Iran to attract 2 million Chinese tourists with visa-free entry

Travel And Tour World | July 18, 2019

Iran is waiving visas for Chinese visitors as early as the end of July in a bid to boost the economy, faltering under the weight of U.S. sanctions. The tourism officials have said they hope to attract as many as two million Chinese a year to Iran, a massive increase from the 52,000 Chinese visiting last year.

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Voice is the hot investment area for the biggest players in tech at the moment but what do they see and can AI-powered voice services really change a field as complex as travel? Download this free report to find out. If you haven’t encountered Alexa, Siri, Cortana or Google’s growing number of voice assistants, chances are that it won’t be too long before you do.

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Voice is the hot investment area for the biggest players in tech at the moment but what do they see and can AI-powered voice services really change a field as complex as travel? Download this free report to find out. If you haven’t encountered Alexa, Siri, Cortana or Google’s growing number of voice assistants, chances are that it won’t be too long before you do.

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Plug and Play Welcomes Sabre as its Newest Travel and Hospitality Partner

Sabre Corporation and Plug and Play | July 07, 2022

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology company powering the global travel industry, announced its partnership with Plug and Play's Travel & Hospitality program headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley. Plug and Play is a global innovation platform that brings together the best startups with the world's largest corporations. Through this partnership, Sabre will enhance its visibility and gain early access to the global startup community. "Over the past years, we have accelerated our focus on innovation, both internally and together with strong partners, Our collaboration with Plug and Play is another milestone on this journey and we are very excited to engage with their world-class community of forward-thinking, driven entrepreneurs to shape the future of travel." -Sundar Narasimhan, President Sabre Labs & Product Strategy. Plug and Play's Travel & Hospitality program launched in 2016 and has since expanded to six locations around the world. Since its inception, the Travel program has accelerated over 250 startups and worked with some of the most innovative corporations in the industry. With this partnership, Plug and Play's goal is to complement Sabre's innovation roadmap through vetted introductions to promising travel technologies that will seek to ultimately translate to a faster recovery for the industry while improving the traveler's overall journey. "When it comes to insights regarding the entire travel ecosystem, Sabre has demonstrated their commitment to diverse and in-depth products that touch many of our travel and hospitality partners and their customers," Sabre's commitment to digital transformation is exemplified by the innovative work coming out of Sabre Labs, their support in the startup community as well as their work with forward-thinking partners both inside and outside of travel. This partnership came into fruition at a perfect inflection point for the travel industry's recovery." -Saeed Amidi, CEO & Founder, Plug and Play. About Plug and Play Plug and Play is the leading innovation platform, connecting startups, corporations, venture capital firms, universities, and government agencies. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we're present in 35+ locations across five continents. We offer corporate innovation programs and help our corporate partners in every stage of their innovation journey, from education to execution. We also organize startup acceleration programs and have built an in-house VC to drive innovation across multiple industries where we've invested in hundreds of successful companies including Dropbox, Guardant Health, Honey, Lending Club, N26, PayPal, and Rappi. For more information, visit https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/ About Sabre Corporation  Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveller experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre's technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit www.sabre.com.

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IMG Partners with bolt to Offer Device Protection to Travelers

IMG & bolt | July 29, 2022

International Medical Group® (IMG®), an award-winning global insurance benefits and assistance services company, has announced a new partnership with bolt, an international insurtech and leading provider of mobile device protection programs. IMG now offers Mobile Device Protection as an optional add-on when purchasing a plan within the Patriot Travel series, IMG's market-leading travel medical insurance offerings. The add-on provides coverage for repair or replacement of a traveler's mobile device if it is lost, stolen, or accidentally damaged during their trip. "We know how indispensable devices like cell phones and tablets have become in nearly every phase of travel: housing boarding passes and tickets, communicating with friends and family, and documenting your travels while abroad,By partnering with bolt to offer Mobile Device Protection, we are taking another step toward our goal of providing products and services that meet nearly every traveler and expatriate need while away from home." -Amanda Winkle, IMG Chief Commercial Officer. If a traveler's mobile device is damaged while traveling, such as a broken screen or internal overheating, they can quickly and easily get reconnected to their digital life through an integrated claims process. bolt will help get the device repaired, provide a cash settlement for the replacement cost of the device, or replace the phone. "This partnership acknowledges the importance of protecting wireless devices when customers need it the most, especially when they may be far away from home and rely on their smartphones to serve as a lifeline," said Clayton Bodnarek, EVP of Alternative Distribution at bolt. "Our work with IMG brings comfort to customers who are traveling, knowing that if there is an emergency and they need the connection a device brings, we'll be there for them." IMG plans to offer the optional Mobile Device Protection add-on with more of its insurance products in the future. For more information on the industry-leading travel and health safety solutions IMG offers, please visit www.imglobal.com. About International Medical Group® (IMG®) International Medical Group® (IMG®), a SiriusPoint company, is an award-winning global insurance benefits and assistance services company that has served millions of members worldwide since its founding in 1990. The preeminent provider of travel and health safety solutions, IMG offers a wide range of insurance programs, including international private medical insurance, travel medical insurance, and travel insurance, as well as enterprise services, including insurance administrative services and 24/7 emergency medical, security, and travel assistance. IMG's world-class services, combined with an extensive product portfolio, provide Global Peace of Mind® for travelers, students, missionaries, marine crews, and other individuals or groups traveling, working, or living away from home. For more information, please visit www.imglobal.com. About bolt bolt is the leading insurance exchange for the P&C insurance industry, uniting distributors and providers on a single platform to transform the way insurance is bought and sold. The result is the world's largest exchange working with two-thirds of America's leading carriers, helping more people protect the things they value.

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VacationRenter Upgrades Platform, Gets New Partners

VacationRenter | May 26, 2022

VacationRenter, the fastest-growing vacation rental search engine, has enhanced its global inventory expansion. It offers full site translations, personalized travel inspiration and traveler resources, and more. "Researching and booking vacation rentals can be frustrating and time-consuming. Our platform helps make the experience easier, We are always working on making our site better. Our latest upgrades focus on improving the user experience for our international customers, as well as giving all customers more information and tools to quickly find the perfect rental." -CEO Heath Hammett An overview of the platform upgrades: Customer-Forward Improvements These improvements include streamlining the process of finding the perfect vacation rental. It delivers priority updates, price alerts, personalized travel inspiration, upgraded search and usability, and a user-friendly design. New and Expanded Inventory In partnership with Interhome, VacationRenter now offers more than 30, 000 vacation rentals in the U.S and Europe. These rental homes and apartments add to the convenience in travel destinations such as Myrtle Beach, SC, and Madrid, Spain. VacationRenter has also expanded its partnership with Plum Guide. As a result, customers can easily research Plum Guide’s high-quality homes across Europe and the U.S. Internationalization VacationRenter has launched full site translations in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish and German for global travelers. Additionally, it has also enhanced key information for almost 6, 000 locations across the globe, including FAQs and details on must-see attractions. Up-to-Date Traveler Resources The new Traveler Resource Center gives travelers the correct destination and even property-specific information. It also includes COVID-related restrictions and guidelines. Apart from this, the new VacationRenter’s Travel Trends pages display booking trends and average nightly prices. This data gives insight into traveler behaviors for the ones in the travel industry, such as homeowners, property managers and travel reporters. VacationRenter is bracing up for travel to make a comeback for both domestic and international U.S travelers, who are seven times more likely to resume travel at home.

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