INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

Habitas Redefining Sustainable Travel, Continues its Award-wining Streak with New Accolades

Habitas | June 10, 2022

Habitas Redefining Sustainable Travel
Habitas adds to its extensive accolades by being announced the winner of the prestigious Hospitality Design Awards 2022. Habitas is a sustainable, experience-led hospitality brand with properties on three continents. Habitas AlUla, the brand's most recent endeavor, won the Lifestyle Hotel category of the Awards and was commended for its beautiful, eco-friendly design in the middle of AlUla's desert valley.

This honor adds to Habitas' current success, which most recently saw its newest Mexico hotel, Habitas Bacalar, earn many Best New Hotel-led awards, including inclusion in Travel + Leisure's It List and Condé Nast Traveler's Hot List 2022. In addition, Habitas AlUla, the brand's first Middle Eastern hotel, was awarded the Middle East Design Award for Best Hospitality Project by Architectural Digest in 2021.

Habitas is a worldwide hospitality organization that Oliver Ripley, Kfir Levy, and Eduardo Castillo co-founded in 2016. It attracts conscientious travelers seeking fresh experiences centered on human connection, sustainability, and local community empowerment. The brand was recognized as a winner of Travel & Leisure's Global Vision Awards in 2021.

The brand's tremendous expansion involves opening five new locations in 2022 and the development of an additional 25 projects. Habitas unveiled its flagship residence in Tulum in 2017 and is expanding worldwide with Habitas Bacalar, Habitas AlUla, and Caravan by Habitas, as well as plans for locations in Morocco, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Bhutan.

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Nearly 60 percent of travel managers recently surveyed identified travel management reporting and lower travel costs as top priorities for the New Year. With projections for “record corporate hotel rate increases,” flat airfares and continued strong demand for business travel, corporate travel managers identified lower travel costs, traveler compliance and enhanced reporting and analysis as their top 2016 priorities, according to the latest AirPlus The Wire survey of 153 travel managers/buyers in North America.

Spotlight

Nearly 60 percent of travel managers recently surveyed identified travel management reporting and lower travel costs as top priorities for the New Year. With projections for “record corporate hotel rate increases,” flat airfares and continued strong demand for business travel, corporate travel managers identified lower travel costs, traveler compliance and enhanced reporting and analysis as their top 2016 priorities, according to the latest AirPlus The Wire survey of 153 travel managers/buyers in North America.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY,HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Optii Announces Connectivity to Oracle Hospitality Integration Platform

Optii | September 29, 2022

Optii Solutions, the leading cloud-based hotel operations software, announced an integration with the Opera Hospitality Integration Platform (OHIP). The new integration will make it easier, faster, and more cost-effective for hoteliers to manage their integration between Optii and Oracle Cloud PMS.When implementing a modern technology solution like Optii, that is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), integrations matter. When seeking to use hotel operations technology to increase productivity, reduce cost, and improve the guest experience, time is of the essence. The faster a solution like Optii can become operational, the faster the benefits are realized for hotel teams, their guests, and hotel owners. The integration with OHIP will address exactly this for Opera Cloud PMS hotel customers. Dino Pietropaolo, CTO of Optii Solutions said, Not only will this integration save Opera Cloud PMS customers time and money when choosing to transform their hotel operation with Optii, they will also get the latest in API technology and a high level of security with fine grained OAuth 2.0 on all APIs. The self serve aspect of Oracle Hospitality Integration Platform will mean a lot more flexibility and autonomy for hoteliers and for Optii. The typical integration between hotel technology applications and a hotel PMS requires work on both the technology application side and the PMS, while with OHIP, hotelier and technology providers such as Optii can manage the integration process without Oracle participation. “At Optii, customer success is everything. But when delays in integration happen, the time-to-value for our customers is impacted and often the mitigation is out of our control. With OHIP, together with our customer, we are in the driver’s seat and have full control of the process and timeline. This helps our customers realize their goals quicker. We are very excited to start offering OHIP integration to our customers in the coming weeks!” -Katherine Grass, CEO of Optii Solutions About Optii Solutions Optii Solutions is a hotel operations solution that leverages smarter technologies such as artificial intelligence, analytics, messaging and mobility to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of housekeeping and service delivery departments. For further information, please visit: www.optiisolutions.com.

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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

Trip.com Group Holds Traveler's Forum, Focusing on Content Marketing Innovation and Destination Development

Trip.com | August 19, 2022

Trip.com Group, a leading online travel service provider, held its annual Traveler's Forum (TF) in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in central China, on August 18, 2022, focusing on travel content marketing innovation and destination development. The Traveler's Forum consists of three parts: International Travelers' Content Creator Forum, Travelers' Night, and a Music Festival & Lifestyle Fair. The forum offered cross-border communication opportunities to the tourism industry, experts, academics, and travel content creators.As a rapid-growing travel destination, Changsha is popular among influencers and KOLs, attracting millions of travelers from home and abroad. Jointly hosted by Changsha Municipal People's Government, the forum shared Changsha's development roadmap of building a vibrant travel destination through travel content marketing, technology, and integration of resources. "Changsha has become a stylish tourism destination, not only because of its fascinating history and culture but because the city is actively embracing innovation and building Internet-famous products. Changsha's inclusiveness and diversity will attract widespread attention and become a trendsetter." -Jane Sun, CEO of Trip.com Group Rungang Zhang, Deputy Chairman and Secretary General of the Chinese Tourism Association shared, "In recent years, with high internet attention, Changsha has rapidly grown into an internet-famous tourism destination. From Changsha's experience, I believe that travel content incubation and upgrade will be an essential pivot of the future destination development." Yong Tan, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Changsha Municipal Committee, said, With Trip.com Group's strong resource integration capabilities, Changsha is confident it can facilitate tourism transformation further and, in time, build a robust international tourism destination. Trip.com Group has been an essential strategic partner in Changsha's fast-growing tourism development. Leveraging Trip.com Group's strong resource integration capabilities and content marketing strategy, the city has rolled out various travel campaigns and products on Trip.com Group's platforms. For instance, Changsha Municipal Bureau of Culture, Tourism, Radio and Television, together with Trip.com Group, have launched consumption vouchers this year, accelerating travel recovery in the city. As part of the Group's Rural Revitalization Plan, Trip.com Group built a country retreat in the suburb of Changsha in 2021. Only a week after the retreat was built, the number of bookings surpassed the same period last year. Trip.com Group's Traveler's Forum has been held in various cities across China, including Lijiang, Chengdu, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chongqing, Guiyang, Anyang, and Sanya. Over 100,000 travelers have actively participated in the annual event, which has generated billions of online exposures. With the recovery of tourism following the pandemic, the forum showcased Trip.com Group's content marketing strategy. Through gathering high-quality content creators, holding special activities, and facilitating the interaction of experienced travelers, Trip.com Group aims to revitalize the tourism economy and reconnect with keen travelers in post-pandemic times and beyond.

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AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

Privé Jets takes the World Travel Awards’ Leading Private Jet Charter Awards

Prive Jets | September 05, 2022

The World Travel Awards has declared Privé Jets as “North America’s Leading Private Jet Charter”as well as “Caribbean's Leading Private Jet Charter” provider at the 29th annual World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony which took place on Wednesday 31st August 2022 at Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica. The award show celebrates the commitment to excellence from key players in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. The World Travel Awards is considered to be the region’s most prestigious travel and tourism event of the year, bringing together all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries to reward and celebrate the excellence of key players in the Caribbean & North American markets. In previous years, Privé Jets has also won the “Leading Private Jet Charter” in other regions such as South America, continuously making its mark as one of the most recognized private jet charter providers in the world. “We have worked daily to build Privé Jets with a logistics and operations team that is second to none. Our commitment to always improve our client experience is paying off as win-win situations don’t come along often, especially in today’s competitive private aviation climate,” -Andres Arboleda. Privé Jets COO. About Privé Jets Founded in 2007, Privé Jets has been a leading private air charter broker with access to over 7,000 aircraft worldwide. The company’s mission is to always put its client’s safety, time, and convenience at the core of everything they do. Privé Jets currently serves clients on all continents and schedules flights monthly in over 50 countries. For more information about Privé Jets visit http://www.privejets.com About World Travel Awards The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region. For more information about WTA visit http://www.worldtravelawards.com

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