Gatwick Group shows off the best local attractions for international travellers

Travel Daily Media | July 31, 2019

The Gatwick Group, made up of Gatwick Airport and its tourism partners, has unveiled a new series of guides to illuminate passengers, passing through the international hub, with the best local spots to visit. The guides also feature bespoke itineraries  to advise visitors on how to get the most from the local area even if they have only limited time to spare. Advice includes where to visit with three hours available, four hours available, five hours available, six hours available right up to 12 hours.

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The travel technology world is thriving, with a considerable amount of innovation occurring in Ireland. To highlight this, Enterprise Ireland, the trade and development agency of the Irish government, commissioned Atmosphere Research Group, an independent and objective travel industry market research firm, to prepare this Thought Leadership Paper. Atmosphere Research interviewed 10 of Enterprise Ireland’s portfolio companies, forming our own opinions about each firm. The report also includes data from Atmosphere’s proprietary studies of travelers in five countries that Enterprise Ireland selected:


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Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection Partners with soNomad to Offer Travel Medical Insurance in Canada

Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection | November 16, 2022

North American travel insurance provider Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection (BHTP) has announced that it has partnered with soNomad to provide Canadian travelers valuable travel medical insurance for unexpected health problems or sudden injuries while traveling. The soNomad Travel Medical Insurance plan will be underwritten by National Liability & Fire Insurance Company, Canada.Our underwriting partnership with soNomad provides us an exciting new opportunity in the Canadian market, said Dean Sivley, president of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. With escalating emergency expenses a possibility for Canadian travelers, our comprehensive travel medical coverage provides essential protection for their vacations. soNomad’s Emergency Travel Medical insurance provides Canadian travelers with emergency medical expense coverage while traveling outside their home province or territory, and internationally. “We are thrilled to partner with an industry leader like Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance to provide Canadian travelers with our low-cost approach to travel insurance, The unparalleled insurance expertise of a trusted brand like Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance means Canadian travelers have the best of both worlds when it comes to no-nonsense, affordable travel insurance.” -Mathieu Laplante, soNomad co-founder and 20-plus year veteran of the Canadian Travel Insurance market About Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection is the trade name for the travel protection products and services of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company, part of the National Indemnity group of insurance companies. Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company provides underwriting and claims administration services for some of the largest distributors of travel insurance in the United States and Canada. Plans are provided by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company or National Liability & Fire Insurance Company. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. Full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. About Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (www.bhspecialty.com) provides commercial property, casualty, healthcare professional liability, executive and professional lines, transactional liability, surety, marine, travel, programs, accident and health, medical stop loss, homeowners, and multinational insurance. The actual and final terms of coverage for all product lines may vary. It underwrites on the paper of Berkshire Hathaway's National Indemnity group of insurance companies, which hold financial strength ratings of A++ from AM Best and AA+ from Standard & Poor's. Based in Boston, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Irvine, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, San Ramon, Seattle, Stevens Point, Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Brussels, Cologne, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Lyon, Macau, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Munich, Paris, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Zurich. About SoNomad soNomad (www.sonomad.com) is an innovative player in the insurance industry providing low-cost travel insurance to the Canadian market. Founded by respected industry veterans, soNomad is a leading technology company dedicated to excellence, quality, and innovation. With its proprietary technology, soNomad delivers unique high quality travel insurance solutions. soNomad’s mission is to make travel insurance simple, transparent, and affordable to all Canadian travellers.

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LONELY PLANET'S BEST IN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR 2023 REVEALED

Lonely Planet | November 18, 2022

Global travel authority Lonely Planet has unveiled its top destinations to visit next year with the release of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023. Lonely Planet's annual marquee moment celebrates its expert predictions for where to go in the year ahead. Best in Travel 2023 is Lonely Planet's 18th annual collection, featuring 30 must-visit destinations around the globe. As part of its larger ambition to deliver an engaging product that solves proactive travel planning needs through personalized, local-led guidance, Lonely Planet has reimagined Best In Travel for 2023. This year's list centers expert local perspectives at the heart of each destination, and is sorted by the type of trip best had there: eat, journey, connect, learn and unwind. This shift in the list's organization signals Lonely Planet's reinvigorated dedication to aiding travelers in navigating the world in the ways most meaningful to them. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 offers a comprehensive set of itineraries aimed at helping travelers to explore the world — while following along with some seriously knowledgeable locally-based experts along the way. The eat category features Peru's capital Lima alongside chef Ricardo Martins, affordable world class dining in South Africa and the dining scene around Umbria, Italy, among others. Intrepid journeys include the reinstated night train between Istanbul and Sofia, Bulgaria and a long-weekend road trip through Nova Scotia, Canada's dramatic Atlantic province narrated by surfer Dean Petty. The overlooked peninsula of Halkidiki in Greece, historic Jordan told through the lens of designer Tania George, future-facing Jamaica and ever-popular Malta all offer tempting chances to unwind. Travelers looking to connect with distinctive local scenes are directed to the buzzing art-centric Accra with Surf Ghana's Sandy Alibo and musician Pure Akan, as well as Sydney, back on the map after the enforced separation of the past few years. In the learn category Lonely Planet spotlights destinations such as New Mexico with the incredible Native American hoop dancer ShanDien Sonwai LaRance, Manchester, home to one of the UK's most dynamic arts scenes, and the laid-back surf culture of El Salvador. Each year, Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 lists start with nominations from Lonely Planet's vast community of staff, writers, bloggers, publishing partners and more. The nominations are then whittled down by its panel of travel experts to just 30 destinations. Each is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences, 'wow' factor and its ongoing commitment to sustainability, community and diversity. According to Lonely Planet's Senior Vice President of Content and Executive Editor Nitya Chambers the release of Lonely Planet's annual "hot list" of destinations and travel experiences comes at an exciting time to be planning travel. "2023 is shaping up to be the year to get out and explore. With much of the world firmly on the road to recovery, travelers are looking for different locations and experiences. The lists celebrate the world in all its wonderful enticing variety," Chambers continues. "Each of the itineraries in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 shows how to leave the crowds behind and truly get the heart of a destination. As always Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 delivers new takes on popular destinations such as Western Australia and Japan, and unearths some lesser-known gems like the food scene in Montevideo, Uruguay, indigenous community-operated attractions in Alaska and South America's eco-tourism rising star Guyana. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 - Complete List EAT JOURNEY UNWIND CONNECT LEARN Umbria, Italy Istanbul to Sofia Halkidiki, Greece Alaska Manchester, UK Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Nova Scotia, Canada Jamaica Albania New Mexico, USA Fukuoka, Japan Bhutan Dominica Accra, Ghana Dresden, Germany Lima, Peru Zambia Raja Ampat, Indonesia Sydney, Australia El Salvador South Africa Western Australia Malta Guyana Southern Scotland Montevideo, Uruguay National Natural Parks, Colombia Jordan Boise, USA Marseille, France ABOUT LONELY PLANET A trusted voice in travel guidance, Lonely Planet is part of the Red Ventures portfolio. Providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973, Lonely Planet reaches hundreds of millions of travelers each year helping them unlock amazing experiences. Lonely Planet can be found on lonelyplanet.com, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter, through video and in 14 languages, armchair and lifestyle books, e-books and more. Over the past 49 years Lonely Planet has printed over 145 million guidebooks covering 221 countries as well as countless other titles showcasing the wonders of the world for travelers of all types. Visit Lonely Planet at lonelyplanet.com and join our community of followers on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the Lonely Planet Newsletter at lonelyplanet.com/newsletter.

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QUORUM HOTELS & RESORTS ASSUMES MANAGEMENT OF TWO COASTAL CALIFORNIA PROPERTIES

Quorum Hotels & Resorts | December 02, 2022

Quorum Hotels & Resorts, a California and Texas-based hotel management company, announced the latest additions to its growing hotel management portfolio with two coastal California properties – Inn at the Pier Pismo Beach, and Hotel Virginia Santa Barbara, Tapestry Collection by Hilton.A 2022 addition to the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, the historic Hotel Virginia Santa Barbara completed a full property renovation and rebrand in August 2022, honoring its Spanish Colonial roots through design. With a prime downtown location near State Street, the Funk Zone, and Stearns Wharf, guests are positioned perfectly to fully experience the destination. On-site, guests are invited to unwind in the welcoming lobby featuring Brisa Café + Bar, or retreat to one of 61 newly refreshed boutique rooms and suites. Follow famed Hwy 101 a short distance north and discover Inn at the Pier Pismo Beach. Featuring classic craftsman architecture with a premier pier-side downtown location; the resort-style property has been welcoming guests since 2017. Designed with leisure in mind, the 104-room property features panoramic Pacific Ocean views, a rooftop bar, and flexible event space. Slated to begin renovation this winter, Inn at the Pier will reveal a new restaurant concept and redesigned rooftop, updated lobby and bar, and refreshed guest rooms and suites, officially debuting in the Curio Collection by Hilton in 2023. "Both properties are welcome additions to Quorum's lifestyle portfolio. We look forward to elevating these beautiful properties to their full potential in partnership with the Hilton brand while celebrating what makes each unique,Our renovation and soft brand strategies will deliver a heightened experience that our team is proud to be a part of and will ultimately delight our guests for years to come." -President Todd Moreau. About Quorum Hotels & Resorts Quorum Hotels & Resorts has a 35-year record of success comprising more than 185 hotel assignments spanning most major markets and all major brands including Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, and IHG. Quorum provides hotel owners with a personalized, hands-on approach to hotel management focused on driving optimal operating results and return on investment. Core areas of expertise include hotel management, asset management, and advisory services. Today, Quorum Hotels & Resorts manages 2,000 keys across the United States. For more information about Quorum Hotels & Resorts visit quorumhotels.com. About Inn at the Pier Opened in November 2017, Inn at the Pier features classic craftsman design and overlooks the iconic Pismo Beach pier and boardwalk from its prime downtown location. The resort-style property is home to 104 guest rooms and suites, a full-service restaurant, dipping pool, and the only rooftop bar in Pismo Beach. Other amenities include 1,200 square feet of meeting space, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and approximately 2,650 square feet of street-level retail space. Inn at the Pier is located at 601 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, 93449. To learn more about the Inn at the Pier, please visit theinnatthepier.com. About Hotel Virginia Santa Barbara, Tapestry Collection Designated a local landmark by the city of Santa Barbara in March 2000, and remodeled and rebranded in August 2022, Hotel Virginia is home to 61 charming guest rooms and suites. Positioned amidst stunning Spanish architecture, the sights and sounds of the city, and moments from the California coastline, the property immerses guests fully in the local experience. Hotel Virginia Santa Barbara, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program. Hotel Virginia is located at 17 W. Haley St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. To learn more about Hotel Virginia, please visit hotelvirginiasb.com.

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XTM Inc. Joins Hospitality Experts to Address Compliance on Gratuity Payout

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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Spotlight

The travel technology world is thriving, with a considerable amount of innovation occurring in Ireland. To highlight this, Enterprise Ireland, the trade and development agency of the Irish government, commissioned Atmosphere Research Group, an independent and objective travel industry market research firm, to prepare this Thought Leadership Paper. Atmosphere Research interviewed 10 of Enterprise Ireland’s portfolio companies, forming our own opinions about each firm. The report also includes data from Atmosphere’s proprietary studies of travelers in five countries that Enterprise Ireland selected:

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