Jamaica Starts the Year With Record Breaking Arrival Numbers

TravelPulse | April 16, 2019

Jamaica’s tourism sector is experiencing an unprecedented start to the year with record-breaking arrival figures and earnings. In just nine weeks since the beginning of 2019, Jamaica has become the first Caribbean destination to welcome one million visitors during the period, generating foreign exchange earnings of approximately $800 million. “Jamaica continues to make an aggressive push in transforming the way we market the destination, and we have been seeing the dividends,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism.

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Robots have been a staple of science fiction and childhood dreams for over a century. It’s no exaggeration to say that they have the potential to enhance our lives in ways no other interface can today. But how can social robots help humans? And which industries are on the cusp of the robotics revolution?

One example of how Furhat can be used is in the hospitality industry. Whether that's in hotels or restaurants, social robots can deliver great automated customer service that still feels human.

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Robots have been a staple of science fiction and childhood dreams for over a century. It’s no exaggeration to say that they have the potential to enhance our lives in ways no other interface can today. But how can social robots help humans? And which industries are on the cusp of the robotics revolution?

One example of how Furhat can be used is in the hospitality industry. Whether that's in hotels or restaurants, social robots can deliver great automated customer service that still feels human.

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Simpler Payments. On the Go. Regions Bank Launches Business Travel Solution for Corporate Banking Clients

Regions Bank | December 06, 2022

Regions Bank on Monday announced the launch of a virtual commercial card solution to facilitate quick, easy and on-the-go business travel payments for the bank’s Treasury Management clients.Visa Commercial Pay, offered in collaboration with Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, and Regions Commercial Card Services, is the latest in a series of enhancements Regions offers its business clients to better manage cash flow and streamline operations. Specifically, this solution enables businesses using a travel management vendor to centrally manage reservations such as air travel, hotel, rail and car rental. It creates a seamless integration option for the reservation process and can deliver enhanced data on employee travel, full spend visibility for all company travel, and automated expense reconciliation through unique virtual card numbers. Additionally, the solution allows business travelers to view all reservations in one place, along with real-time updates on trip expenses, all within the Visa Commercial Pay app. Speed, convenience and ease-of-use are more important than ever, and Regions Bank takes a forward-looking approach toward connecting business clients with services that make managing money simpler and more intuitive, David LaPaglia, commercial card product and operations manager for Regions Bank. “The more we can make payments, cash flow and operations easier for our Treasury Management clients, the more time they can spend focusing on the core of their business and helping their companies succeed. Business travel is one area that can be particularly time consuming in terms of managing expenses and tracking charges. The Visa Commercial Pay Travel solution aims to fix that. Recently, Regions launched another digital solution enabling Corporate Banking clients to send real-time payments through the RTP® network from The Clearing House. The new real-time payments service is part of Regions’ iTreasury platform, which offers a wide range of competitive financial management options for businesses through the bank’s Treasury Management division. Further enhancements are planned, including an expansion of Visa Commercial Pay options beyond business travel support. In addition, Regions plans to launch Regions CashFlowIQSM in 2023. This new tool is being designed to improve cash flow for clients by providing seamless accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoicing, and business bill payment capabilities for small- and mid-sized businesses. “Regions consistently looks for ways to meet the emerging needs of business clients and provide options that help them simplify operations and focus more on revenue-producing activities, We are committed to being an important resource, and our team is proud to now offer Visa Commercial Pay Travel while creating more enhancements to launch soon.” -Bryan Ford, head of Treasury Management for Regions Bank. About Regions Financial Corporation Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $158 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,300 banking offices and more than 2,000 ATMs. Regions Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.

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Sojern and PUSHTech Contribute to First-party Data Strategies of Partners

Sojern | January 11, 2023

On January 10, 2023, Sojern, a pre-eminent digital marketing platform developed for travel, and PUSHTech, a multichannel platform including CRM, marketing automation, sales, and support, announced a partnership to assist hotel partners in making the most of their first-party data. Sojern and PUSHTech will help the travel industry with data strategies in the cookieless age. Around 81% of hotels increase revenue using first-party data. However, staying ahead of digital landscape changes requires a well-planned strategy. Sojern's travel marketing platform offers unparalleled visibility into travel demand and intelligence to assist partners in augmenting their budgets and establishing long-term plans. With the aid of PUSHTech, hotels may improve client relations, control their database, and boost direct sales. "Our mission is to help businesses generate more effective, efficient and valuable communications with their customers through the use of automated and intelligent solutions. With a collective goal of better serving the hospitality industry we are pleased to announce our partnership with Sojern, Working together means we can better maintain our philosophy of continuous innovation in the development of an automated marketing, sales and management platform." -David Ezquerro, Chief Revenue Officer, PUSHTech (Source: PR Newswire) First-party data is fundamental to the hotelier's toolkit. This unification will help integrate Sojern's innovative travel marketing and PUSHTech's platforms while taking a privacy-forward approach to the safe and guarded management of partner data. As a result, hotel partners will achieve escalated campaign performance, solid customer relationships, and boosted revenue, leading to direct sales growth and driving profitability. About Sojern Sojern is a top digital marketing tool for travel marketers. Multichannel marketing from the company boosts direct demand. AI and traveler intent data enable these solutions. It is the leading travel marketing tool designed to help marketers overcome travel buying cycle challenges. It provides unparalleled traveler information and automatic optimization to match its clients with the right travelers. In addition, the company optimizes across the platform to help clients grow and profit.

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Cirium Reveals the Most Punctual Airlines and Airports of 2022

Cirium | January 05, 2023

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