easyJet and Travelport Digital jet off with two design experience wins for its industry-leading mobile app

easyJet and Travelport Digital were recognized for the user-focused digital experience they deliver at two leading industry awards in the UK. The double success saw the

industry-leading easyJet mobile app, developed in partnership with Travelport Digital, awarded Best Transaction Experience at the User Experience UK Awards and Gold Winner, Digital – Travel Tech, at the driven x design, London Design Awards.

Since launching in 2011, easyJet’s mobile app continues to innovate and empower its customers’ travel experience. Building on its consistent 4.5-star rating, the app has now been downloaded more than 23 million times. With over 600,000 uses per day, customers are now making 27% of all e-commerce bookings through mobile platforms, an increase of 5.4% from 30 September 2016. As a pioneer in this space, the app continues to meet the needs of today’s increasingly ultra-connected traveler and engage with them through push notifications and targeted messaging on the go.

The User Experience UK Awards recognize excellence in user-focused digital or service design and are a celebration of great and innovative UX offerings from organizations that take pride in delivering the best possible online or joined-up experience. The Best Transactional Experience category showcases the most user-focused experience when consumers are purchasing goods or services online. The key is that the experience is efficient and frictionless. The judges felt that the easyJet Travel App was 2017’s winner because it tangibly improves its users’ experiences in the offline world – something that’s clear to see when you consider 24% of passengers now use mobile boarding passes (a 9.5% increase from easyJet’s 2016 financial year). The app also includes features such as Apple Pay, currently used in 10% of all app bookings, FlightRadar24, Passport scanning, credit card scanning, Touch ID fingerprint technology to retrieve customer information and offers the ability to show travelers what gate they need to go to when at the airport.

The driven x design awards celebrate the role of design in enriching the human experience and its application in technology, and the courage of those who commission, create and support design.  The easyJet mobile app was chosen as Gold Winner in the Digital-Travel Technology category, due to its user-friendly focus and contemporary design, combined with rich functionality which offers an engaging digital travel experience across multiple devices.

“It’s fantastic to be recognized and awarded within the design industry for our leading mobile experiences. Picking up “Best Transactional Experience” against some big hitting household names such as Sky, Barclaycard and the AA, is a true accolade to quality of the purchasing experience we offer to our customers. Searching and buying travel can be confusing and time consuming, but we have made it as simple and easy as possible by putting the customer at the heart of all of our mobile interactions.” Dan Young, Head of Apps & Digital Travel Experience, easyJet.

Commenting on the award win, Cormac Reilly, Chief Customer Officer at Travelport Digital said: “We’re thrilled to receive these two leading industry awards alongside easyJet and are extremely proud of the continued work we do with its team. We believe that a good customer experience is about continuous engagement throughout the customer journey and providing highly relevant, personalized information and services at the right time. We look forward to working on even more innovative award-winning solutions with easyJet in the future.”  

Travelport partners with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism on global digital marketing campaign

Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), the leading Travel Commerce Platform, and the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism have announced a new global digital marketing campaign to increase tourism to the world’s largest archipelago and fourth most populous country.

The campaign, which is part of the Ministry’s “Wonderful Indonesia” international tourism marketing strategy, will deliver tailored online messaging to targeted travel agents in 15 countries around the world using Travelport’s advanced Destination Marketing technology. The Ministry of Tourism believes the campaign will help increase tourism from the record setting 15-plus million tourists expected in 2017 by driving incremental tourist arrivals into Indonesia and also by stimulating awareness and interest among travel agents and consumers to explore the five wonders of Indonesia (Natural, Sensory, Cultural, Modern and Adventurous).

“Indonesia is one of the world’s most beautiful and interesting countries, full of fascinating sights and tastes that we want to share with the world.” said I Gde Pitana, Deputy Minister for International Marketing and Communication, for the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism.

Niklas Andreen, Vice President and Managing Director, Global Hospitality and Digital at Travelport, added: “It is a great honor to work with the Ministry of Tourism on this important campaign to increase tourism to this remarkable country. With access to more than 68,000 Travelport travel agents around the world, our Destination Marketing solution continues to deliver exceptional value to customers who need to target the right people with the right messages to help achieve their marketing objectives.”

Air Choice One selects Travelport’s iPort departure control system and interline ticketing technology

Travelport (NYSE: TVPT), the leading Travel Commerce Platform, today announces that St. Louis-based Air Choice One has become the latest airline to deploy Travelport’s iPort departure control system (DCS), the industry’s leading ground handling technology.

“Fast-growing airlines like Air Choice One recognize the importance of operational efficiencies to both their bottom-line and to their overall customer experience. Travelport’s iPort technology offers such airlines a cost-effective solution to implement large-carrier ground handling capabilities that meet their current needs and future growth plans,” said Dan Westbrook, Travelport’s Vice President and General Manager for Air Commerce Technology.

Shane Storz, Chief Executive Officer for Air Choice One, added: “Our mission at Air Choice One revolves around being in service to others, in the air, on the ground and in the community. As we continue to grow beyond the ten airports we currently serve, including Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Louis, we were looking for a departure control solution that would enhance our mission, and support new opportunities through interline e-ticketing (IET) agreements. The iPort technology meets those needs, and provides flexibility for Air Choice One’s continued growth.”

iPort is the most efficient and flexible DCS technology currently available to drive high performance in travel operations. More than 60 airlines and ground handling companies, at more than 200 airports worldwide, have chosen Travelport’s iPort DCS.

Developed in collaboration with airport handling system leader, Res2, iPort is a web-based application which delivers commercial and operational advantages to both airlines and ground handlers by enhancing sales of ancillary services and streamlining departure operations, centralizing load control and improving the traveler experience at the airport.

Built on thin client architecture, iPort deploys rapidly and is cost-effective to maintain. Companies using iPort can handle multiple airlines simultaneously, connecting airlines and ground handlers to one central system. iPort helps ground handlers reduce IT costs and increase airport adoption and acceptance.

Compatible with any passenger service system (PSS), iPort not only streamlines IT processes for airlines, but provides passengers with a convenient self-serve check-in process through all channels, whether at the airport, mobile or online. iPort’s flexibility also improves the customer experience and reduces airport congestion.

For more information about iPort and other airline IT solutions, visit https://www.travelport.com/solutions/airlines

Fiji Airways drives mobile strategy with Travelport Fusion

Travelport (NYSE: TVPT), a leading travel commerce platform, announces the signing of an agreement with South Pacific airline, Fiji Airways. With this agreement, Travelport will provide the airline with a mobile application powered by its new Travelport Fusion product.

Travelport Fusion is a quick-to-market mobile solution that helps airlines keep up with the rapid changes in mobile technology. The new mobile app will provide Fiji Airways with a robust tool, providing a more compelling and engaging experience for travelers. It will allow Fiji Airways to fully maintain their brand identity with consistent brand experience. As part of the service and support from Travelport, Fiji Airways will also benefit from future product upgrades.

Marc Cavaliere, Chief Commercial Officer of Fiji Airways commented, “We recognize the importance of mobile engagement and being able to connect with our customers, bringing them highly relevant, personalized information and services they need, at every step of their journey. Travelport Fusion allows us to implement this mobile app rapidly. We look forward to this new development with Travelport.”  

A recent Travelport Global Digital Traveler Research report highlighted the need for a strong airline mobile app solution with findings indicating that 64% of travelers in Asia Pacific look for a good digital experience when choosing an airline to travel with. To further support this, 46% of them book their leisure trips on a smartphone and 73% believe that digital boarding passes make traveling much easier.

Ailsa Brown, Vice President Asia Pacific of Travelport Digital, said, “We are delighted that Fiji Airways has selected us to be their mobile partner. With our experience in mobile technology and our in-depth knowledge of the travel industry, Fiji Airways will receive complete support from our team, enabling them to focus on engaging their travelers and developing lasting and valuable relationships.”

With this agreement, Fiji Airways will also have access to digital analytics that includes booking trends and behaviors, allowing them to adapt their sales and marketing strategies more effectively. In addition, Travelport will provide further support and advice on best practice for digital marketing of the app and any app store optimization strategies.

The Fiji Airways app is due to be launched to the public in the second quarter of 2018.

Guenter Steinbrunner Named Corporate Hotel Manager for Windstar Cruises

In his new position, Steinbrunner is responsible for overseeing all aspects of shipboard product delivery on Windstar’s six yachts including standards, procedures, enhancements, efficiencies and innovations as well as the leadership, training, coaching and collective performance of the hotel management team.

“Guenter is the picture perfect hotelier. His passion and love for hotel products is his daily dose of motivation. He is an accomplished leader and role model who will help us to evaluate, enhance and elevate the very good Windstar guest experience and help progress our product and service delivery to the next level. Guest luxury and customization is the predominant trend throughout travel today, and that is where we intend to excel,” explained Christopher Prelog, Windstar’s Vice President of Fleet Operations. “It is a true honor and privilege to have Guenter join Windstar in this role, the entire team is very excited for his arrival.”

With the addition of Steinbrunner, Windstar debuts a power-house of culinary industry talent along with Director of Hotel Operations Peter Tobler. Together with their teams, the duo will concept and implement new guest experiences and innovations for the award-winning small ship cruise line.

“At Windstar we believe it takes talent to create talent. Building a team of consummate hospitality professionals lets our loyal cruisers, new guests and travel partners know that we are a customer-first operation, dedicated to creating those magical moments that perfectly match our legendary and luxurious small ships and deliver the experience that dream vacations are made of,” says Prelog.

Steinbrunner begins with Windstar immediately, bringing a host of international travel and hospitality experience in the cruising and hotel industries. Previously with Seabourn, Steinbrunner spent eight years at sea as Hotel Director and then held a key leadership role on the Newbuild product development team ashore before overseeing the line’s ultra-deluxe vessels as Corporate Hotel Director. Steinbrunner was instrumental in designing the guest experience in conjunction with the role-out of the line’s Odyssey-class ships. Steinbrunner has familiarity in working with the three new-to-Windstar all-suite yachts that joined the fleet in 2014-15; his experience with Windstar dates back to early career days as Steinbrunner was instrumental in the launch of the three original Windstar sail ships in the late 1980s.

Steinbrunner’s guest-centric perspective and far-reaching knowledge of cruising, culinary and service will allow for rapid integration of his expertise and influence onboard Windstar’s casually elegant ships.

Steinbrunner began his career in cruise management in 1998 working for Premier Cruise Line; prior to that he worked in various roles onboard vessels and at numerous elite hotels and restaurants in Switzerland, England, Austria and the United States. He studied management at Cornell Institute and was trained as a chef and service professional in his home country of Austria.

Steinbrunner joins the 130-plus Windstar team headquartered in downtown Seattle and will assist to lead an 800-strong team of ship culinary and service staff and crew across the fleet. The industry leader in small ship cruising, Windstar recently received numerous kudos from CruiseCritic.com cruise reviewers in the 2017 Best Small Ships awards including Best Overall Small Ships, Best Dining and Best Cabins; was voted #1 Best Boutique Cruise Line by readers of USA Today and was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Gold List. 

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60 Countries at OTM 2017 Make It the Largest International Trade Show in India

  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) participated as Focus Country for the second consecutive year, with participation from Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and airlines, hotels, tour companies from the emirates
  • Greece, Turkey, Thailand, Sri Lanka and UAE had the biggest pavilions
  • Bahrain, Cambodia, Cyprus, Greece, Ho Chi Minh City debuted at OTM 2017
  • Brainstorming workshops conducted on Film Tourism and Destination Indian Weddings
  • Travel Blogger Speed-Networking Session witnessed 45 eminent travel bloggers
  • Ministers of Greece, Punjab, Indonesia and top diplomats from UAE, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Malaysia attended the show
  • Over 10,000 trade visitors attended the 3 day show 

Exhibitors from a record number of 60 countries showcased their destinations at OTM 2017 from February 21-23 at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre. This was by far the largest number of countries participating in any trade show in the country. 

1134 travel organisations from 60 Countries exhibited at OTM 2017 including National and State Tourism Organisations, Hotels, Airlines, Destination Marketing Companies and other suppliers serving leisure as well as business travel and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Events) markets. 

Over 10,000 travel trade visitors attended the show in addition to more than 500 buyers from travel trade and corporate sectors who had qualified for special hosting privileges. International buyers from countries like Kuwait, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia and Thailand were also extended similar hosting hospitality. 

Who’s who from the global travel industry assembled at OTM 2017. The dignitaries present at the inaugural session included Sohan Singh Thandal, Minister of Tourism, Government of Punjab; I Gde Pitana, Deputy Tourism Minister for Overseas Promotion of Indonesia; H.E. Mohammed K Al Mheiri, Undersecretary- Ministry of Economy and Adviser to the Minister for Tourism;  H.E. Dr Ahmed Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India; H.E. Demetrios A Theophylactou, High Commissioner, Cyprus High Commission; Dimitrios Tryfonopoulos, Secretary General, Greek National Tourism Organisation; Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General, Tourism Malaysia; H.E. Erdal Sabri Ergen, Consul General, Consulate General of Turkey in Mumbai; Ismail A Hamid, Egyptian Tourism Counsellor, Egyptian Tourism Office; Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India. 

The Tourism Minister of Greece, Elena Kountoura graced the show with her presence on second day. H.E. Panos Kalogeropoulos, Ambassador of Greece to India and the Tourism Minister took a tour of the show and interacted with various other participants. This was the first time that Greece Tourism participated at OTM 2017 with a large delegation including private sector operators. 

The UAE Ministry of Economy organised a national Visit UAE pavilion for the second year in a row, featuring various tourism departments and agencies from the UAE. The delegation was led by H.E. Mohammed K Al Mheiri who informed that the UAE has broadened its presence to include the various government bodies responsible for tourism in all the emirates as well as private sector representatives involved in tourism. 

Premium Partner Country of OTM 2017, Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism has been participating at OTM for the last seven years with a large number of tour operators. Gülara Alkaçır, Culture & Tourism Officer was extremely satisfied with the event turnout and expects many more tourists from India. 

Besides showcasing their myriad tourism attractions, Indonesia Tourism presented an array of cultural offerings during the show. Representatives from Indonesia’s travel and tourism industry under the umbrella of The Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia discussed their India-specific tourism promotion plans during OTM 2017. 

First-time participants at OTM like Bahrain, Cambodia, Cyprus, Greece, Ho Chi Minh City provided variety of experiences to the valued travel trade partners and Indian travellers. 

Mumbai is the largest source market for leisure and MICE travel in India. It accounts for some 60% of the outbound travel market in India, considering it is the most popular gateway for the entire West and South India. OTM provides the right platform for national and international tourism boards and private operators to tap this market in the most comprehensive and cost-effective way. 

A brand-new addition at OTM 2017 was the co-located BLTM- Business & Luxury Travel Mart, where qualified hosted buyers met the sellers by appointments. 

Indian citizens whether travelling abroad or within the country are much coveted and one of the fastest growing markets for leisure as well as business travel segments. 

According to the data published by India’s Ministry of Tourism, 20.38 million Indians took foreign trips out of India in 2015 (11.1% higher than 2014). The number of domestic trips within India was a whopping 1432 million (11.6% higher than in 2014). In contrast, the number of foreign tourist arrival was 8.03 million (4.05% higher than in 2014). OTM caters to all of these markets. 

UNWTO estimates the number of Indian outbound travellers will grow to approximately 50 million in 2020, contributing $28 billion in expenditure. 

To tap into this lucrative market, OTM 2017 has participants from 60 countries. These included NTOs from Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Fiji, Fujairah, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Ras Al Khaimah, Romania, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sharjah, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and country representations from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Kingdom, USA, etc. 

Participation from India was equally aggressive as their international counterparts. This included Tourism departments along with private operators from Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and private sector participation from Daman & Diu, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana in a big way. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India had a strong presence at the show. 

More than 100 corporate buyers from top companies like Canara HSBC, L’Oreal India Pvt Ltd, Capgemini, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, Khaitan & Co, Hdfc Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd, Mahindra Finance, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd, Larsen & Toubro, Deloitte Shared Services India Llp, Wockhardt Ltd, Ambuja Cements Ltd, Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Ltd, Rajkumar Hirani Films, Ericsson India Pvt Ltd, etc had pre-scheduled over 2000 appointments for meeting sellers of their choice at the show. OTM is the only big travel trade show in the country to have the participation of corporate buyers on this scale. 

The two Buyer-Seller Speed Networking sessions were a huge hit, designed to facilitate onsite meeting appointments with the buyers to visit the sellers. Visit UAE Lounge was made available for the speed networking sessions. 

In another first, the MICE Club was launched at OTM, with an objective to facilitate networking and education opportunities among the community of buyers and sellers from Business Travel and MICE segments. 

Globally, travel trade fairs are considered important annual opportunities for face-to-face meetings and networking among buyers and sellers. Traditionally, visitors at these fairs walk the show and meet the sellers of their interest. The advent of online technologies has not left this field untouched either. Increasingly, the buyers and sellers pre-schedule appointments online for meetings at the show. 

OTM 2017 had deployed a state-of-the-art online meeting diary system provided by EventsAir based in Australia. It is an advanced system that facilitated matchmaking and appointments between the Buyers and Sellers, and received over 5000 meeting requests prior to the show. 

OTM 2017 was supported by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), Maharashtra Tour Operators Association (MTOA), Travel Agents Association of Pune (TAAP), Travel Agents Association of Nashik (TAAN), South Gujarat Association of Travel Agents (SATA), SKAL International, Enterprising Travel Agent’s Association (ETAA), etc. 

In addition to buying and selling opportunities on the show floor, exhibitors from various countries and states also made colourful cultural presentations. There was an equally interesting line up of workshops and presentations conducted on the sidelines of the mart. 

Featuring destinations through films has been a traditionally successful strategy for many destinations. Mumbai being one of the biggest hubs of film production in the world, OTM partnered with The Film and TV Producers Guild of India and Globe Hoppers to organise “Shoot-at-Site”, an exclusive workshop on the opening day of OTM focused on promoting tourism through films shoots, facilitating ease-of-doing business, and making film-shooting friendly policies by the government. The workshop was attended by international and state tourism boards and leading film production companies, and was also supported by the Motion Pictures Association of America – India office, and Ernst & Young. 

Destination Weddings is one of the fastest growing segments in tourism. A workshop on ‘Destination Indian Weddings’ was curated with the help of Globe Hoppers. Some of the leading Wedding Planners from Mumbai and Delhi attended the session along with the tourism boards. 

Travel Blogger Speed-Networking Session was conducted during the sidelines of OTM providing a chance to meet top 45 travel bloggers from the country and build on their prominent role in the travel marketing ecosystem. 

Fairfest was the first mover in India in the space of travel marts. It was established in 1989. Its OTM is now India’s largest travel trade show on the basis of countries represented, as well as the number of sellers and buyers. 

Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd (organiser of OTM), said, “We are excited about the record number of 60 countries participating in OTM 2017, which is the largest ever in any trade show in India. We have seen growth and consolidation of our lead as the largest travel fair in every other parameter including area of exhibition halls rented, number of sellers and buyers. It also shows resilience of travel market despite slowdowns.” 

OTM 2018 will be held from January 23-25 at the Bombay Exhibition & Convention Centre. 

For more information on OTM 2017, visit http://otm.co.in/ 

About Fairfest Media Ltd 

OTM is organised by Fairfest Media Ltd, also the organisers of TTF and BLTM branded travel shows. It is India’s oldest and the largest travel trade show network for over 25 years, spanning 10 cities. Fairfest Media also publishes of the most widely distributed print and web editions of the B2B journal Travel News Digest (TND). It also organises Municipalika, an only of its kind annual event focused on urban solutions. 

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Kinedyne Presents its Kaptive Beam Decking System with New…

The system’s foot and guide shoe components are made of rugged anodized aluminum, and the locking pawl is made of steel.

With the new high-performance head assembly trigger mechanism, beam adjustment tool and Train the Trainer Program, users will find our system more valuable than ever. – Paul Wolford

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Kinedyne LLC, a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of cargo control products for the transportation industry, announced that it will display a redesigned head assembly trigger mechanism and beam adjustment tool for its Kaptive Beam Decking System at the 2017 TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn. In addition, the company is publicizing a free Train the Trainer Program, designed to help maximize the value of all Kaptive Beam Decking System owners.

Kinedyne’s Kaptive Beam Decking System enables fleets to increase their profits, by increasing trailer load capacities by as much as 50 percent. With Kaptive Beam, fleets can immediately reduce run schedules and the number of tractors, trailers and drivers required to move freight, all while significantly improving the capacity of every load a fleet moves.

“Through research, field testing and a focus on continuous improvement, we’ve made the Kaptive Beam Decking System even better,” Paul Wolford, vice president of sales and marketing for Kinedyne LLC, said. “With the new high-performance head assembly trigger mechanism, beam adjustment tool and Train the Trainer Program, users will find our system more valuable than ever.”

The new head assembly trigger profile interfaces with the revised, grooved head design of the beam adjustment tool, making the system’s operation much more smooth and efficient. The trigger now features an angled lip that enables the beam adjustment tool to make a more secure connection, making locking, unlocking and adjustment of beam height easier.

The system’s foot and guide shoe components are made of rugged anodized aluminum, and the locking pawl is made of steel. Head assemblies with the new high-performance locking trigger design can be purchased separately and can replace existing head assemblies on any older K2 model Kaptive Beam Decking System.

The beam adjustment tool has also been lengthened to 54 inches and now comes with a convenient storage mounting bracket. The tool is used to raise and lower the individual beams and is designed to enable the user to reach and manipulate the beams whether they are already deployed or stored at the ceiling height of the trailers they serve.

Kinedyne currently offers a service to all existing and prospective Kaptive Beam customers to help accurately assess needs before purchase and to assure maximum ROI after purchase. The Kinedyne Solutions Team, a group within the Kinedyne organization, is now offering a Train the Trainer Program for fleets that purchase the Kaptive Beam Decking System.

Kinedyne’s Train the Trainer Program is designed to provide a fleet’s employees with all the necessary skills and values to ensure compliance with operating guidelines. The program is also structured to lower recurring maintenance costs, improve employee confidence in the Kaptive Beam investment and help fleets net a higher yield from all the benefits of the system.

The newest K2 model Kaptive Beam Decking System, with its redesigned head assembly trigger mechanism and beam adjustment tool, is available through Kinedyne’s extensive distribution network which includes thousands of outlets across the U.S. and Canada. Users can find distributor locations near them by calling Scott Frazier, national account manager for Kaptive Beam sales, at (908) 285-3528.

To access high-resolution product images of the redesigned head assembly trigger mechanism for the Kaptive Beam Decking System, please visit: http://www.kinedyne.com/products/349/replacement-parts.html

About Kinedyne LLC

Founded in 1968, Kinedyne LLC is a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of cargo control products for the transportation industry. The Company maintains a substantial market share in a variety of industry sectors, and is known for the development and engineering of high-quality equipment; it holds multiple patents for many of its innovative products. Kinedyne serves a broad range of users, which include OEMs, fleets and independent owner-operators, across a wide variety of markets, including heavy-duty trucking, government, military, agriculture, automotive, recreational vehicle, moving and storage. Kinedyne’s world headquarters are located in Branchburg, New Jersey, and the Company has affiliates strategically located around the globe, including Kinedyne Canada Limited in Canada, Nantong Kinedyne Limited in China and Sistemas Kinedyne, S.A. de C.V. in Mexico. Read more about Kinedyne LLC at: http://www.kinedyne.com. In 2013, Kinedyne was acquired by The Heico Companies LLC, a parent holding company with revenue of over $2 billion and a diversified portfolio of over 36 businesses involved in manufacturing, construction and industrial services. Read more about The Heico Companies LLC at: http://www.heicocompanies.com.

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Alitalia Adopts Travelport Rapid Reprice™ to Simplify Ticket Exchanges

Langley, UK. 20 February 2017: Travelport (NYSE:TVPT), a leading Travel Commerce Platform, and Alitalia, Italy’s largest airline, have announced the successful implementation of Travelport Rapid Reprice™ the industry-leading ticket exchange technology.  Under this agreement, Travelport-connected agencies in over 180 countries, servicing hundreds of millions of consumers around the world are able deliver the widest choice of relevant content for travel-buyers and consumers, while now gaining the ability to automate ticket refunds on Alitalia tickets.
ATPCO estimates that up to 15% of airline tickets issued by travel agencies are reissued or refunded. Travelport Rapid Reprice™ enables travel agents to update the itinerary and re-issue the ticket without having to manually check extensive fare rules, penalties, administration fees and taxes.  Travelport-connected agents booking Alitalia tickets can now recalculate a fare in seconds rather than approximately 25 minutes of travel agents’ work for each PNR if completed manually. The automation of the guaranteed re-pricing process not only saves time, but also eliminates the possibility of human errors, significantly reducing the likelihood of the airline issuing an agency debit memo (ADM) as well as ensuring a better traveler experience thanks to the speed of the exchange process.
Sandro Gargiulo, Travelport’s Country Manager for Italy, added: “Processing reissued tickets manually can result in countless hours of additional work and an increased chance of human error.  With Travelport Rapid Reprice, we offer our agencies and airline customers a tool that simplifies the manual processes and procedures, producing savings through reduced costs per booking and fewer airline issued agency debit memos.”

Boeing Debuts 787-10 Dreamliner

The Boeing (NYSE: BA) 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut on Friday at Boeing South Carolina. Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

“What’s happening here at Boeing South Carolina is a true American success story,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. “In just a few short years, our team has transformed a greenfield site into a modern aerospace production facility that is delivering 787s to airlines all over the world and supporting thousands of U.S. jobs in the process.”

The 787-10, built exclusively at Boeing South Carolina, will now be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks.

“This airplane, the most efficient in its class, is the result of years of hard work and dedication from our Boeing teammates, suppliers and community partners in South Carolina and across the globe,” said Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. “We know our customers, including launch customer Singapore Airlines, are going to love what the 787-10 will do for their fleets, and we can’t wait to see them fly it.”

Boeing will deliver the 787-10 to airlines in 2018. The airplane has won 149 orders from nine customers across the globe.

The 787-10, the longest model of the Dreamliner family, will grow the nonstop routes opened by the 787-8 and 787-9 with unprecedented efficiency. As an 18-foot (5.5-m) stretch of the 787-9, the 787-10 will deliver the 787 family’s preferred passenger experience and long range with up to 10 percent better fuel use and emissions than the competition. The 787 Dreamliner family is a key part of Boeing’s twin-aisle strategy, which offers a modern, optimized and efficient airplane family in every market segment. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family has flown more than 140 million people on 530 routes around the world, saving an estimated 13 billion pounds of fuel. 

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The Bangkok lifestyle hotel wraps up its 2016 with satisfactory and is ready for its full swing 2017
(TRAVPR.COM) THAILAND – February 20th, 2017 – Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 celebrates its first successful year by scooping three awards including Booking.com Guest Review Award, Agoda Gold Circle Award and Now Travel Asia Award as Asia’s Top Emerging Hotel. After the soft launch in January and full opening in April last year, the hotel welcomed 2017 with average 85% occupancy in January and 90% month to date in February, and sees a satisfied guest port-folio with approximately 50% from online booking sites and direct bookings while the rest comes from offline agents and corporates. The sales and marketing team focused its first year in the Asian region resulting China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong as the top five nationalities following by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the United States and Australia as the top ten countries. The hotel partners and collaborates with third parties including Tourism Authority of Thailand and respected media in hosting FAM trips, journalists, celebrities and bloggers resulting exposure in printed and online media as well as words of mouth.

Mr. Danai Wansom, President and CEO of Well Hotels & Resorts, a Thailand-based hospitality management company, says, “As a new hotel, under a brand new brand, we are very pleased with our first year success for the first property by winning three awards, reached the occupancy we aimed and gained numerous exposure. I would like to thank our team for the hard work and our guests who support us. We will continue to work harder in order to increase the guest satisfactory and positive experience. We have a number of returning guests who have stayed with us multiple times last year and also brought their friends and family to stay with us. This is something we really appreciate and we will do our best to keep them happy and coming back. It is our core value here at Well that we extend our service attitude “warm welcome” with the Thai hospitable mind to our guests and aim to deliver a good Bangkok staycation to them.”

“We offered a good value introductory rate in 2016 and this year we will be playing on the dynamic room rates rather than only focusing on the occupancy itself. Last year we introduced the healthy food therapy, free exercise classes including Muay Thai Cardio, Fruit-infused water stations, and added Yoga and Pilates equipment in the selected room types apart from the exercise bike which was included since the opening, this year we will continue to emphasize on the lifestyle wellness concept which the wellness program has been in discussions with our partner. So please stay tune. It is going to be another exciting year for us” Danai added.

Plans for 2017

The wellness program with the third party partner will be launched including numerous exercise classes and wellness consultation. The sales team has put more effort in the long haul destinations like Europe, USA and Australia in order to gain the longer length of stay and this year expects to see strong results. For the marketing tools, the hotel recently launched its online store aiming to increase more revenues apart from the room sales and gives easy access to both in-house guests and public to experience the non-room services including food & beverages, spa and wellness programs. The hotel website will offer attractive packages, deals and exclusive benefits to attract FITs who are tech savvy and likely to make reservations online.

Managed by Well Hotels & Resorts, Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 offers a central Bangkok location with easy access to public transportations including BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway within walking distance. Consisting of 235 rooms with five categories including Superior, Deluxe, Superior Corner, Executive Room and Executive Suite. The hotel accommodates the health-loving guests by providing an exercise bike, Yoga and Pilates equipment in all Executive Room and Executive Suite, and these facilities can be accessed by all guests at the Fitness Centre. Guests can also enjoy free daily exercise class including Muay Thai Cardio, Body Weight etc. Fruit-infused water stations are provided free of charge at the breakfast, lobby and pool area. The hotel states itself as a lifestyle wellness hotel aiming at the millennials, catering to health-loving guests by providing facilities and activities to fulfill their Bangkok staycation.

Visit www.wellhotelbangkok.com for more information.