Sabre introduces new GDS media solution

Travel Daily Media | October 30, 2019

Sabre introduces new GDS media solution
Sabre Corporation has revealed it is enhancing the way hoteliers market to the travel agency community, as part of its rollout of Content Services for Lodging. The travel tech firm will introduce a new GDS media solution for hoteliers that will help travel agents find more relevant hotel options based on travellers’ personal preferences including the ability to search by city name, airport code, city code, points of interest, geolocation, custom polygons and amenities. During the transition, which is expected to begin in mid to late 2020, both Hotel Spotlight and the new solution will be available to the Sabre GDS media customer base providing incremental value to customers.

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Over the centuries, Warsaw has been plundered and invaded many times by forces from Sweden and France to Russia. It suffered heavy damage from German bombs in World War II. Yet, Warsaw today is a new, vibrant city that has been largely restored to its pre-World War II. Among the tourist attractions in Warsaw, Old Town, with its palace, churches, and castles, is not to be missed.

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Buy Now, Pay Later Leader Uplift Launches Partnership With Tripster

Uplift, Inc. | August 19, 2021

Uplift, the leading enterprise Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) solution serving the world's top travel brands, has announced a new partnership with Tripster - the premier all-in-one travel booking site for one stop destination trip planning. Tripster customers can easily plan their entire vacation in one place and pay over time with surprise-free monthly installments through Uplift. When booking on Tripster, customers can choose from more than 30 destinations across the United States and easily package hotel accommodations, experiences, theme park tickets and more all with just a few clicks. Customers can build their own vacation package and bundle these purchases for immediate savings. Tripster takes great pride in vetting every experience and destination to get the most out of each vacation complete with side by side comparisons and customer reviews to ensure the best experience imaginable. "Tripster has always believed that a vacation shouldn't feel like work. With the addition of flexible payment options through Uplift, we've taken one more potential stress point out of travel planning by allowing our customers to spread the cost of their vacation over low monthly payments," said John Johnson, Founder & CEO for Tripster. "We selected Uplift as our exclusive BNPL partner. Uplift offered us the best suite of tools to help deepen our customer loyalty and increase average order values." Uplift is seamlessly integrated into the Tripster booking process, on all platforms including desktop and mobile. Customers will see the total cost at the time of booking along with the monthly payment amount making it easy to budget for and experience the vacation they deserve. There are no late fees or prepayment penalties and customers can travel even before they are finished making their payments. Uplift partners with more than 200+ of the world's leading airlines, cruise lines, resorts and other major travel brands to offer BNPL payment options that help people make meaningful purchases and get the most out of their travel experiences. Tripster guests can pay through Uplift's flexible payment options for purchase amounts beginning at $100. For example, a customer may select a hotel package with Orlando theme park tickets priced at $800, instead of paying the entire amount up front, Uplift gives customers the luxury of zero money down at the time of booking and instead spreading the total cost over 12 easy monthly payments of $78.29. "From coast to coast Tripster offers incredible experiences which are a great addition to any vacation and they are now even more affordable when guests opt to pay over time with Uplift," said Tom Botts, Chief Commercial Officer for Uplift. "We are honored to be selected by Tripster as their BNPL partner, providing more people the opportunity of affordable travel to create memories for a lifetime." Uplift's BNPL flexible payment options are now available for bookings on Tripster in some of their most popular vacation destinations, including: Florida: Miami, Orlando, St. Augustine and Tampa California: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco Texas: Austin and San Antonio North Carolina: Asheville and Charlotte Tennessee: Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge About Tripster Find thousands of things to do and great places to stay - Tripster is a one stop shop to build the ideal vacation package. From fun vacations at top destinations across the United States to offering discount tickets to theme parks, tours, soft adventure, Broadway shows, Vegas productions, aquariums, and lots more. Book a hotel, condo or vacation home with Tripster as well, and save more money by bundling with tickets. In addition, customers can find valuable package savings and helpful customer support from real people. One account, one purchase, all in one place. Tripster is the easy route. About Uplift Uplift is the leading Buy Now, Pay Later solution that empowers people to get more out of life, one thoughtful purchase at a time. Serving the world's top enterprise level travel brands, Uplift's complete range of flexible payment options drive higher conversion and loyalty for partners, while giving customers a simple, surprise-free way to pay over time with no late or early payment fees. Uplift is currently available throughout the United States and Canada

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Loews Hotels & Co Breaks Ground on New $550 Million Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center

Loews Hotels & Co | October 13, 2021

Loews Hotels & Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corporation, has officially broken ground on the new $550 million Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center. Executives from the company were joined by Arlington Mayor Jim Ross, former Mayor Jeff Williams, Chairman & Managing Partner of the Texas Rangers Ray Davis, The Cordish Companies' Director of Communications, Cari Furman, along with members of the Arlington City Council and other community and business leaders, to recognize and celebrate this milestone. The addition of the Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center, a full-service resort, will further strengthen Arlington's robust convention and tourism opportunities. The city is one of the premier sports and entertainment destinations in the United States, and a leading destination for meetings, events, and leisure travel. "Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center will allow us to capitalize on what we do best – combine a unique meetings and events destination with a best-in-class leisure resort. This significant investment further underscores our confidence and commitment not only in the great City of Arlington, Texas but also in the strength of the travel and tourism industry and our belief in the recovery of post-pandemic travel." Jonathan Tisch, Chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels & Co. This property will be the second Arlington hotel for the hospitality company. Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center is scheduled to open in early 2024. This new hotel will be located across from Live! by Loews, which is a joint venture among Loews Hotels & Co, the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies, built on the former Texas Rangers' Lot J parking lot. "Arlington has some of the best built-in demand generators in the country, such as AT&T Stadium and Globe-Life Field. These attractions, coupled with Loews Hotels' track record of offering distinctive experiences alongside operational excellence, will help establish the Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center as a centerpiece in The American Dream City," said Alex Tisch, President, Loews Hotels & Co. "Our goal is for Arlington, Texas to stand alongside Las Vegas and Orland as one of the preeminent family, sports and entertainment destinations in America." This new project marks the first time that Loews Hotels & Co is acting as the developer as well as the owner and branded operator. The nearly $550 million project is financed with Loews Hotels & Co capital and a $300 million loan from MetLife Investment Management. "Arlington continues to build on our incredible economic momentum, and today's groundbreaking is another exciting example of our commitment to job creation and providing world-class amenities to our residents and visitors," said Arlington Mayor Jim Ross. "Loews Hotels & Co is a best-in-class hotel brand and with innovative partners like Loews Hotels & Co, the Tisch Family, the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies, we're able to further establish The American Dream City as a premier destination for visitors around the globe." Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center will feature: 888 guestrooms and suites 200,000 square feet of indoor meeting space 66,000 square feet of outdoor space, including an oversized event lawn Five food and beverage outlets, including a three-meal indoor/outdoor restaurant featuring two wood-fire pizza ovens and homemade pasta made on-site and a soon-to-be-named third-party restaurant from a well-known restaurateur 1,550-space parking garage Resort-style beach club with two pools, man-made beach, cabanas, fire pits and water slide The Arlington Convention Center, also operated by Loews Hotels & Co, will be located within the hotel Situated between Globe Life Field and AT&T Stadium, Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center will be accessible to the 300-room Live! by Loews via a Sky Bridge. The two hotels combined will offer nearly 1,200 guestrooms and more than 300,000 square feet of meeting and event space. "The addition of the Loews Arlington Hotel and the Arlington Convention Center bring the development of the Arlington Entertainment District to another whole level," said Texas Rangers Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. "The existing world-class sports and entertainment venues will now be complimented by incredible hotel and meeting facilities that will attract national and international events of all kinds. I want to thank our partners, the City of Arlington, Loews Hotels & Co, and The Cordish Companies for sharing our vision that has become a spectacular reality in a few short years." Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center is part of phase two of the development of Arlington's Entertainment District. Continuing their public-private partnership with the City of Arlington, Loews Hotels & Co, The Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies are building upon the momentum and success of Texas Live!, Live! by Loews, and the Rangers' new Globe Life Field. Additional features of the new expansion include a mixed-use residential building and a Spark coworking space, both developed by The Cordish Companies. "It is an honor for The Cordish Companies to continue our partnership with the Texas Rangers, Loews Hotels & Co and the City of Arlington to deliver a transformative project for Arlington," said Blake Cordish, Principal of The Cordish Companies. "Loews is one of the preeminent hoteliers in North America and a leader in the convention and meetings industry. The groundbreaking of the new Loews Arlington Hotel and Arlington Convention Center is an important next step in our commitment to create a world-class, mixed-use development that will cement Arlington as one of the leading premier sports, entertainment, culture, hospitality and tourism destinations in the country." Loews Hotels & Co is working with HKS as the architect and Looney & Associates on the interior design for this new development. Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center is being built by JE Dunn, who recently built the Loews Kansas City Hotel, which opened in June 2020. Arlington's Con-Real is also involved in the construction of the project. About Loews Hotels & Co Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels & Co is rooted in deep heritage and excellence in service. The hospitality company encompasses branded independent Loews Hotels, and a solid mix of partner-brand hotels. Loews Hotels & Co owns and/or operates 26 hotels and resorts across the U.S. and Canada, including the new Loews Kansas City and Universal's Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, the eighth hotel in partnership with Comcast NBC Universal that opened at the end of 2020. Located in major city centers and resort destinations from coast to coast, the Loews Hotels portfolio features properties grounded in family heritage and dedicated to delivering unscripted guest moments with a handcrafted approach.

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Upside Business Travel | September 02, 2020

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Over the centuries, Warsaw has been plundered and invaded many times by forces from Sweden and France to Russia. It suffered heavy damage from German bombs in World War II. Yet, Warsaw today is a new, vibrant city that has been largely restored to its pre-World War II. Among the tourist attractions in Warsaw, Old Town, with its palace, churches, and castles, is not to be missed.