Digital identity solution Airside gets strategic investment from Amadeus Ventures

PhocusWire | March 05, 2020

For its first investment of 2020, Amadeus Ventures is backing mobile identity solution Airside for an undisclosed amount. The Washington, D.C.-based startup previously raised $8 million. Airside allows United States citizens and Canadian visitors to expedite and securely pass through U.S. Customs with a mobile passport app. Instead of using paper documents, travelers can submit passport and customs declaration forms to the app to access the faster security lines in the airport. The platform, which is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, simplifies and speeds up the customs experience.

Spotlight

Virtually every sector has been impacted by the growth of digital platforms and the shift to mobile device use. But the hospitality and travel sector has been one of the most significantly impacted, due to major shifts in how people research, plan, and subsequently purchase their travel-related needs.

Spotlight

Virtually every sector has been impacted by the growth of digital platforms and the shift to mobile device use. But the hospitality and travel sector has been one of the most significantly impacted, due to major shifts in how people research, plan, and subsequently purchase their travel-related needs.

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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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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY,AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

Air Serbia to become the first customer of Sabre's AI-driven product Air Price IQ™

Sabre Corporation & Air Serbia | July 13, 2022

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, is partnering with Air Serbia to launch dynamic offers into today's competitive marketplace. Considering customer segmentation and travel purpose, Air Price IQ supports airlines in their efforts to provide a seamless experience to its travelers while maximizing revenue opportunities. Air Price IQ provides the technology for airlines to generate relevant offers by analyzing the airlines' own shopping and revenue management data in real time along with relevant marketplace insights. The cloud-native solution utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize price and help airlines drive higher conversion rates and improved yield by delivering more relevant offers across all channels. "Given the challenges the travel industry has faced through the pandemic, creating products that better meet the expectations of travelers and improve profitability for airlines at the same time is more important than ever, To match travelers to the right fares at the right times requires intelligent systems that analyze large volumes of data at scale and use advanced machine learning models to deliver actionable insights. We are delighted to have found a forward-thinking, innovative partner in Air Serbia to work with us in preparing for this paradigm shift in travel." -Wade Jones, Chief Product Officer, Sabre Travel Solutions. Air Price IQ is part of Retail Intelligence, the first suite of products powered by Sabre Travel AI™ technology using advanced machine learning models to test and learn in the moment. Sabre Travel AI™ is an innovative capability combining Sabre's travel technology expertise with state-of-the-art AI technology and advanced machine-learning services. "As an industry we are facing a rapid pace of change, After the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now looking forward to the opportunities of the summer season and exploring new ones. We must realize these opportunities in this volatile environment, while delivering an enhanced booking and travel experience to our customers. Sabre's innovative Air Price IQ is a key driver in our move from static pricing to dynamically created personalized offers." -Jiří Marek, CEO, Air Serbia. In the current environment, airlines require intelligent systems to manage increased complexity, channel fragmentation and ever more sophisticated traveler expectations. The results of a recent study commissioned by Sabre and carried out by research consultancy Dr. Fried & Partner revealed that travelers consider more decision factors than ever before when booking travel, while expecting their travel provider to deliver a seamless, comfortable experience. Sabre's Air Price IQ is designed to help meet these evolving demands. About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is a leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre's software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. About Air Serbia Air Serbia was launched under that name in October 2013 as the national airline of the Republic of Serbia. From three airports in Serbia (Belgrade, Niš, Kraljevo) it flies to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Africa, in passenger and cargo traffic. The airline also offers long-haul and international destinations in Asia, Australia, North America and Africa via its codeshare partners. Air Serbia's fleet includes one wide-body, 10 narrow-body and 5 turboprop aircraft. Find more information about the activities of the Serbian national airline at Air Serbia Media Centre.

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COMMERCIAL TRAVEL, CRUISE

inCruises – The Fastest Growing Vacation Travel Club Globally – Surpasses One Million Members

inCruises International | July 18, 2022

Premier cruise membership club inCruises International has exceeded the one million mark in Members, demonstrating the strong and growing demand for its subscription-based travel model. This milestone reflects the company’s successful expansion into new markets worldwide, with Members now in 196 countries. inCruises is introducing consumers to the lifestyle and value of cruising, plus providing a way to save monthly for travel while earning Reward Points that further increase savings. The occasion also follows the spring launch of inStays™, expanding Member access to more than 25,000 hotel, resort and cruise offers. “Exceeding one million Club Members is a significant event in our company history. We are truly honored by the passion of our Partners and Members in sharing their love of cruising with others and growing the inCruises community, When we launched Club Membership in 2016, our goal was to make seeing the world more accessible to everyone, and reaching this milestone proves it’s resonating.” -Michael “Hutch” Hutchison, co-Founder and co-CEO of inCruises Every monthly Club Membership payment is matched with double Reward Points by inCruises. Members can exchange Reward Points at the time of booking for payment towards the lowest publicly available retail price of a cruise, hotel, or resort. Bookings are made directly through inCruises’ easy-to-use platform, which is available in 17 languages. Members’ Reward Points never expire. “inCruises has successfully created a new way to plan for and maximize savings on cruise travel, With more than one million Members worldwide embracing our model, we are well-poised for continued growth. We are constantly innovating, and many exciting things are on the horizon to bring even more value to our Members, Partners, and travel providers.” -inCruises co-Founder and co-CEO, Frank Codina. In addition to Club Membership, inCruises also offers the chance to travel for free through its Independent Partner Program. Partners can earn compensation for sharing the inCruises Membership advantages with others. About inCruises International Since launching its flagship membership in 2016, inCruises International has become the premier cruise membership club with more than one million Members and Partners in 196 countries. inStays™ was added in 2022, giving Members access to more than 25,000 hotel, resort and cruise offers. inCruises is making a measurable difference in its Club Members' lives and is committed to ethically providing a business ownership opportunity to its growing Partner team. In addition, the company is committed to positive global corporate citizenship by supporting Mercy Ships, 4Ocean, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Ukrainian Relief efforts. To share the experience, please visit our Business and Membership opportunity at incruises.com.

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