Τετάρτη, 7 Δεκεμβρίου 2016

ATPI group improves business traveller profile experience

As part of the ATPI Group’s commitment to making travel more efficient for its clients, the new version of its popular ATPI On The Go mobile app now syncs traveller profiles across all proprietary systems.
The most recent upgrade means that business travellers can update their personal profile information on the move, knowing that their records will be automatically amended, with for example, frequent flyer and loyalty scheme details or passport information across all of ATPI’s systems.
To ensure due diligence is paid to travellers’ duty of care, ATPI On The Go includes a travel directory of local emergency contact details around the world, plus easy access to the ATPI offices directory for local assistance when necessary. A useful mobile wallet function is also available where travellers can store photocopies of passports and visas, a facility which can prove vital in the case of lost or stolen documents.

Essential for busy travellers the app has the ability to push notifications when flights are delayed and to browse all itinerary elements – including flight, rail, hotel and car reservations – all in one place.
Kiran Vinchhi, Regional Managing Director, ATPI India, said:
““ATPI is committed to providing excellence in every booking interaction as we endeavour to extend forward-looking solutions that will ensure our clients enjoy a smooth world-class service. We are positive that our clients will be pleased with the app’s ease of use and its significant practicality.”
“We are also confident that our clients will value the ability of managing their travel while on the go – through the mobile app. By developing innovative mobile solutions and applications, we are pleased to be able to give our clients the ability to efficiently contour their booking options.”
ATPI On The Go, which customers of the leading global travel management and events business can download for free, also allows customers to save their flight booking information in Apple Wallet, formerly known as Passbook.
The ATPI Group has a network of over 100 offices worldwide and has successful operations in corporate travel, shipping and energy travel, sports and corporate event management. The ATPI Group is  at the forefront of travel technology development including online booking, system integration and data analytics.

Prince Harry Visits Sandals in St. Lucia

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Sandals Resorts has had the privilege to see some exciting celebrities and personalities throughout the years. Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort extended an exciting and returning royal welcome to Prince Harry of Wales who spent the Thanksgiving holiday at Sandals.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort was the Prince's third of seven stops, where he was able to receive the true Sandals experience - making friends in the Caribbean, enjoying the 5-Star Global Gourmet culinary experience, and even getting involved releasing baby turtles like the Sandals Foundation.
all inclusive caribbeanDuring his stay, Prince Harry mentioned that the tranquility at Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Spa & Beach Resort “is one that must be experienced in its entirety.” Of course the Prince took advantage of his personal time and relaxation as much as possible. After all, everyone needs a little R&R.

Munich hosts Travel Destination Germany Incoming & Brand Summit

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The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) hosts its first ever Brand Summit - the “Travel germany logo engDestination Germany Incoming & Brand Summit” - in Munich on the 8th and 9th of December. Around 120 international media representatives will be attending, plus prominent contributors from the German tourism industry.
Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of GNTB, explains the strategy behind this new event format: "Destination Germany is well positioned as an outstanding brand in global tourism. On the one hand, we have strong growth and continuing desire for travel, on the other hand, the increasing competition between travel destinations has led to changing travel trends and behaviour in global tourism. Hence, an attractive brand image, plus high profile brand communication, is important. This exchange between prominent guest speakers and our selected international decision-makers, will make a significant contribution to this process”.
The first day of the congress focuses on the current perception of Germany as a successful brand in an international context, as seen from different perspectives. Keynote Speaker Vadim Volos, Senior Vice President of Consulting at GfK New York, will present details on the positioning of Destination Germany within the latest GfK Roper Nation Brands Index. Speakers also include Bill McAndrews, Head of Group Communication Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications for the BMW Group, will be presenting BMW as a branded product "Made in Germany" and Franz Inselkammer, Owner and Managing Director of the Ayinger Private Brewery, as an example of a successful Bavarian beer brand, which sits between the traditional and modern. Simon Lehmann, President of Phocuswright, will present on the results of consumer studies and their significance.
The second day proceeds under the heading “Travel Destination Germany - a Brand in Dialogue". Justin Reid, Head of Destination Marketing EMEA from TripAdvisor.com, will report on the situation from the digital world, while Alex Vizeo, a Prominent Influencer from France, will talk about his role in dialogue with fans and followers. Online travel expert Rich Maradik, CEO of nSight, Nashville, will give his analysis of how, among other things, external influences effect consumer search and booking behaviour. Matthias Schultze of the GCB German Convention Bureau will report on current trends and topics of the German Meetings Industry and the global megatrends that will shape the Congress and Conference Industry in the future.
One of the main features of the event will be the numerous opportunities for interaction and discussion. Thus through a "dialog & engagement space" participants will be able to exchange information among themselves and actively participate in the panel discussions.
Jens Huwald, Managing Director of Bayern Tourismus Marketing GmbH, explains: "A living, successful brand for Travel Destination Germany and its tourist attractions is essential for the federal states and Germany’s tourism companies. That's why we are delighted to be supporting the GNTB’s first international Incoming and Brand Summit".

Rating workplaces on LGBT equality

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Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
In this 15th Edition of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, a record 517 employers earned a top rating of 100 percent. This is the largest jump in toprated businesses in a single year in the entire history of the CEI. The CEI catalyzes change by appealing to businesses’ competitive nature: behind every top rated business in the 2016 report, numerous peers were spurred to catch up in the 2017 CEI.
The CEI criteria reflect leading policies, benefits and practices for the LGBT workforce and their families. The criteria are premised on the notion of parity rather than prescription. In other words, HRC promotes the adoption of LGBT-specific language into existing corporate practices (e.g. ensuring that existing health care coverage affords coverage for routine and chronic care of transgender individuals as well as transitionrelated medical coverage). By using the CEI as a guide, businesses can ensure that their existing policy and benefit infrastructure is inclusive of the LGBT workforce and their families, resulting in greater recruitment and retention of a talented, diverse workforce. 
The most significant progress in the CEI has been the wide-scale adoption of transgender inclusive initiatives across businesses.
  • A full 82 percent of the Fortune 500 have gender identity protections enumerated in their non-discrimination policies and 96 percent of the entire CEI universe of businesses offer explicit gender identity non-discrimination protections in the U.S.
  • Fifty percent of the Fortune 500 and nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of the CEI universe of businesses offer transgender-inclusive health care coverage, up from 0 in 2002 and over six times as many businesses as five years ago. With 136 new employers offering this coverage in the 2017 report, this represents the greatest increase in a single year of employers offering transgender-inclusive health care benefits.
  • A majority of CEI-rated businesses (86 percent) offer education and training programs that specifically include definitions and/ or scenarios on gender identity in the workplace; and,
  • Nearly four-hundred (387) major businesses have adopted gender transition guidelines for employees and their teams to establish best practices in transgender inclusion.
These reflect low-cost, high yield investments in major businesses’ talent as well as in their broader profile as forward-looking, responsible businesses. Top-rated CEI employers span nearly every industry and major geography of the United States. Of the employers in the CEI with global operations (57 percent), a strong majority (98 percent) has extended sexual orientation and gender identity-based workplace protections throughout their international operations.
In addition to the depth of investment the top-rated businesses have made in the name of equality, the 2017 CEI shows an unprecedented breadth of brand new businesses. This year’s CEI contains an impressive 72 new businesses that opted into the survey. A grand total of 5,228 major brands fall under rated CEI businesses.

Holiday Inn London – Kensington opens

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of Holiday Inn London - Kensington, one of the largest Holiday Inn hotels in Europe. Featuring 708 bedrooms, the hotel is ideally located on the doorstep of the city’s most popular landmarks with cultural attractions including Kensington Palace, Royal Albert Hall and South Kensington’s host of museums all nearby.
Holiday Inn® London - Kensington is also positioned in one of the capital’s prime shopping hotspots, with Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges within easy reach for people on the hunt for gifts in the lead-up to Christmas. Visitors from abroad can also access Heathrow airport via Paddington Railway Station, which is less than 15 minutes away.
At the heart of the hotel is a central open space area providing a flexible environment where guests can eat, drink, work, relax, socialise and have fun. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in Boulevard Restaurant, which serves an array of delicious modern European cuisine, whilst The Lounge bar offers a selection drinks and light dishes. As always with Holiday Inn®, Kids Stay & Eat Free*.
The hotel also includes 13 meeting rooms accommodating up to 250 people, with the latest in audio visual equipment. Other features include an Imagine Health Club and Spa with an 18 meter swimming pool, steam room, relaxing Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Free Wi-Fi enables guests to stay connected throughout their stay and LCD TV’s with satellite in-house movies feature in every guestroom.

Cruisers Get More with Holland America Line’s ‘View & Verandah’ Promotion

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Travelers who book Holland America Line’s select 2017 and 2018 cruises and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys receive a variety of perks that make it easier to experience a dream vacation.
Guests who book one of the eligible voyages by Feb. 28, 2017, will receive a stateroom upgrade; onboard spending money up to $500 per stateroom, depending on cruise length and stateroom category; and up to 10 percent off select Journeys Ashore shore excursions. In addition, guests who book a suite receive prepaid room gratuities. The View & Verandah offers are available on all cruises from March 30, 2017, through April 28, 2018, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments.
As part of the View and Verandah, guests can book an ocean-view stateroom for the price of an interior and a verandah for the price of an ocean-view. Depending on the length of cruise and category of stateroom, guests can receive on-board spending money up to $400 per stateroom and $500 per suite. The onboard spending money is available to the first and second guests in a stateroom and can be used for specialty dining, spa services, gift shop purchases, beverages and more.
Guests who reserve select Journeys Ashore shore excursions can take advantage of up to 10 percent savings if booked by March 15, 2017. This date is extended beyond the View and Verandah offer deadline of Feb. 28. More than 1,500 Journeys Ashore are eligible for the savings.
As an added bonus, suite guests also receive prepaid room gratuities in addition to the onboard spending money and discount on Journeys Ashore tours.
Cruise destinations featured in the View & Verandah sale include Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, South America and Holiday sailings.
For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel professional, call 1-877-SAIL-HAL

The World Tourism Organization participated in the UN Biodiversity Conference COP13 in Cancun

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) participated in the UN Biodiversity Conference COP13, in Cancun, Mexico. The Conferences is focused on mainstreaming biodiversity across relevant sectors, especially agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism.
Just a few weeks ahead of launching the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, which will be celebrated throughout 2017, UNWTO underlined in Cancun the need for national policies and frameworks for sustainable tourism that protect biodiversity and foster multi-stakeholder partnerships.
“Tourism and biodiversity are natural allies and UNWTO is fully committed to its joint work with the Convention of Biological Diversity. Tourism can highly contribute to the protection of biodiversity, by raising awareness, by engaging the tourism community and by proposing sustainable alternatives for local communities,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the opening of the conference.
Erick Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said “Tourism is one of the biggest job creators on planet Earth. So if we protect biodiversity, we are creating jobs."
"I want to thank the World Tourism Organization for the work they have done in the area of biodiversity," said Braulio Ferreira, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, at the event.
The participation of UNWTO in COP-13 included the side-event ‘Tourism, Business & the Environment’, which addressed strategies to promote tourism experiences that can be both sustainable and profitable, creating opportunities for local communities.