AmaWaterways Welcomes AmaDouro, Celebrates Inaugural Voyage

TravelPulse | April 13, 2019

AmaWaterways today christened its newest river cruise ship, AmaDouro, with a festive ceremony in Porto, Portugal. The christening put the final touch on AmaDouro’s inaugural sailing – which began in Porto and returned today for the special evening event hosted by AmaWaterways co-founders Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst. Honorary guest, Advantage Travel Partnership Chief Executive Officer and AmaDouro Godmother, Julia Lo Bue-Said was joined by respected travel industry partners, international media and other guests for the celebration.

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GO Airport Shuttle Rebrands as GOWithUs.com with NewWebsite, Services, and Locations

GO Airport Shuttle | March 23, 2022

GO Airport Shuttle has launched a new website, GOWithUs.com to announce its expansion into a comprehensive travel company providing services beyond airport transportation. The site features a new streamlined reservation system for faster, easier booking and discounts to tours and attractions in popular tourist cities.Leveraging its expertise in logistics and operations, GO now provides ground transportation to tourist sites, restaurants, and other entertainment destinations within its most popular service areas. Customers also will be able to purchase discounted tickets to attractions and tours in a number of cities directly on the site. "We've made it easier for travelers to find relevant information about our services and fares as well as tours and attractions in their destination cities, Our new technology allows us to offer our customers a seamless, intuitive user experience and one-stop shopping for multiple products and services." -John McCarthy, president, The GO Group. GO also is expanding its presence by partnering with other quality, professional providers to offer transportation options in new areas with a goal of serving more than 1500 locations worldwide. The GO Group LLC is one of the world's largest airport transportation providers, offering shared rides, private vehicles, charters, and tours; serving airports and cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, and Europe. Under GOWithUs.com, travelers can book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports, around town travel, tours, and attractions.

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COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

Levarté Travel Celebrates First Anniversary with Industry Awards

Levarté Travel, | March 04, 2022

DFW-based host agency, Levarté Travel, celebrated its first anniversary with major achievements. Despite the challenging era of its founding, Levarté was recently awarded Elite Sapphire Status with ALG Vacations, and Delta Diamond Medallion Status with Delta Vacations. These significant milestones are just the beginning for the new agency. "Levarté is the product of 40-plus years of industry expertise—we live and breathe travel, like our members, Our mission, lifting professionals up through a career in travel, powers us to think bigger. That starts with expanding our sponsorships, building up our extensive training programs, and providing more tools for our members of every level to succeed in their business." -founder and CEO, Lori Speers. In addition to the award statuses earlier this year, Levarté has been recognized as a Premier Agency Member by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), making it one of only 30 host agencies out of 8,000 in North America to earn this distinction. With this membership, Levarté can offer exclusive benefits to its travel advisors, including customized training, access to member-only events, and reduced pricing on CLIA's Individual Agent Membership. Levarté specializes in training both new advisors and supporting experienced travel business owners with higher education certifications, competitive membership benefits, and a community of passionate travel professionals. With three levels of memberships to choose from, Levarté travel advisors have a robust set of tools to help them start or continue their career. Looking ahead to 2022, Levarté will focus on building its personalized business support for members, and offering additional marketing tools and training certifications to help members grow their travel advisor brands. I'm so proud of our members' success and their dedication to making dreams come true for clients," said Speers. "I wake up every day excited about where we're headed. Levarté Travel helps individuals who dream of turning their passion for travel into a successful career. Learn more and join Levarté Travel by visiting www.levartetravel.com. About Levarté Travel Levarté Travel provides resources for travel enthusiasts to turn their passion into a thriving business. Led by travel industry veteran and CEO, Lori Speers, Levarté Travel enables independent advisors to achieve financial freedom, explore the world through fun and unique experiences, and create unforgettable memories for clients.

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COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

Despegar to Acquire 100% of Viajanet, an Online Travel Agency in Brazil

Despegar | May 09, 2022

Despegar.com, Corp. (NYSE: DESP) (“Despegar”), the leading online travel company in Latin America, announced that it has agreed to acquire TVLX Viagens e Turismo S.A (“Viajanet”), one of the leading online travel agencies in Brazil, for a total consideration of approximately US$15 million and subject to customary closing conditions. Under the terms of the agreement, 60% of the purchase price will be payable at closing, 20% in 24 months and the remaining 20% in 36 months.Viajanet recorded audited revenues of approximately US$30 million in 2019. During 2021, Viajanet’s online sales accounted for approximately 98% of total sales, with 88% of Gross Bookings originated in the B2C channel and the remainder via the B2B channel. In addition, 98% of Gross Bookings were within the Air segment of Brazil’s travel market, giving Despegar the opportunity to cross-sell its accommodation and other non-air product inventory to Viajanet’s existing customers. “The acquisition of Viajanet, our third in the last two years in Brazil, is another step in our regional consolidation strategy that will enable us to deploy more of Despegar’s higher-margin non-air inventory through a new brand and its customer base while bolstering our team in the country. We expect to capture other significant synergies by leveraging Despegar’s technology platform to enhance Viajanet’s conversion rates and performance marketing capabilities, among other benefits.” -Mr. Marcelo Grether, Chief M&A & New Business Officer of Despegar, Mr. Paulo Nascimento, Chief Executive Officer of Viajanet, added: We are thrilled to be joining the team at Despegar, a leading player in LatAm’s travel market. Becoming part of Despegar will give our customers access to a larger and more diverse inventory of travel products while also benefiting from the innovative technological capabilities behind its leading travel site. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in the second quarter of 2022. About Despegar.com Despegar is the leading online travel company in Latin America. For over two decades, it has revolutionized the tourism industry through technology. With its continuous commitment to the development of the sector, Despegar today is comprised of a consolidated Group that includes Best Day, Viajes Falabella and Koin, (the Company’s fintech business) in turn becoming one of the most relevant companies in the region and able to offer a tailor-made experience for more than 29 million customers. Despegar operates in 20 countries in the region, accompanying Latin Americans from the moment they dream of traveling until they share their memories. With the purpose of improving people's lives and transforming the shopping experience, it has developed alternative payment methods and financing, democratizing access to consumption and bringing Latin Americans closer to their next travel experience. Despegar is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DESP). For more information, please visit www.despegar.com.

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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

Aggressor Adventures Consumer Travel Index Indicates a Longing for Discovery

Aggressor Adventures | February 04, 2022

Aggressor Adventures®, the leader in luxury adventure travel, announces the results of its latest Consumer Travel Index, which tracks consumer sentiments on a bi-monthly basis. In the last 18 months, scientists have made thousands of exciting new discoveries of new species in the ocean and artifacts at historic sites around the world. As such, Aggressor’s February Index puts a spotlight on discovery.Discovering the Unknown Traveling is about venturing into the great unknown. It helps eradicate any fears you may have of what you can’t control, and you are better able to embrace the unfamiliar with an open mind. Aggressor’s first question asks travelers for their feelings towards new animal species and their willingness to visit sites home to discoveries. Nearly 45 percent of respondents say they would love to be the first human to discover a new species. Furthermore, only 10 percent of respondents would be frightened to come across something previously undiscovered. “As we travel, we are constantly stepping outside of our comfort zones, pushing ourselves to immerse ourselves in the many unique destinations we visit all around the world, Our latest survey results prove it's one thing to learn about a new discovery online or on television, but nothing beats actually setting foot where the discoveries are made and being a part of history.” -Wayne Brown, CEO of Aggressor Adventures. Curious at Heart A recent study from Curio Collection by Hilton reveals what drives curiosity as it relates to the modern traveler. The findings show 91 percent of the population considers themselves to be curious and 73 percent of people say that traveling is their go-to outlet to express their curiosity. Furthermore, 57 percent of travelers wish they could spend more time exploring the things they are most curious about, such as visiting ancient ruins, eating dinner at a well-regarded restaurant or experiencing a safari. Aggressor’s second Index question asks respondents their first reaction to a new scientific discovery being made and the level of curiosity is evident. Nearly 60 percent of respondents say their curiosity leads them to research the discovery for more information and more than 15 percent will research the location of where the discovery is made to learn how they can visit the site. Aggressor Adventures’ customer base is filled with curious travelers who long for the opportunity to not only discover but explore, adds Brown. We encourage curious travelers to follow us on social media this year as we share and uncover incredible finds of the natural world. We’ve already seen a handful of remarkable discoveries made this year and are excited to share them with you in real-time. About Aggressor Adventures Since 1984, Aggressor Adventures® has offered travelers liveaboard scuba and snorkeling charters, luxury river cruises and exotic wildlife safaris. Worldwide locations the company explores include Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, Cocos Island, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Galapagos, Hawaii, Indonesia, Maldives, Mexico, Philippines, Palau, Red Sea, Roatan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Turks and Caicos. The company’s Clean, Refresh, Sanitize safety standards are industry leading. For more information, visit www.aggressor.com or call (800) 348-2628 or (706) 993-2531.

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Where does the modern traveler come from? Where is s/he going? How does s/he get there? As the world grows ever-smaller, more and more people are traveling to a growing number of places each year. Increasingly, they’re getting there by leveraging digital tools. Savvy travel and hospitality brands can capitalize on this global wanderlust. Take a look at today’s global travel trends—and what they mean for travel companies. Ready to learn more? Download our eBook on tips to improve personalization.

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