Launchtrip | September 30, 2021
Launchtrip the world's first Together-Travel company, today releases its group-centric travel booking app. Available on iOS now, Launchtrip removes the roadblocks historically associated with group-travel by allowing users to plan and book travel based on destination city or event, and the ability to divide costs and pay separately, taking the awkwardness out of invites and chasing down money - all within the native platform's ecosystem.
Launchtrip is the first application to address a longstanding challenge for consumers and the hospitality industry: the need to facilitate group bookings in one application including payment processing and soon, with an industry first: fair and transparent pricing. From today, users will be able to:
Search by city or event to book accommodation and restaurants close to major sports, music, and entertainment events across the country, with more events being added regularly
Book hotel accommodations from a curated selection of 3 - 5 star properties across the country. From independent boutique hotels to 5-star luxury properties and everything in between, Launchtrip offers thousands of hotels across 8 major US cities to start (including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Austin, Phoenix and Las Vegas), with more becoming available every month
Review thousands of highly recommended restaurants and book right in the app using Resy as Launchtrip's official restaurant booking partner
Split and manage payments of your group trips (available for group trips of 3 or more people)
Receive scaling group discounts with partnered hotels
Take advantage of Launchtrip's signature 24/7 concierge service - online and with text-driven customer support, powered by humans
Ground transportation and travel insurance will be available by the end of the year
Google Play store availability will launch in Winter 2021
Customers will also benefit from Launchtrip's 'My Trip' feature, where users can manage all of their group reservations and guest list, meaning they won't be stuck with reservation emails from multiple vendors. Within this feature, users can name their trip, check the trip's guest list and whether they've paid or not, and send reminders to anyone who hasn't yet paid.
Launchtrip recently surveyed 1,000 US adults to find that for 25% of Americans, dealing with payment is the most painful part of planning any group trip. A third (34%) of respondents even said they spend hours figuring out how to split costs. To reward these Group Trip 'Heroes' who've had to deal with organizing woes for far too long, Launchtrip is giving away an all-expenses paid vacation (including accomodation at select luxury hotel properties across the country) to one lucky 'Hero' plus three friends.
Launchtrip CEO and Founder Julian Ing is dedicated to providing a better travel experience for groups a category that he believes has experienced little innovation in nearly 25 years.
"Launchtrip is a new kind of travel booking company and one that we believe will transform the travel and hospitality space. From group travel to complete transparency for consumers and partners, we are committed to creating the best experience possible for our users and are thrilled to open to the public today."
SaidJulian Ing,Launchtrip CEO and Founder
Looking ahead, Launchtrip will roll out additional features dedicated to creating a seamless travel experience, including curated trip recommendations, an AI-driven rewards system and more
Launchtrip is the Together-Travel company that makes booking group trips easy and rewarding. Founded by entrepreneur Julian Ing, Launchtrip's ethos is to make every experience outstanding, from end to end. Launchtrip's team of advisors include some of the industry's top experts with previous leadership roles within HomeAway (Expedia), MealPal and Tripping.com to name a few. This includes Traci Mercer, Taleeb Noormohamed, Michael Drever, Kathleen Reaume, Terry McBride and Mark Spencer.
Amadeus | May 24, 2021
The agencies have been tasked with “evolving and elevating” Amadeus' global reputation and communications approach.
3 Monkeys Zeno and FOTH will collaborate to create “high-impact” campaigns that can be seen in different markets.
Regional Zeno offices will provide network service in EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and North America.
Zeno is a new agency on Amadeus' roster, and FOTH's responsibilities have expanded to lead global business unit communications and corporate initiatives.
Zeno stated that it would provide Amadeus with two primary areas of support. Its global hub team in London will provide strategic advice, campaign planning, development, and execution. Regional Zeno offices will create in-country media and influencer programs as well as localize global initiatives, with 3 Monkeys Zeno leading the way.
The FOTH team will provide strategic insight on industry issues, develop global issues-based campaigns, and lead global business unit communications around the travel, hospitality, and payment segments.
Amadeus is a major travel technology provider, offering a comprehensive range of business management tools such as search, pricing, booking, ticketing, and other processing services. It recently formed alliances with Microsoft, Mastercard, IAG, and American Airlines.
“We were fascinated by Zeno's deep knowledge of technology, the travel industry, and innovative creative storytelling techniques. Its agile global agency approach was inspiring, as was its enthusiasm for our vision to transform the future of travel. Zeno, like Amadeus, uses data and insight to create highly successful strategic communications programs.” said Neil Rogan, the global head of external communications at Amadeus.
“Combined with FOTH's expanded remit, we have both the industry expertise and global reach that will enable us to share our story, showcasing how we will help the travel industry rebuild in the years ahead,” said global corporate communications vice president Daniel Batchelor.
DESTINATION AND TOURISM
The European Union | August 28, 2021
The European Union on Friday moved to reinstate COVID travel restrictions like quarantine and testing requirements for unvaccinated citizens of the United States and five other countries, two diplomats told Reuters.
EU countries started a procedure to remove the United States from a list of countries whose citizens can travel to the 27-nation bloc without additional COVID restrictions.
The non-binding list currently has 23 countries on it, including Japan, Qatar and Ukraine, but some of the 27 EU countries already have their own limits on U.S. travellers in place.
One diplomat said other countries that would be removed from the safe travel list were Kosovo, Israel, Montenegro, Lebanon and North Macedonia.
The decision on new EU travel restrictions for foreigners would become final on Monday should no EU country object, the sources, as well as two more EU officials, added.
The list is compiled on the basis of COVID-19 situation in each country, as well as reciprocity.
Despite EU calls, the United States does not allow European citizens to visit freely and the bloc has been divided between those pushing for equal treatment and those more reliant on tourism and reluctant to restrict U.S. travellers