ATM 2019: Egypt to welcome growth in Middle Eastern tourism

Breaking Travel News | April 04, 2019

Arrivals from the Middle East to Egypt are expected to increase 50 per cent from 1.49 million in 2018 to 2.23 million in 2022, with visitors from Saudi Arabia driving this growth, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019.While arrivals from Europe are expected to be the largest contributor on a regional basis, increasing from 6.2 million in 2018 to 9.1 million tourists in 2022, the latest research from Colliers International revealed arrivals from the Middle East will actually witness the highest compound annual growth rate at 11 per cent.Danielle Curtis, exhibition director, Middle East, Arabian Travel Market, said: “Over the last 12 months, Egypt’s tourism industry has witnessed healthy and steady growth, with arrivals up 14.5 per cent from 8.3 million in 2017 to 9.5 million in 2018.

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Travis Launches Bookable Links Product to Enable Influencers to Earn from Travel Brands They Love

Travis | November 25, 2022

Travis, a platform that enables travel influencers to share and earn from the brands they love, announced the launch of its Bookable Links product. The product is now available to a select group of creators — including access to over 10,000 hotels globally with notable brands such as Marriott, Intercontinental and Graduate Hotels — before wide release in 2023. Later global access launch will be available to all social media creators — with no minimum follower requirement or upfront subscription fees. With Travis Bookable Links, influencers create bookable links of hotels they’ve stayed at, and add it to any of their social media posts or profiles. It gives their followers the option to book hotels right at the point of inspiration. When the booking is completed on Travis, creators earn a cut of the booking value. “The majority of micro-creators and influencers who have under 100,000 followers create content for free, or depend on one-off brand deals to earn income, With our Bookable Links product, we provide a new path for revenue for these creators, while streamlining the process that aspiring travelers can take to visit their top destinations.” -Nicole Tj, cofounder of Travis Creators are changing how consumers discover travel by increasingly influencing vacation preferences and spending decisions. However, the tools and infrastructure that enables them to earn off their influencer efforts is lacking. Travis’ internal research with micro-creators shows that while paid brand deals make up 90% of creator income, only 10% of influencer content is actually paid for. Travis stepped in to empower creators with a way to earn passive, recurring income from the other 90% of their content. In a world where typical influencers have started losing influence because everyone knows what #ad means, creators have a tricky line to walk between trust and profitability, says TikTok travel influencer Marissa Klurstein. “As a travel creator, it seems about time there's a way to share the places we really love and in return get rewarded for our honesty, experience and good taste. Co-founders Nicole Tj and Thomas Lo are ex-creators themselves, with experience managing influencer campaigns, and extensive expertise working with tourism and travel organizations over the last 10 years. With their unique insight to the challenges faced by both creators and brands across the travel industry, and avid travelers themselves — they are building Travis with the mission to empower anyone to become a travel creator.

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LONELY PLANET'S BEST IN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR 2023 REVEALED

Lonely Planet | November 18, 2022

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XTM Inc. | November 03, 2022

XTM Inc. (“XTM” or the “Company”) (QB: XTMIF / CSE:PAID / FSE:7XT), a Miami and Toronto-based Fintech creator of disruptive payment innovations specifically for service industries including hospitality, personal care and service staff, is partnering with Restaurants Canada, an industry-leading non-profit association representing over 30,000 foodservice professionals to provide practical solutions that will ensure restaurants are protected when it comes to payouts of gratuities.This webinar comes on the heels of a recent court case involving a restaurant in downtown Halifax. Nova Scotia and the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA), which has received national media coverage and the attention of the entire industry across the country, with operators on-edge about how to protect their own business from a similar fate. During the webinar, operators will learn about the important distinctions between direct versus controlled tips, the recent Federal Court of Appeal case on electronic gratuities and actionable solutions that restaurant owners can implement to ensure tip compliance, today. XTM is committed to helping restaurants across Canada protect their businesses against liability related to tip allocations and disbursements. As a leading tech company working to solve payment pains for service operators and frontline workers, it is a top priority that the company remains proactive in developing solutions to help the ever-changing complexities of the hospitality industry. “We know that restaurants across Canada have been seeking resolute answers regarding their payout operations, As part of our enduring commitment to being the compliant payment platform in North America, we’ve collaborated with Restaurants Canada and industry expert, James Rhodes, to provide a webinar for our clients that covers legal context, a tangible action plan and next steps for getting onside with gratuity compliance.” -Marilyn Schaffer CEO, XTM Inc. XTM recently rebranded its #1 payment solution, called ‘Today’ as well as their mobile app ‘Today Financial’. Over the past 12 months, XTM has added many new establishments to its Today program reporting year over year growth at end of Q2 2022 of 224% for Revenue and 405% for Gross Dollar Value loads. The Today platform offers an integrated suite of products that enables instant and secure payouts to staff, with less friction and with less discrepancies, leading to happier and more motivated employees. On the operator side, it offers more efficiency, transparency and improves staff recruitment and retention. Most importantly, Today offers a means to become fully compliant with payouts of gratuities, and not just for the hospitality industry. The Today solution could have far-reaching benefits for many other beauty, wellness and grooming industries and any other business owner who employs individuals that receive electronic tips from their customers. About XTM XTM, www.xtminc.com, is a Miami and Toronto-based fintech innovator helping businesses disseminate and their workers access earned wages and gratuities instantly. XTM's Today™ Solution, comprised of a free mobile app and a Visa or Mastercard debit card with free banking features, is used by thousands of employees in restaurants, salons and service positions across Canada and the United States. XTM is a global card issuer and real-time payment specialist and our payment platform is used at no charge by businesses to automate and expedite worker payouts and eliminate cash from their ecosystems. XTM's Today solution drives enterprise value with efficiency, helps attract and retain a workforce with a bespoke user experience designed specifically for employees, contract staff and workers in restaurants and personal care services.

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Trip.com | November 08, 2022

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