Smart, Safe, Sustainable: 3 tips to help corporates travel with confidence | Festival


While the demand for travel is returning, there’s no doubt that remobilisation during recent global events requires a holistic approach in order to successfully rebound and build a sustainable future. Particularly in light of the fact that U.S. Travelers are more concerned about costs than covid for the first time since the pandemic, which makes sense with record high inflation, soaring energy prices and now a potential food crisisIf travel is to reach the predicted 38% increase in 2022, it needs to adopt seamless, safe and sustainable travel protocols. From planning all the way to arrival, the global mobility sector will expect a smarter travel experience.

Here are three top tips for corporates to consider:

Enhancing guest experience with technology-first solutionsThe need for tech-first solutions in the corporate travel market has been long overdue. 1.3 million people are set to travel for work every week, so if corporates are to lean back into international travel, technology is key to bolstering sector-wide confidence. However, this can’t be achieved in a vacuum.With 89% of hospitality operators already investing in technology in 2021, it’s clear tomorrow’s traveller wants more from their trips. Larger spaces and properties with WFH-ready amenities, safety & security and accessibility features are just some of the recurring requests that are now a must have for many. Whilst businesses want to spend half the time travelling, they are now looking to double their experience. All-encompassing online platforms are fast becoming a go-to portal for reaching this travel utopia.In contrast to legacy GDS systems, all-in-one interfaces allow for corporate travellers to access a broader range of efficient resources that aggregate rich content from the supply chain faster, to enhance customer satisfaction. For example AltoVita has created new sustainability and safety features (in partnership with Breezeway) to enrich its content and offer more choice when it comes to global mobility.Value the vetting process to boost safety and securitySafety and security are taking a newfound meaning in 2022, one that lies at the heart of the corporate travel agenda. With 62% of travelers citing concerns over the conflict in Ukraine, the focus on security is stronger than ever. This is not to say that corporate travel has to be avoided, in fact, travel expenditure is set to soar to 1.7 trillion by the end of the year. Instead, corporates ought to be supported by end-to-end processes, which can be provided by bespoke technology platforms, to ensure that demand is matched with a duty of care.While as consumers we’re all used to using providers like AirBnb, the global mobility sector needs more from a booking experience, where the supply chain is seamlessly connected in order to maximise guest experience, safety and security through a range of different vetting and verification stages. Quality control procedures are redefining the legacy processes that have previously dominated the corporate travel market. Using a multi-layered vetting approach guarantees that operators can deliver hospitality services that have the right management protocols. Conducting proprietary pre-inspections or checking off an exhaustive list of questions that have to be answered by operators before listing, eliminates the scope for booking issues and ensures that operators can be proactive in handling issues.Providing scalable infrastructure that is tied to a digitally driven multi-layered property verification system, not only gives corporate travellers peace of mind but also ensures that employees are protected from booking to arrival. Traveling with confidence is right at your fingertips, within just a few clicks.So, with holistic measures in place, safety and security no longer have to take the back seat when it comes to corporate travel. Prioritising security is the new north star to navigating quality assurance, compliance, and duty of care. However, without the seamless integration of cloud technology, safety certificates, or safety-reviewed evidence, travel will be compromised.Empower corporates with ease through a filtered approachWhen the right technology is in place, it’s just as easy to make a sustainable choice as it is to make a standard one. However, without real sustainable practice behind it, the corporate travel industry will remain an arbitrator of corporate greenwashing.Combining smart and safe solutions can help bridge this gap between corporate travel and sustainability. With 87% of travellers becoming more travel conscious, all-in-one platforms now offer an easy route to making the more mindful decision. Implementing a wide selection of sustainable practices driven by modular filter technology will ensure that corporates can easily find accommodation that aligns with their personal and company-wide ESG goals.If corporates are to engage in real environmental change, accommodation choice is important. This is where sustainable solutions play a pivotal role. Opting for solutions that provide safety and sustainable filter options can influence industry change and encourage individual environmental responsibility. Equally, other features like geotagging technology, which AltoVita has recently added to its platform, can be leveraged to promote sustainable travel and eliminate the risk of industry-wide greenwashing.Using filtered content systems also offers an effective way to empower local communities wherever you relocate, with recycling, and carbon emissions per property tools. Ultimately, this will help to futureproof the global mobility sector long-term too.


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Sandals Resorts will add carbon monoxide detectors after 3 Americans died in Bahamas


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Sandals Resorts said that it has installed carbon monoxide detectors in all guest rooms at Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bahamas, where three American visitors died earlier this month and a fourth became ill.

The company, which operates 16 all-inclusive resorts across the Caribbean, said in a statement that it would also place the devices in rooms at the rest of its properties. Sandals also said it had brought in environmental safety experts to do a “comprehensive review of all systems across the resort.”

“Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our guests and team members is and will always be paramount,” the statement said.

The company’s announcement Wednesday came after local news outlets, including the Nassau Guardian and the Tribune, reported that carbon monoxide had killed the tourists at the Exuma resort. The publications did not identify their sources, and police have not yet revealed a cause of death. Sandals directed questions about the autopsy results to authorities in the Bahamas.

“The information didn’t come from the police,” said Audley Peters, an assistant superintendent of police and spokesman with the Royal Bahamas Police Force. “Our investigations are ongoing.”

Officials identified the people who died May 6 as husband and wife Michael Phillips, 68, and Robbie Phillips, 65 from Tennessee; and Vincent Chiarella, a 64-year-old man from Florida. His wife, 65-year-old Donnis Chiarella, was taken to a Miami-area hospital. Michael and Robbie Phillips owned a travel agency that specialized in Sandals Resorts.

Three Americans die mysteriously at five-star Bahamas resort

“We remain devastated by the unimaginable event that occurred at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort earlier this month that resulted in the loss of three lives, including two members of our beloved travel advisor community, and the recovery of a fourth guest,” Sandals Resorts said in a statement.

The four guests visited a clinic complaining of nausea and vomiting the day before they died, The Washington Post previously reported. The three visitors who died were found unresponsive in their villas, which Sandals said were part of the same structure.

“Despite initial speculation, Bahamian authorities have concluded the cause was an isolated incident in one standalone structure that housed two individual guest rooms and was in no way linked to the resort’s air conditioning system, food and beverage service, landscaping services or foul play,” the company said.

The State Department said in a statement that it was “closely monitoring” the local investigation.

Brittany Shammas contributed to this report.



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Memorial Day travel is back! 1.2 million Georgians expected to travel 3 years into pandemic – WSB-TV Channel 2


Record high gasoline prices and soaring plane ticket fares aren’t discouraging many people from traveling for this Memorial Day weekend.

AAA predicts nearly 1.2 million Georgians will travel 50 miles or more from their homes.

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“That’s near pre-pandemic levels. Despite that airfare is up about six percent, car rentals are up, hotels are up about 42%. But it’s not deterring people,” AAA spokesman Garrett Townsend said.

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AAA estimates the number of Georgia taking to the airways will spike 26% over last year. On Thursday afternoon, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International was crowded with air travelers. Channel 2′s Tom Regan spoke with one man who’s treating his family, in particular his daughter, to a special vacation.

“She graduated from high school. She loves Disneyland and she always wanted to go to Disneyland so that’s what we are going to do.” Lou Blackman said.

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But air travel could get bumpy. Delta announced it has to cut 100 flights a day during the summer travel season because of a pilot shortage.

Business travelers worry the cancellations will complicate their trips for work.

“I think it’s crazy. It could be very inconvenient. It’s very bad, especially as a businessman. I fly Delta all the time.” Sean Craley said.

Even high gas prices aren’t keeping people from hitting the road for the long holiday weekend. But they could double the cost of a highway journey.

One driver who was heading to Destin, Florida, told Regan it cost $125 to fill up his pickup truck.

“I would really like it if gas prices were lower. This thing drinks.” said driver Brandon Jones.

Management at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport are encouraging air travelers to arrive two to two and half hours before their departure time.





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‘Hopefully he got a big tip’ – Curry bemoans vendor trip in Warriors Game 3 win


Luka Doncic said he is “still learning”, with his 40-point haul not enough to prevent the Dallas Mavericks from going 3-0 down in the Western Conference Finals series to the Golden State Warriors.

The 109-100 defeat in American Airlines Center means the Mavs have the unlikely task of needing to win the next four games in a row to make the NBA finals.

Doncic top scored in the game, while also making 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks, but felt he did not play well enough in the first half.

Spencer Dinwiddie (26) and Jalen Brunson (20) offered assistance but the hosts just could not keep up with the Warriors, with Stephen Curry coming away with 31 points and 11 assists.

“I’m still learning,” Doncic said after the game. “I think the first two quarters, I played very bad. That’s on me. But I’m still learning. I think after this season is done, whatever we are, I think we’re going to look back and learn a lot of things.

“It’s my first time in the Conference Finals in the NBA. I’m 23, man. I’m still learning a lot.”

Despite Doncic’s concerns about the first two quarters, it was the third where the game got away from Dallas, with the Warriors extending their half-time lead of one point to 10 points by the start of the fourth quarter.

However, the Slovenian praised the Warriors for their form and credited their development as a team over recent years.

“I think the Warriors are playing incredible,” he added. “Everybody knows their role. Everybody just stays together.

“They’re a long-built team. They’ve been together for a long time, and I think they’re playing good basketball, so that’s what I think is going to be really difficult. And these past three games, it’s been very difficult.”

Mavs head coach Jason Kidd offered similar thoughts, and insisted his team are just at the start of their “journey”.

“This is just the beginning of this journey,” Kidd said. “I know you guys had us winning the championship before the season started, and that’s a joke if you didn’t get it. But this is a lot bigger than just this one game or this one series. This is huge for our franchise because none of you guys had us here.

“So it’s cool to go through this, and we’re going against… you can call them a dynasty. They have three great players who will be hall of famers, and this is a great lesson learned from us.

“This isn’t the end. This is just the beginning.”





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‘Hopefully he got a big tip’ – Curry bemoans vendor trip in Warriors Game 3 win  Stadium Astro



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30 years later, podcast tells story of the Springfield 3 missing women


Anne Roderique-Jones grew up amid the case of the Three Missing Women in Springfield, a 30-year-old unsolved disappearance. About two years ago, Roderique-Jones set out to retell the story that impacted not only her life but the entire community.

In her podcast, “The Springfield Three: A Small-Town Disappearance,” Roderique-Jones explores the disappearance of Stacy McCall, Suzanne “Suzie” Streeter and Sherrill Levitt. The three women went missing in June 1992; what happened to them remains a mystery.

The podcast, available on all podcast streaming platforms, had received more than a million downloads, as of April.

“I always wanted to tell this story,” Roderique-Jones, who was 12 years old that summer, said. “I just didn’t know the right platform for it. Then, I started listening to true crime. A true crime podcast really allows you to tell a story thoroughly, and it’s kind of open-ended.” 

Today, Roderique-Jones lives between New York and New Orleans with her husband. She is a travel writer and the head of content at Sherman’s Travel, a travel-guide publication. True crime and podcasting were foreign to her, she said.

After researching different podcasting production companies, she landed on editaudio. Initial conversations began in late 2019 and by the start of 2020, production was underway. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Roderique-Jones and the editaudio team were able to visit Springfield for a few days to interview folks, including McCall’s mother Janis McCall and the first police officer at the scene in ’92, Rick Bookout. Remaining interviews were conducted over phone calls and Zoom.

Over eight episodes and three bonus episodes, Roderique-Jones interviewed friends and family of the women, more police officers and detectives, and journalists who were on the ground reporting the case.

Navigating new journalistic territory

Interviewing wasn’t new for Roderique-Jones, a journalist who’s worked in the magazine industry for several years. But learning how to create a safe interviewing environment for those who may have trauma was. She also learned how to balance reporting between those who were directly impacted by the disappearance, like Janis McCall, and others who worked on the case, like law enforcement.

“You want to show them that you are making something, creating something for them to tell their story,” Roderique-Jones said.

As episodes were released, Roderique-Jones began to receive emails and messages on social media from those who claimed they had information about the case.

More: What happened to Springfield’s Three Missing Women? Upcoming podcast explores the unsolved case

In bonus episode, “Clues Hidden in the Attic,” Roderique-Jones interviewed a woman who closely knew Robert Craig Cox, a potential suspect. This woman’s intimate perspective about Cox was one of the first shared with the public.

Over the course of 15 years before the disappearance of Stacy, Suzie and Sherill, Cox was a primary suspect in a Florida murder case, according to Florida court documents. He was also found guilty of kidnapping and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon in California. While Cox was sentenced to the death penalty in Florida for his supposed involvement with a murder, the Florida Supreme Court ended up reversing his conviction, as there was not enough substantial evidence

In 1991, Cox returned to Springfield, his hometown, after being released from prison. In episode five of the podcast, “Serial Killers and Potential Suspects,” Roderique-Jones said it was rumored Cox worked for Stacy’s father at a car dealership. However, there is no proof Cox interacted with or knew Stacy. He also had a possible alibi for the night the women went missing: the mother of the woman whom Roderique-Jones interviewed in “Clues Hidden in the Attic.”

In another bonus episode, Roderique-Jones interviewed Bartt Streeter, son of Sherrill and brother of Suzie. In earlier podcast episodes, Roderique-Jones mentioned how Bartt often avoided talking with members of the media, as he, at one time, was a potential suspect. However, after several months, she was able to secure an interview with him — a perspective not many have heard.

“It was nice that we were able to earn that trust to speak with (Bartt),” she said. “He felt vulnerable enough to spend hours on the phone with me and tell his story about his mom and sister.”

In early 2019, Bartt’s name resurfaced after he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and attempted false imprisonment in Smyrna, Tennessee. Reports of the arrest led online commenters to speculate about his involvement in the Three Missing Women case. The Streeter family issued a statement rebuking the speculation and reiterating that Bartt has always been cooperative with Springfield police during their investigation into the disappearances.   

The case of the Three Missing Women

Those who are from Springfield are most likely familiar with the story of the Three Missing Women.

Stacy, 18, and Suzie, 19, graduated from Kickapoo High School on June 6, 1992. After attending a few parties that evening, the two returned to Suzie’s house, where she lived with her mother, Sherrill, 47. This is the last place the three women were said to be seen.

The women’s cars, clothing and purses were all seemingly untouched inside the house. The front porch light was broken and the front door was unlocked, but otherwise, the house appeared to be in order. An investigation including numerous law enforcement agencies, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was conducted with no definitive leads.

For several years, the Three Missing Women captivated the front page of newspapers and television sets. Within the first few days, CBS’ “48 Hours” did an episode about the case, bringing national attention to Springfield.

Since the disappearance 30 years ago, numerous theories have circulated. Roderique-Jones explores many of these throughout the podcast, specifically in episode four, “Grave Robbers, A Haunted Girl Scout Camp and Other Theories.”

More: 28 years later, Springfield’s unsolved Three Missing Women case inspires a new mystery novel

Some believe the women were targeted by Suzie’s ex-boyfriend, who was arrested for robbing a mausoleum in Springfield. Others think the women were killed at Winoka Lodge, known for hosting Camp Winoka near Lake Springfield.

Another stubborn theory is that the women were buried underneath Cox South Hospital’s parking garage during its construction. Cox did offer to let police dig up the garage, but this was never done as police didn’t find the tip credible.

More theories are outlined in episode seven, “The Questions That Remain,” where Roderique-Jones looked into Sherrill’s past and recently discussed ideas brought to local law enforcement and journalists.

SPD has labeled the Three Missing Women as a cold case. Anyone with information about the disappearance is requested to contact SPD at 417-864-1810 or Crime Stoppers at 471-869-8477 or P3tips.com.

Thirty years since the women went missing, the McCall family is hosting a vigil at Phelps Grove Park, located at 950 E. Bennett St., on June 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Exploring Feeney family unsolved murders case in season two

Following the success of “The Springfield Three: A Small-Town Disappearance,” Roderique-Jones is working on her second true crime podcast with editaudio. The show will explore the case of the Feeney family.

In 1995, Cheryl Feeney and her children Tyler and Jennifer were found dead at their home in Springfield. The murders remain a mystery.

Roderique-Jones and the editaudio team are visiting Springfield in June to begin interviews. A name and release dates have yet to be determined.

Greta Cross is the trending topics reporter for the Springfield News-Leader. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @gretacrossphoto. Story idea? Email her at gcross@gannett.com





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3 Bargain Vacation Tips from Benchmark Federal Credit Union


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It’s a tough time to travel, with COVID restrictions abroad and vacation rentals fully booked here at home. So, let’s make it easier, shall we? Benchmark Federal Credit Union’s bargain vacation tips can help you put some thought into an affordable vacation that you’re sure to enjoy.

1. Savvy destinations based on budget

When traveling on a budget, destination matters. Flying to Bora Bora can cost an arm and a leg, while a family camping trip to the Grand Canyon can be a great bargain. Concentrate on lesser-known destinations and affordable cities. For example, Washington, DC is a tourist-friendly city where you will find year-round free entrance to many museums, government buildings, memorials and historical monuments. This includes the Smithsonian. While lodging may still be expensive, avoiding peak days and times can help you find an affordable hotel. Tap to discover a list of free things to do in Washington, D.C.

2. Off-season deals & cruise bargains

It may be peak season down the shore, but it’s off-season elsewhere. Traveling off-season will get you deep discounts on airfare, hotels, and even cruises. Examples might include visiting Northern California in February, Tucson in July, or New Hampshire in September. Repositioning cruises are another option. These one-way sailings move a cruise ship from one region to another, happen off-season, and are often less crowded. You can also enjoy all of the typical amenities of a cruise at a much lower cost per night. Visit CruiseCritic for cruise deals, reviews, information on repositioning cruises, and other cruise tips.

3. C’mon, try a new travel website

Most of us have searched Travelocity to compare airfare, but there are many more websites that may not be as familiar. Here are a few of our favorites for finding a great deal.

Scott’s Cheap Flights – Scott’s Cheap Flights has a team of flight experts continuously monitoring fares. When deals pop up, they let you know. If you have a specific destination in mind, you can search the city and they’ll show you all of the current deals.

Airfarewatchdog – Set up alerts from your home airport or favorite routes on Airfarewatchdog. They search, find, and share great deals and airline sales.

Travelzoo – From Top 20 deals that can be great bargains, to trending and last-minute deals as well as road trips, you’ll find it all on Travelzoo. Sign up for exclusive deals and rates.

Kayak – Kayak is a travel deal aggregator. When you’re searching, it checks hundreds of travel websites to help you find the best deal. Find flights, rental cars, vacation packages, and more. You can even set a price alert.

Momondo – Like Kayak, Momondo is an aggregator that searches for the best airfare across the web. They provide an overview of available travel options with prices, and you choose the offer you prefer.

Skyscanner – Find daily deals on Skyscanner and set price alerts for flights. If you’re flexible with your travel dates, you can find big savings. You can view the cheapest day to travel within a month or even the cheapest month for a trip.

The financial tools you need for a great vacation

A low-interest rate VISA Platinum Credit Card from Benchmark Federal Credit Union is a must-have when traveling. If you’re struggling with a tight budget and need a little help making your vacation a reality, a Benchmark FCU Personal Loan may be the answer. Competitive rates and flexible terms can help with a payment that fits your budget.

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Rebecca Worthington is the Vice President of Community Relations at Benchmark Federal Credit Union. The only federal credit union to exclusively serve Chester County, Benchmark FCU has been serving the community for more than 80 years and is known for providing extraordinary service. To learn more about the products and services available at Benchmark FCU, visit our website at BenchmarkFCU.org. Anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Chester County is eligible to join Benchmark Federal Credit Union.





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3 Tips to Know When Traveling Out of State With a Firearm – Shaw Local


There are plenty of reasons to travel with your firearm. You may be going on an out-of-state hunting trip or visiting a different shooting range, or you may want to maintain the ability to protect yourself while on vacation or on a business trip. Whatever the case, it’s important to know how to properly travel with a firearm.

1. When traveling between states, there aren’t any specific federal laws regarding traveling with a firearm, outside of normal firearm restrictions such as NFA (National Firearms Act) items. What will be important is to understand the local laws and regulations of the states and cities you’re traveling through, with regards to what can be transported and in what manner.

2. Just like at home, it’s best to properly and safely store firearms while traveling so that you reduce the risk of an accident. Store your firearms in locked containers, unloaded, and perhaps even separately from ammunition and magazines. It’s also best to keep any paraphernalia out of sight if it’s in your car, and try to minimize the time you spend away from your car if you have firearms inside it.

3. If you possess a concealed carry weapon permit and wish to carry your self defense firearm with you while road tripping, make sure you look up which states will honor Illinois’ CCW permits as valid, and which won’t. As of right now, 30 states will honor an Illinois CCW permit as valid, including all states that are adjacent to Illinois, but make sure you research your destination and route to make sure you’re carrying legally the whole way. If you have a permit from another state, it’s important to note that Illinois will not honor it as valid.

Although it may be confusing to keep track of all the rules and procedures, if you do your research ahead of time, traveling with your firearms can be a piece of cake. For more information about traveling with firearms, please contact Dennis Leifheit at:

Northern Illinois Carry, LLC

405 Somonauk St.

Sycamore, IL 60178

Phone: (815) 501-9421

www.northernillinoiscarry.com

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