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  
Filed under News, Technology, Trade Talk

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 CheapFlightsFinder.com searches originating from primarily Islamic countries. Read more

Trivago files for IPO in the US

November 18, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North America, Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, 18 November 2016: German-based hotel booking site trivago, controlled by US online travel giant Expedia, has filed for a public share offering in New York.

The firm founded in 2005 which aims to connect travellers to hotels at the lowest rate has a booking inventory 1.3 million hotels in over 190 countries, and has 55 localised websites and apps in 33 languages.

The company said in a statement that the number of shares to be offered and price range had not been determined. But the filing gave a preliminary estimate it would raise USD400 million in the initial public offering. Read more

FIT Ruums settles in Singapore

November 11, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Trade Talk

SINGAPORE, 11 November 2016: Webjet Limited has launched FIT Ruums, a new business-to-business (B2B) travel distributor in Asia, operating under its B2B division, WebBeds FZ.

FIT Ruums will offer travel services to the Asian travel trade, including hotel rooms and transfers. It aims to become the strongest travel content aggregator and distributor in Asia and a one-stop shop for both suppliers and clients.

“The rising affluence of Asian countries is driving a new travelling class – a shift away from groups and towards free independent travel (FIT),” explained WebBeds FZ’s newly-appointed director Daryl Lee. “For Webjet, this is the right time to invest in Asia.” Read more

Best Western relaunches website

November 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Technology

PHOENIX, 11 November 2016: Best Western Hotels & Resorts announced the launch, Wednesday of an all-new website BestWestern.com.

The company’s latest endeavour streamlines customer interaction across all digital channels.

The reimagined site incorporates highly visual, interactive elements and responsively adapts to the screen size of the device a customer is using – whether that be a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop PC. Read more

Laos keep tabs on passengers

October 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News, Technology

VIENTIANE, 27 October 2016: Laos plans to introduce an Advanced Passenger Processing System at three international airports (Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Pakse) to improve security and to share data with second and third countries served by airlines from Laos.

The new system, known as “Advance Passenger Processing” (APP) aims to tackle terrorism by identifying suspects before they board an aircraft or reach their final destination.

Vientiane Times reported that Thailand’s Somapa Information Technology Plc will implement the system in Laos. Read more

Danang focuses on Japanese visitors

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Vietnam

DANANG, 17 October 2016: Danang and Japanese software company, Digital Ship, have teamed up to build a Japanese-English website called “Happy Danang” to encourage Japanese expatriates living in Vietnam to explore the central region.

Local media quoted Digital Ship manager saying the website would provide tourism information for the Japanese community living in Hoi An and Danang, but it will also help Japanese tourists who need information in their own language.

To tap this market, Danang and Japan will also start construction of the first Vietnam-Japan Culture Exchange Park in Ngu Hanh Son district, later this month, and they will reserve a 134-ha industrial park for medium and small-size businesses from Japan.  Read more

TravPax expands marketing force

October 12, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Thailand

PATTAYA, 12 October 2016: TravPax, an in-cloud IT and travel distribution company, with its operational headquarters in Bangkok has opened its latest sales office in the Philippines.

According to TravPax CEO, Dror Maytal, the office will pioneer a new business model for the company by recruiting small travel agents to use the company’s newest booking platform TravPax 5, due to roll out mid-2017.

Up until now the company has built its customer base around travel wholesalers and destination management companies in the B2B space who pay a monthly fee to use TravPax 4.4. Read more

Booking site and traditional agency join TravPax

October 12, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Thailand

PATTAYA, 12 October 2016: Sri Lanka-based Mackinnons American Express Travel is migrating its bookings and online travel planning to the TravPax system.

Executives from the company, who were attending the TravPax Academy 6 event in Pattaya at the weekend, said the process of keying in data and training was underway.

They expect to have the system fully operational within two months. Read more

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