SALES LEADS LATAM: Kayak, Western Union, Aeromexico…
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LINKS Worldgroup – a full-service marketing communications agency with focus in Latin America – has announced that it has been named the public relations agency for KAYAK, a travel search engine that offers users the information they need to make the best decisions in travel, following a competitive review. LINKS will represent KAYAK’s public relations efforts in Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru including strategy development, content marketing, crisis management and media relations.LINKS Worldgroup has extensive experience in managing communications and marketing for top brands within the hospitality, tourism, lifestyle and luxury sectors, such as Marriott International brands (JW Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott); Tourism New Zealand; Cayman Islands Department of Tourism; HighGate Hotels’ luxury/lifestyle portfolio (ROW NYC, The Quin, WestHouse Hotel New York, and The Knickerbocker) JetBlue; Sáfilo Group; among others. The addition of KAYAK to LINKS’ portfolio complements the clientele in these sectors.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts became the first U.S. hotel company to sign a deal with Cuba since the 1959 revolution, announcing a multimillion-dollar investment. The company just announced a takeover deal by Marriott, worth US$13.6 billion.Starwood will manage and market two properties in Havana and signed a letter of intent to operate a third.Starwood will operate the military-owned Gaviota 5th Avenue Hotel under its Four Points Sheraton brand, and the state-owned Gran Caribe Inglaterra Hotel under its Luxury Collection brand.Starwood was the subject of a takeover battle, and on Monday announced it had accepted a bid from Marriott.
Aeromexico is revamping its brand, beginning with a new advertising campaign that invites current and potential customers to break the existing myths and preconceived notions, and encourages them to discover new destinations by enjoying a one-of-a-kind flying experience.The campaign states that Aeromexico is undergoing a comprehensive renovation plan focused on innovation. The campaign consists of a series of vignettes that entertain traditional myths about destinations, cultures, and services that Aeromexico invites people to break. The campaign premiered this week on television, radio, print, and billboards, and will gradually include different types of ads and graphic materials. Ogilvy & Mather Mexico produced the campaign.Aeromexico operates over 600 daily flights, connecting more than 45,000 passengers through its expanded route network including 46 domestic and 39 international destinations in Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
- Western Union
Global payments services Western Union has announced that it will launch remittance services from across the world into Cuba following U.S. regulatory and policy changes that allow Cubans and non-Cubans to send remittances via Western Union to this island nation. For the first time, Cubans and other citizens worldwide will join their U.S. counterparts to send remittances into Cuba within minutes* using Western Union’s cross-border payments platform. The Company expects to activate services in a phased approach by end of second quarter 2016.
- Dentsu Aegis Network / Flock
Tokyo-based holding company Dentsu Aegis has closed three major agency deals, one of those to acquire mexican agency Flock Advertising México, S de RL de CV.Post-acquisition, Flock will be incorporated into Isobar.Flock ranks among the region's top interactive shops, with clients including American Express, Coca-Cola, Dominos Pizza and Jose Cuervo.Read more.
Mexican low cost carrier VivaAerobus has entered into the global distribution system operated by Sabre Corporation. VivaAerobus is embarking on a new phase of its expansion plans, focusing on diversifying its reach to other revenue streams, including travel agencies as key intermediaries, and servicing a broader customer base.The announcement follows an agreement signed between VivaAerobus and Sabre, which includes access to a set of software solutions and GDS capabilities that will be critical to improving the way the airline automates commercial processes, sells seat inventory and manages electronic ticketing across sales channels.The technology enhancement at VivaAerobus will help create an e-commerce environment with capabilities for air retailing via the Sabre travel marketplace, while also adopting industry standards that will support the airline’s real-time connectivity with travel agents in Mexico, the U.S., Latin American and Caribbean markets.