COMMERCIAL TRAVEL, CRUISE
inCruises International | July 18, 2022
Premier cruise membership club inCruises International has exceeded the one million mark in Members, demonstrating the strong and growing demand for its subscription-based travel model.
This milestone reflects the company’s successful expansion into new markets worldwide, with Members now in 196 countries. inCruises is introducing consumers to the lifestyle and value of cruising, plus providing a way to save monthly for travel while earning Reward Points that further increase savings. The occasion also follows the spring launch of inStays™, expanding Member access to more than 25,000 hotel, resort and cruise offers.
“Exceeding one million Club Members is a significant event in our company history. We are truly honored by the passion of our Partners and Members in sharing their love of cruising with others and growing the inCruises community, When we launched Club Membership in 2016, our goal was to make seeing the world more accessible to everyone, and reaching this milestone proves it’s resonating.”
-Michael “Hutch” Hutchison, co-Founder and co-CEO of inCruises
Every monthly Club Membership payment is matched with double Reward Points by inCruises. Members can exchange Reward Points at the time of booking for payment towards the lowest publicly available retail price of a cruise, hotel, or resort. Bookings are made directly through inCruises’ easy-to-use platform, which is available in 17 languages. Members’ Reward Points never expire.
“inCruises has successfully created a new way to plan for and maximize savings on cruise travel, With more than one million Members worldwide embracing our model, we are well-poised for continued growth. We are constantly innovating, and many exciting things are on the horizon to bring even more value to our Members, Partners, and travel providers.”
-inCruises co-Founder and co-CEO, Frank Codina.
In addition to Club Membership, inCruises also offers the chance to travel for free through its Independent Partner Program. Partners can earn compensation for sharing the inCruises Membership advantages with others.
About inCruises International
Since launching its flagship membership in 2016, inCruises International has become the premier cruise membership club with more than one million Members and Partners in 196 countries. inStays™ was added in 2022, giving Members access to more than 25,000 hotel, resort and cruise offers. inCruises is making a measurable difference in its Club Members' lives and is committed to ethically providing a business ownership opportunity to its growing Partner team. In addition, the company is committed to positive global corporate citizenship by supporting Mercy Ships, 4Ocean, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Ukrainian Relief efforts. To share the experience, please visit our Business and Membership opportunity at incruises.com.
TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY,INDUSTRY OUTLOOK
Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) and ForwardKeys | September 21, 2022
Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) and ForwardKeys are pleased to announce the launch of Destination Gateway, a new data tool designed for destination marketing organizations (DMOs), tourism bureaus and conventions and visitors bureaus. This new product combines ARC’s industry-leading ticketing data with ForwardKeys’ travel search interest, airline schedule and capacity data to provide a comprehensive view of travel to specified destinations.With Destination Gateway, users can gain valuable insights into travel to their destination and similar destinations to better inform decisions and marketing strategies. The data is presented in easy-to-understand visuals that can be exported for presentations and further analysis.
“Destination Gateway is the result of a strong collaboration between two leading air travel data and analytics organizations,” said Steve Solomon, chief commercial officer at ARC. “Nowhere else can destinations generate insights via global air traffic ticketing data, with historical trending and an outlook on future travel and traveler behavior. This comprehensive solution allows users to identify opportunities to influence travel by building relationships with travel sellers to guide them in effectively promoting their destination.”
Users can customize their Destination Gateway reports across four modules to provide insights that grow a destination:
Performance – How well a destination is attracting travelers.
Recovery – Comparing today’s travel levels with pre-COVID-19 levels.
Connectivity – Data designed to help with negotiations with airlines.
Agencies – Insight into which agencies sell travel to a particular destination.
“We are very excited with the launch of Destination Gateway in the USA – the first tangible outcome, of which we expect there to be many more, of our collaboration with ARC, ForwardKeys has many years of experience serving and supporting tourism-related businesses and enjoys strong market leadership with over 60 DMO-related customers throughout Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. We look forward to working with ARC to bring data insights and intelligence from Destination Gateway to ARC customers in the USA.”
-Olivier Jager, chief executive officer at ForwardKeys.
ARC accelerates the growth of global air travel by delivering forward-looking travel data, flexible distribution services and other innovative industry solutions. We are a leading travel intelligence company that possesses the world’s largest, most comprehensive global airline ticket dataset, including more than 15 billion passenger flights representing 490 airlines and 230 countries and territories. Our solutions and expertise strengthen economies and enrich lives by connecting stakeholders across the travel ecosystem. For more information, visit arccorp.com.
Founded in 2010, ForwardKeys has pioneered the way forward for tourism organizations, hotels, and retailers keen to understand who is travelling where, when, and for how long. We’ve managed to share such information by having the most comprehensive ticketing data covering the globe from online bookings to travel agencies and airlines. From ticketing data to Seat Capacity and Total Air Market (TAM) the variety of datasets means you get a 360-degree view of the real travel ecosystem. Equipped with historical data, future bookings, and forecasts, planning, even with a pandemic, can be simpler with daily updated data.
Sage Hospitality Group and Stayntouch | August 24, 2022
Stayntouch, a global leader in cloud hotel property management systems (PMS) and guest-centric technology, announced an expansion of its partnership with Sage Hospitality Group, a premier hotel management, development and ownership group that manages more than 55 hotels across 19 states, with a focus on independent and lifestyle properties. Sage Hospitality has selected Stayntouch PMS and Stayntouch Kiosk to power Catbird, an independent hotel in Denver's RiNo Art District that blurs the line between hotel and home, in addition to five other high-end independent properties. Stayntouch will also deliver its mobile, guest-centric platform to three additional Sage properties by the end of 2022.
Sage Hospitality has built a reputation for providing best-in-class management for premier independent and lifestyle hotels, with a specific focus on delivering innovative and passionate experiential hospitality. Sage chose Stayntouch as a preferred PMS vendor because of the platform's robust functionality coupled with its intuitive user interface, comprehensive support and deployment apparatus, and seamless guest-facing kiosk.
"Stayntouch's platform feels lightweight and intuitive, and it comes packed with robust functionality that allows our independent properties to deliver the best service possible. The system in general is very easy to use 一 we are able to train new associates in a matter of days. Stayntouch's support system is also phenomenal: They stood with us every step of the way, from the start of implementation, to product training, to ensuring that their PMS continues to facilitate our business and service goals."
-Chief Technology Officer Matt Schwartz
Courtney Griffith, General Manager of Catbird in Denver, commented, "Our property is focused on delivering service that is welcoming but also enables our guests to immerse themselves in the heart of Denver. Stayntouch enables our staff to bypass any friction at check-in and check-out and deliver the kind of service that is both memorable and meaningful. Stayntouch's guest-facing kiosk completely streamlines the check-in experience and enables us to deliver a contactless option while de-emphasizing the front desk as the focal point of the lobby. Our guests love the convenience of an easy and seamless kiosk check-in so they can get on with their stay!"
Dan Hogan, Chief Product Officer at Stayntouch, replied, "We are delighted to partner with such an innovative and experience focused hotel management company like Sage Hospitality Group. We believe that hotel technology should facilitate choice: for hoteliers, staff, and of course their guests. That's why we're happy to see that Sage Hospitality and the Catbird Hotel are fully embracing our flexible PMS technology coupled with our kiosk solution. Our focus is to continue expanding and refining our technology offerings and service capabilities to ensure that Sage hotels can deliver the best and most elevated service experience to their guests and differentiate their brands in doing so."
About Sage Hospitality Group
Founded in 1984, Sage Hospitality Group is a Denver-based hospitality management, investment and development company comprising four distinct companies: Sage Hotel Management, Sage Restaurant Concepts, Sage Investments and Sage Studio.
Sage Hotel Management is a passionate group of accomplished industry veterans who have led the way in defining experiential hospitality while maintaining a reputation as best-in-class operators and consistently delivering results. With a diverse portfolio of nearly 60 hotels across the US, Sage Hotel Management is deeply invested in managing independent, soft-branded, luxury, lifestyle and upscale hotels from coast to coast.
Sage Restaurant Concepts (SRC) creates industry-leading restaurant and bar concepts with soul for the people who live, work and play in the communities they serve. Launched in 2005, SRC boasts more than 50 restaurant, bar and coffee shop locations in 13 states across the country. Comprised of seasoned restaurateurs and innovators, SRC is committed to consistently crafting exceptional experiences that forge a bond with guests, enrich communities and empower people.
Sage Studio is the in-house vision and creative team behind what Sage has long been known for: creating places people want to go to, not through. Sage Studio is dedicated to creating spaces that fuse creativity and ingenuity to light the way for a new standard in hospitality. From restaurants, to branded hotels, to soft brands and independent properties, Sage Studio creates brands rooted in concise and exciting messaging that allows those businesses to tell their unique story.
Sage Investments brings a deep understanding of markets and risk to the company, allowing Sage to have a reputation as not only a great operator but also a great and determined investment partner. Whether investing for the short term or long term, Sage Investments strives to achieve outsized returns for its partners by finding and adding value in unique and proprietary ways.
To learn more about Sage Hospitality Group and its companies, visit sagehospitalitygroup.com
Stayntouch provides a cloud-native, guest-centric, and fully mobile hotel property management system (PMS) and over 1100+ integrations, enabling hotels to raise service levels, drive revenues, reduce costs, and ultimately captivate their guests. Backed by a team of professionals with deep roots in the hospitality industry, Stayntouch is a trusted partner to many forward-thinking hotels and resorts, including the TWA Hotel, First Hotels, Conscious Hotels, Margaritaville, Valencia Hotel Group, and Modus Hotels. Stayntouch is also a preferred PMS partner to some of the leading independent hotel collections around the world including; Design Hotels, an Independent Marriott Brand, and Curator Hotel & Resort Collection. Visit Stayntouch at www.stayntouch.com.
Located in Denver's RiNo Art District, Catbird blurs the lines between hotel and home, creating adaptable spaces that foster a deep sense of belonging for guests and the community. The hotel's 165 guest rooms, which encompass a four-bedroom historic home preserved as part of the hotel, feature full kitchens with high-end housewares, unique storage and custom-built, multi-functional furniture that provide comfortable, livable spaces for everything from a one-night stay to longer, extended stays. Additional home-away-from-home amenities include the Catbird Playroom – a gear locker stocked with bikes, cameras, musical instruments and much more – Catbird Kitchen for coffee and grab-and-go dining, complimentary laundry services, package delivery lockers, long-term storage, a dog run, a fitness center – even a plant rental program. Catbird also features more than 3,800 square feet of meeting and event space, including its 3,300 square foot rooftop deck, where in addition to a 360-degree view of Denver's skyline and the Rocky Mountains, guests will find fire pits, hot tubs, an amphitheater, a lawn with life-sized games and the hotel's signature bar and restaurant, The Red Barber. For more information, visit catbirdhotel.com or follow @catbirddenver on Facebook and Instagram.