Iceland facing declining tourist numbers following overtourism

Travel And Tour World | June 25, 2019

The closing down in March of Wow Air is sending ripples through Iceland, whose spectacular recovery from financial collapse a decade ago was built considerably on attracting foreign visitors, majorly due to its location for the filming the popular television series – Game of Thrones.Last year, Iceland was named the world’s second-worst country with regard to ‘overtourism’, based on the number of visitors for every local.But the latest numbers look dismal. Visitor numbers plunged 24 per cent in May compared to the same period last year and the significant summer season is looking unstable. The central bank last month pulled the emergency lever to moderate the blow and delivered a half a point rate cut, while the government has pledged to boost stimulus, if needed.

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DESTINATION AND TOURISM

Denver ranks among most popular holiday travel destinations

Business Journal | December 15, 2021

Denver is one of the top 10 most popular destinations by flight this holiday season, according to a new online travel agency survey. Among those planning to fly between Dec. 17 and Jan. 1, Denver is one of the most popular destinations — and one of the most affordable for booking hotels — according to a survey by RetailMeNot and Priceline. Denver ranks among other popular cities such as New York City, Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas for flight destinations. However, the survey found that most travelers are taking to the road for holiday travel, at 75% compared to 41% who said they're traveling by plane. The survey also found that hotels in Denver are among the most affordable, at an $151 average nightly rate. That put Denver among relatively affordable hotels in Las Vegas, Pigeon Forge, Tennesee, Washington, D.C., and Kissimmee, Florida, Hotels in the Denver metro area are still struggling to recover decreased visitors from the pandemic. Statewide hotel occupancy climbed from 15.7% in April 2020 to 77.2% occupancy in July, according to the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association. However, since then, occupancy has dropped again, particularly among downtown hotels. Meanwhile, Colorado is getting used to high air traveler volume, with Denver International Airport becoming the third-busiest airport in the world this year. DIA predicted about 2 million travelers to pass through the airport over the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA predicts more than 109 million people — an almost 34% increase from 2020 — will travel over the end-of-year holidays (between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2) in 2021. That includes people driving and flying, among other transportation. According to an AAA spokesperson, that number includes 851,900 predicted travelers from the Mountain region — including Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming — this holiday season.

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AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

Hawaiian Airlines to Offer Free, High-Speed Starlink Internet Connectivity on Transpacific Fleet

Hawaiian Airlines | April 26, 2022

Hawaiian Airlines became the first major airline to announce an agreement with Starlink to provide complimentary high-speed, low-latency broadband internet access to every guest onboard flights between the islands and the continental U.S, Asia and Oceania. Hawai'i's largest and longest-serving carrier will equip its Airbus A330 and A321neo aircraft, as well as an incoming fleet of Boeing 787-9s, with Starlink's industry leading satellite internet connectivity service."When we launch with Starlink we will have the best connectivity experience available in the air," said Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram. "We waited until technology caught up with our high standards for guest experience, but it will be worth the wait. Our guests can look forward to fast, seamless and free Wi-Fi to complement our award-winning onboard Hawaiian hospitality." "Hawaiian Airlines is ensuring its passengers will experience high-speed internet the way we expect it in the 21st century, making hassles like downloading movies before takeoff a relic of the past, With Starlink, the inflight experience is greatly simplified so that once passengers step onboard the plane the internet works seamlessly throughout their flight. Soon, passengers will enjoy all the benefits of having the world's best inflight internet connectivity from the comfort of their seats." -SpaceX Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales Jonathan Hofeller. In Starlink's low-Earth orbit constellation of advanced satellites, the latest of which utilize a revolutionary laser mesh network, Hawaiian found an ideal solution to ensure reliable, high-speed, low-latency connectivity on transpacific flights. Guests will be able to stream content, play games live with friends on the ground, work and collaborate in real-time, plan their Hawai'i vacation, or share their special island moments on social media. Connecting to the internet will be seamless when guests walk on board, without registration pages or payment portals. Hawaiian and Starlink are in the initial stages of implementation and expect to begin installing the product on select aircraft next year. Hawaiian is not currently planning to deploy the service on its Boeing 717 aircraft that operate short flights between the Hawaiian Islands. About Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 18 years (2004-2021) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation and was named No. 1 U.S. airline by Condé Nast Traveler's 2021 Readers Choice Awards. Consumer surveys by Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawaiʻi. Now in its 93rd year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaiʻi's biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers approximately 130 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands, daily nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and 16 U.S. gateway cities – more than any other airline – as well as service connecting Honolulu and American Samoa, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Tahiti. The airline is committed to connecting people with aloha by offering complimentary meals for all guests on transpacific routes and the convenience of no change fees on Main Cabin and Premium Cabin seats. HawaiianMiles members also enjoy flexibility with miles that never expire. As Hawai'i's hometown airline, Hawaiian encourages guests to Travel Pono and experience the islands safely and respectfully. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow Hawaiian's Twitter updates (@HawaiianAir), become a fan on Facebook (Hawaiian Airlines), and follow us on Instagram (hawaiianairlines). For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian's LinkedIn page.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Motorola Solutions’ Safe Hospitality Solution Improves Safety and Guest Experience

Motorola Solutions’ | April 20, 2022

Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) announced its Safe Hospitality solution, a unified technology ecosystem that combines video security, access control, data and communications technologies. The Safe Hospitality solution integrates these technologies via a simple cloud-based platform to support the specific operational, security and safety requirements of this industry. For example, video security analytics can send alerts to radios when unusual activity is detected, and access control can identify the security risk of a door propped open. Data from cameras and sensors can trigger staff to address guest needs or safety threats, while voice communications can dynamically connect teams to support everyday operations or emergency response. The ability to automate and streamline the flow of information to the right people across departments allows hospitality organizations to best direct their resources to support safety, productivity and delivery of an exceptional guest experience. “Video cameras with embedded analytics allow our team to monitor an entire pool area and spot unexpected events and activity, We’ve integrated our video security and radio systems so real-time automatic alerts are sent directly to our staff, allowing us to respond in moments. Using this technology with our world-recognized ‘Ellis’ safety standards has not only helped us to deal with the day-to-day, but to keep our guests as safe as possible.” -Jeffrey Ellis, CEO for Jeff Ellis Management, a worldwide leader in the management of aquatic facilities “Spanning seven acres of the Atlantic coast, our beachfront resort is a destination our guests choose for relaxation, privacy and solitude, and they expect a safe environment for the entire family,” said Dan Sims, director of loss prevention at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. “We have the technology resources in place to give us greater insight into what’s happening across our entire resort, including the spa, restaurants, pools, meeting and event spaces and beach, so we can respond quickly to events and the needs of visitors without compromising the guest experience.” At the very core of every successful event is the ability to communicate quickly and reliably to avoid event disruption, said Ron Skotarczak, executive vice president, chief sales & marketing officer, Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. “Our work with Motorola’s technology solutions not only help us to prevent issues, but also contribute to the smooth running of all events - from sports to concerts - and at any capacity. The efficiencies gained by automating processes, streamlining workflows and sharing information more easily is also particularly valuable as restaurants, hotels, resorts, casinos, stadiums and theme parks continue to address challenges brought on by industry-wide staffing shortages. “Today’s hospitality businesses are highly focused on service and safety, especially as they recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, A Safe Hospitality solution allows hospitality businesses to simplify everyday tasks for greater productivity. It allows them to stay focused on what matters most in their highly competitive industry, delivering a high-quality, customized and safe guest experience.” -Sharon Hong, vice president, enterprise technology, Motorola Solutions About Motorola Solutions Motorola Solutions is a global leader in public safety and enterprise security. Our solutions in land mobile radio communications, video security & access control and command center software, bolstered by managed & support services, create an integrated technology ecosystem to help make communities safer and businesses stay productive and secure. At Motorola Solutions, we’re ushering in a new era in public safety and security. Learn more at www.motorolasolutions.com.

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BUSINESS TRAVEL

Radisson Hotel Group Partners with Plug and Play

Radisson Hotel Group | May 06, 2022

One of the world's leading hotel groups, Radisson Hotel Group, announced its partnership with Plug and Play's Travel & Hospitality program, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Plug and Play is a global innovation platform that brings together the best startups with the world's largest corporations. Through this partnership, Radisson Hotel Group will strengthen its connections with selected startups, enabling the company to accelerate its innovation capabilities for future travel technologies and solutions. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Plug and Play, the largest startup ecosystem in the World, as part of our Radisson Innovation Roadmap. This partnership is vital to connect us with a large network of startups and potential partners at different maturity levels, improve our innovation ecosystem to maximize business opportunities, and develop outside-of-the-box pioneering solutions when it comes to technology and digital innovation. We see this collaboration as a way to boost our Business Transformation Plan quickly and accelerate our five-year strategic plan," -Gonzalo Carpintero, Senior Vice President Operations & Head of Business Transformation (BTO), Radisson Hotel Group. Plug and Play Travel & Hospitality launched in 2016 and has since expanded to six locations around the world. Since its inception, the travel program has accelerated over 250 startups and worked with the most innovative corporations in the industry. By working with Plug and Play, Radisson Hotel Group will gain access to top industry startups, networking opportunities with peers, and exclusive events surrounding the latest travel and hospitality technology trends. "We're thrilled to welcome Radisson Hotel Group to our ecosystem. It really speaks to their innovation culture and leadership's strategic vision to prioritize innovation during these difficult times. Hospitality technology has been a focus for our group for many years and we can't wait to help them engage with the startup community, Our main mission is to supercharge the Pilot/POC sourcing and implementation of new technologies for the group which will ultimately take their already amazing portfolio of hotels and customer-centric services to a new level." -Jordan Bray, VP of Corporate Partnerships at Plug and Play. To learn more about Plug and Play, apply here to speak with one of our experts: https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/join/ About Radisson Hotel Group Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world's largest hotel groups with nine distinctive hotel brands, and more than 1,700 hotels in operation and under development in 120 countries. The Group's overarching brand promise is Every Moment Matters with a signature Yes I Can! service ethos. The Radisson Hotel Group portfolio includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Radisson Individuals, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, and prizeotel brought together under one commercial umbrella brand Radisson Hotels. Radisson Rewards is our international rewards program that delivers unique and personalized ways to create memorable moments that matter to our guests. Radisson Rewards offers an exceptional experience for our guests, meeting planners, and travel agents at over 660 hotels in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Radisson Meetings provides tailored solutions for any event or meeting, including hybrid solutions placing guests and their needs at the heart of its offer. Radisson Meetings is built around three strong service commitments: Personal, Professional and Memorable, while delivering on the brilliant basics and being uniquely 100% Carbon Neutral. The health and safety of guests and team members remain a top priority for Radisson Hotel Group. All properties across the Group's portfolio are subject to stringent health and safety requirements, as outlined in the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol. The in-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocols were developed in partnership with SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and are designed to ensure guest safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out. The Safety Protocol is an integral part of Radisson Hotel Group's Safety and Security program ensuring we always care for our guests and team members. More than 100,000 team members work at Radisson Hotel Group and at the hotels licensed to operate in its systems. For more information, visit our corporate website. Or connect with Radisson Hotels on: About Plug and Play Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, we have built accelerator programs, corporate innovation services, and an in-house VC to make technological advancement progress faster than ever before. Since inception in 2006, our programs have expanded worldwide to include a presence in over 40 locations globally, giving startups the necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond. With 40,000 startups and 500 official corporate partners, we have created the ultimate startup ecosystem in many industries, including Travel & Hospitality, with offices in Silicon Valley, Geneva, Singapore, Shanghai, and Vienna, etc. We currently work with Airbus, Accor Hotels, Flight Centre Travel Group, CWT, IATA, JetBlue Technology Ventures, Marriott International, Star Alliance, Fraport, Vienna International Airport, and many more. Companies in our community have raised over $9 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Danger, Dropbox, Honey, Lending Club and PayPal. For more information, visit www.pnptc.com

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