Tunisia tourism revenues up 42.5 pct in H1

Xinhua | July 09, 2019

Tourism revenues in Tunisia rose by 42.5 percent in the first half of 2019, making up to 684.6 million dollars against 480.5 million dollars in 2018, the Tunisian government announced on Monday.According to a government statement, the tourism sector shows clear improvement in the number of tourists and revenues.The first half of 2019 recorded an increase of 16.7 percent in the number of tourists to reach around 3.8 million, compared to the same period of 2018.The statement showed an increase of 22 percent of European tourists and 18.3 percent in the number of Maghreb tourists - Algerians, Moroccans, Libyans and Mauritanians.

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There is a positive outlook for tourism in Saudi Arabia, with strong growth forecast and a wave of investment underway. At a total contribution of SAR 190bn in 2015, Travel & Tourism is currently the second highest contributor to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Saudi Arabia, albeit from a relatively low base compared to other countries. Inbound tourism is forecast to grow to over 32m trips per annum by 2026, driven primarily by growth in religious tourism. Domestic tourism is forecast to grow to an impressive 66m trips per annum by 2020, driven by growth in both religious and leisure tourism.

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There is a positive outlook for tourism in Saudi Arabia, with strong growth forecast and a wave of investment underway. At a total contribution of SAR 190bn in 2015, Travel & Tourism is currently the second highest contributor to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in Saudi Arabia, albeit from a relatively low base compared to other countries. Inbound tourism is forecast to grow to over 32m trips per annum by 2026, driven primarily by growth in religious tourism. Domestic tourism is forecast to grow to an impressive 66m trips per annum by 2020, driven by growth in both religious and leisure tourism.

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Travel Insured International Announces New Partnership with Blue Ribbon Bags

Travel Insured International | September 27, 2022

Travel Insured International is pleased to announce a new partnership with Blue Ribbon Bags, a leader in travel luggage retrieval. Travel Insured joins Blue Ribbon Bags' growing list of industry partners seeking to provide a better experience for their travelers. As a travel protection provider with plans containing insurance benefits for lost and delayed baggage, we're excited to offer this service to our customers throThis non-insurance service provided by Blue Ribbon Bags will be available to clients of large tour operators working with Travel Insured. Because each Travel Insured plan features insured benefits for Baggage and Personal Effects, Travel Insured can provide eligible payment up to a maximum benefit amount if baggage and personal effects are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed during the trip or while checked with a common carrier. The added service of Blue Ribbon Bags will assist travelers in tracking their baggage claim via text. "Our job is to make that process a little bit better and to keep that communication with the customer as smooth as possible," says Menkin. With assistance from Blue Ribbon Bags, plan holders will also receive intermediary support in pursuing their lost baggage, which can be a tedious and time-consuming process." -Blue Ribbon Bags CEO, Gabriel Menkin, understands that airlines are doing their best to keep up with lost baggage claims. When somebody has a lost bag, we are sending them real time email, SMS, and WhatsApp notifications every time there's a change to the status of their bag, says Menkin. Travelers will be empowered to track the progress of their lost baggage claim and receive notifications to stay informed every step of the way. For the first 96 hours, Blue Ribbon Bags will track and expedite the return of a traveler's lost bag. If the bag is not recovered, the traveler can file a claim against their Travel Insured protection plan for their lost or delayed baggage and personal effects. Travel Insured partners with large tour operators that provide travel packages to customers, which can include air travel, ground transportation, local tours, and other services at one or more locations per trip. For travelers with varied trip types and multiple destinations on their itineraries, baggage protection may be more important than ever. "This partnership comes at a time when the travel industry is facing unique obstacles in transportation, like significant increases in lost baggage claims from top airlines, We're always seeking innovative ways to enhance our programs, so we're eager to offer this baggage tracking service to our wholesale customers. We strive to help travelers feel confident before, during, and after their trip." -Isaac Cymrot, VP of Strategic Partnerships About Travel Insured International As a leading travel insurance provider with more than 25 years in business, Travel Insured International provides trip protection to help each individual travel confidently. Travel Insured is owned by Crum & Forster whose parent company is Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., an insurance specialty company that consistently earns an A credit rating from AM Best. We're proud to partner with tour operators and help them to offer extensive travel protection with major travel insurance benefits as well as non-insurance assistance services. At Travel Insured, we remain steadfast in the commitment to providing dependable coverage, great value, and end-to-end satisfaction for our customers' travel insurance experience.ugh our plans to help ensure expedition of luggage claims through any major airline in the world.

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ROOMDEX, A Hotel Upsell Innovator, Partners with PANDOX

ROOMDEX | September 20, 2022

ROOMDEX, a pioneer in automated hotel upselling solutions, announces that Pandox, a leading hotel company that has ownership in 156 hotels across the globe, activated ROOMDEX’s Upgrade Optimizer software in two hotels, including:“We've always worked with a tool for upselling, but they all required some amount of human labor. So, we were looking for something else, something that was better,” said Jens Egemalm, Distribution Director for Pandox Operations Hotel, “One of my colleagues at the revenue center was doing research on upsell tools in the MEWS marketplace and found ROOMDEX. It was one of the few that was a fully automated system. We liked the simplicity of it, and that led to the first call.” ROOMDEX Upsell Automation is a set-it-and-forget-it solution that delivers the lowest cost revenue a hotel can generate. ROOMDEX’s Upgrade Optimize combines 2-way integration with a proprietary algorithm to generate True Availability, forecasting inventory usage so there are no operational conflicts. With ROOMDEX, hotel can effortlessly sell and guarantee pre-arrival offers for Room Upgrades, Early Check-in, Late Departure and Guest Services (Breakfast, Parking, etc.). “In terms of performance, we had high expectations because it was sold to us that it would perform well. And it did. We didn't have to wait one or two weeks before it started performing – it started performing directly. Within just a few days of one of the properties going live, we had more than €5000 worth of upsells. And it’s been consistent – we haven't gone any day without any upsells. Plus, our ROI is higher than what was promised or expected. We are very happy with that.” ROOMDEX pilot hotels have reported an average of $75 of additional room product up-sell revenue per up-sold stay since using the hotel upsell tool. Upgrade OptimizerTM room revenue is improving RevPar and boosting ADR when hotels need it most. “We have been very happy with our partnership with MEWS and their app marketplace,Hotel groups like Pandox, who are very experienced in both cloud technology and the upselling space, have found it very easy to run a free trial of ROOMDEX through MEWS. ” -Jos Schaap, CEO and Co-Founder of ROOMDEX, About ROOMDEX ROOMDEX’s hotel upsell software, “Upgrade Optimizer,” automates, monetizes and ultimately simplifies the hotel room upgrade process by putting the power of choice in the hotel guest’s hands. Automation is the cornerstone of our pioneering hotel optimization platform. ROOMDEX uses hotel reservation, guest data and its proprietary persona and price algorithms to deliver personalized digital offers, greatly enhancing the guest experience. The hotel upsell tool relieves hoteliers of the labor time required by other upselling solutions while delivering high margin revenue and a substantial ROI. The company was founded by Jos Schaap, Pierre Boettner and Denis Bajet, three industry veterans (Ex. MICROS-OPERA (now Oracle Hospitality), StayNTouch, Shiji and Nor1). ROOMDEX leverages that 90 years of hotel software innovation experience in PMS, integrations, revenue management, BI, mobile, self-service and upgrade optimization software. Since founding in spring of 2020, ROOMDEX has signed on more than 100 hotels with 9,000 rooms across the U.S., U.K. and Europe. About Pandox Pandox is a leading owner of hotel properties in Northern Europe with a focus on sizeable hotels in key leisure and corporate destinations. Pandox’s hotel property portfolio currently comprises 156 hotels with approximately 35,500 hotel rooms in 15 countries. Pandox’s business is organised into Property management, which comprises hotel properties leased on a long-term basis to market leading regional hotel operators and leading international hotel operators, and Operator activities, which comprises hotel operations executed by Pandox in its owner-occupied hotel properties. Pandox was founded in 1995 and the company’s B shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. http://www.pandox.se

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United Airlines and Sabre renew global distribution agreement

Sabre Corporation | October 14, 2022

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology provider powering the global travel industry, announced the renewal of its multi-year distribution agreement with United Airlines. The long-term agreement ensures that Sabre-connected travel agents will have access to United's content globally while enabling the airline to extend its reach in Sabre's valuable network of global travel buyers and intermediaries. "We are happy to continue our relationship with Sabre and renew our distribution agreement to promote our growing portfolio of products and services through Sabre's travel marketplace," -Dave Bartels, vice president of revenue management & distribution at United Airlines. Under the new agreement, United will continue distributing its content to the large network of travel agents and corporations worldwide connected to Sabre's global distribution system (GDS). United and Sabre will continue to collaborate to deliver NDC-enabled capabilities supporting the airline's modern retailing vision. "We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with United Airlines. Together, we will collaborate on ways to leverage Sabre technology and solutions to help the airline achieve its vision for modern retailing, Our agreement underscores Sabre's commitment to meeting the unique needs of our airline customers while also meeting travel buyers' need for efficient end-to-end workflows, choice, and transparency." -Roshan Mendis, chief commercial officer, Sabre Travel Solutions Sabre continues to focus on developing new technology that supports retailing, distribution, and fulfillment solutions for travel suppliers, buyers and consumers to enjoy more relevant and comprehensive travel solutions. About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfillment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre's technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit www.sabre.com.

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