Cardlytics Data Analysis Predicts Recovery Signs For Travel Industry

Cardlytics | July 06, 2020

Travel has been devastated by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, but new data shows signs of recovery in most sectors of the industry. According to analytics platform Cardlytics, consumers have been spending more in recent weeks as states reopen, with travel agencies jumping from a 93-percent decline year-over-year in April to just a 68-percent drop in early June.

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At the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) 2016 global conference, dynamic hotel pricing versus preferred hotel rates versus open booking was a popular topic among panelists.

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At the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) 2016 global conference, dynamic hotel pricing versus preferred hotel rates versus open booking was a popular topic among panelists.

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VacationOffer.com's Powerful Online Booking Engine Offers Industry-Tailored Technology Solutions that Help Travel Businesses Grow

VacationOffer.com | September 09, 2021

Trusted online travel agency VacationOffer.com is continuing to redefine the business travel and travel fulfillment industries with its state-of-the-art powerful online booking engine, called VO for Business. With the aim to help travel agents, corporate travel program companies, tour operators, and organization program coordinators (OPCs) grow, VO for Business solutions allow coordinators and employees to access the most competitive wholesale pricing in the industry, book trips online in seconds, and manage all aspects of travel within a central dashboard. "At VacationOffer.com, we have become leaders in the consumer travel sector because our solutions make it really easy for anyone to book memorable trips and thrilling experiences. Now, with our proven expertise in building the type of technologies that real travelers use every day, we're looking to help others in our industry achieve success through our tailored VO for Business solutions," said Sharon Mathews, Marketing Manager at VacationOffer.com. "With VO for Business, we're confident that we can meet the specific needs of any travel company." VO for Business offers unique solutions for a variety of travel service providers. This includes: Travel Agencies: By providing travel agents with access to some of the most competitive wholesale pricing in the industry, VO for Business helps ensure that there is enough margin on each product to generate profit for an agency. More importantly, travel agents can book with confidence knowing that their clients are receiving the highest caliber of travel products and services from reputable brands. Corporate Travel Program Service Providers: From beginning to end, arranging and managing travel plans for employees can be an overwhelming task for any organization. With VO for Business, corporate travel coordinators and employees can book trips online in seconds at exclusive business prices. Whether it's a meeting in another town or a conference across the country, VO for Business can help take the hassle out of arranging business travel and protect a company's bottom line from over-priced travel products. Tour Operators and OPCs: Scheduling tours and day drives in an industry of ever-changing wave times is a complicated task. With VO for Business, tour operators and OPCs can centrally manage hotel reservations, tour bookings, and gifting in a variety of top travel destinations online by means of an easy-to-use platform. VO for Business has a proven track record and always ensures timely payment on qualified tours. In addition to its VO for Business solutions, VacationOffer.com works with top brands from around the world to provide consumer travelers and families with high-quality, expertly curated travel experiences to some of the most popular destinations in the country. The best hotels, ticket providers, and other travel industry specialists are contracted by the company to provide their customers with the best travel moments. As a bonus, many of the package deals provided by VacationOffer.com come with travel perks, such as gift cards or vouchers. About VacationOffer.com A trusted online travel agency, VacationOffer.com provides vacation packages, hotels, event tickets, and attraction tickets in the most popular travel destinations in the United States. The company serves both consumer travelers and businesses, providing high-quality trips and tours with full transparency. Additionally, to ensure the safety of clients, VacationOffer.com and its suppliers adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local government agencies.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY,COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

Mastercard Expands Travel Suite

Mastercard | June 24, 2022

Mastercard expanded its Mastercard Travel and Lifestyle Services platform. New partnerships that focus on smooth travel experiences and memorable moments for its cardholders are at the crux of this expansion. New features include WhatsApp servicing, COVID alerts and offers like lounge access when flights are delayed are offered to customers. “Many of us eagerly await the chance to satisfy our love for travel, but it can be stressful to plan a trip with so many uncertainties about what traveling will look like, At Mastercard, we’re here to support every step of the journey — from planning to booking to transportation to experiences in destination — so travelers can focus on what really matters. After two years of disruptions, we know that time with our loved ones is truly priceless.” -Mastercard’s Stephanie Meltzer-Paul, executive vice president, Global Loyalty In addition to providing direct service to cardholders, Mastercard assists governments, businesses, and brands in understanding changing consumer patterns and preferences to build and test programs and incentives. Mastercard services give customers everything they need to welcome back travelers, from market analysis and insights to marketing solutions and consumer engagement strategies. The Tourism Innovation Hub in Spain, for example, was recently established to develop customized goods and solutions to enable a sustainable, inclusive return to travel through innovation, research, and collaboration throughout the ecosystem. Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services is a travel planning and booking portal that provides World and World Elite cards with unique guarantees, amenities, and upgrades, as well as 24/7 concierge and premium offers and entertainment from major travel brands. With the experience economy in full swing, travelers can satisfy their wanderlust with customized city tours informed by local experts and member favorites via the Inspiration Module. The program now features WhatsApp servicing, which is presently accessible in certain geographies2 throughout the world and will be available globally by the end of the year, where members can message Lifestyle Managers regarding travel and concierge requirements from their phone. Cardholders benefit from the Lowest Hotel Rate Guarantee, and the Mastercard Hotel Stay Guarantee, as well as free nights and preferential treatment at over 4,000 4- and 5-star properties worldwide. In addition, travelers can book once-in-a-lifetime Priceless Experiences while in location, such as a dream vacation to London and Paris with Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury glamping in Sweden's Blekinge archipelago, or a visit to the top of New York City's One World Observatory. Premier Programs and New Travel Partnerships In addition to the preferred experience of Mastercard Travel & Lifestyle Services, Mastercard has formed several new alliances to provide perks that reduce travel stress and promote more enjoyable experiences. Convenience: Cardholders enjoy access to a global network of over 1,100 airport lounges for delayed flights or relaxing in quiet. Mastercard Flight Delay Pass, currently accessible in select locations worldwide, provides complimentary lounge access on eligible delayed flights. FastTrack in Europe was also recently established, as was Mastercard Travel Pass in Canada, providing a hassle-free airport experience. Connection: Starting in the Asia Pacific and expanding to additional regions later this year, select cardholders now have access to complimentary worldwide roaming data packs for use in more than 200 countries, and a 15% Mastercard discount on top-ups via Flexiroam. Care: Through Sitata, cardholders can opt-in to get real-time notifications and the most recent COVID limits and requirements, including testing locations and cost. Convenience: The new mycardbenefits.com is a digital insurance platform that allows Mastercard cardholders to instantly access – and smoothly submit – claims for the insurances contained on their card, such as vehicle rental, and lost luggage replacement, mobile phone, and trip cancellation. Cash Rewards: Use Mastercard Travel Rewards to shop and earn cash rewards at hundreds of prestigious retailers in 19 destinations, and thousands of online deals for unique save

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Travel + Leisure Launches New Branded Products For At Home And The Road

Travel + Leisure Group, Sobel Westex | August 27, 2021

The growing suite of consumer products and services developed by Travel + Leisure will soon include at-home luxury inspired by the world’s best destinations and resorts. Travel + Leisure Group has signed a licensing agreement with Sobel Westex – the leading provider of luxury hotel bedding, pillows and linens for the home that offer all of the comfort of a deluxe hotel room – to produce an exclusive collection of luxury linens and accessories. The company’s new product line also includes the Travelpro® x Travel + Leisure luggage collection, which recently extended its retail footprint into several Bloomingdale’s flagship locations, as well as the luxury retailer’s online store. “Travel + Leisure has been the tastemaker authority on travel and lifestyle for 50 years,” said Noah Brodsky, president of Travel + Leisure Group and chief brand officer for Travel + Leisure Co. “We are incredibly excited for our experts to collaborate with Sobel Westex and other trusted partners to help people live the Travel + Leisure lifestyle with their favorite goods, whether on a dream vacation or relaxing at home.” Travel + Leisure has partnered with Travelpro, the most trusted luggage brand, to craft the perfect luggage collection — sleek, but with every bit of the functionality for the discerning traveler. From the spacious interior pockets that zip to enclose each side of the suitcase to the deceptively lightweight hard shell exterior, every product detail in the collection is considered with avid leisure travelers in mind. The Travelpro x Travel + Leisure luggage collection is available for purchase online and exclusively at several flagship Bloomingdale’s retail locations through 2021, with plans to expand into additional stores by the fall. Travelpro x Travel + Leisure luggage can be found in Bloomingdale’s stores at 59th Street in New York City; Aventura Mall in Miami, FL; South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA; Tysons Corner in Tysons, VA; and Bergen Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, NJ. Consumers can expect to see the Travel + Leisure linens collection from Sobel Westex available for purchase next year. The new retail offerings are a part of the group’s larger mission to take the Travel + Leisure brand beyond inspirational content and bring it to life through a curated suite of consumer products and services. In less than a year, the company has already launched an online travel gateway and will soon offer a new subscription travel club, among other new product offerings. About Travel + Leisure Group Travel + Leisure Group offers travelers a way to turn vacation inspiration into exceptional experiences through the top online and print travel content, online travel subscription and booking services, and branded consumer products all together in one place. About Sobel Westex Sobel Westex is the leading textile supplier in both US and Global textile markets with capabilities that extend beyond the ordinary. Sobel Westex is known for its designs, manufacturing and distribution globally, while being a trusted supplier to world class brands and strategic partners for over 30+ years.

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