techtalk.travel Launches its Knowledge Hub for Hospitality Change-Makers

PR Newswire | February 11, 2020

techtalk.travel is a newly launched multimedia platform that connects hotel and travel professionals to make informed decisions about technology to future-proof their business.  With the launch of the new website and mobile app techtalk.travel announced its impressive board of founding members, a variety of key players of different branches associated with the hotel operations technology space. "With the power of like-minded companies and organisations, we are aiming to create industry alliances, along with our founding members serving the interests of hotels, technology companies and universities. With their contribution, we are promoting the creation and distribution of neutral, authentic content to empower training opportunities, better planning of procurement and overall use of technology in our industry," says founder & managing director Andre Baljeu.

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The United Kingdom is rich in cultural heritage; it offers landscapes of outstanding natural beauty as well as vibrant city life and urban attractions. From the one thousand years of history of the Tower of London to the unique Giant’s Causeway clifftop experience in Northern Ireland, UK tourism offers enduring memories and experiences for both domestic and inbound visitors.

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BUSINESS TRAVEL

Sonder Holdings Inc. Builds Corporate Travel Business With +100 New Accounts

Sonder | January 07, 2022

Sonder Holdings Inc. (“Sonder”), a leading next-generation hospitality company that is redefining the guest experience through technology and design, announced it has added over 100 new corporate travel accounts over the last year as a result of the high demand for its thoughtfully designed, reliable and tech-enabled accommodations among business and group clients.Sonder has seen increasing corporate travel demand from the technology, hospitality, retail, entertainment and healthcare industries, and nearly half of Sonder’s corporate booked revenue was driven by corporate housing demand. With Sonder locations in major global business hubs, the most popular destinations for corporate and group bookings last year were New York City, Philadelphia, London, Dublin, New Orleans and Palm Springs. “In this economy, companies offering a compelling relocation package to a prospective hire can really stand out,” shared Situ’s Managing Director Phil Stapleton. “Today, our clients are consistently prioritizing autonomous accommodation spaces that are comfortable, thoughtfully designed, tech-forward and in the right locations. Sonder consistently delivers across all these aspects, helping us provide the outstanding corporate housing experience our clients are looking for, which makes a difference.” Sonder’s flexible accommodation options span individual hotel rooms to full apartments with multiple bedrooms, which are available for one-night or multi-night stays. Many spaces offer room to spread out and work remotely, with fully-equipped kitchens, living rooms, multiple bedrooms and en-suite laundry. Sonder’s tech-enabled experience makes it easy for travelers to request early check-in or late check-out directly from their phones, and to bypass crowded lobbies via check-in through the Sonder app. Sonder guests also receive instant support through the company’s 24/7 Concierge service through the app. “We’re incredibly pleased with the traction we’ve seen among this important travel segment since launching a dedicated team focused on this customer base just last year, and to be working with strong partners in the space,Our continued growth and working with over 100 corporate clients has proven that there’s a significant need for thoughtfully designed, tech-enabled accommodations among these agencies and travelers.” -Kristen Richter, Vice President of Sales at Sonder Following the launch of its dedicated business travel offering and Global Distribution System connectivity in mid-2021, Sonder recently signed a partnership with ABC Global Services, a leading supplier of services and technology for travel agencies, advisors and professionals. ABC Global Services’ entire global agent network will now benefit from the ability to choose a comfortable, contactless stay at Sonder in more than 35 cities around the world, at preferential rates. “While corporate travel may look a little different these days, what matters to our clients and their travelers remains the same: a consistent, comfortable and reliable hospitality experience,We believe that Sonder’s next-generation business model meets that need, delivering an experience that’s innovative, seamless and elevated – with flexible options for different types of stays and travelers.” -Dee Runyan, President at ABC Global Services Sonder also has active business travel partnerships with Egencia, HotelEngine and TripActions, three top Travel Management Companies. Business Combination with Gores Metropoulos II Sonder recently announced that the Registration Statement on Form S-4 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on July 7, 2021, as amended by Amendment No. 7 filed on December 20, 2021, was declared effective on December 22, 2021. The Registration Statement was filed in connection with the proposed business combination of Sonder and Gores Metropoulos II, Inc. (Nasdaq: GMII, GMIIW, and GMIIU). A special meeting of Gores Metropoulos II stockholders to approve the business combination will be held on January 14, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Sonder’s common stock and public warrants are expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbols “SOND” and “SONDW,” respectively, following the closing of the business combination. Upon completion of the business combination, subject to any redemptions by the public stockholders of Gores Metropoulos II and the payment of transaction expenses at the closing, Sonder expects to have approximately $310 million in PIPE proceeds, up to $450 million in cash in Gores Metropoulos II’s trust account and $165 million of Delayed Draw Notes to fund operations and support new and existing growth initiatives. About Sonder Sonder is revolutionizing hospitality through innovative, tech-enabled service and inspiring, thoughtfully designed accommodations combined into one seamless experience. Launched in 2014 and headquartered in San Francisco, Sonder provides a variety of accommodation options — from spacious rooms to fully-equipped suites and apartments — found in over 35 markets spanning ten countries and three continents. The Sonder app gives guests full control over their stay. Complete with self-service features, simple check-in and 24/7 on-the-ground support, amenities and services at Sonder are just a tap away, making a world of better stays open to all.To learn more, visit www.sonder.com or follow Sonder on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Download the Sonder app on Apple or Google Play. About Gores Metropoulos II, Inc. Gores Metropoulos II, Inc. (Nasdaq: GMII, GMIIW, and GMIIU) is a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by an affiliate of The Gores Group, LLC, a global investment firm founded in 1987 by Alec Gores, and by an affiliate of Metropoulos & Co. whose Principals are Dean, Evan and Daren Metropoulos. Gores Metropoulos II was formed for the purpose of entering into a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Messrs. Gores and Metropoulos together have over 100 years of combined experience as entrepreneurs, operators and investors across diverse sectors including industrials, technology, media and entertainment, business services, healthcare and consumer products and services. Over the course of their careers, Messrs. Gores and Metropoulos and their respective teams have invested in more than 180 portfolio companies through varying macroeconomic environments with a consistent, operationally-oriented investment strategy. For more information, please visit www.gores.com.

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Ovation Travel Group Launches Private Jet Charters for Social Distancing

Ovation Travel Group | September 30, 2020

On September 30th, Ovation Travel Group unveiled Ovation Aviation, its private jet charter program, to help travelers add an extra layer of safety in seeking to mitigate the risks of exposure to COVID-19. The charter program is unique because it provides flexible booking options, no minimum hour commitment, and extra safety and hygiene standards on a variety of different-sized private aircraft.

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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

PRISM HOTELS & RESORTS ACQUIRED BY AIMBRIDGE HOSPITALITY

Prism Hotels & Resorts | December 15, 2021

Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning, full-service hotel management, investment and advisory services company representing more than 48 properties across the country, has been acquired by Aimbridge Hospitality, a leading global hospitality company. The terms of the deal will not be disclosed. The announcement was made by Steve Van, President & CEO of Prism Hotels & Resorts and Aimbridge President & CEO Michael J. Deitemeyer. In addition to a strong presence in traditional hotel management, Prism boasts the industry leading hotel receivership advisory and "turnaround" services involving the management and restructuring of properties that are economically distressed. In a year marked by immense change, it's fitting that we announce the biggest moves in our company's storied 38 year history," Van said. "Close relationships have become integral to our company's identity, and we place tremendous value in our people with whom we've grown together and the great properties we service. It's with those values in mind that we have selected Aimbridge Hospitality to carry the Prism legacy forward. Aimbridge's access to best-in-class resources and systems, coupled with their highly effective and experienced leadership team and deep understanding of our Most Satisfied Owner philosophy, makes them a perfect fit. The Prism Difference is alive and well, and we know the passion and dedication of our teams on the ground will continue to shine through this transition. We are inspired by this opportunity and excited to be part of Aimbridge Hospitality as we write the next chapter of history together. Our best is yet to come. "We are excited to continue Aimbridge's growth with the acquisition of Prism.,With our global resources and Prism's stellar reputation, this acquisition presents great opportunity for all of us. We look forward to welcoming their hotels, owners and talented team to Aimbridge and taking Prism's incredible Most Satisfied Owner approach and robust lender services arm to new heights together." -Michael J. Deitemeyer, President & CEO of Aimbridge Hospitality About Prism Hotels & Resorts As an award-winning, full-service hotel management company, Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts has developed a reputation for operational excellence by increasing hotel performance and delivering measurable results. Recently, Prism was selected as 2021 Strategic Partner by Hyatt. The company was also named Best Full-Service Operator in The Americas by Hyatt, received back-to-back Connie Pride Merit Awards from Hilton, and earned Franchise Hotel of the Year for the Hyatt Regency LAX. With 35 years of experience, Prism leverages top industry talent to produce a best-in-class experience that extends from the front desk to the bottom line. Prism manages a portfolio of over 30 hotels from multiple institutional and private owners including urban, suburban and resort destinations. The company has expertise managing all major brands as well as independent destination hotels. For more information, please visit www.prismhotels.com. About Aimbridge Hospitality Aimbridge Hospitality is a leading, global hospitality company offering best-in-class hotel management services across a broad spectrum of franchised branded full service, select service, luxury hotels, destination resorts, convention centers and lifestyle hotels. Aimbridge's premium portfolio represents approximately 1,500 properties in 49 states and 20 countries, inclusive of pipeline. With the most robust brand diversity in the industry, Aimbridge and its affiliates represent 84 lodging brands, in addition to more than 82 independent boutique/lifestyle hotels in the portfolio. As the world's largest third-party operator, Aimbridge is dedicated to its mission to leverage its scale to add value for owners and opportunities for associates better than any hospitality operator. Aligned with a concentrated focus, agility, and expertise for each vertical, Aimbridge drives market success for hotels and optimizes investment returns for owners. Aimbridge Hospitality's global headquarters is based in Plano, Texas, with additional corporate offices in Atlanta, Calgary, Fargo, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. Evolution Hospitality, Aimbridge's Lifestyle Division, is based in San Clemente, Calif. Aimbridge's International Division, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, has supporting offices across Europe in Amsterdam, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Moscow. The company's division in Mexico, Group Hotelero Prisma, has offices in Monterrey and Mexico City. For more information on Aimbridge Hospitality, please visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com and connect with Aimbridge on LinkedIn.

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