Al-Khatib leads transformation in Saudi Arabia Tourism

Breaking Travel News | July 22, 2019

His excellency Ahmad bin Aqil al-Khatib has been appointed chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage.Al-Khatib, who stepped into the role at the start of the year, has been handed the task of promoting Vision 2030, an ambitious scheme to diversify the destination away from oil revenue.He has also been tasked with promoting the domestic tourism industry in Saudi Arabia.Taking up the role, Al-Khatib said he hoped the destination could grow to welcome 30 million tourists annually.

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Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence in Travel

select registry | March 03, 2022

For 50 years, Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America's network of distinguished, independent properties has offered outstanding accommodations and one-of-a-kind experiences to travelers. Select Registry was established in 1972 by travel writer Norman T. Simpson. He was the recognized authority on country inns of his time and traveled the roads and wrote of the unique inns he visited. He identified places that offered what he referred to as, "good honest lodging, good honest food, and good honest feeling." From there, his book, Country Inns and Back Roads was born. Country Inns and Back Roads started with just 16 pages and eventually evolved into a yearly guidebook, reflecting the growth of inns at the time.Today, Select Registry continues in the spirit of Norman Simpson with more than 250 member properties throughout the United States, a semi-annually published travel and lifestyle magazine, Inn Scene, and a robust website intended to provide travel inspiration and unique experiences. Select Registry properties represent the gold standard of independently owned inns, bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels. Our quality assurance program is the most comprehensive in the industry, giving travelers assurance of consistent quality and comfort at each property. "We are proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary, Our diverse collection of properties share a passion for exceptional hospitality which has carried our organization through the last 50 years. We look forward to continuing to inspire travelers for the next 50 years and beyond." -Mark Reichle, CEO of Select Registry Discover the Select Registry difference and learn why we have been trusted by travelers and serving innkeepers for over 50 years. Watch a video commemorating the 50th anniversary of this distinguished collection of inns. About Select Registry: For 50 years, Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America has set the standard for excellence in personal hospitality at independently owned inns and bed and breakfasts. Today, our upscale properties include over 250 boutique properties. They're located everywhere from backcountry roads to big-city neighborhoods, along coastlines, and in heartlands across the United States. Learn more at www.SelectRegistry.com.

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Marriott International Signs Agreement With Sunwing Travel Group to Debut Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun

Blue Diamond Resorts | May 23, 2022

With a dynamic and growing selection of all-inclusive experiences across the Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International, Inc. announced the signing of Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun to join its growing all-inclusive portfolio. Expected to open in late 2022, Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun is owned and managed by Blue Diamond Resorts and will join the All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, which includes close to 30 immersive getaways in 8 locations across the Caribbean and Latin America. We are thrilled to continue working with Blue Diamond Resorts & Hotels to add another exciting all-inclusive resort to the All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International. “The Autograph Collection Hotels brand champions individuality with each hotel being a product of passion, making this brand an exceptional fit for this significant project and the other 20 Blue Diamond Resorts that have joined the collection. Set to debut in late 2022, the 1,049-room Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun will bring an exciting new all-inclusive resort and waterpark to one of the world’s most vibrant vacation destinations. Additionally, the resort is expected to offer encapsulating experiences through its distinct personality including a theater, bowling alley, unique water attractions, and immersive culinary encounters at a dozen on-property restaurants and nine bars all amidst stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. “We are excited for Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun to join Marriott’s Autograph Collection brand, Today’s announcement reinforces Blue Diamond’s position as one of the fastest growing hotel chains in the Caribbean.” -Jordi Pelfort, President, Hotels and Resorts of Sunwing Travel Group Redefining and elevating the segment, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy brings together several of Marriott International’s iconic brands, unsurpassed operational expertise, and the over 164 million Marriott Bonvoy members, creating exciting new opportunities for guests. Marriott International entered the all-inclusive space in 2019 with the acquisition of Elegant Hotels’ seven hotels in Barbados. In 2021, the company announced a long-term agreement with Sunwing Travel Group’s hotel division, Blue Diamond Resorts, to add 20 hotels into the portfolio, moving Marriott International into the top 10 of global all-inclusive players. Current all-inclusive resort locations include Antigua, Barbados, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, and St Lucia. Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 8,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram. About All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy Encompassing eight leading brands, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy is Marriott International’s all-inclusive platform, offering unparalleled amenities, diverse culinary options, and endless experiences for all ages, and tailored for each brand. The growing portfolio of close to 30 immersive getaways in spectacular destinations include The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa in Costa Rica and Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit marriottbonvoy.com. About Autograph Collection® Hotels Autograph Collection Hotels advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its over 260 independent hotels located in the most desirable destinations across 44 countries and territories. Each hotel is a product of passion, inspired by a clear vision, soul, and story that makes it individual and special: Exactly Like Nothing Else. Hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, Autograph Collection properties offer rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint. For more information, please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore on social via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to be inspired by immersive moments that are #ExactlyLikeNothingElse. Autograph Collection is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit marriottbonvoy.com. About Blue Diamond Resorts Since its inception in 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts has curated an impressive portfolio encompassing 45 properties, exceeding 15,000 rooms in ten countries. Taking a proactive approach to differentiating brands under each market’s demands, the resort management company caters to a range of budgets and interests from adult-only elegant getaways to fun-filled family vacations. Award-winning, All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts offers signature amenities including All-In Connectivity™, modern Sports Event Guarantee™ and in-suite wellness elements. Royalton Luxury Resorts’ adults-only sub-brands include Hideaway at Royalton, an adults-only experience with exclusive dining and preferred accommodations, plus the stylish lifestyle resorts where you can Party Your Way, Royalton CHIC, located in the Caribbean’s best beachfront locales. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril provides those over 21 with an upscale and luxurious naturist vacation along with a secluded shore for the utmost privacy. Memories Resorts & Spa offers a vacation designed to impress the entire family, while Starfish Resorts provides amazing value for customers in convenient locations. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star™ with an engaging and interactive experience, plus famous pop culture items from iconic movies, music and sports. Mystique by Royalton, a boutique-style resort collection, offers personalized vacations in strikingly beautiful locals full of endless adventures. To learn more about Blue Diamond Resorts, please visit www.bluediamondresorts.com

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Collinson Valuedynamx Announces Travel Offerings Through New travel.win Partnership

Collinson Valuedynamx | April 01, 2022

Collinson Valuedynamx, the leading provider of global loyalty commerce and personalized offer networks, announced a new partnership with online travel loyalty services provider travel.win, which will provide travel-related cash back offers to financial institution (FI) customers through the Valuedynamx marketplaceThe Valuedynamx marketplace is provided through an Application Programming Interface (API) or white labelled, allowing bank customers to shop directly through their banking site or mobile app to take advantage of discounts they can trust, including discounts from large national retailers. With the Valuedynamx marketplace, brands become more relevant to customers by delivering curated offers and rewards in their preferred channels, media, and platforms. This innovative approach to delivering relevant solutions to customers makes this a timely partnership, facilitating the delivery of relevant travel offers as consumers are looking to travel again. Through the new partnership, travel.win enables consumers to access unprecedented savings not available to the public, inclusive of access to over 800,000 hotels worldwide. “Today’s small to medium-sized financial institutions are looking for ways to stand out in a very crowded space,” said Ted Mooney, Founder and CEO of travel.win. “At the same time, consumers are looking to get back to travel after staying close to home during the pandemic. By providing up to 20% cash back on travel to members, FIs are able to surprise and delight their members with cash back when they travel.” Reducing travel costs As part of the Valuedynamx marketplace offering, travel.win offers will retain the look and feel of a retail bank’s brand, and will allow end-users to enjoy a seamless online experience. Financial institutions will have flexibility to determine how much cash back to provide customers on travel transactions, while travel.win and Valuedynamx handle all operations including booking, customer support, payment processing, cancellations and refunds, reconciliation, payment of the cash back portion of booking, and performance reporting. Hotel focused offers, similar to those on popular booking sites like Travelocity and Expedia, will be available on the Valuedynamx marketplace beginning April 2022. “Our strategic goal for the Valuedynamx marketplace is to create the most relevant consumer experience via a seamlessly integrated one-stop-shop for savings,We are excited to be partnering with travel.win and applying their innovative approach to delivering travel-related value. With a strong return to travel bookings, and consumers desire to travel again, this partnership is more relevant than ever as consumers plan reward-based bookings, including future travel. Ultimately, retail banking customers will have access to significant savings on travel related expenses, with funds put directly back into their accounts.” -Ed Wogan, Chief Merchant Officer, Collinson Valuedynamx. About Collinson Valuedynamx Collinson Valuedynamx helps financial institutions, travel loyalty programs, merchants and retailers drive higher commercial growth by connecting them with the right partners while incentivizing customer spend and engage through points earning and redemption, tailored offers and rewards across a wide range of categories. This delivers mutually valuable, long-term relationships, improving loyalty program and currency engagement, driving card preference for financial institutions, and increasing sales for retailers and merchants. These sustainable commerce networks expand brand reach and visibility, driving up the value and relevance of customer programs and increasing partners’ share of wallet. About travel.win Travel.win is a travel loyalty platform service provider that makes it easy for companies to increase revenue and customer engagement by offering a white-label Travel solution. With simple integration options, partners can be up and running within 30 days on the travel.win platform. Consumers can earn up to 20% cash back on their hotel bookings. travel.win will be launching car rental and activities in Q3 2022. It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN.

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Trinity Investments Acquires Fifty Percent Interest in Omni San Diego Hotel

Trinity Investments | December 22, 2021

An investment fund managed by Trinity Fund Advisors LLC, an affiliate of Trinity Real Estate Investments LLC (“Trinity”), announced the acquisition of a 50 percent interest in Omni San Diego Hotel from JMI Realty, who originally developed the hotel in conjunction with Petco Park in 2004. Omni Hotels & Resorts (“Omni”) owns the remaining fifty percent interest in the hotel and will continue to manage it. The acquisition also includes more than 13,000 square feet of fully leased, street-level retail space, located across the street from the hotel.Situated in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, adjacent to Petco Park and across from the San Diego Convention Center, the 511-key, AAA 4-Diamond, award-winning Omni San Diego Hotel is located in a highly trafficked area and benefits from numerous demand generators. Trinity and Omni plan to take advantage of strategic opportunities, including a multimillion-dollar capital improvement plan involving a comprehensive renovation of guestrooms, a reimagination of the food and beverage offerings, and the enhancement of the hotel’s rooftop pool deck, fitness center and other amenities. “We are pleased to acquire, what we believe to be, one of the best-located hotels in San Diego, and to partner with Omni to unlock the hotel’s full potential,In partnership with Omni, our teams have identified numerous opportunities to drive higher revenues and position the hotel as the premier destination in the market for business and leisure travel.” -Sean Hehir, Managing Partner, President and CEO of Trinity Over the last 10 years, the San Diego lodging market has demonstrated robust growth as a top drive-to, leisure destination, and highly desirable locale for business gatherings. The downtown area is experiencing significant redevelopment, with several large office and life science development projects underway, as well as the anticipated future expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, all of which projected to drive increased demand for well-appointed hotels. In conjunction with their capital improvement plan, and factoring in the area’s redevelopment activity, Trinity and Omni plan to shift current demand segmentation to higher-rated transient and group business. “This is a mutually important and strategic business alignment between Omni Hotels & Resorts and Trinity,We are especially excited to partner with Trinity, given their current portfolio of premier assets, and their dedication to elevating the hotel’s presence and impact in the San Diego market.” -Omni Hotels & Resorts’ President Peter Strebel. The Omni San Diego Hotel represents Trinity’s third acquisition on behalf of Trinity GP Fund I L.P., Trinity’s inaugural U.S. commingled hospitality fund, following its acquisitions of the 352-key EAST Miami and the 305-key W Hollywood, earlier this year. About Trinity Real Estate Investments LLC Trinity is a private real estate investment firm with a 26-year history of specializing in value-add opportunities. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, with an office in Beverly Hills, California, Trinity focuses on unique real estate investments in world-class markets and has invested more than $8 billion in the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Japan by leveraging its deep institutional knowledge and longstanding local relationships. Trinity is based in Honolulu, Hawaii, with an office in Beverly Hills, California. For additional information, please visit Trinity’s website at www.trinityinvestments.com. About Omni Hotels & Resorts Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at over 50 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 21 iconic golf courses and multiple short courses, 24 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest® loyalty program. Omni is committed to reducing hunger and is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to provide millions of meals each year for food banks to feed children, families, and seniors in communities in which it operates. Through its partnership with Shared Hope International, Omni is dedicated to the education and training of its associates to help combat human trafficking. Omni Hotels & Resorts is the official hotel of the PGA TOUR® and PGA TOUR Champions. For information or to book accommodations, visit www.omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

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