TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

International Payments Leader Nuvei Partners with Edgar, Dunn & Company to Share Best Practices on Growth Strategies for Travel Operators

Nuvei | January 20, 2021

Nuvei, the payment technology partner of flourishing brands, announces report and overview  of "Redefining travel payments in the post-COVID-19 era," a white paper report and survey pinpointing growth strategies for travel operators in the aftermath of the pandemic, driven by payment technology. Created as a team with Edgar, Dunn and Company ("EDC"), with investment from Visa, this far reaching study contains information, experiences and noteworthy insight for the travel area as it designs its 2021 rebound, including the basic significance of a computerized first system, the best and innovative payment models to receive, and what authoritative changes could all the more quickly catalyze growth opportunities.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its connected isolates and travel limitations significantly affected travel industry income all through 2020, leaving related organizations looking for arrangements. The new arrival of antibodies has flagged a promising end to current circumstances, furnishing travel administrators with the certainty to set their rebound strategies in motion. It was considering this that Nuvei got together with EDC, an autonomous, worldwide technique counseling firm having some expertise in payments and computerized monetary administrations, to deliver "Redefining travel payments in the post-COVID-19 era."

The report includes top to bottom experiences into current industry problem areas and payment-related answers for the future, interviews with top aircrafts and online travel specialists and an industry-wide review directed among September and November 2020, just as examination of the outcomes. It features changing client assumptions that require new methodologies for progress, including utilizing payment technology to a more noteworthy degree than previously and intended to support merchants in their recovery.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Onriva Delivers Reimagined Experience As Companies Get Back on the Road

Onriva | February 01, 2022

Onriva, the next-generation travel marketplace platform that launched in September 2021, announced significant product enhancements as it disrupts the 50-year-old status quo of the business travel experience. Onriva's patented technology, combined with unparalleled supplier participation, can identify the best rates and gather inventory from a vast array of sources. The recent enhancements include a soon-to-be released revolutionary new approach to corporate travel policy delivery as well as several strategic supplier partnerships that bring significant new benefits to customers. These enhancements further support the needs of business travelers planning to get back on the road in early 2022 as Onriva's platform is built for an ideal experience of business travel that benefits both suppliers and consumers. "The world has changed, and as a company we believe that our expectations of travel should too – which is why we're committed to building and becoming the 'one' true platform for business travel. The series of updates we've made to the Onriva marketplace over the last few months continue to bring our clients a completely reimagined travel planning and booking experience that leverages our patented AI travel algorithms and personalized customer care," -Vajid Jafri, Onriva Founder and CEO. Partnering with more than 3,500 small and medium-sized companies that represent more than $3 billion in travel purchasing volume across a wide range of industries, Onriva is positioned to be a key player and influence to the industry at large as business travel comes back into the fold in 2022. This innovative tech-driven platform that can adapt and perform seamlessly is designed to make post-pandemic travel more purposeful and efficient for the individual traveler and businesses alike. Onriva brings a true marketplace of abundance to its customers," said Mike Remedios, Chief Technology Officer, who previously held positions as the chief technology officer for Lastminute.com, Expedia and eBay. "We believe that when suppliers can fully merchandise their offerings in a robust marketplace both customers and suppliers alike can benefit. Expertise Behind the Scenes With more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry, Founder and CEO Vajid Jafri saw the opportunity to create something truly innovative. With the launch of several successful travel and travel technology companies under his belt, Jafri turned idea into reality together with not only leaders from across the travel industry who knew and understood the current pain points but also those with deep innovation and AI technology platform expertise. Travel industry veterans, George Corbin (Chief Operating Officer), who led the effort to take the Marriott e-commerce business to $14 billion in sales, Ben Parodi (Executive Vice President of Sales) who is a former American Express Global Business Travel and BCD Travel senior sales executive, and Mike McCormick (Executive Vice President of Business Development), former Global Business Travel Association executive director and Cendant senior leader, have all been integral to the company's success in securing customer support, supplier and partner buy-in from key industry players. Guidance from the Board of Directors - whose members include former CEO and President of ARC, Mike Premo, who was just inducted into the Business Travel Hall of Fame, former Marriott head of global distribution Shafiq Khan; and Dan Charron, chairman of merchant global services for Fiserv's First Data – delivers exceptional strategic insight to team members, shareholders and partners alike. Key Partnerships Make it Possible A marketplace is only as good as the suppliers that participate in it and Onriva secured unprecedented supplier buy-in early on. As a one-stop-shop for business travel, Onriva boasts participation from the widest range of airline, hotel, ground supplier partners as well as selected travel agency, consortium and intermediary partners that all benefit from fully integrated participation in Onriva's only true travel marketplace. About Onriva Onriva is a one-of-a-kind travel marketplace that brings together the entire business travel ecosystem. Launched in 2021, the company touts an impressive line-up of industry elite board members and executive leaders that have enabled the company to emerge onto the scene with more than 3,500 small and medium-sized companies onboard that represent more than $3 billion in travel purchasing volume.To learn more about the Onriva travel marketplace visit Onriva.com

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Omicron and Travel: Travelner Advises How to Find the Best Online Travel Insurance

Travelner | February 10, 2022

The pandemic in general, and the outbreak of Omicron recently, have created a much broader awareness of travel insurance. “What happens if I get Covid during travel?” is for sure the most frequently asked question by travelers worldwide. The answer is in fact, very simple: “Insurance".Many travel insurance companies are now offering travel insurance packages that include the medical coverages of Covid-19. But would it benefit travelers in light of the new Omicron variant or any variant that may potentially appear? And how to find the best online travel insurance amongst so many options out there? Follow these top tips recommended by Travelner experts - a top-class travel agency - to get travel insurance online that can fully protect you and your loved ones when traveling abroad. Find a credible provider to get travel insurance online It is indisputably essential to check your insurance provider’s credibility before processing any further transaction since it will directly affect your benefits. “The best way to thoroughly examine your insurance provider is by looking at their state licensing, claims process, and complaints. And don’t be afraid to ask the provider about how they handle claims and how they arrive at a claim award ", said Tyler Wong of Travelner. These questions will help you choose which insurance company can support you to get travel insurance online and assist you in the event of an emergency. Don’t forget to check your provider’s terms and conditions to make sure that the procedure is transparent and trustworthy. An insurance company’s financial strength is a valid proof of its ability to secure your benefits in case of any incidents. Travelner is proud to be a strategic partner with Trawick Insurance - recommended by Forbes as one of the best online travel insurance companies so that we can ensure travelers can fully experience their holidays when traveling with us. Compare plans, prices, and benefits of cheap online travel insurance packages Although most travel insurance packages do include Covid-19 medical expenses, some of them might not. Therefore, Travelner experts suggest travelers should read the policies carefully and look out for those that exclude pandemics. Travelner is currently providing a travel insurance package that covers medical expenses for COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and any mutation or variation of SARS-CoV-2. Most travel insurance plans with medical benefits now treat Covid like any other illness. So when comparing prices to find the best online travel insurance, make sure that you are considering packages with the same plans and benefits. Keep in mind that cheap online travel insurance doesn’t mean it is the best option for your trip abroad. Moreover, note that to make a claim, you must have had travel insurance before becoming ill since insurance is designed for unforeseen issues. Check on the claims process of the travel insurance provider People often overlook the importance of claims process transparency, while in fact, it is one of the determining factors to distinguish between an ordinary and the best online travel insurance company. An ideal claims process should be transparent and fully guided so that you should know who and how to contact to make an insurance claim. With Travelner’s insurance, travelers can rest assured that the claim procedure is clearly instructed and all claim forms can be found easily on the Travelner website. No more tedious process to get your family and yourself fully protected from the pandemic when traveling abroad with our insurance package.

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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Ski Season’s Greetings! MCR Acquires Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont

MCR | January 03, 2022

Walking in a winter wonderland! MCR — the country’s 4th-largest hotel owner-operator — has acquired the 117-room Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont. Just downslope from Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa is your home base for four seasons of outdoor adventure. Come for the mountain biking, leaf-peeping, hiking and snowshoeing; stay for the spacious guestrooms (with fireplaces!), 50,000-square-foot spa, two pools and outdoor jacuzzi. Want to link up with friends and family? We’ve got a nine-hole golf course and 32 townhomes, too! Before catching the lifts at Stowe Mountain Resort this winter, carb up with a hearty breakfast at Charlie B’s, our on-site restaurant and pub serving a delicious buffet of eggs, home fries and oatmeal. We’ll be waiting for you at dinnertime with steaming French onion soup and lemon pepper-crusted salmon. Not a snow bunny? At Stoweflake, it’s always a spa day! The world-class spa offers 120 therapeutic treatments in 30 rooms plus a fully equipped salon. The true highlight is the Aqua Solarium, a 12-foot Hungarian mineral soaking pool with a cascading waterfall inspired by the area’s famous Bingham Falls! Get moving again at the sports and wellness center, which has Cybex fitness equipment, spinning and Pilates studios, tennis courts and a racquetball/squash court! Schedule a class with an instructor or splash in the indoor and outdoor pools (with a bubbling jacuzzi). With so much to do on the grounds, Stoweflake is the perfect place for an event. Gather your guests for a conference, wedding or family reunion — we have 25,000 square feet of meeting space in 17 rooms and outdoor terrain bordered by the Green Mountains. If you need more space than the resort’s guestrooms, opt for one of our 32 townhomes, each equipped with a full kitchen and private deck for cocoa-sipping and stargazing. Stoweflake’s location means off-property outings couldn’t be more convenient. Visit the Von Trapp family home (yes, the real-life Sound of Music clan, who settled in Stowe after leaving Germany!) or Alchemist Brewery. Take a short drive into town, where 80 boutiques, country stores and galleries — all twinkling with holiday lights — await. Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa is located at 1746 Mountain Road and features: 117 guestrooms and suites 32 one-, two- or three-bedroom townhome rentals A 50,000-square-foot spa and sports center with a waterfall and meditative garden Two tennis courts A racquetball and squash court An executive nine-hole, par-3 golf course Indoor and outdoor pools with a jacuzzi A 25,000-square-foot conference center with 17 meeting rooms Charlie B’s Restaurant & Pub Fast Wi-Fi On-site parking Reserve rooms by phone at (802) 253-2322 or online at stoweflake.com. About MCR 4th-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States $4.0 billion portfolio of 140 premium-branded hotels MCR operates 8 Marriott brands, 6 Hilton brands and a number of unflagged independent hotels 20,000 guestrooms across 37 states and 100 cities Founded in 2006 Offices in New York City, Dallas, Chicago and Richmond, Virginia 4,000 team members across the country Three-time recipient of the Marriott Partnership Circle Award, the highest honor Marriott presents to its owner and franchise partners Recipient of the Hilton Legacy Award for Top Performer For the TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK Airport, MCR won the Development of the Year (Full Service) Award at The Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), the Urban Land Institute New York Excellence in Hotel Development Award and the American Institute of Architects national Architecture Award, the highest honor given by the AIA Named one of Fast Company’s 10 Most Innovative Travel Companies of 2020 For more information, please visit mcrhotels.com

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