DigiTravel and partners launch hotel programme analysis tool


DigiTravel Consulting, Business Travel Performance
Automation and About Partners Luxury Brands Collection have joined forces to
create a new tool to assess corporate hotel programmes and improve upon the
annual hotel request-for-proposal process, DigiTravel announced.

Dubbed Hotel Program Opportunity Analysis, the service is
available for free globally.

“The Opportunity Analysis has been carefully designed
by real industry experience to outline value and savings for companies and
hotels without going through the cumbersome RFP process every year, driving
continuous improvement, innovative services and smarter sourcing,” said
DigiTravel managing partner Susan Lichtenstein in a statement.

Lichtenstein explained in an email how it works; after a
company fills out a questionnaire on the DigiTravel website, the three partners
use their expertise along with technology, including the BTP Index, to review
the data and present back to the company opportunities in the area of savings,
cost to manage, booking channels, sourcing, benchmarking, process optimisation
and procurement.

“There’s a lot of confusion in hotel procurement right
now,” said BTP CEO Bruce Yoxsimer in a statement. “Unless you really
have your arms around your position as a buyer, it’s very difficult to build a
programme that supports your goals as an organisation. Our goal as partners is
to provide a clear path forward for companies as travel ramps back up.
Data-driven analytics, automation of manual processes and continuous sourcing
is the key.”

DigiTravel specialises in the business travel market.
Newcomer BTP partnered with Traxo earlier in 2021 to create a hotel programme
automation and performance platform to analyse both in-channel and off-channel
hotel bookings. About Partners represents independent hotels and serviced
apartments and formed an alliance with DigiTravel in November 2020.



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Misplaced rage: Let politicians travel abroad – analysis


Two unflattering traits came to the fore over the weekend surrounding the Merav Michaeli surrogate birth affair: a need to always look for someone to blame, and envy.

Israelis love to have someone to blame. Whenever something goes wrong in the land, whenever tragedy befalls the nation – whether man-made or an act of God – fingers are always pointed at who is responsible. 

 If a horrific forest fire breaks out, forget about the arsonists, someone must have planted the wrong types of trees – flammable trees. If a crime is committed, it is not the responsibility of the criminal, but rather reflective of a greater societal ill. And if a husband beats his wife, the social worker must be blamed for not having paid attention to the signals. 

Finding someone to blame gives us a sense of control, removes the randomness when bad things happen. 

One radio interviewer on Sunday grilled the commander of the Border Patrol unit whose soldier, St.-Sgt. Barrel Hadaria Shmueli, was shot and critically injured at the Gaza fence on Saturday, trying to get him to say who messed up in allowing the terrorist to fire a pistol into a slit in the wall behind which the Israeli sniper was situated. 

Israelis do not want to believe that some things are simply out of their control; rather if something bad happens, someone must be responsible. The good news is that this demands an accounting – as in the case of the commission of inquiry into the events that led to the deaths of 45 people at Meron on Lag Ba’omer this year. The bad news is that sometimes this leads to a tendency to look for culprits where there may not be any.

Right now, with a swirling uptick in the Delta variant of the coronavirus, there is a need to blame someone for the current spread of the contagion, even though it is washing over much of the world. Sure, there are the unvaccinated, but that’s too easy and obvious a target. Plus, with a million unvaccinated Israelis out there, there are simply too many to blame. So the newest targets are those traveling abroad. 

Even though the airport is open, even though airlines are operating dozens of flights a day, even though the coronavirus protocols both when leaving the country and entering are now well defined and streamlined, even though those returning from “red” countries like the United States must self-quarantine for a week after passing a coronavirus test just before flying here and minutes after arriving, those traveling abroad are currently cast as villains, irresponsible people whose selfishness is spreading the disease.

 Travellers wear protective face masks at Terminal 3, Ben Gurion International Airport, as Israel restricts air travel more, on August 05, 2021.  (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/FLASH90) Travellers wear protective face masks at Terminal 3, Ben Gurion International Airport, as Israel restricts air travel more, on August 05, 2021. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/FLASH90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who will be flying this week to Washington for a meeting with US President Joe Biden, added to this atmosphere, by calling in June for Israelis not to go abroad unless necessary.

So on Friday night, when Channel 12 revealed that no less a personage than Transportation Minister Michaeli, who bears administrative responsibility for the airport, boarded a plane with her partner Lior Schleien for a trip to the US, volleys of blame were fired in her direction. 

The immediate media and social media reactions were one of outrage. How dare she fly to the US when the prime minister said not to and the variant is spreading. Her response that the visit was for personal reasons was interpreted on Channel 12 as taking a “vacation,” only adding fuel to the rage – who takes a vacation at a time like this.

And then on Saturday evening, Michaeli shared on her Facebook page the true reason for her journey: to greet her new baby, the product of a surrogate pregnancy.

If ever there was a “now how do you feel for saying what you said” moment: those who criticized Michaeli earlier now congratulated her as it became apparent that she should not be rebuked for traveling abroad to greet her new infant.

Nor, however, should anyone – including Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu – be blamed for traveling abroad as long as they are not breaking any laws in doing so and will follow the quarantine regulations when they return. Israeli travelers are not the enemy and shouldn’t be demonized. 

This leads to the second trait that came out in the Michaeli saga: envy. Among the chorus that criticized Michaeli for traveling abroad before the reason became apparent, as well as voices damning Netanyahu last week for taking a family vacation to Hawaii, there was a dissonant chord of “why can they fly abroad, while I’m stuck here.” 

But even politicians are entitled to a couple of days off. 

Part of the rage at Michaeli and Netanyahu for flying has to do with the egalitarian ethos that permeated the country in its early days. Those were the heady days of Israeli socialism when bus drivers made as much as doctors and the country’s prime ministers lived in spartan digs and comported themselves like everyone else – living simply, unpretentious.

This goes a long way toward explaining the endless tale of the failure of Israel to provide a dedicated plane to its prime ministers and presidents – because it smacks of lavishness that Israelis like to believe does not suit them or their country. 

“If I have to travel in steerage, then why should the prime minister get his own plane,” goes this way of thinking. “Who is he, anyway?”

Forgot that having a dedicated plane for the prime minister would actually end up saving the country money in the long term and that countries with a less pressing need for an Air Force One-type plane for their leaders than Israel have one, it just does not fit in with the image Israelis have of themselves. 

The irony is that while Israel has long moved beyond that egalitarian idea and spartan lifestyle, it still expects its leaders to carry themselves as if that was still the nation’s norm. The irony is that while thousands of Israelis have or would like to take a trip abroad this summer and would jump at the chance had they the opportunity, they are worked up in a rage when they see Netanyahu or Michaeli doing just that. 

Anger was well placed in the early stages of the coronavirus when the country saw that its leaders were not practicing what they were preaching regarding the coronavirus regulations, when Netanyahu, then president Reuven Rivlin and others were celebrating holidays with their families while the rest of the country were prevented from doing so because of a strict lockdown.

But now, when there is no regulation against travel as long as tests are taken and self-quarantine is honored, this rage against leaders and politicians traveling abroad just seems churlish and much less genuine or justified.





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Analysis | ‘The White Lotus’ finale finally revealed who died. That wasn’t the only disturbing scene. – The Washington Post



Analysis | ‘The White Lotus’ finale finally revealed who died. That wasn’t the only disturbing scene.  The Washington Post



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CheapOair Shares Latest Analysis on US Travel Trends


CheapOair’s data shows a significant increase of 89%, with 7 of the top 10 destinations showing increases of more than 100%. 

“Vaccinations are continuing to roll out across the USA, so the American consumer is becoming more confident where travel is concerned. This, coupled with the stringent hygiene protocols put in place by airlines and airports worldwide, is fueling rising interest in booking airline tickets to global destinations,” commented Glenn Cusano, Co-CEO and CFO of Fareportal, the parent company of CheapOair and One Travel.

In April, US travelers’ top 10 destinations outside of the contiguous United States, ranked by percent of bookings increase, are Greece, showing a 337% increase in airline ticket bookings when compared to January numbers; Israel 259%; the Bahamas 203%; Jamaica 143%; the Dominican Republic 134%; Costa Rica 106%; Puerto Rico 103%; Mexico 95%; El Salvador 67% and India 19%.

Cusano continues, “The most recent information from the CDC shows that 58.5% of Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. That is a 79% increase from slightly more than one month ago. Air travel numbers are moving upward, and we expect to see them continue to rise as summer arrives in the northern hemisphere.”

CheapOair reminds the public to maintain proper covid-19 health and safety precautions while traveling.  For the latest country-specific information, consumers should check with the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs before departing for their destination.

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 hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on FacebookTwitter, 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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CheapOair Shares Latest Analysis on US Travel Trends | News


NEW YORK, May 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —

US-based travelers have almost doubled bookings to foreign destinations in April 2021, as compared to January 2021, according to data released today by leading online travel agency CheapOair.

US air travel bookings to global destinations up 89% year-to-date.

CheapOair’s data shows a significant increase of 89%, with 7 of the top 10 destinations showing increases of more than 100%. 

“Vaccinations are continuing to roll out across the USA, so the American consumer is becoming more confident where travel is concerned. This, coupled with the stringent hygiene protocols put in place by airlines and airports worldwide, is fueling rising interest in booking airline tickets to global destinations,” commented Glenn Cusano, Co-CEO and CFO of Fareportal, the parent company of CheapOair and One Travel.

In April, US travelers’ top 10 destinations outside of the contiguous United States, ranked by percent of bookings increase, are Greece, showing a 337% increase in airline ticket bookings when compared to January numbers; Israel 259%; the Bahamas 203%; Jamaica 143%; the Dominican Republic 134%; Costa Rica 106%; Puerto Rico 103%; Mexico 95%; El Salvador 67% and India 19%.

Cusano continues, “The most recent information from the CDC shows that 58.5% of Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. That is a 79% increase from slightly more than one month ago. Air travel numbers are moving upward, and we expect to see them continue to rise as summer arrives in the northern hemisphere.”

CheapOair reminds the public to maintain proper covid-19 health and safety precautions while traveling.  For the latest country-specific information, consumers should check with the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs before departing for their destination.

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 hotels, and 100s of car rental companies. Follow CheapOair on FacebookTwitter, 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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Mavericks video analysis – The Athletic


The little that can still be learned about the 2021 Dallas Mavericks is lessened even further when they’re missing key players. The Mavericks won two of their three games since last week’s dual wins against the Lakers despite Kristaps Porzingis and then Luka Doncic sitting out. They also lost to an even more depleted Sacramento roster (again) and barely survived a Detroit team that was basically cosplaying as a G League roster.

Who knows what to make of any of it except that those games are over, and Dallas’ season continues.

The gasping caused by the unrelenting schedule won’t let up until it ends.





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Bracket Analysis: Success against best teams in your league guided NCAA Selection Committee; travel wasn’t major consideration | College Hockey


Junior defenseman Nate Clurman is serving as Notre Dame’s captain for the 2020-21 season (photo: Notre Dame Athletics).

With Selection Sunday now in the rear-view mirror and the tourney a few days away from beginning, Jayson Moy and Jim Connelly analyze the bracket.

Jayson: Let’s start off and say that even without the PairWise this year, I still managed to correctly pick all 16 teams in the tournament with one caveat – that Notre Dame took the last spot instead of St. Lawrence, who unfortunately had to withdraw.

But, if you look at my bubble analysis, Notre Dame was the last team out when I set the bracket. Therefore, I will pat myself on the back and take the win.

Let’s look a little at some of the differences. They mainly occurred in the seeding.

Massachusetts and Michigan were given No. 2 seeds and Minnesota Duluth and Quinnipiac were given No. 3 seeds.

I should have seen the Massachusetts seeding coming with its win of the Hockey East title and Quinnipiac not winning the ECAC title. It seems that Massachusetts was given the overall fifth seed, higher than I thought. Quinnipiac was not as high as I had thought they would be, as others have pointed out.

For Michigan, I was a little surprised about how it was given a two seed over Minnesota Duluth, but in the end it doesn’t matter as they are playing each other in Fargo, meaning that they were the 8 and 9 seed overall.

The other change in seeding was Lake Superior moving to the third band – again, I underestimated winning the WCHA title with it, and Omaha placed in the fourth band – which I should have seen coming.

For the bracket itself, while the protection of the number seed is always a priority, I did not think it would be so much the case in this strange year. But, I was proven wrong and AIC was sent to Fargo to play North Dakota. I did think it would be the other way around with Notre Dame possibly going to play in Fargo and AIC facing Boston College, but it was not the case.

As for the other thing, I think there could have been some more movement to keep teams closer. For example, Quinnipiac could have been in Bridgeport playing Massachusetts, if St Cloud moved to Loveland and Lake Superior to Albany (which would have been interesting, as it is 3-1 in that building including the 1992 National Championship).

Otherwise, you can’t really complain about the field this year.

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Jim: Maybe you can’t complain, but people will and are.

First, I’ll look at my bracket and point out my one major error: trusting that the committee would consider teams that were under .500 in winning percentage. It’s pretty obvious that they didn’t do that and it was confirmed to me last night.

Thus, me having Connecticut taking the final seed not only was incorrect, it never was a consideration. And Denver fans can also rest easy as they weren’t considered.

But once you got to that point, the approach we were taking was correct (and why your 16-team field was spot on). Committee chair Mike Kemp confirmed on the special live edition of the USCHO Weekend Review podcast, that bubble teams were compared to one another by looking at each team’s record against the other teams from their conference that were already in the tournament field.

Let’s look at that breakdown when looking at each conference’s bubble team:

Bemidji State: 4-5-2 (.455) vs. Minnesota State and Lake Superior
Omaha: 3-6-1 (.350) vs. North Dakota, Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud
Notre Dame: 4-7-1 (.375) vs. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan
Providence: 1-5-2 (.250) vs. Boston College, UMass and Boston University
Bowling Green 0-4-0 (.000) vs. Minnesota State and Lake Superior (also 2-0-0 vs. Quinnipiac, a team that is in the field from ECAC)

Originally, the committee was trying to fill two spots and took Bemidji State and Omaha. When St. Lawrence dropped out, Notre Dame was next in line (though you could question why Notre Dame wasn’t originally the 16th team instead of Omaha).

Mike Kemp did confirm that should any further team have to withdraw due to COVID protocols prior to 7 p.m. tonight (Monday), the replacement team will be Providence. After 7p.m. on Monday the field is set and further withdrawals would result in games being declared “no contest” and the remaining team advancing.

The other component, once the field was selected, was maintaining bracket integrity rather than attempting to limit travel due to COVID. The split was even greater between east and west (five eastern teams, 11 west), so the NCAA was already placing a few teams on airplanes.

With that in mind, the priority became setting up the tournament to maintain the 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, 3 vs. 14, etc. in the first round. Though only the first four seeds are actually defined, you can make sense of some of the others and see that this looks like near perfection in maintaining the integrity of the bracket.

Let’s take the Bridgeport Region. Wisconsin is the top seed, fourth overall. It’s pretty obvious that the committee had Wisconsin just ahead of Massachusetts, or the fifth seed. UMass is the number two seed in Bridgeport.

You would then want the 12th and 13th seeds. Lake Superior is the three seed and probably the weakest of the four teams in that band (Michigan, Boston University and Quinnipiac) and, as we outlined above, Bemidji State is the highest of the four seeds once you place the Atlantic Hockey champion AIC at 16 (something that historically has occurred – AIC is also playing the number one overall seed).

So to me, it is obvious that the NCAA was fine flying teams wherever they had to in order to make the bracket as close to perfect as possible.

Of note, one thing we would talk about in a typical year is protecting the gate. Only two of the four regionals will have fans – Fargo and Albany. Fargo, well with North Dakota and only 1,500 available tickets (25% capacity), sold out a while ago. Albany, a larger arena with a 15% capacity, allows for 2,135, still got some protection with Boston College and Boston University a three-hour drive away and Notre Dame, a school with plenty of national alumni.

In the end, I will tip my cap to you, Jayson. Though you began bracketology this year with some crazy theories, in the end you got it right.

And now that we’ve broken down the numbers and the process, it seems the NCAA committee did as well.



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