Traveleads joins Advantage Business Travel

Buying Business Travel | January 13, 2020

Traveleads has joined Advantage Business Travel, bringing the consortia’s 2019 total for new members to 15. Listed on the 2019 BBT Leading 50 TMCs, Traveleads was established in 1971 and has service centres manned by travel consultants in Leeds, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton. It currently employs 100 people and has plans to further develop its brand, team, service offering and systems in 2020. Group head of marketing Hayley Collingswood (pictured) commented: “We’re incredibly proud of our service here at Traveleads, so joining Advantage Business Travel made perfect sense as we continue to evolve. Building and maintaining relationships is at the heart of our business and we’re excited to connect with even more like-minded companies through Advantage, adding to our customer benefits, evolving what we do and sharing learnings. We’ve got big plans in 2020, so consolidation across our networks is key to ensure our bespoke service to customers continues to be exemplary.”

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Sustainability has risen to the top of the CEO agenda and leaders across industries are stepping up action.1 In travel, many companies are already in the process of setting ambitious sustainability goalsand developing corresponding strategies, including
the transition to net zero. 2 However, to achieve these goals and transition to a more sustainable future, travel and tourism (T&T) companies mustsuccessfully develop products that enable more sustainable travel choices.


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DESTINATION AND TOURISM

LONELY PLANET'S BEST IN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS FOR 2023 REVEALED

Lonely Planet | November 18, 2022

Global travel authority Lonely Planet has unveiled its top destinations to visit next year with the release of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023. Lonely Planet's annual marquee moment celebrates its expert predictions for where to go in the year ahead. Best in Travel 2023 is Lonely Planet's 18th annual collection, featuring 30 must-visit destinations around the globe. As part of its larger ambition to deliver an engaging product that solves proactive travel planning needs through personalized, local-led guidance, Lonely Planet has reimagined Best In Travel for 2023. This year's list centers expert local perspectives at the heart of each destination, and is sorted by the type of trip best had there: eat, journey, connect, learn and unwind. This shift in the list's organization signals Lonely Planet's reinvigorated dedication to aiding travelers in navigating the world in the ways most meaningful to them. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 offers a comprehensive set of itineraries aimed at helping travelers to explore the world — while following along with some seriously knowledgeable locally-based experts along the way. The eat category features Peru's capital Lima alongside chef Ricardo Martins, affordable world class dining in South Africa and the dining scene around Umbria, Italy, among others. Intrepid journeys include the reinstated night train between Istanbul and Sofia, Bulgaria and a long-weekend road trip through Nova Scotia, Canada's dramatic Atlantic province narrated by surfer Dean Petty. The overlooked peninsula of Halkidiki in Greece, historic Jordan told through the lens of designer Tania George, future-facing Jamaica and ever-popular Malta all offer tempting chances to unwind. Travelers looking to connect with distinctive local scenes are directed to the buzzing art-centric Accra with Surf Ghana's Sandy Alibo and musician Pure Akan, as well as Sydney, back on the map after the enforced separation of the past few years. In the learn category Lonely Planet spotlights destinations such as New Mexico with the incredible Native American hoop dancer ShanDien Sonwai LaRance, Manchester, home to one of the UK's most dynamic arts scenes, and the laid-back surf culture of El Salvador. Each year, Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 lists start with nominations from Lonely Planet's vast community of staff, writers, bloggers, publishing partners and more. The nominations are then whittled down by its panel of travel experts to just 30 destinations. Each is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences, 'wow' factor and its ongoing commitment to sustainability, community and diversity. According to Lonely Planet's Senior Vice President of Content and Executive Editor Nitya Chambers the release of Lonely Planet's annual "hot list" of destinations and travel experiences comes at an exciting time to be planning travel. "2023 is shaping up to be the year to get out and explore. With much of the world firmly on the road to recovery, travelers are looking for different locations and experiences. The lists celebrate the world in all its wonderful enticing variety," Chambers continues. "Each of the itineraries in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 shows how to leave the crowds behind and truly get the heart of a destination. As always Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 delivers new takes on popular destinations such as Western Australia and Japan, and unearths some lesser-known gems like the food scene in Montevideo, Uruguay, indigenous community-operated attractions in Alaska and South America's eco-tourism rising star Guyana. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2023 - Complete List EAT JOURNEY UNWIND CONNECT LEARN Umbria, Italy Istanbul to Sofia Halkidiki, Greece Alaska Manchester, UK Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Nova Scotia, Canada Jamaica Albania New Mexico, USA Fukuoka, Japan Bhutan Dominica Accra, Ghana Dresden, Germany Lima, Peru Zambia Raja Ampat, Indonesia Sydney, Australia El Salvador South Africa Western Australia Malta Guyana Southern Scotland Montevideo, Uruguay National Natural Parks, Colombia Jordan Boise, USA Marseille, France ABOUT LONELY PLANET A trusted voice in travel guidance, Lonely Planet is part of the Red Ventures portfolio. Providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973, Lonely Planet reaches hundreds of millions of travelers each year helping them unlock amazing experiences. Lonely Planet can be found on lonelyplanet.com, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter, through video and in 14 languages, armchair and lifestyle books, e-books and more. Over the past 49 years Lonely Planet has printed over 145 million guidebooks covering 221 countries as well as countless other titles showcasing the wonders of the world for travelers of all types. Visit Lonely Planet at lonelyplanet.com and join our community of followers on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the Lonely Planet Newsletter at lonelyplanet.com/newsletter.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY,INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

More Travel Disruption Feared As Passengers Take To The Skies This Holiday Season

IBS Software | December 08, 2022

New data from travel technology company IBS Software reveals that despite more than two thirds (68%) of passengers being inconvenienced by disrupted journeys since COVID travel restrictions were lifted and 66% expecting more of the same during upcoming trips, most (83%) still plan on flying for a break in the next six months. The research, which polled 2000 recent travellers in the UK and US*, warns that holiday providers have one more chance to get it right; if holidaymakers experience disruptions again during their upcoming trips, over half (55%) will avoid booking with the airline in the future. When asked who they blame for their poor experiences, 50% said it was the fault of the airlines when flights were delayed, with just 13% blaming the airport. However, when it comes to lost luggage the jury is out - 42% say it's the airport's responsibility and 40% are seething at the airline. Delayed flights or missed connections was the most common holiday hurdle, affecting over a third of all passengers (35%), followed closely by waiting in longer than normal queues (31%) and cancelled flights (15%). Lost luggage, which dominated the news headlines in the Summer, is confirmed by the research as a major annoyance, blighting nearly 1 in 7 passengers' holidays over the last 18 months. Despite a clear desire to travel, passengers won't accept more disruption without protest. If passengers find out their journey is going to be disrupted, 53% will complain to the airline and 38% will use social media to broadcast their annoyance. And if an airline doesn't have a reputation for punctuality they're likely to lose out with 93% of travellers saying this is an important factor when deciding which airline to buy from. However, there is still an opportunity for airlines to win back the loyalty of their passengers. When terminal turmoil occurs, passengers can be placated by automatic refunds when eligible; proactive customer support to suggest alternative routes; and automatic alerts on their phone when something goes wrong. As one passenger who took the survey commented: "Just actually organise yourselves properly, there's no excuse for all the disruption". Philip Hinton, SVP, IBS Software, comments: "The pent-up desire to travel was always going to put airlines and airports under extreme pressure - and so it proved, with widespread disruption plaguing many long-anticipated journeys. Airlines know this is a major issue and we are seeing them prioritising on-time performance and customer satisfaction because the widespread issues have directly impacted business performance." About IBS Software IBS Software is a leading SaaS solutions provider to the travel industry globally, managing mission-critical operations for customers in the aviation, tour & cruise and hospitality industries. IBS Software's solutions for the aviation industry cover fleet & crew operations, aircraft maintenance, passenger services, loyalty programs, staff travel and air-cargo management. IBS Software also runs a real time B2B and B2C distribution platform providing hotel room inventory, rates and availability to a global network of hospitality companies and channels. For the tour and cruise industry, IBS provides a comprehensive, customer-centric, digital platform that covers onshore, online and on-board solutions. IBS Software is a Blackstone portfolio company and operates from 15 offices across the world. Further information can be found at https://www.ibsplc.com/

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY,HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Optii to Roll out Its Hotel Operations Platform at The Alexander

The Alexander and Optii Solutions | November 17, 2022

Optii Solutions, the leading hotel operations software, today announced that The Alexander, A Dolce Hotel in Indianapolis has selected Optii as its hotel operations platform. The Alexander has adopted the full Optii platform to support its hotel operations team to work more efficiently and effectively. The property features 209 rooms across two towers, with 157 hotel rooms, and 52 extended stay residences. This layout and room mix increases the operational complexity, especially for the housekeeping staff when it comes to turnaround times and cleaning sequences. Kevin Green, Director of Operations, The Alexander, said: “We are always looking at how we can improve both the efficiency of our operation and the guest experience we provide. Using Optii to automate our housekeeping teams’ cleaning routes has saved us a considerable amount of time, so that guests can have earlier access to their rooms. Overall, guest satisfaction has been high since Optii’s adoption, and less time is wasted between when a room attendant is finishing a room and starting the next clean. It’s a win-win. “We are thrilled to have The Alexander as a customer. The dedication to sharing arts and culture with guests, really drives home what exceptional hospitality and experiences is all about. We are glad that we can play a part in removing operational challenges, so that the staff can focus on sharing the beautiful property with their guests.” -Katherine Grass, CEO, Optii Solutions, About The Alexander Nestled in the CityWay area of downtown Indianapolis, The Alexander, A Dolce Hotel, pairs contemporary design with unparalleled hospitality. Blocks from both the Gainbridge Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium, the downtown Indianapolis hotel is only minutes from top attractions and local events, including museums, professional sports, and the Indiana Convention Center. About Optii Solutions Optii Solutions is a hotel operations solution that leverages smarter technologies such as artificial intelligence, analytics, messaging and mobility to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of housekeeping and service delivery departments. For further information about Optii, please visit: www.optiisolutions.com

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DESTINATION AND TOURISM,HOSPITALITY TRENDS

There’s No Place Like Hotels this Festive Season, Hyatt Global Survey Finds

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.

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Sustainability has risen to the top of the CEO agenda and leaders across industries are stepping up action.1 In travel, many companies are already in the process of setting ambitious sustainability goalsand developing corresponding strategies, including
the transition to net zero. 2 However, to achieve these goals and transition to a more sustainable future, travel and tourism (T&T) companies mustsuccessfully develop products that enable more sustainable travel choices.

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