UK Government to Probe Environmental Cost of Tourism

Skift | July 19, 2019

The UK parliaments Environmental Audit Committee will launch an inquiry into the cost of tourism to the environment, it announced Thursday.The announcement mentioned various consequences of overtourism, including carbon emissions, resource degradation, the decline of cultural sites, and negative effects on the housing market. It specifically called out the impact of aviation as a priority of the inquiry, noting that it intends to seek views on travel choices to inform the Government’s forthcoming aviation strategy to 2050.Chair of the committee, Mary Creagh, member of parliament, said the recent cruise ship collision in Venice as well as local protests in highly-impacted cities like Barcelona has put the issue of overtourism in the spotlight. Though it was not mentioned, this years Extinction Rebellion protests in the UK put climate change in the public and media consciousness much more than in recent years.

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Are you thinking about studying hospitality or launching a career in this dynamic industry? There has never been a better moment to enter hospitality. From accommodation sharing to digital immersion and new experiences, the travel and tourism sector is transforming at an incredible pace. Travel and tourism are also expanding across the globe, creating new jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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Philippine Airlines Partners with IBS Software to Empower Employees by Transforming Staff Travel

philippine airlines | March 03, 2022

Philippine Airlines (PAL) and its regional affiliate PAL Express (PALex) have partnered with IBS Software to provide their employees with a new, fully digital system for booking and managing staff travel. The airline group has signed up to implement IBS Software's fully automated SaaS solution iFly Staff, which enables them to automate leisure and duty travel processes. Through the new system, PAL can better support employees, their beneficiaries and PAL retirees to manage travel through a self-service digital platform, empowering employees and enhancing staff satisfaction.By replacing its in-house travel booking solution with an omnichannel self-service platform, PAL can deliver employees the flexibility to book and amend travel plans through desktop or mobile channels. The iFly Staff solution also allows flexible payment options, including integration with e-wallets such as PayMaya and GCash. PAL will also benefit from significant operational benefits through iFly Staff. Automating the travel booking process greatly reduces manual processes, reducing the administrative burden while improving quality of service. It also allows the PAL staff travel team to create and roll out new policies and process in real-time, and dynamically implement policy changes quickly and efficiently, using the configuration capabilities of iFly Staff. "At PAL we fully support our employees. Their wellbeing and happiness could not be more important to us. We're delighted to be able to roll out such an innovative and forward-looking platform to our employees," -Mr. Danreb M. Oira, Senior Vice President for Human Capital at PAL. Ensuring staff have maximum flexibility over their travel and the ability to manage it effectively is a must-have for modern airlines. We're thrilled to be partnering with PAL, who are dedicated to supporting their employees and committed to delivering them with cutting-edge technology to put their travel plans in their own hands, Through iFly Staff, employees can book flights and hotels themselves in a single flow, while administrators get full management control to create policy-based rules without the need for any technical support. That's a powerful combination for progressive airlines like PAL and we look forward to a long and successful partnership. -Sunil George, Vice President and Regional Head at IBS Software. More information on iFly Staff can be found here. About Philippine Airlines Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the Philippines' flag carrier and only full-service network airline. PAL was the first commercial airline in Asia and is celebrating its 81st anniversary in March 2022. PAL's young fleet of Boeing 777s, Airbus A350s, Airbus A330s, Airbus A321s and De Havilland DHC-8-400 Next Generation aircraft operate out of hubs in Manila and Cebu to 29 destinations in the Philippines and 31 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. PAL was rated a 4-Star Global Airline by Skytrax in 2018 and was voted the World's Most Improved Airline in the 2019 Skytrax worldwide passenger survey with a ranking of 30th best airline in the world. www.philippineairlines.com About IBS Software IBS Software is a leading SaaS solutions provider to the travel industry globally, managing mission-critical operations for customers in the aviation, tour & cruise and hospitality industries. IBS Software's solutions for the aviation industry cover fleet & crew operations, aircraft maintenance, passenger services, loyalty programs, staff travel and air-cargo management. IBS Software also runs a real time B2B and B2C distribution platform providing hotel room inventory, rates and availability to a global network of hospitality companies and channels. For the tour and cruise industry, IBS provides a comprehensive, customer-centric, digital platform that covers onshore, online and on-board solutions. IBS Software is a Blackstone portfolio company and operates from 15 offices across the world. Further information can be found at https://www.ibsplc.com/. IBS Software

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COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

Travel Tech Braces For A More Diligent Approach To Corporate T&E

TravelPerk | January 25, 2021

Although the pandemic has likely always adjusted the manner in which organizations decide to cooperate with their workers, colleagues and different substances in topographies other than their own, business travel isn’t likely to die out entirely. According to TravelPerk Co-founder and CEO Avi Meir, a look at consumer travel trends may offer insight into the future of business trips. “There was a lot of traveling for leisure over the holidays,” he said in an interview with PYMNTS. For sure, the traveler throughput delivered by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered more than 9.2 million travelers went via air during the 10-day occasion stretch in 2020. Unexpectedly since the pandemic started, there were three days straight in which more than 1 million travelers traveled every day.

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Allegiant Travel Company Schedules Third Quarter 2020 Earnings Call

Allegiant Travel Company | October 09, 2020

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with premier leisure experiences - from vacations to hometown family entertainment. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant's all-Airbus fleet serves communities across the nation, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket.

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