German National Tourist Board promoting tourism knowledge to boost travel industry

Travel and Tour World | May 16, 2019

The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) coordinates open data project to strengthen the travel destination Germany.The cross-border availability of high-quality tourist data is essential for Germany as a tourism destination to maintain and expand its position within international competition. Therefore, the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is promoting the development of a tourism knowledge graph, and the swift implementation of the broadest possible content from the federal states and regions.Petra Hedorfer, CEO of GNTB, explains: “The competition of destinations has reached digital platforms. We are dealing with a structural change that affects the entire tourism value chain and defines completely new requirements for the global marketing of the products. According to the current technological developments and usage scenarios, the touristic offers of the travel destination Germany have to be found worldwide at as many touch points as possible and successfully marketed. The GNTB has a strong network of relevant partners in the tourism industry in Germany, international presence, contacts to the global platforms and extensive expertise in the context of digital transformation. On this basis, and together with our partners, we are pushing forward with the Open Data / Knowledge Graph project.”

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The mobile device is overhauling the travel industry to the extent that within two years the passenger experience at airports will be almost totally digitized. Airport and airline IT company SITA says in its latest report (The Future Is Connected) that by 2018 some 60% of passengers will use a mobile device self-service check-in, with 90% of airports offering assisted bag drop services. The mobile evolution will also begin to shift into other elements of the passenger journey as an estimated 52% of carriers will use self-service tools to solve disruption and other problems with a trip.

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The mobile device is overhauling the travel industry to the extent that within two years the passenger experience at airports will be almost totally digitized. Airport and airline IT company SITA says in its latest report (The Future Is Connected) that by 2018 some 60% of passengers will use a mobile device self-service check-in, with 90% of airports offering assisted bag drop services. The mobile evolution will also begin to shift into other elements of the passenger journey as an estimated 52% of carriers will use self-service tools to solve disruption and other problems with a trip.

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TreviPay Launches TreviPay Aviation Network with Global Payment Card Solution

TreviPay | October 19, 2022

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The highly competitive aviation industry, which runs on an inter-dependent network of vendors and merchants, includes aviation customers who are looking for support in securing fuel and services while providing the best value to retain its customers and business partners. The TreviPay Aviation Network is the result of TreviPay combining its rich experience in payments and invoicing technology with KHI’s comprehensive global network of 7,000 ICAO locations and more than 22,000 terminals in 220 countries and territories transacting in 56 currencies. “The TreviPay Aviation Network will leverage TreviPay’s proprietary technology and KHI’s network to allow FBOs and trip support services organizations to offer outstanding payments and invoicing convenience to their customers, even as those customers travel beyond the FBOs’ locations, The TreviPay Aviation Network will help FBOs to grow, drive loyalty and increase their customers’ purchasing power around the world.” -Brandon Spear, CEO of TreviPay. The TreviPay Aviation Network, powered by KHI, will drive efficiencies and commerce for FBOs and aviation customers alike: FBO Benefits Ability to issue a co-branded card solution provided by a trusted, agnostic provider Drive competitive advantage: A branded card will deliver billing and pricing alliances to clients, and will also allow FBOs to track customer purchasing activity and issue loyalty rewards Easy invoicing and service specialized for aviation: The TreviPay Aviation Network will eliminate the need for FBOs to chase paper receipts to invoice their customers. The entire invoicing process is digitized and streamlined. TreviPay manages the processing, invoicing, AR, support, disputes, collections, and reconciliation, thereby freeing up FBOs’ time and capital to run their business. And the network is built specifically for the aviation industry; invoices are customized with every detail – even the tail number of the plane Save money versus open-loop options: The TreviPay Aviation Network’s closed-loop card will save FBOs considerably on fees versus offering an open-loop card Cardholder Benefits A single card that can be used everywhere: Cardholders will be able to use a global aviation payment card that is accepted by all vendors at an FBO within the KHI network. FBO customers will no longer struggle to pay multiple service providers for one landing Tail-specific reporting and prompt receipts: Customers will receive timely billing with a single, consolidated invoice per stop, which includes transactional data to Level III, with tail number streamlined reconciliation. 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Motivation Excellence Announces New Group Travel Technology Called "Inspire"

Motivation Excellence | November 07, 2022

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Space Perspective Becomes First Global Space Travel Experience Company

Space Perspective | November 16, 2022

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Removing geographic borders for launch and landing accelerates our mission of making this transformative experience more accessible to the world and international marketplace – safely, reliably and with minimal impact on our planet.” -Jane Poynter, Space Perspective’s Founder and Co-CEO Plans are underway to integrate marine-based launches into marquee global events, and conversations are active with several potential destinations across the globe to offer Explorers an awe-inspiring view of some of the world’s most iconic geography. We always imagined offering the opportunity to view the most incredible natural phenomena from space, including the Northern Lights, the boot of Italy, the sheer scale of the Nile Delta, and the deep blue seas around the Bahamas. Marine Spaceports like MS Voyager make this a reality, said Poynter. 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