FEATURES AND ADVICE

TravelWifi Continues Global Growth, Acquires Barcelona-based Wifivox

TravelWifi | November 11, 2020

TravelWifi Continues Global Growth, Acquires Barcelona-based Wifivox
TravelWifi CEO Wallace Davis announced today the recent acquisition of Barcelona-based Wifivox, the leading provider of mobile Wi-Fi solutions in Spain. Founded in 2013, Wifivox has offices in Barcelona and Madrid. The company offers rentable Wi-Fi hotspot devices that can be ordered online and then picked up or dropped off at major airports and approximately 2,000 locations throughout Spain. Wifivox has a collaborative agreement with the official Barcelona tourism board and maintains more than 830 B2B partnerships in sectors ranging from events and media production companies to travel agencies and the hospitality industry.

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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Travel + Leisure Launches New Branded Products For At Home And The Road

Travel + Leisure Group, Sobel Westex | August 27, 2021

The growing suite of consumer products and services developed by Travel + Leisure will soon include at-home luxury inspired by the world’s best destinations and resorts. Travel + Leisure Group has signed a licensing agreement with Sobel Westex – the leading provider of luxury hotel bedding, pillows and linens for the home that offer all of the comfort of a deluxe hotel room – to produce an exclusive collection of luxury linens and accessories. The company’s new product line also includes the Travelpro® x Travel + Leisure luggage collection, which recently extended its retail footprint into several Bloomingdale’s flagship locations, as well as the luxury retailer’s online store. “Travel + Leisure has been the tastemaker authority on travel and lifestyle for 50 years,” said Noah Brodsky, president of Travel + Leisure Group and chief brand officer for Travel + Leisure Co. “We are incredibly excited for our experts to collaborate with Sobel Westex and other trusted partners to help people live the Travel + Leisure lifestyle with their favorite goods, whether on a dream vacation or relaxing at home.” Travel + Leisure has partnered with Travelpro, the most trusted luggage brand, to craft the perfect luggage collection — sleek, but with every bit of the functionality for the discerning traveler. From the spacious interior pockets that zip to enclose each side of the suitcase to the deceptively lightweight hard shell exterior, every product detail in the collection is considered with avid leisure travelers in mind. The Travelpro x Travel + Leisure luggage collection is available for purchase online and exclusively at several flagship Bloomingdale’s retail locations through 2021, with plans to expand into additional stores by the fall. Travelpro x Travel + Leisure luggage can be found in Bloomingdale’s stores at 59th Street in New York City; Aventura Mall in Miami, FL; South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA; Tysons Corner in Tysons, VA; and Bergen Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, NJ. Consumers can expect to see the Travel + Leisure linens collection from Sobel Westex available for purchase next year. The new retail offerings are a part of the group’s larger mission to take the Travel + Leisure brand beyond inspirational content and bring it to life through a curated suite of consumer products and services. In less than a year, the company has already launched an online travel gateway and will soon offer a new subscription travel club, among other new product offerings. About Travel + Leisure Group Travel + Leisure Group offers travelers a way to turn vacation inspiration into exceptional experiences through the top online and print travel content, online travel subscription and booking services, and branded consumer products all together in one place. About Sobel Westex Sobel Westex is the leading textile supplier in both US and Global textile markets with capabilities that extend beyond the ordinary. Sobel Westex is known for its designs, manufacturing and distribution globally, while being a trusted supplier to world class brands and strategic partners for over 30+ years.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Major Organisations to Travel Less and Accelerate Digital Transformation Ahead of Other Investments

Financial Standard | November 30, 2020

The leaders of significant associations will travel less and accelerate digital change in front of different investments thanks to the way COVID-19 has disrupted operations, a Westpac survey found. More than 110 chief executives canvassed in Westpac's Asia Pacific CEO review hope to scale back their business travel plans substantially in the future. The research, made conjunction with The Economist Intelligence Unit, discovered almost two-thirds (64%) of chief executives in the Asia Pacific driving the financial services, real estate and consumer goods sectors are reconsidering about the way they visit offshore operations as technology has made it possible to communicate more efficiently.

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DESTINATION AND TOURISM

Four Innisfree Hotels Earn Prestigious ‘Green Key’ Certification for Eco-Friendly Operations

INNISFREE HOTELS | December 29, 2021

Gulf Coast hotel operator and management company Innisfree Hotels is proud to announce that all four of their Pensacola Beach properties have been recognized by the Green Key Global Eco-Rating Program for their ongoing commitment to improving their environmental and fiscal performance. The Green Key Global Eco-Rating Program is a first-of-its-kind “eco-audit” that awards hospitality and tourism enterprises up to 5 Green Keys based on their sustainability practices and diligence when it comes to eco-friendly operations. The Green Key Program is recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), an international accreditation body that manages sustainability standards in travel and tourism. Of the four Pensacola properties, Hilton, Hampton, and Holiday Inn Resort have each received a rating of 4 Green Keys, while the Surf and Sand was awarded 3 Green Keys. These initial keys demonstrate the hotel operator’s commitment and responsibility to sustainability and community engagement. “As we step away from one of the most challenging years in hospitality, we’re humbled that guests have chosen to return to the Gulf Coast, and excited to introduce to them a better, greener Innisfree,We hope to set a new standard for sustainable travel and tourism, and these newly awarded Keys represent only the beginning of Innisfree’s commitment to environmental responsibility.” -the company’s CEO, Ted Ent. This recognition comes after the recent appointment of Brittney Barnett as Innisfree’s new Director of Sustainability. With over seven years of experience in community development and sustainability program implementation, Barnett joined Innisfree in October 2021 to pilot a new program focusing on climate action, resource preservation, ecological balance, and health and wellbeing. Under Barnett’s leadership, Innisfree will continue to pursue the highest standard of sustainable operations. It's inspiring to see our Pensacola Beach hotel teams prioritizing sustainability efforts despite the immense challenges the past few years have posed to their operations,” commented Barnett. “Looking ahead to 2022, we have many more exciting initiatives to roll out as we onboard more hotels into our sustainability program that focuses on ensuring regenerative business operations and thriving host communities. Although each hotel has unique achievements, Innisfree’s Sustainability efforts include LED lighting upgrades throughout the hotel, boiler upgrades, installing an energy management system, procuring Energy Star certified appliances, low-flow showerheads, water saving aerator faucets in each guest room, and EV charging stations. Additionally, the hotel operator established new employee engagement practices that include developing sustainability action plans for each property, conducting sustainability trainings for staff, and establishing a platform for employees to share sustainability ideas. Bonus points were awarded for Innisfree's strong community involvement by leading social initiatives such as their “From the Ground Up” community garden, participating in “The Bail Project,” and “Parent University.” And at the corporate level, Innisfree Hotels formally adopted a company-wide sustainability policy, established a strategic action plan, and formed a corporate green committee to lead their properties. ABOUT INNISFREE HOTELS For more than three decades, Innisfree Hotels has expertly developed and managed dozens of hotels in partnership with many of the world's most-recognized hotel brands. Today, the Gulf Coast-based company owns or manages 3,286 rooms and employs approximately 2,000 people. Innisfree is the largest beachfront hotel owner/operator in the Southeastern United States, boasting 14 beachfront properties along the Emerald Coast. Stretching its expansive portfolio to the Atlantic Ocean, Innisfree also operates seven beachfront/beach view hotels in many premier destinations, such as Amelia Island, Cocoa Beach, Hutchinson Island and Myrtle Beach. Innisfree has also expanded inland, adding key urban hotels in New Orleans, Sarasota, and Downtown Pensacola. Innisfree is a triple bottom line company, measuring success not only in profits but also through its impact on people and on the planet. To these ends, Innisfree strives to promote a culture of responsibility and service to humanity. A value-driven corporate culture enables the company to have a deeper understanding of the needs of its guests, partners and clients, resulting in service that ensures fun and memorable experiences. In 2019, Innisfree was ranked as one of the nation’s top Management Companies and top Owners & Developers by Hotel Business, the no. 1 hotel industry information source according to Harvey Research.

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If there are two things we love, it’s helping the planet and saving money! Today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Tips for Eco-friendly Budget Travelers. For this list, we’re looking at the best ways to keep your traveling greener without breaking the bank.