Esperance witnesses a record-breaking tourism season

Travel and Tour World | April 10, 2019

Paul Papalia, the Australian Tourism Minister has affirmed the recent record-breaking international tourism numbers of the state have shown visitation to the Esperance region to have risen by 45 percent last year.In 2018, Tourism Research Australia disclosed a record-breaking 487,100 international vacationers travelled to WA. This was a major growth of 12.6 per cent and more than doubles the national average.The growth showed in the Esperance region with over 26,000 international holiday makers visiting last year.

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Allegiant Introduces Allegiant Pay Powered by Uplift Through Expanded Long Term Partnership with Buy Now Pay Later Leader Uplift

Allegiant | September 23, 2022

Uplift, the only enterprise Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) solution serving the world's top travel and retail brands, has grown its long standing partnership with Allegiant by introducing Allegiant Pay Powered by Uplift on all flights, hotel and car rental bookings making it even easier for customers to pay over time.The new brand Allegiant Pay Powered by Uplift aligns with Allegiant's company mission to offer value and affordability to customers, creating memories that last forever. This enhanced way to pay also now offers customers one easy click to estimate how much they can spend and pay over time, making the booking of their next getaway even easier and more budget friendly. Since 1999, Allegiant has been connecting customers to the people, places and experiences that matter most. Focused on taking travelers from small to mid-sized cities and jet setting to popular leisure destinations, Allegiant now offers service into more than 30 airports across the country. Allegiant is also a travel company at heart offering easy bookings for all the necessities of a memorable family trip or group getaway. "From inception, Allegiant has remained committed to affordable and accessible travel. That's why we're introducing Allegiant Pay Powered by Uplift, allowing our customers to go now and rest easy knowing they can pay it with low monthly installments. Our extended partnership with Uplift means Allegiant customers will have a flexible payment option for flights, hotels and car rentals as we continue to grow," -Scott DeAngelo, Allegiant Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. From the beginning of our partnership, Allegiant believed in the power of Uplift's pay over time solution to create yet another way for consumers to associate Allegiant with accessibility and value," said Tom Botts, Uplift Chief Commercial Officer. "One of the many reasons we enjoy our growing relationship with Allegiant is their commitment to consumer value, for not only flights but complete vacation packages as well. Uplift partners with over 200 of the world's leading airlines, cruise lines, resorts and other major travel providers to offer BNPL payment options to help more consumers make meaningful purchases and experience the travel that they deserve. Allegiant Pay, Powered by Uplift - is now available for purchases beginning as low as $49 and for 3 to 11 month terms, with no late fees or prepayment penalties. Customers can book today and fly as soon as tomorrow – even before they are finished making their payments. For more information, visit Allegiant Pay Powered by Uplift. Down payment may be required. Actual terms are based on your credit score and other factors and may vary. Not everyone is eligible, and some states are not served, including IA and WV. Loans made through Uplift are offered by these lending partners: www.uplift.com/lenders. Allegiant – Together We Fly™ Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with the people, places and experiences that matter most. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant's fleet serves communities across the nation, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic round trip ticket. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com. Media information, including photos, is available at http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF About Uplift Uplift is the leading Buy Now Pay Later solution empowering people to get more out of life, one thoughtful purchase at a time. Serving the world's top enterprise level travel and retail brands, Uplift's complete range of flexible payment options drive higher conversion and loyalty for partners, while giving customers a simple, surprise-free way to pay over time with no late fees or prepayment penalties. Uplift is currently available throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Uplift.com.

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Expedia Group Launches New Global Social Impact & Sustainability Strategy

Expedia Group | September 14, 2022

Expedia Group announced its new global social impact and sustainability strategy to advance a travel ecosystem that is responsible, open, and accessible to all. Combining the company’s mission, purpose, and values with its traveler-centric mindset, the Open World™ social impact and sustainability strategy is focused on three priorities – increasing access for underserved travelers, democratizing the travel economy, and innovating sustainable solutions for the future of travel. Earlier this year, the company announced its Open World technology platform – created for partners of all sizes to leverage and configure products and services needed to succeed in the travel ecosystem. Aligned with this innovation, and the belief that travel is a force for good, the next iteration of Open World extends to the traveler experience, community engagement, and environmental impact. “Travel is transformative. It broadens horizons, strengthens connections and changes perspectives. With our new Open World™ social impact and sustainability forward-looking plans, we will further our mission to power travel for everyone, everywhere,Travel needs to lighten its footprint on the planet, and everyone should be able to experience it and receive the associated benefits. Now is the time to innovate the existing model. We have a responsibility to enable a stronger, more sustainable industry.” -Peter Kern, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Expedia Group. The Open World™ social impact and sustainability strategy will tackle inequities in travel, accelerate meaningful change for the mosaic of travelers and communities that power the global industry, and ensure a healthy planet. Expedia Group’s social impact and sustainability strategic framework includes: Inclusive pathways for underserved travelers Unfortunately, historic and social barriers still too often limit equitable and accessible travel. Per Expedia Group Media Solutions’ recent Inclusive Travel Insights Report1, demand is increasing as consumers are seeking more inclusive travel offerings when searching and booking. Expedia Group is increasing its own capabilities to improve the experience of underserved travelers by identifying and helping to lessen gaps. For example, Expedia.com has made improvements to accessibility filters to include options like elevators, service animal accommodations, roll-in showers, sign-language staff availability, and also expanded search features for travelers such as LGBTQIA+ welcoming properties. What’s Next? To ensure more people are able to experience all that travel has to offer​, Expedia Group will focus a portion of its giving to provide grants to impact-driven organizations working to remove barriers to travel for underserved communities around the world. ​ Economic advancement for communities underrepresented in travel Expedia Group is strengthening economic opportunity across the travel ecosystem to ensure more people and communities can benefit from the industry’s growth and associated benefits. Using the power of its technology platform to help diversify the business of travel, Expedia Group will support small and local businesses, particularly those focused on improving the representation and experience of underrepresented travelers. What’s Next? To help diversify the business of travel and meet traveler demand for more responsible options, Expedia Group will soon launch a program aimed at start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses in travel. Prosperous planet for generations to come Expedia Group recognizes the environmental toll that today’s travel industry often has on the planet and is committed to mobilizing its vast network of travelers, partners, and peers to innovate more sustainable business models and empower travelers to make more responsible choices. Fostering a healthy planet and a travel industry that mitigates and adapts to climate change is central to the Open World social impact and sustainability strategy. Expedia Group recently joined the Travalyst Coalition and signed the Glasgow Declaration for Climate Action in Tourism. Under the Glasgow Declaration, Expedia Group has committed to deliver plans that will support the global goals of cutting emissions in half over the next decade and allowing the travel industry to reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050. The Travalyst Coalition enables these goals by allowing travel companies like Expedia Group to deliver unified sustainability frameworks and methodologies to travelers across the globe. What’s Next? Expedia Group is currently developing a long-term climate action plan and associated roadmap for greening its own operations while driving industry-wide change. A new program being developed in partnership with The Travel Foundation will offer training and practical guidance to destination marketing organizations (DMOs), enabling them to lead the way on climate action in tourism and catalyze meaningful change at a local level. These three priorities build upon Expedia Group’s foundation and ongoing commitment to philanthropy. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Expedia Group led programs including the Give the World a Shot initiative – a joint endeavor with UNICEF to enhance COVID-19 vaccination rates in communities around the world – as global, equitable access to the vaccine is in line with traveler values and essential to reopening the world to travel. Expedia Group donated approximately $10.5 million – vaccinating three million people and moving the travel industry one step closer to recovery. Learn more about Expedia Group’s past impact work in its 2021 Global Impact Report and latest Inclusion and Diversity Report. For additional information, visit www.expediagroup.com/who-we-are/Impact--Sustainability. The research for the Inclusive Travel Insights Report was conducted in collaboration with Wakefield Research, which included an online survey of 11,000 representatives, general population adults ages 18+ in 11 global markets – Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the UK and U.S. – fielded between February 11 and March 6, 2022. About Expedia Group Expedia Group, Inc. companies power travel for everyone, everywhere through our global platform. Driven by the core belief that travel is a force for good, we help people experience the world in new ways and build lasting connections. We provide industry-leading technology solutions to fuel partner growth and success, while facilitating memorable experiences for travelers. Our organization is made up of three pillars: Expedia Product & Technology, focused on the group’s product and technical strategy and offerings; Expedia Brands, housing all our consumer brands; and Expedia for Business, consisting of business-to-business solutions and relationships throughout the travel ecosystem. The Expedia Group family of brands includes: Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Expedia® Partner Solutions, Vrbo®, trivago®, Orbitz®, Travelocity®, Hotwire®, Wotif®, ebookers®, CheapTickets®, Expedia Group™ Media Solutions, CarRentals.com™, and Expedia Cruises™.

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Grand Hyatt Shenzhou Peninsula Celebrates Official Opening

Hyatt Hotels Corporation | October 31, 2022

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Shenzhou Peninsula in Wanning, Hainan, a distinctive destination for a luxurious escape offering immersive experiences and unforgettable moments for guests of all ages.The oceanfront resort is set on Shenzhou Peninsula, a natural treasure located off the east coast of Hainan Island with a comfortable tropical climate, fresh air, golden beaches and crystal-clear waters. Nestled among lush gardens with stunning views of the South China Sea to the south and a tranquil inner sea to the north, the resort provides a welcoming environment to relax, indulge and play. It is also just a short distance from popular scenic, cultural and lifestyle attractions, including surfing spots boasting spectacular waves, and world-class golfing at The Dunes located just 10 minutes’ drive away. “With the opening of Grand Hyatt Shenzhou Peninsula, we are excited to welcome guests to experience all the pleasures of a tropical resort in awe-inspiring surroundings, elevated by the luxurious comfort, theatrical dining experiences, exceptional amenities and welcoming service that the Grand Hyatt brand is known for,” -Terence Ng, general manager, Grand Hyatt Shenzhou Peninsula. Design Grand Hyatt Shenzhou Peninsula’s contemporary design combines the essence of relaxed coastal living with Hainan’s unique cultural heritage infused with Southeast Asian influences. This is expressed in Balinese-inspired architecture and interiors styled with a graceful Hainan touch. Natural materials and nature-inspired aesthetics also create a sensory connection to the destination. Buildings are clustered throughout the lush grounds and along the waterfront, creating an inviting mix of spaces for rest and relaxation. Guestrooms Starting at 570 square feet (53 square meters), the resort’s 262 spacious guestrooms and suites are havens of modern comfort with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies that maximize extraordinary garden or ocean views. The resort also features unique kid-themed rooms that add a touch of magic and adventure to family holidays with fun themes such as “curious universe” and “fantasy dream.” Guests staying in Grand Club guestrooms and World of Hyatt Elite members can enjoy access to the Grand Club lounge, which provides a gorgeous panorama of the sea. Grand Club privileges include personalized check-in and check-out service, continental breakfast, all-day refreshments, evening cocktails and exclusive use of the club’s outdoor pool. Dining Grand Hyatt Shenzhou Peninsula’s lineup of world-class dining options engages guests in an exciting journey of flavors that celebrate some of the finest culinary traditions. Embracing seasonality and sustainability, Yu restaurant specializes in traditional dim sum and authentic home-style Cantonese and Hainan cuisine, with indoor and outdoor areas and three private dining rooms with a sea view. Luigi’s is a cozy trattoria-style restaurant serving handmade Italian comfort food. At Pool House, guests can relax to the sound of the waves while savoring the delights of an Asian barbecue accompanied by signature Tiki cocktails in a sophisticated beach club atmosphere. The Lounge offers an elegant environment to enjoy a cup of coffee or Chinese tea while catching up on emails, gathering with friends, or simply enjoying a quiet moment between activities. River Pavilion will open next year and feature three unique dining and bar concepts devoted to the finest experiences of Japanese cuisine and beverages, including sushi, yakitori, and Japanese beer and sakes. Guest Experiences Shenzhou Peninsula’s warm tropical climate is perfect for swimming in all seasons. The resort features three swimming pools, including an indoor pool, the Grand Club pool, and an oceanfront pool with recreational activities for kids, designed to create special family moments. Other offerings include a 24-hour fitness center, mahjong and karaoke. Camp Hyatt kids’ club is also available offering games, entertainment and activities, including a rock-climbing wall, a movie house, and a kitchen to inspire budding young chefs. Oceanfront Weddings and Events From intimate gatherings to gala events, Grand Hyatt Shenzhou Peninsula elevates every occasion with versatile venues that exude modern sophistication, heightened by natural light and sea views. The resort offers more than 27,900 square feet (2,600 square meters) of indoor and outdoor spaces, including a 6458-square-foot (600-square-meter) Grand Ballroom, three 1,076-square-foot (100-square-meter) Grand Residence venues and two spacious lawns, setting the stage for an exceptional meeting, event experience or an enchanting wedding by the sea. Guided by its purpose of care, Hyatt’s multi-layered Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment further enhances its operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety and peace of mind. To learn more about Hyatt’s commitment, please visit: hyatt.com/care-and-cleanliness. About Grand Hyatt Around the world, Grand Hyatt hotels bring travel dreams to life by celebrating the iconic in small details and magnificent moments. Located at the crossroads of local culture and global business within major gateway cities and resort destinations, each Grand Hyatt hotel is uniquely designed to be a captivating destination within a destination. Grand Hyatt hotels deliver welcoming and elevated service, first-class accommodations and an abundance of options within a multicultural backdrop of dramatic architecture and bold and vibrant design. Grand Hyatt hotels boast inventive restaurants, luxury spas, fitness centers, and business and meeting facilities. For additional information or to make a reservation, please visit grandhyatt.com. Follow @GrandHyatt on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #GrandHyatt. About Hyatt Hotels Corporation Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of June 30, 2022, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,150 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 72 countries across six continents. The Company's offering includes brands in the Timeless Collection, including Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Residence Club®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, and UrCove; the Boundless Collection, including Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt; the Independent Collection, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, and JdV by Hyatt™; and the Inclusive Collection, including Hyatt Ziva®, Hyatt Zilara®; Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Vivid Hotels & Resorts®, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

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