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  • in announces long-term green tourism goals Group, a leading global travel service provider, has announced its long-term goal to build green tourism, covering three key areas, including: working with partners to launch over 10,000 low-carbon travel products; promoting sustainable travel concepts and engaging 100 million travellers in low-carbon practices; and, aiming to further reduce carbon emissions across its own operations.
    Launching 10,000 low-carbon travel products Group aims to launch over 10,000 eco-friendly travel products, with several initiatives already underway in the Group’s long-term plan. and Skyscanner, sub-brands of Group, have partnered with CHOOOSE, a company dedicated to offsetting the CO2 emissions for flights by supporting impactful climate solutions worldwide and enabling customers to seamlessly address their CO2 emissions as part of the customer experience. Users from over 35 different sites are now able to purchase this carbon offsetting option across almost all flight inventory.
    In mainland China, Group’s sub-brand Ctrip, has been working with suppliers to offer a wide variety of eco-friendly travel products, such as zero waste camping and eco hiking. Trip.Biz, a corporate travel brand of the Group, has recently conducted a campaign to promote “Green Hotels” and “Green Flights” in mainland China. The corporate travel brand was also awarded a Silver rating by EcoVadis, an internationally recognised corporate social responsibility (CSR) rating platform in 2022. In its car rental business, Ctrip advocates travel with alternative fuel vehicles and through this promotion has seen related orders grow at an annual rate of approximately 140%. According to the current order assessment, compared with traditional vehicles, renting alternative fuel vehicles will reduce carbon emissions by about 10,000 tons in 2022.
    Promoting sustainability awareness and inspiring 100 million travellersADVERTISEMENTAs part of the Group’s long-term commitment to improving sustainability awareness, consumer brand surveyed its customers to learn more about user sentiment towards sustainable travel and how the pandemic has impacted consumer opinion. Crucially, the survey revealed that travelling sustainably is essential to most respondents. Group continues to build upon its content marketing strategy to provide awareness of more sustainable options. Trip Moments, the home of user-generated traveller content on, encourages users to review, recommend and share their travel content with over two million travellers worldwide. Building up to World Environment Day 2022, South Korea held various events and activities to encourage users to think more sustainably and share content on Trip Moments with the hashtag ‘sustainable travel’ – driving awareness among users.
    In promoting sustainable tourism, Ctrip is using its self-produced variety show to advertise eco-friendly travel. The green travel variety show is a collaboration between Ctrip and National Geographic featuring environmental experts and travel professionals who accompany special guests to explore sustainable lifestyles whilst discovering the beauty of China’s cities and countryside. It is China’s first travel variety show focusing on ecological awareness.
    Reducing carbon emissions across operations
    As a one-stop travel service provider with more than 30,000 employees and businesses across the world, Group continues to value operational practices that look after the environment. The Group pledges to further reduce carbon emissions across its own operations in the near future.
    The Group has adopted several environmental initiatives, including building intelligent energy management system, solar hot water system, and renewable heating system to reduce energy consumption. Its headquarters in Shanghai has been awarded LEED Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. From 2019 to 2021, a new round of energy saving investment was made in the Group Shanghai headquarter offices, this upgrade resulted in a 45-50% reduction in energy used for lighting the buildings.
    In 2021, Group announced to establish its ESG Committee and joined the UN Global Compact, committing to create a more sustainable future for tourism and society.
    Jane Sun, Group CEO commented, “We have always adhered to the vision of ‘pursuing the perfect trip for a better world ’ and will work with our users and partners to further reduce carbon emissions in a more holistic and systematic manner. We still have a long way to go and much more to do.”

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  • in features in the top 10 most downloaded OTA apps global rankings, the global travel service provider, has been named the 10th most downloaded OTA app globally in the first half of 2022 by leading app analysis firm Apptopia. The announcement comes as continues to expand worldwide with its all-in-one app-first offering.
    The success seen in download numbers is guided by’s app-first strategy. By applying a balanced mix of approaches learned through experimentation and best practices, app installs from marketing channels grew steadily to a total of 6.2 million downloads. In H1 2022, app downloads saw double-digit growth compared to H2 2021, reflecting the success of this strategy and increased consumer desire for travel.
    Through full utilisation of the trustworthy products and attractive deals presented on, new downloads were gained across a variety of app marketing channels. In tandem, a web-to-app strategy also showed great potential in constantly attracting new app users.
    Feng Han, Marketing Director at, said: “This year, we have experienced an energised, organic recovery of the travel industry. Leveraging this trend, our teams have adopted a targeted and data-oriented approach in each market to encourage users to download the app. We are delighted to see our young brand reach the top 10 most downloaded OTA apps globally for the first time ever. We will continue to work to share the convenience and top-class services available on with an ever-growing audience.”
    On top of the platform’s extensive range of products, the app gives users a more unique and comprehensive browsing and booking experience. Currently available in 24 languages in 39 countries and regions worldwide, the app gives users easier booking management capabilities, direct access to reliable customer support and exclusive app-only’s breakthrough in Apptopia’s global app download rankings correlates to increased traveller demand as the industry continues to recover following the outbreak of covid. This year,’s European sites saw an average monthly growth in traffic of around 10% between April and July. In Asia, countries and regions that have relaxed their travel restrictions have seen an impressive market performance, particularly those in Southeast Asia. Overall in the APAC region, bookings on increased by 21% in May and by a further 7.8% in June.
    As demand increases, users turn to platforms with a comprehensive offering that goes beyond a solely product offering. In turn, has looked to grow the engaging travel content hosted on the platform. In the first quarter of this year, daily average content traffic on increased by 80% YoY, whilst the content engagement rate on grew by 115% YoY.
    A key benefit to using the app is the ease in which users can access’s best-in-class customer support. global customer support is available in 19 languages delivered by a dedicated international customer support team. In the first half of 2022, over 95% of calls made to Group customer service were picked up within 20 seconds, 99% of chats were responded to within 20 seconds and 92% of incidents were dealt with in a timely manner. In addition to this, of all incoming enquires, 88% of incidents were resolved on the first attempt. App users can book and travel reassured in the knowledge that customer support is only a click on their phone away.

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    CWT to launch car rental and train booking capabilities on myCWT mobile and web channels

    CWT, the business-to-business-for-employees (B2B4E) travel management platform, has begun adding car rental and train booking capabilities to the mobile and web channels on its myCWT platform. The new features and functionality will progressively be rolled out in markets around the world this year, giving travelers more options to make and manage these reservations independently. To date, travelers have already been able to book car rental and train content by contacting a CWT travel counselor via phone, email, or messaging, or by using third-party online booking tools.
    These enhancements are one of the key outcomes of CWT’s $100 million investment in its myCWT travel management platform.
    “Delivering a truly omni-channel experience is an integral part of CWT’s commitment to simplifying business travel,” said John Pelant, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer. “This means ensuring that travelers get the same content and experience no matter how they engage with CWT – whether it’s by contacting one of our expert travel counselors, or using a self-booking channel such as our app, web portal or a third-party online booking tool. These latest upgrades to our platform are a significant milestone in that direction. At the same time, the expansion of our train and rental car content will play an important role in supporting our customers’ sustainability objectives, which is now a top priority for most corporate travel programs.”
    Pedal to the metal: global roll-out of car rental bookings on myCWT mobile and web
    CWT has begun adding car rental content to myCWT mobile and web in key markets worldwide.ADVERTISEMENTTravelers will be able to book their rental car via the myCWT mobile app (on iOS and Android) and web portal. They will have access to their company’s corporate negotiated rates and preferred suppliers, and can easily search for pick-up and drop-off locations. Loyalty program details from car rental companies are being integrated as well. To help travelers make more sustainable choices at the time of booking, the mobile app and web portal will have indicators highlighting electric and hybrid car options. Carbon emission estimates will be added at a later date.
    On the fast-track: API connection with Trainline Partner Solutions will bring train content to myCWT mobile and web in key markets in Europe
    For over a decade, CWT has worked with Trainline Partner Solutions, the B2B arm of Europe’s leading independent rail and coach platform, to source UK train content. The two companies are broadening their partnership with an API integration into Trainline’s Platform One technology that will enable CWT to offer train booking and ticketing functionalities—including corporate negotiated fares and discounts, seat reservations and seat preferences—via its digital channels, starting with the myCWT mobile app.
    Liz Emmott, Global Distribution Director for Trainline Partner Solutions, commented, “We are delighted to extend our partnership with CWT and to provide a simple and seamless experience for rail travelers across CWT’s full platform. By cutting through the complexity in this way, more business travelers will get access to the rail content they want and will be able to choose a more sustainable way to travel.”
    This functionality will initially become available for travelers in the UK in July, and be expanded to other markets in Europe in the following months. CWT will also introduce point-of-booking carbon emission estimates for train travel later in the year.
    CWT is a Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform. Companies and governments rely on us to keep their people connected – anywhere, anytime, anyhow. Across six continents, we provide their employees with innovative technology and an efficient, safe and secure travel experience backed by our three core promises: to simplify corporate travel, to connect to unlock possibilities, and to move forward, together.

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    Hudini and Incode Technologies enter strategic partnership

    Smart hospitality solutions provider, Hudini, and Incode Technologies, the industry-leader in identity verification and authentication for global enterprises, has announced their strategic partnership to transform hospitality guest experiences. The partnership with Incode will enable Hudini customers to deploy identity verification during the check-in and check-out processes through enhanced digital biometric technology. This association will automate these processes making it quick, seamless and at the convenience of the guest.
    The hospitality industry relies on its ability to connect people and the places they visit to create memorable experiences for its guests. In its revitalisation post-pandemic, the industry is realising the impact that technology can have on a guest’s stay, and the potential it holds to increase customer loyalty and create additional revenue. In fact, a recent study found that 76% of hotel executives are looking to introduce “a fully contactless experience” by 2025.
    Prince Thampi, Founder and CEO at Hudini said: “Hotel guests crave seamless experiences when they travel. Long check-in processes and complex payment procedures can ruin a guest’s stay. As a leader in biometric identity verification, Incode’s solution removes these challenges and helps to maximise the digital guest experience, without compromising on security or privacy. Through our partnership with Incode, we are excited to offer fully automated identity verification to our check-in and check-out features across our partner hotels.”
    Both organisations have realised the potential identity verification holds across the hospitality industry and share the ambition for its widespread adoption during hotel check-in and check-out. To further that vision, the partnership will include the following experiences:
    Transparent guest identification: In a matter of seconds, even before arrival, the industry’s only fully automated identity verification engine validates the identity of a guest. This allows guests to identify themselves at their convenience, triggering Hudini’s systems to match the profile and immediately introduce a magical, personalised experience upon arrival.ADVERTISEMENTAutomated digital ID creation: A digital profile of each guest is automatically created by Hudini from existing IDs and payment sources. This saves time and energy from filling out forms.
    Seamlessly integrated experience: Once onboarded, guests use their most unique attribute—their face —to fully manage their respective journey. From booking, accessing a digital key and ordering amenities and room service, the identity-centric journey translates into the industry’s most transparent experience; all while ensuring privacy and security.
    Contactless payments: Using biometrics, Hudini can enable guests to pay for any service across the property without the need for a physical payment card.
    “The hospitality industry is going through a period of modernisation, and it is important that hotels look to leverage best-in-class technology,” explained Ricardo Amper, CEO and Founder of Incode. “Together with Hudini’s proven track record of enabling digital transformation in the hospitality sector, we believe our solution can help brands to drastically enhance their guest experiences.”

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    Jules Verne launches brand-new travel podcast

    Jules Verne is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the launch of a brand-new travel podcast series, Passepartout, People & Places, the first episode of which highlights the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and also Jules Verne’s royal connections.
    The specialist tour operator, Jules Verne, has been renowned for its adventurous holiday ideas since it was founded, 44 years ago (in 1978), by global pioneer Philip Morrell.  He is widely acknowledged as having changed the way we travel. On the Passepartout, People & Places podcasts, the Jules Verne team will discover past adventures, delve into current travel stories and reveal future journeys – ultimately, the podcast aims to inspire the listener to discover the wonders of the world anew.
    On the first episode, podcast host Abbey Renshaw talks to Jules Verne’s recently-appointed General Manager, Debbie O’Neill, about Philip Morrell, who really made his mark in 1979, when he launched holidays to China – a previously untapped destination – from the UK.  This was at a time when the Bamboo Curtain was still in place. Morrell’s first adventure trip, a 42-day escorted rail journey from London to Peking (now Beijing), and on to Hong Kong, sold out and was a resounding success, paving the way for many more adventures to follow.
    More recently, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh witnessed the Diamond Jubilee flotilla as it made its way along the River Thames from on board Morrell’s luxury barge, The Spirit of Chartwell, which he loaned to the Pageant organisers for the Royal family’s use, on 3 June, 2012.
    Continuing its royal links to this day, Jules Verne has secured the former Royal barge for a select number of departure dates in its new home, the Douro River in Portugal, where a group of travellers will be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee in style this week on the tour operator’s Royal Barge on the Douro cruise.ADVERTISEMENTThe Royal Barge on the Douro cruise has four departure dates remaining this year and six more departures scheduled between May and September 2023. Due to popular demand, Jules Verne has also released an additional departure date for the Royal Barge on the Douro cruise later this summer. Departing from Porto, guests will cruise deep into the verdant hillside landscapes of Portugal, discovering wine estates, sun-drenched vineyards, idyllic villages, Baroque castles and medieval hilltop ruins.
    The brand-new podcast is inspired by Jules Verne’s classic 1872 adventure novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. The name, Passepartout, People & Places, was chosen for the podcast as a nod to Phileas Fogg’s French valet, Jean Passepartout (whose surname, appropriately, means ‘goes everywhere’).
    General Manager of Jules Verne, Debbie O’Neill, says: “From that first iconic 7,000-mile rail journey, through to the present day, Jules Verne and its specialist travel team have so many travel stories to tell, share and inspire – stories about the places we’ve visited, the people we’ve met or how these experiences have shaped us.
    “The podcast will unlock the doors to Jules Verne, transporting the listener around the world, evoking a sense of travel like Philip Morrell first did when he founded the company in 1978. We’ll be inviting special guests to share their stories along the way, and we’re really looking forward to watching this new and inspirational adventure unfold.”
    The podcast – Passepartout, People & Places – will be available to download on 31 May, with new episodes released monthly.

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    Mastercard launches cyber security “Experience Centre”

    Mastercard has unveiled the ” Experience Centre” at its Global Intelligence and Cyber Centre of Excellence (“Centre of Excellence”) in Vancouver, BC, where local, national and international tech communities are invited to collaborate on cyber security innovation. The Experience Centre also features emerging Mastercard products and solutions that are already securing digital payments on a global scale, including those developed locally in Vancouver.   
    “Rapid advancements in digital technology have changed the way we shop, pay, work and interact, but with increased convenience comes increased risk,” said Sasha Krstic, President of Mastercard Canada. “Building on the world-class innovations developed at our Centre of Excellence in Vancouver, this new Experience Centre offers a venue for much-needed industry collaboration to anticipate and neutralise ever-expanding cyber threats to our global digital economy.” 
    Announced in 2020, Mastercard’s Global Intelligence and Cyber Centre of Excellence is leading innovation in cyber and intelligence (C&I), artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Research from the Centre is already enhancing Mastercard solutions, combining the Centre’s biometric security algorithms with existing cyber capabilities is creating new approaches to enhance online security. In just two-and-a-half years, the Centre of Excellence is making quick progress against its long-term goals, such as:
    filing more than 30 local patents that will secure cyberspace by building confidence in our connected devices, reducing the presence of malicious bots, bad human actors, and establishing a seamless experience for online interactions; and
    creating and maintaining more than 230 quality tech jobs to date, ranging from software engineers to data scientists to product and program managers, with many more roles to fill.
    “We are achieving this unprecedented level of cyber security innovation by attracting top talent from across Canada and the world to work smarter, better and faster in a creative, inclusive environment embedded in Vancouver’s vibrant tech community,” said Sasha Krstic. “Mastercard’s Centre of Excellence is not only making digital payments safer for consumers and businesses everywhere, it’s helping cement Canada’s role as a global powerhouse in cyber security innovation.”

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    eDreams ODIGEO outperforms market

    eDreams ODIGEO (, Europe’s largest online travel company, the largest globally in terms of flights outside of China and one of the largest European e-commerce businesses, today reports its results for Q4 and the year ended 31 March 2022.
    With 247 websites and apps in 44 countries, 21 languages and 37 different currencies on one central platform, eDreams ODIGEO (eDO) now covers 80% of the global travel market.
    Throughout FY22 we have seen the travel market improve and recover significantly, eDO outperformed the market (and its competitors) by a significant margin, and we positioned ourselves for future success with our innovative approach including the first and leading subscription programme in travel – Prime – which today[1] has 2.9 million members, triple that of a year ago.
    Dana Dunne, CEO of eDreams ODIGEO said:
    “Throughout FY22, we have continued to make strong progress in revolutionising travel and reinventing the travel experience through the ongoing success of our global, leading subscription model, Prime and pre-eminent worldwide position in flight bookings. We have gained market share, further enhanced our proposition and continue to thrive as a global business.  ADVERTISEMENTWe see immense potential, for example 225 million households alone in Europe that we have targeted to become Prime customers. We know we will reach our targets for 2025 and this will represent a significant milestone while bringing substantial value to all our stakeholders.
    FY23 has started very well indeed with travel markets opening as the pandemic subsides.  eDreams ODIGEO is optimally placed and in pole position to take advantage of the undoubted desire to travel and the continued digitalisation of our markets. With FY23 volumes continually at record levels, significantly above 2019, and Prime membership continuing to rapidly grow, we are confident of future success.”

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