Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. also experienced double-digit growth in 2019

TravelDailyNews International | January 16, 2020

In addition to receiving top accolades confirming its powerhouse status in the travel franchise space, Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. also experienced another year of double-digit growth because their work-from-home travel agents maximize state-of-the-art tools and resources that are continuously launched by the company, enabling increased efficiencies and value to their clients resulting in increased sales. “From technology that drove results and boots-on-the-ground marketing to interactive training and more, making personal connections was the key to our record-breaking year,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of Dream Vacations, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. “2019 set us up for even greater success so as we go into Wave Season, the momentum is strong and I’m excited to see what the team has in store for 2020.”

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Source1 Partners with O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC

O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC | March 28, 2022

Source1 partnered with O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC. to bring robust procurement savings and technology to their respective members. Source1 is a data and technology company for hospitality procurement. O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC is a leading hospitality management group. The new partnership enables O'Reilly Hospitality Management members to get access to increased savings on F&B, operating supplies, linen, chemical, maintenance, facilities, and equipment. O'Reilly Hospitality Management provides cutting-edge hotel and restaurant management services that cover all facets of a project. They've grown from a modest corporation operating a single hotel to a company employing over 1,800 people and managing properties around the United States. O'Reilly Hospitality Management is a genuinely creative presence in the hospitality market, founded on the concepts of sustainability, community participation, charitable outreach, and a dedication to upgrading the modern guest experience. "At Source1 it's important to us that we partner with organizations that align with our values. O'Reilly Hospitality Management works hard to invest in their communities and make a positive impact." -Sarah Davie, President of Source1 Darren Harralson, Chief Operating Officer at O'Reilly Hospitality Management, said, Our company will now have the ability to leverage the incredible power of Source1's data and technology to improve our purchasing functions, reduce our costs and ultimately provide even more rewarding guest experiences. It was clear to us that it was time to evolve technologically, and Source1 is the perfect partner to help us do so.

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iCruise celebrates the return of cruising with the World's Largest Cruise & Travel Sale from October 11-17

iCruise | October 11, 2021

Cruise travel is back, and so is the World's Largest Cruise and Travel Sale taking place from October 11 through 17, 2021. During the weeklong event, iCruise, the leading cruise booking platform for cruise-lovers, is offering unheard-of discounts on cruises, packages, and other travel inventory. Travelers can expect significant discounts of up to 60% off cruises from Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity, Holland American Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and a host of other cruise lines. Now that US ports open again to cruise travel, bookings are on the rise. Travelers and cruisers can be assured that comprehensive health protocols and processes are in place and have made cruising as safe and hassle-free as possible. And many of the major cruise lines have launched brand new ships with new amenities. "We're very pleased to be able to bring back the World's Largest Cruise and Travel Sale," "What better way to celebrate the return of cruise travel than by providing the ultimate travel savings for millions of cruise lovers across the U.S.? We can offer amazing travel deals to travelers, enabling them to enjoy the trip of their lifetimes and make cherished memories with their families." said Uf Tukel, Senior Vice President and CoFounder of iCruise. This year's sale inventory offers a wider network of cruise, resort and hotel suppliers, including significant deals on close-to-home hotels, resorts, car rentals and flights. Cruise operators and participating hotels and resorts are also making fully vaccinated itineraries available to health and safety-conscious travelers. Available discounted itineraries include Caribbean, Mediterranean, Alaska and European river cruises in various categories ranging from budget/family-friendly to ultra-luxury. Additional deals may include free onboard credits, reduced deposits, cabin upgrades, exclusive shore excursions and in-room perks. Because iCruise is also a full-service online travel booking site, travelers will also be able to book their flights, car rentals and pre- and post-cruise hotel stays during the sale – and earn a $100 credit toward a future booking with the iCruise Travel Rewards program. About iCruise iCruise is a Florida-based travel company specializing in cruises resort vacations. Arrivia, Inc. acquired iCruise in December of 2019. Arrivia is a global leader in travel-based loyalty and reward solutions. With the acquisition of iCruise, Arrivia reaffirms its strategic commitment to the cruise industry and expands its capabilities to deliver unmatched cruise value and services to its business partners and consumers worldwide. Our travel partners include all major cruise lines including Carnival, Celebrity, Cunard, Disney, Holland America, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, and Royal Caribbean; and our cruise specialists are trained in all cruise destinations including Alaska, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe and the Panama Canal.

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Stasher, a Travel Tech Startup is Solving the Luggage Storage Problem Through Crowdsourcing

Stasher | July 09, 2021

Traveling is one of the most rewarding but also one of the most difficult activities. One challenge is storing things while traveling, but an English startup called Stasher is attempting to change the way people store their luggage. Stasher links travelers with hotels and shops that can keep luggage secure while users enjoy their time in a city. Wedderburn-Day developed Stasher as a happy accident when one of his pals wanted to store items with another friend. The friend jokingly suggested charging people for this service. An idea was conceived. They created a platform where people could store items in their homes. The model has subsequently developed, but the fundamental concept has not changed. “Storage in cities is a real issue,” Wedderburn-Day said. “If you remember, and this is still the case, Airbnb had gone from an interesting concept to a household brand at the time, and everyone was beginning to do it. It was also generating a larger potential in this space.” What started as a joke is now in over 250 towns worldwide, but they took a hit during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hotels and businesses advertise their storage space on the site, and tourists can store their things in a safe place. Dandashy, a former concierge, recognized the need for tourists to keep stuff while on the travel. “The idea has a sort of simplicity to it that makes it great,” Wedderburn-Day said. “It is not reinventing anything, and it is using the sharing-economy concept that has proven to be so successful with taxis and rentals. It is simply making use of existing space.”

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