Connect with us

Spread & Containment

Future Travel Experience Dublin Awards 2022 winners announced

The following article was published by Future Travel Experience
The most innovative airlines, airports and startups were recognised for their efforts to…

Published

on

The following article was published by Future Travel Experience

The most innovative airlines, airports and startups were recognised for their efforts to deliver transformative thinking, new commercial and ancillary strategies, and customer experience excellence at the FTE Dublin Awards ceremony.

The most innovative airlines, airports and startups were recognised for their efforts to deliver transformative thinking, new commercial and ancillary strategies, and customer experience excellence at the Future Travel Experience Dublin Awards ceremony. The winners across the four award categories, including the FTE Airline/Airport Transformation Power Lists EMEA, FTE World Ancillary Award, FTE World Airport Retailing Award, FTE Startup Innovation Award and the APEX Passenger Choice Awards, were announced during a presentation ceremony at the co-located FTE EMEA, FTE Ancillary & FTE World Airport Retailing shows, which took place at the RDS Dublin on 7-9 June.

The ceremony, kindly sponsored by Flyr Labs, kicked off with the FTE Airline/Airport Transformation Power Lists EMEA, which recognised the most transformative change enablers within the airline and airport industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for their outstanding efforts to lead how their organisation has embraced innovation in order to recover and thrive following the wide-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Power List judges were looking for individuals who are pioneering new approaches that have the potential to improve travel for passengers and make the industry safer, more efficient and commercially successful. A total of 20 leading figures from airlines and airports across the region were recognised for their achievements. Six of them were awarded with “Highly Commended” certificates, and a further six took home an “Outstanding Achievement” trophy, further to a voting process that was conducted through FTE Advisory Boards members, and other key trusted collaborators.

FTE Airport Transformation Power List EMEA 2022 – Outstanding Achievement

Emanuele Calà, Vice President Innovation & Quality, Aeroporti di Roma (ADR)

Emanuele Calà has been the Vice President of Innovation & Quality at Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) since 2016, guiding the quality turnaround of ADR and bringing the company to the top of the ranking of European airports in terms of passenger satisfaction and innovation. In July 2020, he championed the evolution of ADR’s ‘Quality’ business division into ‘Innovation & Quality’, introducing a function dedicated to innovation for the first time in ADR’s history. The new business unit has the strategic task of defining a new model of innovation by promoting the spread of innovation culture across the company, ensuring the development of a functional network to drive collaboration with startups and open innovation partners, and identifying innovation projects through the scouting of company best practices and new enabling technologies.

Sjoerd Blüm, Chief Information Officer, Royal Schiphol Group

In the midst of the pandemic, Royal Schiphol Group laid out a future-looking vision to create a fully autonomous airport by 2050. In line with these ambitions, in February 2021 the airport group launched its new ‘Autonomous Airside Operations’ programme, which will see all airside vehicles be replaced by an interconnected fleet of autonomous, emission-free vehicles with all associated processes being automated by 2030. Since the inception of the ‘Autonomous Airside Operations’ programme, Royal Schiphol Group’s ambitious vision has started to materialise in a series of trials and feasibility studies, including a project which observed how an autonomous baggage tractor can take baggage to the aircraft on the apron at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, as well as trials of two TaxiBot towing vehicles that enable aircraft to taxi sustainably. As CIO for Royal Schiphol Group, Sjoerd Blum is responsible for leading the IT teams through Schiphol’s digital transformation to becoming the world’s best digital airport while keeping its daily IT operations running smoothly.

Ersin Inankul, Chief Digital & Commercial Officer, İGA İstanbul Airport

In April 2022, Istanbul Airport will mark two years since the “Great Move” – the successful transfer of operations from Atatürk Airport to the new mega-hub in just 33 hours. In line with its ‘Smart Airport’ concept, Istanbul Airport is committed to designing an end-to-end fully digital passenger experience that will take the digital customer journey to the next level, utilising touchless technologies, artificial intelligence, and biometrics. With the aim to design a low-touch passenger experience and optimise passenger processing at the airport, Istanbul Airport conducted a six-month biometric-enabled Proof of Concept (PoC) in partnership with Turkish Airlines, which showed a 30% reduction in boarding times. The airport has also created a cutting-edge data centre for all its IT services enabling information flow between the airport and its stakeholders. Leading these efforts is Ersin İnankul, whose current focus is on developing a new digital strategy for commercial activities at Istanbul Airport to understand a deep and detailed view of the airport’s customer behaviour across all channels. He is developing a unique open commercial platform for technology-enabled collaboration with all related parties to enhance the services that are offered and improve the passenger experience, while successfully uniting technology with commerce.

FTE Airport Transformation Power List EMEA 2022 – Highly Commended

Karin Gylin, Head of Strategic Development and Innovation, Swedavia

Amparo Brea Álvarez, Director of Innovation, Sustainability and Client Experience, Aena

Suhail Kadri, SVP Technology & Innovation, Hamad International Airport

FTE Airline Transformation Power List EMEA 2022 – Outstanding Achievement

Charlotte Svensson, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)

Charlotte Svensson was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of SAS in February 2020 and has since driven the organisation’s technological development and structure, in order to respond to future needs – a journey needed now more than ever before for the aviation industry. From the onset of the pandemic, Svensson was presented with the challenge to deliver on aggressive cost savings and increase speed in development, while driving the largest move within Digital & IT in the history of the company. She has successfully transformed SAS into an agile, value stream-oriented organisation, fully operational in the cloud. This has enabled the airline’s focus on vital business development, putting the needs of the business at the forefront and at the same time drive an ambitious plan for cost decrease, by using frontrunner technology such as AI, machine learning, robotics and persistently challenging high-cost solutions. Moreover, to secure its long-term competitiveness, SAS has embarked on a major transformation plan – known as ‘SAS Forward’ – defined by digitalisation and sustainability.

Keenan Hamza, Vice President Technology Futures & Innovation, Emirates Group

Despite the difficult business environment, Emirates Group has continued to invest in the future of the company, while delivering innovative new customer services and ensuring the health and safety of its customers and employees. To help passengers navigate the varied and dynamic travel requirements around the world, the airline launched a digital COVID-19 travel information hub as a one-stop shop for information on emirates.com, while continuing its in investment in biometrics and touchless technologies with the launch of an integrated biometric path and touchless self-service check-in and baggage drop kiosks at Dubai International Airport. No stranger to delivering experiences and engaging with customers in the digital world, last year Emirates became the first airline to launch its own VR app on the Oculus store, while just this month it became among the first to experiment with NFTs (non-fungible tokens) and the metaverse to create unique experiences for its customers and employees. As Vice President Technology Futures & Innovation, Keenan Hamza is instrumental in shaping Emirates Group’s technology and innovation approach, while also supporting the global aviation business through his involvement with the aviation and travel incubator, Intelak.

Serdar Gürbüz, Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions & Analytics, Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines is continuing its digital journey that it embarked on in 2016 in order to strengthen its competitive position in the digital era. The airline’s innovation team has been at the core of this transformation and has adopted a truly agile strategy firmly focusing on testing prototypes and creating an open innovation ecosystem through collaboration and strategic partnerships. To keep up with the rapid development of technology, in 2020 the carrier established a new company, Turkish Airlines Technology Inc., as a 100% subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, in order to contribute more to the Turkish aviation ecosystem and become a global brand in technology. The airline has also turned to the startup community to achieve innovation from the outside in and in June 2020 it launched Turkish Airlines Terminal, its new technology, innovation and startup platform to inspire next generation startups to test their products and services, develop potential collaboration and contribute to the startup ecosystem. In his role as SVP, Customer Solutions & Analytics, it is clear that Serdar Gürbüz is successfully driving the airline’s digital transformation through digitalisation of processes, including self-service, biometrics, automation and robotics.

FTE Airline Transformation Power List EMEA 2022 – Highly Commended

Joel Goldberg, Chief Digital Officer, Wizz Air

Georg Haraldsson, CCO / CIO, PLAY Airlines

John Hurley, Chief Technology Officer, Ryanair

The Award ceremony then continued with the presentation of the FTE World Airline Ancillary Award, which recognised the most pioneering airline that has tapped into digital advancements to create new ancillary revenue streams across the end-to-end journey, and the FTE World Airport Retailing Award, which was presented to the most pioneering airport that has continually embraced technology to shape its airport retail proposition and drive commercial innovation.

FTE World Airline Ancillary Award

AirAsia was crowned the winner of the FTE World Airline Ancillary Award for its excellence in driving ancillary revenues at every point in the passenger journey. The carrier is going beyond that in recent years and is now transitioning into a digital travel and lifestyle company with over 20 products and services on its super app leveraging off each other including flights, hotels, food, retail, delivery, ride hailing and more.

FTE World Airport Retailing Award

Heathrow Airport won the FTE World Airport Retailing Award for its efforts to merge the digital and physical world at the airport terminal. The airport’s digital retailing efforts range from in-store digital and experiential experiences with brands and retailers through to mobile pre-ordering of F&B for passengers and digital marketplace efforts.

FTE Startup Innovation Award

SimpleVisa was voted the winner of the FTE Startup Innovation Award. 11 startups in total competed for the accolade and each delivered a pitch during the FTE Dublin show, with SimpleVisa emerging as the winner after a vote by attendees. SimpleVisa aims to help travellers understand border crossing requirements, and process Electronic visas (eVisas) and travel authorisations (eTAs) on their behalf. SimpleVisa’s integrations make it easy for airlines to notify their customers of the required travel requirements and guide them through a friction-less application experience as an ancillary service.

Winners of the 2022 APEX Passenger Choice Awards were also announced during the show.

 

Article originally published here:
Future Travel Experience Dublin Awards 2022 winners announced

Read More

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Spread & Containment

How to Use Dividends to Find the Best Tech Stock

Investors Alley
How to Use Dividends to Find the Best Tech Stock
When we talk about tech stock investing, we hear discussions of all sorts about different…

Published

on

Investors Alley
How to Use Dividends to Find the Best Tech Stock

When we talk about tech stock investing, we hear discussions of all sorts about different measures used for picking stocks.

For example, some tech investors use year-over-year revenue growth. Others subscribe to a theory that has been floating around for many years, that the secret to picking tech stocks was looking at the percentage of cash flows spent on research and development.

All too often, tech stock analysis consists of storytelling and searching for ideas that will change the world, something I’ve heard thousands of times during my career. The number of companies that actually did change the world probably totals up to a few dozen over three decades.

Some of those beat the market. Others did not.

I have found a variable that can help tech investors spot promising opportunities to identify technology companies that have higher probabilities of providing market-beating returns: dividends.

Note a stock’s dividend yield: investors who want higher dividends with an overall total return would be smart to look into high-yield tech stocks as part of their income strategy. The key to using dividends to find market-beating tech stocks is to look at the rate of their dividend growth. It doesn’t matter how high the dividend is at any given time. We want to see companies that are consistently growing their dividends.

A tech company that pays a dividend is making a statement. It tells the world: “We are generating enough cash to pay the bills, hire great people, and fund our future growth plans as well as R&D. In fact, we are generating so much cash we have some left over to pay out to our investors.”

Ideally, we want to limit our universe of companies to those who are increasing their payout by at least 20% annually. Growing a dividend at that high a rate says that things are just continuing to get better.

Once we have a universe of tech companies that are growing their payouts at high levels, we want to make sure we only own those that really do have a wonderful business that just keeps getting better. We want to use a financial checklist to make sure our companies are in excellent financial shape and have what it takes to keep growing the business.

I prefer the nine-point checklist developed by Professor Joseph Piotroski when he was at the University of Chicago – known as the “Piotroski F-Score”. This is a list of nine criteria of profitability, leverage, and efficiency. On each criterion, a firm can either get one or zero points – pass or fail.

I limit my universe of tech stocks with paid dividend growth to just two to three with the highest scores on the Piotroski checklist.

Using this simple method for picking tech stock winners has crushed the S&P 500 over the past decade and even edged at the tech-heavy NASDAQ 100.

Texas Instruments (TXN) makes the current list of technology companies with high dividend growth and outstanding fundamentals and prospects. The company makes most of its revenues from semiconductors, but it does still have some revenues from its calculators and other business machines. (I have had one of these, a Texas BAII calculator, within arm’s reach for most of my career.)

Texas Instruments had a solid second quarter and increased its guidance for the third quarter. The company has not suffered the China slowdown problems that have plagued some of their competitors so far. The brightest spot in the recent report was semiconductors being sold to the automobile industry, which were up 20%.

Although we have seen some slowdown in semiconductors due to the supply chain issues created by the pandemic, Texas Instruments has powerful tailwinds from all the developments we see in technology over the next decade.

Every one of the hottest trends in the economy—from renewable energy to artificial intelligence and everything in between—is going to increase demand for semiconductor chips. There are thousands of semiconductors in every electric vehicle, which will be another massive source of demand for the industry.

Texas Instruments has a yield of 2.5% right now, and has been growing that payout by 20.5% annually.

Another semiconductor company, Broadcom (AVGO) has the fastest-growing payout on our list right now. The company makes chips for smartphones, networking, broadband, and wireless connectivity. Broadcom’s recent purchase of Symantec’s Enterprise Business also puts it in the cybersecurity business.

Broadcom’s shares currently yield 2.97% and the payment has risen by an average of 49% annually for the past five years.

Most investors will never think of using dividends as part of the stock selection process. Rigorous testing shows that dividend growth is actually an important part of identifying companies with the potential to be huge winners.

My favorite way to invest in those companies isn’t to buy their stock, though. Instead, I like to use a special, little-known investment that lets me invest in these companies for up to 18% less than what others pay…

While collecting twice or more the dividend yield!

All without any more risk. I’m tracking 5 opportunities like that right now, and I lay them all out right here.

Only 3% of investors even know these funds exist

But using them, I can beat the market 2-to-1 while collecting 2-10X MORE yield from regular dividend stocks.

I learned this trick while I was rubbing elbows with some of the biggest fund managers in US history.

They too are buying these little known funds, cashing in huge discounts and collecting income while they do it.

Click here to learn the secret yourself.

 

How to Use Dividends to Find the Best Tech Stock
Tim Melvin

Read More

Continue Reading

Government

Where Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean Sit on Covid Vaccines

Do You still need to be vaccinated to go on a Royal Caribbean, Carnival, or Norwegian Cruise?

Published

on

Do You still need to be vaccinated to go on a Royal Caribbean, Carnival, or Norwegian Cruise?

Cruise line covid-19 vaccination and testing rules, which were imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the beginning of the pandemic, have been stricter than most. After the pandemic started in early 2020, the CDC signed a No Sail Order on March 14, 2020, which was finally lifted after nearly eight months on Oct. 30, 2020.

After the No Sail Order was lifted, the CDC enacted extremely restrictive rules and regulations to help keep passengers safe with the covid pandemic still raging throughout the world. The rules and regulations were set forth to begin to return cruise lines to operational status.

The cruise lines first had to be staffed accordingly and set up with the ability to test, treat and quarantine for covid medical emergencies. Testing for crew and passengers before embarkment and before dis-embarkment was required. The testing at pre-embarkment was a measure to protect those boarding, while the post-trip testing was for determining if an infection started on the cruise line itself. Being able to track the virus was very important in the prevention of spreading the virus and protecting patrons.

Image source: Shutterstock

Vaccination Still Not a Free Pass to Board

Once the vaccination was developed and approved, it became part of the CDC guidelines for cruise line adult passengers to have their vaccination before boarding. Even with a vaccination, guests still needed to test before they boarded the cruise lines. As the vaccine was approved for younger age groups, those age groups were then also required to have the vaccine to travel. Passengers were required to be fully vaccinated unless they are exempt by some status.

Before boarding, cruise line passengers who tested positive, as well as their travel companions, were not allowed to board, depending on the cruise line and how long the cruise may be. Some passengers were allowed to board and then isolate, others would have to reschedule their trip. Trip insurance is a good buy these days.

Cruise Lines Letting Loose on Vaccine Policies

Carnival Cruise Line  (CCL) - Get Carnival Corporation Report has now removed pre-cruise testing for vaccinated guests and also welcomes unvaccinated guests to travel. Fully vaccinated guests traveling less than 16 nights with the cruise line will no longer be subjected to testing, but still must provide proof of their vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers will only need to provide a negative covid test result to board the ships. All rules and regulations are still subject to the destination country’s guidelines.

According to the Healthy Sail Center for Royal Caribbean  (RCL) - Get Royal Caribbean Group Report, the cruise line has updated its covid vaccination protocol. The cruise line will now allow passengers regardless of vaccination status to board in some ports if the travelers meet the testing requirements. Testing requirements vary by cruise departure and destination. Check the cruise lines port departure for updated information on requirements.

There is, however, a major exception, at least for now, which is obvious when you look at the specific wording shared by the cruise line:

"Starting with September 5 departures, all travelers regardless of vaccination status can cruise on the following itineraries, as long as they meet any testing requirements to board.

  • Cruises from Los Angeles, California.
  • Cruises from Galveston, Texas.
  • Cruises from New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Cruises from a European homeport.

Notice that Florida, a major port for the cruise line, is not currently on the list.

In the U.S. aside from Florida, any guest with a valid negative covid test within the last three days will be able to board. These guests will also not be required to take a second test at the boarding terminal. Fully vaccinated guests do not need to provide proof of a negative covid test for shorter cruises. See the cruise line website for all updated information as it is subject to change.

Beginning Sept. 3, Norwegian Cruise Line  (NCLH) - Get Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Report is dropping its covid vaccine requirements for all its cruises. The cruise line stated that it is continuing to follow requirements for all destination countries, so guests traveling will want to check on destination vaccine and testing requirements. All guests 12 and older regardless of vaccination need to show proof of a negative test within 72 hours. Check NCL online for further instructions prior to travel.

The CDC has taken the stance that travelers are now well informed enough to make their own decisions when it comes to traveling on cruise lines. The travelers are taking their own assumed risk for their health and well-being. Cruise lines are now welcoming this new freedom for their passengers. 

Read More

Continue Reading

Government

Here’s Where Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean Stand on Covid Vax Rules

The three major cruise line have all made big changes to their vaccine policies and some passengers may be very happy (while some won’t.)

Published

on

The three major cruise line have all made big changes to their vaccine policies and some passengers may be very happy (while some won't.)

Cruise line covid-19 vaccination and testing rules, which were imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the beginning of the pandemic, have been stricter than most. After the pandemic started in early 2020, the CDC signed a No Sail Order on March 14, 2020, which was finally lifted after nearly eight months on Oct. 30, 2020.

After the No Sail Order was lifted, the CDC enacted extremely restrictive rules and regulations to help keep passengers safe with the covid pandemic still raging throughout the world. The rules and regulations were set forth to begin to return cruise lines to operational status.

The cruise lines first had to be staffed accordingly and set up with the ability to test, treat and quarantine for covid medical emergencies. Testing for crew and passengers before embarkment and before dis-embarkment was required. The testing at pre-embarkment was a measure to protect those boarding, while the post-trip testing was for determining if an infection started on the cruise line itself. Being able to track the virus was very important in the prevention of spreading the virus and protecting patrons.

Image source: Shutterstock

Vaccination Still Not a Free Pass to Board

Once the vaccination was developed and approved, it became part of the CDC guidelines for cruise line adult passengers to have their vaccination before boarding. Even with a vaccination, guests still needed to test before they boarded the cruise lines. As the vaccine was approved for younger age groups, those age groups were then also required to have the vaccine to travel. Passengers were required to be fully vaccinated unless they are exempt by some status.

Before boarding, cruise line passengers who tested positive, as well as their travel companions, were not allowed to board, depending on the cruise line and how long the cruise may be. Some passengers were allowed to board and then isolate, others would have to reschedule their trip. Trip insurance is a good buy these days.

Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

Cruise Lines Letting Loose on Vaccine Policies

Carnival Cruise Line  (CCL) - Get Carnival Corporation Report has now removed pre-cruise testing for vaccinated guests and also welcomes unvaccinated guests to travel. Fully vaccinated guests traveling less than 16 nights with the cruise line will no longer be subjected to testing, but still must provide proof of their vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers will only need to provide a negative covid test result to board the ships. All rules and regulations are still subject to the destination country’s guidelines.

According to the Healthy Sail Center for Royal Caribbean  (RCL) - Get Royal Caribbean Group Report, the cruise line has updated its covid vaccination protocol. The cruise line will now allow passengers regardless of vaccination status to board if the travelers meet the testing requirements. Testing requirements vary by cruise departure and destination. Check the cruise lines port departure for updated information on requirements.

In the U.S., any guest with a valid negative covid test within the last three days will be able to board. These guests will also not be required to take a second test at the boarding terminal. Fully vaccinated guests do not need to provide proof of a negative covid tests for shorter cruises. See the cruise line website for all updated information as it is subject to change.

Beginning Sept. 3, Norwegian Cruise Line  (NCLH) - Get Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Report is dropping its covid vaccine requirements for all its cruises. The cruise line stated that it is continuing to follow requirements for all destination countries, so guests travelling will want to check on destination vaccine and testing requirements. All guests 12 and older regardless of vaccination need to show proof of a negative test within 72 hours. Check NCL online for further instructions prior to travel.

The CDC has taken the stance that travelers are now well informed enough to make their own decisions when it comes to travelling on cruise lines. The travelers are taking their own assumed risk for their health and well-being. Cruise lines are now welcoming this new freedom for their passengers. 

Read More

Continue Reading

Trending