Zurich offers enhanced Business Travel Accident insurance in COVID era

Zurich | October 12, 2020

Zurich North America is introducing an enhanced Business Travel Accident Insurance solution that can help employers protect their employees in a world facing increasingly complex risks, underscored by a year of COVID-19, civil unrest and record-setting wildfires. Zurich's next-generation business travel accident solution offers customizable coverages that include emergency overseas medical care, medical and security evacuation and repatriation, and travel inconvenience. The solution's 24/7 travel assistance service offers an app that includes destination intelligence, itinerary information, travel alerts and access to emergency services for covered employees.

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We regulate certain key facilities and services to get people and cargo on and off aeroplanes at New Zealand’s three major airports.

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We regulate certain key facilities and services to get people and cargo on and off aeroplanes at New Zealand’s three major airports.

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Hyatt Teams Up with Gopuff to Offer Everyday Essentials On-the-Go

Hyatt Hotels Corporation | August 31, 2021

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, announced a collaboration between the Hyatt Place brand and Gopuff, a go-to platform for consumers’ immediate everyday needs, such as drinks, snacks, over-the-counter medications, home and baby products and more, including alcohol in select markets. Starting today at more than a dozen Hyatt Place hotels, this pilot program will create an added layer of convenience and comfort for travelers, providing guests at participating properties with fast, free delivery of thousands of everyday items. Guests at participating hotels can receive items in just 30 minutes delivered from Gopuff’s local micro-fulfillment centers. The collaboration will expand the Hyatt Place brand’s Necessities program, which offers guests a wide range of essentials to keep, borrow or buy, such as toothpaste, cellphone chargers or headphones. In a recent survey, Hyatt learned that 60% of travelers have forgotten to pack an item (e.g., toiletries and first aid) for a business or leisure trip*. Leveraging data from the same survey, Hyatt and Gopuff identified the most-often-forgotten and most-likely-to-purchase items and collaborated to create in-app categories such as Travel Essentials, Spa Retreat, Movie Night, Office on the Go, and more, to ensure guests have easy, quick access to the items they need most while traveling. “As both business and leisure travelers adjust their travel routines and seek new ways to travel safely, it’s important for us to keep the needs and wellbeing of our guests at the forefront of everything we do,” said Emily Wright, Global Brand Leader, Hyatt. “Every detail of the Hyatt Place experience is designed around innovation and intuitive design to make guest stays as seamless and comfortable as possible. Our collaboration with Gopuff is just another way the brand is helping guests get the most out of their stay, regardless of their reason for travel.” Through this collaboration, Hyatt Place guests at participating hotels may enjoy the following benefits: Free delivery on every Gopuff order for all Hyatt Place guests at participating properties. Access to quick and free delivery of thousands of products, including drinks, snacks, over-the-counter medications, home cleaning and baby products, alcohol in select markets, and pet products for those guests traveling with their furry friends. Guests who are using Gopuff for the first time will also receive $10 credit for their first two orders ($20 total) Guests staying at participating Hyatt Place pilot hotels in Nashville and Phoenix specifically may also take advantage of fresh meals, such as pizza, breakfast sandwiches, cafe style coffee and matcha drinks, and more. “As a customer-first business, we’re excited to work with Hyatt to bring a one-of-a-kind, convenient experience to their guests,” said Marshall Osborne, Gopuff’s Head of Business Development. “As we continue our mission to become the world’s go-to solution for immediate everyday needs, we're excited to leverage our unique model to innovate yet another industry – travel. We look forward to collaborating with Hyatt to improve the way we travel and to enable Gopuff to deliver to more customers in new ways." Through February 2022, Hyatt Place guests at the following pilot locations can simply scan the QR code placed in their rooms and common areas to take advantage of the offer during their stay or visit Gopuff.com/r/gohyattplace for more information. Once registered as a new Gopuff user, guests can shop across various product categories and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout. About Hyatt Hotels Corporation Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company offering 20 premier brands. As of June 30, 2021, the Company's portfolio included more than 1,000 hotel and all-inclusive properties in 68 countries across six continents. The Company's purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top employees, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders.

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RateGain's OPTIMA releases MarketDRONE Narratives to help hoteliers react faster to market volatility

RateGain Technologies | September 08, 2021

RateGain Technologies, a provider of SaaS solutions for travel and hospitality, announced the launch of MarketDRONE Narratives, an update to its real-time rate intelligence SaaS solution for hotels, OPTIMA. Through this update, RateGain aims to transform how revenue managers plan and tackle market volatility on an everyday basis. On a daily basis revenue managers spend considerable time manually sourcing data and identifying critical insights that impact their market position. However, with increasing demand channels, last-minute travel plans, and the ongoing volatility, most revenue managers are pressed for time to get these insights on demand to mitigate inaccurate and incomplete analysis that drives revenue maximization. MarketDRONE Narratives provides clear actionable insights, shared every time there is a change in the market, helping revenue and pricing managers know exactly how to position ones revenue strategies for the day to mitigate any loss of market share while increasing RevPAR. Revenue and pricing managers will now save critical time that was earlier spent in collating and analyzing data, allowing them to take the lead in attracting more guests and increasing revenue. Narratives are generated based on change hints using a mix of distribution and market supply data combined with competitive rate shopping data across Hotels and OTAs. It generates personalized insights using all these data points with customized thresholds for each of the hotels that they can configure to get the most relevant insights for tailoring their strategies. RateGain developed these narratives by consulting our customers, industry experts to understand insights that are most vital to make better strategies. Over the last few years, RateGain has focused on solving the problem of collecting and providing accurate real-time data for hoteliers through updates to OPTIMA such as pricing playground and lightning refresh. However, with the volatility introduced in pricing since the pandemic, hoteliers don't only need real-time data but also instant insights which are powered by Narratives. Commenting on the launch, Harmeet Singh, CEO, RateGain, said, "As one of the largest aggregators of data in our industry, RateGain is committed to listening to our customers who have clearly stated the need to evolve rate intelligence solutions. MarketDRONE Narratives is a step in that direction where we continue to push innovation and help our customers move faster every day to unlock more revenue. We will continue to evolve and add more depth to this product such as providing insights on Parity and Events Intelligence to help our customers get all the insights they need instantly. " About RateGain RateGain is a global provider of SaaS solutions for the hospitality and travel industry, offering travel and hospitality solutions that unlock new revenue every day. We are one of the largest aggregators of data points in the world for the hospitality and travel industry.

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Powerbridge Technologies Enters into Metaverse to Create a New Model of Smart and Immersive Travel & Leisure

Powerbridge Technologies | February 04, 2022

Powerbridge Technologies Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: PBTS) ("Powerbridge" or the "Company"), a provider of multi-industry technology solutions, is pleased to announce its partnership between its wholly-owned subsidiary, Powermeta Digital Co., Ltd. ("Powermeta") and Beyondvision Cultural Development Co., Ltd. ("Beyondvision") to jointly establish Metafusion Digital Co., Ltd. ("Metafusion") with the vision to embrace metaverse into the virtual world of travel and leisure. Metafusion will apply metaverse and NFT related technologies to reshape the travel and leisure industry services and elevate consumer experience with immersive digital spaces. Metafusion will focus on smart travel and leisure site operations, metaverse tourism, metaverse museums and NFT of cultural intellectual properties. Furthermore, Metafusion will leverage on Beyondvision's vast experience as well as its customers and partners to bolster smart applications and metaverse technology into the travel and leisure industry. Beyondvision's accumulated customer base and resources will provide Metafusion with an established foothold in the market to build various metaverse scenes to the consumers with enhanced immersive experience. Stewart Lor, President of Powerbridge, commented: As more and more tech giants such as Meta, Microsoft, Disney, Tencent, Baidu and ByteDance are venturing into metaverse, we strongly believe this technology will change the way we experience the world. With the influence of metaverse and NFT technologies, it will help revolutionize the travel and leisure industry so as to expand our revenue channel. We hope to see that the operating income of Metafusion will exceed $15 million within the next two years. "I look forward to lead the team at Metafusion as I believe we are well-positioned to take advantage of opportunities to apply smart applications and metaverse technology in the travel and leisure industry. The metaverse technology is a perfect match to enhance consumer experience at the travel and leisure sites, and NFT is ideal to further support our metaverse ecosystem. I trust that my background and expertise will add significant value to the company." -Dr. Evan Liao, President of Metafusion Dr. Evan Liao has been appointed as the president of Metafusion. As a veteran of the urban planning and travel and leisure industries, Dr. Evan has over 20 years of experience in project planning and site development. Dr. Evan obtained his masters' and doctoral degrees from internationally renowned universities in Taiwan and the United States, and he's worked with renowned institutions such as the BBC and the International Tourism Investment Association (ITIA) among others as a consultant, lecturer or member. About Powerbridge Technologies Powerbridge Technologies Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: PBTS) is a provider of technology solutions for the global trade industry, IoT platform services as well as intelligent fixtures and devices for smart city operations, supply chain platforms and social livestreaming services for the retail industry, metaverse and smart solutions for the travel and leisure industry, as well as cryptomining and digital asset operations. For more information, visit www.powerbridge.com/ir/ .

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