Saudi Arabia hotel industry gearing for 23.3 million tourists’ arrival in 2023

Travel And Tour World | July 10, 2019

Saudi Arabia is seeing its rapid growth in the hotel sector across the kingdom, fuelled by increasing demand from tourists.The latest data released by Expedia Group disclosed that travellers from the USA, UAE and UK topped the list for travel demand into Saudi Arabia in 2018. With travel bookings in the kingdom considered the largest in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), the power of the international traveller growth to Saudi Arabia is expected to remain strong.

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For centuries, Frankfurt has been one of Europe’s most important trading capitals. Today, Frankfurt is home to the European Central Bank, the German Stock Exchange and an airport, which handles almost 60 million travelers a year. Despite its stature as a financial giant, Frankfurt remains surprisingly compact. Most of its attractions are clustered close to the city Centre, making the city perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle.

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For centuries, Frankfurt has been one of Europe’s most important trading capitals. Today, Frankfurt is home to the European Central Bank, the German Stock Exchange and an airport, which handles almost 60 million travelers a year. Despite its stature as a financial giant, Frankfurt remains surprisingly compact. Most of its attractions are clustered close to the city Centre, making the city perfect for exploring on foot or by bicycle.

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Allegiant Teams with Navitaire to Transform Digital Platforms

Allegiant | August 17, 2022

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT), Las Vegas’ home-town airline, has chosen the cloud-enabled Navitaire Airline Platform to power its evolving digital strategies. The ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) plans to migrate to Navitaire’s fully cloud-based platform in early 2023. The transition will include the New Skies® order-based reservation and retailing system, GoNow day-of-departure and Ancillary Pricing Optimization. Navitaire, an Amadeus company, provides technology and business solutions to the airline industry, powering over 60 of the world’s leading low-cost and hybrid carriers today.Allegiant Air is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart that focuses on linking travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class leisure destinations. The carrier has grown rapidly, and now serves over 600 routes offering low base fares and convenient non-stop service. Allegiant plans to further expand its network over the next three years as it takes delivery of 50 new aircraft. Navitaire has a long tradition of ancillary sales leadership, powering the digital retailing success of many of the world’s LCCs and digital pioneers. Allegiant plans to leverage Navitaire’s proven digital platform to help it build on this great success and take the next step in its digital journey. “Allegiant is harnessing Navitaire’s power as an industry-leading digital tech provider to let us continue to be nimble and innovative in today’s dynamic environment, With the options available to us through this partnership, Allegiant will further establish itself as a leader in the leisure travel industry.” -Rob Wilson, Allegiant CIO Navitaire is honored to join forces with Allegiant Air to help it remain at the forefront of the aviation industry, with ever-stronger digital capabilities,” said David P. Evans, Navitaire CEO. “Our solutions have underpinned the success of many of the industry’s digital pioneers by providing a highly scalable cloud-hosted platform that is open, digital, connected and powered by data. These elements offer virtually unlimited possibilities and are vital to fueling the strategies of high-growth airlines like Allegiant. Navitaire is one of the first technology providers to move its entire airline platform solutions to the cloud, offering its carriers dynamic scalability to keep pace with growth and access to leading-edge technology that supports modern offer and order retailing concepts. Its extensive API suite and proven retailing and distribution capabilities gives airlines flexible options to offer bundled or a la carte ancillary services throughout a customer’s journey. Navitaire's dynamic distribution, including its cloud-based NDC-enabled and digital channels, enables connections with industry and business partners, ranging from online travel agencies and airlines to travel commerce companies, all using modern technology. About Allegiant Air Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with the people, places and experiences that matter most. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant's fleet serves communities across the nation, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com. Media information, including photos, is available at http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF. About Navitaire Navitaire (www.navitaire.com), an Amadeus company, delivers industry-leading technology services supporting growth, profitability, and innovation to more than 60 airlines and rail companies worldwide, carrying a total of 819 million annual passengers in 2019, including many of the world’s most successful low-cost and hybrid airlines. Navitaire offers a full suite of proven solutions focused on revenue generation and streamlining costs in reservations, ancillary sales, loyalty, revenue accounting, and business intelligence. Navitaire has offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Amadeus Group. Learn more about Navitaire’s industry leadership in shaping the world of travel at www.navitaire.com. Navitaire’s New Skies reservations solution is a digital, e-commerce-first airline platform with comprehensive retailing, analytics, and passenger personalization tools. The solution is designed for efficiency, using a single record approach that manages both the offer and the order throughout the customer lifecycle. Real-time data for on-demand decision-making and omnichannel processing are hallmarks of New Skies, which are leveraged extensively by airlines with clear industry leadership in innovation.

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Privé Jets takes the World Travel Awards’ Leading Private Jet Charter Awards

Prive Jets | September 05, 2022

The World Travel Awards has declared Privé Jets as “North America’s Leading Private Jet Charter”as well as “Caribbean's Leading Private Jet Charter” provider at the 29th annual World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony which took place on Wednesday 31st August 2022 at Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica. The award show celebrates the commitment to excellence from key players in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. The World Travel Awards is considered to be the region’s most prestigious travel and tourism event of the year, bringing together all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries to reward and celebrate the excellence of key players in the Caribbean & North American markets. In previous years, Privé Jets has also won the “Leading Private Jet Charter” in other regions such as South America, continuously making its mark as one of the most recognized private jet charter providers in the world. “We have worked daily to build Privé Jets with a logistics and operations team that is second to none. Our commitment to always improve our client experience is paying off as win-win situations don’t come along often, especially in today’s competitive private aviation climate,” -Andres Arboleda. Privé Jets COO. About Privé Jets Founded in 2007, Privé Jets has been a leading private air charter broker with access to over 7,000 aircraft worldwide. The company’s mission is to always put its client’s safety, time, and convenience at the core of everything they do. Privé Jets currently serves clients on all continents and schedules flights monthly in over 50 countries. For more information about Privé Jets visit http://www.privejets.com About World Travel Awards The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward, and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region. For more information about WTA visit http://www.worldtravelawards.com

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Chain of Trust Pilot Completed, using Digital Travel Credentials to facilitate a seamless travel experience

Entrust | September 07, 2022

Entrust has announced the successful conclusion of their participation in the Chain of Trust (CoT) Pilot, a six-month pilot project led by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CoT was tested between September 2021 and March 2022 and facilitated the border clearance of a small group of Canadian volunteer flight crew participants at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The program was operated by the CBSA in collaboration with partners, including Entrust, Face4 Systems, Factor Safe, Air Canada and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA)To address increasing travel volumes while maintaining the safety and security of Canada’s border, the CBSA is exploring ways to provide self-service options for travelers and facilitate the free-flow of persons and goods through the international border clearance process. The CoT pilot project tested the use of innovative technology solutions to assess the effectiveness of automating the collection and verification of traveler information and the authentication of travel documents while reducing physical touch-points in the border clearance process. Launched amid pandemic-restricted travel in March 2021, the CoT Pilot was one of the world’s first use of the latest electronic passport technical standards. This technology delivered a high level of security at border crossings and interoperability with existing inspection systems to simplify and speed up passenger processing at busy travel hubs. “The Chain of Trust Pilot was one of the first to offer a real-world look at the future of travel, one that allows border services to focus their attention on higher risk situations and exceptions, and simplifies entry for low-risk travelers, Entrust is pleased to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Government of Canada and all the partners in the Chain of Trust project. The project has proven its value and deepened our understanding of how digital transformation can evolve global travel.” -Gordon Wilson, Vice President, Identity Verification at Entrust. Demonstrating the Chain of Trust The innovative CoT Pilot allowed volunteer Air Canada flight crew participants to use a smartphone app to expedite re-entry into Canada at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. The program used identity verification technology from Entrust to confirm a traveler’s identity by positively associating them with their uploaded credential. The system leveraged information voluntarily provided in advance of arrival to enable early and continuous risk assessment. Individual participants used their personal mobile device to extract data electronically from their ePassport, create a digital profile, and store it within the secure storage on their device. These data elements were collected to facilitate identifying the individual and the authenticity of their ePassport. A selfie picture was taken and linked to that individual’s CoT app profile for future travel. The traveler’s verified credentials were then submitted to CBSA prior to border crossing. Customs declaration submission and assessment for border clearance were all processed through an orchestration layer. The traveler was guided through each step via personalized notifications sent to their smartphone. Border Services Officers participating in the pilot had visibility into traveler’s arrival status and could process travelers through a mobile app upon arrival in a seamless, touchless manner. The CoT ensures traveler privacy using Privacy by Design principles, and personally identifiable information (PII) is safeguarded through encryption during transmission to the government. No PII has been retained by any non-government project partner. This collaborative initiative was made possible by the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP). Led by Defence Research and Development Canada, in partnership with Public Safety Canada, the CSSP fosters innovative scientific and technological solutions to Canada’s public safety and security challenges. The CBSA will take lessons learned from the CoT pilot project and use knowledge gained to advance its commitment to modernize existing border management policies, programs and technologies to a more efficient, sustainable, and innovative future state. 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.To learn more about Entrust Identity Verification Solutions, visit https://www.entrust.com/solutions/identity-verification.

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