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Travelindex Supports Alain St.Ange for World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – March 28, 2017 – Bernard A. Metzger, the Founder & Director of the highly respected Travelindex Media has come out with a strong letter of endorsement for Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Alain St.Ange from the Seychelles is one of the seven candidates contesting the May elections to head the UN Tourism Body. Armenia, Brazil, Columbia, Georgia, Korea, Seychelles and Zimbabwe are the countries that are in the running with candidates already accepted by the UNWTO Madrid Office.

In his letter Bernard A. Metzger, the Founder & Director of Travelindex Media says:- “I am following the process of selecting the next World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General and, as you well know, I am one of your greatest supporter and admirer and few in your position have achieved so much for world tourism. I humbly have the following recommendation to make which I’m doing on my own accord and based on my very personal opinion.

As Founder of Travelindex, one of the world’s largest travel content distribution and destination marketing platform, connecting directly over 800,000 travel companies in 241 countries and territories worldwide, I declare herewith my support for the Seychelles bid for the post of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and stand behind Alain St.Ange without hesitation.

I have seen Mr St.Ange as Head of the Seychelles Tourism Board and then as Minister and his enthusiasm and passion for tourism has never been greater. His success is a tribute to his hard work. I can think of no better person to become Secretary General of the UNWTO; Alain St.Ange is charged with an infectious energy and excitement over the future in world tourism. He places people and culture at the very heart of tourism and his fundamental belief is that tourism must be good for everyone, it must benefit every country and all people in the world.

Mr. St. Ange said “The world must come together. We must connect and need to embrace each others’ ideas.” A statement perfectly aligned with our own slogan “Connecting Travel People” and our vision of making the world a better place by enabling universal and equitable access to data and information.

Without reservation, I support and recommend Mr. Alain St.Ange for the post of UNWTO Secretary-General as I know that he is dedicated, hardworking and truly devoted to make world tourism work for everybody and a force for good”.

Travelindex is a PATA Preferred Partner from Kong Kong and speaks to the tourism trade at large. As a known and respected tourism partner, Mr Bernard A. Metzger has now started communicating to UNWTO Member States to make his choice of candidates for Secretary General of the UNWTO known.

For more information, please visit www.alainstange.net/action-plan/

View the video with Alain St.Ange’s Statement of Intend as World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Candidate

The Worlds Most Travelled Person Joins Travelindex as Brand Ambassador

London (United Kingdom) – March 23, 2017 (travelindex.com) – Fred W Finn, the ‘Worlds Most Travelled Person’ has joined Travelindex as Global Brand Ambassador. Fred Finn is a well-known public figure. A career that involved considerable business travel started his love affair with travel and in particular his well-documented record breaking flights in Concorde. Over some thirty years, he has been employed, involved and engaged with many leading names in the aviation and travel related business and is recognised as a leading figure in the travel industry.

His travel experience and knowledge closely linked to his media and commercial activities enhance and support, all the bespoke travel and tour services provided by leading travel and tour operators. He also provides regularly updated travel tips, advice and destination information to a wider audience.

Honours & Achievements
As the world’s most travelled person he has the distinction of achieving something that no other human being has accomplished. In 1983 his records were ratified by The Guinness Book of Records: Frederick W Finn has flown a total distance of 24,140,160 km (15,000,000 miles) and holds the record for most number of flights as a supersonic passenger having made 718 Atlantic crossings on Concorde.

With related travel this equates to 33 round trips to the moon or 671 circuits of the globe, his record breaking 718 flights in Concorde will never be broken as Concorde reached the end of its commercial life.

Fred is also the Ambassador of Tourism for Kenya, International Property and Hotel Awards Judge, Travel Editor of the International Property and Travel magazine, Chief Inspector for the International Hotel Awards. He has a close following on Trip Advisor with 70,000 readers. He is the Co-Founder of Quicket, No.1 mobile travel APP. Fred is recently the co-founder and director of Exclusivetravel4U, a specialist travel consultancy based in the United Kingdom.

“I am delighted to join Travelindex as Global Brand Ambassador. Travelindex is one of the leading innovators in travel content distribution and discovery with a vision to change how travel is planned and booked by advocating universal and equitable access to information. Destination marketing organisations, hotel groups, airlines and thousand of smaller operators in the tourism sector trust the Travelindex brand as a key contributor to their digital brand strategy.” said Fred.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, said “For over 30 years Fred Finn has been involved and engaged with most leading names in aviation and travel and is recognised as a preeminent figure in the travel industry. Fred is not only well-known for his travel records, but he is also seen as a trusted and reliable person. He has always been honest about his findings when making recommendations about flights, destinations, hotels, restaurants and what happens in the tourism industry. I am proud to say that Fred W Finn is working with us at Travelindex.”

About Travelindex:
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data-driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill.

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First Sustainable Recognition Scheme Introduced by Travelindex

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – January 18, 2017 – Travelindex announced the first sustainability incentive program; Sustainable First. Sustainable First is not a certification program but aims to recognize individuals, companies and organizations making significant efforts and contributing to the environmental, social and economic welfare of the planet and all its inhabitants.

Sustainability is central to economic growth. For the private sector, it represents greater environmental and social responsibility as well as a new landscape of business opportunity in particular for the tourism sector. Tourism plays a key role in delivering sustainable solutions and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has declared 2017 “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”.

Sustainable First intends to inspire actions and strategies for moving towards a more sustainable pattern of development in tourism providing prosperity and opportunities for all. The program’s vision is to make the tourism industry the leading activity sector in implementing sustainable strategies.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, said; “Currently, there are over 128 organizations offering certification programs and multiple challenges are associated with the current status of sustainability certification, i.e. the proliferation of schemes has lead to confusion among actors involved and consumers are unsure of credibility, reducing the value of the certification.

Bernard further added, “the recognition methodoly used at “Sustainable First” is based on a 3-tier patented Travelindex algorithm and the Sustainable Recognition Index. They include crowd wisdom, self-assessment and expert opinions. Travelindex will work closely with recognized and reputable organizations in the fields of development, tourism, environment and sustainability.”

Join us on this exciting journey and send us your ideas and suggestions here: partners@sustainablefirst.com

About Travelindex:
Travelindex is a company focused on developing data driven travel discovery and travel planning products. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions. Travelindex puts a priority on the integration of sustainability into distribution and management systems to bring tangible benefits to its partners and clients helping them to improve reputation and goodwill.

Watch our travel channel at YouTube: youtube.com/bestdestination
Visit our website: travelindex.com
Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/travelindex
Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/travelindex
Add us at Google+: travelindexmedia
Pinterest: pinterest.com/travelindex

Media Contact:
Ms. Nicole Lim
Travelindex Media Officer
media@travelindex.com
+852 6236 9854

Travelindex Selected Among the World’s Top 250

travelindex-tokyo-pioneer-asiaHong Kong (Hong Kong SAR) – March 4, 2016 – Travelindex has been selected to participate in Pioneers Asia 250 – the annual lineup of the 250 most promising early stage companies from Asia, Europe and beyond. The event will take place in Happo-en, Tokyo, Japan on March 23rd 2016. Pioneers Asia, in partnership with Nikkei Inc, Asia’s largest business media organization, supports the most promising ideas and early stage startups by allowing them to shine on a world stage in front of industry leaders, some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and international media.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, said “We are greatly honored to have been identified by the global tech community and selected key players to be among the world’s best early stage companies. To be included in a lineup of 250 companies coming not only from the technology sector but from all the 7 main ecosystems, financial services to manufacturing and energy, will strengthen our competitive position in the global marketplace and increases our capacity of building global relationships.”

Pioneers.io began in 2009 with a vision to support entrepreneurs building technology that would forever change the world. The event has featured the world premier of a flying car Aeromobil, presented Rimac, the world’s fastest electric car, featured speakers such as Xavier de le Rue from Hexo+, Bobak Ferdowsi, flight director of the Mars Rover Mission at NASA and featured startups like Ekso Bionics, Unlimited Tomorrow & Lightsail energy.

Pioneers.io, in partnership with Nikkei, Asia’s leading media platform for business, is bringing the Pioneers Festival experience to Asia. 999 international entrepreneurs, investors, corporations and industry thought leaders will come together under one roof with the aim of building a bridge between Asia and Europe’s startup ecosystems. Nikkei brings to the partnership strong business knowledge, established networks and regional experience. It’s vast network of media covers global business news, with Nikkei recently purchasing the Financial Times and the Nikkei Asian Review the only dedicated business magazine covering the whole of Asia.

About Travelindex Media:
Travelindex specializes at the confluence between travel, media and technology. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions generating more visitors and revenue. The portfolio of media products include web properties in multiple content verticals, travel review and rating solutions, video distribution channels and a dedicated travel technology framework. With the vision of enabling travel businesses and brands to overcome the huge fragmentation in the travel sector, Travelindex is building a content distribution platform for engaging audiences directly. Our ecosystem is all about driving revenue and visibility that traditional marketing strategies and partners are unable to deliver,

40 Million Travel Video Views and Growing Fast

travel-videos-by-travelindex-bestdestination-tv-youtubeSan Bruno, California (United States) – January 31, 2016 – Travelindex Media, today announced it has reached 40 million views on its YouTube travel channel; a milestone and a more than 40 percent increase of video views year-over-year. The channel showcases destinations, attractions, travel brands, hospitality businesses, and lifestyle products in almost every country of the world.  Its remarkable scale and diversity of content inspires and influences travel shoppers around the globe in their travel decisions and actions.

Video has changed hotel and travel marketing and it’s impossible to ignore the emergence and widespread consumption of online videos as well as its impact on the travel shopping journey. A Google study found that 66% of business travelers and 60% of leisure travelers were inspired to think about planning a vacation after watching a travel video. Furthermore, 64% and 58% of the respective groups said that online video influenced where they decided to travel.

Travelers the world over want to have the perfect trip and experience, and nothing helps travel planning more than a video with a well told story as it evokes emotions for the viewer and triggers actions.” says Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex. “Having thousands of travel videos with reviews, comments and over 40 million views adds remarkable perspective during any travel-planning decision”.

The Google study revealed also that travelers want to do more than just watch videos on YouTube; they want to connect with destinations, hotels, attractions and brands. Travel video viewers are also extremely interested in hearing real-life stories and half of the travel subscriptions are to vlogs (video blogs) that feature personal travel experiences.

About Travelindex:
Travelindex specializes at the confluence between travel, media and technology. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions generating more revenue. The portfolio of media products include web properties in multiple content verticals, travel review and rating solutions, video distribution channels and a dedicated travel technology framework. With the vision of enabling travel businesses and brands to overcome the huge fragmentation in the online video market, Travelindex is building the world’s leading multi-media platform for engaging audiences and driving higher conversions by unlocking the true potential of online video. Our ecosystem is all about driving revenue and visibility that traditional marketing strategies and partners are unable to deliver,

Watch our travel channel at YouTube: www.youtube.com/bestdestination
Visit our website: www.travelindex.com
Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/travelindex
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/travelindex
Add us at Google+: www.google.com/+travelindexmedia
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/travelindex

Press Contact:
Ms. Nicole Lim
media@travelindex.com
+852 6236 9854

Travelindex Honored with Prestigious Award at 22nd Interstas 2015

travelindex-bernard-metzger-ana-rucner-awards-interstasHong Kong (Hong Kong SAR China) – December 16, 2015 – At the 22nd International Tourism and Cultural INTERSTAS Festival in Solin (Croatia), Travelindex has been awarded the international tourism award, GOLDEN INTERSTAS 2015, for its great contribution to the international promotion of tourism, thus contributing to the development of tourism, and better understanding among nations and people.

Bernard Metzger, Founder of Travelindex, accepted the award on stage from Mr Vojko Plestina, Board President of Interstas and President of the the World Federation of Tourfilm Festival, in front of hundreds of personalities, ambassadors, media and travel industry professionals. He said “I am greatly honored with this award and really excited that we won it. I was a bit stunned when I learned about our nomination and want to express my gratitude to the Interstas Council for recognizing our efforts and achievements in the field of tourism promotion.”

The 22nd Interstas Festival was held under the auspices of the President of Croatia, Mrs. Kolinda GRABAR KITAROVIC, the Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Tourist Board, World and European Federation of Tourism Journalists FIJET, World Federation of Tourfilm Festival, European Federation for flowers and landscape and with the support from the City of Solin.

Among individual laureates 2015 are: Ana Rucner, cellist, Zagreb, Damir Bajs, prefect of Bjelovar Bilogora County, Mojimir Cacija, composer, choir leader, Sinj, Marijan Duzic, Board president of Svpetrvs Hotels Inc., Supetar, Miro Gavran, playwright, novelist, Zagreb, Rudi Grula, Director of Tourist Board Medimurje, Father Petar Klapez, guardian and manager of the sanctuary and Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Sinj, Karin Mimica, journalist, publicist, Durdica Simicic, director of the Tourist Board of Mali Losinj, Dusko Tambaca, music teacher, choir leader, Split,

Among collective laureates 2015 are: the Alka Society Sinj, Municipality of Sveti Martin na Muri, City Porec-Parenzo, Klapa Cambi Split, Krka National Park, Svpetrvs Hotels Inc. Supetar, Tourism Office of Budva Municipality, Tourist Board of Bjelovar Bilogora County, Tourist Board of Mali Losinj, Tourist Board of Medimurje,  and Airport Osijek.

Photo captions: Bernard Metzger, Founder Travelindex with Mr Vojko Plestina, Board President and Ms. Ana Rucner, World famous cellist, recipient of an award for her outstanding artistic work and contribution to the promotion of cultural tourism.

About Travelindex:
Travelindex specializes at the confluence between travel, media and technology. The Company owns digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping businesses create online marketing solutions generating more revenue. The portfolio of media products include web properties in multiple content verticals, travel review and rating solutions, video distribution channels and a dedicated travel technology framework. With the vision of enabling travel businesses and brands to overcome the huge fragmentation in the online video market, Travelindex is building the world’s leading multi-media platform for engaging audiences and driving higher conversions by unlocking the true potential of online video. Our ecosystem is all about driving revenue and visibility that traditional marketing strategies and partners are unable to deliver,

Visit our website: www.travelindex.com
Watch our travel channel at YouTube: www.youtube.com/bestdestination
Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/travelindex
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/travelindex
Add us at Google+: www.google.com/+travelindexmedia
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/travelindex

Press Contact:
Ms. Nicole Lim
media@travelindex.com
+852 6236 9854

Best Destinations by Travelindex Tops 30 Millions Views

travel-channel-best-destinations-travel-indexHong Kong (Hong Kong SAR) – December 4, 2014 – Travelindex is proud to announce viewership on its You Tube channel, BestDestination, has now surpassed 30 million views. The BestDestination channel is home to over 1,300 videos from destinations, hotels and Travelindex members worldwide. The channel showcases some of the world’s most desirable travel destinations, luxury hotels and golf courses. It brings you captivating videos from the most beautiful places in the Americas, the Caribbean, Asia, as well as in Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific and Africa.

Travelindex Founder, Bernard Metzger said, “Today’s travelers expect to be able to see all that destinations, hotels and attractions have to offer before they make their vacation or travel choices and bookings. Travelindex unique video library has become one of the premier research and discovery tool for travelers to get inspired in the initial phase of travel planning.

“Our strategy is to use videos to promote not only destinations, remote lands and undiscovered venues, but also reveal the enormous efforts invested by destination marketing organizations in supporting local communities and in preserving the environment. Travelers will be able to gain refreshing perspectives into environmental conservation efforts and other sustainable,  green projects.” added Mr. Metzger.

Exceeding 30,000,000 views is a major milestone for BestDestination; it provides Travelindex members the ability to conveys visual and emotional touch points, which are present in almost every travel offering. With the constant expansion of video as a marketing tool, hospitality and travel companies have quickly discovered the impact that video can have on the amount of guests in their rooms, customers and most importantly, on their bottom line.

“Having a video channel that showcases such an enormous diversity of travel options has not only tremendous benefits for travelers and travel professionals, but for our Travelindex members who can engage viewers more deeply with a medium ideally suited to the beauty and story of the travel experience.” concluded Mr. Metzger.

The Best Destinations by Travelindex channel has become the distribution channel of choice for all major destinations, hotels and in general all travel marketer with a strong video message aiming at travelers, travel professionals, corporate travel managers and all interested community groups.

To view the BestDestination channel, please visit www.youtube.com/bestdestination.

About Travelindex:
Travelindex Media specializes at the confluence between travel, media and technology. We own digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping you create marketing solutions that inspire. Travelindex offers online publication and digital marketing services to the hospitality and travel sectors. Travelindex delivers integrated products and intuitive solutions to increase distribution, drive demand and increase direct revenue streams. The portfolio of media products include travel websites, travel reviews, rating solutions, video distribution channels and a dedicated travel technology framework, all targeting the travel sphere. This gives Travelindex one of the largest and most powerful integrated media platform for travel product distribution and marketing.

Visit: http://www.travelindex.com
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/travelindex
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Travelindex Launches Global Business Meeting Tool

Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR) – August 12, 2014 – MICEdirectory.com has been launched by Travelindex.com as a global reference tool for the MICE industry and all travel planners (Meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibitions).

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MICE Directory by Travelindex – More business meetings venues and planners at this Meetings Incentives Convention Exhibition Directory.

A corporate shift towards large-scale business meetings and events has led to fierce competition between destinations, venues and professional conference organizers. Travelindex – with its new MICEdirectory – helps event planners and organizers to contact directly all those involved in organizing a successful event. The directory is well structured and organized into 17 targeted categories and over 60 sub-categories specific to MICE.

All service providers are listed, but Travelindex members in particular are set to enjoy a higher contact and business conversion rate due to a more focused, purposeful audience; travel planners will be browsing through the website with the intention of securing the best venue for their next business meeting. This new directory is a significant addition to Travelindex’s rapidly-expanding eco-system of travel verticals.

“Travelindex is affirming its presence in another major travel sector, Meeting Incentives Convention and Exhibition,” said founder Bernard Metzger. “MICEdirectory has already become a key resource for many MICE professionals and planners worldwide.”

He added: “Our Members offering MICE facilities and services will now gain instant, global exposure and visibility via MICEdirectory.”

MICE is on a significant upward curve as the value in staging business meetings and events has been recognized as a successful tool for promotion, motivation and marketing. These events, which can be used to stage important meetings, reward top performers or entertain clients, generate a buzz and are now seen as a strong financial investment.
Travelindex continues to foster new information technology to harness exponential growth in the online travel sector. As the founder, Metzger, explains, they will continue adding more options and increasing simplicity in corporate travel planning.

“We are working on integrating a RFP (Request for Proposal) facility,” said Metzger. “By sending out a RFP, event planners will be able to complete, in a few clicks, that initial step of planning a successful business meeting or event.”

About Travelindex:
Travelindex Media specializes at the confluence between travel, media and technology. We own digital media products, brands and a technology framework helping you create marketing solutions that inspire. Travelindex offers online publication and digital marketing services to the hospitality and travel sectors. Travelindex delivers integrated products and intuitive solutions to increase distribution, drive demand and increase direct revenue streams. The portfolio of media products include travel websites, travel reviews, rating solutions, video distribution channels and a dedicated travel technology framework, all targeting the travel sphere. This gives Travelindex one of the largest and most powerful integrated media platform for travel product distribution and marketing.

Visit: http://www.travelindex.com
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/travelindex
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/travelindex
Add us at Google+: http://www.google.com/+travelindexmedia

Press Contact
Nicole Lim
media@travelindex.com
+852 542 11 845