Tourism arrivals continue upward trajectory in Croatia

Breaking Travel News | July 22, 2019

The Croatian National Tourist Board has announced a six per cent increase in visitor arrivals for the first half of the year.June itself saw a ten percent increase in arrivals and an eight percent increase in overnight stays when compared to June 2018.According to data from eVisitor (which monitors turnover in commercial and non-commercial travel), Croatia had 6.88 million visitors from January to June this year, a six percent increase in total arrivals and 26.2 million overnight stays, an increase of three per cent on the previous year.

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The travel industry is an important and decisive sector to the global economic development. Its direct impact to the global economy was more than 7 trillion USD in 2017. Given the current globalization typified by a changing pattern of traveler's demands, our options and means of travel are continuously expanding. Traveling to different countries, hotels, and purchasing tickets for local transactions will be in traveler’s fingertips. This will reduce the time to contact the third party support agencies in case of any issues and multiple follow ups. The transfer and exchange of traveler’s data over the untrusted networks, circulation of related payment in the industry and reconciliation strategy between service providers and travelers are fast becoming a travel-related global problem as a result of manner of settlement, fraud, means/terms of payments, and legacy systems. These challenges are inhibiting the potentials of the travel industry as loss of huge amounts every year.

Spotlight

The travel industry is an important and decisive sector to the global economic development. Its direct impact to the global economy was more than 7 trillion USD in 2017. Given the current globalization typified by a changing pattern of traveler's demands, our options and means of travel are continuously expanding. Traveling to different countries, hotels, and purchasing tickets for local transactions will be in traveler’s fingertips. This will reduce the time to contact the third party support agencies in case of any issues and multiple follow ups. The transfer and exchange of traveler’s data over the untrusted networks, circulation of related payment in the industry and reconciliation strategy between service providers and travelers are fast becoming a travel-related global problem as a result of manner of settlement, fraud, means/terms of payments, and legacy systems. These challenges are inhibiting the potentials of the travel industry as loss of huge amounts every year.

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T-Mobile Expands In-flight Coverage to United Airlines

T-Mobile | September 26, 2022

Airplane mode has a whole new meaning for T-Mobile customers flying United. Starting eligible T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) customers now get free in-flight Wi-Fi and streaming, where available, on select domestic and short-haul international United flights. As the newest addition to Coverage Beyond — T-Mobile’s latest Un-carrier move — United joins American, Alaska and Delta airlines in providing Un-carrier customers with the ability to text, email, search and stream all flight long where available, now on four of the biggest U.S. airlines.“Now, T-Mobile customers can stay connected from takeoff to landing and beyond on hundreds more flights, now including United Airlines!” said Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile. “This latest expansion of Coverage Beyond is all part of our goal to keep customers connected even outside the signal of our network, and we’re on a nonstop mission to find new ways to make that happen.” After one of the biggest summer travel seasons in recent years, the trend is expected to continue this fall and through the holiday season, with more than a third of Americans planning to take a trip in the next three months. And T-Mobile will take the hassle and worry out of customers’ travel plans, keeping them connected on the road, in the air and overseas. “Whether it’s for business or leisure, we know staying connected in the air is important, and we’re excited many of T-Mobile’s customers will experience our free inflight Wi-Fi on their phones when flying United,” said Grant Milstead, United’s Vice President of Digital Technology. “With the free in-flight coverage, customers can take advantage of Wi-Fi to text their family and friends or browse their favorite sites and apps.” T-Mobile’s industry-leading travel benefits are just part of what makes now the best time to be a T-Mobile customer. 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Customers will also get unlimited 256kbps connectivity in all those places, plus free connection all flight long on four eligible flights of their choice per year, with a free hour for every eligible flight after that on Magenta, Business Unlimited Advanced and equivalent Sprint plans. The bottom line? Everyone wins. And this is all in addition to 5GB of high-speed data every month and free calling and texting for Magenta, Magenta MAX and eligible T-Mobile for Business customers in Mexico and Canada. Coverage Beyond launches on United’s 737s, MAX8s, MAX9s, select 757-300s and select A319s with Wi-Fi supported by Viasat and Thales InFlyt Experience with more flights and Wi-Fi partners to be added soon. To learn more about T-Mobile’s travel benefits, visit t-mobile.com/travel. For more information on T-Mobile for Business travel benefits, head to http://t-mobile.com/business/plans/travel-benefits. 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Trip.com | November 14, 2022

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Lightspeed Commerce Inc | September 08, 2022

Lightspeed Commerce Inc. ( NYSE: LSPD) (TSX: LSPD), the one-stop commerce platform for merchants around the world to simplify, scale, and create exceptional customer experiences, has announced the initial launch of Lightspeed Restaurant in the Australian market - a unified hospitality commerce and point-of-sale (POS) platform to power Australia's restaurant revival.Unveiling at Fine Food Australia, and coming soon to Australian businesses Lightspeed Restaurant, an industry-leading cloud platform, combines an innovative POS, contactless integrated payments, online ordering, advanced inventory, industry leading analytics and more; enabling operators to run smarter, more efficient restaurants. 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Lightspeed Restaurant allows Australian restaurant owners to take control of seat level ordering, multiple service environments, complex printing setups, and more, all through a single commerce platform - providing the solution they need to meet and exceed the needs of their customers, empower their team and overcome the challenges of today." -Peter Dougherty, General Manager of Hospitality, at Lightspeed Key features of Lightspeed Restaurant include: Advanced insights: Lightspeed Restaurant informs operators what turns customers into regulars, who their best wait staff are and why, and makes them feel like they're on the floor every day even across multiple locations. Comprehensive integrated inventory: Track and automate inventory without breaking the bank. Know exactly how much product was sold, how much is still on hand, and how much is needed from a supplier for the next order. 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Bluebonnet's Manager, Mikey Buchanan, said the platform gives the business a competitive advantage and the foundations to overcome challenges and provide better experiences for customers and employees alike. We've been looking for a platform like Lightspeed Restaurant for years. The access to real-time insights has given us a deeper, more accurate understanding of our business than we've ever had before. It's incredibly powerful and sophisticated, but also user-friendly, which is so important in a transient industry where staff come and go. Rather than using different systems for different business functions everything is on one system, driving operational efficiencies which benefit our team and, ultimately, our customers. We're passionate about our craft and our customers, and with Lightspeed Restaurant we spend less time working on administration and non-revenue generating tasks and more time delivering the food and experiences that bring people together. 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