BCD Travel Pushes Further Into South Africa With Strategic Merger

Skift | September 30, 2019

BCD Travel continues its global expansion, partnering with midsized travel management companies as a way to dominate new markets.The company announced Monday that its joint venture partner in South Africa, Connex Travel, is merging with Rennies Travel, one of the leading travel management companies in South Africa. In January, BCD Travel announced that Rennies Travel joined the BCD Travel Global Network.“We’re joining forces in a competitive business travel market that’s growing fast,” said Adrian Woodward, vice president of BCD Travel’s Global Network for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. “Our combined depth of experience and partnership will not only give us a stronger position in the African market, but also offers our mutual clients market-relevant solutions and services.”

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY,AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

Cirium Moves Towards Becoming the Standard for Airline CO2 Emissions Reporting

Cirium | June 21, 2022

Cirium, the aviation analytics company, has developed an advanced methodology to provide a standard and accurate picture of CO2 emissions and fuel burn calculations per flight and aircraft seat.Jeremy Bowen, CEO at Cirium said: “The level of precision and accuracy of Cirium’s CO2 emissions calculations far exceeds estimates generally available today.” American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways each have independently commended Cirium for the superior approach and accuracy of Cirium’s fuel burn estimations through their own extensive analysis. “Virgin Atlantic operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets across the Atlantic. Accurate measuring, monitoring, and forecasting of CO2 emissions is critical as we target and monitor progress to Net Zero 2050, allowing us to better understand our environmental impact. Importantly, it also provides a tool to empower our customers to track and choose airlines with the lowest carbon footprint. Cirium is leading the way in this field, building data and forecasting capabilities that are the most accurate we have seen to date, as verified against our own historical fuel burn and emissions data.” -Holly Boyd-Boland, Vice President, Corporate Development at Virgin Atlantic Jill Blickstein, Head of ESG, at American Airlines said: To reduce our emissions and reach Net Zero by 2050, we’re taking action to run a more fuel-efficient operation with more fuel-efficient aircraft powered increasingly by low-carbon fuel. And we’re holding ourselves accountable by becoming the first airline in the world with a 2035 target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. Reducing aviation’s emissions will require partnership among the airlines, our suppliers and our customers – and it’s important to build those partnerships on sound emissions data and calculations. Cirium brings deep aviation expertise to the table on this important topic, and the approach they’ve taken considers numerous variables of an aircraft and its operations. Cirium has fused numerous data elements including but not limited to, aircraft and engine specifications, airline schedules, and actual flight operations to create a holistic view of the actual emissions footprint. This enables Cirium clients to view the emissions by operator, aircraft type or geographical region and on a historical, or predictive basis, solving a variety of use cases. Our mission is to establish the standard for accurate fuel burn and carbon emissions data to empower the aviation industry to deliver on its sustainability targets. For the industry to achieve their goals of halving CO2 emissions by 2050 compared with 2005, a clear methodology is needed,” said Bowen. “We are thrilled to have our model corroborated by leading carriers around the globe. The emissions data can also be merged with passenger booking information to provide corporations with their carbon footprint. This enables corporations to gain more insight into their emissions and uncover where opportunities exist to reduce their emissions, and help travelers understand their own carbon footprint associated with the flights they choose. Cirium’s unrivaled emissions data is being used by leading corporate travel departments, including organizations such as Zurich Insurance, a global insurance firm. Zurich is using Cirium’s calculations to measure their corporate travel emissions, explore opportunities to reduce emissions, and empower their employees to make better travel decisions. Kara Brayton, Assistant Vice President, Head of Corporate Travel Management at Zurich said: “It’s been exciting to collaborate with Cirium under a proof-of-concept, utilizing data to help provide Zurich with insight to better inform our employees around the carbon impact of their decisions when booking airfare.” “With travel being such a large category of emissions, these types of relationships are key to leading sustainable business travel programs of the future. I am thankful for Cirium’s willingness to engage and explore a personalized solution with us.” Cirium’s CO2 emissions calculations are being made available through existing products in Cirium’s portfolio and in new products, to meet the evolving market needs. About Cirium Cirium brings together powerful data and analytics to keep the world moving. Delivering insight, built from decades of experience in the sector, enabling travel companies, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines and financial institutions, among others, to make logical and informed decisions which shape the future of travel, growing revenues and enhancing customer experiences. Cirium is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The shares of RELX PLC are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX.

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DESTINATION AND TOURISM

Internova Travel Group Enhances Its Sustainable Travel Initiative

Internova Travel Group | June 07, 2022

On the heels of World Environment Day, Internova Travel Group, one of the largest travel services companies in the world, today announced it is offering more sustainable solutions for employees, advisors and clients who are concerned about reducing and tracking their carbon footprint. The company has entered into a partnership with Sustainable Travel International to support travelers through their climate mitigation journey.During the pandemic, Internova recognized the exponential growth in demand for practical resources to support carbon offsetting goals. Sustainable Travel International, a global organization with over 15 years of experience developing successful carbon offset programs for the travel industry, will therefore work with Internova to share expertise in sustainability education, carbon calculation and reporting. Clients will have access to target-setting consultation, tools and certified carbon offset options for highly vetted climate-protection projects. "A more sustainable future will only become a reality if we all do our part. That's why we're taking this collaborative approach with Sustainable Travel International. Together, we will take the necessary steps to reduce our travel emissions while helping advisors, as well as corporate and leisure clients, do the same" -Gabe Rizzi, President of Internova Travel Group, Equally, our clients need accountability for their own travel plans. Partnering with Sustainable Travel International will allow us to equip our clients with information to make responsible travel choices. Internova offers ethical, eco-conscious options to clients and works to promote travel to destinations that focus on visitor growth and sustainable economic expansion. The company also partners with suppliers with strong sustainability associations and certifications. The relationship with Sustainable Travel International represents the next phase of Internova's corporate social responsibility strategy "to connect the world through travel – sustainably, inclusively, and responsibly – to grow our business, protect our planet and enrich people's lives everywhere, one experience at a time." Internova Travel Group's latest corporate social responsibility report can be found here. About Internova Travel Group Internova Travel Group is one of the largest travel services companies in the world with a collection of leading brands delivering high-touch, personal travel expertise to leisure and corporate clients. Internova manages leisure, business and franchise firms through a portfolio of distinctive divisions. Internova represents more than 70,000 travel advisors in over 6,000 company-owned and affiliated locations predominantly in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with a presence in more than 80 countries. About Sustainable Travel International Sustainable Travel International is a mission-driven organization dedicated to protecting and conserving our planet's most vulnerable destinations. We are transforming tourism's impact on nature and people by working alongside local communities, engaging travelers and businesses in responsible practices, and strengthening destination management. Through our work, we aim to safeguard nature, combat climate change, and empower communities to preserve the integrity of destinations around the globe. For more information, visit www.sustainabletravel.org.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Cirium Partners With 3Victors to Offer the Most Dynamic Travel Demand Forecasting

Cirium | May 19, 2022

Cirium, the aviation analytics company, and travel data analytics firm, 3Victors today announced a reseller partnership to enable Cirium to bring together flight schedules and passenger traffic data with online search data to interpret, understand and forecast passenger demand for airports and DMOs“Cirium and 3Victors share the mission to revolutionize the way the travel industry forecasts future demand. “Airlines and airports worldwide have long used the Diio by Cirium suite of products for network and traffic analysis. We have invested in the products and have enhanced the quality of our schedules, traffic, and fares data to ensure we maintain our leading position in the market.” -Kim Gesch, VP Airline Planning at Cirium Chris Zando, CEO at 3Victors said: Both 3Victors and Cirium are focused on high quality data science to bring real-time insights to commercial decision-making for the industry. The combination of both our capabilities provides the most dynamic forecasting in the market and at a time when it is most needed. Travel demand models have traditionally been built by comparing current bookings for flights against historical trends. Ticket prices were raised and lowered based on indicators from these models to ensure a flight was booked at optimum fare levels. Post-pandemic, changes to traveler booking behavior means past booking patterns may no longer be reliable as a guide to future demand. Cirium and 3Victors will join forces to offer the most complete solution for analyzing future traffic, monitoring trends across time and detecting emerging opportunities. The offering will include the Diio by Cirium flight schedules, traffic and fares data alongside 3Victors DemandView search data, providing the most accurate forecast as possible. This is particularly important for airports seeking better insights to retain and gain air service or DMOs wanting to optimize their marketing campaigns and traveler conversion rates. 3Victors’ search data is captured from more than half a million global touchpoints, including when a prospective traveler visits traditional or online travel agency, meta search, or travel search engine: or searches for flights. The most advanced data science is applied to interpret the traveler behavior, which provides a clear demand signal for flight bookings. An example using 3Victors data shows that on a recent date there were large spikes in domestic demand originating in the UK and US, along with output showing year-over-year variation. If historical trends alone were used to forecast travel demand, the spikes in travel being seen in 2022 to date would not have been forecast. Said Cirium’s Gesch: “Pairing Cirium’s capabilities with 3Victors’ contemporary travel demand insights means we can offer clients worldwide the most advanced solution to determine accurate traveler intent, monitor passenger trends, and identify correlations between what travelers are searching and actually booking.” About Cirium Cirium brings together powerful data and analytics to keep the world moving. Delivering insight, built from decades of experience in the sector, enabling travel companies, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines and financial institutions, among others, to make logical and informed decisions which shape the future of travel, growing revenues and enhancing customer experiences. Cirium is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The shares of RELX PLC are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX. For further information please follow Cirium updates on LinkedIn or Twitter or visit www.cirium.com About 3Victors 3Victors has built the industry’s first travel data analytics as a service platform in the Cloud. 3V’s proprietary 360° view of the travel landscape is the nexus between data volume, variety and velocity. 3V delivers market-leading data coverage and real-time analytics and insights, empowering companies with actionable intelligence.

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INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

InsureMyTrip Recognized for Travel Safety Campaign, Wins Search Award

InsureMyTrip | January 11, 2022

InsureMyTrip is pleased to announce a win at the 2021 UK Search Awards. InsureMyTrip, along with Screaming Frog, a search marketing company, won the award in the category of "Best Use of Search – Travel/Leisure (SEO)" with the entry "Travel Restrictions by State" page. Nominations for this award must demonstrate creativity, innovative campaigns, attract links and improve rankings. InsureMyTrip and Screaming Frog rose to that challenge, creating informational content for travelers that drives performance success. The "Travel Restrictions by State" page has more than 260 referring domains and is the third most linked page on InsureMyTrip.com (behind the homepage and Covid-19 information hub). "While many of the links were gained because of ScreamingFrog's rigorous outreach, our own constant updates, email marketing, and high ranking have all contributed heavily to the page's success in the search results," -InsureMyTrip's Search Engine Optimization expert Brendan Pearson. Judges of the UK Search awards said this about InsureMyTrip's "Travel Restrictions by State" campaign: "Really clear objectives and strategy – clear focus on relatable, credible, and unique content for their readers. Brilliant use of real time information, assets and leveraging in the moment moments – no tourism, hand sanitizer, interactive maps. Brilliant performance for competitive terms which has resulted in solid organic growth. Massive well done!" About InsureMyTrip It's simple. InsureMyTrip finds you the right travel insurance plan, every time. InsureMyTrip is the authority on travel insurance. We are committed to empowering travelers to make the best possible insurance decisions by leveraging our technology, data intelligence, and expertise.

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