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Gant Travel, an awarding-winning TMC serving the North American corporate sector, announces its selection of Vindow's hotel sourcing technology platform to automate its corporate hotel rate process.
Part of the account management function of every travel management company (TMC) is assisting corporate customers in selecting and applying negotiated rates at key hotel properties. Recent articles in the trade press indicate a potential trend by travel managers to opt for a standard discount rate off the rack rate instead of conducting the often laborious process of negotiating with hotel properties. The former option supports the idea that the total cost of acquiring the negotiated contract can involve hours of coordination in the procurement process that negates the savings the discounted rate achieved.
"In our experience in the corporate mid-market, a hybrid approach towards hotel procurement is best. The negotiation process to acquire a corporate rate often beats a set discount off the rack rate if the process used to get the negotiated rate is simple. Over the past three months, we've seen how Vindow can significantly automate and streamline the hotel rate negotiation process, and that's why we've selected them as the core technology to integrate into our account management process," said Chad Seybold, Gant's SVP of Strategic Partnerships.
"What Vindow brings to a company like Gant is the ability to apply a new level of automation to a very time-intensive process. Gant's pilot test of our platform demonstrated that they can achieve a new level of productivity for their clients with far fewer labor hours. While we are confident in our platform, we were gratified by the results Gant achieved by integrating Vindow into their internal systems. Vindow's flexible architecture, robust hotel database and intuitive user interface empowered terrific results for Gant," says Vic Pynn, Vindow's CEO and President.
Gant demonstrated that integration of Vindow into its systems automates a critical choke point in the account management process and provides immediate cost relief to the current "seller's market" for the corporate hotel marketplace.
Gant Travel is a digitally driven, data-centric travel management company that helps travelers enhance their travel experience while controlling the expense of business travel. Gant provides advanced technology, processes, and highly trained people to coordinate business travel and achieve the highest possible ROI from travel. Gant is the two-time winner of the Concur Innovation and earned multiple Call Center Weekly awards. Gant has also been named on the Inc 5000 list and earned the Best Workplace Institute certification. For more information on Gant, contact: [email protected] or visit www.ganttravel.com.
Vindow, headquartered in Coral Gables, FL, offers the group travel industry with the only cloud-based SaaS platform that combines a centralized, full lifecycle management of the procurement process, from RFP generation through contract management, further empowered with intelligent market analytics. Vindow's platform harnesses the power of Artificial Intelligence, which significantly improves the entire sourcing lifecycle by bringing unprecedented levels of transparency, efficiency and insight to all transactional parties.
To find out more about Vindow, Inc. or to arrange an interview, please contact Jennifer Nagy at [email protected] or +1.786.420.1160.
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Montgomery Transport, one of the nation's leading flatbed carriers, named Love's Travel Stops as its 2021 Partner of the Year. Montgomery Transport takes great pride in having the best business partners in the industry and looks forward to each year's Partner of the Year Program, celebrating their most prominent partners.
Rollins Montgomery, CEO of Montgomery Transport, states that Love's has been a very valuable partner since day one of the company's inception, helping supply not only their fuel procurement but also many of their maintenance requirements as crude oil prices have risen to unprecedented levels. "Love's has provided additional support to not only our asset divisions but, as importantly, to our independent contractors at MT Select. They are service-driven and work closely with our team, providing solutions and superior assistance. Love's Travel Stops' reputation certainly precedes them, and we are proud to recognize them as our Partner of the Year."
Micah Calhoun, Montgomery Transport's Director of Maintenance, shares the same sentiments, stating that Love's is "constantly improving their product, service dimensions and their people. It goes a long way, and we strive to emulate it here."
"We look forward to continuing our relationship with Montgomery Transport and providing the best experience and products for their fleet," said Steve Leslie, national account manager for Love's. "It has been exciting to witness their fleet grow over the years, and we know this is just the beginning for their team."
Montgomery Transport, based in Birmingham, Alabama, has built a business on high safety standards, talented professionals, innovative technology, state-of-the-art equipment, and strong core values. They provide best-in-class service and take care of their professional drivers. For more information, click here.
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Gorilla Dirt - Elemental Duffle Bag
Gorilla Dirt's Elemental Duffle Bag now on Kickstarter.
Elemental Duffle Bag, a weather-resistant, adventure-ready duffle bag, launches on Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gorilladirt/elemental-duffle-bag-built-for-adventure). A new duffle bag launched by Gorilla Dirt (https://gorilladirt.com) aims to take on the hard shell cargo boxes and canvas style bags in the adventure travel space, such as overlanding and off-road adventure. The campaign has 27 days to go as of August 8 and is 50% funded.
The duffle bags are designed using a weather-resistant, polyethylene shell for dust, dirt and moisture resistance but also tear and puncture resistance. The seams are all heat pressed. It includes utility loops for attaching extra gear, nylon straps for carrying and the load-bearing support straps are adjustable. The load straps can also be used to attach additional gear or as ties downs in some situations. There are two sizes for this launch - a 28L and a 65L.
The bags are designed for durability and portability while on the trail. They are suited for anyone needing storage for gear, clothing, food, etc. that wants to be able to move that storage around easily and access its contents quickly while off on their adventures. The bags have been tested by us as well as other adventure travelers. One, in particular, Baptism Overland, put this bag through a number of uses on their YouTube channel.
"The bags are all about the 'getting dirty and staying dirty' lifestyle that we promote. We wanted a storage option that protected against all this dirty fun but had more portability than your typical hard shell storage option," said Blake Lemmons, Founder of Gorilla Dirt and the Elemental Duffle Bag.
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Tyme Global today announced the launch of its virtual agent, Skye, an addition to its menu of remote staffing services.
Skye uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to understand conversational language and recognize intent. As a result, guests can interact naturally with Skye as if speaking with a human operator. Calls, texts, and emails are answered immediately with no wait time.
Skye fields frequently asked questions and basic requests so that on-site staff can focus on in-person interactions. For example, if a caller needs the check-in time, directions, or more towels, Skye can handle the requests easily, bypassing the front desk. The system can add entries into ticketing systems such as housekeeping or maintenance dispatch to fulfill each request. Further, calls can be augmented by sending appropriate links to a guest's cell phone, such as maps and directions or restaurant reservation portals. If a guest wishes to speak to a live person, Skye transfers the call to an in-house or off-site agent.
Equipped with a variety of voices and accents, Skye is customized to match the client's brand. Additionally, each property can add as many localized elements as they wish. Like a concierge, Skye can provide information such as the nearest pharmacy (with a map), where to find a good slice of pizza, and how to get tickets for a show.
Tyme Global CEO Ryan Levin said, "With the hospitality industry experiencing a staffing crisis, it's more important than ever to keep guests happy. One way to do that is to prevent frequently asked questions and basic requests from ever reaching the front desk. With Skye, guests get their needs met without sitting on hold. And hotels don't have to worry about hiring more people. It's a win-win."
Skye's ability to bypass the front desk offers on-site teams the freedom to focus on in-person interactions and escalations. Quickly resolving routine inquiries leads to greater customer satisfaction. Skye by Tyme Global is helping to solve the staffing problem at a fraction of the cost of recruiting, training, and managing personnel.
Tyme Global offers over a decade of exceptional hospitality service and sales expertise through remote staffing solutions for voice, text, and email. We remove the burden of recruiting, onboarding, and managing on-site staff by providing highly trained off-site agents. Our offerings include PBX/Guest Services, Email Inbox/Data Services, Central Reservations, and a virtual agent, Skye, to field FAQs and basic requests. Our native English-speaking and bilingual workforce are held to the 5-star Forbes service standards. Fast, flexible, and fully customized, our teams operate using state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest quality customer care. For more information, visit tymeglobal.com.
Sheena VanDeVanter, Director of Marketing
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Travefy's New Agent Bootcamp 2022
New Agent Bootcamp hosted by Travefy and Travefy Academy
Travefy hosted its first-ever New Agent Bootcamp, a free virtual event spanning over two full days of educational and motivational webinar sessions to help new travel agents grow and expand their travel business.
Day one was supported by industry experts sharing advice and tips on various topics including how to create organized systems to stay productive, setting up a winning marketing strategy, what's most important in the first and second year in business, and so much more.
"As a brand new agent, this session was perfectly timed. Topics on day one were just what I needed to hear from industry experts to help me further formulate plans for my business," shared Danny Slupeiks, Travel Agent with TravelOnly.
"Just what I needed, at exactly the right time," shared Vicki Winters, Luxury Travel Concierge at Bucket List Travelers.
Day two's webinar sessions were focused on Travefy's powerful tools to streamline a travel agent's business. These webinars demonstrated how Travefy keeps client contact information organized, streamlines sales processes with proposals and quotes, and sets an agent's marketing.
"The Bootcamp webinars helped cement my knowledge of organizing data, creating proposals, website development and final travel itinerary that can be used on an application format via iPhone or Android," notes Dora DeWitt, Travel Advisor with Dream Vacations.
Both days of the virtual event included six live webinar sessions and concluded with an exciting travel trivia happy hour. "It was so much fun setting up this two-day virtual event focused on helping new travel advisors. Over the past two years, we've seen a lot of new faces entering the travel industry which is so thrilling. We wanted to give new agents a place to learn and grow their business during these sessions," shares Stephanie Gries, Education Manager at Travefy.
"New Agent Bootcamp was fun and informative, but even more than that, I've implemented calendar and sales flow techniques that have already made a difference in my business. Travefy helps me to provide an excellent client experience. I pride myself on providing exceptional customer service to my clients and Travefy helps me to live up to that promise," notes Molly Krpata, Travel Advisor at Magical Moments with Molly.
To learn more about New Agent Bootcamp, please visit NewTravelAgentBootcamp.com.
Travefy's mission is to power the success of travel professionals. Our award-winning suite of itinerary, proposal, client management, and marketing tools help Travel Advisors and professionals save time, impress clients, and sell more. Travefy powers thousands of travel businesses across the globe ranging from small, independent travel advisors to the largest travel agencies, consortia, and organizations.
For more information, please see https://travefy.com.
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James Italiano, Proprietor of Joe Italiano’s Maplewood, Helps Raise Funds for Community FoodBank of...
EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J., May 23, 2022 (Newswire.com) - On April 28, Joe Italiano's Maplewood, located in the Moorestown Mall, participated in The Night of 300,000 Meals, a fundraiser for the Community Foodbank of New Jersey's Egg Harbor Township Branch. Designed to raise funding for 300,000 meals to more than 60,000 residents of South Jersey who are food insecure, this event brought together many of the top restauranteurs in the area.
"At Joe Italiano's, we use our award-winning food to bring people together to help them communicate with one another and to share a sense of family," said Chris Curry, General Manager of Joe Italiano's Maplewood. "Helping people in the community realize that there are many that don't have access to food and helping them discover that this is something they should care about, is the first step to driving real change. The fact that we could use our signature pastas and seafood dishes to help drive this kind of change made participating in this event a no-brainer."
Over the course of two hours, over 200 people were able to sample Joe Italiano's go-to destination for Italian food. "Seeing the look on people's faces as they bite into our pasta made the event worthwhile by itself," said Justin Italiano, General Manager of Joe Italiano's Maplewood. "We got to talk to people about what they like, and how they like to make meals. I love talking about food. And there is no better time to do that than when people are eating."
Joe Italiano's Maplewood is renowned for its classics that include chicken and veal parmigiana, freshly made pasta with classic Maplewood meatballs in their famous red sauce (gravy), quintessential spaghetti and crab, ravioli crafted like an Italian grandmother makes and, not least, Joe's Special, a signature dish full of fresh local seafood.
Pleasing people has been Joe Italiano's secret ingredient for over 70 years. Along with the good food, good company and good times, the restaurant participates in other events that support people in need.
The restaurant has 3 locations in New Jersey: Moorestown Mall, Hammonton, and Mays Landing.
About Joe Italiano's Maplewood: The Legendary Maplewood was founded in 1945 by Joe Italiano Sr. father of the legendary Joe Italiano Jr., a U.S. Navy Veteran who brought the art of Italian home cooking to the Maplewood. He endeared himself to the community and established a legacy offering authentic Italian cuisine, freshly made pasta, and signature seafood creations. Joe Italiano's Maplewood is an award-winning restaurant located in the Moorestown Mall, 400 NJ-38, Moorestown, NJ 08057. https://joesmaplewood.com/joe-italiano-maplewood-moorestown - email: [email protected] - Tel: 856.242.2851
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Friday 11-10 PM
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Sunday 12-8 PM
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Friday 4-7 PM - Live Music: Wednesday-Saturday 6-9 PM
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), a member of Feeding America®, is the leading anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization in the state.
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The Hollywood, Haining reception and celebration has been set for June 6th in Los Angeles drawing Hollywood celebrities, filmmakers, politicians and businesses eager to expand globally with the explosively growing film production friendly capital of Haining, China.
The Vice Mayor of Haining and China (Zhejiang) International Film Cooperation Experimental Zone of Haining City extends a goodwill invitation to those wishing to explore doing business with rising production capital Haining, China's fastest growing film production center.
Haining City has been dubbed the Hollywood of China for its explosive growth in movie making. Decision makers, production liaisons and fixers from the regional film-making hot spot Haining welcome the Hollywood community for a cultural exchange extending the Asian Heritage Month celebration established by President Obama.
Haining's over 270 production companies generated 400 million in revenue in 2015 with this figure projected to double shortly says Haining City economic adviser George Yeh Yang, keynote speaker of the June 6th Los Angeles gala. "I will be on hand to answer questions directly about film funding, technology project funding, and production partnerships in Haining. "Haining City has the best film production incentives and tax credits in all of China" says George Yeh Yang.
The Hollywood community is invited to expand with the rapid growth film market and production center Haining. George Yeh Yang, the Haining City Advisor, will be on hand to discuss doing business in the production friendly and budget accommodating locale on the coast of China an hour by train from the further inland city of Shanghai. Haining City is already known as the center for the largest leather and fur shopping outlets in China and all of Asia. Located on the Yangtze River Delta by the Qiantang River, Haining literally means calming of the waves.
All those interested in doing business with the rapidly growing production friendly center Haining are invited. Please RSVP with your proposal on joint collaboration. All proposals and collaborative pitches are welcome to be forwarded to [email protected].
Sponsorship packets are available to those wishing to expand their brand globally to this growing market beginning at $5,000 and open to discussion. For information on collaborating with the 400 million dollar industry please RSVP to [email protected]
About the June 6th Haining Delegation & Luncheon
Scheduled to attend the June 6th gala are: Hu Yanzi, Vice Mayor of Haining City, Yin Jianwei, Deputy Director, Haining Service Industry Development Bureau, XuJianming, Director of Haining Bureau of Finance (Local Taxation Authority) and Director of Haining State owned Assets Administration Commission, Du Yingchi, Town Mayor of the People's Government of Xucun Town, Haining City, ZhuangYuchang, Assistant Director of Haining China's Leather Market Administrative Committee, RenYoufa, Board Chairman of Haining China Leather Market Co, Ltd., George Yeh Yang, Economic Adviser of Haining City and the CEO of Green Lotus Leaf Movie Culture & Production Co. Ltd.
Haining is the International Experimental District of Film and Television Industry in China (authorized by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China.)
About Green Lotus Leaf Movie Culture & Production Co. Ltd 浙江青荷叶影视文化有限公司（海宁市）
"Green Lotus Leaf Movie Culture and Production Co. Ltd is very proud to be selected from among the almost 300 entertainment companies in Haining City to become the official entertainment company to accompany leaders of Haining City to explore, and visit Hollywood and Los Angeles. GLL works hard to bring the best and most exclusive entertainment and movies to audiences in China and worldwide. Green Lotus Leaf Movie Culture and Production Co. Ltd invites and is open to entertainment and film co-production and collaboration with US companies and worldwide" says George Yeh Yang President and CEO of Green Lotus Leaf Productions.
Mr. George Yeh Yang is the economic adviser for Haining City and CEO of Green Lotus Leaf Movie Culture and Production Co. Ltd of Haining City, Zhejiang Province. "We are very proud to help both Haining City and the Green Lotus Leaf Culture and Production Co. Ltd grow, developing into major influencers in China's entertainment Industry and worldwide" says George Yeh Yang in a statement from Haining City.
With China co-productions the 80 million budgeted "Tetris," Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson's "Skyscraper" and "The Great Wall" starring Matt Damon in the works, George Yeh Yang also promises an official announcement on an upcoming 3-D animated Chinese feature film which has been government approved for release without limitations to all of China as well as over 100 Countries around the world during the June 6th Los Angeles event.
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