Spain’s tourism budget increases funding compared to last year

Euro Weekly News | July 02, 2019

IN the first four months of this year €9.5 billion was added to the Spanish tourism sectors budget. This marks a 2.1 per cent increase in funding compared to the first quarter of last year. According to statistics from the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE) tourists spent €15.5 billion in the first quarter of this year demonstrating a 4.8 per cent increase on the same period in 2018. Some 21.4 million tourists visited Spain from January to April.

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With five national parks, 43 state parks, and vast areas of breathtaking wilderness, Utah is one of the most popular states in the country for tourism. Along with what is recognized as the best snow on earth, visitors to Utah are also able to enjoy outdoor recreation, scenic vistas, and world-class shopping and dining. Thanks to Utah’s ideal location, this lovely state presents the best of the Desert Southwest and the Rocky Mountains. Here’s a look at the best places to visit in Utah:

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With five national parks, 43 state parks, and vast areas of breathtaking wilderness, Utah is one of the most popular states in the country for tourism. Along with what is recognized as the best snow on earth, visitors to Utah are also able to enjoy outdoor recreation, scenic vistas, and world-class shopping and dining. Thanks to Utah’s ideal location, this lovely state presents the best of the Desert Southwest and the Rocky Mountains. Here’s a look at the best places to visit in Utah:

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eDreams ODIGEO to provide lower prices and wider fare options through new agreement with easyJet

eDreams ODIGEO | September 15, 2021

eDreams ODIGEO, one of the world's largest online travel companies and No 2 in flights globally, today announced that it has reached an agreement with easyJet to offer a wider variety of fare options and preferential third party rates for the airline's route network. eDreams ODIGEO will now offer its customers a wider choice of fares and preferential prices for easyJet routes across all four of its leading travel brands. Travelers will benefit from a far wider fare offering through the most technologically advanced online travel platforms in Europe, utilised by 17 million travellers each year eDreams ODIGEO's customers in the 45 countries where it operates will now be able to access a wider choice of fares for easyJet's flights which includes 1000 routes to more than 135 airports in 35 countries. eDreams ODIGEO'S world-leading travel platforms utilise the latest tech to serve more than 60 million user searches every day, resulting in more than 9 billion different itineraries that are generated by combining travel options from over 660 airline carriers. A range of flexible fare options for easyJet routes together with easy access to extra products and services will now be available to the 17 million customers that book via the eDreams ODIGEO travel brands each year, significantly improving the experience for travelers choosing to book through the Company's digital and mobile platforms. Members of the eDreams Prime, Opodo Prime and GO Voyages Prime subscription programmes are set to enjoy even greater savings when including an easyJet flight into their bookings as they will not only benefit from the Prime unique discount but also from a wider choice of airline fares and preferential rates with one of Europe's largest carriers. Pablo Caspers, Chief Air Supply Officer at eDreams ODIGEO said: "We want to provide travelers with even more affordable ways to access an extensive range of destinations while continuing to enhance our position as a leader in the European market through flights with one of the continent's largest carriers. This is yet another enhancement of our leading flight content platform, which provides travellers with an unprecedented choice of over 9 billion itineraries at the most competitive prices. "As demand for leisure travel rebounds at a strong pace, our leading travel brands are attracting an increasing number of travelers thanks to a unique customer proposition, notably including Prime, the very first travel subscription programme, which continues to grow strongly and has already surpassed 1.5 million members worldwide. "And, by offering even greater fares for flights with a leading European carrier like easyJet, we will further strengthen our unique travel offering to ultimately benefit millions of consumers worldwide." About eDreams ODIGEO eDreams ODIGEO is one of the world's largest online travel companies and one of the largest e-commerce businesses in Europe. Under its four leading online travel agency brands – eDreams, GO Voyages, Opodo, Travellink, and the metasearch engine Liligo – it serves more than 17 million customers per year across 45 markets. Listed on the Spanish Stock Market, eDreams ODIGEO works with over 650 airlines. The brand offers the best deals in regular flights, low- cost airlines, hotels, cruises, car rental, dynamic packages, holiday packages and travel insurance to make travel easier, more accessible, and better value for consumers across the globe.

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JetBlue Introduces ‘Sustainable Travel Partners’ Program Empowering Corporate Customers to Enhance the Sustainability of their Business Travel

JetBlue Airways | January 06, 2022

JetBlue (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announced the launch of its “JetBlue Sustainable Travel Partners” program, and its inaugural customers, Biogen, Deloitte, ICF, and Salesforce, a suite of offerings to help corporate travel customers reduce their business travel emissions and meet their own corporate sustainability targets. In keeping with JetBlue’s customer focus, the airline is approaching sustainable travel as a partnership by providing its corporate travelers with personalized data and resources to help them enhance the sustainability of their travel. JetBlue has a long history of taking meaningful and measurable steps in reducing aviation’s contribution to climate change and is now inviting its corporate partners to join in this mission.he Sustainable Travel Partners program offers corporate partners the following resources: Business travel emissions reduction through the offering of JetBlue generated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) certificates Complimentary carbon offsetting on all domestic flights operated by JetBlue Personalized travel data and analysis for more accurate emissions reporting Consultation and tools for custom planning and target-setting to support in making more sustainable travel decisions JetBlue Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Certificates SAF is a synthetic jet fuel produced from renewable biological resources that can be replenished rapidly and without impacting food supply. Compared to traditional petroleum-based Jet-A fuel, SAF can emit up to 80 percent less CO2 over its lifecycle when used in neat form and reduces air pollutants such as particulate matter and sulfur oxides. SAF drops into existing engines and infrastructure and is ASTM certified when blended up to 50-50 with fossil Jet-A fuel. With more than a 10 year track record of safe use in aircraft, SAF is recognized as the most promising solution to mitigate air transport emissions currently available. JetBlue has been flying regularly on SAF as a component of its fuel supply from its partners Neste out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) since July 2020 and World Energy (SAF producer) and World Fuel Services (logistics supplier) out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) since July 2021. JetBlue recently shared industry-leading plans to speed up its transition to SAF with a deal with its partner SG Preston that will bring 67 million gallons of blended SAF a year to the Northeast over 10 years. Following this agreement, JetBlue leads the airline industry in committed SAF off-take based on a percentage of total fuel at roughly 8% and is on track to meet its goal of converting 10% of its total fuel use to SAF years ahead of its 2030 target. Through the purchase of SAF certificates, JetBlue customers now have the ability to directly and meaningfully reduce their business travel emissions. Business travel emissions, categorized as “Scope 3” emissions, are indirect emissions customers are not directly responsible for but that exist within the value chain, such as those produced through corporate travel. By purchasing SAF certificates, our corporate customers may reduce their reported carbon footprint, while helping cover the cost premium of SAF that exists today - thereby growing the share of SAF JetBlue is able to source while helping stimulate the emerging SAF market that is critical for the aviation industry to reach its net zero goals. Through the Sustainable Travel Partners program, our partners are helping source roughly 325,000 gallons of SAF, helping reduce 2,730 metric tons of CO2 emissions. Complimentary Domestic Carbon Offsetting In July 2020, JetBlue became the first US airline to voluntarily offset the CO2 emissions from jet fuel for all its domestic flights. All of JetBlue’s purchased carbon offsets are audited, verified and retired on the airline’s behalf from its three expert carbon offsetting partners Carbonfund.org, EcoAct, and South Pole. As part of its offsetting portfolio, JetBlue selects projects around the globe focused on forestry, landfill gas capture, solar, and wind projects that reduce or avoid CO2 emissions. As Sustainable Travel Partners, JetBlue’s customers can benefit from enhanced reporting on our complimentary carbon offsets, as well as review opportunities to expand offsetting utilizing JetBlue’s offsetting expertise and business partners. Emissions Travel Data and Analysis Historically, business travelers have not had the ability to estimate their air travel emissions in a personalized, accurate, or granular way. Through the Sustainable Travel Partners program, JetBlue is saving partners the effort of inaccurate guesswork by offering emissions reporting based on travelers’ actual flying and JetBlue’s average actual fuel burn on those routes. JetBlue’s intent is to provide our partners with more accurate emissions reporting by sharing actual operational data, as well as incorporating the airline’s own emissions reduction initiatives into emissions reporting. JetBlue is also working to include travel emissions data into Salesforce’s Net Zero Cloud with hopes of making this available to the airline’s Sustainable Travel Partners. For corporate customers who purchase SAF certificates, JetBlue will also provide emissions reporting highlighting the estimated emissions reduction associated with the SAF. Sustainable Tools and Consultation JetBlue Sustainability and Corporate Sales representatives have developed guidance and are available for personalized conversations to help JetBlue’s business customers develop strategies to reduce their emissions associated with their organization’s business travel. This includes helping set emissions reduction targets associated with their business travel and recommending actions to promote more sustainable travel decisions to achieve these goals. “As our business customers return to the skies, they increasingly have been asking for our support in meeting their net zero and sustainable travel goals,JetBlue has extensive expertise in decarbonizing air travel thanks to our early and leading commitments and supply agreements. We’re now extending these options to our corporate customers so that, for the first time, they can play a direct role in enhancing the sustainability of their air travel when flying with JetBlue. We’re proud to introduce the Sustainable Travel Partners program to help our business customers set and achieve their sustainable travel targets.” -Sara Bogdan, director of sustainability and environmental social governance, JetBlue. Partner Quotes Climate action is essential for human and planetary wellbeing,” says Alphonse Galdes, Ph.D., Head of Pharmaceutical Operations and Technology at Biogen. “Yet, if we hope to make a substantive impact in this area, we all must come together – across industries – to re-examine the way we work, the way we live and the way we consume energy. By becoming an inaugural member of JetBlue's Sustainable Travel Partner Program, we at Biogen are proud to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and their associated impacts, as well as utilize more accurate data to inform travel decisions in the future. “Deloitte is committed to driving responsible climate choices, By coming together with JetBlue, we are another step closer to reducing our travel emissions and achieving a more sustainable future.” -Scott Corwin, Managing Director and US Leader for Sustainability and Climate Change at Deloitte LLP As the first professional services firm in the world to reach carbon neutral status in 2006, sustainability is part of our company’s DNA,” said ICF President, Chair and CEO John Wasson. “As we continue to pursue our own ambitious carbon reduction targets, we’re thrilled to partner with JetBlue to help other companies achieve their sustainability targets, too. We are proud to join JetBlue's Sustainable Travel Partners program to help accelerate the aviation industry's journey to net zero," said Patrick Flynn, VP and Global Head of Sustainability at Salesforce. "The urgency of this climate emergency means we need all-of-the-above strategies. For us that includes helping incentivize emerging clean technologies like Sustainable Aviation Fuels and working with partners like the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance to lower barriers to scale and cost reduction. JetBlue’s Decarbonization Strategy JetBlue is taking bold steps to address its emissions and reduce its contribution to climate change. In 2020, JetBlue became the first US airline to voluntarily offset CO2 emissions on all its domestic flights. To date, the airline has offset more than 6 million metric tons of CO2. Upon launching this initiative, JetBlue has been very transparent that it views carbon offsetting as a short-term solution while the industry builds up lower-carbon solutions. The airline has therefore been very aggressive in growing solutions that have a more direct reduction in air travel emissions, such as making large commitments to the purchase of SAF. JetBlue recently shared plans to speed up its transition to SAF with a deal that will bring 67 million gallons of SAF a year to the Northeast over 10 years, putting the airline well ahead of pace to reach its target to convert 10 percent of its total fuel usage to SAF on a blended basis by 2030. While JetBlue views SAF and carbon offsetting as promising solutions in addressing aircraft emissions, these are just two pieces of JetBlue’s larger decarbonization strategy, which currently also includes aircraft efficiency, fuel optimization, electric ground operations and technology partnerships. Industry Collaboration The Sustainable Travel Partners Program represents the next step as JetBlue collaboratively works with its many partners to accelerate solutions to decarbonize aviation. In November, JetBlue announced it had joined Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA), a joint initiative with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and a forward-looking group of corporate travelers and U.S. airlines to help drive investment in high-integrity SAF. In October, JetBlue joined as a launch member of the Aviation Climate Taskforce, a new non-profit organization founded to accelerate breakthroughs in emerging technologies to decarbonize aviation, alongside 9 other global airlines and Boston Consulting Group (BCG). JetBlue’s Focus on the Environment JetBlue depends on natural resources and a healthy environment to keep its business running smoothly. Natural resources are essential for the airline to fly, and tourism relies on having beautiful, natural and preserved destinations for customers to visit. The airline focuses on issues that have the potential to impact its business. Customers, crewmembers and community are key to JetBlue's sustainability strategy. Demand from these groups for responsible service is one of the motivations behind changes that help reduce the airline’s carbon output and overall environmental impact. For more on JetBlue’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.jetblue.com/sustainability. About JetBlue Airways JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries customers across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, and between New York and London. For more information, visit jetblue.com.To join JetBlue’s Sustainable Travel Partner program, visit https://www.jetblue.com/sustainability/sustainable-travel-partners.For more information on JetBlue’s sustainability and ESG strategy, read the 2019-2020 ESG Report which can be found here.

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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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