Sabah attracting Northern Chinese tourists by offering direct flight services

Travel and Tour World | June 12, 2019

Sabah is all prepared to draw around 200,000 more Chinese tourists from northern cities of China.Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew explained that the state government was working on developing long-term charter flights that would link cities like Shanghai, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Chongqing, Xi’an, Wuhan, Shijiazhuang and Shenyang directly to Kota Kinabalu.She stated that the effort involves local company Cekal Aman Sdn Bhd working with BJ ST International Travel Co Ltd, its China flight charter partner, a major operator accountable for attracting northern Chinese tourists to beach and island cities like Jeju in South Korea, and Nha Trang and Da Nang in Vietnam.

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It’s time to leave the beaten path and have an adventure that’s truly your own. Welcome to MojoTravels, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top Under the Radar Trips in 2020. For this list, we’re looking at uniquely compelling destinations that receive relatively fewer visitors than they should.

Spotlight

It’s time to leave the beaten path and have an adventure that’s truly your own. Welcome to MojoTravels, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top Under the Radar Trips in 2020. For this list, we’re looking at uniquely compelling destinations that receive relatively fewer visitors than they should.

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COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

Wego to Acquire Cleartrip's Middle East Business from Flipkart

Wego | February 21, 2022

Wego, the leading online travel marketplace in the MENA region announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with the Flipkart Group, India's homegrown e-commerce ecosystem, to acquire Cleartrip's Middle East business. This transaction also includes the sale of Flyin.com and a technology co-operation agreement between Wego and Flipkart. The Boards of Directors of Wego and Flipkart have approved the transaction, which is expected to close in the second half of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.Cleartrip is a pioneer of online travel in India and is famous and much loved by customers for its user-friendly interface and industry-first initiatives. Cleartrip expanded organically into the Middle East region in 2010 and acquired Riyadh based Flyin.com in 2018, which played a similar role in kick-starting online travel in Saudi Arabia. Wego and Cleartrip both have their regional headquarters located in Dubai Internet City. "Cleartrip and Flyin are both product-driven companies with best-in-class OTA technology that have established strong brands and strong positions across the Middle East, We are excited to welcome Cleartrip Middle East and Flyin into the Wego group. The Middle East is set to be one of the most exciting growth stories of the next decade with the travel & technology sectors taking center stage and with the Wego group playing a very crucial role. This acquisition will significantly increase our scale and capabilities and will strengthen our ability to partner and collaborate across our region. We are also excited to begin a multi-faceted partnership with Flipkart that will involve us sharing a brand across regions and co-operating on technology." -Ross Veitch, CEO & Co-Founder of Wego. The opportunity in travel tech for India is vast, and through Cleartrip, we have been able to provide our customers with a wide range of travel experiences and deeper value,"said Ravi Iyer, Senior Vice President and Head - Corporate Development, Flipkart. "Given our strategic priorities and focus on the Indian market, the acquisition of Cleartrip's Middle East business by Wego provides continuity to its business, and we believe that they are the right partners to boost its next phase of growth. We thank Stuart for his leadership and partnership over the past year as Cleartrip India has become an integral part of the Flipkart Group and wish him and the Wego team continued success. "Our focus is clear, building a world-class online travel business emanating from the Middle East but with global ambitions. The region is well placed to be the engine of growth for travel both as a destination and as a highly mobile, digital-savvy demographic looking for choice and value. By joining forces with Wego, we are able to offer everything from search to service and to contribute meaningfully to that story." -Stuart Crighton, Co-Founder and Head of Cleartrip's International Business, Rothschild and Co. were exclusive advisors to Flipkart on this transaction. About Wego Wego operates the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and provides award-winning travel search websites and top-ranked mobile apps.Wego harnesses powerful technology to automate and simplify the process of searching, comparing, and booking travel across hundreds of airlines, hotel chains and online travel agencies.Founded in 2005, Wego is dual headquartered in Dubai and Singapore and is backed by investors including Tiger Global Management, Crescent Point, Square Peg Capital, Middle East Venture Partners, and the MBC Group. About the Flipkart Group The Flipkart Group is one of India's leading digital commerce entities and includes group companies Flipkart, Myntra, Flipkart Health+, Flipkart Wholesale, and Cleartrip. The Group is also a majority shareholder in PhonePe, one of the leading Payments Apps in India.Started in 2007, Flipkart has enabled millions of consumers, sellers, merchants, and small businesses to be a part of India's digital commerce revolution, with a registered customer base of more than 350 million, offering over 150 million products across 80+ categories. Our efforts to democratize commerce in India, drive access and affordability, delight customers, create lakhs of jobs in the ecosystem, and empower generations of entrepreneurs and MSMEs have inspired us to innovate on many industry firsts. Flipkart is known for pioneering services such as Cash on Delivery, No Cost EMI and easy returns – customer-centric innovations have made online shopping more accessible and affordable for millions of Indians. Together with its group companies, Flipkart is committed to transforming commerce in India through technology.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Tripedia Revolutionizes the Travel Ecosystem With an Artificial Intelligence Travel Designer

Tripedia | November 29, 2021

The AI is based on data of information and resources. Users on the platform can equally participate in sharing information bringing about a decentralized ecosystem. Bringing Trust Back to the Travel Industry OTAs have improved digital security protection. Yet, they are not always immune to cyber attacks. Successful hackers commit fraud using stolen customer data. So, it lowers trust in the travel industry. Pricing is not always transparent. Tripedia's ecosystem allows suppliers and customers to share information efficiently. The data is secure enough to not rely on powerful OTA platforms. Each participant in the Tripedia contract protocol chain uploads the data to the blockchain and assigns it a digital ID. Then, it records every bit of data generated under that ID in the contract account book. The information ranges from customers' travel to payment details. The platform saves the data off-chain using a distributed file storage system (IPFS). It also generates a hash string as the link entry for the intelligent contract on the chain. The chain saves the unique hash value, ensuring data authenticity. This process relieves the chain of data storage pressure. It also provides system efficiency and improves security. Customizing Consumer Needs Customers provide Tripedia with their information and travel preferences. AITD uses the data it has on previous reviews, accommodation, and flight availability. Through this, it recommends the best travel plan for them. This type of learning saves time and energy compared to traditional machine-learning algorithms. Using blockchain, the self-evolving system learns consumers' travel preferences as they emerge. The AITD model becomes more accurate as of the number of participants. When data on Tripedia grows, it will make travel plans more personalized than ever. TRIP Tokens The TRIP coin is the heart of the Tripedia Ecosystem. TRIP tokens can be used for transportation, lodging, and other travel-related items and services. Earning TRIP tokens is as simple as sharing travel resources and knowledge. The bigger the number of Tripedia members, the more prevalent this sharing grows, resulting in a greater demand for TRIP tokens. Tripedia's dApp allows the users to complete one-click payments quickly. Afterwards, the platform automatically uploads data to the chain. While doing so, the customer will receive TRIP tokens as a reward for contributing data. Tripedia adopts the decentralized OTA mode. Customer payments are transferred directly to suppliers' wallets in real-time. This way, suppliers don't have to worry about long payment delays. The unified API interface of the model also allows investors to connect tokens. The connection is both reliable and straightforward. Travel-related items from different public chains can also be transferred to Tripedia. It allows the circulation of other tokens and expands the boundaries of Tripedia. About Tripedia Tripedia is a blockchain-based ecosystem that promises to overhaul and optimize the travel industry. Their goal is to provide tourism market participants with a platform, allowing everyone to participate equally in sharing and trading information. You can find more information on the platform.

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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

INTERNOVA TRAVEL GROUP ADDS 128 LUXURY PROPERTIES TO SELECT HOTELS & RESORTS COLLECTION

INTERNOVA TRAVEL GROUP | February 11, 2022

Internova Travel Group, one of the world's largest travel services companies, is expanding its SELECT Hotels & Resorts collection with the addition of 128 expertly chosen luxury properties from aroundThese new partners range from traditional luxury hotels in the heart of the world's great cities to marvels of historic preservation and remote retreats set amid breathtaking landscapes. They join a collection of approximately 1,400 distinguished properties that offer special amenities to clients who book travel with advisors affiliated with Internova Travel Group's international family of travel brands. Guests who book their stay at a SELECT hotel or resort through a travel advisor affiliated with Internova can enjoy amenities that are unique to the program. Based on availability, those perks may include resort credits, room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, early check-in and late check-out and basic Wi-Fi. "The list of SELECT Hotels & Resorts has evolved to become even more carefully curated and to meet changing consumer preferences, It includes only those properties that demonstrate exceptionally high standards." As a result, Herrera added, "Internova's network of travel advisors can better assist their discerning clients in planning an incomparable luxury vacation." -Albert Herrera, Executive Vice President, Partner Relations at Internova Travel Group. This year's additions include Stanly Ranch, nestled in the wine country of northern California's Napa Valley; Costa Rica's Hacienda AltaGracia, a wellness resort on 180 acres of rolling hills and tropical forest; Umbria's soon to be re-opened Castello di Reschio, which offers a slice of timeless Italy; and Tanzania's Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, in the heart of the world's most celebrated wildlife preserve. Working with a travel advisor leads to greater satisfaction, better, more personalized travel experiences and overall peace of mind for travelers. For help navigating any travel plans, contact your Global Travel Collection, ALTOUR or Travel Leaders Network travel advisor or connect with one through Internova Travel Group 's BookHuman.Travel. Internova Travel Group represents more than 62,000 travel advisors worldwide. To find out more about Internova Travel Group's SELECT program, visit experienceselectnow.com. About Internova Travel Group Internova Travel Group is one of the largest travel services companies in the world with a collection of leading brands delivering high-touch, personal travel expertise to leisure and corporate clients. Internova manages leisure, business and franchise firms through a portfolio of distinctive divisions. Internova represents more than 62,000 travel advisors in over 6,000 company-owned and affiliated locations predominantly in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with a presence in more than 80 countries.

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