Namibia sees rise in UK tourists for wildlife travel

Travel Daily Media | August 20, 2019

Namibia Tourism Board has revealed findings from a research on the UK outbound market which shows 33% of UK visitors to the country booked their visit via a travel agent and 33% via a tour operator.The report titled  Long Haul Traveller Perceptions of Namibia  was carried out by Acorn Tourism Development Consultants in April and polled 500 people who had taken a long haul holiday in the last two years.When planning their holiday to Namibia, 28% of participants used the internet, 23% used guide books and 13% used holiday brochures. Surprisingly, only 8% used holiday forums such as Trip Advisor for research into the destination.

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Who doesn’t love a Hawaiian vacation? Regardless of which island you land on, you’re going to have an amazing time. However, let’s take a closer look at some unique and unusual things to do in Maui; specifically on “The Valley Isle”.This infographic from BabyQuip dives into 7 unique and memorable, family-friendly attractions in Maui, Hawaii.

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Who doesn’t love a Hawaiian vacation? Regardless of which island you land on, you’re going to have an amazing time. However, let’s take a closer look at some unique and unusual things to do in Maui; specifically on “The Valley Isle”.This infographic from BabyQuip dives into 7 unique and memorable, family-friendly attractions in Maui, Hawaii.

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Amadeus and Hawaiian Airlines begin new technology journey with Altéa Passenger Service System agreement

Hawaiian Airlines | December 13, 2021

Amadeus has been selected by Hawaiian Airlines as its next-generation technology partner. Implementation of the Amadeus Altéa PSS suite will begin in Q1 2022 with targeted completion in 2023. Altéa is at the heart of the Amadeus Airline Platform, an open technology platform built for innovation, agile collaboration, and simplified interactions that will equip Hawaiian Airlines with the best technology to deliver superior service to its customers. The airline will join a community of 200+ airlines around the world, shaping its operations and passenger experiences with leading technology from Amadeus. The Hawaiian Airlines and Amadeus partnership will enable Hawaiian Airlines to: Deliver a modern, efficient reservations solution for front-line employees to aid customers in purchasing, changing, and using services from the airline. Provide airport staff with a new, modern user experience to simplify complex tasks, resulting in more time to care for customers. Connect to the Amadeus Payment Platform, allowing the airline to integrate modern payment services to Altéa and provide new payment capabilities for its customers. Equip its teams with modern, seamlessly integrated technology that provides real-time access to data insights. “The past few years have been transformative for Hawaiian Airlines in many ways and have led us on a path to take major steps in preparing for the future,We look forward to this expanded partnership that now includes Altéa PSS, which increases our flexibility to introduce new products and allows us to create a great customer experience.” -John Jacobi, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Hawaiian Airlines We are excited to welcome Hawaiian Airlines to the Amadeus community. We are confident that our partnership will enrich Hawaiian Airlines’ customer and employee experiences, said Rajiv Rajian, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Americas, Amadeus. “We have built a close working relationship over the past several years, and we are thrilled to begin a new chapter with Hawaiian Airlines. We believe the Amadeus Airline Platform will deliver the technology to enable Hawaiian Airlines to deliver a superior traveler experience. Hawaiian Airlines is an existing user of Departure Control Flight Management, Amadeus’ load planning solution, and as part of this expanded partnership, the airline will implement Amadeus Departure Control Customer Management. Also, to help Hawaiian Airlines continue to be flexible and responsive to health and safety requirements, it will implement Traveler ID for Safe Travel, an Amadeus solution that allows passengers to verify their health documentation directly through the airline app or websites. Additionally, Hawaiian Airlines will be connected to the Amadeus Payment Platform, ensuring they can provide their customers a seamless payment experience. About Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 17 years (2004-2020) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation and was named No. 1 U.S. airline by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards. Consumer surveys by Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawaiʻi.Now in its 93rd year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaiʻi's biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers approximately 130 flights within the Hawaiian Islands, daily nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and 16 U.S. gateway cities – more than any other airline – as well as service connecting Honolulu and American Samoa, Japan, South Korea, Sydney, and Tahiti. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaiian’s Auckland and Brisbane flights remain suspended.The airline is committed to connecting people with aloha by offering complimentary meals for all guests on transpacific routes and the convenience of no change fees on Main Cabin and Premium Cabin seats. HawaiianMiles members also enjoy flexibility with miles that never expire.Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow Hawaiian’s Twitter updates (@HawaiianAir), become a fan on Facebook (Hawaiian Airlines), and follow us on Instagram (hawaiianairlines). For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian’s LinkedIn page. About Amadeus Travel powers progress. Amadeus powers travel. Amadeus’ solutions connect travelers to the journeys they want through travel agents, search engines, tour operators, airlines, airports, hotels, cars and railways.We have developed our technology in partnership with the travel industry for over 30 years. We combine a deep understanding of how people travel with the ability to design and deliver the most complex, trusted, critical systems our customers need. In 2019, we helped connect over 1.9 billion people to local travel providers in over 190 countries.We are one company, with a global mindset and a local presence wherever our customers need us.Our purpose is to shape the future of travel. We are passionate in our pursuit of better technology that makes better journeys.Amadeus is an IBEX 35 company, listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under AMS.MC. The company has also been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last ten years.

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Skal International Stands Strong with Its Membership Despite Pandemic and Its effects to the Travel & Tourism Industry

Skal International | September 14, 2020

The Pandemic hit the travel and tourism industry the hardest around the globe. During this most difficult time, Skål International has been able to work on successful retention with its 350 Clubs in over 100 countries, recruit new members and even launch new clubs. 'The Pandemic has reiterated the fact that Skål International plays a vital role in connecting people, providing information, assisting members' careers, and furthering their industries or professions. As technological, social, and economic shifts change how people work and engage with each other, we in Skål International are finding innovative ways to connect with future and potential members' said Daniela Otero, CEO - Skål International.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Sabre and Google Develop Industry-First AI Technology for Travel

Sabre Corporation | October 22, 2020

Sabre Corporation the leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, today announced that Sabre and Google are developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven technology platform that is an industry first in travel. The technology, known as Sabre Travel AI™, is infused with Google's state-of-the-art AI technology and advanced machine-learning capabilities that will help customers to deliver highly relevant and personalized content more quickly, deliver personalized content that better meets the demands of today's traveler, and create expanded revenue and margin growth opportunities. The Company is integrating Sabre Travel AI into certain products in its existing portfolio, with plans to bring those to market in early 2021.

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