Altitude Control Technology | November 18, 2021
Altitude Control Technology (ACT), the altitude simulation leaders for the residential industry, unveiled ACT Hospitality, the newest altitude simulation solution for mountain hotels and resorts. ACT Hospitality allows hotels in high-altitude locations to mitigate their guests' altitude-related symptoms with its whole room oxygenation systems.
Many high-altitude destinations, such as ski resorts, report guests experiencing classic signs of altitude sickness: difficulty sleeping, fatigue, headache and other symptoms when acclimating to the new environment, some of which require medical attention. At just 6,000 feet many people experience trouble sleeping, and, according to the Cleveland Clinic, about half of people who ascend to 8,000 feet will experience some form of altitude symptoms, and almost 75 percent of people will have effects at 10,000 feet. These symptoms can hinder the guest experience at mountain destinations and may even stop guests from engaging in the activities they came to enjoy. In many cases, some guests simply avoid visiting, wary of the impact of altitude.
ACT Hospitality's new technology provides hotels with a complete altitude simulation environment right in the guest's room. Oxygen, air quality and barometric pressure are seamlessly monitored and adjusted to mimic sea level, providing guests with relief from altitude effects, better sleep quality, and an overall more pleasant stay. ACT's highly qualified and experienced team works directly with hotels to install the system. Additionally, ACT works with hospitality architects to integrate the system into the original design of a new hotel, during a renovation, or at a multi-family building.
"To distinguish the guest experience, many mountain hotels invest in luxury services like spa treatments, fine dining, and ski valets. But if the guests aren't feeling well, the hotel's effort is wasted ACT Hospitality is a whole new approach to giving guests the award-winning experience they want while in the mountains, and it differentiates hotels among the competition while creating more loyal customers."
-Bill Sinclair, President and CEO of ACT
Like other heating, air conditioning and ventilation, ACT technology can be implemented in an entire hotel, or just in select guest rooms. The room's oxygenated environment is managed individually, so guests can set their preferred altitude setting on the sleek, modern touch screen. Unlike short-term altitude fixes like oxygen bars or canned oxygen, ACT Hospitality provides guests with a comfortable and seamless solution for their entire stay.
Already, one world-renowned luxury hospitality brand has committed to implementing ACT in Arizona, with the desire to create more well-appointed rooms, and more pleasant sleep, for its discerning guests.
We've spoken with dozens of hotels at mountain destinations, such as Aspen, Park City and Jackson Hole, and most tell us that combating guests' altitude symptoms is a real challenge and can even send guests packing," continued Sinclair. "We developed ACT Hospitality to resolve this, and we believe it will soon be a standard feature in all of the top mountain hotels and resorts.
ACT has been in business for more than 20 years and in that time has implemented its altitude simulation technology in more than 400 luxury residences in virtually every noteworthy high-altitude ski area in North America. The company has also worked with dozens of universities, military and athletic organizations to create altitude simulation environments for research and training. ACT Hospitality builds on the company's decades of scientific research to be a turn-key solution for mountain hotels and resorts.
About Altitude Control Technology
Headquartered in Edwards, Colo., Altitude Control Technology (ACT) designs, develops, and installs whole room oxygenation systems to mitigate the effects of altitude sickness, enhance sleep quality, and improve general health and wellness. ACT is the world's leader in residential oxygenation systems, with hundreds of installs across all major high-altitude locations in North America. ACT Hospitality is the technology of choice for some of the world's most sophisticated hotels and resorts, and the company works research institutions the world over, including Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Colorado's Altitude Research Center, the Borgenicht Altitude Physiology Research Center at William & Mary, and the U.S Army Research Institute. Please visit www.AltitudeCT.com to learn more.
Huawei & Skyscanner | May 31, 2022
Huawei and Skyscanner entered a partnership to bring new flight search capabilities to Huawei users using Petal Search. This partnership will allow millions of travelers to find the best flights, hotels, and car hire options.
Skycanner has enhanced Petal Search and Petal Maps on the Huawei Mobile Services through its market-leading flight search capabilities. Its extensive network of over 1000 suppliers can help Huawei users easily search for and compare flights, hotels, and car hire options around the globe.
"We're pleased to be partnering with Huawei to be powering flight discovery in Petal Search with our industry leading API. Petal Search users will now be able to find millions of flight combinations to destinations throughout the world, all in the palm of their hands with the most competitive flight prices and fast results. Our collaboration comes at an important time for the travel industry and we're looking forward to winning both globally and locally together in the coming months and years ahead."
-Sonja Balcer, Director of Affiliate Marketing from Skyscanner
The Skyscanner integration will be available to 40 million monthly active users of Huawei Petal Search in 170 countries and over 28 million monthly active users of Petal Maps in 160 countries. It will be available in Europe before the rest of the world. Petal Search users can enjoy access to the same coverage, content, and competitive pricing just like native Skyscanner users.
"As tourism picks up and consumer confidence grows, we think this is the perfect time to encourage consumers to get back out there. We want to support adventurous mindsets by building new and existing partnerships with travel and search brands to help build Petal Search as an efficient and reliable travel companion,"
-Jaime Gonzalo, VP of Huawei Mobile Services Europe.
Jaime added: The arrival of Skyscanner to Petal Search showcases our commitment to providing our users with more choice, and sets a new milestone for our dedication to working with market leaders and innovators.
Petal Search leverages the latest technological innovation to provide consumers with cognitive search capabilities globally. It aims to provide a search experience populated with high-quality content and services, partnering with leading brands and businesses across all industries to make the everyday needs of Huawei users as effortless as possible.
Avoya Travel | November 23, 2021
Avoya Travel, one of the travel industry’s most innovative companies, is pleased to announce that it has closed on an investment from funds managed by Certares Management LLC, a global travel, tourism, and hospitality investment firm. Certares joins brothers, Jeff and Michael Anderson, as Co-Owners of Avoya and together are committed to long-term growth and scaling its vacation platform. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“We are honored to welcome Certares as a partner in Avoya Travel. It’s taken tremendous endurance to build our industry-leading platform and we are excited for our brilliant employees, independent travel advisors, and suppliers – especially during these unprecedented times,” “We look forward to partnering with Certares to capitalize on the growth opportunities we see ahead as our industry begins its strong recovery.”
-Jeff Anderson, Co-Owner and Co-CEO of Avoya.
Avoya continues to invest in its people and technology which, despite the global pandemic, has driven record high customer satisfaction ratings. Avoya’s new investment from Certares will further position Avoya as an industry leader and accelerate the company in its pursuit to perfect vacation shopping, planning, and booking.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Anderson family as shareholders of Avoya and are cheering on the entire Avoya team,Through three generations of family leadership, Avoya has built an incredible team which has consistently pioneered innovative technology, industry-leading marketing and unmatched relationships with independent travel agencies, travelers, and suppliers. We are delighted to support the next phase of Avoya’s growth.”
-Colin Farmer, Senior Managing Director and Head of the Management Committee of Certares
The Anderson family has developed deep relationships in the travel industry for nearly 60 years and formed Avoya Travel in 2006. Co-Founders and brothers Jeff and Michael Anderson, having managed day-to-day operations for nearly a decade, will serve as Co-CEOs of Avoya. As part of the transaction, Brad Anderson will move to a senior advisory role and Van Anderson will retire. The first generation of the family in travel, Pal and Pat Anderson, started in the industry in Hawaii in 1964.
About Avoya Travel
Avoya Travel is redefining how vacations are booked by connecting travelers with independent travel advisors who deliver personalized service and value. Through its proprietary digital platform and vast demand channels, Avoya offers software and services to thousands of companies including cruise lines, resorts, tour companies, and independent travel agencies. Avoya has won numerous awards for its technology and innovation, including holding multiple patents, and serves travelers in North America and beyond. For more information, please visit AvoyaTravel.com.
Established in 2012, Certares focuses on direct investments in proprietary transactions, leveraging deep sector experience in the travel and hospitality industries, and with a consistent emphasis on partnership with management teams to drive growth. Certares brings together a team with decades of both operational and investment experience in private equity, travel, tourism, hospitality and travel-related business and consumer services. For more information, please visit certares.com.