Sabre first to fly FlightGlobal

February 15, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 15 February 2017: Sabre brings FlightGlobal’s real-time flight schedule data to travel agents, worldwide, in a new deal that promises to ease headaches for travel agents.

It ends the aggravation of having to redo a booking process for a client after discovering a flight time has changed, or has been cancelled altogether.

Sabre claims to be the first technology provider to introduce live data feeds from FlightGlobal’s schedule data, that offers a comprehensive database of airline schedules from more than 900 carriers worldwide. Read more

Sabre secures GHA link

February 8, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 8 February 2017: Global Hotel Alliance has selected Sabre Hospitality Solutions as an alternative distribution provider for its members.

Under the agreement, GHA’s 35 hotel brands, representing over 550 properties, now have the option to choose the Sabre SynXis Central Reservations as their distribution solution, while still enjoying the benefits of GHA’s multi-brand loyalty programme.

Global Hotel Alliance CEO, Christopher Hartley said: “Eight of our member brands already use the Sabre SynXis CR, and so it was a natural step to add Sabre as one of our preferred technology partners.” Read more

Facebook profit doubles

February 3, 2017 by  
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SAN FRANCISCO, 3 February 2017: Facebook’s profits more than doubled in the final three months of 2016, as the social media platform saw its audience grow and head towards the two billion mark.

The big jump in income announced Wednesday came despite controversy swirling around Facebook’s role in spreading fake news, and a Texas jury ordering the company to pay USD500 million to a software firm that claims its virtual reality technology was stolen.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has described virtual reality as one of the company’s important long-range investments. Read more

PATA signs data pact with Microsoft

February 2, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 2 February 2017: Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has inked a collaboration agreement with Microsoft that will improve tourism data collection and create advanced analytics that will help travel industry operators serve their customers.

Experts from PATA and Microsoft will work together to upgrade the PATAmPOWER online data platform that gives members a broad range of insights into the Asia Pacific visitor economy.

This collaboration will benefits the  850-plus PATA members that come from government, state and city tourism bodies, international airlines, airports and cruise lines, educational institutions and travel industry companies in 101 countries. Read more

India’s travel consumers trust Yatra

January 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Technology

NEW DELHI, 27 January 2017: Economic Times, one of India’s leading financial publications has ranked Yatra as the most trusted online travel agency for the second year in a row, ahead of all other OTAs operating in India.

In its annual Brand Equity “Most Trusted Brands Survey – 2016” Yatra ranked the 3rd ‘Most Trusted Online Services Brand’ overall, and was the highest ranked online travel services brand.

Economic Times Brand Equity and the research team at Nielsen surveyed 373 brands. The top brands were included based on their sales, retail and media visibility, as well as market and trade feedback. Read more

More explorers in ranks of Asian travellers

January 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 27 January 2017: Travel that was perceived as a luxury by Asians is now considered a necessity, states a  study released, Thursday, by Sabre Corporation.

The  technology company serving the global travel industry, revealed a series of highly contrasting traveller preferences behind the growing Asian Pacific travel market.

Four out of five Asian travellers surveyed stated that travel was no longer a luxury for them. It’s a necessity. Read more

TripAdvisor enhances subscription products

January 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 20 January 2017: TripAdvisor has added new content to its subscription products, that targets accommodations and restaurant operators enabling them to attract, engage and influence customers.

Accommodation businesses can now subscribe to Business Advantage, an enhanced set of features that empowers them to better market themselves, impact booking decisions, differentiate from competitors, and  build  online reputation.

Additionally, the newly-released TripAdvisor Premium for Restaurants subscription product will give millions of restaurant businesses the opportunity to gain a competitive edge with exclusive access to subscriber-only features. Read more

Suit shames social media

December 22, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News, Technology

CHICAGO, 22 December 2016: The families of three Orlando nightclub shooting victims have filed suit against Facebook, Twitter and Google accusing them of providing “material support” to the Islamic State group by allowing the spread of extremist propaganda that inspired the attack.

The assault by gunman Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to IS, left 49 people dead and 53 injured at the Pulse nightclub in June, in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

The 29-year-old US-born American of Afghan descent was killed in a shootout with police after taking hostages. Read more

AVIAREPS expands payment solution

December 21, 2016 by  
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MUNICH, 21 December 2016: AVIAREPS is releasing an online payment solution to serve small to medium offline airlines, hospitality brands and standalone hotels and resorts.

The company claims AVIACOLLECT was launched in response to the needs of many small to mid-size tourism related companies to extend their sales distribution channels.

The payment solution comes in a white label version for AVIAREPS clients that allows them to accept payments in targeted countries with local bank connections and in local currencies. Read more

Trumplash hits travel

November 24, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News, Technology

LONDON, 24 November 2016: Muslims are staying away from the US in droves following the election of Donald Trump.

During 14 days since the US presidential election, searches for US-bound flights from Arab countries were down by a staggering 70% compared to October’s numbers, reports Cheap Flights Finder.

According to the flights meta-search site Muslim travellers are heading for the UK, Turkey, and Malaysia, all of which are seeing spikes in searches originating from primarily Islamic countries. Read more

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