Especially when on holiday.

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RoomRaccoon - The World's Number One Hotel Management System Now Available Across United States

RoomRaccoon | December 01, 2021

RoomRaccoon has expanded to the United States, offering accommodation property owners even greater opportunities to grow their business. Independent hotels in the U.S. will now have the chance to experience the full power of RoomRaccoon, the award-winning Hotel Management System (HMS). With the North American hotel market estimated to be worth $30.66 billion in 2020, RoomRaccoon can play a vital role in helping American hoteliers maximize their share of the market and navigate the new normal with virtual tools like contactless check-in. The Netherlands-based HMS provider has been available in Europe and Africa since 2017 and quickly became the preferred hotel tech solution for over 1,500 properties. In the months leading up to the full North American release, the company recruited and trained a team of local representatives who can offer hotel managers free online demos throughout the northern states and Canadian provinces. "This is a very important moment in the history of RoomRaccoon,Our mission is to empower hoteliers around the world, and this is a big step in that direction. We are excited about the opportunity to partner with hoteliers in North America." -Tymen Van Dyl, CEO, and co-founder of RoomRaccoon. RoomRaccoon is the most complete cloud hotel management system in the world that is designed to be easy to use and fully automated, offering hoteliers a simple, yet comprehensive solution that does the job of multiple hotel tech stacks. RoomRaccoon comes fully integrated with a Property Management System (PMS), Booking Engine, and Channel Manager, meaning you can manage everything from guest check-ins and check-outs, capture, and process direct bookings to instant rate and availability updates across multiple distribution channels in a snap. Other important tools and features that hoteliers benefit from include: Payment processing and card machine Revenue and Yield management Upsell functionality Guest ID scanner Financial reports Automated pre-stay, post-stay, and confirmation emails Online check-in Website builder With RoomRaccoon hoteliers can increase their occupancy rates, control their inventory, maximize their revenue and improve the overall guest experience. RoomRaccoon’s real power lies in the fact that it’s the most complete solution for the modern-day hotelier, said Van Dyl. Unlike legacy technology, RoomRaccoon is made to be compatible with over 138 third-party integrations. “North America opens up the opportunity to partner with even more innovative, fast-paced, and trend-setting companies. RoomRaccoon looks forward to expanding with our existing partners including Event Temple, Lightspeed, Expedia, and Ivvy. We’re excited to discover new opportunities where together we can make a real difference,” said Nick Kleynhans, Head of Partnerships at RoomRaccoon. Hoteliers can also keep an eye out for the RoomRaccoon team at hospitality expos and events next year. “We will be attending different events throughout North America. We believe in the power of events, meeting each other face-to-face, and getting to know the market,” said RoomRaccoon’s Event Planner Marit Hoencamp, who was behind the successful hospitality summit, Check-In 2021, hosted by RoomRaccoon where keynote speakers from Booking.com among others addressed important topics in the industry. What do RoomRaccoon clients think? Training on RoomRaccoon is a breeze compared to some other systems. As a team, we really understand the RoomRaccoon system," said Aimee Lawson, Assistant General Manager of Cloud Estate Boutique Hotel in Stellenbosch, South Africa. “RoomRaccoon has helped us improve our operations with the simplicity of the operating system from the front end and even from the back end. RoomRaccoon is the secret weapon to successful hotel management,” -Jayson Van Noordwyk, General Manager of O’Two Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. What makes RoomRaccoon stand out in the crowded hotel tech space is the fact it is more than just a hotel tech company, RoomRaccoon is the brainchild of a hotelier who has first-hand experience of the daily operations and pain points involved in running a hotel. Nadja Buckenberger, the product owner at RoomRaccoon, faced many challenges when she first opened the doors of her own independent hotel, the Bliss Boutique Hotel in Breda, Netherlands. The crux was that she couldn’t find a single affordable solution that could manage all aspects of her property. That’s when she decided to join forces with Tymen to create one that could. About RoomRaccoon it was voted the best Hotel Management System in 2020 and 2021 by hotel managers and industry experts on Hotel Tech Report. The company was also nominated as the Netherlands’ fifth most successful software company in 2021 by Techleap.

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Eola, Powering Experience Providers, Generates $2.8 Million in Investment

Eola, Pentech Ventures | April 07, 2021

Eola, the operating system for experience providers, has raised $2.8 million in a fundraising round led by Pentech Ventures, with support from Techstars and other travel and technology business leaders. Eola delivers cutting-edge operations technology to experience providers in the UK and around the world. Eola provides them with the tools they need to run their entire business, from hiking tours in Scotland to watersports centers in Cornwall to hot air ballooning in New Zealand. The Eola system saves companies time and money by automating booking and payment procedures, making scheduling and resource management simple, and offering features such as memberships and rentals. During 2020, Eola's revenue increased five times when their client base tripled. During last year's changing conditions, the importance of automated processes, online accessibility, and real-time adaptability became much more evident. Using Eola's proprietary technology, their average partner more than doubled online bookings in 2020 over the previous year. Eola now anticipates much stronger success in 2021, as people are ready to get back outdoors. The new funding will be used to expand the company's technology, team, and commercial footprint. Eola CEO Callum Hemsley: " We are pleased to have this group of investors on board for the next step of our expansion. The performance we've had so far is a testament to our team's and customers' tremendous tenacity and resilience. 2020 was a challenging year but seeing how everyone handled it was so inspirational. I'm grateful to be on this path with them all. Now, we're looking forward to assisting more established businesses in growing alongside us. Sandy McKinnon, Pentech Ventures partner: " The Eola team has created a fantastic operating system for running experience-based businesses. It is impressive that a business will expand during a lockdown in this market, and it speaks to the value they deliver to their clients. We are excited to help them and assist them in expanding even more." Eamonn Carey, Managing Director of Techstars London: "Building products that people want is the most successful way to build a scalable, category-defining business. That is just what Callum, Dan, and the rest of the Eola team have done. I'm consistently impressed by the reviews and referrals they get from their clients, as well as the positive effect Eola has on their businesses. I know it's happening, and I can't wait to see those clients, as well as millions of others, benefiting from Eola's operating system."

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New Sojern Report Shows Travel Marketers' 2021 Plans for Digital Advertising

Sojern | August 25, 2021

Sojern, a leading provider of digital travel marketing solutions, today published a new report titled, “How Travel Marketers Are Activating Digital Advertising in 2021.” Worldwide Business Research (WBR) Insights surveyed senior decision makers in Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and Middle East and Africa who own the marketing budget for a hotel, attraction or tourism brand. These 300 travel marketers shared key challenges faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led them to test new solutions, innovate with new messaging, and generally do more with less. “The last 18-months have been quite the rollercoaster for travel marketers navigating the global pandemic, but one thing is clear: travel marketers are more focused than ever before on effectively and efficiently spending precious resources to drive a business return,” said Noreen Henry, Chief Revenue Officer, Sojern. “In this environment you need to be agile, data-driven and optimistic—travel is coming back and it’s a great time to take part in that recovery.” Key findings of travel marketers surveyed include: 56 percent agree that the current environment is ideal for direct response campaigns. Travellers are booking directly because of clearer cancelation or refund policies, coupled with their frustrating experiences navigating online travel agency (OTA) reimbursements for cancelled trips. 88 percent have increased or kept their digital advertising strategy budget the same since COVID-19. 87 percent tightened spending on brand campaigns and increased spending on performance campaigns in 2020. 84 percent rated machine learning and artificial intelligence as top priority for personalisation across channels. Consumers are eager to travel, and with the increasingly widespread administration of COVID-19 vaccines, the hard hit travel, media, and entertainment industries are all expected to rebound in 2021. The upward swing is already under way, with a surge in domestic and regional tourism, as newly vaccinated consumers exercise the option to travel within their own borders.

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The world is changing. Everything seems to get faster, louder, and more connected. That’s why, increasingly, we’re seeking a slower pace, simplicity and relaxation. Especially when on holiday.