Levarté Travel, | March 04, 2022
DFW-based host agency, Levarté Travel, celebrated its first anniversary with major achievements. Despite the challenging era of its founding, Levarté was recently awarded Elite Sapphire Status with ALG Vacations, and Delta Diamond Medallion Status with Delta Vacations. These significant milestones are just the beginning for the new agency.
"Levarté is the product of 40-plus years of industry expertise—we live and breathe travel, like our members, Our mission, lifting professionals up through a career in travel, powers us to think bigger. That starts with expanding our sponsorships, building up our extensive training programs, and providing more tools for our members of every level to succeed in their business."
-founder and CEO, Lori Speers.
In addition to the award statuses earlier this year, Levarté has been recognized as a Premier Agency Member by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), making it one of only 30 host agencies out of 8,000 in North America to earn this distinction. With this membership, Levarté can offer exclusive benefits to its travel advisors, including customized training, access to member-only events, and reduced pricing on CLIA's Individual Agent Membership.
Levarté specializes in training both new advisors and supporting experienced travel business owners with higher education certifications, competitive membership benefits, and a community of passionate travel professionals. With three levels of memberships to choose from, Levarté travel advisors have a robust set of tools to help them start or continue their career.
Looking ahead to 2022, Levarté will focus on building its personalized business support for members, and offering additional marketing tools and training certifications to help members grow their travel advisor brands. I'm so proud of our members' success and their dedication to making dreams come true for clients," said Speers. "I wake up every day excited about where we're headed.
Levarté Travel helps individuals who dream of turning their passion for travel into a successful career. Learn more and join Levarté Travel by visiting www.levartetravel.com.
About Levarté Travel
Levarté Travel provides resources for travel enthusiasts to turn their passion into a thriving business. Led by travel industry veteran and CEO, Lori Speers, Levarté Travel enables independent advisors to achieve financial freedom, explore the world through fun and unique experiences, and create unforgettable memories for clients.
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort | March 22, 2022
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is pleased to announce it has been awarded distinguished membership in American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts® (FHR), offering Amex consumer, business, and corporate Platinum Card holders and Centurion members unmatched value and access to exclusive benefits.
"This is a major accomplishment for our team, residents, and owners, and we are excited and appreciative to now join American Express Fine Hotels + Resorts®, one of the leading luxury lodging programs for affluent travelers,This milestone is yet another award and recognition for our resort and we look forward to achieving even greater heights in wellness-luxury with FHR. As the travel industry continues to recover and hotels and resorts get more creative, we are looking for every opportunity to dazzle new guests with our refined luxury, amenities, and services, as well as the natural beauty of our location in the heart of Florida's Gold Coast."
-Patrick Fernandes, Executive Managing Director of Carillon Miami Wellness Resort.
Along with exclusive access to the resort's spa, recognized as the largest spa and wellness facility on the Eastern Seaboard (70,000 square feet), Amex Card and Centurion members can receive special perks such as early check-in, $150 experience credit to use toward spa services, room upgrades upon availability, and a personalized welcome, among other benefits.
Additionally, members will find other new amenities when visiting Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, including a new dining destination in partnership with Michelin-starred chef, Tristan Brandt. Chef Brandt, whose signature modern French cuisine with Asian influences can best be described as "artwork on the plate," will oversee the culinary concept for a new destination restaurant at the resort, which will open to guests this spring. Members can also experience the resort's latest wellness programming, such as new personalized health services through the property's partnership with the biostation, which offers a curated menu of cutting-edge therapies and tailored wellness retreats.
For more information about Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, please visit https://www.carillonhotel.com/en.
About Carillon Miami Wellness Resort
Located along the white sand shores of Miami Beach, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort presents an authentic and specialized approach to health, wellness, and complete well-being. Exuding the "luxury of wellness," the resort focuses on aligning physical, mental, and spiritual health by offering a comprehensive retreat, the largest spa & wellness center on the Eastern Seaboard (70,000 sq. ft.), a one-of-a-kind Thermal Experience and a medical wellness division, personalized health retreats and services through the biostation at Carillon Miami, and more. The resort features 150 spacious one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments, ranging in size from 720 – 1,200 sq. ft. An array of recreational activities are at guests' fingertips, access to the resort's two-story indoor rock wall and resort pools located throughout the property: the oceanfront Cabana Pool and the adult-only rooftop Atlantic Pool. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort promotes a path to discovery and provides tools for a healthier lifestyle extending beyond each guest's stay. In 2021, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort ranked within Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards as one of the "Top 15 Domestic Destination Spas," the only property in Florida, and was also named one of the "Top 30 Destination Spa Resorts in the United States" in Condé Nast Traveler's 34th annual 2021 Readers' Choice Awards. The resort is committed to upholding the highest standards in health and safety and is a Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide destination. For more information, please visit www.carillonhotel.com.
arrivia | March 01, 2022
Consumers are optimistic about their 2022 cruise travel plans. That's the overall sentiment from a recent survey conducted by arrivia, a leading travel loyalty and cruise booking technology platform that works with consumer-facing companies worldwide.
The company surveyed 1,453 Americans between November 3, 2021, and January 10, 2022, all of whom are members of a travel club or travel benefits program, about their attitudes and preferences around cruise travel. Initial responses were collected just a few weeks before the emergence of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, with responses also being recorded into January 2022 as it became the dominant strain worldwide.
The Ready to Board consumer cruise survey revealed that more than 80% of respondents have booked a cruise in the next two years or are planning or considering a cruise vacation. Of those consumers who have already booked a cruise, 37% aimed to travel in the spring, 22% in the summer and 31% in the fall.
While there was a slight shift in the data based on when the survey responses were recorded relative to the spread of Omicron, the number of respondents who had already booked or were actively planning a cruise consistent outweighed those who "might" book one or aren't considering booking by nearly 2 to 1.
Consumers, however, were very clear that they support cruise lines' efforts to make travel as safe as possible. Over 50% of respondents said they would want to see universal masking and vaccination on board and social distancing on cruise activities to feel comfortable cruising again.
Value is still a major factor in decision-making
Despite the pent-up travel demand accumulated over the past two years, 46% of consumers consider value for money the most important factor when booking a cruise — more than the double itineraries/destinations and COVID/safety protocols combined.
Better pricing and deals were also the second top reason (tied with travel restrictions) that travelers haven't booked a cruise in the past twelve months. The focus on value is illustrated by the sizeable percentage (18%) of respondents using loyalty or travel rewards points to defray some or all of the cost of a cruise.
"Points play an important role as travelers plan their journeys,Companies with loyalty or rewards programs should consider expanding their capabilities to include more of the travel booking and benefits options that consumers increasingly want, such as cruise travel."
-Jeff Zotara, arrivia Chief Marketing Officer.
Other findings from the survey:
Sixty-six percent of consumers are choosing luxury cruise travel over mega cruises or niche river cruises.
Travelers are choosing historically popular destinations with the desire for luxury cruise experiences. Almost half of the respondents who had booked or were planning to book a cruise had their eye on the Caribbean, with 17% zeroing in on the Bahamas as their next stop.
And they're not just testing the waters with three-day excursions; 54% said they were considering a six-to-nine-day cruise, while 11% said that ten days or more is the perfect trip length.
"It's no doubt that Omicron impacted some of the booking activity in the short-term," Zotara added. "But with the investment cruise lines have made in ensuring travelers' safety and in the new ships that promise to deliver even better experiences, more consumers will be setting sail over the next two years. We're excited to see the demand increasing and consumers' enthusiasm for cruise travel."
The consumer cruise survey, Ready to Board, is available for download here.
For more information about the survey or to speak with Jeff Zotara, Chief Marketing Officer of arrivia, please contact Vanessa Horwell at email@example.com.
Arrivia is a travel technology company that provides travel loyalty, booking and marketing solutions to consumer-facing companies that want to deliver exceptional value to their customers, uncover new revenue streams and drive growth through exciting travel rewards and member benefits. The company's Travel Privileges platform opens up the world of travel for companies like American Express, USAA and Marriott Vacations Worldwide by offering their customers more value through exclusive pricing and encouraging discovery with relevant and personalized options that inspire travel and consumer loyalty. To learn more about how arrivia helps companies drive growth, incentivize sales, boost affinity and reward high-value customers, visit www.arrivia.com.
Placemakr | May 12, 2022
Placemakr, a tech-enabled hospitality platform and operator, announced the launch of its newest pop-up location under the Placemakr brand - WhyHotel by Placemakr, Alexandria. In partnership with Stonebridge, this unique pop-up will allow guests to experience hotel amenities and services, while staying in fully furnished, spacious apartments equipped with full kitchens, spacious living rooms, bedrooms with walk-in closets, and more. WhyHotel by Placemakr's pop-ups combine the best of home and hospitality to meet the evolving needs of residents and guests alike; effectively creating a new real estate asset class for blended living. Located at 2455 Mandeville Lane in Alexandria, VA, guests will be able to begin to book stays at the end of May.
WhyHotel by Placemakr, Alexandria is located in Carlyle Crossing, a 1.7 million square foot neighborhood created by Stonebridge. The property itself includes modern apartments with the largest range of amenities in all of Alexandria, including two roof decks, a 3-acre private elevated terrace, a rooftop pool, two state-of-the-art fitness centers, co-working space, a demonstration kitchen and a stage for TED-style talks. Future guests will be able to enjoy on-site retail offerings anchored by a Wegmans Food Market, set to open later this month. WhyHotel by Placemakr, Alexandria will have 120 units available at the luxury apartment building, Dylan. Additionally, Bozzuto will have residential leasing opportunities at the luxury apartment buildings Easton, Dylan and Reese.
The Carlyle Crossing neighborhood offers unparalleled access for travelers to the Capital Beltway, Eisenhower Metro Station, Amtrak line and the regional train station at King Street Station. The immediate neighborhood features 5.7 million square feet of existing office space, with an additional 2 million feet to be added.
"The future of hospitality and home is flexible. Our unique model bridges the hotel and apartment world, creating an offering more valuable than either product alone, Our guests at WhyHotel by Placemakr, Alexandria will get to stay in fully furnished apartments while having access to the best services found in hospitality. We're linking these two industries to provide a greater experience for our guests and residents."
-Jason Fudin, CEO and Co-founder of Placemakr
The expansion to Alexandria, VA is the latest property to open under the new Placemakr brand - with additional properties planned to open this spring and summer. Following the company's recent funding round, the company is pursuing aggressive growth into new geographic locations in partnership with organizations dedicated to innovating the multifamily and hospitality industry. Their model includes pop-up partnerships, property management agreements, and real estate acquisitions.
"At Stonebridge, we focus on creating transformative mixed-use developments in the Washington area and we see Placemakr as the perfect partner in expanding our offerings in Carlyle Crossing, Placemakr will add to our vision for a dynamic living environment embedded into a neighborhood rich with shopping and working opportunities to create the ideal destination for travelers coming for business or leisure."
-Marvin Poole, Director at Stonebridge.
Placemakr looks forward to announcing additional properties throughout the remainder of 2022. For more information, please visit placemakr.com.
Placemakr is a flexible hospitality living platform, property manager, and real estate investor. Its tech-enabled operating platform allows the company to blur the line between hospitality and home, delivering the best experiences of both in a single building. Placemakr's curated spaces in hand-picked neighborhoods allow its guests and residents the flexibility to stay for a night, a year, or anywhere in-between. Visit placemakr.com to learn more.
Stonebridge is a real estate development and investment firm focused on creating exceptional places in the Greater Washington area. Their portfolio includes several of the region's most successful mixed-use projects: premier properties that realize the broad benefits of transit-oriented development and enhance communities with integrated office, retail, residential, and hotel space. Complex in nature due to their urban locations, these developments reflect their vision for dynamic living, working, and shopping environments as well as their commitment to sustainable planning and design, including proximity to mass transportation. Stonebridge's comprehensive expertise in real estate acquisition, finance, land entitlement, development, and investment management enables them to navigate risks inherent in real estate while implementing innovative strategies to transform neighborhoods and generate lasting value.