TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

EButler and Eddy Travels Launch A New Travel Service, In Time For The Summer Vacations

EButler, Eddy Travels | May 04, 2021

Arranging the principal post-pandemic excursion has recently got a ton simpler for the inhabitants of Qatar, as EButler today dispatched another organization with Eddy Travels man-made brainpower (AI) travel associate. In a basic talk, the completely mechanized AI aide is accessible every minute of every day to help EButler's clients look for the best aircraft and inn bargains globally.

EButler, a mainstream online attendant stage in Qatar, interfaces clients to many the best specialist organizations covering each part of their lives. Beginning today, EButler's individuals can look for the best flight and inn offers by talking with an AI travel colleague created by Eddy Travels, consistently incorporated into Ebutler portable applications.

"At EButler, we will likely make an unbelievably advantageous encounter for our clients each time they need something in their life. As we endeavor to increase present expectations, we are continually searching for top-notch organizations. We are incredibly eager to collaborate with Eddy Travels, who offers a novel encounter not found elsewhere on the planet," noted Omar Ashour, Co-Founder, and CEO at EButler.

"We are pleased to dispatch a weighty association with EButler, the first in Qatar for Eddy Travels. EButler's team accomplished astounding work coordinating the Eddy Travels AI associate into their application. Therefore, Qatari explorers can begin arranging their next merited occasions by communicating something specific," said Edmundas Balikonis, Co-Founder and CEO at Eddy Travels.

EButler's application is accessible on Android or iOS gadgets. Inside the application, individuals will track down another "Travel" class that will open a talk window with the Eddy Travels AI associate. Clients simply need to send an instant message to the advanced travel associate, and it will begin looking for flights or convenience. Housing alternatives are given in association with Booking.com, the world's most extensive inn booking framework. The new association project is upheld by Kiwi.com, the imaginative travel-tech organization, which controls more than 100 million inquiries consistently.

"EButler and Eddy Travel teams worked effectively assembling the AI-controlled travel arranging administration that is advantageous and enjoyable to utilize. We are pleased to be suppliers of flight and ground transportation stock, including Virtual Interlining. Together we'll make it simple for the Qatar explorers to consistently track down their ideal agenda, at the most minimal cost." Oliver Dlouhy, CEO, and Co-originator at Kiwi

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Triip Pte. Ltd – a profitable travel startup founded in 2014, licensed by the Singapore Tourism Board, is doing a reverse ICO. We have been helping travelers book authentic local tours, hotel rooms, and accommodations seamlessly in 227 countries with database capacity of 1.3M+ hotels and 6000+ local guides in the last four years.

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Spirit Airlines Overhauls Dallas Fort Worth with New Check-In Technology Designed to Streamline the Travel Experience

Spirit Airlines: | December 09, 2021

Guests are now checking out the latest evolution in check-in technology at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Spirit Airlines (NYSE:SAVE) unveiled its automated self-bag drop experience with biometric photo-matching system, which represents a new paradigm for the U.S. airline industry. The redesigned ticket lobby is packed with industry-leading technology designed to limit face-to-face interaction, streamline flight check-ins and get Guests from the curb to the brightest planes in the sky quicker than ever.Spirit's self-bag drop system is now currently operating at New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Chicago O'Hare, and it was recently recognized for two prestigious awards. The "2021 Best Airport Innovation" by the APEX/IFSA Awards, and also a Gold Stevie® Award winner for The Best New Transportation Product or Service in The 2021 American Business Awards®. The airline began developing the nation's first biometric photo-matching solution for domestic air travel in 2019 with its partner Materna Intelligent Passenger Solutions (IPS) North America. Spirit was also the first to pursue combining it with automated self-bag drop capabilities to reduce face-to-face interaction. Following an initial testing period at DFW with both manual ID check and biometric opt-in, the biometric photo-matching solution will eliminate the need to stop and hand government-issued identification to an agent when checking baggage. Here's how biometric photo-matching works: Guests start by tagging their own checked bags after checking in at the kiosk and then proceed to the automated self-bag drops. Guests are advised of the biometric option after scanning their boarding pass at the self-bag drop unit. They may either opt in and continue unassisted or opt out for agent-assisted service. Once the Guest opts in, the unit instructs them to scan their ID on the built-in hardware. The unit compares its scan of the photo on the ID with a facial scan captured by its on-board camera, along with comparing identification information with the Guest's reservation details. None of the data is transmitted to any government agency. A successful match initiates the rest of the automated bag check-in process. Guests are instructed to place their bags on the conveyor belt attached to the unit, which then scans the bags, weighs them, accepts payment for any additional optional services, and sends them straight into their airport's checked baggage system without any further action from the Guest. "We've been on a mission to find opportunities to continue improving every facet of the Guest experience, to include investing in automation and self-service to streamline the travel journey so Guests spend less time in lobbies,Our Guests are tech-savvy, and they appreciate options. Also, limiting touchpoints and unnecessary face-to-face interactions is currently changing the way airports operate." -Mike Byrom, Vice President of Airport Services for Spirit Airlines. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is committed to identifying and testing innovative solutions that deliver secure, efficient and frictionless customer experiences," said DFW Airport Vice President of Innovation Jodie Brinkerhoff. "We are excited to support our partner Spirit Airlines as it introduces a self-directed, biometrically enabled check-in and bag drop process—which ultimately provide the customer with greater control and fewer requirements for face-to-face processing and document exchanges. Spirit Guests currently check between 400–500 bags daily at DFW and growing, and each of which represents a face-to-face interaction that can be streamlined. Testing data shows the new procedure drops average processing time to just 70 seconds per Guest, reducing time spent at bag check by 30 percent. Additionally, Guests can take advantage of the time savings and reduction in face-to-face interactions whether they're travelling domestically or internationally. The self-bag drop system uses software capable of analyzing key physical features on more than 50,000 forms of ID from nearly 200 countries that a Guest could potentially use when travelling in the United States. Combined with the units' scanning hardware, the software confirms the authenticity of an ID and rejects fraudulent documents. About Spirit Airlines:  Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments something we call Á La Smarte. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving those communities. Come save with us at spirit.com.

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Vacasa Breaks Down Spring’s Top Travel Trends & Destinations

Vacasa | February 14, 2022

As the season for Spring Break approaches, Vacasa (NASDAQ: VCSA) teamed up with Allison + Partners to see how many Americans are packing their bags, where they are heading, and what’s motivating their vacation plans. The survey* findings, released today in Vacasa’s 2022 Spring Travel Trends report, unearthed that travel is abloom this season—particularly for remote workers, millennials and parents—and that more people are planning to travel specifically for Spring Break 2022 compared to last year. In the spirit of spring cleaning, Vacasa also scrubbed its search data to reveal the most popular destinations for vacation rentals this March, including Destin, Florida, and Gulf Shores, Alabama, among other sandy locales. Nearly one-third of travelers are booking vacation rentals for their spring getaways, because of value for money (65%) and/or access to a full kitchen (56%), according to the survey results. Those perks come in handy for the parents of young children, nearly half (49%) of whom say they’re opting for a vacation home as their lodging of choice. Here’s a first look at a few of the travel trends expected to crop up and take root this season, with the full trend report available on Vacasa.com: More than half (56%) of Americans are planning a trip this spring and 37% are planning to travel during Spring Break, specifically—an increase from the 29% who were traveling for Spring Break 2021. The likelihood of travel is even higher for hybrid workers (86%), millennials (75%) and parents (63%), who are most likely to be packing their bags in the months to come. Welcome back, friend. While one’s partner and/or kid(s) are still the go-to spring travel companions, the number of people planning to vacation with friends jumped from 16% in 2021 to 23% this year. It’s near-even though on what motivates people most when it comes to travel: 32% of respondents said where they're going, while 28% said who they’re going with. But, even so, family and friend events like reunions and birthdays were the activities most likely to encourage a trip in 2022 (45% and 32%, respectively). American travelers are mostly staying planted on U.S. soil, with 75% planning a domestic trip, 23% springing for a staycation, and 18% heading international—which is near-even with how many people planned to travel abroad in Summer 2019. Of those planning to travel this spring, 75% say they plan to travel more frequently in 2022 than they did in 2021. *Allison+Partners Research + Insights surveyed 1,000 individuals over the age of 18 in the United States. The survey was fielded using the Qualtrics Insight Platform, and the panel was sourced from Lucid. Fielding was executed in January 2022. About Vacasa Vacasa is the leading vacation rental management platform in North America, transforming the vacation rental experience by integrating purpose-built technology with expert local and national teams. Homeowners enjoy earning significant incremental income on one of their most valuable assets, delivered by the company’s unmatched technology that adjusts rates in real time to maximize revenue. Guests can relax comfortably in Vacasa’s 35,000+ homes across more than 400 destinations in North America, Belize and Costa Rica, knowing that 24/7 support is just a phone call away. In addition to enabling guests to search, discover and book its properties on Vacasa.com and the Vacasa Guest App, Vacasa provides valuable, professionally managed inventory to top channel partners, including Airbnb, Booking.com and Vrbo.

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Etihad and Sabre announce long-term partnership with key technology renewals

Sabre Corporation | September 17, 2021

Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, announced a renewed technology agreement with Etihad. Under the new agreement, Etihad will continue leveraging a suite of Sabre's industry-leading IT solutions to aid recovery, help drive post-pandemic growth and enhance the passenger experience. "As we focus on our recovery, it is imperative that we have the right technology in place" said Frank Meyer, Chief Digital Officer, Etihad Aviation Group. "Our strong relationship with Sabre and this renewed agreement means that we can continue to optimize our day-to-day operations." Etihad and Sabre have a successful and long-standing relationship, with the carrier already having seen tangible benefits from a suite of Sabre's network planning and scheduling, pricing and revenue management and cargo technology. Under the new multi-year agreement, the following products will be among an important suite of technology for Etihad as it focuses on optimizing its operations to fuel its recovery: Fares Optimizer – Uses near real-time responses to provide dynamic price recommendations for Etihad's fares. The solution will be crucial in helping Etihad improve its revenue. Network Planning and Optimization – this industry-leading planning and scheduling suite is able to scale to the largest airlines in the world. Powering more than 60% of the world's top airlines, Sabre's Schedule Manager will continue to help Etihad build and deliver robust, accurate and operationally feasible schedules across its network. Inflight – In previous years of using Sabre's Inflight solutions, Etihad has been able to achieve significant savings, while continuing to provide a world-class and award-winning guest experience onboard "Our renewed technology agreement with Etihad is testament to the airline's confidence in Sabre to deliver the advanced solutions needed to help secure its recovery, and help it to power future growth," said Roshan Mendis, Chief Commercial Officer, Travel Solutions, Sabre. "It is essential now more than ever that airlines like Etihad employ the most advanced technology to help stimulate demand, recover lost income and position themselves for future growth." About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences.

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