Iran Adopts Visa Waivers for Chinese Nationals to Boost Tourism Revenue

Breitbart News Network | July 01, 2019

Iran over the weekend adopted a policy to allow the entry of Chinese nationals into the Islamic Republic without visas in a bid to boost travel and tourism as punishing U.S. sanctions take a heavy toll on the Shiite countrys economy.The state-run Press TV outlet in Iran acknowledged that the visa waiver for Chinese nationals is linked to Irans decision this month to refrain from stamping the passports of foreign tourists entering the Islamic Republic to help Tehran withstand the U.S. sanctions’ negative impact on the country’s tourism sector.

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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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The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown Adds Private Wireless from Comcast Business to its List of Amenities

Comcast Business | December 01, 2022

Comcast Business announced its customer, The Sound Hotel Seattle Belltown, is providing guests with a bespoke, of-the-moment experience with private wireless network technology thanks to a collaboration by Comcast Business and Ballast Networks.Situated in one of Seattle’s most vibrant neighborhoods, The Sound Hotel features 142 exquisitely designed rooms and provides guests easy access to the city’s most iconic landmarks and attractions for a truly unforgettable experience. To improve their guests’ experience, the property recognized the need to upgrade its network to better meet the needs of its guests and align with its mission to serve, inspire, and deliver its spirit of hospitality greatness. Comcast continues to evolve its wireless platform and to target new wireless business opportunities by leveraging its more than 34M customer relationships, deep fiber network, licensed wireless spectrum and over 20M WiFi hotspots, said Filip Liharik, Vice President of Wireless Strategy and Product Planning at Comcast. “We are excited to develop and offer new wireless products and services to our existing and future customers. Working with Comcast Business, The Sound Hotel and Ballast Networks deployed a private wireless network primarily to support cellular voice and data connectivity throughout the property. In addition to the enhanced wireless experience, the private network also enables The Sound Hotel to deploy several new services that enhance the guest and employee experience, including: Wireless sensors that allow the hotel to monitor temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors Single network for staff communications, freeing up capacity for guest communications and entertainment Efficient deployment of new video surveillance solutions powered by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning “The Sound Hotel blends Seattle’s creative bedrock with its innovation boom. We strive to provide our guests with a truly unforgettable experience – and connectivity is central to that, Now, by upgrading our technology backbone to a next-generation 5G private wireless network, we can provide our guests a great, modern experience that matches the essence of Seattle.” -Barry Baxter, General Manager, The Sound Hotel. Private wireless networks offer wireless broadband speed and capacity with reliability and low latency, enabling businesses like The Sound Hotel to support their rapidly expanding ecosystem of connected devices. Comcast Business’s private wireless solution adds to its robust networking capabilities while giving clients more wireless options, including DeepBlue for advanced, large-scale WiFi deployments and MachineQ for long-range, low-power, and large-scale IoT solutions. Ballast is excited to partner with Comcast and the Sound Hotel to deliver a brand new, connected experience for the guests and employees of this beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Seattle, said Jon Morris, CEO, Ballast Networks. At the Sound Hotel, Comcast Business and Ballast Networks are using both General Authorized Access (GAA) unlicensed spectrum and Comcast’s Priority Access Licenses (PALs) spectrum to create a private network enabled with a multi-operator core network (MOCN) gateway. This new technology enables the private network to serve as a neutral host network capable of extending wireless coverage for all mobile service providers through a single system. “A solid technology infrastructure and strong network are critical to supporting the features and functions that enable a better experience throughout a guest’s hotel stay, from booking to the memories they carry with them from their trip after checking out, Comcast Business is proud to work with The Sound Hotel to propel a first-class wireless – and hospitality – experience.” -Brian Epstein, head of strategic wireless solutions, Comcast Business. About Comcast Business Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services. For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on connectivity, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information

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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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Grand Hyatt Kuwait Celebrates Official Opening

Grand Hyatt Kuwait | September 17, 2022

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Kuwait – the first Grand Hyatt hotel in the country. The 302-room luxury hotel is situated at 360 Mall – one of the nation’s most immersive luxury, leisure and lifestyle complexes. Grand Hyatt Kuwait is the second Hyatt branded hotel in Kuwait, the sixth hotel under the Grand Hyatt brand in the Middle East, and the twenty-ninth Hyatt branded hotel in the region, all of which participate in the World of Hyatt loyalty program. Infusing regionally inspired art with modern interior design, the iconic hotel is the ideal destination for guests to discover the country's cultural, entertainment, and artistic offerings.Grand Hyatt Kuwait offers global travelers superior hospitality services against a backdrop of majestic architectural design coupled with world-class culinary, leisure and entertainment experiences under one roof; a truly distinctive proposition, said Federico Mantoani, general manager at Grand Hyatt Kuwait. “We are thrilled to open the first Grand Hyatt hotel in Kuwait, and we look forward to welcoming guests seeking a memorable experience from this magnificent destination. Grand Hyatt Kuwait represents a new era of progression and innovation in luxury tied to the government’s Vision 2035, which aims to boost tourism through innovative and sustained investment in hospitality infrastructure. Offering business travelers, leisure guests and locals a superlative selection of world-class culinary and leisure experiences the hotel features four unique restaurants, a fitness center, a premium spa and a variety of elegant event spaces. Prime Location In addition to being centrally situated in the heart of the 360 Mall extension, the hotel also conveniently connects to one of the country’s premier event venues, The Arena Kuwait, which features 38,750 square feet (3,600 square meters) of state-of-the-art indoor multifunctional spaces. Situated adjacent to the Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait, owned by the Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah International Tennis Complex, the hotel welcomes guests to a world of entertainment in a one-of-a-kind setting. Guestrooms The property features 302 contemporary guestrooms and suites, including 192 Grand Rooms, 47 Grand Club Rooms, 34 Grand Club Suites with breathtaking views, 23 guestrooms and suites uniquely designed with private landscaped garden terraces, and eight Junior Suites. Grand Hyatt Kuwait’s elegantly designed rooms feature signature wooden parquet flooring, large-scale contemporary artwork, marble in the restrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, and thoughtfully planned dressing spaces. The luxurious and expansive 2,798-square-foot (260-square-meter) Presidential Suite, with private elevator access, provides guests with an exclusive arrival experience. Located on the highest floor, the lavish suite offers extraordinary views of the Kuwait skyline with two bedrooms and three ultra-spacious living areas. Design Inspired by the country’s legacy of sailing, dhow building and pearl diving, Grand Hyatt Kuwait pays homage to the country’s iconic location and traditions, while presenting contemporary aesthetics to create a captivating setting for guests. The hotel seeks to set itself apart through its meticulously designed touchpoints and immersive spaces, such as the lobby which invites guests into a captivating space upon arrival. The perimeter of the lobby is swathed in weightless white drapery, while the center of the lobby is anchored by a serene marble water-like feature holding a majestic equine sculpture at the center. The plush interior of the lobby lounge is accentuated by wall panels clad in white geometric patterns, while orbital shapes in the form of an oversized mobile sculpture rounds off the double volume aesthetics. Through a bespoke collection of luxury furnishings, a distinguished feeling of grandeur is established across every touchpoint of the guest experience. Dining Grand Hyatt Kuwait is well positioned as a culinary destination in itself, housing an eclectic array of gastronomic concepts and featuring a selection of contemporary Arabian, European and Asian-infused cuisines. Liberté, a modern brasserie rooted in classicism, but reimagined through innovation; where the food is ingeniously brought to life through culinary creativity and conveyed with a sense of fresh and spirited feminine energy. ’Stambul, a Turkish lifestyle-dining venue celebrating the famed influences of Ottoman cuisine, where classic dishes are reinterpreted and delivered spontaneously and theatrically.MEI LI, a fine dining Pan-Asian restaurant where the food provides the narrative for an explorative journey through the Imperial Palaces of old Beijing, serving Far Eastern recipes inspired by the most popular dishes served over centuries. Saheel Lounge, a distinctive lobby lounge ideal for socializing in a casual yet refined setting. A tone-setting experience enriched with breathtaking works of art. Meetings Grand Hyatt Kuwait encapsulates several elegant and timeless multi-faceted event venues, each dynamically configured to make every occasion an unforgettable one – as exceptional as the location itself. The hotel boasts 30,000 square feet (2,800 square meters) of meeting space across eight venues, including a striking Grand Ballroom designed for weddings, conferences, grand galas and cocktail receptions, with a hosting capacity of up to 1,560 guests. A team of talented event planners and banqueting services are available to assist with every bespoke occasion. Wellbeing The tranquil Noor Spa is curated as a journey of rejuvenating therapies and treatments that embody a sense of mindfulness and self-awareness. Offering a luxurious and relaxed setting with six treatment rooms, Noor Spa treats guests to indulgent skincare and body treatments, with well-known revitalizing products from Barcelona and Paris. For more information about the property, please visit https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/kuwait/grand-hyatt-kuwait/ Grand Hyatt Kuwait is participating in the World of Hyatt’s new hotel bonus offer, giving members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at the property until November 15, 2022. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at worldofhyatt.com/newhotelbonus. No registration is required and members can earn on top of other offers, including the World of Hyatt Bonus Journeys. With the global World of Hyatt Bonus Journeys promotion, members can earn double points on qualifying stays of two (2) or more nights at over 1,100 participating Hyatt hotels around the world. World of Hyatt members can register for Bonus Journeys before November 15, 2022, and earn double points on stays completed between September 15 and December 20, 2022. Terms & Conditions apply. About Grand Hyatt Around the world, Grand Hyatt hotels bring travel dreams to life by celebrating the iconic in small details and magnificent moments. Located at the crossroads of local culture and global business within major gateway cities and resort destinations, each Grand Hyatt hotel is uniquely designed to be a captivating destination within a destination. Grand Hyatt hotels deliver welcoming and elevated service, first-class accommodations and an abundance of options within a multicultural backdrop of dramatic architecture and bold and vibrant design. Grand Hyatt hotels boast inventive restaurants, luxury spas, fitness centers, and business and meeting facilities. For additional information or to make a reservation, please visit grandhyatt.com. Follow @GrandHyatt on Facebook and Instagram, and tag photos with #GrandHyatt. About Hyatt Hotels Corporation Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of June 30, 2022, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,150 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 72 countries across six continents. The Company's offering includes brands in the Timeless Collection, including Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Residence Club®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, and UrCove; the Boundless Collection, including Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt; the Independent Collection, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, and JdV by Hyatt™; and the Inclusive Collection, including Hyatt Ziva®, Hyatt Zilara®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Vivid Hotels & Resorts®, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com. About World of Hyatt World of Hyatt is Hyatt’s award-winning guest loyalty program uniting participating locations in the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Caption by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt™, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brands as well as resort and hotel brands under the AMR™ Collection, which are joining World of Hyatt in phases and include Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Members who book directly through Hyatt channels can enjoy personalized care and access to distinct benefits including Guest of Honor, confirmed suite upgrades at time of booking, diverse wellbeing offerings, mobile key, and exclusive member rates. With more than 30 million members, World of Hyatt offers a variety of ways to earn and redeem points for hotel stays, dining and spa services; as well as the benefits of Hyatt’s strategic loyalty collaborations with American Airlines AAdvantage®, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™, Lindblad Expeditions and MGM Resorts International. Travelers can enroll for free at hyatt.com, download the World of Hyatt app for android and IOS devices and connect with Hyatt on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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