Why I Chose the IKON Pass Over the Epic Pass This Season

OK – I did it.  I bought the IKON ski pass – and I’m super excited about it!

The other day I wrote a post about trying to decide whether to buy the EPIC Pass or the IKON Pass, and I decided to go with the IKON Pass.  

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MiFi Premium Global Hotspot Gains Market Share

Inseego Corp. an industry pioneer in 5G and intelligent IoT device-to-cloud solutions for enterprises, announced that demand for the enterprise-grade MiFi 7000 global mobile hotspot continues to gain momentum throughout North America with Rogers Communications in Canada, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile via an Authorized T-Mobile Master Dealer.

MiFi Premium Global Hotspot Gains Market ShareMiFi

“Mobile network operators want trusted solutions that are designed and developed in North America for their government, enterprise and small-medium sized business customers,” said Inseego’s EVP, IoT & Mobile Solutions, Ashish Sharma. “Inseego has a powerful portfolio of LTE and 5G products and we are expanding our global market share with consistent delivery of the industry’s fastest connection speeds, advanced security features and enterprise-grade reliability.”

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Inseego MiFi 7000 Global Hotspot in U.S. Cellular

Inseego Corp. an industry pioneer in 5G and intelligent IoT device-to-cloud solutions for enterprises, announced that the premium MiFi 7000 global mobile hotspot is available at U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) in the United States.  If you want the best value and reliability in a worldwide mobile wifi hotspot, check out mobile wifi hotspot rentals from Travel World WiFi and TravelWorldWiFi.com.

Inseego MiFi 7000 Global Hotspot in U.S. CellularInseego

“Fortune 500 enterprises, government entities, small- to medium-sized businesses and consumers all benefit from the MiFi 7000’s superior speed, cellular and Wi-Fi connection quality combined with the industry’s most advanced anti-hacking security and encryption capabilities,” said Inseego’s EVP, IoT & Mobile Solutions, Ashish Sharma. “Working conveniences like QuickCharge and 24 hour battery life also help reinforce and equip an increasingly mobile and connected workforce. From a business perspective, working with U.S. Cellular is another step in our drive to deliver on our strategy to expand our portfolio, customer base and market share around the globe.”

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Connect Announces the Business Travel Addition

Connect is excited to announce a new event specifically for business travel executives to take place in Kissimmee, Florida, Feb. 20-22, 2019. Hosted by Connect at the picturesque Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Connect Business Travel is a hosted-buyer, appointment-only program and education conference. The event brings together key suppliers and the most active travel executives from Fortune 1000 companies for three days of general sessions, roundtables, workshops, preset appointments and quality networking.

Connect Announces the Business Travel AdditionConnect

“Connect’s roster of events continues to grow because we are able to help suppliers meet their business goals by bringing qualified buyers to the table,” said Chris Collinson, president of Connect. “We are excited to apply Connect’s proven reverse-style trade show formula to the business travel industry.”

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EchoFlight Radar 's Certification of Echodyne

Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for securing critical infrastructure and guiding autonomous machines, announced on August 22, 2018, that it has received FCC certification for its EchoFlight radar. Previously available only for experimental purposes, the airborne detect and avoid radar is designed for integration into a wide-variety of UAS platforms and provides unprecedented combination of C-SWaP, range, and accuracy. For organizations seeking authorization to operate beyond visual line of sight or autonomously, EchoFlight radar is a significant step forward for UAS mission safety.

EchoFlight Radar ‘s Certification of EchodyneEchoFlight Radar

“Echodyne is excited to receive authorization from the FCC and to make EchoFlight available to the many interested UAS partners in the US,” said Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne. “Our compact, solid-state, lightweight yet powerful radar offers the ability to scan large volumes of airspace and track other aircraft with sufficient range to maintain safety.”
Gartner estimates nearly 3 million drones were purchased by the consumers and enterprises just last year. We continue to work with NASA and FAA to demonstrate how our airborne radar enables UAS to operate safely among planes, helicopters, and other drones. We believe our EchoFlight radar is one of the key technologies that will enable commercial UAS to conduct missions safely,” adds Frankenberg.
Features of EchoFlight’s high performance radar include:

  • Precision beam-steering radar that minimizes collision risk by tracking aircraft locations at all times across a broad field-of-view, even in dense airspace or over cluttered environments;
  • Best-in-class, search while track radar that scans just like a phased array but at commercial pricing;
  • Compact design with low weight and low power for integration into a wide-variety of UAS platforms; and,
  • Long-range, all-weather detection and tracking for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) missions.

To learn more about how Echodyne is radically reinventing radars, visit echodyne.com.

Uber and Serko Partnership for Better Travel and Expense

Serko Ltd and Uber are proud to announce a new partnership that will give Serko Zeno users an even easier way to process expense claims for Uber trips.

Serko and Uber Partnership for Better Travel and ExpenseUber

The integration enables trip information to be sent directly from an Uber for Business account to a Serko Zeno user’s expense report and removes the burden on travellers to capture or forward email receipts.

The deal means Serko Zeno users can manage their door to door travel experience and post-trip expense management seamlessly in Serko Online or Zeno.

Serko CEO Darrin Grafton said “Our focus is all about making corporate travel and expense smarter, by reducing friction for the traveller, maximising data integrity and giving the CFO greater visibility on the entire cost of travel. We’re excited to partner with Uber to bring a whole new level of simplicity to corporate expense management. This integration is a smarter way for organisations to enable their people to be mobile, as the whole payment and reconciliation process happens seamlessly.”

Georgia Foster, Head of Uber for Business, Australia & NZ, added: “More and more businesses are realising the benefits of using Uber for corporate travel. We operate in more than 60 countries globally and enable safe, affordable and reliable trips around a city – no matter how familiar you are with the local language or road rules.

“This integration with Serko Zeno makes it even easier for businesses to have transparency and control over their employees’ ground transportation spend, while delivering a better employee experience. Taking away cumbersome administration elements to streamline expense reporting where possible is better for everyone. This means no more having to sift through your email or wallet to find your receipts, and users can easily set up personal and business travel profiles to balance their travel needs.”

With more than 6,000 organisations around the world using Serko’s platforms for travel management, the integrated expense management solution in Serko Online and Zeno is an intelligent way to gain visibility and control over corporate expenses such as Uber trips.

About Serko
Serko is a leading travel and expense technology solution, used by over 6,000 corporate entities and Travel Management Companies (TMCs) who combined book more than AU$6bn of travel a year through Serko’s platforms.

Zeno is Serko’s next generation travel management application, using intelligent technology, predictive workflows and a global travel marketplace to transform business travel across the entire journey.

Listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange Main Board (NZSX:SKO) and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:SKO). Serko supports customers in 35 countries worldwide, with its HQ in New Zealand, and offices across the US, Australia, China and India.

Visit www.serko.com for more information.

Turkish Airlines and Skift Release 2018 GBT Report

Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, and Skift, the largest industry intelligence platform providing media, insights and marketing to key sectors of travel, launched on August 15, 2018, the 2018 Global Business Traveler Report.

Turkish Airlines and Skift Release 2018 GBT ReportTurkish Airlines

Based on industry feedback and interviews from U.S.-based corporate travel managers and international business travelers, the report examines how factors ranging from disruptive new technologies to personal preferences continue to impact the rapidly-evolving world of corporate travel planning and policy.

The report aims to show ways that corporate travel managers and business travelers can find balance in their common purpose and mutual mission despite the gaps and differences in their objectives, expectations, priorities and realities.

M. Ilker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, said the 2018 Global Business Traveler Report was an important part of their research and development process to continually improve the quality of the airline’s services.

“We regularly monitor existing and future aviation trends, and consumer demands, to develop and evolve our products and services,” he said. “The results from this business traveler research provide an invaluable glimpse into the important motivations in the corporate travel space that will contribute to our growth in the years ahead.”

“Changing traveler habits and disruptive technologies are impacting all aspects of today’s business travel experience,” said Skift President Carolyn Kremins. “This new report that we conducted with Turkish Airlines provides data-driven insights to help travel suppliers and corporate travel managers evolve their corporate travel offerings for this new environment.”

Key corporate travel trends for 2018 identified by the Global Business Traveler Report include:

Employees are taking control over their business travel: Increasingly self-reliant on mobile technology and personalized tools in planning and managing personal travel, corporate travelers increasingly want the same freedom and flexibility for their professional trips. Showing no signs of slowing, this macro trend of consumerized business travel is irresistibly shifting travel management trends and policy.
There is a new partnership model for managers and travelers: Disruptive new technologies and other resources are emboldening employees to be more assertive in their travel planning and decisions, including stepping outside of company policy. Rather than looking to fit this new reality into existing policy norms, travel managers have the opportunity to architect flexible new frameworks that protect company objectives while providing employees with the freedom they desire.
The frontiers for technology-supported travel are expanding: Corporate travelers are not quite ready to go full-tech. While embracing automated and digital solutions for basics like checking travel details and checking in for flights and hotels, they still want live, real-time human support for more advanced or urgent needs and concerns. As use and acceptance of improving chatbot, artificial intelligence, and other next-generation technologies grows, however, greater traveler dependence on tech is foreseeable.
The sharing economy is heading into the mainstream: The disruptive power of the “sharing economy” cannot be ignored, as business travelers increasingly embrace the alternative transportation and lodging options offered by leading players like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. With major corporations and travel management companies beginning to formalize their relationships with these operators, CTMs, along with the taxi and rental car industries, will face a mix of new opportunities and challenges.
A deeper understanding of loyalty is emerging: Business travelers are rethinking and reassessing why they should be loyal to travel industry suppliers and brands. Among the ties that bind: a deeper understanding of their priorities and preferences, and personalized, customized rewards. For brands, it’s a prime opportunity to listen to the corporate customer and evolve new ways to strengthen and further relationships in this important segment.
The 2018 Global Business Traveler Report presented by Turkish Airlines and Skift can be viewed here.

WWStay and Seattle-Based RESIDE Form Partnership

RESIDE and WWStay Partner Up for Travelers

WWStay logoSeattle-based RESIDE Worldwide alternative accommodation and WWStay, a technology platform announced today a partnership that provides customized solutions to clients procuring and booking vetted accommodations for the their travelers.
“Mobility, Project and Travel managers have long been searching for a single platform for booking and procuring vetted extended stay accommodations. We are excited to now offer a complete suite of alternative accommodation tools that seamlessly integrates with legacy travel management systems including the GDS,” says Jon Wohlfert, co-CEO and Founding Partner of RESIDE.
“Combining WWStay’s booking technology with RESIDE’s access to alternative accommodations inventory and our collective supplier management processes and tools is a powerful solution to those seeking to provide a fully integrated extended stay solution.” Says Rajeev Goswami, CEO of WWStay Continue reading “WWStay and Seattle-Based RESIDE Form Partnership”

RESIDE Worldwide and WWStay Join Forces

RESIDE and WWStay Partnership to Benefit Users

Reside Worldwide logoSeattle-based RESIDE Worldwide alternative accommodation and WWStay, a technology platform announced today a partnership that provides customized solutions to clients procuring and booking vetted accommodations for the their travelers.

“Mobility, Project and Travel managers have long been searching for a single platform for booking and procuring vetted extended stay accommodations. We are excited to now offer a complete suite of alternative accommodation tools that seamlessly integrates with legacy travel management systems including the GDS,” says Jon Wohlfert, co-CEO and Founding Partner of RESIDE.

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Flight Disruptions Interactive New Tool Launched by Lumo

Lumo Launches New Interactive Tool will Proactively Manage Flight Disruptions. Flight disruption forecasts and analytics provider Lumo announced, last August 8, 2018, the official launch of its Navigator dashboard to serve the managed travel industry. This tool is an interactive dashboard that gives the travelers real-time information on the flight delay risk. This is a revolutionary way to book and view the flight travel. The introduction of the Navigator will allow travelers to increase the productivity, travel ease, and keep potential delays to a minimum. The hope is that soon all the travelers will be using the Navigator dashboard when booking a flight.

New Flight Disruptions Interactive Tool Launched by Lumo
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Some Key features of Navigator include:
The Dashboard Home Page that contains a brief overview of all the flights, potential flight risks, and missed connections of your entire organization.
Navigator also has an Itinerary landing page that will allow you to see each individual in your organization’s flights, connections, and delay risk.
Push Notifications are also available to assist all the travelers in staying up-to-date on their individual flight.
Each flight, before and after booking, is rated on a scale that predicts the risk of a flight delay. Some flights are on higher risk than others. This information allows travelers to be more efficient with their time, money, and resources.
Bill Hogate, the Vice President of Business Development, has found our early adopters are in need of a data visualization tool to easily identify those travelers either from a group travel event or as a subset of a group of travelers who require immediate attention. “Predictive analytics brought to bear on the proactive handling of flight disruptions, as being pursued by Lumo, promises to bring significant value to managing large groups and meeting events,” said Steve Clagg of Microsoft.

Read more of this at Bellevue Business Jounal.