Chengdu greenway's floral beauty draws spring tourists

CGTN | April 11, 2019

The roads leading to different sections of the Tianfu Greenway in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, have been packed with tourists, especially on weekends, since late March.Visitors from throughout the city make the trip to admire vast seas of flowers along the greenway."The cherry blossom trees with blooming flowers along the Jincheng section of the greenway in the city's hi-tech zone offer an explosion of colors, and the flower power proves to be a big draw to my family," said Sui Xuemei, a middle-aged woman who posed for a photo with her teenage daughter on Sunday.

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There is a positive outlook for tourism in Saudi Arabia, with strong growth forecast and a wave of investment underway. At a total contribution of SAR 190bn in 2015, Travel & Tourism is currently the second highest contributor to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Saudi Arabia, albeit from a relatively low base compared to other countries. Inbound tourism is forecast to grow to over 32m trips per annum by 2026, driven primarily by growth in religious tourism. Domestic tourism is forecast to grow to an impressive 66m trips per annum by 2020, driven by growth in both religious and leisure tourism.

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There is a positive outlook for tourism in Saudi Arabia, with strong growth forecast and a wave of investment underway. At a total contribution of SAR 190bn in 2015, Travel & Tourism is currently the second highest contributor to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Saudi Arabia, albeit from a relatively low base compared to other countries. Inbound tourism is forecast to grow to over 32m trips per annum by 2026, driven primarily by growth in religious tourism. Domestic tourism is forecast to grow to an impressive 66m trips per annum by 2020, driven by growth in both religious and leisure tourism.

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Privé Jets takes the World Travel Awards’ Leading Private Jet Charter Awards

Prive Jets | September 05, 2022

The World Travel Awards has declared Privé Jets as “North America’s Leading Private Jet Charter”as well as “Caribbean's Leading Private Jet Charter” provider at the 29th annual World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony which took place on Wednesday 31st August 2022 at Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica. The award show celebrates the commitment to excellence from key players in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. The World Travel Awards is considered to be the region’s most prestigious travel and tourism event of the year, bringing together all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries to reward and celebrate the excellence of key players in the Caribbean & North American markets. In previous years, Privé Jets has also won the “Leading Private Jet Charter” in other regions such as South America, continuously making its mark as one of the most recognized private jet charter providers in the world. “We have worked daily to build Privé Jets with a logistics and operations team that is second to none. Our commitment to always improve our client experience is paying off as win-win situations don’t come along often, especially in today’s competitive private aviation climate,” -Andres Arboleda. Privé Jets COO. About Privé Jets Founded in 2007, Privé Jets has been a leading private air charter broker with access to over 7,000 aircraft worldwide. The company’s mission is to always put its client’s safety, time, and convenience at the core of everything they do. Privé Jets currently serves clients on all continents and schedules flights monthly in over 50 countries. For more information about Privé Jets visit http://www.privejets.com About World Travel Awards The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region. For more information about WTA visit http://www.worldtravelawards.com

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Radisson Hotel Group Selects Reltio to Unify Data Across Global Enterprise

Reltio | September 01, 2022

Radisson Hotel Group has selected Reltio’s cloud-native, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to unlock the power of the Group’s enterprise data, accelerate its business transformation, and enhance its customers’ experiences. In the hospitality business, driving the best-possible outcome for customers is essential to ensure repeat business, and having the right data plays a vital role in assuring those outcomes.Radisson Hotel Group will implement Reltio’s secure, cloud-native platform to continuously consolidate the Group’s data in real time across its hotels. By deploying the Reltio platform, Radisson Hotel Group will improve its data quality, particularly around reporting. It will also improve its data workflows across the organization, which will help improve its business performance while reducing workloads. Most importantly, by ensuring consistent master data, Radisson Hotel Group can now leverage accurate, consistent, and comprehensive information to transform its business and improve the exceptional service its loyal customer base has come to expect. “At the heart of Radisson Hotel Group is our brand promise, Every Moment Matters. It is how we do business and who we are at the core, Data plays a crucial role in enhancing and personalizing our customers’ experiences. Reltio is a key partner as we embark on our digital transformation initiative. Reltio's cloud native solution gives us the trusted, high quality data we need – in real time – to deliver truly memorable moments for our guests.” -Nouman Ali, Senior Director, Global Data Governance & MDM. Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world's largest hotel groups. The Radisson family of brands can be found around the world in more than 120 countries with currently over 1,700 hotels in operation and under development. The Group has been recognized as the 4th-Best Employer in the Travel & Leisure Industry by Forbes. “The breadth of Radisson Hotel Group’s enterprise application system architecture, which expands across many hotel chains and operational units, requires a need for accurate, timely data that can help deliver an even better customer experience and drive business outcomes That's where we help – the Reltio platform combines all of Radisson Hotel Group’s data sources into one – from loyalty, to transactions, to preferences – giving it a 360-degree view of its customers. We are thrilled to have Radisson Hotel Group as a partner, and to help accelerate the value of its data.” -Manish Sood, CEO, Founder & Chairman of Reltio. About Reltio At Reltio, we believe data should fuel companies’ success, not hold them back. Our first-of-its-kind, cloud-native platform unifies multi-source, siloed data into a single source of trusted information for any data domain. Agile enough to fit any company’s needs, it can flex at will – for accelerated data value creation, and ongoing effectiveness. It’s also fully compliant and secure, so data can be acted upon with confidence. Our diverse set of customers -- from start-ups to large enterprises in more than 140 countries spanning multiple industries -- rely on our award-winning platform to fuel their success. To learn more about Reltio, visit www.reltio.com. About Radisson Hotel Group The Radisson family of brands can be found around the world in more than 120 countries, with currently over 1,700 hotels in operation and under development. Radisson Hotel Group operates the business in EMEA and APAC with over 1,000 hotels in operation and under development. The international hotel group is rapidly growing with a plan to double the portfolio by 2025. The Group’s overarching brand promise is Every Moment Matters with a signature Yes I Can! service ethos. The Radisson family of brands portfolio includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Radisson Individuals, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, and prizeotel brought together under one commercial umbrella brand Radisson Hotels. Radisson Rewards is Radisson Hotel Group’s international rewards program that delivers unique and personalized ways to create memorable moments that matter to its guests. Radisson Rewards offers an exceptional experience for its guests, meeting planners, and travel agents in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Radisson Meetings provides tailored solutions for any event or meeting, including hybrid solutions placing guests and their needs at the heart of its offer. Radisson Meetings is built around three strong service commitments: Personal, Professional and Memorable, while delivering on the brilliant basics and being uniquely 100% Carbon Neutral. The health and safety of guests and team members remain a top priority for Radisson Hotel Group. All properties across the Group’s portfolio are subject to stringent health and safety requirements, as outlined in the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol. The Safety Protocol is an integral part of Radisson Hotel Group’s Safety and Security program ensuring we always care for our guests and team members.

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HRS Offering Advanced Procurement Consulting and Technology to Hotels to Support Expedited RFP Response for Returning Corporate Volume

HRS | August 01, 2022

HRS, the leading global corporate travel and payment technology platform, announced the offering of its full range of consulting services to the hotel community in the coming months to support a revitalized corporate lodging ecosystem. Beyond data-driven consultation that reflects the hotel priorities of its corporate clients, HRS automation gives hotel sales teams the ability to access and more efficiently bid for corporate volume – all at a time when more corporate programs are using the RFP process to negotiate not only rates, but other elements vital to business travelers as they get back on the road.HRS, playing its part to facilitate corporate lodging’s recovery, is offering this unique package of localized consulting, unlimited bid refinement and RFP support at no charge to the hotel community. Among its growing client base, HRS works with 35 percent of Fortune 500 companies on their hotel programs. “It’s a new time for hotel corporate sales leaders. Travel patterns and dynamics are different, as are the definitions of 'travel' and 'workspace' for corporations, With volume rebounding and companies honing in on regional and national projections, married with the reality of diminished resources at many hotels, HRS is stepping up to help facilitate more opportunities for hotels to bid. Our unbiased RFP technology, data-driven analysis, and experts on the ground in key markets stand ready to help relevant hoteliers compete for these room nights.” -Lukasz Dabrowski, HRS’ senior vice president of global supplier relations. Optimized Tools Help Hoteliers Analyze & Refine Corporate Volume Bids HRS technology – with elements built specifically to aid hotels as they contend for corporate volume – is especially helpful for hoteliers at a time when companies are increasing their submission of RFPs and hotel sales teams are being re-built in the wake of the pandemic. In this fluid environment, it allows hoteliers 24x7 access to refine, revise and re-submit bid terms – all at no cost – as appropriate during the negotiation window. Other time-saving highlights include: Optimized bid submission processes that illustrate the progress towards completion of the submission, mandatory elements, and more Ability to anonymously view elements of competing hotel bids Multiple pre-filled fields in RFPs, reducing the time it takes for hoteliers to respond Simplified user-flow that addresses evolving corporate requests Efficient avenues to address the convergence of RFPs for different segments Transformative Attribute-Based Lodging Procurement, as Priorities and Process Have Evolved As new patterns come to light in the nascent post-pandemic corporate lodging arena, HRS is combining the buying concepts for transient, group, meetings and new Longstay segments to showcase the totality of anticipated client spend. Reflecting the new priorities of corporations – ranging beyond simple rates and amenities – HRS is helping hoteliers align with the most important elements of modern corporate hotel programs. This is particularly vital given the unforeseen elements impacting corporate travel procurement in varying locations, including items such as pandemic outbreaks, political instability, environmental changes and weather-related catastrophes. The “5S framework,” introduced by HRS in 2021, has proven effective in capturing the evolving scope of new requirements from the vast majority of corporate hotel programs. HRS is educating its hotel partners about the 5S framework and how addressing these elements on an ongoing basis can help hoteliers win more recurring volume. The 5S framework covers: Safety Satisfaction Savings Sustainability Security HRS is committed to working transparently with corporations and hotels to drive more automated, expedient negotiations, concludes Dabrowski. There is no longer a 'RFP Season' per se. Instead, automation is driving shortened four-week cycles that allow corporations to be nimbler and more targeted in their procurement activities all year long. Mix that in with prioritized hygiene and sustainability requirements, and hotels are competing in a totally transformed procurement process. About HRS HRS is reinventing the way businesses and governments work, stay and pay in today’s dynamic global marketplace. HRS’ advanced platform technology is extending its reach beyond hospitality to meetings, office space management, payment efficiency and crisis recovery. Beyond cost savings in the global post-pandemic economy, HRS clients gain from an unrivaled focus on essential aspects including safety, security and satisfaction. HRS is also recognized for its award-winning Green Stay Initiative, technology that helps corporate hotel programs achieve their NetZero targets, and its groundbreaking Crew & Passengers Solution, which leverages automation to elevate experiences for air and rail operations. Founded in 1972, HRS works with 35 percent of the global Fortune 500, as well as the world’s leading hotel chains, regional hospitality groups and payment providers. More information at www.hrs.com/enterprise.

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