Myanmar Voyages eager to cash in on tourism boom

Travel and Tour World | April 12, 2019

Due to the projection that tourism will become a key driver of Myanmar’s economic growth in the next two years, Myanmar Voyages Co., the leading destination management company in the country, is eager to cash in on the tourism boom, as said by the firm’s managing director, ThetLwinToh.He said that the firm would further invest in manpower, digital systems and accounting services for serving the influx of visitors to the country in a better way. To quote ThetLwinToh, “We need to be ready for international visitors flocking to Myanmar. We must have enough capacity in place to serve more tourists if Myanmar is to become one of the top tourism destinations in Asia.”For maintaining its leadership in the destination management segment, the firm will boost its human capital and workforce over time. He said, “We have set our heart on doing well at the corporate level. Now, we are focusing on decentralization, allowing all the line managers to freely make their own decisions on most of the important matters.”

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Travel Insured International Announces New Partnership with Blue Ribbon Bags

Travel Insured International | September 27, 2022

Travel Insured International is pleased to announce a new partnership with Blue Ribbon Bags, a leader in travel luggage retrieval. Travel Insured joins Blue Ribbon Bags' growing list of industry partners seeking to provide a better experience for their travelers. As a travel protection provider with plans containing insurance benefits for lost and delayed baggage, we're excited to offer this service to our customers throThis non-insurance service provided by Blue Ribbon Bags will be available to clients of large tour operators working with Travel Insured. Because each Travel Insured plan features insured benefits for Baggage and Personal Effects, Travel Insured can provide eligible payment up to a maximum benefit amount if baggage and personal effects are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed during the trip or while checked with a common carrier. The added service of Blue Ribbon Bags will assist travelers in tracking their baggage claim via text. "Our job is to make that process a little bit better and to keep that communication with the customer as smooth as possible," says Menkin. With assistance from Blue Ribbon Bags, plan holders will also receive intermediary support in pursuing their lost baggage, which can be a tedious and time-consuming process." -Blue Ribbon Bags CEO, Gabriel Menkin, understands that airlines are doing their best to keep up with lost baggage claims. When somebody has a lost bag, we are sending them real time email, SMS, and WhatsApp notifications every time there's a change to the status of their bag, says Menkin. Travelers will be empowered to track the progress of their lost baggage claim and receive notifications to stay informed every step of the way. For the first 96 hours, Blue Ribbon Bags will track and expedite the return of a traveler's lost bag. If the bag is not recovered, the traveler can file a claim against their Travel Insured protection plan for their lost or delayed baggage and personal effects. Travel Insured partners with large tour operators that provide travel packages to customers, which can include air travel, ground transportation, local tours, and other services at one or more locations per trip. For travelers with varied trip types and multiple destinations on their itineraries, baggage protection may be more important than ever. "This partnership comes at a time when the travel industry is facing unique obstacles in transportation, like significant increases in lost baggage claims from top airlines, We're always seeking innovative ways to enhance our programs, so we're eager to offer this baggage tracking service to our wholesale customers. We strive to help travelers feel confident before, during, and after their trip." -Isaac Cymrot, VP of Strategic Partnerships About Travel Insured International As a leading travel insurance provider with more than 25 years in business, Travel Insured International provides trip protection to help each individual travel confidently. Travel Insured is owned by Crum & Forster whose parent company is Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., an insurance specialty company that consistently earns an A credit rating from AM Best. We're proud to partner with tour operators and help them to offer extensive travel protection with major travel insurance benefits as well as non-insurance assistance services. At Travel Insured, we remain steadfast in the commitment to providing dependable coverage, great value, and end-to-end satisfaction for our customers' travel insurance experience.ugh our plans to help ensure expedition of luggage claims through any major airline in the world.

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EPISODE Hsinchu Officially Debuts as the First Hotel in the JdV by Hyatt Portfolio in Taiwan

Hyatt Hotels Corporation | November 22, 2022

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the official opening of EPISODE Hsinchu, marking the first hotel within the JdV by Hyatt portfolio in Taiwan and the debut of the Hotel EPISODE brand which delivers new experiences that match the unique rhythms of the modern lifestyle traveler."Modern travelers have outgrown the one-size-fits-all business versus leisure mindset, and in response, we created the Hotel EPISODE brand for that community. Our guests can fuse a day’s worth of collaborative work with new encounters that not only energize them, but also make time for true rest,” said Aaron Chan, Chairman of Riant Capital and creator of the Hotel EPISODE brand. Located along Taiwan’s northwestern coast, Hsinchu is about an hour’s drive from Taipei and 40 minutes from Taoyuan International Airport. The city is globally renowned for its Hsinchu Science Park – also known as the Silicon Valley of Taiwan, and is home to top science and technology-focused universities and research institutes. Aside from being a technology innovation hub, Hsinchu features ancient architectural and cultural landmarks such as Chenghuang Temple and East Gate as well as scenic attractions such as 18 Peaks Mountain Park and Siangshan Wetlands. The hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the main freeway exit and a short drive from the Hsinchu Science Park. Westwood Restaurant curated by Michelin-starred Chef Richie Lin Westwood is Hsinchu’s newest culinary destination, a modern California fusion bistro serving comfort food. With its 1930s Art Deco-inspired interiors and an island bar with a vintage LA vibe that takes center stage, Westwood is a great place to dine and imbibe. Every morning begins with Chef Richie Lin’s “Around the World” variety of Western and Asian breakfast bento, including California-style avocado pancakes, Scandinavian rye sourdough with smoked salmon, and Hsinchu rice noodles and guabao. SOCIAL, an all-access lounge for the community The hotel’s aptly named communal space, SOCIAL, is an “all-access” living room for in-house guests as well as anyone in the neighborhood to meet or celebrate. In addition to offering all-day complimentary snacks, refreshments and a daily happy hour, SOCIAL will regularly host comedy shows, movie nights, live musical performances and DJ sets, serving as a vibrant new platform in the city for play, creativity and discovery. Thoughtful In-room Amenities The pet-friendly hotel features 140 stylish rooms and suites, all of which come with fine comforts such as 400-thread-count sheets, Sealy premium pillowtop mattresses, sleep kits and luxurious bathroom amenities. For guests staying in the hotel’s most premium Loft Suites, a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and a cocktail-making bar serving Aquagen sparkling water are among the joy-driven offerings. In-room bottled water for all guests is provided in reusable glass bottles, a first step in Hotel EPISODE brand’s commitment to be more environmentally conscious. Self-Check-In System Leveraging technology for more streamlined and efficient service, the hotel has introduced self-check-in kiosks with the goal of minimizing wait time at check-in. The traditional front desk has been replaced with a dedicated team of Experience Providers who offer personalized service to each guest. Embracing the brand’s namesake (joie de vivre), the JdV by Hyatt portfolio offers a collection of independent properties that are true reflections of the urban neighborhoods they call home, inviting guests and locals alike to connect and celebrate the joy of life while unwinding in spaces designed with distinctive personality. 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Incode Technologies Inc | November 10, 2022

Incode Technologies Inc., the next-generation identity verification and authentication platform for global enterprises, announced a strategic partnership with Hoteza, the smart hotel communication systems provider. Through this partnership, guests can now start their check-in journey before arriving at their hotel destination through Incode's biometric verification process. Guests experience a seamless Self-Check-In process on the Hoteza Guest Journey Platform, Hoteza's cloud-based content management system, using Incode's fully integrated and secure optical character recognition and its facial recognition technology, FaceMatch. More than 500 hotels around the globe in the Hoteza portfolio, including Kempinski, Hilton and Radisson, will now have the opportunity to join this user-friendly solution allowing guests to skip lines and check-in before arrival via email or other communication channels. The streamlined process grants staff time to spend their resources on other activities, allowing them to fully commit to their role of hosts. "We were looking for the best and the most secure partner to work with on our Self-Check-In solution, and we are thrilled to partner with Incode," says Nikolay Beloshitsky, Hoteza CEO. "We are glad to have found an efficient and dedicated partner in the hospitality industry with a growth mindset to match our own." Hoteza is an interactive, guest-facing platform for entertainment, information and communication controlled from one Cloud-based content management system. Hoteza offers Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) solutions, mobile & in-room tablet apps, Digital Signage and high-speed Internet Access. Now, with Incode's facial recognition, guests experience modern Check-In solutions, successfully offering modern guest experiences. "We are always looking for ways to elevate customer experiences through our technology, We are excited for guests using Hoteza to experience quick and secure check-in and overall, a smooth experience." -Ricardo Amper, CEO of Incode Incode's state-of-the-art contactless check-in and check-out guest experiences, service multiple dimensions of the hospitality industry including hotels and resorts. Their technology in ID capture, liveness detection, face match, passport validation and credit card enrollment produce elevated guest experiences. Incode's new partnership with Hoteza is the latest in a host of strategic growth and momentum initiatives. In October 2022, Incode partnered with Sardine to deliver user verification to prevent fraudulent financial activities. The company also recently announced Incode Workflow, an advanced functionality to help businesses tailor consumer experiences based on risk level. To learn more about Incode, visit www.incode.com. About Incode Incode is the leading provider of world-class identity solutions that is reinventing the way humans authenticate and verify their identity to power a world of digital trust. Incode's innovative identity solutions enable the world's largest financial institutions, governments, retailers, hospitality companies, gaming, and other industries to unleash their business potential and reduce fraud, elevating human interactions with data, products, and services – at all levels. About Hoteza Hoteza is an interactive, guest-facing solution for entertainment, information and communication set on various platforms controlled from one CMS. It includes IPTV solution, mobile & web apps, in-room tablet app, online check-in solution, Digital Signage and High Speed Internet Access

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