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Plusgrade Bolsters Hospitality Business Development with Seasoned Industry Leaders, Paul Rantilla and Dan Hiza

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  • Plusgrade continues to scale across travel industry verticals and takes another major step forward in its mission to be the global ancillary revenue powerhouse
  • Rantilla and Hiza will lead hospitality ancillaries business development, expanding Plusgrade’s portfolio of innovative solutions that drive higher revenue
  • Their new roles took effect as of June 1, 2023

MONTREAL, June 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Plusgrade, the global leader powering ancillary revenue solutions for the travel industry, is proud to announce the appointment of Paul Rantilla and Dan Hiza to lead its growing hospitality ancillaries business development team. The appointment of the hospitality technology veterans underscores Plusgrade’s commitment to creating exceptional experiences and driving revenue for air, hospitality, cruise, rail, and financial services companies worldwide. It also allows Plusgrade to further enhance and invest in its hospitality solutions to redefine the guest experience, unlock new revenue streams for partners, and foster innovation within the thriving hospitality industry. 

Paul Rantilla assumed the role of Senior Vice President, CRO – Hospitality Ancillaries, and Dan Hiza stepped into the position of Vice President, Business Development – Hospitality Ancillaries as of June 1, 2023. Their combined expertise and strategic vision will play a critical role in shaping the future of Plusgrade as the global ancillary revenue leader. 

Paul Rantilla and Dan Hiza’s impressive backgrounds, deep hospitality industry knowledge, and drive for tech innovation will undoubtedly accelerate our growth trajectory as we continue to expand our transformative portfolio of products and solutions within the global hospitality industry,” said Plusgrade CEO, Ken Harris.

“I am both honoured and excited to welcome Paul and Dan to the Hospitality Ancillaries Business Development team,” said Tzafrir Blonder, Plusgrade’s Vice President of Hospitality Ancillaries. “Their leadership and strategic insights will be instrumental in driving our growth and solidifying our position as the global leader in ancillary revenue solutions within the hospitality industry.”

Rantilla is an accomplished executive bringing over 30 years of experience in hospitality management, market penetration, sales strategies and marketing leadership. He previously served as the Chief Commercial Officer at Birchstreet Systems where he led the sales and marketing teams and oversaw all hospitality contacts and sales with the world’s leading brands. Prior to that, Rantilla was the Executive Vice President of Global Sales at Amadeus Hospitality where he optimized sales and led all revenue and bookings forecasting globally. Rantilla will lead Plusgrade’s hospitality go-to-market strategy and be responsible for building a world-class sales team focused on driving one-of-a-kind outcomes for hospitality partners.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Plusgrade team. The opportunity to leverage the company’s innovation in air, cruise, and rail, coupled with the Points loyalty platform, will bring a unique and unprecedented offering to hospitality. There couldn’t be a better time to partner with the leaders in hospitality to bring tremendous value to their guests, brands and owners,” said Paul Rantilla.

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Hiza holds over 30 years of operations, sales, and business development experience and has a strong background in delivering enterprise-level hospitality software globally. He most recently served as the Managing Director for EMEAI & Asia at Birchstreet Systems where he was responsible for leading SaaS revenue growth and bringing new solutions to hospitality businesses. Prior to that he held the position of Managing Director & VP Business Development EMEA at Amadeus London where he grew commercial relationships with strategic accounts across the hospitality industry. Hiza will focus on growing strategic relationships across EMEA and Asia to further improve guest engagement and satisfaction and drive ancillary revenue for partners.

“Joining Plusgrade to help revolutionize the traveler journey, set higher benchmarks for guest engagement and satisfaction, and drive new ancillary revenue for hospitality partners in EMEA & Asia is a role I’m thrilled to step into. Together with Plusgrade and its incredible portfolio of partners, we have a real opportunity to help shape the future of travel and the time to do it is now,” said Dan Hiza.

Plusgrade continues its expansive growth in the hospitality industry after acquiring UpStay earlier this year, which added hotel upgrades for guests and enabled hoteliers to drive higher ancillary revenue through multiple value-added revenue streams. With the addition of these senior leaders to its hospitality business roster, Plusgrade is poised to reinforce its position as the powerhouse for the global travel industry which includes its now 200+ airline, hospitality, cruise, rail and financial services partners around the world.

About Plusgrade

Plusgrade powers the global travel industry with its portfolio of leading ancillary revenue solutions. Over 200 airline, hospitality, cruise, passenger rail, and financial services companies trust Plusgrade to create new, meaningful revenue streams through incredible customer experiences. As an ancillary revenue powerhouse, Plusgrade has generated billions of dollars in new revenue opportunities across its platform for its partners, while creating enhanced travel experiences for millions of their passengers and guests. Plusgrade was founded in 2009 with headquarters in Montreal and has offices around the world.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Carrie Mumford, Director, Brand & Communications, Plusgrade, [email protected]

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Howe-Baker International Signs Memorandum of Understanding with D.Energy to Pioneer Clean Hydrogen Production Using Blockchain Technology

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TYLER, Texas, July 17, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Howe-Baker International, a leader in design and engineering for the energy sector, is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with D.Energy, a layer 1 blockchain pioneering clean energy protocols. This strategic partnership aims to advance the research and development of implementing blockchain technology in the generation of clean hydrogen.

Under the terms of the MOU, Howe-Baker and D.Energy will collaborate to explore and develop blockchain-based systems to enhance the efficiency, transparency, and security of hydrogen production processes. The collaboration aligns with both companies’ commitment to fostering innovation and sustainability in the energy sector, heralding a new era of clean hydrogen production powered by blockchain technology.

Key Objectives of the Collaboration:

  1. Efficiency Enhancement: Utilizing blockchain technology to optimize hydrogen production processes, reducing costs and improving overall efficiency.
  2. Transparency and Traceability: Ensuring transparent tracking of hydrogen production from renewable sources to end-users, enhancing trust and accountability in the supply chain.
  3. Security and Data Integrity: Implementing robust blockchain solutions to safeguard data integrity and prevent unauthorized access or tampering.
  4. Sustainability Goals: Contributing to global efforts to reduce carbon emissions by promoting the adoption of clean hydrogen as a viable and sustainable energy source.

Comments from Leadership:

“We are thrilled to partner with D.Energy on this groundbreaking initiative,” said Layken White, president of Howe-Baker. “Combining our extensive experience in energy infrastructure with D.Energy’s blockchain expertise, we are poised to revolutionize the clean hydrogen production industry. This collaboration not only supports our sustainability goals but also positions us at the forefront of technological innovation in clean energy.”

Shafi Rafi, founder of D.Energy, added, “This MOU marks a significant milestone in our mission to integrate blockchain technology into the energy sector. By partnering with Howe-Baker, we aim to develop scalable and secure blockchain solutions that will drive the future of clean hydrogen production. Together, we are committed to creating a more efficient and sustainable landscape for On-Chain Real World Assets (RWAs).”

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About Howe-Baker International:

Howe-Baker International is a global technology company providing engineering, fabrication and construction services for the energy industry. With a rich history of delivering innovative solutions, Howe-Baker is dedicated to driving progress in the energy sector and supporting the transition to cleaner energy sources.

For more information, please contact: 
Reem Ellafi
[email protected]
www.howebaker.com

About D.Energy:

D.Energy is a layer 1 blockchain that specializes in tokenizing sustainable Real World Assets (RWAs). Its platform supports a wide range of applications, including trading climate assets, enhancing the efficiency and security of renewable energy production, and promoting the integration of sustainable energy technologies.

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For more information, please contact: 
Luke Potter
[email protected]
www.d.energy

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Artificial Intelligence takes Center Stage at Blockchain Futurist Conference 2024 in Toronto

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 The highly anticipated Blockchain Futurist Conference, Canada’s Largest Web3 Event, is set to return for its sixth year to Toronto this August 13-14, 2024, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence as a core theme. This year’s event promises to offer sessions, panels, and sub-events centered around AI, highlighting how these technologies are transforming Web3 and reshaping our world. The dedicated AI segment is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2024, and is accessible with all conference passes.

AI and Web3 technologies are rapidly converging to create a future that promises to revolutionize the digital landscape. AI’s ability to analyze vast amounts of data, and automate complex processes, complements Web3’s decentralized and transparent framework. This integration enables more secure, and equitable solutions across various sectors.

At this year’s event, attendees can hear from top industry leaders in AI such as:

  • Anthony Di Iorio, Founder, Ethereum, Decentral, Andiami

  • Ben-Zion Benkhin, CEO, WOMBO

  • Ashley Nandan, Google Canada, Startups

  • Ari Juels, Chief Scientist, Chainlink Labs

  • Christopher Johnson, Developer, Bad Idea AI

  • Trevor Koverko, Co-Founder, Sapien

  • JD Seraphine, CEO, Raiinmaker

  • Breeze Liu, Founder & CEO, Alecto AI

  • Christopher Obereder, Investor, Startup Chris Ventures

  • Adam Benzine, Creator & Oscar®-Nominated Filmmaker

AI Futurist Conference will also host multiple sponsors dedicated to AI organizations, such as Inference Labs, a Gold Sponsor at this year’s event.

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Inference Labs specializes in developing advanced infrastructure and products for AI on Web3. Their lab focuses on AI inference interoperating on the blockchain, an essential step for building a future where anyone can access AI without counterparty risk.

Ron Chan, Co-Founder of Inference Labs, and a visionary entrepreneur dedicated to pioneering the future of Decentralized AI had this to say:

“In all my years navigating tech cycles, I have never witnessed the level of developer interest in Artificial Intelligence that we see today. We’re at an inflection point where Internet traffic is roughly split 50/50 between humans and machines. I firmly believe that inference will soon become the dominant form of Internet traffic.”

With two decades of experience as a serial entrepreneur, Ron Chan has successfully navigated the ever-evolving tech industry, leading multiple technology and infrastructure startups to successful exits. His expertise spans architecting data centers, defense projects, and developing mission-critical civil aviation applications, showcasing his versatility and adeptness in managing complex, high-stakes ventures.

Futurist Conference will also host multiple sub-events and meetups for the AI community throughout the venue on both days. These include:

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  • Crypto x AI Book Signing: Ari Juels, Chief Scientist of Chainlink Labs and author of “The Oracle,” will discuss Crypto x Artificial Intelligence on the Main Stage, followed by a book signing.

  • AI Ethics Roundtable: A critical exploration of the ethical implications of AI and the transformative role of Web3 technologies.

  • AI Web3 & Robotics for Kids: A fun and interactive workshop for kids to learn about AI and Web3, with hands-on experience with robots.

  • Robots Live Onsite: Witness jaw-dropping innovations in action and experience the thrill of future technologies before your eyes.

Futurist Conference aspires to be more than just an event; it aims to create a future world within a conference, immersing attendees in the cutting-edge technologies that will shape tomorrow. By offering interactive experiences, and live demonstrations, the conference allows participants to see, feel, and engage with the latest advancements in AI, Web3, and beyond.

Futurist Conference is the perfect place for these industries to convene, providing a unique platform for thought leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts to explore the transformative potential of AI and Web3 technologies. Get ready to step into the future this August.

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Zilliqa makes blockchain history by buying a racehorse

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SINGAPORE, July 17, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Zilliqa, the long-established layer-1 blockchain and market leader in Web3 sports and entertainment, is proud to announce its venture into the world of horse racing through the acquisition of a racehorse.

Aptly named “The HRSE Horse”, the racehorse’s unique moniker is a nod to $HRSE, the recently-launched fan token of The Winners Circle, an innovative new loyalty platform that uses Web3 to redefine the racing fan experience.

The ownership will see The HRSE Horse sporting community-selected colours and branding when racing, generating mainstream exposure for both The Winners Circle and the Zilliqa blockchain.

The HRSE Horse is the first racehorse to ever be owned by a blockchain company, and its unusual name was not chosen only to prick up the ears of the established horse racing community, but also to demonstrate how The Winners Circle is combining the physical world of horse racing with its core tenet of digital ownership unlocked by harnessing the capabilities of the Zilliqa network.

Launched by Racing League and powered by Zilliqa, The Winners Circle is a fan engagement platform supercharged by Web3 that features a free-to-play prediction game where fans are rewarded with $HRSE tokens by correctly choosing the winners of real-world horse races. These tokens can then be used to influence the decisions of teams competing in the exciting Racing League competition while also unlocking exciting features such as discounts on racehorse ownership shares, tickets, merchandise, and more..

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The Token Generation Event (TGE) for $HRSE was concluded on July 17th, with the token now listed on participating exchanges such as MEXC and Pancake Swap.

Zilliqa’s foray into horse racing goes beyond sport; it is an opportunity to bridge the gap between physical and digital realms, echoing The Winners Circle’s vision of embracing opportunities in both spheres.

The HRSE Horse is trained by former National Hunt jockey and globally renowned racehorse trainer Jamie Osborne, whose mission to reinvigorate the world of horse racing and attract a younger demographic is aligned with the innovative fan-first approach taken by The Winners Circle that leverages Web3 to redefine the fan experience. Osborne’s extensive knowledge of horse racing and bright sense of humour birthed the idea of finding a horse for Zilliqa to own and naming it The HRSE Horse.

With a global presence amplified by the audience of this thrilling sport, Zilliqa aims to capture the imagination of communities worldwide, celebrating the spectacle of horse racing while promoting meaningful innovation powered by the Zilliqa blockchain and The Winners Circle.

Commenting on the announcement, Zilliqa CEO Matt Dyer, said:

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“We are thrilled to announce our ownership of The HRSE Horse, who we hope will turn heads for his speed as well as his unique name. In becoming the first blockchain to own a racehorse, not only do we showcase the potential for The Winners Circle to redefine fan engagement in this age-old sport, but we also demonstrate how the HRSE token brings the real and digital worlds together. We’ve bought a racehorse, and by signing up for The Winners Circle, fans can have the chance to own a share of one, too.”

Commenting on the announcement, Trainer Jamie Osborne, said

“I am excited by Zilliqa’s ownership of The HRSE Horse and excited to see him perform on the race track. Horse racing needs to embrace new technologies to attract a younger demographic, and I believe The Winners Circle has the potential to drive a new generation of racing fans to this thrilling sport, which is why I’ve supported their mission from the start. Hopefully The HRSE Horse and Zilliqa will achieve great success and make this season be remembered as the Zilliqa summer, on and off the track.”

About Zilliqa

Zilliqa, the industry-recognised layer-1 blockchain founded in Singapore in 2018 is a high-performance, high-security, and low-fee blockchain platform. Designed to scale with the demands of global businesses, the blockchain serves as a versatile foundation that facilitates a broad array of Web3 applications and services across a multitude of sectors, providing a robust platform for emerging developers and established enterprises alike. The next evolution of the network, Zilliqa 2.0, is currently under development and offers a user-centric platform designed for ease of use and customisability.

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