TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Refreshed Traveler Launches the Travel Safety Kit™

Refreshed Traveler | December 30, 2020

Revived Traveler, creators of the Travel Safety Kit™, declared today the public launch of its reasonable product offering pointed toward assisting travelers with shielding themselves from Covid-19 and different infections while in a hurry. The packs, which highlight a scope of individual wellbeing and health items are fabricated at the brands Florida-based stockroom and sold both on the web and at huge box retailers including Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond stories in both the U.S. what's more, Canada. The idea of the brand was established by Peter T. Cook while he was traveling in 2018. During his outing he got a bug and found at numerous air terminals that no advantageous get and go security units existed, which led him to create the first Travel Safety Kit™.

"There's no better way to pay-it-forward than providing a great product that keeps people healthy and safe and supports a nonprofit at the same time,” said Peter T. Cook, founder of Refreshed Traveler.

As part of the founder’s mission to give back, proceeds from the brand’s profits are donated to the Largest Heart, a 501c3 charity Cook founded to raise funds for suicide awareness and helping those who have lost family to its devastating impact.

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From your home to your destination, it is not just you who needs to be secured for any travel. As much as you get stressed during your trip, your luggage is also exposed to various risks which could present some serious challenges even before you reach your destination. The multinational IT services company SITA revealed in their 2017 study that there are 21.6 million approximate counts of mishandled bags by the airlines in the year 2016. However, regardless of any hurdles, the call of your work will still need to be heeded. So to avoid any predicament,business travellers must be educated enough on how to keep their luggage safe. Are you worried about your luggage on the upcoming business trips? Calm yourself down with these essential tips on how to safeguard your luggage on your business trip:

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From your home to your destination, it is not just you who needs to be secured for any travel. As much as you get stressed during your trip, your luggage is also exposed to various risks which could present some serious challenges even before you reach your destination. The multinational IT services company SITA revealed in their 2017 study that there are 21.6 million approximate counts of mishandled bags by the airlines in the year 2016. However, regardless of any hurdles, the call of your work will still need to be heeded. So to avoid any predicament,business travellers must be educated enough on how to keep their luggage safe. Are you worried about your luggage on the upcoming business trips? Calm yourself down with these essential tips on how to safeguard your luggage on your business trip:

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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

New report from WTTC and Trip.com Group reveals latest consumer trends and the shift in traveller behaviours

WTTC & Trip.com | November 26, 2021

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and Trip.com Group launched 'Trending in Travel', a new report that shows the latest trends traveller behaviour and future booking patterns in the wake of COVID-19. WTTC, representing the private Travel & Tourism sector, joined forces with leading global travel service provider, Trip.com Group, and its major consumer brands Trip.com, Ctrip and Skyscanner, to analyse consumer trends shaping the recovery of the Travel & Tourism sector.WTTC's latest projections show strong growth in international spending for 2022 and beyond, projecting to overtake domestic spending in 2022, as more destinations ease restrictions and vaccination rates continue to rise. Following a 69.4% decline (2020), global international spending on travel is set to rise by 9.3% in 2021, and significantly by 93.8% in 2022. The inaugural report also reveals how severe and confusing travel restrictions around the world drove a significant rise in domestic tourism, with a surge in domestic hotel bookings of more than 200% on Trip.com's platform this year compared to 2019. Since the start of the pandemic, mobility restrictions have hindered international travel and, although domestic travel will provide a much-needed boost to the sector, WTTC says the return of international travel is critical to rebooting the global economy. The report focuses on booking trends, consumer considerations, and consumer profiles. It also features examples of markets whose resilience has provided a platform for the recovery of the Travel & Tourism sector. The report shows how COVID-19 has changed the way people travel; younger travellers are the first to return to travel; increased demand for longer stays; the importance of fee-free cancellations and the demand for high levels of health and safety checks. To avoid travel restrictions, travellers are seeking secondary destinations, away from traditional holiday spots, as their destination of choice. This preference positively impacts local communities and livelihoods. According to Trip.com's hotel booking data, Abu Dhabi (UAE) Chiang Mai (Thailand), Doha (Qatar), Florence (Italy), and Frankfurt (Germany) were the most popular secondary destinations in their respective countries in 2021. The report goes on to show that, according to Ctrip data, bookings for 'the great outdoors' will predominate in the short and medium term. In China – one of the world's largest travel markets - nature-related attraction bookings have increased by 265% in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. The pause in travel has also heightened consumers' eagerness to travel more sustainably with more than eight out of 10 (83%) global travellers saying they would make sustainable travel a priority in the future. Reinforcing this long-term trend, since its launch in 2019, the report shows 68 million travellers have opted to book a "Greener Choice" labelled flight on Skyscanner, a comparatively lower-carbon flight choice. According to the report, 70% of travellers in many major countries such as the U.S., Spain, the UK, Canada, and Japan plan to spend more on travel in 2022 than they have in the last five years, including 2019 - one of the best years on record for Travel & Tourism. "It is clear people are really looking forward to travelling again. Consumers are curious, they are looking at new destinations, 'the great outdoors' and travel that benefits the places and people they visit. As travel and tourism represents over 10% of global GDP this is good news for jobs and economies." -Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO The impact in some countries has been devastating for local communities and this report shows that business is returning in earnest. "Travellers around the world have shown their eagerness to travel, whether limited to domestic travel or able to cross borders, we see a huge amount of pent-up demand steadily being released." -Jane Sun, CEO of Trip.com Group To better evolve with the recovery we must understand travellers, and as an industry adapt to emerging trends. Latest WTTC research shows the global recovery of the Travel & Tourism sector is picking up pace with the sector's contribution to global GDP projected to rise by 30.7% in 2021 and 31.7% in 2022. For more information on the Trending in Travel: Emerging Consumer Trends in Travel & Tourism in 2021 and Beyond report, download the full report here. About Trip.com Group Trip.com Group is a leading global travel service provider comprising of Trip.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, and Qunar. Across its platforms, Trip.com Group helps travellers around the world make informed and cost-effective bookings for travel products and services, and enables partners to connect their offerings with users through the aggregation of comprehensive travel-related content and resources, and an advanced transaction platform consisting of apps, websites and 24/7 customer service centers. Founded in 1999 and listed on NASDAQ in 2003 and HKEX in 2021, Trip.com Group has become one of the best-known travel groups in the world, with the mission "to pursue the perfect trip for a better world".For more information, please visit: group.trip.com About WTTC The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. WTTC promotes sustainable growth for the Travel & Tourism sector, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity. Council Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world's leading private sector Travel & Tourism businesses.For further information, please visit: WTTC.org

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AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

Solairus Aviation Introduces New Mobile App Offering Customized Solutions for Private Air Travel

Solairus Aviation | December 09, 2020

Solairus Aviation (Solairus), a broadly perceived flight administrations organization, has presented another versatile application that makes booking a private contract stream simpler than at any other time. The Solairus application permits voyagers to effortlessly look, book, and fly, all while keeping away from long queues, traffic delays and an indifferent encounter. Not exclusively does the Solairus application permit explorers to evade unlimited calls with contract agents through the in-application talk highlight, yet the application additionally directs the client from looking to booking in minutes, sparing important time for the bustling voyager or their chief collaborator.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Aviatur selects Sabre technology to accelerate its transformation and innovate

Sabre Corporation | January 11, 2022

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, and Aviatur, Colombia's leading travel agency and one of the largest in Latin America, announced a new multi-year preferred GDS agreement to support the agency's growth plans, transform its business, and increase efficiencies. Throughout the pandemic, Aviatur has been focused on transforming its business with technology to continue innovating in its well-implemented omnichannel retail strategy. Likewise, Sabre accelerated its own tech transformation in the past year to provide the level of personalization today's travelers want, as well as to meet changing demands within the travel industry's dynamic ecosystem. "Aviatur has shown that it can reinvent itself as the market needs change. We believe our own technology transformation –one of our priorities—and finding the right partners to go along this path will play a key role in the agency's future. We are confident Sabre is the right technology partner to help us transform our business as we look into the future of travel," -Samy Bessudo, Chief Executive Officer at Aviatur. Aviatur has always recognized Colombia as a key travel market in Latin America, and our business transformation as well as investment plans to grow long term are a priority for the board, added Jean Claude Bessudo, President, Aviatur Group. Bogotá-based Aviatur has been one of Latin America's largest travel agencies for over 60 years, consolidating itself as a group with different business units and leveraging its leadership position in different markets such as leisure, online, corporate, consolidation, and consortia. With 130 travel agencies in 23 Colombian cities and a presence in La Habana (Cuba), Panama City, Paris and Miami, Aviatur enjoys a successful omnichannel retail strategy, specializing in tailor-made programs. "We are excited to support all of Aviatur's business units with their solid omnichannel retail strategy in a key market like Colombia," -Esteban Velásquez, VP Sales & Customer Management – Agencies, Latin America & the Caribbean, Sabre Travel Solutions. After months of fruitful dialogue that proved Sabre's unparalleled value to the Aviatur Group, we are thrilled to strengthen our relationship and become Aviatur's preferred GDS partner long term. This new strategic agreement is a testament to Sabre's valuable solutions and its commitment to create a new marketplace for personalized travel,"added José Guzmán, Regional Director, Agency Sales, for the region that includes Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, and Venezuela – Sabre Travel Solutions. This new 11-year GDS agreement with Aviatur Travel Agency will help propel their future in the travel & tourism, technology and hospitality industries. Aviatur Group recently launched Avia Tecnología –its IT solutions business-- and Avia Soluciones Hoteleras, which successfully deployed the Sabre SynXis CRS platform in 2021 to support its growth plans in the hospitality industry. About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre's technology platform managers more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit www.sabre.com. About Acerca de Aviatur Aviatur Travel Agency, one of the companies of the Aviatur Group, has 65 years in the market. Through its offices throughout the country and its different digital channels, it offers travelers a wide range of tourist plans, cruises, tickets, experiences, car rentals, bus tickets, assistance cards and corporate trips. It also has specialized departments for the management of congresses and events, incentive trips, transport, student tourism, religious tourism, ecological tourism, and luxury tourism.

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