Tripadvisor begins brand transformation with new course for Viator, executive shakeup

PhocusWire | January 23, 2020

As it prepares to mark 20 years in business next month, Tripadvisor is embarking on a dramatic realignment aimed at helping the company preserve profitability and spur new growth as it deals with competition from Google and others and with evolving preferences from travelers. The Viator brand, which Tripadvisor acquired for $200 million in 2014, will now operate independent of Tripadvisor Experiences, with its own marketing, product and engineering teams. In a memo sent to employees after markets closed today, co-founder and CEO Steve Kaufer says this will “give Viator the opportunity to grow its brand and business offerings as a leading Experiences OTA.”

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Mystifly Joins UATP Network

UATP | April 22, 2022

UATP and Mystifly announced a strategic partnership in which UATP will be integrated into MystiPay, an airline payment solution from Mystifly. The partnership focuses on reducing the cost of acceptance for travel payments. "We recognize that the airline distribution and payments landscape is complex, Through MystiPay, and with UATP as the scheme, we want to offer a profitable and secure payment solution that unlocks new revenue streams and better rebates, while lowering the cost of acceptance. We take great pride in partnering with UATP as both businesses share a common vision to provide a better payment opportunity for all. We look forward to maximizing the value of this partnership." -Rajeev Kumar, CEO and MD, Mystifly Today, Mystifly is one of the largest global B2B airfare aggregators backed by its strong travel technology vision. Mystifly offers search and retailing, order management, revenue and channel management, ancillary sales, multi-currency payment wallet , "Mystify continues to grow as a travel tech leader. Becoming an Issuer will enhance supplier relations and increase spending power. Mystifly will help save the industry money by utilizing UATP in its supplier relationships." -UATP President and CEO Ralph Kaiser For more information, visit UATP.com or Mystifly.com. ABOUT UATP UATP is a global payment solution owned and operated by the world's airlines and accepted by thousands of merchants for air, rail and travel agency payments. UATP connects airlines to Alternative Forms of Payment which can expand reach and generate incremental sales globally. UATP offers easy-to-use data tools, DataStream℠ and DataMine℠, which provide comprehensive account details to Issuers and Corporate Subscribers for accurate travel management. Accepted as a form of payment for corporate business travel worldwide by airlines, travel agencies and Amtrak®; UATP accounts are issued by: Aeromexico; Air Canada (TSE: AC); Air China; Air New Zealand (ANZFF.PK); Air Niugini; Air Serbia; American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL); APG Airlines; Austrian Airlines; BCD Travel; China Eastern Airlines (NYSE: CEA); Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL); EL AL Israel Airlines; Etihad Airways; Fareportal; Frontier Airlines; GOL Linhas aereas inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and Bovespa: GOLL4); Hahn Air; Hight Point Travel; Japan Airlines (9201:JP); JetBlue Airways; Qantas Airways (QUBSF.PK); Shandong Airlines; Sichuan Airlines; Southwest Airlines; Sun Country Airlines; TUIfly GmbH; Turkish Airlines (ISE:THYAO); United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) and WestJet. AirPlus International issues the UATP-based Company Account for Lufthansa German Airlines. About Mystifly: Mystifly is a travel tech leader in airline retailing envisioned to bring a positive difference in the experience of the travelers and how air travel is sold. Mystifly is the new operating system for existing or new businesses to start or grow their travel business globally. Certified by IATA as a NDC Level 4 Aggregator, Mystifly offers NDC-aligned tech stacks for businesses of every size. Founded in 2009, Mystifly unifies distribution, fulfilment and payments on a single platform that allows search, ticket, ancillary sales, post-booking services and payment for over 700 airlines including 180 LCCs, NDC and Non-NDC Airlines. Mystifly's suite of products empowers over 3000 clients globally.

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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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Fareportal Shares Holiday Season Good Works to Encourage Giving

Fareportal | December 24, 2021

2021 is coming to a close, and the holidays are upon us. In this traditional season of giving, Fareportal, the travel technology company behind leading online travel agencies CheapOair and OneTravel, is changing the narrative on what has been a very challenging year by sharing with others. Continuing what has been a tradition of giving that spans more than a decade, and as an expression of goodwill, the company has donated to The Ali Forney Center, which supports LGBTQIA+ individuals and organizations; New York Cares, which addresses needs in the New York City area through year-round volunteer opportunities; Covenant House, which provides shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and other services to homeless and runaway youth; Tourism Cares, dedicated to support of the travel & tourism industry; The Travis Roy Foundation, dedicated to supporting those suffering from spinal cord injuries; Berkshire South, supporting the health and well-being of residents of the Southern Berkshires; Digital Undivided, supporting the creation of economic opportunity for Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs; Children's Hope India, serving the needs of the children of India, and Amigos de los Animales Puerto Rico, which rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes abused and abandoned animals. “Philanthropy has always been a foundational concept for Fareportal. Since the company’s inception, our Founder & Executive Chairman, Sam S. Jain, ensured that we prioritize giving back to the local and global community. This year presented unprecedented challenges to so many individuals that we felt it only right to step up our efforts to shine a light of hope as we enter the New Year,” -Werner Kunz-Cho, CEO of Fareportal. The company hopes that sharing this information will remind others there is still time to brighten someone’s holiday by making a charitable donation. About CheapOair CheapOair is an online travel agency that specializes in providing cheap flights and great last-minute flight deals for travelers worldwide. Consumers can book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Part of Fareportal’s family of travel brands, CheapOair bridges the gap between an online travel agency and a traditional agency with travel agents available worldwide to help find great deals on flights to global destinations on over 600 airlines, a million lodgings, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for travel inspiration and helpful travel tips.  About Fareportal   Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company-owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 600 airlines, a million hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and One Travel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international and domestic flight, hotel, and other travel and add-on ancillaries.

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Anatomie Travels to New Heights With Impressive Sales and Continued Growth

Anatomie | January 06, 2022

Anatomie, the European-made luxury travel athleisurewear brand, has continued to reach new heights amid a challenging retail landscape that has seen more downs than ups. The company revealed its continued growth was a result of several instrumental programs and strategies, including supply chain security, strategic manufacturing, and a focus on omni-channel distribution. Founded in 2006 by business partners and husband and wife duo Kate and Shawn Boyer, Anatomie is a luxury athleisurewear company designed for the modern traveler. Anatomie initially launched to market with high-quality athleisurewear staples, and has since evolved into a luxury lifestyle brand with functional designs for men and women. The brand continues to innovate the athleisurewear market thanks to its strong leadership team, where Kate serves as CEO, Shawn as Creative Director, and Tom Dietrich as President and Chief Operating Officer, an apparel industry veteran who joined the company in 2017. Anatomie experienced many successes throughout 2021 and reported 70% year-over-year growth with projections to reach a $30M revenue by 2022. The brand continued to increase its offerings and expand into new categories, launching its first-ever men's capsule in 2021 to meet consumer demand and trademarking "proleisure," a term that refers to its durable essentials build to last. As a result of its continued growth, Anatomie started its official board in 2017, which has taken on new members and executive hires whose vast knowledge and experience will further cement the company as a leader within luxury fashion, including Tom Dietrich, Chairman of the Board and COO of Anatomie, Sandra Kim-Suk, Chief Financial Officer at Engine No. 1, and J. David Scheiner, a former Macy's and Perry Ellis executive. Anatomie has cultivated a team of high-powered customers-turned-investors and established female entrepreneurs, including Jill Granoff, former CEO of Vince and Kenneth Cole, and Sheila Johnson, Co-Founder of Black Entertainment Network. Anatomie plans to spend a significant portion of their marketing dollars on affiliate programs, direct mail and direct to consumer social media campaigns in 2022 to continue its impressive expansion. "When we started this company over 15 years ago, we wanted to create a brand that was synonymous with timeless luxury, quality and craftsmanship,The fastest growing sectors of the women's fashion industry are travel and activewear, and Anatomie is perfectly positioned to intersect both. We're thrilled to have delivered on our promise continued growing Anatomie's offerings during a pivotal year for the retail landscape." -Kate Boyer, Co-Founder and CEO of Anatomie With their aggressive marketing plans, Anatomie is poised to have another record-breaking year for 2022 with continued retail experiences, regional pop-up stores, hotel and resort specialty shops, and more. During a time where many consumers are in need of high-quality essentials, Anatomie continues to pioneer athleisurewear trends and remain at the forefront of innovation to create the ultimate wardrobe for the modern man and woman on the go. For more information about Anatomie, visit anatomie.com and follow @Anatomiestyle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. About Anatomie Founded in 2006 by wife and husband duo, Kate and Shawn Boyer, Anatomie is a European-made luxury travel leisurewear brand that combines high functionality with the finest materials, centered on a contemporary style, innovative features and unique designs for the modern adventurer. With extensive fashion and sportswear experience, Kate and Shawn originally created Anatomie for the athleisure market, but evolved over the years to meet the unique and demanding needs of the luxury traveler with functional fashion that can be worn anytime and anywhere, offering a whole new world of comfort & style.

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When we imagine the golden era of hospitality, visions of turn-of-thetwentieth-century grandeur and elaborate hotels with live-in general managers (GMs) come to mind. We think of these GMs briskly moving throughout the property, personally knowing each guest and taking care of their every need.

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