TTF Welcomes Labor’s Commitment To Australia’s Tourism Industry

Travel and Tour World | April 22, 2019

Tourism and Transport Forum has today welcomed the Labor team’s commitment to the Tourism Industry in the lead up to next month’s Federal Election.Labor’s strategy will include $95 million in grants to improve infrastructure around existing tourism attractions, $30 million to expand the range of tourism experiences in individual regions and $25 million for Tourism Australia to get more international visitors to Australia and showcase our beautiful country to domestic tourists.Speaking about today’s funding announcements Tourism and Transport Forum Chief Executive Margy Osmond said Labor has clearly been listening to the needs of Australia’s tourism industry.”“The proposed investment will allow tourism businesses to create new experiences, improve service quality, expand in regional areas as well as further promotion of tourism on the worldwide market.

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Hotels are increasingly challenged by emerging competitors and shifting customer demands and expectations; Airbnb being just one example of the former and Millennials of the latter. It is becoming clear that all of the ‘traditional’ players in hospitality will need to innovate in order to meet these challenges.

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Hotels are increasingly challenged by emerging competitors and shifting customer demands and expectations; Airbnb being just one example of the former and Millennials of the latter. It is becoming clear that all of the ‘traditional’ players in hospitality will need to innovate in order to meet these challenges.

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Fareportal | December 08, 2021

Fareportal, the travel technology company behind leading online travel agencies CheapOair and OneTravel has announced the addition of aha! to the over 600 air carriers already available via the company's online websites. The brands were the first of the major OTA's to be selected as a preferred partner and reach an agreement with the new airline. aha! went live on CheapOair and OneTravel in late November of this year. aha! is a leisure airline brand of Expressjet Airlines, and provides service to smaller communities with convenient, short, nonstop flights to in-demand destinations such as Reno-Lake Tahoe. "Air service to smaller communities has reduced over the last decade, and yet consumer demand for regional travel options continues. Our company's focus on innovative technology to enhance the travel experience led aha! to CheapOair and OneTravel. We are extremely pleased to partner with aha! to provide this needed service to the traveling public." -Werner Kunz-Cho, CEO of Fareportal Subodh Karnik, Chairman and CEO of Expressjet states, Fareportal is a travel technology innovator, and we appreciate Cheapoair & OneTravel's ability to provide travelers with easy-to-book, customized air travel solutions. We are pleased to partner with Fareportal to market aha!'s reasonably priced, nonstop flights between Reno-Tahoe and cities in the western United States. Domestic air travel in the United States has been strong in the last half of 2020, and experts expect US travel volume to continue to increase in 2022. To service this demand, aha! has an aggressive route expansion strategy planned for the year. About CheapOair CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone or live chat. Part of Fareportal's family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with travel agents available worldwide to help find great deals on flights to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million lodgings, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on��Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for travel inspiration and helpful travel tips.  About Fareportal   Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next-generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and One Travel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international and domestic flight, hotel and other travel and add-on ancillaries.  About aha! aha! is a leisure brand of ExpressJet Airlines. aha! seeks to provide travelers in smaller communities, many who have seen air service reduced over the past decade through airline mergers, with convenient, short, nonstop flights to high-quality destinations like the Reno-Lake Tahoe region. In addition to offering value-priced, nonstop flights, aha! will soon partner with resorts, casinos, and attractions to "bundle" value-priced vacation packages. About ExpressJet Airlines ExpressJet Airlines is the union of Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Continental Express and operates Embraer ERJ145 regional jet aircraft. Over its 35-year history, ExpressJet has flown most Embraer, Bombardier, and ATR aircraft from cities across the continental United States into airports in the USA, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. ExpressJet is majority owned by KAir Enterprises with United Airlines holding a minority interest.

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DESTINATION AND TOURISM

The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection and the WELL Partners for Exclusive Retreat

the well | March 14, 2022

The Lodge at Blue Sky, an Auberge Resorts Collection small luxury resort located outside of Park City, and THE WELL, a comprehensive ecosystem for wellness and holistic health care, are partnering together to host an exclusive retreat from May 30 to June 2, 2022. Personalized sessions conducted by visiting masters like Craniosacral Therapist and Educator Michelle Stoppi and Plant People Founder Gabe Kennedy will explore best practices in mindfulness, movement, nutrition, and medicine over four days. The Week of WELL is a guide to a more aware and connected life. GREET SUMMER WITH FRESH PERSPECTIVE The retreat will welcome summer with a renewed perspective after taking time to cleanse, ground, empower, and discover grace, in a perfect marriage of eastern and western practices and the Lodge's wild-crafted approach to wellbeing. The four-day schedule begins with a sacred sage blessing inspired by the indigenous soil and includes movement lessons, meditations, trail rides, and private meals. Michelle Stoppi, a licensed craniosacral massage therapist and the leading educator of craniosacral professional continuing education in the United States, will facilitate sessions that examine the nervous system and its relationship to the Earth's biomagnetic energetic field in order to alleviate stress and achieve peace. These include a Plant People-inspired plant and mushroom lunch, a sunrise trek to mountain top yoga and breakfast with Blue Sky's health specialists, and a six-course dinner featuring Executive Chef Galen Zamarra's food as medicine. Guests can also book private craniosacral treatments with Michelle Stoppi for a more customized therapeutic experience. LUXURY AS NATURE INTENDED The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection is about 35 minutes from Salt Lake City airport but feels a world apart. On-site sustainable farm, restaurant with James Beard Award-winning Chef Galen, and transforming experiences like horseback riding and a network of onsite hiking trails will be part of the Week of WELL. Utah's no 1 resort (Travel + Leisure) is also a premier wellness destination. It is home to Edge Spa, which offers a menu of all-natural body and skincare treatments, as well as energy healing and Ayurvedic consultations. The property also offers immersive wellness journeys, which include in-room sleep rituals, equine healing at the Arena, yoga and meditation in the forest, and DIY bloom-to-bottle products made on the farm.

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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Curator Hotel & Resort Collection Welcomes Eight New Hotels From Davidson Hospitality Group

Curator Hotel &Resort | November 24, 2021

Curator Hotel & Resort Collection (“Curator”) announced the addition of eight lifestyle hotels and resorts from Davidson Hospitality Group (“Davidson”) to its rapidly growing portfolio. These hotels will access Curator’s best-in-class operating agreements, services, and non-proprietary technology to improve operating performance while benefiting from the enhanced relationships with other Curator member hotels and resorts. “We are thrilled to add these unique hotels and resorts to Curator’s growing portfolio,Curator’s owner-centric offerings combined with Davidson’s best-in-class management will enhance the profitability and performance of these properties while also enabling new product, service, and technology offerings from the Curator platform.” -John Belden, Chairman & CEO of Davidson Hospitality Group. Davidson Hospitality Group’s mission to provide heartfelt hospitality, greater value for its property owners, and unmatched service to guests, all while managing a select group of bold and innovative hospitality brands, directly aligns with Curator’s values. The Davidson managed hotels will have the ability to leverage the support and resources Curator offers while remaining true to the operator’s people-first mission. “Davidson is one of the leading management companies in the hotel industry, so we are excited they have chosen to partner with Curator,These eight unique hotels and resorts incorporate local flare while also offering the experiences lifestyle guests are seeking. Curator’s broad array of services and partnerships will support and enhance Davidson's creative and detailed operating focus that they are known for in the hotel industry.” -Jennifer Barnwell, President of Curator. The newest Curator Hotel & Resort Collection member properties include: Amara Cay Resort (Islamorada, Florida): Amara Cay Resort is anchored in the laid-back style and carefree atmosphere that makes Islamorada the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Reflecting the easy tranquility of the Upper Keys, Amara Cay Resort seamlessly blends recreation with relaxation. Hammocks dot the sandy shoreline, palm trees sway in the breeze, and a shimmering oceanfront pool beckons early risers. Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Michigan): Located on Northern Michigan’s Mackinac Island, the iconic Grand Hotel beckons guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm. The historic landmark hotel has been welcoming guests since 1887 and continues to embrace its rich history with inspired enhancements and cherished traditions. Hotel Viking (Newport, Rhode Island): Set atop downtown Newport’s Historic Hill neighborhood, Hotel Viking opened to an awestruck public almost a century ago. From the original key boxes behind the Front Desk, to the 1926 brass letter box in the Lobby, the iconic Newport hotel offers a wonderful combination of style, comfort, and modern amenities. La Siesta Resort & Marina (Islamorada, Florida): Situated along the historic Overseas Highway, La Siesta Resort embraces the natural beauty of Florida and is considered one of the best vacation spots in the Florida Keys. Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort (Hollywood, Florida): Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter, and author Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is a destination resort and entertainment complex on the legendary Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. With an extensive array of amenities and high levels of hospitality, service, and attention to detail, the renowned destination resort is the perfect setting for guests to enjoy the unique fun and island escapism Margaritaville is famous for delivering. Pelican Cove Resort & Marina (Islamorada, Florida): Pelican Cove Resort transports guests into a tropical paradise the minute they check-in with 63 rooms and suites on the water, as well as an outdoor pool, saltwater lagoon, cabana bar and café, marina, water sports and fishing charters. Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina (Islamorada, Florida): Located on a private beach, the iconic Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina at Holiday Isle (aka PCI for short) features 151 guest rooms and suites, many with mini-refrigerators and microwaves. The newly refreshed Postcard Inn blends the retro, throwback feel of a nostalgic American beach vacation with modern amenities, designer furnishings, and a touch of whimsy. The Ryder (Charleston, South Carolina): Charleston’s newest boutique hotel, The Ryder, celebrates the destination’s rich history while ushering in a new era with its modern aesthetic, elevated accommodations, and stylish lobby and public spaces. In keeping with traditional southern hospitality, friendly, attentive service delivers a feeling of home-away-from-home in a welcoming, spirited setting. For a complete list of Curator hotels, visit www.curatorhotelsandresorts.com/destinations/country/usa. About Curator Hotel & Resort Collection Curator Hotel & Resort Collection is a distinct collection of hand-selected small brands and independent lifestyle hotels and resorts worldwide, founded by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and a group of industry-leading hotel operators. Curator provides lifestyle hotels the power to compete together while allowing their members the freedom to retain what makes their hotels unique. It offers independent lifestyle hotels the benefits of associating with other unique lifestyle hotels and brands while participating in best-in-class operating agreements, services, and technology. In addition to Pebblebrook, the founding members of Curator include Davidson Hospitality Group, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Provenance, Sage Hospitality Group, Springboard Hospitality, and Viceroy Hotels & Resorts. For more information, visit www.curatorhotelsandresorts.com and follow us at @CuratorHotelCollection. About Davidson Hospitality Group Davidson Hospitality Group is an award-winning, full-service hospitality management company comprised of 66 existing hotels and resorts; more than 165 restaurants, bars and lounges; and nearly 1.5 million square feet of meeting space across the United States. A trusted partner and preferred operator for Hilton, Hyatt, Kimpton, Marriott, and Margaritaville, Davidson offers a unique entrepreneurial management style and owners' mentality that provides the individualized personal service of a small company, enhanced by the breadth and depth of skill and experience of a larger operating platform. In keeping with the company's heritage of delivering value, Davidson is comprised of four highly specialized operating verticals: Davidson Hotels, Pivot, Davidson Resorts and Davidson Restaurant Group. For more information, visit www.davidsonhospitality.com. Follow us on Instagram: @davidsonhospitality and Twitter: @DavidsonHospGrp. Like us on Facebook: @DavidsonHospitalityGroup. Connect with us on LinkedIn: @DavidsonHospitalityGroup. About Pebblebrook Hotel Trust Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and the largest owner of urban and resort lifestyle hotels in the United States. The Company owns 52 hotels, totaling approximately 13,000 guest rooms across 15 urban and resort markets. For more information, visit http://www.pebblebrookhotels.com and follow us at @PebblebrookPEB.

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