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Beaches Resorts To Host 100 Elite Digital Mom Influencers At 4th Annual “Social Media On The Sand” Conference October 17-21

Vlad Poptamas



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~All-star speaker lineup includes modern brand builders Rebecca Minkoff, Alli Webb, Holly Robinson Peete and more


100 elite digital mom influencers will converge in paradise at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa for the Fourth Annual Beaches Resorts “Social Media on the Sand” conference. This sold out, invitation only event will be led by some of industry’s most successful, motivated women, eager to share their stories on how to effectively navigate the use of social media to connect through the clutter. This five-day event will empower attendees by sharpening their social media savvy at an array of inspiring and immersive sessions amidst the best backdrop of all, a Luxury Included® vacation along 12 miles of one of the world’s best beaches, Grace Bay.

Beaches Resorts handpicked an impressive list of guest speakers with valuable insights on how influencers can continue to build their social media presence in an increasingly crowded space. Keynotes include Rebecca Minkoff (founder of the eponymous fashion powerhouse), Alli Webb(founder of Drybar, the nation’s premier blowout salon) and Holly Robinson Peete (award-winning author, actress, entrepreneur, philanthropist and brand spokesperson).

“It’s a fantastic time to be a woman in business, as technology has opened so many new doors” said Debbie-Ann White, senior vice president of public relations and promotions, Unique Vacations, Inc., the marketing and sales organization for Beaches Resorts. “Our #BeachesMoms are paving the way for women looking to break into the fast-growing influencer marketing industry and expand their businesses through social media. It’s never too late to evolve your career path. We want to support all moms in this arena, whether they’re up-and-coming or well-established.”

“Social media has had an exponential effect on my business, and brands that know how to connect with consumers, authentically and consistently, are leading the way in today’s market,” said Rebecca Minkoff, Co-Founder and Creative Director. “I’m excited to visit beautiful Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort and to be among many other strong, driven, female entrepreneurs sharing ideas and inspirational support.”

Throughout the conference, additional speakers will take the stage to discuss everything from how they built their brands to how to finesse social media skills to succeed. There’s learning at every turn including a special set of more intimate cabana chats and popular interactive experiences. A sampling of speakers and sessions includes:

  • Adam Stewart, CD (Deputy Chairman, Sandals Resorts International): “An Even Better Beaches – What’s Next in Programming, Dining and Expanding”
  • Maria Bailey (CEO, BSM Media, host, Mom Talk Radio): “Monetizing Your Business – A Panel”
  • Michelle Vincent (Facebook Industry Manager): “Social Media Q&A with Top Digital Mom Influencers”
  • Kristin Castillo (VP of Strategy for Trendera): “Now and Next: Trends Shaping 2018 and Beyond”
  • Myron Pincomb (Board Chairman, IBCCES): “Transforming Lives: Understanding Families with Kids on the Spectrum”
  • Julia Furlan (Former Supervising Producer at Buzzfeed): “Podcasting from Scratch”
  • Amy Choi (Head of Brand Partnerships of ShopStyle): “The ShopStyle Skinny: A Successful Formula for Winning Content and Monetization”
  • Julie Cole (co-founder and VP, Mabel’s Labels): “Balancing Business, Babies and Blogging: Tips and Tricks from a Mom of Six”
  • Cindy Goodman (business journalist, social media maven): “Blogging Behind-the-Scenes: Tips and Trends”
  • Holly Homer (, Quirky Momma Facebook page): “New Strategies for Leveraging Facebook Organically”
  • Brianne Manz (Stroller in the City): “Snap, Shoot and Story Tell”
  • Dayvee Sutton (Emmy-winning Journalist for Television and Digital Media): “How to go from Blogger to TV News Contributor”
  • Ella Peddy (17-year old YouTuber and DIY Expert): Teen Programming & YouTube

Also new this year, a selection of fun pop-ups, including the Just Chill Lounge at Registration and the Beaches Swag Bungalow. Beaches will surprise and delight participants by deconstructing the traditional conference attendee gift bag and turning it into an interactive gifting experience. Attendees will meet and greet with event sponsors while working their way around the bungalow to snag the great complimentary swag that comes along with being a #BeachesMom.

In addition to receiving great perks, attendees will have the chance to give back, as giving back is at the heart of Beaches Resorts. During their stay, influencers will participate in an extraordinary “school makeover” project at the Ianthe Pratt Primary School – home to 600 children ages five to eleven. Sponsored by the Sandals Foundation and School Specialty, this activity will provide the opportunity to paint the school’s existing playground and outdoor stage, along with a collection of inspirational murals. Prior to travel, attendees will also receive special backpacks encouraging them to join Beaches Resorts’ Pack for a Good Cause campaign. They will each fill their backpacks with five pounds of desperately needed school supplies and distribute them personally to the school children on-site. Participation in this activity is always 100%, which equates to 500 pounds of new educational supplies on the island.

In addition to the conference, outdoor-oriented activities – from Cabana Chats, informative sessions where attendees will dive deep on industry-specific topics, to Interactive Experiences, where they will participate in fun resort activities – will round out the programming. From oceanside yoga, TruFusion exclusive workouts that keep power couples like A-Rod and J. Lo in shape, and curated parties including Hollywood Records’ artists In Real Life (IRL), the winners of ABC’s hit show, Boy Band, who recently wrapped their first North American headline tour – guests will enjoy all that the resort has to offer and more. Graced by 12 miles of the world’s best beach on Grace Bay, Beaches Turks & Caicos offers the ultimate Luxury Included® Vacation with endless land and water sports, 5-Star Global Gourmet dining at up to 21 restaurants, luxurious rooms and suites, and exciting family-friendly activities including Sesame Street® stage shows and the Caribbean’s most thrilling waterpark.

Event partners include Drybar, Yummie, TruFusion, SpinMaster, JetBlue, Rebecca Minkoff, Hollywood Records, Cable and Wireless Business, The Crafted Coconut, Swarovski, School Specialty, SNUBA, Twiddle, NuFACE, Gaiam, Red Lane Spa, FITKICKS, Dreampad, Desert Sunglass of Scottsdale, Sprout Foods, Sun Bum, Pevonia, Air Esscentials, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The House of Perna, Sesame Workshop, Buddha Shack, Instax, essie, Tuuci, Bling2o, KooKooLoos, HeroBoys, Hapari, 8 Greens, Coconut Float, The Bouqs Co., U.R. Bath and Body, Lands’ End, the Red Lane Spa, Island Routes, the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), and the Sandals Foundation.  For more information on “Social Media on the Sand,” please visit



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Yara and IBM join forces to transform the future of farming

Betty Tűndik



The Digital Farming Platform, built incorporating world-class IBM technology, will allow Yara to create digital twins of the farmers’ fields and give farmers actionable insights to drive the improvements through advanced analytics, weather data and satellite images.
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Yara and IBM will combine world-class agronomy and cutting-edge technology to develop the world’s leading global digital farming platform.

Yara International (OSE: YAR), a global leader in crop nutrition, and IBM (NYSE: IBM), today announced an agreement to build the world’s leading digital farming platform, providing holistic digital services and instant agronomic advice.

Yara and IBM Services will jointly innovate and commercialize digital agricultural solutions that will help increase global food production by drawing on the two companies’ complementary capabilities: Yara’s unrivalled agronomic knowledge, backed by more than 800 agronomists and a century of experience, and IBM’s digital platforms, services and expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics.

The Yara/IBM collaboration is centered around a joint vision to make a real difference in food production

“Our collaboration centers around a common goal to make a real difference in agriculture. To be able to responsibly feed a growing population, it is critical that farmers increase food production on existing farmland to avoid deforestation. Yara and IBM will develop digital solutions that empower professional and smallholder farmers to optimize farming practices to increase yields, crop quality and incomes in a sustainable way,” said Terje Knutsen, EVP Sales and Marketing in Yara.

The joint global digital farming platform will apply artificial intelligence, machine learning and in-field data to unlock new insights for farmers. The digital platform will have worldwide coverage and aspires to reach 100 million hectares of farmland – which is equivalent to twice the size of Spain or close to 7 percent of all arable land worldwide* including millions of smallholder farms.

Yara and IBM work together to deliver the world’s most comprehensive global digital farming platform.


“As demand for food rises along with the world’s population, the digital farming platform will play a key role in increasing global farming yields in a sustainable way. The collaboration is a perfect symbiosis of IBM’s capabilities in AI, big data management and blockchain technology and Yara’s agronomic knowledge, farmer-centric digital innovation, and proven track record in improving farming across the globe,” said Luq Niazi, IBM Global Managing Director Consumer Industries.

As a first step, Yara and IBM will establish joint innovation teams, collaborating at digital hubs in EuropeSingapore, the US and Brazil. The teams will work closely with IBM researchers to develop new capabilities, such as visual analytics and machine learning techniques for crop insights. The first services are planned for end 2019.

Advancing the digital frontier of farming

The Yara/IBM partnership will focus on all aspects of farm optimization. One specific area of collaboration will be weather data. The ability to respond optimally to weather conditions is critical for farming. By merging analytical insights from IBM’s Watson Studio, IBM PAIRS technology, The Weather Company and other services, with Yara’s unrivaled crop knowledge and modelling capabilities, the joint platform will not only provide hyperlocal weather forecasts but will in addition give real-time actionable recommendations, tailored to the specific needs of individual fields/crops.

Yara and IBM to deliver the world’s most comprehensive global digital farming platform.

As the joint digital farming platform expands, the teams will explore innovative business solutions to integrate the joint platform into the IBM Food Trust, IBM’s blockchain-enabled network of food chain players. This will allow for greater traceability and supply chain efficiency as well as ways to tackle food fraud, food waste and sustainability. It will firmly link the farm into the full food chain, creating a holistic approach to food production from farm to plate.

The contract was signed in April 2019.

*World Bank, FAO.


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Sono Motors to Produce Sion in Sweden

Betty Tűndik



Sion - The first Solar Electric Vehicle. A car charging itself. - Photo Source:
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The first series production solar electric vehicle (SEV) developed by the German mobility provider Sono Motors is to be manufactured in Sweden. As Sono Motors officially announced today, the first generation of the Sion will be produced in Trollhättan by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS). The plant located there was home to the production lines of the long-standing and innovative automobile manufacturer SAAB. In total, an initial 260,000 vehicles will roll off the production line in Trollhättan over an eight-year period. Production will commence in the second half of 2020. After the ramp-up period, approximately 43,000 Sion a year will be manufactured in two-shift operations. Production will be carried out using one hundred percent renewable energy.

“In NEVS, we found the perfect partner for us,” says Thomas Hausch, Chief Operating Officer, Sono Motors. “Together, we share a vision of intelligent and resource-conserving mobility. We also value our partner’s specific expertise based on their many years of experience in traditional automobile development and production in combination with proven expertise in the area of electromobility.”

The innovative vehicle concept of the Sion already represents tomorrow’s mobility today – the aim of which needs to be the reduction of vehicles on the roads through more sustainable and more efficient usage. The Sion will therefore be equipped ex works with integrated sharing options. These enable the owner to share the vehicle itself, individual journeys, or even energy via a mobile application (goSono app), developed by Sono Motors. A bidirectional charging function enables the Sion to both receive and supply electricity, power electrical devices independently, and feed energy to other vehicles or into the electricity grid. Thanks to full-surface solar integration, the vehicle battery can be charged with pure and free solar energy worth up to 34 kilometers’ range per day in addition to its regular WLTP range of 255 kilometers.

For its market launch, the Sion will be rolled out in one single variant version costing 25,500 euros. There are plans afoot to develop other vehicle models based on the vehicle’s platform.

Since the presentation of the prototypes in summer 2017, the Sono Motors team has been going on test drive road shows all over Europe. On the occasion of the cooperation with NEVS, the next road show will take place in Sweden. Sono Motors has so far taken approximately 9,800 partially paid preorders for the Sion.


SOURCE Sono Motors GmbH

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New Research Identifies the Technology That Hotel Guests Really Want

Betty Tűndik



Criton developed app for Cheval Residences
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Research conducted by leading travel technology firm Criton reveals the importance of hotel technology to improve the experience of today’s travellers

Dependence on mobile phones when travelling is brought into sharp focus by a survey of more than 3,600 travellers which reveals a growing appreciation for bespoke travel apps. Research commissioned by Edinburgh-based hospitality firm Criton, highlights that loyalty programmes, self-check-in/out and accessing your hotel room via a digital door key are primary requirements of today’s guests.

Julie Grieve, Founder and CEO of Criton


 The findings highlight crucial information for all hoteliers, with guests’ smartphones now recognised as an essential tool for delivering and improving their travel experience. With 45% of respondents travelling for leisure more than four times a year, findings showed that 62% of respondents regularly use an accommodation app, with the figure increasing to 67% amongst business travellers.

If their favourite hotel was to have its own app, 74% of respondents overwhelmingly stated they would use this digital channel, with only 10% favouring an in-room device such as a hotel’s smartphone or tablet. This reinforces Criton’s core belief that the future of hotel technology is own device. Hoteliers no longer need to absorb the cost of installing in-room devices when their guests travel with their own smartphone and are more comfortable with the apps and content within it.

The opportunity to check-in via an app and access their hotel room via a digital door key was warmly received with 58% likely or very likely to want this technology. With 68% finding it unacceptable to queue at reception for longer than five minutes, offering guests access to a service which global chains already offer is fast becoming a core priority for independent operators.

Respondents prioritised loyalty programmes as their favoured element of hotel technology with 53% recognising it as their top requirement. In a competitive landscape, the opportunity to drive direct and repeat bookings through a personalised loyalty programme will ensure hoteliers save on OTA commission while creating their own closed marketing group to upsell onsite services and facilities.

Underlining modern travellers’ awareness of technology, the survey found an audience ready to talk about tech use and expectations while travelling. Reflecting on the results of the survey, Julie Grieve, founder and CEO of Criton, which developed the UK’s first intuitive app builder for the hospitality sector, said:

“Increasingly, today’s travellers are downloading apps that help them get around and stay connected with their hotel. That level of tech awareness or even dependency also raises expectations for information, guest services, such as check-in, digital key and offers and incentives to reward their loyalty.

“Respondents to the survey were people who travel regularly, with the majority opting for a mid-range hotel or accommodation. It is increasingly clear that adopting technology has to be seen as an imperative for all hospitality providers; it is not something purely for the major franchises.”

Criton lets independent operators compete with big chain technology through an easy to use platform. From digitising the traditional hotel room guest book to PMS, live chat, digital door key and in-room ordering integrations all contained within a fully-branded hotel app; Criton supports hospitality businesses with their digital transformation strategies and work with clients across the UK and overseas.

Research Methodology:

An online survey ran from Tuesday 26th March until Monday 1st April and received a total of 3,654 responses, of whom 1,311 were classed as business travellers.

Key Findings:

  • 45% of travellers stated they travel for leisure 2-3 times a year
  • 36% travel for business
  • 39% use TripAdvisor as main source of research and inspiration before booking a hotel, followed by 29% of respondents relying on online search
  • 40% of travellers said they regularly stay in a 4-star (boutique) hotel, with 6% in a 5-star (luxury) hotel. The majority (47%) stated they regularly stay in a 3-star (mid-range) hotel
  • 53% have at least one hotel app on their phone
  • 74% would use a hotel app if their favourite hotel had one
  • 55% stated it is acceptable to wait at check-in 2-5 minutes
  • 62% would be likely or very likely to check-in to a hotel via an app
  • 58% would be likely or very likely to check-in to a hotel via an app and use digital key

App usage

  • 62% use an accommodation app regularly (eg Airbnb)
  • 57% use a transport app regularly
  • 47% use an airline app regularly
  • 36% uses a hotel app regularly

The hotel technology that respondents seek:

  • 53% – loyalty programmes
  • 35% – self check-in
  • 10% – in-room mobile
  • 18% – in-room tablet


  • Criton won the ‘Best Technology Provider’ award at the 2018 Travolution Awards and was Highly Commended for Best Use of Mobile
  • Criton won the ‘Industry Breakthrough and Innovation Award’ at the ASAP Awards 2018
  • Julie Grieve, Founder & CEO won the prestigious ‘HOSPACE 2017 Best Entrepreneur Award’


SOURCE: Criton

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