Hawaii Takes Back Scheduled Date of Tourism Reopening from August 1

KHON2 | July 12, 2020

According to Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, the Aloha State is likely to push back its previously announced target date for welcoming back outside visitors to the islands and restarting the tourism sector. While the state's reopening to tourism is currently scheduled for August 1, reports say that Governor David Ige may soon announce a delay on the heels of a marathon series of meetings with local health officials and mayors.

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‘Whether you’re an entrepreneur or part of a small to medium-sized business, travelling for work can be crucial to its smooth running and growth. An increase in the number of flights available as well as the destinations they serve has made the world a lot smaller while the opportunities to meet potential or existing clients, manufacturers and suppliers abroad have only grown. Technology has also changed how we do things for the better when travelling; it helps us to book in a flash, manage and process our tickets or itineraries and sort out extras such as car hire or restaurant reservations.

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‘Whether you’re an entrepreneur or part of a small to medium-sized business, travelling for work can be crucial to its smooth running and growth. An increase in the number of flights available as well as the destinations they serve has made the world a lot smaller while the opportunities to meet potential or existing clients, manufacturers and suppliers abroad have only grown. Technology has also changed how we do things for the better when travelling; it helps us to book in a flash, manage and process our tickets or itineraries and sort out extras such as car hire or restaurant reservations.

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Africa's first voco hotel is open in South Africa's trendy district, Rosebank Johannesburg

IHG Hotels & Resorts, | February 02, 2022

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world's leading hotel companies, has opened voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank – the first voco property in Africa. As one of IHG's newest hotel brands, voco combines the reassurance of a global brand with the informality and charm of an individual hotel.The Bank, Rosebank's striking new architectural gem, is a short distance from the Gautrain (Metro Express) and surrounded by the buzzing walk-work-play district of Rosebank. voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank takes space, sophistication and artistry to the next level, with a range of beautifully appointed rooms and suites featuring the thoughtful, relaxed and unstuffy design so characteristic of the voco brand, as well as an enviable collection of original local artwork. An upscale sanctuary in the heart of one of the city's trendiest districts, an international business hub renowned for its shopping, art and design, and exclusivity, voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank delivers on the promise of its name – 'to invite' or to 'come together' in Latin. "As part of our growth strategy in Africa we have partnered with Valor to expand our footprint on the Continent. Valor has been our long-term partner in the United States and the United Kingdom, and we are delighted to open our first voco hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank is a best in class property and a great entry to market for IHG. voco The Bank is a distinct hotel with an individual character in the buzzing "walk-work-play" district of Rosebank and will be a great addition to the destination. This new opening in the trendy hub of Rosebank adds to the momentum we are building in the IMEA region with six voco hotels openings in key cities." -Haitham Mattar, Managing Director, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG The 131-room hotel embodies the characteristics of voco with exclusive features and distinctive hallmarks, setting it apart for a memorable stay. Every guest will experience the voco signature 'come on in' warm welcome, promising a swift and simple check in, with dedicated voco hosts available throughout the guest's stay as resident experts, and a locally inspired welcome treat. As part of the transformational works carried out at the property, the guest rooms benefit from the voco design concept with thoughtful comforts like cosy bedding made from 100% recycled materials, Antipodes high quality organic amenities in larger dispenser bottles, and high-speed Wi-Fi, Smart TVs, executive desks and in-room refreshments. So, guests can relax and indulge in some 'me time' when they stay at voco. Double volume ceilings, chic modern bathrooms and valet parking complete this distinctive upscale experience, while business travellers will be delighted with thoughtful features such as the in-room hand-held clothes steamers and large workspace with international adaptors and USB ports. For a taste of 'voco life', the exciting and modern mid-century inspired all-day eatery, Proud Mary, is located on the ground floor of The Bank building, while Workshop17, a haven for remote working, can be found just one floor up. voco Johannesburg Rosebank also features a fully equipped gym. Guests staying at voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank can enjoy in-room dining selecting from Proud Mary's innovative menu featuring delicious small plates, salads, grills and a boutique wine list you would find at no other eatery in town. With its strong commitment to ensuring the highest levels of sustainability, reflected in the multi award-winning building's use of mainly renewable energy sources and voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank's leading global sustainable practices, guests will be assured that their stay is both the epitome of comfort whilst being easy on the planet. "We know that nowadays guests like to feel that they are making a difference, We've gone out of our way to minimise the impact of our hotel on the environment, using best-practice sustainable guidelines where-ever we can. But it is just important for us to look after our guests while also looking after the planet. So, we have not sacrificed our world-class amenities and the comfortable and friendly guest experience that people have come to expect from voco." -Jessica Redinger, General Manager of voco The Bank Johannesburg. Occupying six floors of this mixed-used building, voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank shares this innovative space with signature tenants such as Rand Merchant Investments, Bespoken Man Barbers and Tailor Me, with the Rosebank Mall, The Firs and The Zone shopping districts being right on its doorstep. For guests on the clock, private Workshop17 meeting and event spaces can be booked seamlessly through voco The Bank Johannesburg Rosebank.

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Collaboration between Juniper and Hotelmize brings Innovation to Tourism Industry

Juniper | January 21, 2021

In the previous a while, we have seen more organizations in the tourism industry execute and connect with cutting edge innovation. In the wake of COVID-19, travel tech has demonstrated to be more than fundamental. Perhaps the most recent association to assist the tourism market is the collaboration among Juniper and Hotelmize. Juniper is a notable driving travel tech organization that offers cutting-edge solutions for travel associations around the world. Bragging a group in excess of 280 specialists in Internet Technology and the travel industry, the organization continually brings innovation to the steadily changing tourism market. Juniper helps clients with improving their operational effectiveness by giving them with highly-functional and user-friendly websites, intranets, and extranets, all uniquely customized to their requirements and inclinations. With its two best in class reservation frameworks, Juniper Booking Engine and Cangooroo Booking Engine, the company encourages customers influence mechanization to improve booking and interior administration measures, in this way reducing expenses and increasing deals. Hotelmize is a tech startup that offers a next-generation travel tech answer for maximizing benefits for hotel resellers. It helps travel organizations tackle all their challenges related to revenue management.

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Sherpa, a Travel Tech Company, has Launched an Interactive Travel Reopening Map, with American Airlines as the First Partner

Sherpa | April 12, 2021

Sherpa, a leading travel technology provider, has expanded its product range with the Travel Reopening Map, which helps people get back into travel. Travel providers and customers are ready to get back on the road, but due to the rapid speed of change in travel laws, what was once simple has become complicated. Partners such as airlines, online travel agents, and cruise lines can use sherpa's map-based UI to help their customers book by allowing them to browse for destinations open to travel as well as COVID-19 testing and quarantine guidelines for both outbound and return routes. The map was launched by American Airlines as the first partner, making it available to millions of AA customers. "International travel is an integral part of our global economy and human experience," said Max Tremaine, CEO of sherpa°. "However, planning travel in the event of a global pandemic is a challenge." "Our goal was to create a digital solution that fills the information gap and provides travelers with the real-time accuracy they need to make informed decisions and travel with confidence. This solution is just one part of a larger plan to ease border crossing by allowing travelers to get all of their requirements, documentation, and visas in one place while booking their travel." The breadth of data is unique to the map; sherpa processes millions of data points from thousands of sources, including governments, airlines, airports, tourism boards, public forums, and media outlets. Other important features include COVID-19 testing sites in-destination and the ability for partners to maximize booking conversions by directing passengers from the map back to their flight destination pages. The map-based UI is easily customizable and can be embedded into partners' websites and apps through embeddable widgets, APIs, or white-label web apps. English, Spanish (South American), French (Canadian), German, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Turkish, and Latvian are among the languages supported, with more on the way. About Sherpa Sherpa is the leading provider of travel identification requirements for the travel industry, founded in 2015 by Max Tremaine and Ivan Sharko. Sherpa's mission is to provide every traveler with the information and documentation they need to cross borders confidently and securely. Sherpa, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is trusted by over 50 of the world's largest and most well-known travel brands, including American Airlines, TripActions, Icelandair, LATAM, Flynas, and CWT. True Ventures, Narrative Fund, Relay Ventures, Globalive Capital, N49P, TSVC, Golden Ventures, Plug and Play Ventures, Stuart MacDonald, and LP Maurice are among the investors in sherpa°.

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