Wyndham Expands to Wyndham Direct to Simplify Corporate Travel Bookings

Wyndham | August 04, 2020

With a focus on finding impactful ways to drive more corporate business for its hotels, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts a hotel franchising company with more than 9,000 hotels across 90 countries—today announced the expansion of Wyndham Direct, a unique booking, billing and business solution. The service, formerly unique to its La Quinta by Wyndham brand, is now immediately available at Super 8 by Wyndham and Days Inn by Wyndham hotels in the U.S., with plans to expand further across Wyndham's portfolio of brands later this year.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Outdoorsy Launches Two New Features to Make Travel Easier with New Trip Cancellation Coverage and PayPal Pay In 4 Offering

Outdoorsy | May 21, 2022

Outdoorsy, the most-trusted global online RV rental and outdoor travel marketplace, announced the launch of two new features designed for guests booking their next road trip – Roamly's Travel Insurance coverage and PayPal Pay In 41 offering.The debut of these features comes at a time when consumer sentiment around travel is vulnerable to inflation and rising costs at the gas pump. On April 1, Outdoorsy reported a 13% YoY growth in bookings for summer departures, a clear indicator that market conditions will have minimal impact on RV rentals as travelers are yearning to get on the road after putting vacation time on hold for the past two years. While other travel industries have seen dramatic spikes in cost over the past year in line with inflation, the average trip price on Outdoorsy has only gone up $5 since 2021, representing a .28% increase and further proving that RV vacations are one of the most insulated forms of travel. To help travelers experience the affordability of booking an RV, campervan, or trailer rental on Outdoorsy, guests will now have the option to reserve their rental and pay for it over time using Pay in 4 from PayPal. Pay in 4 from PayPal is currently available at checkout and lets guests break trip costs up to $1,500 into four interest-free payments with the first payment due at time of purchase and the remaining payments every two weeks following. This new payment integration allows budget-conscious travelers to book their trip today and drive off in their RV tomorrow — even before they're finished making final payments. "Ahead of a busy summer travel season, we want to give our community as many resourceful payment options and protections as possible, so finances aren't what's holding them back from getting outside, We're proud to be partnering with PayPal to introduce their Pay in 4 offering and we look forward to making these road trip experiences more attainable for travelers, as the service gives them the freedom to travel now and pay over time." -Outdoorsy's Co-founder and CEO Jeff Cavins. In addition to the launch of Pay in 4 from PayPal, Outdoorsy is also introducing Roamly's Travel Insurance offering to guests in an effort to protect them from unforeseen events. Through a first-of-its-kind partnership with RV-insurtech Roamly and International Medical Group (IMG), a leading travel insurance and assistance services company and fully owned subsidiary of SiriusPoint Ltd., a global insurance and reinsurance company, Outdoorsy is now able to protect and reimburse travelers needing to cancel a trip due to unpredictable circumstances — like a COVID-19 diagnosis. The new Travel Insurance product will cover policyholders needing to cancel a trip if they become sick or are hospitalized before the trip start date, as well as those needing reimbursement for an interrupted trip due to illness or hospitalization. COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants are treated as any other sickness on the Travel Insurance plans. More information on Roamly's Travel Insurance can be found online at https://www.roamly.com/travel-insurance. More information on PayPal Pay In 4 can be found online at www.paypal.com/payin4 1 Pay in 4 is available to consumers upon approval for purchases of $30-$1,500. Pay in 4 is not currently available to residents of Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Wisconsin, or any U.S. Territories. Loans to California residents are made or arranged pursuant to a California Financing Law License. PayPal, Inc. is a Georgia Installment Lender Licensee, NMLS #910457. Rhode Island Small Loan Lender Licensee. When applying, a soft credit check may be needed, but will not affect your credit score. You must be of legal age in your U.S. state of residence to use Pay in 4. Offer availability depends on the merchant and also may not be available for certain recurring, subscription services. About Outdoorsy Outdoorsy is the most trusted on-demand RV rental and outdoor travel marketplace on the planet. Founded in 2015, we have offices worldwide in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, and the UK. Our mission is to mobilize the 54+ million idle RVs around the world to ensure everyone has the access, choice, and opportunity to safely enjoy outdoor experiences and travel while we empower RV owners to realize life-changing financial benefits. For more information, visit www.outdoorsy.com.

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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

ZentrumHub Announces Strategic Partnership With WIHP, A Leading hotel marketing Company

ZentrumHub | May 31, 2022

ZentrumHub, a leading Hotel aggregator API specialist, and WIHP, the Hotel marketing specialists, announced a strategic partnership that will enable ZentrumHub' customers to get an easy access to metasearch channels and engines like Google Hotel Ads, TripAdvisor, Trivago, Bing Hotel Ads, etc. With WIHP's Meta I/O solution, ZentrumHub customers will now be able to better monitor and control their Metasearch distribution. ZentrumHub, as a start-up, is trying to make an impact in this space by providing its customers more and additional access to technologies that will add value to its clients business. This partnership is a great testimony of this core belief of the company and as next steps, will continue to add more partnerships in its kitty. ZentrumHub now offers more than 900,000 hotel inventory API to its customers with unique properties across the world, enabling their clients to provide a wide choice of hotels to their customers. "With the ever-growing demand for hotels, today's travellers want hotel searches to be quick and painless. With this partnership travel agencies using ZentrumHub Hotel API will be able to position their ads in metasearch engines and increase traffic to their reservation system driving more business." -ZentrumHub CEO Sachin Singh Julio Selva, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at WIHP, said, "Metasearch plays an important role in distributing hotels since 70% of users connect to them during a purchase journey. With Meta I/O, ZentrumHub can help their clients sell more on metasearch." About ZentrumHub: ZentrumHub turned its dream into reality in 2021 by accelerating its travel-tech venture and on a mission to be the fastest and smartest travel API hub in the world. ZentrumHub offers pre-integrated hotel booking API to over 50 leading hotel content suppliers. About WIHP: World Independent Hotels Promotion (WIHP) is a leading hotel marketing agency drawing on more than 20 years of experience and tracking. Having built over 5000 hotel websites and tracked the most efficient ones. With high-end marketing campaigns, WIHP provides global marketing services to the hospitality industry. To learn more, visit wihphotels.com

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BWH HOTEL GROUP® CONTINUES EXPANSION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AS TRAVEL SURGES WORLDWIDE

BWH Hotel Group | June 22, 2022

Leading hospitality company, BWH Hotel Group, is expanding its presence in the Middle East as travel continues its resurgence in the region and worldwide. The expansion is part of the brand's larger effort to thoughtfully grow its footprint in key destinations across the globe, providing the unique offerings and experiences today's travelers and developers are seeking. BWH Hotel Group has experienced significant momentum in recent years, evolving into a global hospitality powerhouse with 18 distinctive brands across every chain scale segment, from luxury to economy. As part of the Middle East expansion, BWH Hotel Group announced plans to open four hotels in the region in 2022, including three in Saudi Arabia and one in Dubai, one of the world's fastest growing cities. With an active pipeline of 34 hotels and 16 already in the region, BWH Hotel Group anticipates expanding its portfolio to 50 hotels in the Middle East within the next few years. "We are excited to further grow our presence in the Middle East with the opening of four beautiful, modern and dynamic hotels in some of the world's most thriving city centers, At BWH Hotel Group, we are focused on putting the right hotels in the right markets, ensuring that no matter the travel purpose – business, leisure or everything in between – we offer a hotel to suit our guests' needs and exceed their expectations." -Ron Pohl, President of International Operations and President of WorldHotels Of the 34 hotels opening in the region, below is a snapshot of four hotels celebrating openings in 2022: The Best Western Plus Qurayyat City Center is located in Saudi Arabia near the city of Qurayyat, one of the largest ports in the Middle East and home to rich cultural and historical heritage. Amenities for this 118-room-plus new build hotel include contemporary and delectable food and beverage options from its comfortable and convenient lobby lounge to its gorgeous outdoor pool terrace, modern ballroom space and VIP meeting rooms ideal for business and group travel, and a premier health club so guests can prioritize health and wellness while on the road. The Best Western Plus Tabuk City Center is centrally-located in the capital city of the Tabuk region in northwestern Saudi Arabia – known for charming coastal cities, multicultural cuisine and pristine beaches. Amenities for this 160-room hotel include onsite food and beverage options, multipurpose function space to suit a variety of travel needs, and a number of services and facilities for guests to enjoy, including a state-of-the-art fitness center and swimming pool. The Best Western Ajyad Makkah is a 201-room property located in the holy city of Makkah and conveniently situated near the Al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque. This ideally located property is currently scheduled to open in September of 2022. The Best Western Plus Academic City is a 600-room hotel located in Dubai International Academic City – a thriving destination that is home to globally and local internationally accredited universities, attracting students from around the world. This highly anticipated hotel is currently scheduled to open in August of 2022. We look forward to collaborating with our new properties who have chosen to affiliate with BWH Hotel Group to leverage our proven global sales, marketing, revenue and loyalty programs, said Dilip Waghaye, director of development, Middle East. "As international travel continues to increase, we are excited for guests to discover our beautiful new hotels in one-of-a-kind destinations.

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TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY,AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

Cirium Moves Towards Becoming the Standard for Airline CO2 Emissions Reporting

Cirium | June 21, 2022

Cirium, the aviation analytics company, has developed an advanced methodology to provide a standard and accurate picture of CO2 emissions and fuel burn calculations per flight and aircraft seat.Jeremy Bowen, CEO at Cirium said: “The level of precision and accuracy of Cirium’s CO2 emissions calculations far exceeds estimates generally available today.” American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways each have independently commended Cirium for the superior approach and accuracy of Cirium’s fuel burn estimations through their own extensive analysis. “Virgin Atlantic operates one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets across the Atlantic. Accurate measuring, monitoring, and forecasting of CO2 emissions is critical as we target and monitor progress to Net Zero 2050, allowing us to better understand our environmental impact. Importantly, it also provides a tool to empower our customers to track and choose airlines with the lowest carbon footprint. Cirium is leading the way in this field, building data and forecasting capabilities that are the most accurate we have seen to date, as verified against our own historical fuel burn and emissions data.” -Holly Boyd-Boland, Vice President, Corporate Development at Virgin Atlantic Jill Blickstein, Head of ESG, at American Airlines said: To reduce our emissions and reach Net Zero by 2050, we’re taking action to run a more fuel-efficient operation with more fuel-efficient aircraft powered increasingly by low-carbon fuel. And we’re holding ourselves accountable by becoming the first airline in the world with a 2035 target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative. Reducing aviation’s emissions will require partnership among the airlines, our suppliers and our customers – and it’s important to build those partnerships on sound emissions data and calculations. Cirium brings deep aviation expertise to the table on this important topic, and the approach they’ve taken considers numerous variables of an aircraft and its operations. Cirium has fused numerous data elements including but not limited to, aircraft and engine specifications, airline schedules, and actual flight operations to create a holistic view of the actual emissions footprint. This enables Cirium clients to view the emissions by operator, aircraft type or geographical region and on a historical, or predictive basis, solving a variety of use cases. Our mission is to establish the standard for accurate fuel burn and carbon emissions data to empower the aviation industry to deliver on its sustainability targets. For the industry to achieve their goals of halving CO2 emissions by 2050 compared with 2005, a clear methodology is needed,” said Bowen. “We are thrilled to have our model corroborated by leading carriers around the globe. The emissions data can also be merged with passenger booking information to provide corporations with their carbon footprint. This enables corporations to gain more insight into their emissions and uncover where opportunities exist to reduce their emissions, and help travelers understand their own carbon footprint associated with the flights they choose. Cirium’s unrivaled emissions data is being used by leading corporate travel departments, including organizations such as Zurich Insurance, a global insurance firm. Zurich is using Cirium’s calculations to measure their corporate travel emissions, explore opportunities to reduce emissions, and empower their employees to make better travel decisions. Kara Brayton, Assistant Vice President, Head of Corporate Travel Management at Zurich said: “It’s been exciting to collaborate with Cirium under a proof-of-concept, utilizing data to help provide Zurich with insight to better inform our employees around the carbon impact of their decisions when booking airfare.” “With travel being such a large category of emissions, these types of relationships are key to leading sustainable business travel programs of the future. I am thankful for Cirium’s willingness to engage and explore a personalized solution with us.” Cirium’s CO2 emissions calculations are being made available through existing products in Cirium’s portfolio and in new products, to meet the evolving market needs. About Cirium Cirium brings together powerful data and analytics to keep the world moving. Delivering insight, built from decades of experience in the sector, enabling travel companies, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines and financial institutions, among others, to make logical and informed decisions which shape the future of travel, growing revenues and enhancing customer experiences. Cirium is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The shares of RELX PLC are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX.

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