MakeMyTrip inks pact with TripAdvisor

Travel Daily Media | October 11, 2019

MakeMyTrip has signed an agreement with travel platform major TripAdvisor to offer choices for local experiences at international destinations to outbound Indian tourists. Travellers looking to discover the world will now have over 250,000 bookable tours and activities from the online travel company to choose from when they visit MakeMyTrip’s ‘experiences and activities’ section, the company said.

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Arguably business travel has experienced a greater rate of change in recent years than ever before. Economic turmoil has led to increased scrutiny and restrictions whilst the growth of digital natives in the workplace has led to a shift in demands and expectations. With such change come exciting innovations and opportunities, requiring technology solutions and service providers to streamline the processes that drive business travel bookings while enhancing their technology to support the new breed of travelers.

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Arguably business travel has experienced a greater rate of change in recent years than ever before. Economic turmoil has led to increased scrutiny and restrictions whilst the growth of digital natives in the workplace has led to a shift in demands and expectations. With such change come exciting innovations and opportunities, requiring technology solutions and service providers to streamline the processes that drive business travel bookings while enhancing their technology to support the new breed of travelers.

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Boom Supersonic and Ministry of Supply Launch First-Ever Supersonic Travel Capsule Collection

Boom Supersonic | July 16, 2022

Boom Supersonic, the aerospace company building the world's fastest airliner, optimized for speed, safety, and sustainability, has announced a collaboration with Ministry of Supply, the MIT-founded apparel company that uses science to create comfortable, innovative and sustainable workleisure clothing. The exclusive capsule collection is inspired by a supersonic future where travel time is halved, sustainability is the standard, and comfort is always in style."Flying supersonic is not just a means of transportation—speed resonates with those who value productivity, treasure moments of joy, and believe in the power of science," said Gihan Amarasiriwardena, President and Co-Founder of Ministry of Supply. "We're thrilled to be able to bring this capsule to the world and inspire trips to those far-off destinations unlocked through supersonic flight." "At Boom, our mission is to make the world dramatically more accessible, Our collection with Ministry of Supply is styled to a future where we can explore the world with much greater efficiency and ease." -Bob Stohrer, Chief Marketing Officer for Boom Supersonic The Boom x Ministry of Supply Supersonic Capsule is an exclusive six-piece branded 'system' designed for those on the move. Each piece is designed to offer the ideal blend of engineering, performance, and comfort, and includes: The world's fastest blazer. Like the world's fastest and most sustainable supersonic airline, Overture, the Kinetic Blazer is engineered for efficient travel, with warp-knit, wrinkle resistant stretch fabric. Kinetic has broken two Guinness World Records for the fastest half-marathon in a suit, and is crafted by a team that specializes in carbon fiber used for aircraft fuselages. Coffee-powered socks. Atlas Crew Socks pair body-mapped cushioning with odor-absorbing, coffee-infused yarn, to maximize freshness from takeoff to touch-down. 3D Print-Knit eye mask. Moisture-wicking fabric helps to mitigate dry eyes, designed and knit in 3D to create a form-fitting, light-blocking seal around the eyes for more peaceful overnight trips. Travel blanket. Made from 100% recycled material, this blanket is perfectly sized for travel, and moisture-wicking for next-level humidity control, creating a more comfortable microclimate in flight. Weekend tote. An all-purpose tote large enough to carry the essentials, designed with tough, nylon-webbed shoulder straps for enhanced durability. Travel cup. A vacuum-insulated stainless steel mug keeps your favorite travel beverage at just the right temperature throughout your journey. The limited-edition supersonic travel capsule collection is available now at Ministry of Supply, while quantities remain. To explore the collaboration, please visit: https://www.ministryofsupply.com/all/boom-x-ministry-of-supply-supersonic-capsule About Boom Supersonic Boom Supersonic is redefining commercial air travel by bringing sustainable, supersonic flight to the skies. Boom's historic commercial airliner, Overture, is designed and committed to industry-leading standards of speed, safety, and sustainability. Overture will be net-zero carbon, capable of flying on 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at twice the speed of today's fastest passenger jets. Overture's order book, including purchases and options, stands at 70 aircraft, and Boom is working with the United States Air Force for government applications of Overture. Named one of TIME's Best Inventions of 2021, the XB-1 demonstrator aircraft rolled out in 2020, and its carbon neutral flight test program is underway. The company is backed by world-class investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Prime Movers Lab, Emerson Collective and Amex Ventures. For more information, visit https://boomsupersonic.com. About Ministry of Supply Ministry of Supply is an MIT-founded clothing company that leverages advanced manufacturing techniques, innovative materials, and human-centered design to make clothing scientifically better and more adaptable for the modern hybrid lifestyle. For more information, visit www.ministryofsupply.com.

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Expedia Group Launches New Global Social Impact & Sustainability Strategy

Expedia Group | September 14, 2022

Expedia Group announced its new global social impact and sustainability strategy to advance a travel ecosystem that is responsible, open, and accessible to all. Combining the company’s mission, purpose, and values with its traveler-centric mindset, the Open World™ social impact and sustainability strategy is focused on three priorities – increasing access for underserved travelers, democratizing the travel economy, and innovating sustainable solutions for the future of travel. Earlier this year, the company announced its Open World technology platform – created for partners of all sizes to leverage and configure products and services needed to succeed in the travel ecosystem. Aligned with this innovation, and the belief that travel is a force for good, the next iteration of Open World extends to the traveler experience, community engagement, and environmental impact. “Travel is transformative. It broadens horizons, strengthens connections and changes perspectives. With our new Open World™ social impact and sustainability forward-looking plans, we will further our mission to power travel for everyone, everywhere,Travel needs to lighten its footprint on the planet, and everyone should be able to experience it and receive the associated benefits. Now is the time to innovate the existing model. We have a responsibility to enable a stronger, more sustainable industry.” -Peter Kern, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Expedia Group. The Open World™ social impact and sustainability strategy will tackle inequities in travel, accelerate meaningful change for the mosaic of travelers and communities that power the global industry, and ensure a healthy planet. Expedia Group’s social impact and sustainability strategic framework includes: Inclusive pathways for underserved travelers Unfortunately, historic and social barriers still too often limit equitable and accessible travel. Per Expedia Group Media Solutions’ recent Inclusive Travel Insights Report1, demand is increasing as consumers are seeking more inclusive travel offerings when searching and booking. Expedia Group is increasing its own capabilities to improve the experience of underserved travelers by identifying and helping to lessen gaps. For example, Expedia.com has made improvements to accessibility filters to include options like elevators, service animal accommodations, roll-in showers, sign-language staff availability, and also expanded search features for travelers such as LGBTQIA+ welcoming properties. What’s Next? To ensure more people are able to experience all that travel has to offer​, Expedia Group will focus a portion of its giving to provide grants to impact-driven organizations working to remove barriers to travel for underserved communities around the world. ​ Economic advancement for communities underrepresented in travel Expedia Group is strengthening economic opportunity across the travel ecosystem to ensure more people and communities can benefit from the industry’s growth and associated benefits. Using the power of its technology platform to help diversify the business of travel, Expedia Group will support small and local businesses, particularly those focused on improving the representation and experience of underrepresented travelers. What’s Next? To help diversify the business of travel and meet traveler demand for more responsible options, Expedia Group will soon launch a program aimed at start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses in travel. Prosperous planet for generations to come Expedia Group recognizes the environmental toll that today’s travel industry often has on the planet and is committed to mobilizing its vast network of travelers, partners, and peers to innovate more sustainable business models and empower travelers to make more responsible choices. Fostering a healthy planet and a travel industry that mitigates and adapts to climate change is central to the Open World social impact and sustainability strategy. Expedia Group recently joined the Travalyst Coalition and signed the Glasgow Declaration for Climate Action in Tourism. Under the Glasgow Declaration, Expedia Group has committed to deliver plans that will support the global goals of cutting emissions in half over the next decade and allowing the travel industry to reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050. The Travalyst Coalition enables these goals by allowing travel companies like Expedia Group to deliver unified sustainability frameworks and methodologies to travelers across the globe. What’s Next? Expedia Group is currently developing a long-term climate action plan and associated roadmap for greening its own operations while driving industry-wide change. A new program being developed in partnership with The Travel Foundation will offer training and practical guidance to destination marketing organizations (DMOs), enabling them to lead the way on climate action in tourism and catalyze meaningful change at a local level. These three priorities build upon Expedia Group’s foundation and ongoing commitment to philanthropy. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Expedia Group led programs including the Give the World a Shot initiative – a joint endeavor with UNICEF to enhance COVID-19 vaccination rates in communities around the world – as global, equitable access to the vaccine is in line with traveler values and essential to reopening the world to travel. Expedia Group donated approximately $10.5 million – vaccinating three million people and moving the travel industry one step closer to recovery. Learn more about Expedia Group’s past impact work in its 2021 Global Impact Report and latest Inclusion and Diversity Report. For additional information, visit www.expediagroup.com/who-we-are/Impact--Sustainability. 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Sage Hospitality Group Selects Stayntouch PMS and Guest Kiosk for Catbird and Other Independent & Lifestyle Properties

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 About Stayntouch 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. About Catbird 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.

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