U.S. Travel Association Launches Confidently Toolkit for Travelers Safety

U.S. Travel Association | August 03, 2020

The travel industry is encouraging travelers to do their part by traveling responsibly so they and others can do so confidently amid the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Travel Association has launched a new Travel Confidently Toolkit featuring industry guidance for promoting the health and safety of all travelers, including enhanced sanitation, redesigned public spaces, improved health screening measures and much more.
"Travelers also have a responsibility," U.S. Travel stated. "They must adopt new travel practices and follow science-based guidelines to help protect the health of their family and those around them, including fellow travelers and industry employees."

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Growth in leisure travelers is predicted, as demonstrated in the 2018 US statistics. Department of Commerce, Regional Office of Travel and Tourism. However, as the holiday season approaches, you're probably thinking about what's the best way to spend each day, though traveling is not going to be missing on your list, of course. Since the year is about to end and 2020 is now coming to an end, traveling can be something to look forward to; but, while there may be different places where you can have the best vacation, you'll probably end up wondering where to have your vacation. Thankfully we have identified some of the best places for flying by 2020; read more from below.


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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

Iconic Luxury Hazelton Hotel Retains Trip Advisor's #1 Spot in Canada

Hazelton Hotel | December 20, 2021

For the 5th consecutive year, Trip Advisor has named The Hazelton as the #1 hotel in Toronto, Canada. For 2021, the hotel ranked among the top 1% of hotels worldwide and received Traveler's Choice Best of the Best award the highest honour by Trip Advisor. In addition, the hotel also received the 2021 Traveller's Choice award. Despite the recent challenges the hospitality industry has faced, The Hazelton is honoured once again to be recognized as a leader in hospitality by providing an unparalleled level of excellence to local and international guests, upholding the highest standard in the industry. "I am honoured to lead a team of hospitality experts who continue to excel at the highest level. The Hazelton is committed to providing outstanding customer service across the property, whether that be a dining experience, spa treatment, or a luxurious stay in one of our newly renovated suites. The Trip Advisor awards we have earned are a testament to our dedicated team, as well as our guests – both new and returning – who have taken valuable time to share their experiences and support by rating us after their stay," - Gaurav Dutta, General Manager of The Hazelton Hotel. The Hazelton Hotel, Toronto's first luxury boutique hotel situated in the heart of Yorkville – the epicentre of fashion, art, celebrity, and lifestyle in Canada – is also proud to announce its five-year renewal with Leading Hotels of the World. This elite partnership positions the hotel – one of only two in Canada – amongst the most exclusive, luxury boutique accommodations across the globe. In anticipation of the hotel's 15th anniversary in 2022, The Hazelton Hotel is pleased to announce the completion of an extensive renovation and the introduction of the new Presidential Bellair Suite. Designed by award-winning firm Yabu Pushelberg, the 1860 square-foot suite features an open concept living room, an exquisite dining area, and a private wet bar offering guests a lavish home away from home. Renovations also include ONE restaurant's indoor dining room and bar, multiple meeting spaces throughout the hotel, and the private Silver Screening Room. In celebration of the Trip Advisor Awards and the new Presidential Bellair Suite, The Hazelton Hotel announces a social media contest on Instagram beginning on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. To enter, follow The Hazelton Hotel @hazeltonto on Instagram, tag a friend, and comment by sharing what part of the prize you would be most excited to win. Entrants who share the post to their stories and tag @hazeltonto receive a bonus entry. The Prize includes a one (1) night stay in the Presidential Bellair Suite, a $500 hotel dining card for ONE Restaurant, a $500 spa gift card for the Valmont Spa, and a private screening in the Silver Screening Room (prize value $10000.00 CND). About The Hazelton Hotel, Spa by Valmont and ONE Restaurant Since 2008, the hotel is an iconic landmark and Toronto's only member of The Leading Hotels of The World. With 77 opulent guest suites designed by internationally renowned design firm Yabu Pushelberg, The Hazelton Hotel is also home to a private Silver Screening Room and Spa by Valmont, one of the city's most exclusive spa sanctuaries. The hotel's ONE Restaurant is celebrity chef Mark McEwan's signature dining experience that offers world-class cuisine and boasts one of Toronto's finest patios. A Forbes Health Verified hotel, The Hazelton Hotel continues to ensure the health and safety of guests, residents, and team members, through their 8-point safety plan that is aligned with the provincial public health authorities' guidelines.http://www.thehazeltonhotel.com

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AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

Hawaiian Airlines to Offer Free, High-Speed Starlink Internet Connectivity on Transpacific Fleet

Hawaiian Airlines | April 26, 2022

Hawaiian Airlines became the first major airline to announce an agreement with Starlink to provide complimentary high-speed, low-latency broadband internet access to every guest onboard flights between the islands and the continental U.S, Asia and Oceania. Hawai'i's largest and longest-serving carrier will equip its Airbus A330 and A321neo aircraft, as well as an incoming fleet of Boeing 787-9s, with Starlink's industry leading satellite internet connectivity service."When we launch with Starlink we will have the best connectivity experience available in the air," said Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram. "We waited until technology caught up with our high standards for guest experience, but it will be worth the wait. Our guests can look forward to fast, seamless and free Wi-Fi to complement our award-winning onboard Hawaiian hospitality." "Hawaiian Airlines is ensuring its passengers will experience high-speed internet the way we expect it in the 21st century, making hassles like downloading movies before takeoff a relic of the past, With Starlink, the inflight experience is greatly simplified so that once passengers step onboard the plane the internet works seamlessly throughout their flight. Soon, passengers will enjoy all the benefits of having the world's best inflight internet connectivity from the comfort of their seats." -SpaceX Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales Jonathan Hofeller. In Starlink's low-Earth orbit constellation of advanced satellites, the latest of which utilize a revolutionary laser mesh network, Hawaiian found an ideal solution to ensure reliable, high-speed, low-latency connectivity on transpacific flights. Guests will be able to stream content, play games live with friends on the ground, work and collaborate in real-time, plan their Hawai'i vacation, or share their special island moments on social media. Connecting to the internet will be seamless when guests walk on board, without registration pages or payment portals. Hawaiian and Starlink are in the initial stages of implementation and expect to begin installing the product on select aircraft next year. Hawaiian is not currently planning to deploy the service on its Boeing 717 aircraft that operate short flights between the Hawaiian Islands. About Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 18 years (2004-2021) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation and was named No. 1 U.S. airline by Condé Nast Traveler's 2021 Readers Choice Awards. Consumer surveys by Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawaiʻi. Now in its 93rd year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaiʻi's biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers approximately 130 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands, daily nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and 16 U.S. gateway cities – more than any other airline – as well as service connecting Honolulu and American Samoa, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Tahiti. The airline is committed to connecting people with aloha by offering complimentary meals for all guests on transpacific routes and the convenience of no change fees on Main Cabin and Premium Cabin seats. HawaiianMiles members also enjoy flexibility with miles that never expire. As Hawai'i's hometown airline, Hawaiian encourages guests to Travel Pono and experience the islands safely and respectfully. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow Hawaiian's Twitter updates (@HawaiianAir), become a fan on Facebook (Hawaiian Airlines), and follow us on Instagram (hawaiianairlines). For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian's LinkedIn page.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

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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DESTINATION AND TOURISM

Frommer's Names the Best Hotel Booking Engines for Summer Travel in 2022

frommer | March 30, 2022

With travelers eager to hit the road again for summer vacation after the disruptions caused by the pandemic, Frommers—the trusted travel media company and guidebook publisher celebrating its 65th year in 2022—has released the latest edition of its Best and Worst Hotel Booking Sites. The ranking names the top online travel agencies and aggregators for finding lodgings on the road in 2022. The top 10 has been shaken up considerably since the previous ranking in 2020. Using a complex, weighted system involving 60 different room reservation scenarios, travel expert and analyst Reid Bramblett put booking engines through the wringer to determine which sites deliver the lowest rates, the most options, and the easiest user experience.For the first time, Google tops the list, but the search giant only narrowly edged out previous winner HotelsCombined, with both showing a keen ability to find the most affordable rooms. Other heavy hitters, including Tripadvisor and Kayak, only managed middling scores when put to the Frommer's test, ranking 5th and 7th respectively. After falling out of the top 10 five years ago, Hotels.com clawed its way to the 10th slot, displacing Hotwire from the list entirely. The complete top 10, along with detailed analysis, a rundown of each site's pros and cons, and money-saving warnings about sneaky tactics and outright rip-offs, can be found at Frommers.com/BestHotelSites. And coming soon: Frommer's latest ranking of the top sites for finding affordable airfare—fully updated for 2022. About Frommer's One of the most venerable brands in travel, Frommer's has been in continuous publication since the 1957 debut of Arthur Frommer's Europe on 5 Dollars a Day, which changed the way the world traveled. The Frommer's collection of travel products has expanded to include nearly 100 award-winning guidebooks, a popular podcast, and Frommers.com, winner of the 2021 silver medal for best travel journalism website in the prestigious Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers.

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Spotlight

Growth in leisure travelers is predicted, as demonstrated in the 2018 US statistics. Department of Commerce, Regional Office of Travel and Tourism. However, as the holiday season approaches, you're probably thinking about what's the best way to spend each day, though traveling is not going to be missing on your list, of course. Since the year is about to end and 2020 is now coming to an end, traveling can be something to look forward to; but, while there may be different places where you can have the best vacation, you'll probably end up wondering where to have your vacation. Thankfully we have identified some of the best places for flying by 2020; read more from below.

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