Macao to hold int'l travel industry expo

CGTN | April 11, 2019

The Seventh Macao International Travel (Industry) Expo will open in Macao on April 26 with further expanded scale, the special administrative region (SAR)'s tourism office said on Tuesday.Macao Government Tourism Office Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes told the press that the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area supports Macao to develop a series of global brands in exhibition and meeting, and she hoped that this year's edition would have higher accomplishments.The exhibition floor is doubled from last year's to a total area of 22,000 square meters this year, accommodating 800 standard booths in total, from last year's 550.

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ENEL X AND OK2CHARGE MODERNIZE VACATION RENTALS WITH SMART EV CHARGING SOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT MORE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

enel x & ok2charge | March 15, 2022

Enel X, the advanced energy services arm of the Enel Group, and Ok2Charge announce a partnership under which Enel X provides Ok2Charge with co-branded smart electric vehicle charging stations to be installed across vacation rental properties worldwide, enabling guests to charge at the property rather than spending time searching for a charger. As the first solution designed specifically for the vacation rental market, the Ok2Charge smart EV charging platform integrates with major property management systems to provide an industry-first fully automated EV charging solution as a property amenity that can be deployed across a portfolio of managed properties. The agreement delivers a turnkey charging solution for managers and owners of vacation rental properties who want to meet the needs of the rapidly increasing number of EV drivers."With demand for EVs continuing to grow, confidence with longer range battery electric vehicles, and the popularity of vacation destinations within driving distance, EV drivers want to know that they will have easy access to smart charging throughout their journey," said Giovanni Bertolino, Head of e-Mobility, Enel X North America. "Through our partnership with Ok2Charge, we're enabling EV drivers to travel on their own terms and providing them with peace of mind that they'll be able to charge at their destination. The vacation rental market continues to expand as major rental companies like Airbnb report record growth. Recently, Airbnb reported that more than 850,000 listings include chargers among their amenities and more than 500,000 unique searches for EV chargers between June and December of that year were counted in 2021. In a recent Enel X survey, over 1500 JuiceBox customer participants shared their electric vehicle and charging preferences for driving-distance travel. Over 52% of respondents use Airbnb for their vacation rental plans, and additional findings include: If rental properties could guarantee a Level 2 charge for their guests, 74% of respondents would drive their EV on more road trips. 81% of respondents shared that access to Level 2 charging influences their travel plans. More than 67% of respondents stated that access to a DC fast charging station on route was very important for road travel that is more than 200 miles. 44% of respondents shared they drive their electric vehicle on road trips and 22% of respondents shared they sometimes drive their electric vehicles on road trips. More than 76% of participants took up to 4 vacation road trips in the last year. Ok2Charge selected Enel X due to Enel X's best-in-class EV charging hardware and open standards software to integrate with Ok2Charge's software platform. The Ok2Charge platform provides charging based on guest and reservation data to fully automate access and control. User-friendly reports can be exported for each location or portfolio wide, enabling property managers to monitor usage, energy consumption, and financial performance. "We are pleased to partner with Enel X to offer smart EV charging as an amenity so our clients will be able to stand out from the competition in the crowded vacation rental market,This not only enables EV drivers to seamlessly charge their vehicles while on vacation, but it also reduces the environmental impact of tourism, a win/win." -Ward Prickett, COO and co-founder of Ok2Charge The Ok2Charge platform enables guests to select EV charging as an optional add-on amenity and provides an additional revenue stream for property owners and rental managers with remote visibility into real-time statistics in a centralized location – their property management system. The platform also ensures that only those guests who have selected the amenity will be authorized to charge their vehicles through a flexible payment structure paid through the Ok2Charge app, preventing unwanted use and unexpected energy costs. In certain markets, property owners can optimize energy demand to reduce costs and carbon emissions. Property management software platforms such as Escapia, Guesty LiveRez, LMPM, Streamline, Track and VRM integrate Ok2Charge as their smart EV charging solution. This integration enables EV charging as an amenity to professional host and management companies that utilize these platforms across major booking OTA channels such as Airbnb, Vrbo, Booking.com, Tripadvisor, Expedia, Agoda, direct booking websites and more. "We're seeing an increase in travelers visiting from distances that can be travelled to by car that spend more time at our properties. Also, more people are driving electric vehicles, so partnering with OK2Charge and adding smart EV chargers to our properties was a no brainer," said Bob Hawkins, Vacation Company. "We've already experienced positive guest comments regarding the convenience of smart charging at the rental property." With this agreement, Enel X and Ok2Charge, through partners which together manage thousands of rental properties across single-family, multi-family, and vacation rentals, are providing a comprehensive smart charging solution that provides drivers with accessible charging and property owners with a property management system to seamlessly integrate EV charging into the rental process and stand out in the competitive vacation rental market. "We are excited to have provided this cutting-edge service to homeowners and vacation rental guests on the Gulf Coast at our Ocean Edge community last year, We look forward to offering smart solutions and services to more clients and customers in both real estate sales and vacation rentals as the market continues to grow." -Glen Kaiser, with Kaiser Vacation Rentals. About Enel X Enel X is the Enel group's global business line that offers services to accelerate innovation and drive the energy transition. A world leader in the sector of advanced energy solutions, the brand Enel X manages services such as demand response with 7.7 GW of total capacity globally and 195 MW of storage capacity installed worldwide. In January 2022, a new Global Business Line fully dedicated to electric mobility was created, managing approximately 250,000 public and private charging ports for electric vehicles available all over the world, promoting and developing projects and solutions for the spread of e-Mobility in the countries in which Enel Group operates. For more information on Enel X eMobility please visit https://evcharging.enelx.com. About Ok2Charge Ok2Charge provides a network of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that bring clean energy to the last mile of vacation travel. OK2's platform integrates seamlessly with leading property management systems, while the charging stations can also work as standalone units, creating a brand-new revenue stream for properties and portfolios of every size. Plus, by making EV travel easier, OK2 encourages more drivers to switch to zero-emission vehicles — helping create a future in which long-distance vacation travel will be 100% carbon-neutral. Learn more about OK2's leading-edge technology at https://www.ok2charge.com.

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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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InsureMyTrip Recognized for Travel Safety Campaign, Wins Search Award

InsureMyTrip | January 11, 2022

InsureMyTrip is pleased to announce a win at the 2021 UK Search Awards. InsureMyTrip, along with Screaming Frog, a search marketing company, won the award in the category of "Best Use of Search – Travel/Leisure (SEO)" with the entry "Travel Restrictions by State" page. Nominations for this award must demonstrate creativity, innovative campaigns, attract links and improve rankings. InsureMyTrip and Screaming Frog rose to that challenge, creating informational content for travelers that drives performance success. The "Travel Restrictions by State" page has more than 260 referring domains and is the third most linked page on InsureMyTrip.com (behind the homepage and Covid-19 information hub). "While many of the links were gained because of ScreamingFrog's rigorous outreach, our own constant updates, email marketing, and high ranking have all contributed heavily to the page's success in the search results," -InsureMyTrip's Search Engine Optimization expert Brendan Pearson. Judges of the UK Search awards said this about InsureMyTrip's "Travel Restrictions by State" campaign: "Really clear objectives and strategy – clear focus on relatable, credible, and unique content for their readers. Brilliant use of real time information, assets and leveraging in the moment moments – no tourism, hand sanitizer, interactive maps. Brilliant performance for competitive terms which has resulted in solid organic growth. Massive well done!" About InsureMyTrip It's simple. InsureMyTrip finds you the right travel insurance plan, every time. InsureMyTrip is the authority on travel insurance. We are committed to empowering travelers to make the best possible insurance decisions by leveraging our technology, data intelligence, and expertise.

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TRAWICK INTERNATIONAL NAMED TOP TRAVEL INSURANCE PROVIDER OF 2021 BY SQUAREMOUTH

TRAWICK INTERNATIONAL | February 15, 2022

Trawick International (Trawick) has been named Top-Selling Travel Insurance Provider for 2021 by the popular travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth. The announcement cites total premium sold, number of policies sold, overall customer rating, and percent of negative reviews to sales as key indicators. In 2021, the top-selling Trawick plan on Squaremouth was Safe Travels Voyager, designed for travelers wanting the highest available benefit limits. Trawick has been ranked number one on Squaremouth's monthly Top-Selling Travel Insurance Providers - Ranked by Premium Sold list for 17 consecutive months, beginning September 2020 through January 2022. Previously, Trawick held the third spot on the annual list for 2020. "We are thrilled to top the 2021 Squaremouth list. The Trawick team is passionate about designing and offering travel insurance plans at competitive rates with the most sought-after coverage. Moving up from the third spot in 2020 to the top spot in 2021 indicates that travelers around the world trust Trawick to be there for them when they need it most, and for that, we are grateful." -Daryl Trawick, Founder and President, Trawick International Bailey Foster, Vice President of Trip Insurance, Trawick International, added, This is an exciting time for Trawick. Holding the top spot is not something we take for granted. We will keep innovating and improving our offerings to provide travelers with industry-leading products and services. We are thankful for our partnership with Squaremouth and to everyone who put their trust in us. In addition to Safe Travels Voyager, Trawick offers a diverse portfolio of international and domestic travel insurance plans. In 2021, more than 650,000 travelers enrolled in a Trawick plan. About Trawick International Trawick International has been a leading provider of travel insurance and other assistance services for nearly 25 years. The Company offers a full suite of innovative travel, travel medical, and student insurance, as well as emergency assistance services. For more, visit www.trawickinternational.com. About Squaremouth Squaremouth.com has insured over two million travelers. Using Squaremouth's intuitive quoting and comparison engine, award-winning support team, and verified customer reviews, travelers can save time and money to find the best travel insurance policy for their trip. For more, visit www.squaremouth.com.

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