AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS
Businesswire | September 22, 2022
JetBlue Travel Products, a subsidiary of JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU), announced the formation of Troupe, a free and collaborative group trip planning app. Whether organizing a family reunion, a bachelorette trip, or just gathering to reconnect with friends, Troupe relieves the stress that coordinating a group getaway can create.
"Anyone who has organized a vacation with a group of friends or family knows that getting everyone to agree on details can take the fun out of travel planning, As we continue to look for fresh solutions to ease friction in travel and expand JetBlue’s reputation for great service, the Troupe app aims to simplify group travel planning and perfectly aligns with our goal to build new travel offerings that transform how people travel.”
-Andres Barry, President, JetBlue Travel Products.
A collection of ventures, JetBlue Travel Products continues to invest in new ideas and products in service of bringing humanity to all aspects of the travel journey. Following the successful relaunch of JetBlue Vacations in 2020 and the launch of Paisly in 2021, Troupe is the next step in creating unique and differentiated travel experiences for customers.
Aligned with JetBlue’s efforts to make travel seamless for its customers, Troupe is a convenient app dedicated to taking as much work off planners’ plates as possible. With Troupe, travelers can suggest, vote, and comment on dates, destinations, activities and stays, so everyone gets a say in the trip planning process. The easy-to-use app allows travelers to seamlessly keep track of everything in one place. Users can manage RSVPs, create polls, share notes, add suggestions, and vote as a group to build consensus and lock in a plan before they book.
Troupe brings groups together to decide on all the important details, so one person doesn’t have to do it alone, presenting travelers with a stress-free experience from start to finish:
Make suggestions: Explore different destinations, stays, and activities, then add them to your group's shared trip and keep track of everything in one easy-to-use app.
Vote and comment: Vote on which suggestions best suit the group, build consensus, and then finalize the details before booking.
Collaborate and plan: Share links, videos, and notes with your group, so you can visit everything you want to see once you make it to your destination.
One shared space: Whether you’re gearing up for a friends trip to Miami, or going out of office with coworkers, Troupe brings your group together to decide on all the important details, so you don’t have to do it alone.
Less back-and-forth: Centralize your decision making as a group, so everyone gets a say without the long email threads. Then set deadlines, broadcast updates, and lock in a plan before you go. Getting everyone to agree has never been this easy.
There's no denying that planning a vacation for a large group can be overwhelming, especially when everyone's requirements are different,” said Alexandra Zubko, CEO, Troupe. “Troupe was designed to make group trip planning fun, not stressful, and working with JetBlue Travel Products to bring this product to life was a no brainer. We are proud to be the newest product to come out of JetBlue Travel Products and are thrilled to have the support of such a strong travel company whose mission aligns with our own: solving major pain points that travelers face.
Troupe is a collaborative trip planning app that takes the stress out of group travel. Suggest, vote and comment on important details like where and when to go, where to stay, and what to do. Share notes, send messages, and answer polls all in one place. Now that's group travel untangled.To plan your next group trip, download Troupe on the App Store or visit Troupe.com.
About JetBlue Travel Products
JetBlue Travel Products is a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways Corporation, which consists of the JetBlue Vacations brand (offering flight + hotel and flight + cruise packages) and other non-air travel products including Paisly, JetBlue’s homegrown travel website that helps customers who have purchased a JetBlue flight easily find deals relevant to their trip. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a fully dedicated team of more than 300 crewmembers, JetBlue Travel Products builds on the JetBlue brand and brings to market innovative, quality products for customers, while infusing humanity into every step of the travel experience. For more information, visit jetbluevacations.com or paisly.com.
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. JetBlue carries customers to more than 100 destinations throughout the United States, Latin America, Caribbean, Canada and United Kingdom. For more information and the best fares, visit jetblue.com.
Marriott Bonvoy | October 27, 2022
Marriott Bonvoy® – Marriott International's extraordinary portfolio of 30 hotel brands, award-winning loyalty program, and endless experiences – announced the launch of Travel by Design, an integrated content platform showcasing never-before-told design stories that inspired some of the world's most extraordinary hotels. Marriott Bonvoy is collaborating with Samsung to create the first-ever exclusive branded destination within Samsung's free, ad-supported streaming service, Samsung TV Plus. Starting November 1, 2022, Samsung TV Plus viewers can simply select a tile on the service home screen to explore the on-demand library to immerse themselves in a curated collection of travel video content.
"We are excited to launch our Travel by Design platform to introduce travelers to the design visionaries behind some of the world's most remarkable hotels, fusing them closer to destinations and cultures for a more immersive travel experience,We know travelers are rethinking how they want to see the world and we are proud to be able to offer them this one-of-a-kind, at-home experience to fill their bucket lists."
-Annie Granatstein, Vice President, Content Marketing, Marriott International
From a secluded overwater villa in the Maldives, to a reimagined royal palace in Budapest, or a trendy hotspot in downtown Los Angeles, Travel by Design brings tales of design and architecture to life from world-renowned creatives, such as Frank Gehry and Yabu Pushelberg, with articles, films, podcasts, and photography across multiple channels, including digital, editorial, and social platforms.
Travel by Design features a collection of short films showcasing four fascinating stories, where iconic destinations meet design from beloved brands like W Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection, Autograph Collection Hotels, and more. The transportive visual series will be available on streaming platforms, such as Samsung and Roku as well as YouTube, and featured in hotel rooms globally on Marriott Bonvoy TV.
The Travel by Design podcast hosted by Hamish Kilburn, Editor at Hotel Designs, meets the architects, designers, and visionaries who dive deep into the craft and hear what sparked their concept, how their creative process changes throughout, and what it is like to enjoy the space as a traveler. Six audio episodes will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.
Marriott Bonvoy members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts across Marriott Bonvoy's portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, as well as through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments™, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques.
For more information on these new openings and Marriott Bonvoy, enroll in the program for free, or to book directly, visit www.MarriottBonvoy.com.
About Marriott Bonvoy
Marriott Bonvoy®, Marriott International's award-winning travel program and marketplace, gives members access to transformative, eye-opening experiences around the corner and across the globe. Marriott Bonvoy's portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, as well as through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques. With the Marriott Bonvoy app, members enjoy a level of personalization and contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit www.MarriottBonvoy.com. Download the Marriott app. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Curator Hotel & Resort Collection | October 12, 2022
Curator Hotel & Resort Collection (“Curator”) announced Newport Harbor Island Resort in Newport, Rhode Island (former Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina), The Source in Denver, Colorado, and Hotel Per La in Los Angeles, California, as the newest members of its growing curated collection. These destinations offer a sophisticated and relaxing vacation for travelers looking for luxury spa experiences, diverse cuisine options, and access to a variety of activities all year-round. These hotels showcase the types of luxury experiences and personalization that await travelers looking to stay at a Curator hotel.
“We are excited to continue expanding and diversifying our collection of hotels and resorts in both existing and new markets which are all top travel destinations offering unique experiences,”
-Jennifer Barnwell, President of Curator Hotel & Resort Collection.
Curator’s mission is to bring together scale and independence, giving independent hotels a higher level of performance through cost-savings, value enhancement and flexible alternatives. Curator’s platform helps independent hotels, operators, and owners by amplifying their individual brands, being a resource for selecting suppliers, providing value-add opportunities, and providing access to technology, including testing the newest solutions—all while maintaining choice and flexibility.
The newest members of Curator Hotel & Resort Collection include:
Newport Harbor Island Resort (Newport, Rhode Island) – Named, “The Most Beautiful Hotel in Rhode Island” by Architectural Digest, Newport Harbor Island Resort is a New England seaside oasis. The resort, surrounded on all sides by water, and a short walk from downtown Newport, RI boasts a variety of amenities including a state-of-the-art marina as well as The Spa at Newport Harbor Island Resort, which offers a complete menu of therapeutic treatments, private relaxation room, indoor heated pool, outdoor saltwater pool, fitness center, and salon. This quintessential coastal New England resort provides the perfect destination for family travel, where kids can enjoy cookie decorating activities and arts & crafts every weekend.
The Source Hotel (Denver, Colorado) – The Source Hotel provides the idyllic stay offering views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Their clean, modern aesthetic showcases Baltic birch casework, polished concrete floors, a rooftop hot tub and plunge pool, and a fitness center. Two market halls totaling 45,000 square feet make up the foundation of The Source Hotel’s culinary complex, with a collection of independent vendors including a bakery, pizzeria, modern wood-fired restaurant, barber, retail goods store, apparel shop, florist, brewery, and barbeque. Dog parents will be pleased to know they can check in with their furry friends since the hotel is now dog friendly.
Hotel Per La (Los Angeles, California) – Inspired by Italian architecture and culture, Hotel Per La offers a residentially-inspired hotel stay in Los Angeles. Every room and suite feature custom furnishings, Bellino linens, and curated original artwork. Amenities include a ground floor restaurant and bar, coffee bar, and a stunning rooftop pool and bar with sweeping views of the surrounding skyline. Hotel Per La’s rooftop bar, Bar Clara, welcomes guests and locals with food and beverages that are refined yet easy, and dramatic views of the Los Angeles. Per L’Ora, the main dining experience, focuses on Italian cuisine inspired by the cultural fabric of LA. Spirited, easy-going Italian dishes are complemented with expertly crafted cocktails ranging from inventive spins on bygone classics to signature drinks and wine/spirit-based libations, plus a carefully curated wine list with a mix of old-world classics and new-world favorites.
About Curator Hotel & Resort Collection
Curator Hotel & Resort Collection is a distinct collection of small brands and independent lifestyle hotels and resorts worldwide, founded by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and a group of industry-leading hotel operators. Curator provides lifestyle hotels access to a wide breadth of program offerings to enhance the guest experience, employee engagement and value creation while allowing their members the freedom to retain what makes their hotels unique. It offers the benefits of associating with other unique lifestyle hotels and brands while participating in best-in-class operating agreements, services, reporting, and technology. In addition to Pebblebrook, the founding members of Curator include Davidson Hospitality Group, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Provenance, Sage Hospitality Group, Springboard Hospitality, and Viceroy Hotels & Resorts. For more information, visit www.curatorhotelsandresorts.com and follow us at @CuratorHotelCollection.
About Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and the largest owner of urban and resort lifestyle hotels in the United States. The Company owns 51 hotels, totaling approximately 12,800 guest rooms across 15 urban and resort markets. For more information, visit www.pebblebrookhotels.com and follow us at @PebblebrookPEB.
DESTINATION AND TOURISM,HOSPITALITY TRENDS
Hyatt | December 06, 2022
Travelers are prioritizing experiences and connections this festive season with rooms revenue pacing 30% ahead of 2019 for resort locations worldwide. With leisure travel continuing to soar, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) shares the most compelling travel trends for global guests and suggestions on how to make the most of festive season travel.
Hotels and Resorts Prove To Be Preferred Over a Home Rental
Spreading joy and delight, hotels and resorts are delivering on the festive spirit this time of year with seasonal décor, food, music and more. According to a global survey commissioned by Hyatt and conducted by OnePoll, nearly two-thirds of people traveling with families prefer to stay at a hotel or resort rather than a home rental.
Allowing guests to maximize their travels and focus on spending quality time with loved ones, many Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world offer luxury amenities, on-site dining options, 24-hour room service, concierge services, wellbeing experiences and more. In addition to offering the necessities, Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world participate in seasonal celebrations that make it easy for the entire family to get into the festive spirit through exciting experiences including:
A Christmas concert under the stars at Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk, allowing guests and locals to enjoy a night of cocktails and to hear some of the greatest festive season hits live.
A New Year’s Eve “Sail Away Party” at Hyatt Regency Brisbane, featuring welcome cocktails, a beverage package, roving canapes, food stations, live entertainment, a photobooth and a glass of sparkling champagne at midnight.
The opportunity to bask in everything New York City has to offer and ring in the new year with spectacular views and close proximity to the iconic Times Square Ball Drop at the new Grayson Hotel, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.
Multi-Generational Families Seek Togetherness and Reunite with Loved Ones Through Travel
This year, many parents and grandparents will gather with their families for the holidays, with 94% of adults ages 45+ who responded are planning to travel in December and 58% in January, indicating that connecting with loved ones is top of mind for travelers.
Travelers seeking to participate in meaningful and immersive experiences while creating lasting memories can look to all-inclusive resorts, such as Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun in Mexico and Dreams Karibana Cartagena Golf & Spa Resort in Colombia, which invite guests of all ages to connect with one another. Those looking for the perfect destination for the entire family to gather and carry on seasonal traditions can consider The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont. This Destination by Hyatt property offers something for everyone – from the all-natural spa for adults to crafting workshops and a game room for kids.
Say Goodbye to Wrapped Presents: Travel and Unique Experiences Top Consumers’ Wish Lists
While some people enjoy a traditional gift, experiences create memories – which is why 61% of respondents noted they would be excited to receive travel or an experience such as a vacation, plane tickets, spa and meditation session or a cooking class as a gift this year. When it comes to gift giving, consider an unforgettable travel adventure or an immersive experience this festive season.
Hyatt’s new FIND experiences platform allows World of Hyatt members to explore – and gift – more than 200 exclusive experiences around the globe including:
Cliffside Dining at Alila Jabal Akhdar (Oman)
An Off-road Volcano Adventure at Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta (Indonesia)
Dinner Under the Stars at Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
A Day with Chef Nino Redruello at Thompson Madrid (Spain)
Global, Dream Getaways are Making a Comeback with Japan, Canada and Italy Being Some of the Most Popular Destinations
With leisure travel continuing to increase and many borders now open around the world, consumers are prioritizing once-in-a-lifetime trips with unique experiences and opportunities to connect. According to the survey, 62% of respondents agree that the festive season is a great time to cross off a bucket list destination with some of the most popular destinations being Japan, Canada and Italy.
Travelers can check off their bucket list items at these new and recently renovated Hyatt hotels in some of the most sought-after destinations with the family, as a couple’s getaway or for a solo adventure:
Fuji Speedway Hotel (Shizuoka, Japan): Against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Fuji and as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, Fuji Speedway Hotel is a unique and unconventional hotel offering indulgent hospitality and a chance to visit the iconic Fuji Speedway race circuit and motorsports museum.
Park Hyatt Toronto (Ontario, Canada): The reimagined Park Hyatt Toronto welcomes guests back to the luxurious Yorkville neighborhood where guests can tour world-renowned museums and art galleries, enjoy a treatment at Stillwater Spa or deliciously crafted cocktails overlooking the Toronto skyline from the Writers Room Bar.
The Tribune (Rome, Italy): As the first hotel in Italy in the JdV by Hyatt brand, The Tribune is nestled among some of the best-known museums, shops and cafes and is within walking distance to some of the city’s major tourist attractions, such as the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.
Loyalty Programs Reign Supreme During the Festive Season as Travelers Try to Make the Most of Budgets
Loyalty programs, such as World of Hyatt, provide travelers with more ways to save and more reasons to gather all year round, especially during the festive season. Sixty-two percent of survey respondents said they would use a travel rewards program that lets them earn and redeem points, offers discounts and features unique experiences and 51% said if there was an impressive travel rewards program offer, they would change their travel plans or go out of their way to earn and redeem points.
World of Hyatt members can make the most of their upcoming stays and festive get-togethers with valuable offers such as ‘Earn 3x Points on Dining,’ which allows members to earn 3X points on dine-in, delivery or takeout through Dec. 20, 2022, at participating hotel restaurants worldwide.
Temperature Continues to Drive Seasonal Travel Plans: Snow is the Number One Preference
While some travelers may seek a reprieve from the cold in sunny destinations, 56% of respondents agree that it doesn’t feel like the festive season without snow. Travelers looking for destinations with the best chance of snowfall can pursue their wintry dreams and experience all that the season has to offer at Hyatt properties including Grand Hyatt Vail and Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono in Japan.
Those that are already located in colder climates and like to race to the sunshine this time of year can look to warm-weather destinations and enjoy tropical adventures at properties such as Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo and Alila Kothaifaru Maldives.
The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
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 September 30, 2022, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,200 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, wellbeing focused experiences through the FIND platform; 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.