Ashok Gehlot, Joshi lock horns over Rajasthan cricket bodies

first_imgChief Minister Ashok Gehlot backed Sports Council of Rajasthan is targeting Rajasthan Cricket Association , which is headed by his rival CP Joshi – Union Minister for Surface Transport.The sports council is headed by Shiv Charan Mali, who is considered very close to Gehlot. He was appointed as its head on Joshi’s suggestion as a bargain for withdrawing from the race for election to RCA president in favour of Joshi.The Council has declined to give RCA stadium for Irani Trophy matches due in fourth week of September on the grounds that the memorandum of understanding between the two has expired on July 21.RCA moved court of metropolitan magistrate in Jaipur demanding that it be allowed to use the stadium as government has given permission to go ahead with the MoU. But the court dismissed it. Now, RCA plans to appeal against this order.The Council has in the past tried to create hurdles in functioning of RCA on petty issues by locking the gates of the stadium or refusing to let repair works done before crucial matches. It is because Mali’s first love was to head cash-rich RCA.Joshi is known for his erratic handling of the RCA. At times he takes full control of the RCA and at other times, he leaves it entirely to the RCA secretary KK Sharma, who is also his man.RCA has been facing problems in its financial matter of late. The Public Accounts Committee of Rajasthan assembly has ordered it to pay Rs 4 crore dues to police and home department in lieu of security provided for the matches. Recently, RCA’s accounts were frozen by Income Tax department to claim its dues.advertisementlast_img read more

How to Make Your Tech Platform Better Than the Competition and Dramatically

first_imgNovember 7, 2017 Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Do you remember the days when you used to have to call a travel agent to make travel accommodations for you? There was no digital interface, no travel package option on your smartphone, no live chat to answer questions. Today, we have access to technology that has made booking travel an almost entirely self-service experience. This has created an ecosystem of tech solutions for those in the travel space to provide efficient and productive service to their clients and a plethora of options for travelers.Now, with so many websites, apps and other technology solutions in the travel space, the game is on to provide the best digital travel experience to customers. Travel agencies today are looking to streamline every facet of the travel experience. That’s everything from customer acquisition and retention to premier customer service at an economic price. Related: How This Social Network Helps You Capture The Best Travel StoriesSo how can travel agencies use tech to set themselves apart in a saturated market? And how can you apply these lessons from the travel industry in your own crowded digital marketplace? I spoke with Daniel Nelson, executive chairman of Travel Pass Group, which books 10,000 room nights per day and has surpassed $2 billion in gross hotel booking revenue across its travel-related websites. Nelson credits this rapid growth in large part to the tech TravelPass uses. Here’s his advice to set yourself ahead of your competition. 1. Focus on milliseconds. Most of the challenges faced by travel agencies today concern making information accessible. Every day, they work with a rushed customer base that demands results in milliseconds. “Speed wins! Plain and simple,” says Nelson. “Our goal is to deliver an experience at the speed of thought. That’s how we define a win.” (It is Amazon-like, where the customer never has to wait but is given the desired options and experiences.)Key to remember is that technology does not replace human interaction — it enhances it. As Zach Smith, cofounder of Anywhere, states, technology equips teams to  “focus on empathetic communication and solutions… to create an authentic, human travel experience. The value is the difference between interacting with robots versus human intelligence.”  When you can give your client an immediate search result and enhance the communication experience, you’ve got a recipe for success.Related: Corporate Travel Segment in India Has Incredible Potential. Here’s Why.2. Shoulder the tech burden for your clients. In the travel industry, hotels and suppliers often have slower legacy systems that cannot perform with the speed that consumers have come to expect. In addition, they are unable to make that digital transformation in-house to sync properly with state-of-the-art travel sites. So Nelson’s team enhances the systems. “We’ve developed capability in taking inferior technologies, putting them into our platform and large data sets and allowing them to maximize traffic and exposure to the right types of customers. It’s a harmonious win/win relationship.” In order to get the product to market, suppliers need to leverage the speed, performance, tech and reach of a distribution partner. No matter the industry, enhancing the tech of a partner (for free) will be a welcome opportunity.3. Pay attention to the dynamic aspects of your customer personas.Buyer personas are critical to understanding demand, and the science of personas is at the heart of creating successful customer experiences. “Savvy marketers recognize that one size does not fit all,” says Nelson. “Personas are fluid measurements of what a customer is thinking and doing as they try to solve a unique problem using your product. We attempt to time and stage every step of interaction — from inform and discover to shop and compare to buy and book. An individual customer may behave very differently when searching for business or leisure travel or several other reasons for travel. Good marketers understand this and create experiences accordingly.”By paying attention to your target audience’s shifts and trends, you can better adapt your technology and marketing plan to turn a searcher into a customer. Related: How AI Will Define The Future For The Hotel Industry4. Embrace machine learning. Machine learning has accelerated the speed of knowledge and market penetration. “The machine learning aspect has only made us smarter and faster in deciding where to place our bets and how to make best decisions with limited resources to make high-gains capital. It allows us to provide an efficient, targeted customer experience online or over the phone,” Nelson says. AI is here to stay, and it can help you make smart decisions when it comes to whether to invest in a technology.The travel industry is far from being down and out, but it is a poster child for early tech adoption. It is a trillion-dollar, global marketplace defined by agility, productivity and technology. Whatever your industry, your business can profit from the same methods to stay relevant, busy and ahead of your competition. 5 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Wyndhams The Trademark Hotel Collection is its 19th brand

first_imgWyndham’s The Trademark Hotel Collection is its 19th brand Tags: Wyndham Hotel Group Monday, June 5, 2017 Share Travelweek Group center_img PARSIPPANY, NJ — Wyndham Hotel Group, now with more than 8,000 hotels globally, has introduced a new brand concept for upper-midscale-and-above independent properties: The Trademark Hotel Collection.The brand is intended as a collection of landmark, three- to four-star hotels, independently owned and operated. Wyndham is inviting hoteliers to join The Trademark Hotel Collection brand to take advantage of Wyndham’s scale, distribution, services and loyalty program.“The Trademark Hotel Collection is the next step in our mission to flip the script on existing expectations and champion all hoteliers by offering them an independent choice outside of the current luxury and upscale options available,” said Lisa Checchio, Wyndham Hotel Group’s vice president of brand marketing and insights.At launch the brand’s pipeline includes more than 50 hotels. The collection becomes Wyndham Hotel Group’s 19th hotel brand, positioned among the company’s smart and stylish brands alongside TRYP by Wyndham and the company’s newly acquired Dazzler and Esplendor brands focused on boutique and lifestyle travel experiences.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passenger“The explosion of soft brands in the last several years has been focused on luxury and upscale hoteliers – with demand still growing at a rate of nearly 20% – leaving a market void for independent hoteliers in the upper-midscale segment, the largest segment accounting for 18% of rooms in the U.S.,” said Chip Ohlsson, Wyndham Hotel Group’s Chief Development Officer. “Wyndham is the only hotel company positioned to champion upper-midscale-and-above independent hoteliers so they can compete in an ever-changing distribution environment with brand-backed support and guest recognition and loyalty.” Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more