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Marriott agrees partnership with Alibaba: Offline to Online is a new tourism paradigm

first_imgMarriott International Inc., the world’s largest hotelier with about 6.000 facilities globally, has agreed on a business partnership, ie a partnership with Alibaba Group, China’s largest online sales platform. A partnership that will certainly change the tourism market and launch a new dimension of partnership.The Marriott will thus promote the entire line, from the eponymous brand to the Sheraton and the Ritz-Carlton, on Alibaba’s Fliggy website. It will also synergistically link its loyalty programs and provide new promotions for Chinese travelers. ”We both believe we can create huge synergies from this strategic partnership”Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s chief executive, told Bloomberg.comChinese tourists are the world’s largest travelers, and the market is still growing rapidly, with Chinese tourists spending more than $ 100 billion in 2016 and driving change in the global tourism industry. As they point out in their statement, Marriott wants to gain the trust of as many guests as possible and boost loyalty as they compete with alternative service providers such as Airbnb. “It really is about how we will service this already large but fast growing group of global travelers, especially Chinese ones. This is actually a marriage online to offline and vice versa, and most importantly it is a marriage of our professional fields. OTO is a new paradigm ” said Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott.The importance of this partnership and the potential is sufficient, as evidenced by the fact that Alibaba’s average daily turnover is around one billion US dollars, it has more than 800 million products in its store with over 400 million users, and in just one second it can do as many as 60.000 transaction. In synergy with 100 million loyal customers from the Marriott customer base, there is a lot of traffic and cross-correlation.An estimated 122 million Chinese left the country in 2016 and spent about $ 109,8 billion, according to a statement from China’s National Tourism Administration, with key destinations including Japan and the United States. This year, U.S. visitors alone are expected to grow 15 percent, with an estimate of 3,96 million in 2018 from about 3 million in 2016, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.One thing is for sure, this cooperation is a step forward and a departure from the classic framework, which will certainly encourage various new partnerships, which will open a totally new door and opportunities, both for tourists and for all other related parties.Source: Bloomberg.comlast_img read more

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Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights return to Fairmont for another Minnesota show

first_imgPit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow for the 98th event in the tour’s 10-plus seasons.  Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5:30 p.m., with 7 p.m. hot laps to precede racing. Six previous Dirt Knights events have been held at Algona since 2011.  Modified features at Fairmont and Algona are qualifying events for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Also running each night are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. The 2020 finale and 100th tour event is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 30 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton, traditional home track of the IMCA Modified division.  Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour top 10 point standings – 1. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, 155; 2. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 123; 3. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 116; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 115; 5. Jason Brees, Meriden, 110; 6. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 107; 7. David Brown, Kellogg, 99; 8. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 94; 9. Bob Moore, Sioux City, 90; 10. Ricky Stephan, Sioux City, 83. FAIRMONT, Minn. – A Minnesota track that made Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour history last summer welcomes traveling IMCA Modifieds back on Wednesday night.  One thousand dollars is also the top prize when the tour is at Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa, for the Thursday, Aug. 6 Denny Hovenga Memorial  2016 champion Chris Abelson was the Monday night tour winner at Clay County Fair Speedway. Point leader Ethan Braaksma topped the first two events, at Park Jefferson Speedway and at Buena Vista Raceway, and Joel Rust took the checkers at Hancock County Speedway. Fairmont Raceway became the first speedplant in the North Star State to host the IMCA tour in August of 2019. The Dirt Knights will be back in town on Aug. 5, running for $1,000 to win the Bob Shryock Memorial headliner. last_img read more

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Cuban migrants continue arriving as Costa Rica declares mission accomplished

first_imgRelated posts:Crisis at the border: Costa Rica weighs its options after Nicaragua violently turns back Cuban migrants Costa Rica considers flights for Cuban migrants as options shrink  Cuban migrants with children to be among first out in Costa Rica airlift  Panama to send 3,800 US-bound Cubans to Mexico A week after President Luis Guillermo Solís saw offone of the last flights of the airlift that carried thousands of stranded Cuban migrants to the U.S. border, hundreds more Cubans are amassing again at Costa Rica’s southern border with Panama.Still, Solís said Thursday that Costa Rica had “accomplished” its four-month humanitarian mission caring for the Cubans migrants and that the country would not receive more migrants. The president addressed potential arrivals at a news conference, saying, “We’re not going to be able to attend to you as we would like and as they deserve.”The president said that if migrants enter Costa Rica illegally they will be deported. Cubans are part of a small group of nationalities that require restricted visas to enter Costa Rica.The president placed unequivocal blame for the continuing migrant crisis on the U.S. Cuban Adjustment Act.Recommended: ‘Dusty-foot’ Cubans forgo rafts, choose land route through Costa Rica“Cuban immigration will continue because it’s a structural phenomenon,” Solís said, “until the government of the United States puts an end to the laws that attract this migration. There’s a responsibility to call attention to these laws. …“Until these laws change we will continue to see this situation that, from a humanitarian point of view, creates so much pain and risk for these thousands of Cuban migrants,” he said.As migrants continue to build up where the crisis started last November, Barack Obama is set to be the first U.S. president to travel to Cuba in 88 years on March 20.Solís asked police to increase their presence in the Southern Zone and called for the International Organization for Migration to hold a regional meeting of foreign ministers and immigration administrators in the coming weeks to address this new wave of Cuban migrants.Costa Rica granted more than 7,800 Cuban migrants temporary transit visas between Nov. 1 and Dec. 18, 2015. A conflict between Costa Rica and Nicaragua closed the northern border to Cubans migrants, leaving them stranded here. Eventually a plan was reached to fly out 4,800 of the migrants. The remaining thousands left the country through their own means, including smugglers.Solís said that the government was following the situation and was “heartbroken” by the continued migration flow. He added: “We know what the cost is of these movements.”Recommended: Reforms by Castro, Obama set stage for Cuban migration spike Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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