Plane seats to undergo huge re-vamp to revolutionise air travel - what will change?

Daily Express | July 23, 2019

Flight seats are in the midst of a huge overhaul in a switch which could see a welcome comfort boost for airline passengers. The Federal Aviation Administration, which is the US civil aviation body, revealed the plans for a staggered seat design. It hopes the proposals can be implemented by the end of 2020, on 50 new aircraft, to revolutionise the seating process. Engineers Molon Labe have designed the plane middle seat to be an extra three inches wider, to 21 inches, without reducing the overall seating capacity of the plane.

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The mechanisms behind Airline Yield Management for business travel, also known as Revenue Management or Dynamic Pricing, are not especially transparent to corporate buyers. There are a number of common beliefs about the pricing strategies and patterns behind airfare volatility: Prices rise initially, fall as departure approaches, change when seats are sold, fluctuate with correlated substitutes of days and locations, and so on.

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The mechanisms behind Airline Yield Management for business travel, also known as Revenue Management or Dynamic Pricing, are not especially transparent to corporate buyers. There are a number of common beliefs about the pricing strategies and patterns behind airfare volatility: Prices rise initially, fall as departure approaches, change when seats are sold, fluctuate with correlated substitutes of days and locations, and so on.

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Xeniapp Inc. Announces Partnership With CTW

Xeniapp Inc | November 16, 2021

Xeniapp, Inc., the travel technology company, announced that it has partnered with CTW to build the most sophisticated flight shopping engine in the world for Xeniapp's unique travel operating system. Xeniapp is transforming the travel industry with its web 3.0 operating system built on a blockchain network. Today, corporate and leisure travel professionals can launch their full-service, web-based travel agency complete with custom booking engine, traveler web portal, CRM, and payment settlement engine. Xeniapp offers a full suite of bookable wholesale travel inventory, including flights, hotels, car rentals, airport transfers, and activities. "Flight booking is the most complex issue in travel today, with heavy regulation and millions of potential booking configurations. Servicing cancellations and rescheduling of flights is the most time-consuming, costly, and complex problem that the industry faces. By partnering with CTW, our operating system can automate flight reshopping, resolving one of the key pain points for travelers and travel professionals," -Sachin Narode, CEO of Xeniapp. The CTW platform is the most accurate airline pricing system on the market as evidenced by ATPCo's ratings. It is also the only platform to offer customers two years of historical flight schedules and fares with up-to-the-minute accuracy, a crucial necessity for post-ticketing servicing. CTW offers cost-effective technology, ticket exchange and refund management. CTW enables Xeniapp to automate even the most complex transactions and itineraries that previously required painstaking manual calculations and long customer service calls. "Partnering with Xeniapp - one of the most innovative travel companies in the world - is extremely rewarding for us. It demonstrates the value that the CTW platform can add for clients who are willing to innovate around the powerful functionalities that we offer. This partnership underscores our belief that future growth in the industry will come from companies that invest in continually improving the user experience and simplifying self-management of even the most complex trips," -Andrew Cuomo, Chief Commercial Officer of CTW. About Xeniapp, Inc. Xeniapp, Inc., the travel technology company, is based in New York City. Xeniapp's mission is to transform the travel industry by bringing travel software into the 21st century. The company was co-founded by Sachin Narode and Rachel Obenshain.Xeniapp Contact: Rachel Obenshain, President, Xeniapp; email: rachel@xeniapp.com.For more information about Xeniapp, visit https://xeniapp.com. About CTW CTW has developed several generations of airline shopping and pricing systems. The CTW Platform provides complete shopping, fares and pricing, reshopping, and ancillaries. CTW connects content providers and retailers worldwide. CTW Platform provides final pricing and repricing for 20% of all ARC/BSP-issued airline tickets in the world and has operations in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania.For more information about CTW, visit https://ctw.travel.

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Hyatt Announces Grand Hyatt Cancún Beach Resort Planning

Hyatt Hotels Corporation | June 06, 2022

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced plans for Grand Hyatt Cancún Beach Resort, a new-build resort in Quintana Roo, Mexico, in collaboration with ownership group Diestra Realty, S.A. de C.V. Anticipated opening in 2024 in time for the summer season. Grand Hyatt Cancún Beach Resort will be a captivating destination with 500 guestrooms, 28 of which have a plunge pool, and 46 luxury suites, including one Presidential Suite; 11 dining concepts featuring world-class chefs and iconic dishes reflective of the destination; six bars, including a lobby lounge bar, pool bar, and beach shack; and an indoor and outdoor destination spa and fitness center to connect guests with their bodies. In addition, kids club, activity centers, business centers, and retail outlets will be available. “Cancún is one of the most desired and booming leisure tourism destinations in the world, and we are thrilled to collaborate with the team at Diestra Realty to bring the iconic Grand Hyatt brand to this sought-after destination. The new Grand Hyatt resort will be a critical piece of our strategy to grow Hyatt’s luxury resort presence in key leisure destinations that our guests, World of Hyatt members, and owners are seeking.” -Camilo Bolanos, Hyatt’s senior vice president of development for Latin America and the Caribbean The Grand Hyatt Cancún Beach Resort will be part of a newly planned resort cluster. Strategically placed between downtown Cancún and the Cancún Hotel Zone, Puerto Cancún aims to combine lively city life with a resort feel and atmosphere, establishing the new Grand Hyatt hotel as a popular destination for tourists and locals. Grand Hyatt Cancún Beach Resort will join 18 more Hyatt-branded hotels in Cancún, including all-inclusive luxury resorts across the AMR Collection brands, providing guests and World of Hyatt members with even more resort alternative recreational activities. In addition, this hotel will represent an exciting milestone in the expansion of the Grand Hyatt brand in the Americas, joining Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Grand Hyatt Bogotá, Grand Hyatt Nashville, Grand Hyatt at SFO, and Grand Hyatt Vail, all of which have opened within the past five years.

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Altitude Control Technology Unveils New Hospitality Solution for Mountain Hotels and Resorts

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.

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