Sabre taps Hertz inventory

March 9, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 9 March 2017: Technology provider Sabre Corporation has signed an expanded agreement to display Hertz Corporation’s full inventory of car rental rates, including those available via and its mobile app.

Sabre said the agreement will enable 425,000 travel agents powered by Sabre’s APIs to have access to all of Hertz’s rates.

A longstanding user of Sabre’s e-commerce technology, Hertz Corporation chose Sabre as the first GDS provider to distribute its worldwide rental  inventory, including Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly brands. Read more

One-stop bookings a reality

March 3, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 3 March 2017: Today’s traveller performs an average of 48 searches across eight sites before landing with a specific travel option.

But smarter faster ways to find and book fares are unfolding and one of them involves an Amadeus partnership with Skyscanner and Finnair

Finnair’s full fare inventory is available on Skyscanner through Amadeus’ Altéa New Distribution Capability (NDC), allowing travellers to directly purchase Finnair tickets without leaving the Skyscanner platform.

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Ctrip launches business travel app

March 2, 2017 by  
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BEIJING, 2 March 2017: China’s business travel spend reached USD290 billion in 2016, second only to the US according to a report, based on 2016 market data from Ctrip Corporate Travel and Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel organisation.

The report’s findings were highlighted at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Corporate Travel Summit, hosted by Ctrip Corporate Travel, in Beijing last week.

“As the market grows, the need for upgrading the industry is also increasing. In addition to the basic demand for cost savings through business travel management, enterprise customers currently hope to improve management efficiency through an effective and integrated business travel management system,” said Ctrip Corporate Travel CEO Fang Jiqin in his presentation at the summit. Read more

Ferry terminal adopts solar

March 2, 2017 by  
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SINGAPORE, 2 March 2017: Singapore Cruise Centre’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal will soon become the city state’s first solar-powered ferry terminal.

Under an agreement with Sunseap Group, SCC will buy 100% of the terminal’s energy requirements via a hybrid offer that allows SCC to use solar power and supply from the grid.

The hybrid offer is structured around Sunseap’s capabilities as a licensed wholesaler (generation) and an electricity retailer. Read more

Paperless visas

March 1, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Technology

NEW DELHI, 1 March 2017: Plans are underway to eliminate the paper work involved in apply for visas in India, according to a report earlier this week in the Indian Express.

The report confirmed that the Indian government and 14 other governments including nations in the EU are studying a proposal that will end the need to fill out the same information every time Indian travellers need a visa.

BLS International, the second largest Indian outsourcing and technology company, specialising in operating visa applications is leading the move to make visas paperless for Indian travellers. Read more

Amadeus in the lion’s den

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Technology

BANGKOK, 28 February 2017: A new content deal signed between Amadeus and low-cost airline, Thai Lion, will give travellers worldwide a channel to book low fares to Thailand’s popular holiday destinations.

More than 30 million international tourists visited Thailand last year and according to the country’s research more than 60% will return for a second or third trip.

Familiar with the destination they will search cheap flights and the latest Amadeus agreement will ensure they can book the best fares on 17 Thai Lion routes through the Amadeus network of travel agents, worldwide. Read more

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

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