April 13, 2021

News in brief: Air Canada, Marriott and more

Air Canada has made a long-term commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions throughout its global operations by 2050. The airline has laid out plans to modernise its fleet, further evaluate new electric, hydrogen or hybrid technologies, invest in sustainable aviation fuels and clean energy, and explore carbon negative emission technology.

CT Travel Group has partnered with Trees4Travel to help its clients offset their carbon footprint. Using the Trees4Travel platform, CT Travel Group – in particular CT Business Travel – will be able to monitor carbon offset on behalf of its clients, make reduction recommendations and monitor planting of indigenous trees in validated reforestation projects around the world.

The BTA has appointed Varinder Atwal, Senior Director of Supplier Management at CWT, as Board Director to help the association showcase the important role business travel plays in the UK and the global economy. The BTA said Atwal brings “substantial expertise in directing global teams, bolstering stakeholder engagement and aligning strategic objectives with customer needs”. Before joining CWT she held a range of sales, marketing and leadership roles within KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France.

Marriott International has redesigned the app for its loyalty scheme, Marriott Bonvoy, to make it more intuitive. Alongside other benefits, the app will make it easier for guests to choose a contactless option for check-in and check-out, easy access to mobile keys, and the ability to request services and amenities via chat and mobile requests.

Wyboston Lakes Resort is reporting an uplift in bookings for meetings and events. In the three weeks since the Prime Minister’s roadmap announcement, the resort’s sales team received 96 enquiries for new events worth almost £1.8m, with 54 of these coming through in the last week alone, totalling £1.2m – the highest amount in the last 12 months. The majority of these enquiries are for 2021.

Cathay Pacific will launch Miles Plus Cash, its new payment option, on March 30. It will give customers the flexibility to pay using a mix of Asia Miles and cash when booking seats on the airline’s website. Once they’ve selected a flight and seat, customers can use a simple slider bar to decide how many Miles they wish to spend, ranging from a minimum of 5,000 miles to the entire ticket purchase.

Dezerved, a new members-only online marketplace, has launched in partnership with Lufthansa’s Miles & More to connect frequent flyers with exclusive offers from luxury brands, including Farfetch, Sony and Fitbit.  The platform has been created by Loylogic in response to the challenges faced by the retail and travel industries in the wake of the pandemic. Other loyalty programmes will be coming on board in the coming months.  

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