CBP Reschedules Opening of Trusted Traveler Program Enrollment Centers

CBP | July 02, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that trusted traveler program enrollment centers will remain temporarily closed until at least August 10. Prior to Wednesday's postponement, Global Entry and other trusted traveler program enrollment centers were scheduled to reopen on Monday, July 6. The decision comes amid a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in several states.

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There’s more to California than just movie stars and Disneyland. This is a state that boasts a large number of stunning natural attractions, including beautiful beaches, serene deserts, and majestic mountains. California is also home to a number of exciting major cities, charming towns and to some of the world’s best wineries.

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HealthTrust and Onriva Launch Innovative Business Travel Marketplace

healthtrust | March 04, 2022

HealthTrust, a national group purchasing organization (GPO) and performance improvement authority for healthcare, has teamed with Onriva to offer member organizations a next-generation corporate travel planning and booking marketplace. Members opting into the marketplace will have access to the widest selection of airline, hotel, and car rental options at the best overall value in the travel industry. The marketplace includes linkage to legacy corporate expense management systems and gives users full visibility to travel spend with enhanced reporting and 24/7/365 dedicated customer support.Member organizations that are affiliated with HealthTrust or its family of GPOs – AdvantageTrust, CoreTrust, and Valify Solutions Group – can utilize the marketplace. HealthTrust specializes in performance improvement for acute care hospitals and health systems. AdvantageTrust serves non-acute locations including ambulatory physician practices, surgery centers, long-term care, and alternate care sites, as well as not-for-profit agencies. CoreTrust is a commercial GPO for private equity firms, their portfolio companies, and large organizations. Valify Solutions Group is a non-exclusive GPO dedicated to managing purchased-services expense. There is no cost for members to join and access the complete travel ecosystem that includes more than two million suppliers and is integrated with all major online travel agencies and resellers. “As restrictions from the pandemic are relaxed, business travel is building momentum at a time when inflationary pressures necessitate new and innovative ways to manage expense in this critical category,The travel marketplace provides an unprecedented level of value through preferred pricing, broad selection, and a dynamic user interface that was previously unimagined. No matter their size, member organizations adopting this solution can achieve a potential 30% in travel savings.” -Michael Berryhill, COO of HealthTrust. In designing a one-stop booking platform and developing strategic relationships with suppliers, we are disrupting the decades-old status quo of the business travel experience,” said Vajid Jafri, founder and CEO of Onriva. “We are proud to align with HealthTrust and help members extract maximum value when planning and booking travel, both domestic and international. About HealthTrust HealthTrust (HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P.) is committed to strengthening provider performance and clinical excellence through an aligned membership model and the delivery of total spend management advisory solutions that leverage operator experience, scale and innovation. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., HealthTrust serves over 1,800 hospitals and health systems in the U.S. and the United Kingdom and more than 57,000 non-acute provider locations including ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, long-term care and alternate care sites. About Onriva Onriva is a one-of-a-kind travel marketplace that brings together the entire business travel ecosystem. Launched in 2021, the company touts an impressive line-up of industry elite board members and executive leaders that have enabled the company to emerge onto the scene with more than 3,500 small and medium-sized companies representing more than $3 billion in travel purchasing volume.

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AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

Solairus Aviation Introduces New Mobile App Offering Customized Solutions for Private Air Travel

Solairus Aviation | December 09, 2020

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Launchtrip Unveils First Travel Platform Designed for Group Trips

Launchtrip | September 30, 2021

Launchtrip the world's first Together-Travel company, today releases its group-centric travel booking app. Available on iOS now, Launchtrip removes the roadblocks historically associated with group-travel by allowing users to plan and book travel based on destination city or event, and the ability to divide costs and pay separately, taking the awkwardness out of invites and chasing down money - all within the native platform's ecosystem. Launchtrip is the first application to address a longstanding challenge for consumers and the hospitality industry: the need to facilitate group bookings in one application including payment processing and soon, with an industry first: fair and transparent pricing. From today, users will be able to: Search by city or event to book accommodation and restaurants close to major sports, music, and entertainment events across the country, with more events being added regularly Book hotel accommodations from a curated selection of 3 - 5 star properties across the country. From independent boutique hotels to 5-star luxury properties and everything in between, Launchtrip offers thousands of hotels across 8 major US cities to start (including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Austin, Phoenix and Las Vegas), with more becoming available every month Review thousands of highly recommended restaurants and book right in the app using Resy as Launchtrip's official restaurant booking partner Split and manage payments of your group trips (available for group trips of 3 or more people) Receive scaling group discounts with partnered hotels Take advantage of Launchtrip's signature 24/7 concierge service - online and with text-driven customer support, powered by humans Ground transportation and travel insurance will be available by the end of the year Google Play store availability will launch in Winter 2021 Customers will also benefit from Launchtrip's 'My Trip' feature, where users can manage all of their group reservations and guest list, meaning they won't be stuck with reservation emails from multiple vendors. Within this feature, users can name their trip, check the trip's guest list and whether they've paid or not, and send reminders to anyone who hasn't yet paid. Launchtrip recently surveyed 1,000 US adults to find that for 25% of Americans, dealing with payment is the most painful part of planning any group trip. A third (34%) of respondents even said they spend hours figuring out how to split costs. To reward these Group Trip 'Heroes' who've had to deal with organizing woes for far too long, Launchtrip is giving away an all-expenses paid vacation (including accomodation at select luxury hotel properties across the country) to one lucky 'Hero' plus three friends. Launchtrip CEO and Founder Julian Ing is dedicated to providing a better travel experience for groups a category that he believes has experienced little innovation in nearly 25 years. "Launchtrip is a new kind of travel booking company and one that we believe will transform the travel and hospitality space. From group travel to complete transparency for consumers and partners, we are committed to creating the best experience possible for our users and are thrilled to open to the public today." SaidJulian Ing,Launchtrip CEO and Founder Looking ahead, Launchtrip will roll out additional features dedicated to creating a seamless travel experience, including curated trip recommendations, an AI-driven rewards system and more About Launchtrip Launchtrip is the Together-Travel company that makes booking group trips easy and rewarding. Founded by entrepreneur Julian Ing, Launchtrip's ethos is to make every experience outstanding, from end to end. Launchtrip's team of advisors include some of the industry's top experts with previous leadership roles within HomeAway (Expedia), MealPal and Tripping.com to name a few. This includes Traci Mercer, Taleeb Noormohamed, Michael Drever, Kathleen Reaume, Terry McBride and Mark Spencer.

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