Flight Centre Travel Group appoints Head of Corporate Marketing Europe

TravelDailyNews International | November 29, 2019

Claire Harrington has been appointed by Flight Centre Travel Group as Head of Corporate Marketing Europe. She will be responsible for overseeing marketing strategy for Flight Centre’s corporate brands including global travel management division FCM Travel Solutions in EMEA, plus specialist SME-spend divisions Corporate Traveller and Flight Centre Business Travel in Europe and MICE division cievents in the UK.

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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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FLEETCOR® to Acquire European Workforce Lodging Business

FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. | October 21, 2022

FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FLT), a leading global business payments company, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Roomex, a European workforce lodging provider serving the UK and German markets. The acquisition extends FLEETCOR's U.S. workforce lodging business to Europe and provides a platform for further international expansion. The transaction is expected to close in November.Roomex, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has 600 workforce business customers who have stayed in approximately 50,000 hotels. FLEETCOR’s existing lodging business books tens of millions of hotel room nights annually across a network of 45,000 hotel properties primarily in the U.S. The lodging solutions provide customers with savings, specialized controls and consolidated invoices. “Roomex gives us a very similar workforce lodging business in Europe. It provides us a base of operations, expertise and a hotel network from which we can build out the lodging business across Europe while leveraging the significant client base we already have there,” -Ron Clarke, chairman and chief executive officer, FLEETCOR Technologies, Inc. “We are thrilled to join the FLEETCOR team. FLEETCOR’s distribution scale, payment solutions and client relationships will enable Roomex to expand its product offering and accelerate our sales growth,” said Garry Moroney, CEO of Roomex. About FLEETCOR® FLEETCOR Technologies (NYSE: FLT) is a leading global business payments company that helps businesses spend less by providing innovative solutions that enable and control expense-related purchasing and payment processes. The FLEETCOR portfolio of brands automate, secure, digitize and manage payment transactions on behalf of businesses across more than 100 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.FLEETCOR.com. About ROOMEX Roomex is the all-in-one travel and expenses platform built for businesses with a mobile workforce. Roomex helps you book, manage, pay and analyze all of your accommodation, rail and expenses in one place - saving both time and money. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with offices in London, and Munich, Roomex is on a mission to make workforce travel and spend management as seamless and cost-effective as possible. Learn more at www.roomex.com.

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Optii to Roll out Its Hotel Operations Platform at The Alexander

The Alexander and Optii Solutions | November 17, 2022

Optii Solutions, the leading hotel operations software, today announced that The Alexander, A Dolce Hotel in Indianapolis has selected Optii as its hotel operations platform. The Alexander has adopted the full Optii platform to support its hotel operations team to work more efficiently and effectively. The property features 209 rooms across two towers, with 157 hotel rooms, and 52 extended stay residences. This layout and room mix increases the operational complexity, especially for the housekeeping staff when it comes to turnaround times and cleaning sequences. Kevin Green, Director of Operations, The Alexander, said: “We are always looking at how we can improve both the efficiency of our operation and the guest experience we provide. Using Optii to automate our housekeeping teams’ cleaning routes has saved us a considerable amount of time, so that guests can have earlier access to their rooms. Overall, guest satisfaction has been high since Optii’s adoption, and less time is wasted between when a room attendant is finishing a room and starting the next clean. It’s a win-win. “We are thrilled to have The Alexander as a customer. The dedication to sharing arts and culture with guests, really drives home what exceptional hospitality and experiences is all about. We are glad that we can play a part in removing operational challenges, so that the staff can focus on sharing the beautiful property with their guests.” -Katherine Grass, CEO, Optii Solutions, About The Alexander Nestled in the CityWay area of downtown Indianapolis, The Alexander, A Dolce Hotel, pairs contemporary design with unparalleled hospitality. Blocks from both the Gainbridge Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium, the downtown Indianapolis hotel is only minutes from top attractions and local events, including museums, professional sports, and the Indiana Convention Center. About Optii Solutions Optii Solutions is a hotel operations solution that leverages smarter technologies such as artificial intelligence, analytics, messaging and mobility to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of housekeeping and service delivery departments. For further information about Optii, please visit: www.optiisolutions.com

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Guardforce AI Partners with Riversoft Inc. to Co-Develop and Launch a Robotic Travel Concierge Solution for the Tourism Industry

Guardforce AI | September 26, 2022

Guardforce AI Co., Limited (“Guardforce AI” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:GFAI, GFAIW), an integrated security solutions provider, announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Riversoft Inc. (“Riversoft”), a Peakwork Company who is specialized in travel management software, to co-develop and co-launch contactless travel services with its existing GFAI’s Concierge robots. Guardforce AI and Riversoft plan to co-develop these contactless travel services in a new robotic solution to be known as Robot Travel Agency (“RTA”). The RTA will be an e-commerce portal where travelers can purchase itineraries, transportation, accommodations, tours and more. The RTA platform will be linked to Riversoft’s’ booking engine which connects to major travel suppliers for hotel booking, flight booking, ticketing, and travel agencies. RTA’s platform can bundle travel packages and recommend the best local deals possible to travelers. RTA’s platform can also be linked to social media and instant messaging applications such as Line and WeChat, to provide seamless payment and instant recommendations to customers’ smartphones. "We are excited about our partnership with Riversoft and our joint plans to launch the RTA. According to the Global Business Travel Association's latest Business Travel Index, global business travel activity will continue to recover in 2023 and is headed towards a full recovery to 2019 pre-pandemic spending levels of USD $1.4 trillion. Our strategic objective of the RTA is to launch in the hospitality industry to help travelers find exclusive local promotions for restaurants, events, and stores. The hotel industry is one of our important and major markets for our robotic solutions and we are working with Riversoft to further expands our services, enabling us to provide more efficient, and convenient experiences to our customers and clients.” -Olivia Wang, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Guardforce AI Alex Kuo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Riversoft, commented, “Tourism is continuing to recover, and according to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism saw a 182% year-over-year increase in January-March 2022. As travel restrictions continue to ease and as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, the tourism industry is expected to continue to recuperate throughout 2022. However, the hotel industry is still struggling to hire enough staff to serve customers. We believe our RTA contactless solution effectively provides a safe and easy to use concierge service that will serve customers as they travel to new destinations around the world.” About Riversoft Inc. Riversoft Inc, a Peakwork Company, founded in 2008 and based in Taiwan, focuses on providing digital solutions in the tourism industry. Based on its wide network and partnership with travel agencies, solid application and framework development abilities, and strong booking engine packaging capabilities, Riversoft is integrating Artificial Intelligent interaction to provide robotic travel agent services for customers. About Guardforce AI Co., Ltd. Guardforce AI Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:GFAI, GFAIW) is a global integrated security solutions provider that is focused on developing robotic solutions and information security services that complement its well-established secured logistics business. With more than 40 years of professional experience, Guardforce AI is a trusted brand name that protects and transports high-value assets belonging to public and private sector organizations. Guardforce AI develops and provides innovative technologies and services that enhance safety and protection. For more information, visit www.guardforceai.com.

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