Kotor is opening new markets to attract tourists

Travel and Tour World | April 01, 2019

To quote Ana Nives Radovic, Director of Tourist Organization of Kotor, “Most tourists coming to Kotor are from the UK, Russia, the region, France, Germany, and the USA.She explains that Kotor and Montenegro have turned out to be popular destinations and associating in those markets have not been endorsed yet.To quote Rodovic, “In the past year, when we look at the statistical data, we see that there is almost no country or end of the world from which tourists did not come to Kotor, thanks to the broader promotion of the region in markets like the Chinese. It is a tourist product that jointly offers Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Albania. Thanks to this and the individual work of the national tourism organizations of all these countries and the local tourist organizations, especially the coastal towns, we have managed to become more visible in the new markets.”

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According to the CWT Connected Traveler Study, released today by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, business travelers are bringing more devices, and feel more productive as they are on the road conducting business. The survey of more than 1,900 business travelers found that travelers on average carry four different types of technology (mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc.), with the smartphone being the one “travel tool they can’t live without,” as more than 80% of travelers across the globe rely on their phone to conduct business.

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According to the CWT Connected Traveler Study, released today by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, business travelers are bringing more devices, and feel more productive as they are on the road conducting business. The survey of more than 1,900 business travelers found that travelers on average carry four different types of technology (mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc.), with the smartphone being the one “travel tool they can’t live without,” as more than 80% of travelers across the globe rely on their phone to conduct business.

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BIGtoken | August 03, 2021

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Spirit Airlines Overhauls Dallas Fort Worth with New Check-In Technology Designed to Streamline the Travel Experience

Spirit Airlines: | December 09, 2021

Guests are now checking out the latest evolution in check-in technology at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Spirit Airlines (NYSE:SAVE) unveiled its automated self-bag drop experience with biometric photo-matching system, which represents a new paradigm for the U.S. airline industry. The redesigned ticket lobby is packed with industry-leading technology designed to limit face-to-face interaction, streamline flight check-ins and get Guests from the curb to the brightest planes in the sky quicker than ever.Spirit's self-bag drop system is now currently operating at New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Chicago O'Hare, and it was recently recognized for two prestigious awards. The "2021 Best Airport Innovation" by the APEX/IFSA Awards, and also a Gold Stevie® Award winner for The Best New Transportation Product or Service in The 2021 American Business Awards®. The airline began developing the nation's first biometric photo-matching solution for domestic air travel in 2019 with its partner Materna Intelligent Passenger Solutions (IPS) North America. Spirit was also the first to pursue combining it with automated self-bag drop capabilities to reduce face-to-face interaction. Following an initial testing period at DFW with both manual ID check and biometric opt-in, the biometric photo-matching solution will eliminate the need to stop and hand government-issued identification to an agent when checking baggage. Here's how biometric photo-matching works: Guests start by tagging their own checked bags after checking in at the kiosk and then proceed to the automated self-bag drops. Guests are advised of the biometric option after scanning their boarding pass at the self-bag drop unit. They may either opt in and continue unassisted or opt out for agent-assisted service. Once the Guest opts in, the unit instructs them to scan their ID on the built-in hardware. The unit compares its scan of the photo on the ID with a facial scan captured by its on-board camera, along with comparing identification information with the Guest's reservation details. None of the data is transmitted to any government agency. A successful match initiates the rest of the automated bag check-in process. Guests are instructed to place their bags on the conveyor belt attached to the unit, which then scans the bags, weighs them, accepts payment for any additional optional services, and sends them straight into their airport's checked baggage system without any further action from the Guest. "We've been on a mission to find opportunities to continue improving every facet of the Guest experience, to include investing in automation and self-service to streamline the travel journey so Guests spend less time in lobbies,Our Guests are tech-savvy, and they appreciate options. Also, limiting touchpoints and unnecessary face-to-face interactions is currently changing the way airports operate." -Mike Byrom, Vice President of Airport Services for Spirit Airlines. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is committed to identifying and testing innovative solutions that deliver secure, efficient and frictionless customer experiences," said DFW Airport Vice President of Innovation Jodie Brinkerhoff. "We are excited to support our partner Spirit Airlines as it introduces a self-directed, biometrically enabled check-in and bag drop process—which ultimately provide the customer with greater control and fewer requirements for face-to-face processing and document exchanges. Spirit Guests currently check between 400–500 bags daily at DFW and growing, and each of which represents a face-to-face interaction that can be streamlined. Testing data shows the new procedure drops average processing time to just 70 seconds per Guest, reducing time spent at bag check by 30 percent. Additionally, Guests can take advantage of the time savings and reduction in face-to-face interactions whether they're travelling domestically or internationally. The self-bag drop system uses software capable of analyzing key physical features on more than 50,000 forms of ID from nearly 200 countries that a Guest could potentially use when travelling in the United States. Combined with the units' scanning hardware, the software confirms the authenticity of an ID and rejects fraudulent documents. About Spirit Airlines:  Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments something we call Á La Smarte. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving those communities. Come save with us at spirit.com.

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Selina Opens Chicago Location On Magnificent Mile

Selina | September 20, 2021

Selina, the fast-growing hospitality and experiential brand targeting Millennial and Gen Z travelers, announces the grand opening of its newest location in Chicago's bustling Gold Coast neighborhood. Combining the comfort and style of a boutique hotel with the social experiences of a retreat or festival, Selina Chicago is curated for a new generation of globally fluid, economically conscious, and socially-minded travelers, locals, and remote workers. "Opening in Chicago marks a major milestone for Selina as we continue to grow our brand globally," said Rafael Museri, CEO & Co-Founder Selina. "We are looking forward to sharing our experiential lifestyle and Latin roots with major US cities like Chicago, and our planned location in Washington D.C." Centered around community, collaboration, diversity and culture, Selina Chicago marries the city's vibrant art scene with the brand's strong Latin roots. Outfitted with rich colors, gold accents, and a diverse collection of artwork, and upcycled furniture, Selina's newest location spans 16 floors in the heart of Chicago's iconic Magnificent Mile. Complete with 600 beds—a combination of community rooms, lofts, apartments, suites, and hybrid rooms—Selina also features a communal kitchen, library, cinema, wellness center, and full-service restaurant HOWM Cafe & Concept store. These public spaces are focused and fluid, designed to bring people together through social and collaborative moments. From a cafe that transitions into a performance center by night to a cinema that converts into a digital art gallery, Selina Chicago meets the needs of the community where they are, day or night. HOWM is a new food & beverage concept Selina is bringing to the United States. HOWM will serve a range of healthy juices and smoothies and a delicious coffee program from Chicago-based company Intelligentsia. Through a partnership with Chicago-based Ritual Zero Proof, the first American-made non-alcoholic spirit with the flavor and burn of liquor, minus the alcohol or calories, a slate of dynamic, wellness-minded beverages will be curated for HOWM Chicago. These classic virgin drinks feature fresh fruits and syrups that are refreshing and one-of-a-kind. The HOWM Cafe Bar will be offering nonalcoholic beers and mocktails, brunch with D.J.'s, record and art fairs, and all-day breakfast. This will be Selina's second HOWM brand, which opened in Selina Chelsea in N.Y. this month. The space will be a multifunctional bar, cafe, restaurant & concept store. The different spaces completely transform from day to night depending on the programming. From art exhibitions by local universities, fashion pop-ups, records fairs to open stage and comedy nights. The spaces can also have different programming happening simultaneously in the bar and main restaurant & retail space. About Selina Selina is one of the world's largest hospitality brands built to address the needs of Millennial and Gen Z travelers, blending beautifully-designed accommodation with coworking, recreation, wellness, and local experiences. Custom built for today's nomadic traveler, Selina provides guests with a global infrastructure to seamlessly travel and work abroad. Founded in 2015, each Selina property is designed in partnership with local artists, creators and tastemakers, breathing new life into existing buildings in interesting locations around the world – from urban cities to remote beaches and jungles.

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