Traveltek opens Singapore office

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 4 October, 2017: Traveltek Group has made its debut in Southeast Asia, introducing booking solutions to the region’s travel industry.

The UK-based firm opened an office in Singapore, targeting OTAs, retail agents, cruise bookers and tour operators, who are seeking technology to help them keep pace with customer demand for leisure travel, particularly cruises,

Asian cruise passenger volumes are growing at double-digit rates annually. Read more

Travelport tweaks hotel rates

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 26 September 2017: Travelport a leading travel commerce platform announced, Monday, it has negotiated rates at 1000 hotels, worldwide, for its corporate travel agency customers.

Located in 48 countries, participating hotels in the Travelport Exclusive Rates programme will offer negotiated rates with at least one added value element exclusive to the Travelport Travel Commerce Platform.

These offers are negotiated directly by Travelport, providing agencies that may not be able to secure special rates themselves, the benefit of Travelport’s scale and negotiating leverage. Read more

Helsinki taps Tencent link to China

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News, Technology

HELSINKI, Finland, 25 September 2017: Helsinki, World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and Tencent have signed a tripartite cooperation agreement, to boost promotions in China’s massive outbound market.

The agreement was signed at the WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017.

Helsinki continues to see travel from China grow with the registered overnight stays by Chinese travellers  more than doubling in the past five years to reach 90,000 in 2016. Read more

Hotels can sell you an airline ticket

September 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Technology

SINGAPORE, 13 September 2017: Time Design, a global dynamic package solution company,  announced, Tuesday, its integration with Sabre Hospitality Solutions’ SynXis Central Reservations, which will give hotels the ability to offer travel packages direct to guests.

With the integration, global travellers can combine their hotel reservations with airline tickets during a visit to the participating hotels’ websites.

Time Design’s Global Dynamic Package Solution combines real-time availability and prices of both accommodation and transportation including the purchase of international airline tickets. Read more

Traveltek opens shop in Hong Kong

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under cruises, News, North Asia, Technology

HONG KONG, 7 September, 2017: UK-based Traveltek Group has made its debut in North Asia, opening an office in Hong Kong to sell its dynamic packaging and cruise booking technology.

Asia’s cruise industry is growing rapidly, with passenger numbers from the region rocketing 40% from 774,536 in 2012 to 2.08 million in 2015, according to Cruise Lines International Association figures.

China was the biggest source market by far, accounting for 47.4% of total passenger volume. Read more

Mongolian opts for Altéa Suite

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Technology

BANGKOK, 10 August 2017: MIAT Mongolian Airlines, the national flag carrier of Mongolia, confirmed last week a new partnership with Amadeus to upgrade its technology systems.

The airline will adopt Amadeus Altéa Suite, a passenger service system that will further the airline’s mission to connect Mongolia with the rest of the world.

Mongolia is noted for its beautiful landscapes, rich culture and vast natural resources that make it an attractive destination for tourists. Read more

Expedia locks in Traveloka

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, Technology

JAKARTA, 2 August 2017: Expedia Inc has invested USD350 million Traveloka Holding Limited, a leading Southeast Asian online travel company.

The deal was concluded over the weekend with Expedia describing it as a “primary minority investment” in Traveloka to deepen cooperation on global hotel supply.

Over the course of Traveloka’s last two funding rounds, East Ventures, Hillhouse Capital Group, JD.com and Sequoia Capital also contributed funding, bringing the total investment amount to approximately USD500 million within the last year. Read more

Sabre names president hospitality

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, People, Technology

SINGAPORE, 27 July 2017: Sabre Corporation appointed Clinton Anderson, earlier this week, as president of Sabre Hospitality Solutions (SHS), effective 7 August.

He will succeed Alex Alt who has accepted an executive position at another company.

Anderson joined Sabre in 2014, and he currently serves as senior vice president of strategy. Read more

Faster finds on TripAdvisor

May 25, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Technology

BANGKOK, 25 May 2017: TripAdvisor, announced, Wednesday, a new streamlined experience for its native iOS app available in Apple’s App Store.

Now travellers can more easily plan every aspect of their trip on the TripAdvisor app, including finding low prices for the right hotel, as well as get the best value on flights, holiday rentals, restaurants and other things to do in-destination. With advice from millions of global travellers, the newly redesigned app empowers travellers with the insights they need to make informed travel choices with the confidence they will have a great trip.

“Travellers want to know they’re getting the best value on a hotel and other parts of the trip, and we have now redesigned our app to make sure they do just that,” said TripAdvisor chief executive officer and co-founder, Stephen Kaufer. “The new TripAdvisor app experience allows travellers to compare prices and book their hotel, find great things to do on the go, and unleash the full potential of their trip.” Read more

App targets millennial travellers

May 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Technology

BOSTON, MA, 17 May 2017:  TripCraft, a hotel industry provider of mobile solutions, launched a new hotel booking app and website, Vir.al, this week, that targets Millennial travellers.

The market is identified as one of the fastest growing travel demographics, estimated to reach 320 million international trips annually by 2020.

Using  experience-based, destination-specific content, Vir.al enables users to create custom travel experiences, rather than just book a hotel room. Read more

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