Travelport steps up NDC roll-out in Asia-Pacific with ‘live’ Qantas bookings

Buying Business Travel | December 02, 2019

Travelport has processed live bookings of Qantas’s NDC content via its Trip Services API. These follow a series of “live NDC test bookings” made in the past few months. The agency partners taking part in the test programme include ATPI and Maxim’s Travel, which have both been using the Trip Services API this year. Last month, Travelport also signed a multi-year content agreement with TAP Air Portugal to deliver NDC standard connections. Travelport claims the platform “improves customer experience by enhancing the airline’s retailing, booking and servicing capabilities and delivering enhanced personalised content tailored to meet a travellers’ unique needs”. It is currently connected to five airlines’ NDC content.

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‘Tis the season for a trip! Welcome to MojoTravels, and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Cities to Spend Christmas In. For this list, we’re looking at some of the most charming, festive and unique destinations for those looking to travel during the winter holiday season.

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Marcus® Hotels & Resorts | October 10, 2022

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), announced today that seven of its owned and/or managed properties have been recognized as top hotels and resorts by the 2022 Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. “We are thrilled that the judicious readers of Condé Nast Traveler recognized seven of our properties as being among the very best of the best, This year’s list includes the largest number of Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties in our history. This is testament to the commitment across our portfolio to the highest standards of excellence. As travel preferences evolve and change, Marcus Hotels & Resorts continuously provides our guests with enriching and authentic amenities, experiences and hospitality. We thank the readers of Condé Nast Traveler for their continued support as they explore and enjoy our properties across the country, and offer our huge congratulations to our outstanding associates who everyday work to make even ordinary days for our guests extraordinary.” -Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. The Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties that were recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers as top hotels and resorts in their respective categories are: Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was recognized as the #2 Top Resort in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. This all-seasons premier resort is the ideal Midwest vacation destination. Situated on 1,300 acres in the beautiful woodlands of Lake Geneva, the resort features two championship golf courses, Mountain Top downhill ski hill, full-service WELL Spa & Salon and a wide array of fine dining options. This is the sixth consecutive year this property has been named a Top Resort by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee, one of the country’s most immersive and inviting arts hotel experiences, was honored as the #10 Top Hotel in the Midwest and #1 hotel in Milwaukee. This is the third consecutive year that the property, which opened in 2019, has been named a Top Hotel in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers. The hotel broadly celebrates the arts in its many forms with multiple gallery and exhibition spaces, nightly live music and programmed events, and unique culinary experiences awaiting guests inside. Milwaukee’s distinguished luxury hotel, The Pfister Hotel was recognized as the #15 Top Hotel in the Midwest. This is the sixth consecutive year the 127-year-old, iconic property has been named a Top Hotel in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers. For the third time since being redeveloped in 2015, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh was recognized as the #2 Top Hotel in the Mid-Atlantic. Located in the nearly 120-year-old historic James H. Reed building, the property is situated in the center of downtown Pittsburgh near the Cultural District’s many art galleries, restaurants, and retail shops. The Garland, in North Hollywood, California, was recognized as the #15 Top Hotel in Los Angeles. Built in 1970 by Hollywood actress Beverly Garland and her husband, real estate developer Fillmore Crank, this sophisticated boutique hotel allows guests to relax and unwind in a secluded urban paradise that is only minutes from the excitement and thrills of LA. This is the seventh year the hotel has been named a Top Hotel in LA by Condé Nast Traveler readers since its rebirth in 2015. Skirvin Hilton was named the #6 Top Hotel in the Midwest, marking the second consecutive year it has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers. This contemporary-classic hotel has a rich history in Oklahoma City stretching back to 1911. At the epicenter of Oklahoma City’s vibrant culture, guests can experience many of the city’s biggest attractions. A Lincoln, Nebraska landmark, Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker was honored as the #7 Top Hotel in the Midwest. This is the second year the property was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Just minutes away from the historic Haymarket District, this beautiful hotel has been serving Nebraska's capital city for nearly 90 years and offers guests unique, popular and fun experiences. The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” The 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website and celebrated in the November issue. About Marcus Hotels & Resorts Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 17 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes premier food and beverage brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time® Pub & Grill and SafeHouse® Restaurants. For more information, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels). About The Marcus Corporation Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its lodging division, its theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or operates 1,064 screens at 85 locations in 17 states under the Marcus Theatres, Movie Tavern® by Marcus and BistroPlex® brands. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.marcuscorp.com.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY, HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Optii Solutions Launches New Learning Center Experience

Optii Solutions | October 27, 2022

Optii Solutions, the leading cloud-based hotel operations software, announced that it has launched a learning center with enhanced usability, improved search, and content designed for on-the-job learning. Almost every department and member of the operations team comes in contact with some aspect of Optii’s hotel operations platform. It was therefore important to ensure that educational content and accessibility works for a range of roles, cultures, and working environments. Optii’s Learning Center puts search at the forefront to allow users to access information quickly and on any device. Browsable content is organized to be user-centric and mirror common tasks and functions of any given role within a hotel operations team. Optii prioritizes recruitment from hospitality, and specifically housekeeping and operations. This ensures that the company maintains a close connection and understanding of all levels of hotel operations. While this knowledge is critical to creating a user-centric technology experience, it also serves to ensure that educational information is developed and presented in a quick and effective manner. “In developing learning content for our customers, I always start from a point of putting myself in their shoes. Many of the questions or challenges that operations and housekeeping professionals have, I have experienced at some point during my time in housekeeping. This knowledge helps me develop and structure training material in a way that will help team members get their answers, get back to their task, and be successful.” -Shelley Snyman, Director of Operations, Optii Solutions, Katherine Grass, CEO, Optii Solutions, said: Customer success has always been a top priority for Optii. While critical, the impact of our solution goes beyond productivity gains, guest experience, and cost savings. Optii has become an indispensable tool for housekeeping and maintenance staff in their daily operation, and we are focused on ensuring their success. A lot of the value of Optii is downstream to that. About Optii Solutions Optii Solutions is a hotel operations solution that leverages smarter technologies such as artificial intelligence, analytics, messaging and mobility to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of housekeeping and service delivery departments. For further information, please visit: www.optiisolutions.com.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY, DESTINATION AND TOURISM

Clinch and Sojern Join Forces to Enhance Travelers' Path to Purchase

Clinch and Sojern | October 12, 2022

Clinch, the leader in dynamic ad serving and personalization and creator of Flight Control, the omnichannel campaign activation platform, today announced a new relationship with Sojern, a leading provider of digital marketing solutions for travel, to bring enhanced workflow automation and omnichannel dynamic creative optimization (DCO) capabilities to travel marketers. Clinch's platform Flight Control streamlines the process of building, serving and measuring complex, data-driven campaigns across all channels, which compliments Sojern's multichannel travel marketing platform. Travel marketers leveraging Flight Control can now leverage Sojern's travel insights to enhance creative decisioning and optimization strategies. Sojern has spent 15 years collecting, aggregating and analyzing literally billions of travel intent signals like hotel and airline booking data from thousands of travel brands around the world. This data rich environment, called the Sojern Traveler Ecosystem, is the foundation of Sojern's intelligent travel marketing platform that delivers unrivaled traveler insight, multichannel scale and automated optimization—all in one place. "With personal and professional travel back on the rise, it's an incredibly important time for travel marketers to start evaluating and investing in technologies that support both their current and future needs, Trends and traveler circumstances are constantly changing on a hyper-local level around the world, therefore the ability to personalize and auto-optimize campaigns to match both environmental and user-based situations is paramount for this sector." -Charel MacIntosh, Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Clinch. Finding new ways to better serve our clients is truly at the heart of Sojern culture," said Josh Beckwith, Managing Director, Global Strategic Accounts and Partnerships. "We're excited to work with Clinch to put powerful tools in the hands of travel marketers to drive real performance. To learn more about how Sojern and Clinch work together, contact info@clinch.co. About Clinch Clinch is the recognized leader in omnichannel personalization, campaign management and ad serving. The company's AI-driven dynamic personalization technology delivers custom-tailored ad experiences at scale across all channels, driving best-in-class performance and consumer intelligence. Flight Control, Clinch's Omnichannel Campaign Activation Platform, enables agencies and brands to manage the entire campaign lifecycle, from strategy through activation and measurement, on a single data-driven, automated platform that makes them massively more efficient, and profitable. Clinch campaigns run across all digital channels including programmatic, Connected TV (CTV), social media, in-app, native and Digital Out of Home (DOOH). About Sojern Sojern is a leading digital marketing platform built for travel marketers. Powered by artificial intelligence and traveler intent data, Sojern provides multichannel marketing solutions to drive direct demand. 10,000 hotels, attractions, tourism boards and travel marketers rely on Sojern annually to engage and convert travelers around the world.

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