CLIA Extends Suspension of Cruising From US Ports Until September

CLIA | June 19, 2020

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced on June 19 that its ocean-going cruise line members will voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until Sept. 15, 2020, as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
“The current no-sail order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on July 24, and although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States,” the CLIA statement said.

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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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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Kasada Acquires Iconic Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

kasada | March 26, 2022

Funds advised by Kasada Capital Management (“Kasada”) announced the acquisition of the 120-key Cape Grace hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. This acquisition marks Kasada's entry into the South African hospitality market and the continued fulfilment of the platform’s strategy to expand its presence in key cities across Sub-Saharan Africa. Kasada will now deploy its expertise in Cape Town with an asset voted one of the “Top Luxury Hotels” in the continent. Originally opened in 1996, the Cape Grace is located in Cape Town’s Victoria & Albert Waterfront district and is one of Africa’s most iconic hotels. This acquisition will mark a new chapter in the property’s history. With high ambitions for this Cape Town landmark, Kasada will renovate the hotel with the view of obtaining the EDGE green-building certification while keeping its legacy, unrivalled quality, and exceptional service which have been the essence of this exceptional property. "This acquisition marks our entry into the South African hospitality market, the largest in Africa. The Cape Grace is a great addition to our existing hotel portfolio and we look forward to bringing our knowledge and expertise to this iconic asset. Our value creation strategy will be driven by our sustainability values and highest ESG standards for the benefit of our guests, employees and local communities." -Olivier Granet, Kasada's Managing Partner and CEO David Damiba, Kasada’s Managing Partner and CIO added: We are delighted to have completed this important acquisition in Cape Town. It demonstrates our continued ability to structure and execute transactions across hotel segments and geographies. With the acquisition of the Cape Grace and our subsequent capex commitment, we continue to believe in the resilience of the African hospitality market and confirm our positioning as a leading investor and solution provider in the hospitality sector on the continent. About Kasada Kasada Capital Management is part of the Kasada group, an independent investment platform dedicated to hospitality in Sub-Saharan Africa. The firm was launched in 2018 with the backing of Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, and Accor, a world leading hospitality group. The Kasada group’s strategy spans all segments from economy to luxury and targets both greenfield and brownfield projects. The Kasada group’s hotels are operated under the banner of Accor’s wide range of internationally renowned brands. By investing in a region which offers robust growth opportunities, the Kasada group aims to deliver both attractive risk-adjusted returns to investors, and a long-term positive impact on local economies. In April 2019, the Kasada group held a close on its maiden fund, Kasada Hospitality Fund L.P., with equity commitments of over USD 500 million. For more information, visit www.kasada.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

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The Indigo Road Hospitality Group Leverages Stayntouch's Easy & Powerful PMS to Deliver Memorable Experiences

Stayntouch | May 13, 2022

Stayntouch, a global leader in cloud hotel property management systems (PMS) and guest-centric technology, has partnered with The Indigo Road Hospitality Group, a full-service hospitality management company, to power two boutique properties, Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa, and The Skyline Lodge in Highlands, N.C., with a flexible mobile PMS.The Indigo Road Hospitality Group is an award-winning hotel and restaurant management group focusing on boutique properties that deliver authentic experiences for discriminating lifestyle travelers. Indigo Road chose Stayntouch's flexible and easy-to-use PMS to facilitate seamless integrations across their tech stack, providing a warm and organic hospitality experience for guests. They also benefit from a platform that empowers guests with a choice at check-in: from fully mobile and contactless, to a high-touch experience with an agent untethered from the front desk. "If we do our jobs well, all of our guests should leave the property feeling genuinely welcomed, appreciated, and understood. But for that to happen, our technology has to work seamlessly in the background to support our staff and promote these positive interactions. Here, Stayntouch really excels. The user interface is super clean and very easy-to-use, and allows our staff to keep their focus on their guests rather than buried in a screen. Additionally, one of the unknowns when starting a new relationship with a tech vendor is support. With Stayntouch, the people supporting the product, from implementation onward, are absolutely fantastic, and have taken our specific business goals as their own." -Scott Neslage, Director of Lodging Operations at The Indigo Road Hospitality Group Michael Helfin, Chief Revenue Officer of Stayntouch, replied, "It's been exciting to embark on a partnership with a hospitality company whose philosophy on service aligns so closely with our own. Our role is to be more than just a tech vendor, but to be a strategic partner: We're excited to provide The Indigo Road with flexible technology and seamless integrations to help their properties deliver a memorable guest experience and reinforce the commitment to service that has helped them establish an award-winning business. About The Indigo Road Hospitality Group Founded in 2009 by Steve Palmer, The Indigo Road Hospitality Group owns, operates, and manages restaurants and boutique hotels throughout the country. Based in the Southeast, The Indigo Road is founded upon the core principle of serving with love and creating memorable experiences for all. In 2019, The Indigo Road marked its tenth anniversary by being named a Forbes Small Giant and appearing on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list, and in 2020 announced that hotelier Larry Spelts joined The Indigo Road as a partner and president of its new venture into lodging with a focus on food & beverage driven boutique hotels. The Indigo Road's dedication to excellence in food & beverage has been recognized by Palmer being named a semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation's award for Outstanding Restaurateur-US in 2018, 2019 and 2020. For more information on the portfolio, team, core values and services, visit theindigoroad.com. About Stayntouch Stayntouch provides a cloud-native, guest-centric, and fully mobile hotel property management system (PMS) and over 1100+ integrations, enabling hotels to raise service levels, drive revenues, reduce costs, and ultimately captivate their guests. Backed by a team of professionals with deep roots in the hospitality industry, Stayntouch is a trusted partner to many forward-thinking hotels and resorts, including the TWA Hotel, First Hotels, Conscious Hotels, Margaritaville, Valencia Hotel Group, and Modus Hotels. Stayntouch is also a preferred PMS partner to some of the leading independent hotel collections around the world including; Design Hotels, an Independent Marriott Brand, and Curator Hotel & Resort Collection. Visit Stayntouch at www.stayntouch.com.

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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Avenir Hospitality Acquires 4 Boutique Hotels in Cannon Beach and Partners with Life House for Management

Avenir | January 24, 2022

Avenir Hospitality (“Avenir”) has announced its acquisition of the Cannon Beach Hotel Collection, a portfolio of 4 boutique hotels located in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Avenir has partnered with New York-based boutique hotel operator Life House to manage the portfolio, which represents the company’s first properties in the Pacific Northwest.Named one of National Geographic's 100 Most Beautiful Places and one of its 21 Best Beaches in the World, Cannon Beach is renowned for its stunning natural beauty which includes wide sandy shores, stunning views of Haystack Rock–a 235 ft sea stack home to colorful tidepools and diverse wildlife–and neighboring state parks that harbor ancient pine forests and dramatic coastline views. These remarkable natural areas blend magically with the charming city of Cannon Beach, which features a picturesque, walkable downtown with numerous galleries, restaurants, and boutiques. Visitors from Portland, Seattle, and beyond return to Cannon Beach time and time again to savor the culinary bounty of the Pacific Northwest, enjoy one of the top art towns in America and explore the outdoors. “We were drawn to Cannon Beach’s natural beauty, boutique charm and strong market dynamics, which are key elements in our thesis of investing in boutique assets in distinct leisure markets. We are honored for the opportunity to steward these beloved properties and further their legacy in the Cannon Beach Hotel Collection, We’re very excited about the future of these properties and this segment of the hospitality industry, as consumers increasingly gravitate towards unique and authentic experiences. We look forward to exploring opportunities to grow our portfolio nearby and in similar markets" -Daniel Lima, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Avenirand Kevin Fleming, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Avenir. The award-winning Cannon Beach Hotel Collection encompasses 4 charming properties all steps from the sand, and located in midtown Cannon Beach, the portfolio sits between the center of downtown and the iconic Haystack Rock. At the heart of the collection is the Cannon Beach Hotel, a historic property with a storied past dating back to 1914. Featuring a cozy lobby and adjacent eatery soon to be reopened, the Cannon Beach Hotel serves as the check-in for the broader collection, which spans The Courtyard, McBee Cottages and the Hearthstone Inn. Each outpost in the collection features a unique vibe and character, while all offering an authentic experience for guests. “We are thrilled to formally announce our entrance into the Pacific Northwest with the Cannon Beach Hotel Collection, which we have been proudly operating since the summer, We and our partners are actively seeking opportunities to expand throughout the region, with a core focus on independent hotels in drive-to leisure markets”. -Bryan Dunn, Managing Director at Life House. About Avenir Hospitality Avenir Hospitality is an investment group focused on independent hotels in distinct leisure destinations with favorable supply-demand dynamics. Avenir brings hospitality best practices, operational agility and financial diligence to the properties it acquires, creating value for guests, communities and investors. For more information on Avenir, visit https://www.avenirhospitality.com. About Life House Life House is a New York-based, venture-backed and vertically-integrated hotel brand, management, and software company. Life House has built a proprietary technology stack to power a platform that makes hotels more seamless and more profitable for hotel owners and travel more meaningful and more accessible for travelers. Life House operates a growing portfolio of boutique and luxury hotels, with more than 55 projects open or under development across the US and Mexico. To learn more about Life House, visit https://www.life-house.com.

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