Numbers in tourism are up, but the industry remains cautious on the challenges ahead

Travel And Tour World | July 05, 2019

According to the latest CSO data, from January to May, the number of international visits to Ireland has increased by 3.7% in comparison to the same period in 2018.In spite of the increase, the industry is quite careful on the challenges that lay ahead.Despite numbers being up, the rate of growth for tourism is softening, said Fáilte Irelands director of marketing, Niall Tracey. We must continue to be cautious as there are many challenges on the horizon for the tourism sector. The potential impact of Brexit on our economy is a serious concern for the industry.

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Entrust Launches New Seamless Travel Solution

Entrust | October 21, 2021

Entrust, a global leader in trusted identity, payments and data protection, announced its expansion to the travel industry with its Seamless Travel Solution, a fully-digital travel service. This solution enables a touchless and seamless experience for travelers by minimizing contact points, while bringing simplicity and greater security for border control, immigration and travel service provider operations.As travel restrictions and ever-changing policies continue to bring economic uncertainty, the travel and tourism industry is doing everything it can to increase safety and reduce friction for travelers. “Travel & Tourism is working hard to bounce back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. WTTC’s Safe & Seamless Traveler Journey is central both in aiding a swift recovery and defining a new normal for the industry,” said Helena Bononi, Vice President Americas of the World Travel and Tourism Council. “This important initiative enables mobility and increases safety and security, while always putting the passenger at the center. We’re encouraged by efforts from governments and industry to make this a reality. The new Entrust Seamless Travel Solution and all initiatives focusing on seamless travel are welcome additions to all current efforts.” This announcement closely follows the acquisition of WorldReach Software in April 2021, combining the identity and data protection portfolio of Entrust with the expertise from WorldReach in digital identity verification and onboarding. The new Entrust solution enables an integrated solution to facilitate citizen engagement, digital onboarding, adaptive credentialing and risk-based flow control to the travel continuum. “As citizens of the world begin to travel again, now is the perfect time to bring this solution to the market,We are confident that the Seamless Travel Solution will help launch the world into a new era of travel, allowing travelers to feel safer and experience less hassle, while also enabling operational efficiency to both border agencies and the entire travel industry through digital transformation.” - Gordon Wilson, Vice President Identity Verification at Entrust. Targeted at airlines, train operators, cruise lines, airports, border agencies, and other key operators in the global travel and tourism ecosystem, the Entrust Seamless Travel Solution is a significant step toward a travel experience in which the traveler no longer needs to present travel-related documents such as boarding passes and passports multiple times to a variety of stakeholders at different checkpoints in their journey. Rather, travelers opting in will experience less hassle due to the solution’s implementation of contactless biometric corridors that employ facial recognition technology to confirm the traveler’s identity, removing friction from touchpoints. TLScontact, a leading provider of visa and consular services for governments around the world, is incorporating the Entrust Seamless Travel Solution into its offering. “TLScontact brings seamless, secure and increasingly digital application processing experience to a wide range of visa and consular services on behalf of governments across the world,” said Simon Peachey, Chief Sales Officer for TLScontact. “That’s why we’re partnering with Entrust to incorporate their market-leading Seamless Travel solution into our offering. Entrust capabilities in remote identity verification and digital travel credentials offer significant value both to our government clients and the travelling public.” Gatekeeper Intelligent Security, a leader in inspection and recognition solutions at the border, integrates Entrust digital identity verification into its border recognition systems. “Gatekeeper leads the way in intelligent inspection and recognition solutions at the border. We are committed to developing innovative solutions that augment human ability to perform security functions rapidly and accurately,We’re teaming with Entrust to take advantage of their best-in-class remote identity verification capability, enabling drivers and passengers to submit biometrically secured identity data before travel or en route. When coupled with Gatekeeper’s border recognition systems, the result is a world-leading, automated, drive-through border solution.” -Colin Brown, Vice President, Global Sales & Operations at Gatekeeper. The Seamless Travel Solution follows all GDPR regulations, does not retain personally identifiable information and encrypts all data in transit and at rest for maximum user security. Each traveler using the service receives the option to store their Digital Travel Credential on their personal mobile device, but this is not required.To learn more about Entrust and its Seamless Travel Solution, please visit https://www.entrust.com/solutions/industries/government/seamless-travel. About Entrust Corporation Entrust keeps the world moving safely by enabling trusted identities, payments and data protection. Today more than ever, people demand seamless, secure experiences, whether they’re crossing borders, making a purchase, accessing e-government services or logging into corporate networks. Entrust offers an unmatched breadth of digital security and credential issuance solutions at the very heart of all these interactions. With more than 2,500 colleagues, a network of global partners, and customers in over 150 countries, it’s no wonder the world’s most entrusted organizations trust us. For more information, visit www.entrust.com.

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Corporate Travel Technology Specialist Trondent Adds Covid Controls to Pre-Trip Approval Tools

Trondent | January 14, 2021

Corporate travel technology expert Trondent Development Corp. has added another Covid-19 informing add-on to its Authorizer AI and Authorizer Pro pre-trip approval platforms, empowering travel supervisors to convey important Covid-related data and cautions via email to travelers and trip approvers, the organization reported. Travel administrators can choose from various data parameters to decide when an alarm is sent and which data is incorporated, in view of organization strategy, Trondent said. Messaging can incorporate a scope of traits for a particular objective, for example, number of cases, late contamination patterns, lockdown and social removing boundaries and passage necessities. When a traveler attempts to book an outing, an email specifying in- and out-of-compliance aspects of the booking is sent to the approver, who can approve or deny the request. After an trip is endorsed, the traveler gets an email with destination-relevant Covid-related information and corporate policy information. Pre-trip endorsement boundaries have seen a resurgence in the midst of the continuous Covid-19 pandemic as corporate travel managers try to satisfy duty-of-care responsibilities. Suppliers including Adelman Travel and Cornerstone Information Systems have turned out new devices intended to incorporate Covid-explicit policy elements into pre-trip approval flows.

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Spotnana - Travel’s First Open Innovation Platform, Launches With $41 Million in Funding

Spotnana | September 24, 2021

Spotnana Technology Inc.,the first technology company to build an open global innovation platform for travel, today emerged from stealth mode and announced $41 million in funding. The funding includes a $34 million Series A led by ICONIQ and Madrona Venture Group. “Spotnana’s cloud-native unified global platform solves problems that have plagued the corporate travel world for decades and represents a giant leap forward for all participants travel suppliers, travel management companies, organizations with traveling employees, and the travelers themselves.” The Series A round also included participation from Mubadala Capital, Decibel VC and super angels including technology and product luminaries Gokul Rajaram - Doordash, Scott Belsky - Chief Product Officer Adobe, Jeetu Patel - EVP Cisco, Vinod Marur - SVP Engineering Databricks and Akshay Bhargava - Chief Product Officer 1Password. The Series A comes on the heels of a Seed round of $7 million raised in early 2020, from Madrona Venture Group, 8VC, and Global Founders Capital, Shah Capital and angels. “Spotnana is re-envisioning the travel experience from the ground up. By applying a cloud native and open approach to the technology stack, our platform enables travel industry participants to build on our platform to offer their services, and work with partners,” said Sarosh Waghmar, CEO and co-founder of Spotnana. “Spotnana’s unique and modern approach enables entirely new business models for travel buyers and suppliers which are only possible on its global software-as-a-service platform.” Founded by travel veteran, Sarosh Waghmar, CEO, and technologist, Shikhar Agarwal, CTO, Spotnana has assembled an impressive team of technology and industry leaders with deep domain expertise in the travel industry, and a desire to dramatically improve the value proposition for all participants in the travel ecosystem. Bill Brindle, the former COO of American Express GBT and HRG, serves as Vice President of Travel Operations and Steve Singh, the founder and former CEO of Concur, serves as Executive Chairman of Spotnana’s Board of Directors. In addition, with the Series A investment, Greg Stanger, General Partner at ICONIQ, joins the board. Greg formerly served as CFO of Expedia. “Spotnana is a cloud-native travel platform designed to serve the global, multi-trillion-dollar travel industry. We serve corporate customers, travel management company [TMC] partners, technology partners and our supplier partners – all on a global basis. The Spotnana TMC service is available to our corporate customers to run and manage their global travel program. Our TMC partners are using the Spotnana platform to deliver travel management services to their customers. Next-generation leaders in the spend management, meetings management, and TMC partners, are integrating into and building value on top of our platform, for the benefit of our mutual customers. Just as importantly, we are excited to partner with suppliers from around the world that wish to deliver differentiated content, and functionality to their customers. There is a tremendous opportunity to build a global platform that can dramatically improve the traveler experience while delivering a better value proposition for every member of the travel ecosystem. I am honored to serve as Spotnana’s Executive Chairman,” commented Steve Singh, Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group. “We are honored to partner with Sarosh and the Spotnana team,” said Greg Stanger, General Partner of ICONIQ Growth. “Spotnana’s cloud-native unified global platform solves problems that have plagued the corporate travel world for decades and represents a giant leap forward for all participantstravel suppliers, travel management companies, organizations with traveling employees, and the travelers themselves.” The company’s TMC service is now live with more than 50 early corporate travel customers, providing seamless global service for business travelers and empowering administrators to manage travel across dozens of global offices from one single online dashboard. The funding will be used to expand the services available on the Spotnana platform and to build sales, marketing, partner, customer success organizations. About Spotnana Spotnana, founded in early 2020 is unbundling travel with the world’s first cloud-native, open, platform for global travel innovation.

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