Tel Aviv presents master plan to boost tourism by 2030

Travel And Tour World | June 25, 2019

Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, and other city officials presented the citys master plan on Monday for increasing tourism in the next ten years.The aim of the plan, called Tel Aviv Jaffa 2030, is to position Tel Aviv as one of the most popular urban destinations in the world by creating new tourist attractions, increasing the amount of information available in English, and developing infrastructure, communications, and accommodations.

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Today, travelers have the ability to review and rate virtually every aspect of their travel experience and prospective travelers base many of their purchase decisions on what others are saying. Consumer satisfaction plays a strong role in the evaluation of travel brands, and in order to build an authentic relationship with the modern traveler, these brands must understand how technology affects the traveler’s experience and satisfaction with a trip.

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Today, travelers have the ability to review and rate virtually every aspect of their travel experience and prospective travelers base many of their purchase decisions on what others are saying. Consumer satisfaction plays a strong role in the evaluation of travel brands, and in order to build an authentic relationship with the modern traveler, these brands must understand how technology affects the traveler’s experience and satisfaction with a trip.

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Expedia Group and Bilt Rewards Launch Exclusive Travel Portal

Expedia Group | July 01, 2022

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RMS North America Launches “Solonis”, a Hotel-Dedicated Platform

RMS North America | June 02, 2022

On June 1, RMS North America introduced Solonis, a cloud-based, modern property management system built exclusively for the hotel industry. This launch is the first brand expansion of RMS. Solonis was created and crafted by a team of hospitality and business intelligence professionals with more than 35 years of experience in the industry. It assists property owners in increasing occupancy, offering a better customer experience, and optimize revenue. “The hospitality industry has been burdened by outdated, overly complicated systems for too long – that’s why we created a PMS that works for properties today and readies them for whatever the future holds,At Solonis, we’re uniquely positioned to solve these industry challenges because we balance innovative solutions with human connection, the cornerstone of hospitality. The result is smarter property management that’s seamless and intuitive.” -Reza Paydar, CEO, Solonis. Solonis will empower properties to adapt to changing guest behavior and expectations, position themselves for success in a technology-driven era of travel, and support revenue operations as the industry continues to recover, continued Paydar. We believe Solonis supports these goals in a way that no other vendor has before, and we’re eager to make these lasting improvements across the hospitality ecosystem. Solonis offers a single solution for every aspect of property management. Staff and property managers can benefit from Solonis’ features that include: Dynamic pricing functionality to maximize profit and occupancy Revenue and expense flow systems for complex property management Guest marketing and communication features like text and chat An internet booking engine integrated with property management features Guest empowerment tools to manage payment, communication, and check-in/check-out Customizable BI-propelled dashboard with real-time operations data From June 27-30, the Solonis team will exhibit the new solution at HITEC Orlando (booth 215). Attendees can learn about the property management system’s channel management, booking engine, mobile-first capabilities and business intelligence by scheduling a demo on Solonis’ official website.

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Cathay Pacific Airways Extends Partnership with Sabre

Sabre | June 21, 2022

On June 20, Sabre, a leading software and technology provider in the travel industry, announced an enhanced partnership with Cathay Pacific Airways. This partnership will allow Sabre-connected travel agencies across the world to access dynamic New Distribution Capability (NDC) content from Cathay Pacific through the Sabre travel marketplace. Sabre gets extra traction on its NDC roadmap while creating additional modern airline retaining opportunities for Cathay Pacific. Additionally, the partnership Sabre-connected agencies to shop, book and service Cathay Pacific content to create more personalized experiences for the end traveler. At the beginning of this year, Cathay Pacific chose Sabre’s Fares Manager and Fares Optimizer solutions to achieve strategic pricing and intelligent offer creation. "As we move further into recovery, it's vital that we are able to create more differentiated content that is reflective of travelers' wants and needs today and tomorrow, Having created that content, we need to make sure that as many travelers as possible have access to it, whether through direct or indirect channels. That's why we're delighted to be joining Sabre's Beyond NDC family at this key moment for the travel industry." -Cathay Pacific General Manager Sales and Distribution Martin Xu. " NDC is more important than ever as the travel industry seeks to capture the tailwinds of recovery, and 2022 is gearing up to be a key year for our NDC efforts," said Kathy Morgan, Vice President, Channel Delivery, Sabre Travel Solutions. "A critical enabler in creating a more dynamic distribution environment where it is easier to adapt to changing marketing conditions, NDC is a win-win-win for the airline, agency and traveler, so we're thrilled to have Cathay Pacific join us as we continue to drive our long-term Beyond NDC retailing and distribution vision forward. Sabre is set to advance its capabilities as the agreement builds on a busy NDC roadmap. Cathay Pacific resumed flying to more destinations following changes to some travel curbs in Hong Kong.

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