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RateGain Travel Technologies Limited (RateGain), a global provider of SaaS solutions for travel and hospitality, announced today that Jazeera Airlines, the second-largest carrier and leading low-cost carrier of Kuwait, has selected RateGain's AirGain product to dynamically adjust prices with real-time, accurate, and high-quality airfare data.

Jazeera, one of the most popular airlines in the Middle East, continues to support an extensive network of routes connecting its destinations within the Middle East and beyond. Jazeera Airways currently flies to 49 destinations operating a reliable fleet of Airbus A320 aircrafts. Its dedication to quality service and tailored flights has made it a leading choice for those looking for hassle-free travel.

AirGain has been specifically designed to help revenue managers adapt to the post-pandemic world by offering critical market insights and competitive intelligence in an easy-to-consume and quick-to-understand UI allowing revenue teams across the world to make the right pricing decisions and unlock new revenue opportunities every day.

With increasing airfares and resumption of international travel, Jazeera wanted to ensure that it is able to give the most competitive airfares across all type of fares. AirGain was able to meet the needs of Jazeera and provide data across all type of fare families, making it the preferred choice over incumbent intelligence providers in the airline industry.

Commenting on the partnership Antony Oliver Fernandes, Assistant Vice President of Revenue Optimization & Network Planning, Jazeera Airways said, "As travel comes back amid uncertainty driven by inflation, pricing accurately becomes more critical for airlines. This cannot be possible without a reliable solution that provides 24×7 support and real-time intelligence that is easy to understand and act. AirGain fulfils all of these criteria for us and was the right choice for our team."

Vinay Varma, Senior Vice President AirGain, RateGain added, "The old practices of revenue management are getting obsolete in the post pandemic world and the industry is in dire need of new ways to capture the dynamic change in demand and prices. Our capability to get real-time prices accurately and quickly, will help the team at Jazeera airways to unlock new revenue opportunities and maximise their margins by offering the best prices to their customers daily."

AirGain is an innovative SaaS-based airfare pricing intelligence product designed to enhance the revenue & operational efficiency of the airlines.

EaseMyTrip, one of the largest online travel tech platforms in India becomes the official Associate Sponsor of the biggest South Indian awards in India. This is the first time that EaseMyTrip is the part of the global event South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA). The partnership is conducive of EaseMyTrip's attempt to many similar marketing initiatives as a part of their domestic and global expansion strategy.

The 10th edition of SIIMA, will host veterans of the Indian cinema along with the newbies who are behind the blockbuster movies each year, felicitating the best in each of its award's category. The award recognizes and honors the best films and performances from the Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada films and music released, lifetime contributions honors and a few special awards.

Speaking on the partnership, Nishant Pitti, CEO & CO-Founder, EaseMyTrip said, "We are glad to be the associate sponsors with the esteemed SIIMA Awards that is loved and watched by the entire country. The awards hold a special place to us as we too are fond of the South Indian Cinema which is rapidly growing and as an industry has been recognised at par with the Hindi Cinema in a very short span. It is our constant endeavour to keep up with our marketing efforts and are certain to have made the right choice"

"It is a privilege to be conducting SIIMA's 10th edition in Bengaluru and celebrating our common love - Movies. We are happy to be associated with EaseMyTrip as our travel partner in bringing all the South Indian stars together this year. Looking forward to a fruitful partnership," SIIMA chairperson, Mrs Brinda Prasad, said.

Previously, over the years, SIIMA has marked its global presence in countries like Dubai, Sharjah, Malaysia, Dubai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar & Hyderabad. The award will telecast on Sun TV, Sun Gemini, Sun Udaya and Sun Surya; tapping each region.

The latest World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Economic Trends Report reveals the U.S. remains the world’s biggest and most powerful Travel & Tourism market.

Its top ranking was reaffirmed, despite suffering long and damaging travel restrictions which did little to halt the spread of COVID-19 and only resulted in serious economic losses.

However, while its number one position was retained, the U.S. Travel & Tourism sector’s contribution to the nation’s economy fell by US$700 billion in 2019, to just under US$1.3 trillion last year.

Research by Oxford Economics for WTTC shows there has been no change in the top three countries - with China second and Germany third.

But the rankings are illusionary as the top economies bolstered their numbers through domestic travel, while international visitor numbers plummeted.

In the U.S., International traveller spend rankings saw it toppled from its pre-pandemic top position.

But despite the challenges of the past two years, the new report from the global tourism body shows business travel is on the road to recovery.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “Our report shows the resilience of the Travel & Tourism sector, despite the impact of travel restrictions around the world which failed to halt the spread of the virus.

“Despite a challenging macro environment, Travel & Tourism has bounced back. The world, with some exceptions, is travelling again. And we are seeing a resurgence in business travel. Over the next 10 years, Travel & Tourism growth will outstrip the global economy.”

WTTC’s data reveals that in terms of the Travel & Tourism sector’s contribution to GDP, China held onto its second position, with more than US$814 billion, while Germany remained the third biggest Travel & Tourism sector in the world, contributing US$251 billion to the German economy.

The UK slipped dramatically from fifth place in 2019 to ninth in 2021, with a contribution of just over US$157 billion, the biggest faller of the top 10 countries.

In terms of international traveller spend, France, which before the pandemic struck was in fourth place, overtook Spain, China, and the U.S. to grab first place.

China, which remains closed to much of the rest of the world, was in second place before the pandemic, but fell dramatically to 11th position in 2021.

Across Asia Pacific, major Travel & Tourism markets such as Thailand and Japan saw huge losses in international spending, which resulted in both markets - in fifth and eighth place respectively before the pandemic - falling out of the top 20 altogether in 2021.

According to WTTC’s predictions, worldwide business travel is expected to grow more than 41% this year. For the next 10 years it predicts business travel could grow an average of 5.5% annually and may return faster in the Asia-Pacific region.

WTTC predicts by 2032, China could overtake the U.S. to become the world’s biggest Travel & Tourism market.

The research shows China’s Travel & Tourism sector’s contribution to GDP could reach US$3.9 trillion by 2032, making it the world’s most powerful Travel & Tourism market, and India could leapfrog Germany to reach third place with a projected value of US$457 billion.

SaaS company Netcore Cloud has enabled holiday lifestyle company Sterling Holidays to enhance profitability and growth through its AI-powered user engagement and customer experience platform.

Empowered by Netcore Cloud's AI-led data-driven segmentation, Sterling Holidays has successfully been able to develop a - more targeted approach towards product suggestions, keeping into account the individual interests of users. Netcore Cloud's experience and engagement platform have helped Sterling Holidays to overcome user drop-offs through various triggered campaigns to help target users even before they have signed up which dramatically helped reduce the chance of losing out on a new customer such as web pop-ups. It also helped to improve customer conversion speed and rates through personalized and exclusive coupon codes embedded in campaigns. The discount coupons acted as an incentivized nudge and were offered to users before the completion of their booking.

The engagement with Netcore Cloud contributed 13.4% of overall revenue within 90 days of implementation. Website conversion rate and sessions with transactions improved by 38.5% and 12.43%, respectively. Furthermore, the collaboration also helped Sterling Holidays to strengthen their unique purchases by 12.41% and reduce the abandonment rate by 8.06%.

Speaking on this partnership, Harinath Mohanasundaram, Head of Marketing, Sterling Holidays said, "Netcore Cloud has helped us focus our attention towards more personalized and targeted marketing with the help of dynamic segmentation and drip marketing approach. This has helped us dramatically increase user stickiness and reduce drop-offs in an extremely short amount of time which in turn boosted our conversion rate by over 38%."

Kalpit Jain, Group CEO, Netcore Cloud, said, "Customer expectations from the travel industry have shifted significantly. Travelers now seek more personalized and engaging experiences that exceed the basics of ticketing, accommodation, and food. To remain competitive and future-proof their businesses, travel companies must prioritize Customer Experience (CX) right from the search and browsing point of the customer’s journey. We are extremely delighted that our collaboration with Sterling Holidays has helped the brand create more engaging and immersive experiences for its customers."

Skalleague Shekhar Divadkar was installed as the new President of Skal Club of Goa, for the term 2022 – 24 at a recently concluded Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Goa. The AGM was well attended by members, invited dignitaries and the press.

Mauvin Godinho, Minister for Transport, Industries, Panchayat Raj & Protocol, Govt. of Goa was the Chief Guest for the event. Nikhil Desai, Director of Tourism and CEO of the new formed Goa Tourism Board, was the Guest of Honour. Curtorim MLA & GIDC Chairman, Alexio Reginaldo Lorenco & Benaulim MLA, Captain Venzy Viegas also graced the occasion. Director of Transport Rajan Satardekar attended the event too.

Divadkar, a member of SKAL since 2007, held various key posts during his 15 years with SKAL. During his earlier stint with Skal, he was Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President with Skal Goa, National Secretary for Skal International India and presently is Secretary for Skal International Asia. He is also member of the Skal International President's Committee for Statutes and By-laws.

Continuing with work executed by his predecessor Sk. Ernest Dias, Divadkar and his team have a vision of creating a niche for the club in the areas of conservation of environment, CSR, social causes concerning the industry.

Lemon Tree Premier, Mumbai International Airport received the Green Existing Buildings Gold Certification by the Indian Green Building Council (I.G.B.C.). The hotel has been designed based on I.G.B.C. standards which bring together a host of sustainable practices and solutions to reduce the environmental impact of buildings. Lemon Tree uses green building design as an integrated approach while designing its hotels and it considers the life cycle impact of resources used.

Speaking on the occasion, Patanjali G. Keswani, Chairman & Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels Ltd. said, “We are honoured and delighted to be the recipients of this prestigious award and it reinforces our focus on ESG. Our teams work with a deep commitment to ensure that the best ethical practices are adopted, and this recognition would go a long way to motivate us to remain steadfast in this effort. Our design approach looks at building hotels sustainably and is centred on reducing the carbon footprint of each hotel. This is our eighth hotel to receive the I.G.B.C. Gold Certification, and our forward plan is to certify all our hotels as we have been building all our owned hotels to I.G.B.C.’s Gold specifications since 2012.”

Anil Rajput, Joint Secretary, Association of Domestic Tour Operators Association of India (ADTOI) and Managing Director of Promark Travel Services breathed his last on Sunday morning. He was 65.


An avid travel professional, Rajput was credited with promoting new destinations in the global tourism market. He was actively engaged in promoting destinations like Kargill, Kashmir and the Northeast India.

A science graduate from Kirori Mal College of Delhi University (1974-77), Rajput was passionate about travel and tourism industry. He started his career with Orient Express in 1979 and later worked with Cox & Kings, ITC Travel House, etc. before deciding to launch his own venture, Promark Travel Services.

Turkish Airlines becomes the first airline to sponsor the UEFA Champions League, which will have its 2023 final in Istanbul. UEFA Champions League is one of the most followed sports competitions in the world. 

The announcement of Turkish Airlines’ UEFA Champions League sponsorship deal took place at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul with the participation of Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat along with senior Turkish Airlines executives and UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin along with UEFA Marketing Director Guy-Laurent Epstein.

This partnership is of particular importance as this season’s UEFA Champions League final will take place at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium on June 10, 2023.

UEFA Champions League organization reaches 678 million viewers in 200 countries via over 70 broadcasters. Fans also participate in the Champions League excitement on social media with 28 million engagements.

Turkish Airlines will have wide range of exposure, logo and name rights before, during and after the matches including LED screens surrounding the field. As part of the deal, Türkiye’s national flag carrier will also partner with the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Futsal Champions League finals, and the UEFA Youth League finals as the official sponsor.

On the sponsorship, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat stated: “As the Flag Carrier Airline of our country, we are excited for our sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League, one of the biggest sports competitions in the world. With our country spreading its wings towards the 100th anniversary of our Republic, we are taking the Turkish Airlines brand to new heights. With this sponsorship, we will carry the Turkish Airlines brand to four corners of the world and bring the whole world together in Istanbul on June 10, 2023. We believe in the unifying power of sports that brings different cultures together and we aim to continue to take part in the world’s leading tournaments.”

UEFA Marketing Director Guy-Laurent Epstein said: “The UEFA Champions League is the world’s greatest club competition, and we are delighted to have Turkish Airlines on board as a partner. We both share a global reach, connecting fans across continents and we are delighted that their debut season as a partner will culminate in the final of this prestigious tournament taking place on home soil in Istanbul. We both share similar passions, and truly believe that the sky is the limit when it comes to our partnership.”

RARE India, which is at the forefront of promoting unique conscious luxury hotels in the Indian subcontinent, has added seven properties to its portfolio. The new additions to the RARE Community of 100 owner-led, sustainable-luxury, small and boutique hospitality brands include Blue Book at Gethia in Kumaon (Uttarakhand), Camp Kooncha in Sariska (Rajasthan), Cranganor History Café & Riverside Retreat in Muziris (Kerala), LUNGMĀR Remote Camp (Ladakh), Qayaam Gah in Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), Rann Riders by Kaafila in Dasada (Gujarat) and The Mirage in Andretta (Himachal Pradesh).

Regarding the new additions to the RARE Community, RARE India’s Founder Shoba Mohan said, “The last couple of years have witnessed the emergence of RARE 2.0, where our focus is to create a community of owner-led, sustainable, boutique properties and travel experiences. The RARE Community is made up of like-minded partners who excel at creating destination specific design, personalised hospitality and offer great service even as they journey towards a sustainable future. We welcome on board these little gems spread across India from the Trans Himalayas to hidden valleys in the lower Himalayas right down to the salt-pans of Western India.”

Cleartrip has revealed a new brand identity and logo as a first step toward the brand's next growth phase. Cleartrip’s new avatar reflects the brand’s core values - ‘Transparency, Optimism, Curiosity, Innovation, and Inclusive’, which represents the brand’s vision and strategy in a bold new format as it gears to disrupt the OTA segment in India.

The new brand identity captures a journey that began in 2006 and saw a renewed interest post the Flipkart acquisition in 2021. Cleartrip has always been about making travel simple. At its core, the new brand identity represents the company’s refreshed customer-focused approach to enable an easy hassle-free travel journey and encourage customers to travel more. The new logo, while retaining its iconic element, stays true to the brand’s mission of making every travel dream a reality. Showcasing optimism, the tick breaks out of the box opening out unbound opportunities to travel.

Talking about Cleartrip’s new avatar, Ayyappan. R, CEO, Cleartrip, said ‘Cleartrip has established a niche for itself in the OTA segment over the last decade and a half. While we will continue to maintain the legacy of the brand with its intuitive product offerings and straightforward UI and UX, we are embarking on a journey to evolve along with travellers and their ever-changing needs. The travel industry has not seen innovation in the last two decades and that is something we are looking forward to changing. Our new brand entity is an extension of our intent to be an enabler to make all travel dreams a reality! We believe that we are on the right path to move the brand forward with bold moves to keep us ahead of the game.’

Commenting on the new brand identity and logo, Kunal Dubey, CMO, Cleartrip said, “We did not just create a new look and feel for Cleartrip, our new identity reflects where we come from and where we are headed. Travel in India has become a lot more democratised since we started 16 years ago. Indians are travelling more than they ever did, and their expectations from travel brands are also evolving. However, the industry hasn’t caught up and there is hardly any innovation in OTAs today. We strongly believe that if we want to be India’s most loved travel brand, we need to be the ones bringing the change. This new brand identity is just our expression of that intent.”



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