Google Maps adds features allowing users to explore and share more

PhocusWire | February 12, 2020

Google Maps has unleashed a raft of new features as it marks its 15th birthday. The service, which Google claims has a billion users, now presents users on its Android and iOS app with five tabs: Commute, Contribute, Explore, Saved and Updates. The Explore tab helps users find nearby restaurants, attractions and landmarks by providing them with information, ratings and reviews. The Contribute tab enables users to help others by sharing local knowledge about roads and addresses around them as well as business reviews and images.

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St. Petersburg – Soak up the endless Florida sun here, then venture on to explore the city’s artsy side. You may come to #StPetersburg for a sun-filled #vacation, but you’ll keep coming back for the whole cultural package. With incredible beaches to #visit and eye-popping galleries to #explore, this city will keep you busy. After you’ve worked up an appetite, end a day here at one of the craft breweries and taste-test your way to sundown. Follow us on our journey through St. Pete’s and start planning an #itinerary for a trip here of your own!


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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Propst Development and Chartwell Hospitality Complete Hilton's Conrad Luxury Hotel in Nashville

Chartwell Hospitality | June 23, 2022

Propst Development and Chartwell Hospitality announced they have finalized development of the Conrad Nashville hotel, located in the Broadwest city block in Midtown. The Conrad Nashville is Hilton’s first luxury branded hotel in Nashville and is scheduled to open on June 29, 2022. Additionally, the co-developers have completed the sale of the 234-room property to Northwood Investors, LLC, a premier owner and manager of luxury hotels around the world. “Our goal for Broadwest was to create a property that all Nashvillians are proud of, and we believe the Conrad raises the bar as one of the most luxurious hotel properties in America, Projects like this draw investment into local neighborhoods and bring new economic stimulus and opportunities to local residents and businesses – the Conrad Nashville alone will employ more than 200 people. We are thrilled with the execution of this development and to see it welcome its first guests in the coming days.” -Bill Propst, Chairman of the Propst Companies We had a vision to develop the nicest Conrad in the Hilton system as well as position this hotel to be the nicest luxury hotel in Nashville. I believe we have accomplished that goal,said Rob Schaedle, Founder and President of Chartwell Hospitality. Javier Rosenberg, president of Northwood Hospitality LLC stated, We are delighted to add the Conrad Nashville to our portfolio. Nashville is quickly becoming one of the top destinations in the country for leisure and corporate travel along with meetings and events. The Conrad Nashville is set to inspire and redefine the luxury hotel landscape, offering some of the best accommodations and experiences the market has to offer. The Conrad Nashville is part of Broadwest, a $540 million, 1.3 million square foot mixed use project master developed by Propst Development and consists of 630,000 square feet of Class A office space, 196 luxury condominiums, and the Conrad Hotel. Broadwest encompasses a full city block and has transformed Midtown into one of the most active areas for development in Nashville. Conrad Hotels and Resorts are known for offering guests a seamless connection between contemporary design, leading innovation, and authentic local culture. The Nashville property features 234 guest rooms and suites, 11,000+ square feet of meeting space, a third level outdoor terrace pool, and distinct food and beverage offerings, including locally-sourced Blue Aster restaurant and Thistle and Rye whiskey bar. Northwood Investors LLC is a privately held, real estate private equity firm that owns and operates real estate across the U.S. and Europe. The firm currently manages approximately $8 billion of investor capital. Northwood’s flagship fund seeks to opportunistically acquire well-located real estate with a plan to create value through hands-on asset management. Northwood is vertically integrated with in-house operating teams across the office, multifamily, retail, hospitality, and urban logistics sectors. Please visit northwoodinvestors.com for more information. For further information contact John Hughey, President of Propst Properties at Hughey@Propst.com. About Chartwell Hospitality Chartwell Hospitality is a fully integrated real estate company based in Nashville, Tennessee. We specialize in the acquisition, development, and management of high-quality, branded, limited- and full-service hotels. Founded in 2003, Chartwell consistently surpasses competition in occupancy and market rates. Simply, our mission is to be the best in the business. For more information, visit www.chartwellhospitality.com.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Outdoorsy Launches Two New Features to Make Travel Easier with New Trip Cancellation Coverage and PayPal Pay In 4 Offering

Outdoorsy | May 21, 2022

Outdoorsy, the most-trusted global online RV rental and outdoor travel marketplace, announced the launch of two new features designed for guests booking their next road trip – Roamly's Travel Insurance coverage and PayPal Pay In 41 offering.The debut of these features comes at a time when consumer sentiment around travel is vulnerable to inflation and rising costs at the gas pump. On April 1, Outdoorsy reported a 13% YoY growth in bookings for summer departures, a clear indicator that market conditions will have minimal impact on RV rentals as travelers are yearning to get on the road after putting vacation time on hold for the past two years. While other travel industries have seen dramatic spikes in cost over the past year in line with inflation, the average trip price on Outdoorsy has only gone up $5 since 2021, representing a .28% increase and further proving that RV vacations are one of the most insulated forms of travel. To help travelers experience the affordability of booking an RV, campervan, or trailer rental on Outdoorsy, guests will now have the option to reserve their rental and pay for it over time using Pay in 4 from PayPal. Pay in 4 from PayPal is currently available at checkout and lets guests break trip costs up to $1,500 into four interest-free payments with the first payment due at time of purchase and the remaining payments every two weeks following. This new payment integration allows budget-conscious travelers to book their trip today and drive off in their RV tomorrow — even before they're finished making final payments. "Ahead of a busy summer travel season, we want to give our community as many resourceful payment options and protections as possible, so finances aren't what's holding them back from getting outside, We're proud to be partnering with PayPal to introduce their Pay in 4 offering and we look forward to making these road trip experiences more attainable for travelers, as the service gives them the freedom to travel now and pay over time." -Outdoorsy's Co-founder and CEO Jeff Cavins. In addition to the launch of Pay in 4 from PayPal, Outdoorsy is also introducing Roamly's Travel Insurance offering to guests in an effort to protect them from unforeseen events. Through a first-of-its-kind partnership with RV-insurtech Roamly and International Medical Group (IMG), a leading travel insurance and assistance services company and fully owned subsidiary of SiriusPoint Ltd., a global insurance and reinsurance company, Outdoorsy is now able to protect and reimburse travelers needing to cancel a trip due to unpredictable circumstances — like a COVID-19 diagnosis. The new Travel Insurance product will cover policyholders needing to cancel a trip if they become sick or are hospitalized before the trip start date, as well as those needing reimbursement for an interrupted trip due to illness or hospitalization. COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants are treated as any other sickness on the Travel Insurance plans. More information on Roamly's Travel Insurance can be found online at https://www.roamly.com/travel-insurance. More information on PayPal Pay In 4 can be found online at www.paypal.com/payin4 1 Pay in 4 is available to consumers upon approval for purchases of $30-$1,500. Pay in 4 is not currently available to residents of Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Wisconsin, or any U.S. Territories. Loans to California residents are made or arranged pursuant to a California Financing Law License. PayPal, Inc. is a Georgia Installment Lender Licensee, NMLS #910457. Rhode Island Small Loan Lender Licensee. When applying, a soft credit check may be needed, but will not affect your credit score. You must be of legal age in your U.S. state of residence to use Pay in 4. Offer availability depends on the merchant and also may not be available for certain recurring, subscription services. About Outdoorsy Outdoorsy is the most trusted on-demand RV rental and outdoor travel marketplace on the planet. Founded in 2015, we have offices worldwide in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, and the UK. Our mission is to mobilize the 54+ million idle RVs around the world to ensure everyone has the access, choice, and opportunity to safely enjoy outdoor experiences and travel while we empower RV owners to realize life-changing financial benefits. For more information, visit www.outdoorsy.com.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Travel-Friendly KODAK STEP Slim Instant Mobile Photo Printer Debuts at Pepcom

Kodak | June 24, 2022

Kodak brand licensee, C+A Global, announced the availability of the KODAK STEP Slim Instant Mobile Photo Printer at Pepcom’s Digital Experience in New York City. Sporting a more compact design, this newest addition to the STEP Instant Print Line is the perfect summer accessory. Its easy-to-use, travel-friendly design won’t take up unnecessary space, meaning it can go anywhere with you so that you never miss the chance to capture the moment on the spot. Other STEP instant print products include the KODAK STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer, KODAK STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, and KODAK STEP Touch Instant Print Digital Camera.The new STEP Slim Instant Mobile Photo Printer still retains the characteristics that make the STEP Instant Print Line so popular, just packaged into a more compact design – at just three quarters of an inch. It prints out each 2” x 3” photo in under 60 seconds on sticky-backed Zink paper, eliminating the need to swap out ink cartridges. “Today, more than ever, people are constantly on-the-go. Consumers want products that fit into their more flexible lifestyles. They want quick, compact, and efficient. We created the STEP Slim Mobile Photo Printer to give users instant print action without sacrificing space or portability,” -Jessica Bitran, public relations director at C+A Global. Through the free KODAK STEP Prints App, you can connect the Slim Printer to your phone and gain instant access to the editing suite. In the app you can easily edit, brighten, add frames, and customize all your favorites from your camera roll before bringing them to life. The STEP Slim Instant Mobile Printer is available now on Amazon for $79.99. If you are attending Pepcom’s Digital Experience at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City today, stop by our stand to check out the STEP Slim Printer and the vast product portfolio on display, which includes Kodak-licensed instant print products, projectors, and film converters. About Kodak Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies – hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. With our innovative solutions portfolio and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their own businesses and enjoy their lives. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at Kodak. About C+A Global C&A Marketing, Inc., doing business as C+A Global, is a leading manufacturer, distributor and online reseller of consumer products, electronics, cameras and photographic equipment. Headquartered in Edison, N.J, C+A Global operates with over 50+ years of industry experience in its management team. The depth and breadth of C+A Global's inventory is constantly expanding, as is its presence and reputation in the consumer products marketplace. For additional information on these Kodak products, visit us at kodakphotoplus.com, follow us on Twitter @KodakPlus, like us on Facebook at Kodak Plus, and follow @KodakPlus on Instagram.

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AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

TICO Board Approves Canada Jetlines as a Registered Travel Retailer and Travel Wholesaler Under the Travel Industry Act

Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd | June 27, 2022

Canada Jetlines Operations Ltd. (NEO: CJET) (“Canada Jetlines”) the new all-Canadian, leisure airline, is proud to announce the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (“TICO”) has provided approval to the carrier’s subsidiary Canada Jetlines Vacations Ltd. as a travel retailer and travel wholesaler under the Travel Industry Act, 2022.TICO is mandated by the Ontario government to administer the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 26/05 which governs approximately 2,100 travel retailers and travel wholesalers registered in Ontario – providing Canadian travelers with confidence from their stamp of approval. A recent survey of Ontario consumers found that 82% of respondents think it’s important that the travel agency or website they are booking with is regulated. TICO ensures all registered agencies and websites are safe, reliable, and provide customer protections and benefits. “Canada Jetlines Vacations is thrilled to officially receive approval from the highly respected TICO organization, We look forward to offering our passengers the resources, and consumer protection benefits to create a safe and efficient travel experience as a TICO-registered company.” -Duncan Bureau, CCO, Canada Jetlines. Formed in 1997, TICO is a not-for-profit corporation wholly financed by Ontario-registered travel agents and wholesalers. It administers the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund. Please visit TICO’s website at www.tico.ca for more information. Visit www.jetlines.com to learn more, sign up for email updates, and follow on all social media platforms to join the Canada Jetlines family. About Canada Jetlines Canada Jetlines is a well-capitalized leisure focused air carrier, utilizing a growing fleet of Airbus 320 aircraft targeting launch in the summer of 2022, subject to Transport Canada approval. The air carrier was created to provide Canadians with value vacation choices and convenient travel options to fly to fantastic leisure destinations within Canada, the U.S.A., Cuba, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Antigua, Bahamas, and other Caribbean nations. Canada Jetlines will provide exciting vacation packages to iconic Canadian destinations and beyond via strong partnerships with airports, CVB’s, tourism entities, hotels, hospitality brands, and attractions. With a projected growth of 15 aircrafts by 2025, Canada Jetlines aims to offer the best-in-class operating economics, customer comfort and fly-by-wire technology, providing an elevated guest centric experience from the first touchpoint. The efficient aircraft design merged with the experience of the all-Canadian management team, allows for accessible flight options without sacrificing quality or convenience. The carrier will use a state-of-the-art web booking platform, making the turnkey solution available to consumers, travel agents, and tour operators, with the capability of generating revenue on reservations and ancillary sales with the aim to provide more revenue opportunities to current and future agent partners and all the work that they do. We look forward to working with you to create memorable travel experiences for consumers. To learn more, please visit www.jetlines.com and follow on all social media platforms for news and updates.

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St. Petersburg – Soak up the endless Florida sun here, then venture on to explore the city’s artsy side. You may come to #StPetersburg for a sun-filled #vacation, but you’ll keep coming back for the whole cultural package. With incredible beaches to #visit and eye-popping galleries to #explore, this city will keep you busy. After you’ve worked up an appetite, end a day here at one of the craft breweries and taste-test your way to sundown. Follow us on our journey through St. Pete’s and start planning an #itinerary for a trip here of your own!

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