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Howell Chamber, Parks and Rec Authority partner to ‘Light Up Howell’

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While the traditional Fantasy of Lights parade is canceled this year, Livingston County residents have a new way to get into the holiday spirit

Organizers from the Howell Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority are working together to host a drive-thru holiday event in Scofield Park, Light Up Howell. 

“Both organizations wanted to make sure to keep spirits up,” said Tim Church, director for the recreation authority. “This was our way of making sure a holiday event would stay in town.”

In years past HAPRA kicked off the Holiday in the Park events the first weekend in December, after the Fantasy of Lights Parade, with activities continuing until Christmas. 

Janelle Best, president of the Howell Chamber. said the COVID-19 outbreak caused the chamber to reflect on what the community looks like without the traditional events such as Melon Fest and the Fantasy of Lights parade. 

“We really wanted to be able to offer a community event. With all of 2020 being canceled we thought it was really important to provide something family-friendly, and draw people downtown,” she said.

The groups decided to combine resources this year to create the Light Up Howell event featuring thousands of strands of lights, an animated display set to music from Santa’s Light Crew, fun inflatables, and a reverse parade, Church said. 

He said the theme this year is “Around the World,” with displays portraying “other traditional holidays that may not be prominent in Livingston County.”

Similar to this year’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow event, residents can purchase tickets for the drive-thru event taking place over 16 days. Each vehicle will need one ticket and will receive a special ornament commemorating the event. 

Community-built floats will be on display for the duration of the event, built by those who usually participate in the Fantasy of Lights Parade. 

The cost of $15 per vehicle will go to support the two organizations and downtown Howell. 

The kickoff weekend will focus on the Fantasy of Lights Parade traditions and will feature four grand marshals. Santa will also be on-site for the opening weekend. 

The event will take place Nov. 27-29, Dec. 4-6, Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 18-24. 

There will are also three special event days: Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, where participants will receive a bag with coupons or merchandise from local businesses and author Denise Brennan-Nelson.

To register visit: https://bit.ly/36tWohR.

Contact Kayla Daugherty at 517-552-2848 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @KayDaugherty92

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Layoffs hit Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s nonprofit partner

The nonprofit that supports the Golden Gate National Recreation Area says it will lay off more than a quarter of its staff, or about 108 employees, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Like much of the tourism sector, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has been forced to scale back operations, which include running tours and visitor centers at such popular spots as Alcatraz, Muir Woods and the Marin Headlands. The reductions have cut deep into the organization’s budget.

As a result, the organization is facing hard decisions about what programs, from education to ecological restoration to facility improvements, it can afford to continue across the recreation area’s 84,000 acres of Bay Area lands. About a third of the staff was temporarily cut over the summer, and now the conservancy says many of those furloughs will become permanent, effective Dec. 31.

“This year has been tough for everyone, there’s no way around it,” Christine Lehnertz, the organization’s president and CEO, said in an emailed statement to The Chronicle.

The 400-person conservancy been a partner with the National Park Service since 1981. Last year alone, the group estimates that it rallied thousands of volunteers and contributed $47 million worth of services to GGNRA.

The recreation area, which consists of a constellation of park sites from San Mateo County to Marin County, is one of the busiest properties in the National Park Service. In 2019, the area counted 15 million visits.

The conservancy operates the GGNRA’s visitor centers and shops, and conducts a wide range of programs in the park, from building trails in the Presidio to bringing school groups to Hawk Hill to restoring habitat for coho salmon in Muir Woods.

One of the group’s most lucrative services is providing self-guided audio tours at Alcatraz, which have ceased since the cellhouse closed with the pandemic. Along with sales of merchandise, the tours account for nearly 60% of the conservancy’s revenues.

The organization estimates that its annual operating budget of about $55 million will be less than half that next fiscal year.

The Presidio Trust, which manages most of the GGNRA’s Presidio, has also been hit hard by the pandemic. Earlier this year, the agency laid off about 20% of its 350 employees. The trust is financially dependent on leases with housing and businesses in the Presidio, including restaurants and inns, which have struggled this year.

Kurtis Alexander is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @kurtisalexander

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Trip.com Group LIVE for Trip Global Partner Summit unites industry for the future of travel

SINGAPORE, Oct. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — From 10 October, leading online travel services provider, Trip.com Group began the “LIVE for Trip” campaign as part of its “Travel On”initiative to bolster the recovery of the global travel industry.

On 29 October, Trip.com Group held its Global Partner Summit in Chengdu, a key event in the LIVE for Trip campaign. The Global Partner Summit hosted over 2,600 attendees, consisting of 1,000 tourism, 690 accommodation, 290 market, and 230 transportation representatives. Leading global travel brands, including more than 300 hotels and 70 hotel groups, such as InterContinental, Accor, Hyatt, Shimao, Shangri-La, 35 airlines, such as Singapore Airlines, Air France-KLM, Air Macau and 60 plus air ticket vendors came together with Trip.com Group for the development of the travel industry.

At the conference, Trip.com Group chairman and co-founder, James Liang, highlighted the need for “local focus, global vision” when reimagining the travel business, and Trip.com Group’s investment in marketing to innovate the ways in which travel businesses engage with customers. Mr. Liang delved into the trends of increased preferences for high-end, boutique and themed trips, the integration of scenic attractions into destinations, as well as the rise of the night-time economy. “Trip.com Group platforms are no longer just for exchanges between partners and customers, but we now create ourselves, utilizing innovative marketing and content generation to offer greater opportunities and greater value to our users and partners,” said Liang.

Jane Sun, CEO of Trip.com Group, spoke to attendees on the importance of unity during times of hardship. Sun, who has been acknowledged for her leadership during the pandemic, outlined the vision of digital transformation and innovative marketing that has driven Trip.com Group to play a leading role in the travel revival. Addressing industry leaders, Sun reinforced the importance of cooperation during difficult times and reflected on the important decisions the Group took to support industry partners during the pandemic. Looking ahead, Sun highlighted the success of the innovations and enhancement of services developed by Trip.com Group, and the beacon these were for the future global travel recovery.

Speaking on the road to recovery for the hotel industry, Ray Chen, CEO of Accommodation Business Trip.com Group, shared how Trip.com Group is leading the way. Trip.com Group’s improved property service index supports hotel partners to improve their services and provides customers with a clear metric to choose their desired property. This process has seen Trip.com Group platforms transform from a purchasing to a content marketing platform. “This transformation allows our platforms to host more comprehensive content such as pictures, reviews, videos and labels, thereby enhance user experience and meet the complex needs of users,” said Chen.

Focusing on the evolution of travel marketing, Bo Sun, CMO of Trip.com Group, shared with attendees the expansion of Trip.com Group’s innovative marketing approaches. “Trip.com Group has upgraded its marketing performance to drive its business evolution,” Bo Sun said. Through the integration of data, developing a content ecosystem, and creating immersive experiences for users, Trip.com Group is pushing its

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RedAwning and Affirm Partner for Buy Now Pay Later Vacation Rentals

35,000 North American Vacation Rental Properties Now Eligible for Easy Payment Plans

Emeryville, CA –News Direct– RedAwning

RedAwning, the leading hospitality platform for short term rentals, and Affirm, the better way to buy, today announced a new partnership to enable guests to book a vacation rental now and pay later, even after staying. Affirm offers flexible and affordable payment plans so that guests can rent their dream home at their dream destination, and not have to worry about paying for their trip all at once. RedAwning’s property collection, covering every major vacation destination in North America, represents the largest collection of vacation rental properties ever available on a pay over time basis. Property owners and managers participating in the RedAwning Network are already participating in this new program automatically with no action required.

“We know vacation rental stays can be a large purchase for many travelers, so we are excited to offer this industry-first approach,” said Tim Choate, Founder & CEO of RedAwning.com. “Demand for vacation rental travel is increasing and our addition of a pay over time option enables even more guests to travel, rent a nicer home, or take a longer trip. This new offering further expands on our industry leadership for property owners and managers too.” RedAwning participating property owners and managers generate more revenue for less work, with their properties presented everywhere guests shop for travel online.

Affirm adds to RedAwning’s long list of exclusive, industry leading benefits for property owners and managers to help them generate more revenue with less work. These include free professional photography with Meero, pricing optimization, distribution everywhere guests shop for travel, Amazon Prime Now delivery mapping, a mobile app, a web portal, 24/7 Reservations and Guest Services, payment processing with Stripe, Amazon Smart Concierge, and much more.

To learn more about RedAwning’s industry-leading marketing, reservations, and hospitality platform, just visit www.redawning.com/list.

Financing subject to eligibility. Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, Member FDIC.

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About RedAwning

RedAwning is the leading platform for short term rentals. RedAwning presents the world’s largest collection of vacation properties to guests wherever they shop for travel. With over 35,000 properties represented on behalf of thousands of property owners and managers, RedAwning covers virtually every leisure destination in North America, and includes a comprehensive layer of services and support with every stay. RedAwning is the largest single U.S. supplier to every major travel website, including Booking.com, Expedia, HomeAway/VRBO, Airbnb, and the new Google Travel. RedAwning also operates exclusive vacation property booking websites, including RedAwning.com for travelers, and TravelPro Rentals, which enables 20,000 travel agents to book vacation properties. RedAwning has been a leading innovator in the vacation rental industry since 2010, with a mission to redefine the customer journey for guests, hosts and property managers alike, and to drive new approaches that make the booking and staying experience at short term rental properties more consistent, easier, safer and better for all. To browse and book the RedAwning Collection, visit www.redawning.com.

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lastminute.com partner connect – Hotel

lastminute.com has developed a state-of-the art two-way connectivity platform for updating and managing rates, availability and inventory. The interface is simple and straightforward to use: updates made here will be delivered directly into your system. Your reservation system and lastminute.com’s website will be in sync, without any manual data entries. 

Benefits to Hoteliers

  • Save costs associated with constant maintenance and rate discrepancies.
  • Eliminate manual efforts with Booking Delivery which can deliver reservation directly into your system.
  • Replace constant, manual updates, in multiple systems, with one easy-to-use platform.
  • Avoid price and inventory discrepancies.
  • Make instantaneous updates to rates and inventory, with a system that is an exact mirror to your reservation system.
  • Distribute all your available products to lastminute.com(there are no room type or rate plan limitations).
  • If you are on GDS connection now, you will be in a “real-time” update environment. Avoid the delays and system latencies which are resulting in lost customers.

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Resource Description
Overview Overview of how lastminute.com Partner Connect works with your PMS, CRS, Channel Manager and how the booking process integrates with your system.
How to Get Started Follow these simple steps to get started with lastminute.com Partner Connect.
List of Connectivity Providers Use this link to find current Connectivity Providers working with lastminute.com Partner Connect.
Update your Products Access the lastminute.com Partner Connect resources to add new properties and new products, as well as to update  content and photos.
Frequently Asked Questions Frequently asked questions about lastminute.com Partner Connect.
Best Practices Now that you’re on lastminute.com Partner Connect, select this link for additional ways you can drive revenue.
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