Ebix Cash Signs Agreement With Amadeus To Empower Travel Agents

Travel Trends Today | January 16, 2020

EbixCash, a fully owned subsidiary of Ebix, announced a strategic travel technology partnership with Amadeus to grow its footprint across the Asia Pacific region and UAE and become a one-stop shop for travel. The partnership will provide EbixCash’s online websites, travel agents and corporations in Asia Pacific and UAE with greater access to the unrivalled breadth of content offered by the Amadeus Travel Platform, enabling EbixCash to better serve its customers. Built on fully open systems, the Amadeus Travel Platform harnesses artificial intelligence to bring a greater level of personalized content into one integrated platform.

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ENEL X AND OK2CHARGE MODERNIZE VACATION RENTALS WITH SMART EV CHARGING SOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT MORE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

enel x & ok2charge | March 15, 2022

Enel X, the advanced energy services arm of the Enel Group, and Ok2Charge announce a partnership under which Enel X provides Ok2Charge with co-branded smart electric vehicle charging stations to be installed across vacation rental properties worldwide, enabling guests to charge at the property rather than spending time searching for a charger. As the first solution designed specifically for the vacation rental market, the Ok2Charge smart EV charging platform integrates with major property management systems to provide an industry-first fully automated EV charging solution as a property amenity that can be deployed across a portfolio of managed properties. The agreement delivers a turnkey charging solution for managers and owners of vacation rental properties who want to meet the needs of the rapidly increasing number of EV drivers."With demand for EVs continuing to grow, confidence with longer range battery electric vehicles, and the popularity of vacation destinations within driving distance, EV drivers want to know that they will have easy access to smart charging throughout their journey," said Giovanni Bertolino, Head of e-Mobility, Enel X North America. "Through our partnership with Ok2Charge, we're enabling EV drivers to travel on their own terms and providing them with peace of mind that they'll be able to charge at their destination. The vacation rental market continues to expand as major rental companies like Airbnb report record growth. Recently, Airbnb reported that more than 850,000 listings include chargers among their amenities and more than 500,000 unique searches for EV chargers between June and December of that year were counted in 2021. In a recent Enel X survey, over 1500 JuiceBox customer participants shared their electric vehicle and charging preferences for driving-distance travel. Over 52% of respondents use Airbnb for their vacation rental plans, and additional findings include: If rental properties could guarantee a Level 2 charge for their guests, 74% of respondents would drive their EV on more road trips. 81% of respondents shared that access to Level 2 charging influences their travel plans. More than 67% of respondents stated that access to a DC fast charging station on route was very important for road travel that is more than 200 miles. 44% of respondents shared they drive their electric vehicle on road trips and 22% of respondents shared they sometimes drive their electric vehicles on road trips. More than 76% of participants took up to 4 vacation road trips in the last year. Ok2Charge selected Enel X due to Enel X's best-in-class EV charging hardware and open standards software to integrate with Ok2Charge's software platform. The Ok2Charge platform provides charging based on guest and reservation data to fully automate access and control. User-friendly reports can be exported for each location or portfolio wide, enabling property managers to monitor usage, energy consumption, and financial performance. "We are pleased to partner with Enel X to offer smart EV charging as an amenity so our clients will be able to stand out from the competition in the crowded vacation rental market,This not only enables EV drivers to seamlessly charge their vehicles while on vacation, but it also reduces the environmental impact of tourism, a win/win." -Ward Prickett, COO and co-founder of Ok2Charge The Ok2Charge platform enables guests to select EV charging as an optional add-on amenity and provides an additional revenue stream for property owners and rental managers with remote visibility into real-time statistics in a centralized location – their property management system. The platform also ensures that only those guests who have selected the amenity will be authorized to charge their vehicles through a flexible payment structure paid through the Ok2Charge app, preventing unwanted use and unexpected energy costs. In certain markets, property owners can optimize energy demand to reduce costs and carbon emissions. Property management software platforms such as Escapia, Guesty LiveRez, LMPM, Streamline, Track and VRM integrate Ok2Charge as their smart EV charging solution. This integration enables EV charging as an amenity to professional host and management companies that utilize these platforms across major booking OTA channels such as Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com, Tripadvisor, Expedia, Agoda, direct booking websites and more. "We're seeing an increase in travelers visiting from distances that can be travelled to by car that spend more time at our properties. Also, more people are driving electric vehicles, so partnering with OK2Charge and adding smart EV chargers to our properties was a no brainer," said Bob Hawkins, Vacation Company. "We've already experienced positive guest comments regarding the convenience of smart charging at the rental property." With this agreement, Enel X and Ok2Charge, through partners which together manage thousands of rental properties across single-family, multi-family, and vacation rentals, are providing a comprehensive smart charging solution that provides drivers with accessible charging and property owners with a property management system to seamlessly integrate EV charging into the rental process and stand out in the competitive vacation rental market. "We are excited to have provided this cutting-edge service to homeowners and vacation rental guests on the Gulf Coast at our Ocean Edge community last year, We look forward to offering smart solutions and services to more clients and customers in both real estate sales and vacation rentals as the market continues to grow." -Glen Kaiser, with Kaiser Vacation Rentals. About Enel X Enel X is the Enel group's global business line that offers services to accelerate innovation and drive the energy transition. A world leader in the sector of advanced energy solutions, the brand Enel X manages services such as demand response with 7.7 GW of total capacity globally and 195 MW of storage capacity installed worldwide. In January 2022, a new Global Business Line fully dedicated to electric mobility was created, managing approximately 250,000 public and private charging ports for electric vehicles available all over the world, promoting and developing projects and solutions for the spread of e-Mobility in the countries in which Enel Group operates. For more information on Enel X eMobility please visit https://evcharging.enelx.com. About Ok2Charge Ok2Charge provides a network of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that bring clean energy to the last mile of vacation travel. OK2's platform integrates seamlessly with leading property management systems, while the charging stations can also work as standalone units, creating a brand-new revenue stream for properties and portfolios of every size. Plus, by making EV travel easier, OK2 encourages more drivers to switch to zero-emission vehicles — helping create a future in which long-distance vacation travel will be 100% carbon-neutral. Learn more about OK2's leading-edge technology at https://www.ok2charge.com.

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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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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

CARILLON MIAMI WELLNESS RESORT JOINS AMERICAN EXPRESS FINE HOTELS + RESORTS PROGRAM

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort | March 22, 2022

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is pleased to announce it has been awarded distinguished membership in American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts® (FHR), offering Amex consumer, business, and corporate Platinum Card holders and Centurion members unmatched value and access to exclusive benefits. "This is a major accomplishment for our team, residents, and owners, and we are excited and appreciative to now join American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts®, one of the leading luxury lodging programs for affluent travelers,This milestone is yet another award and recognition for our resort and we look forward to achieving even greater heights in wellness-luxury with FHR. As the travel industry continues to recover and hotels and resorts get more creative, we are looking for every opportunity to dazzle new guests with our refined luxury, amenities, and services, as well as the natural beauty of our location in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast." -Patrick Fernandes, Executive Managing Director of Carillon Miami Wellness Resort. Along with exclusive access to the resort's spa, recognized as the largest spa and wellness facility on the Eastern Seaboard (70,000 square feet), Amex Card and Centurion members can receive special perks such as early check-in, $150 experience credit to use toward spa services, room upgrades upon availability, and a personalized welcome, among other benefits. Additionally, members will find other new amenities when visiting Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, including a new dining destination in partnership with Michelin-starred chef, Tristan Brandt. Chef Brandt, whose signature modern French cuisine with Asian influences can best be described as "artwork on the plate," will oversee the culinary concept for a new destination restaurant at the resort, which will open to guests this spring. Members can also experience the resort's latest wellness programming, such as new personalized health services through the property's partnership with the biostation, which offers a curated menu of cutting-edge therapies and tailored wellness retreats. For more information about Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, please visit https://www.carillonhotel.com/en. About Carillon Miami Wellness Resort Located along the white sand shores of Miami Beach, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort presents an authentic and specialized approach to health, wellness, and complete well-being. Exuding the "luxury of wellness," the resort focuses on aligning physical, mental, and spiritual health by offering a comprehensive retreat, the largest spa & wellness center on the Eastern Seaboard (70,000 sq. ft.), a one-of-a-kind Thermal Experience and a medical wellness division, personalized health retreats and services through the biostation at Carillon Miami, and more. The resort features 150 spacious one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments, ranging in size from 720 – 1,200 sq. ft. An array of recreational activities are at guests' fingertips, access to the resort's two-story indoor rock wall and resort pools located throughout the property: the oceanfront Cabana Pool and the adult-only rooftop Atlantic Pool. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort promotes a path to discovery and provides tools for a healthier lifestyle extending beyond each guest's stay. In 2021, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort ranked within Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards as one of the "Top 15 Domestic Destination Spas," the only property in Florida, and was also named one of the "Top 30 Destination Spa Resorts in the United States" in Condé Nast Traveler's 34th annual 2021 Readers' Choice Awards. The resort is committed to upholding the highest standards in health and safety and is a Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide destination. For more information, please visit www.carillonhotel.com.

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BUSINESS TRAVEL

Viva Aerobus joins Sabre's global distribution system to help accelerate growth and propel increased agency sales

Sabre Corporation and Viva Aerobus | May 20, 2022

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, announced a new distribution agreement with Viva Aerobus, Mexico´s ultra-low-cost carrier, which will help enable the airline to power future revenue growth through agency sales. Viva Aerobus can now distribute its flights and services through Sabre's global distribution system (GDS), providing more content and choices through a single source for greater convenience, agility and efficiency. With this agreement, Sabre-connected agencies will enjoy e-ticketing and enhanced merchandising capabilities, allowing travel agents to easily view, compare, and sell Viva Aerobus' flights across the network. With the implementation of Sabre's branded fares technology, Viva Aerobus will now be able to provide their customers greater flexibility to choose the products and services that best fit their needs. "Viva Aerobus is an airline in constant expansion with solid plans for growth in fleet, routes and flights. Partnering with a trustworthy and innovative technology company like Sabre is key to both achieve our growth plans, as well as to increase operational efficiencies, We are confident that Sabre is the right partner to support our long-term goal, which is to provide travelers with the lowest fares and a personalized experience where they only pay for what they really need." -Andrea Rodríguez, Sales Director at Viva Aerobus With more than 15 years of experience, more than 80 million passengers transported and more than 3,500 employees, Viva Aerobus operates over 130 domestic routes within Mexico and international routes to destinations in Colombia, Cuba and the United States. Its value proposition combines customer-oriented service, flexibility and low fares. As a result of this service, Viva Aerobus has positioned itself as one of the three main airlines in Mexico. Currently, Viva has the newest fleet in Mexico and the third youngest in all North America, offering the highest standards in terms of safety, efficiency and reliability. "We are thrilled to partner with Viva Aerobus to help them reach their growth goals as the industry continues to recover, We are committed to partnering with airlines and agencies in creative ways to deliver the retailing and distribution solutions that meet our customers' needs on both sides of the travel marketplace." -Gary Stone, Vice President Select Airline Accounts, Sabre Travel Solutions Sabre's broad suite of flexible and scalable software solutions helps airlines to operate how they want to and adapt their business to changing needs and requirements. Sabre's solutions optimize day-to-day airline operations and ultimately help carriers solve their biggest challenges – helping drive increased revenue and reduced costs, while delivering better travel experiences. About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveler experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre's technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. For more information visit www.sabre.com. About Viva Aerobus Viva Aerobus is Mexico's ultra-low-cost airline. It started operations in 2006 and today it operates the youngest Latin American fleet with 56 Airbus: 40 Airbus A320 and 16 Airbus A321. With a clear vision to give all people the opportunity to fly, Viva Aerobus has democratized the airline industry with the lowest fares in Mexico and the lowest cost structure in America, making their flights the best value offer. For more information please visit: www.vivaaerobus.com/en

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