Rakuten, Cloudbeds | August 04, 2021
Cloudbeds, the fastest growing hospitality management platform today, announced a partnership with Rakuten Travel Xchange, the hotel wholesale and travel technology division within the Rakuten Group. The collaboration connects Cloudbeds with Rakuten Travel, the highly ranked OTA in Japan, and 400+ B2B partners connected worldwide through API connections, travel agent portals, and websites. The unique and diverse distribution channels allow Cloudbeds to extend its reach to the extensive Rakuten Travel Xchange customer base through a single connection. In addition, Rakuten Travel Xchange adds the Cloudbeds inventory of properties that use its award-winning technology platform to manage all aspects of their business, from booking engines to payments.
“We are always seeking high-value partners to complement our expanding platform, “says Anna Tsujihata, Head of Hotel Contracting and Connectivity, of Rakuten Travel Xchange. “With Cloudbeds now part of our global distribution platform, we expand our offerings to travelers seeking unique properties with superior guest experiences.”
“As global travel reopens, we want our properties to be available to the largest customer base possible,” says Sebastian Leitner, VP of Partnerships for Cloudbeds. “By partnering with Rakuten Travel Xchange, a major global player and distribution channel in Japan; we significantly increase our global footprint. We are excited to partner with them.”
The announcement comes as the pandemic wanes and travel demand is increasing. Since the beginning of the year Rakuten Travel Xchange has seen bookings increase month after month, with strong demands coming from the United States and Mexico in particular. As restrictions have started to lift in other markets, travel in these geographies has followed similar trends. What is clear is that there is a large amount of pent-up demand. Rakuten Travel Xchange is seeing this demand in real-time across its global distribution network.
About Rakuten Travel Xchange
Rakuten Travel Xchange is a hotel distribution service providing travel retailers around the world owned by the Rakuten Group, Inc., a global leader in Internet services. It enables accommodation partners to distribute their inventory through an extensive global distribution network that includes Rakuten Group’s branded sites, other online travel agents, wholesalers, airlines, app-only players, loyalty programs, and an assortment of offline retailers including travel agents and call center operators.
Founded in 2012, Cloudbeds is the fastest-growing hospitality management platform in the world. Its SaaS platform provides tools to manage better properties of all types and sizes, allowing property managers and owners more time to focus on their guests while building revenue, driving bookings and increasing operational efficiencies. Trusted by more than 20,000 hotels, hostels, inns, and alternative accommodations in more than 157 countries, the Cloudbeds suite is a fully integrated platform of capabilities designed to help properties unify their management, reservations, and booking systems, grow revenue, and automate workflows with confidence and ease. For more information, visit www.cloudbeds.com.
AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS
Mexican airlines | May 10, 2021
Tourists are flocking to the United States for Covid-19 vaccination shots, and airlines and travel providers are leveraging on the opportunity to market and develop services, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Though New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated that the city will soon give tourists coronavirus vaccines at mobile vaccination centers this summer as the city prepares to open, tourists, mostly from Mexico, have been visiting the US and getting vaccinated.
According to the Journal, tens of thousands of visitors from Mexico and other countries have already traveled into US states such as Texas and Florida to get a shot. Many states in the United States, including Texas, do not need proof of residency to get the coronavirus vaccine.
Thousands of affluent Latin Americans, including politicians, TV celebrities, and business leaders, had previously traveled to the United States for Covid-19 shots, according to USA Today. Many people were using charter planes or buses to get the vaccine.
Virginia Gónzalez and her husband traveled from Mexico to Texas, then took a bus twice to a vaccination center to get all doses of the vaccine. They covered a total of 2,250 kilometers to get the shots.
"It's a matter of life and death," Gónzalez said. "Officials in Mexico could not purchase enough vaccines. It's as though they don't care for their people."
According to the Journal, Mexico has fully vaccinated 6% of the population and only people above the age of 60 are eligible for a dose at this time. They have mentioned that some travel agents are advertising vaccines as part of their packages.
According to the Journal, one Mexico travel agency ad said, "Enjoy Dallas, Includes Covid Vaccine." Mexican airlines have also expanded the number of flights between Mexico and South Texas.
Another Thai travel company is promoting a vaccination package to California. According to a Thai travel agent, her organization has already booked 200 people on a vaccination trip to the United States. A 10-day journey to California with a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine costs each tourist $2,400, excluding airfare.
According to the Journal, vaccine tourism, especially travel from Mexico, is helping to revive the economy in many Texas cities, as travelers who book hotels shop locally and visit attractions while being there.
AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS
Solairus Aviation | December 09, 2020
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