Florida Removes Quarantine Mandate for New York Travelers

CBS | August 06, 2020

On August 6, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis removed the order that required all travelers coming to Florida from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey to quarantine for 14 days. According to CBS and The Associated Press, Republican Gov. DeSantis had originally mandated the 14-day quarantine for travelers from these states because of their high rates of infection, especially among New Yorkers. Now, however, New York’s state-wide daily infection rate is just one-tenth of Florida’s daily rate.
As the cases in Florida rose in June, the Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered his own mandate requiring residents from Florida and other southern states to quarantine upon arriving in New York.

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Flight Centre Business Travel is part of the Flight Centre Travel Group, one of the world’s largest travel companies. This means we have global negotiation strength larger than many other travel management companies (TMCs). With this negotiation strength, we can access special corporate rates at a vast range of hotel options in all corners of the globe. And the longstanding relationships we’ve built with airlines and hotels means we have the ability to include extras in our rates, such as free wi-fi and free breakfast. These add-ons enhance business travel experience, improving comfort and increasing productivity while travelling for work, as well as passing savings to your company. This is all part of our global smartSTAY corporate benefits programme, and is offered as standard to all Flight Centre Business Travel customers

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Oman Air signs renewed Passenger Service System and distribution agreement to drive retailing and digital transformation

Oman Air | November 02, 2022

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, and Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, announced, today at the World Passenger Symposium (WPS), a renewed long-term agreement to help the airline reach its strategic goals. The agreement includes a multi-year renewal of Oman Air's SabreSonic Passenger Service System (PSS) and a further multi-year extension of its global distribution system agreement. This will ensure Oman Air continues to utilize Sabre's technology, retailing capabilities and global scope to push forward its digital transformation. By renewing its exclusive PSS agreement and investing in Sabre's Digital Connect APIs, Oman Air aims to advance its digital retailing strategy, drive revenue growth and increase self-service capabilities. Digital Connect will also help Oman Air accelerate its digital transformation and bring products to the marketplace quickly, providing scalability and flexibility across its digital touchpoints, such as its website and mobile app. A new approach of retailing is required for all players in the travel ecosystem to succeed in a highly competitive landscape, said Roshan Mendis, Chief Commercial Officer, Sabe Travel Solutions. This intelligent retailing approach allows Oman Air to differentiate its brands and personalize its offerings through all channels. It also enables agencies to efficiently shop and compare increasingly sophisticated offers, which will also bring greater choice and transparency to Oman Air's travelers. As Sabre focuses on delivering more intelligent retailing solutions to meet changing traveler expectations, I'm proud that we are able to help Oman Air realize its transformation vision. The renewed distribution agreement enables Oman Air to continue to reach Sabre's valuable network of global buyers, while ensuring that Sabre-connected travel buyers have access to the airline's comprehensive fares and content – including ancillaries. "We are pleased to announce the renewal of our PSS as well as the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) agreements with Sabre, Oman Air is working with Sabre to advance intelligent retailing capabilities, which will enable our passengers to take advantage of highly personalized offers and products that Oman Air has designed for them. Sabre has also been instrumental in digitizing our business processes in line with current global trends and helping to ensure that our guests enjoy a smooth and seamless booking experience." -Aboudy Nasser, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Oman Air On the distribution side, our proposed NDC API integration with Sabre's GDS would allow our travel partners to make optimal decisions for our guests. This renewal comes at an exciting time for Oman Air as travel continues to expand post COVID-19. We look forward to further enhancing our collaboration with Sabre in the future to support the ever-evolving needs of the airline and our passengers, Nasser added. Oman Air has recently announced that it will join the Oneworld® Alliance by 2024. The intelligent nature of the SabreSonic PSS offers the scalability and flexibility to support Oman Air's expansion for its future integration to Oneworld®, and we will be working together to pave the way for this transition, added Mendis. 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. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre's technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit www.sabre.com. About Oman Air Oman Air (WY), the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, began operations in 1993. Initially founded to serve important domestic routes, it has since undergone rapid growth and is today recognized as a major international carrier connecting cities around the world to Oman's celebrated natural beauty, captivating charm and genuine openness. A Five-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating from Skytrax and two consecutive (2021 and 2022) Five-Star Major Airline Ratings from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) are among its many industry accolades. The airline has been instrumental in transforming Muscat into a popular travel destination in the Middle East, supporting adjacent commercial, industrial and tourism activities. With a fleet comprising, among others, ultra-modern, fuel-efficient Boeing 737 and 787 Dreamliner aircraft which feature luxuriously appointed interiors, Oman Air is renowned for its exceptional products and services, both in the air and on the ground, and for the signature Omani hospitality available to guests on every flight. Continuous investments in new technologies, innovative products and enhanced guest services have solidified its position as a premium, multi-award-winning airline of outstanding repute. Both Oman Air and Oman Air Holidays proudly display the Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) for best practices relating to standardized global health and hygiene protocols.

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INTELITY's to Update the Partnership with Unifocus

INTELITY | December 26, 2022

Contents 1. Partnership Revision to Add Unifocus into INTELITY's R5 2. What's New in the Platform? INTELITY, a leading guest experienceand management platform provider in the hospitality industry, recently announced updating its strategic partnership with Unifocus, a hospitality operations software and workforce management platform provider. In light of recent updates to Unifocus's technology, the INTELITY integration is brand new. Built on INTELITY's R5 platform to leverage its industry-leading capabilities, the latest integration provides a more robust synchronization of guest request details between Unifocus and INTELITY. 1. Partnership Revision to Add Unifocus into INTELITY's R5 R5 is INTELITY's new cloud-based platform, designed to manage various hospitality operations from back-of-house operations to resident and guest services, all on one platform. The R5 platform from INTELITY enables hotel customers to initiate requests via hotel mobile apps or smart-room tablets. Unifocus is the market leader in workforce management software that enhances hospitality operations. The incorporation of Unifocus into INTELITY's R5 integrations cloud enables identical requests to be directed straight to on-premise teams utilizing their existing operational workflows. 2. What’s New in the Platform? “INTELITY provides solutions that completely change the way guests experience and engage with a property, which is the kind of innovation we’re looking for from Brand Officials.” – Micarl Hill, SVP of Brand Development at the Forbes Travel Guide The entirely redesigned platform, INTELITY's R5, offers a variety of additional capabilities to better serve, monitor, and manage the needs of guests while cutting down on administrative work and giving the team the data they require. The modernized connection is built on top of a long-standing cooperation that has provided staff automation, lifecycle status tracking of guest requests, and enhanced security to customers all over the world. About INTELITY INTELITY is the leading company in contactless guest experience technology, in-room, integrating mobile, and operational capabilities into a comprehensive hospitality platform. Among its many accolades, INTELITY has been named the "Official Guest Engagement and Staff Management Platform Provider" by the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide. The INTELITY platform is utilized in over 60 countries and six continents by boutique hotels, casino resorts, luxury residences, and worldwide hotel brands, among others. About Unifocus Unifocus is the only comprehensive workforce management platform designed to transform the labor-management practices of service industries fundamentally. The robust platform provides intelligent labor management techniques that automatically generate accurate estimates and schedules based on staff availability, business demand, service standards, and work rules. In addition, the staff is effortlessly aligned with a world-class time and attendance system that communicates timetables and allows swaps with tools like Shift Genius that reside on a simple mobile app.

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Fareportal and Amadeus Expand Partnership with Integration of NDC Offers

Fareportal | November 18, 2022

Fareportal’s prominence in the travel industry’s adoption of new distribution capability (NDC) to advance travel retailing is growing with its most recent integration of NDC with Amadeus, a leader in global travel technology and long-time partner of Fareportal. The company behind leading online travel agencies CheapOair and OneTravel, Fareportal has been a front-runner in NDC integrations, with multiple airlines supported over the past few years. Amadeus has been a major driver of NDC since the technology standard’s inception and has heavily invested in retailing capabilities to enable this transition for our industry. Amadeus is live with NDC-enabled content in every region of the world and deeply committed to progressing NDC adoption and collaborating to unlock opportunities for value creation. Fareportal is leveraging the benefits of the Amadeus Travel Platform to access NDC-enabled content. Among the advantages is the ability for travel sellers to search, compare, book, and service air content through one single platform. Amadeus currently is partnering with more than 20 airlines to distribute NDC-sourced content in the Amadeus Travel Platform. More than half of them are already making their NDC content available in Amadeus. For the air traveler, the benefit of NDC comes in the form of enhanced retail offerings via a single platform. Passengers can access the full suite of products offered by an airline, all within the OTA’s digital ecosystem. Amadeus’ NDC-enabled solutions allow for complex servicing capabilities for NDC offers, which help streamline customer support, providing the ability to help those travelers who require post transaction service. “Our partnership with Amadeus has continued to grow and expand over the years. This latest integration highlights the strength of its solutions and the benefit Amadeus provides to our brands, CheapOair and OneTravel.” -Werner Kunz-Cho, Fareportal CEO Sam Abdou, Executive Vice President, Airline Distribution, Search and Online, Amadeus, adds, “The fact that our long-term relationship with Fareportal continues to grow is a testament to the strength of our teams and their dedication to technology innovation. We believe that NDC is critical to the advancement of travel retailing and we are dedicated to driving its growth and success for the benefit of all players. Today’s announcement with Fareportal is significant given the role online travel agencies play in advancing NDC and accelerating its adoption around the world. About Fareportal: Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company-owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 500 airlines, a million lodgings, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and One Travel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international and domestic flight, hotel, and other travel and add-on ancillaries.  About Amadeus: Travel powers progress. Amadeus powers travel. Amadeus’ solutions connect travelers to the journeys they want through travel agents, search engines, tour operators, airlines, airports, hotels, cars and railways. We have developed our technology in partnership with the travel industry for over 30 years. We combine a deep understanding of how people travel with the ability to design and deliver the most complex, trusted, critical systems our customers need. In 2019, we helped connect over 1.9 billion people to local travel providers in over 190 countries. We have a global mindset and a local presence wherever our customers need us. Our purpose is to shape the future of travel. We are passionate in our pursuit of better technology that makes better journeys. Amadeus is an IBEX 35 company, listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under AMS.MC. The company has also been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last ten years.To find out more about Amadeus, visit www.amadeus.com.

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