App finds a pilot

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 15 August 2017: A French start-up is reaching for the skies with a flight-sharing app, matching pilots with passengers looking for a low-cost way to take off in a private aircraft.

“It’s a great way to get on planes. It’s quite a unique experience. It’s something new,” says Adam Nicholas, 27, at an airfield close to London.

He is readying for his second trip with Wingly, a French firm connecting passengers and pilots for short flights, and the undisputed market leader in Europe with a community of more than 80,000 members. Read more

Mekong startups win cash awards

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

LUANG PRABANG, 13 July 2017: GoP a travel app startup company serving domestic travellers in Myanmar walked away with the USD10,000 prize at the inaugural MIST awards presentation during the Mekong Tourism Forum last week.

GoP works like a typical travel agency by working with tour operators, hotels tour providers, restaurants and transport operators to offer vacations to Myanmar’s family market. It won the MIST Startup Accelerator Award that comes with a USD10,000 cash prize.

The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Accelerator Programme’s final pitch and awards presentations were key highlights of this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum, held in Luang Prabang, Laos. 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

Ctrip launches business travel app

March 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Trade Talk

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

ITB: Stay in touch with the latest app

March 2, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News

BERLIN, 2 March 2017: New interactive features to help travel trade executives to plan their ITB visit have been introduced in the latest version of the ITB App.

The updated app is free and available now for download on App Store and Google Play for all visitors to ITB Berlin..

The ITB App (www.itb-berlin.com/itb-app.html) provides trade show visitors with all information about ITB and assists as a guide to the maze of halls that make up Messe Berlin’s exhibition grounds. Read more

BookDoc taps TripAdvisor content

January 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 January 2017: BookDoc announced, Wednesday, its latest content partnership with the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor.

BookDoc users are now able to search for top-rated restaurants and attractions around the vicinity of their healthcare appointments in Malaysia, Singapore , Hong Kong and Thailand when using either the BookDoc mobile app or website.

TripAdvisor achieves 390 million average monthly unique visitors and 435 million reviews and opinions covering 6.8 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. Read more

App to bundle Thailand travel

September 22, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 September 2016: Singapore-based Talisman Telecom is joint venturing with two Bangkok-registered media companies, Capital TV and Destination Thailand News Co Ltd, to deliver the first mobile App offering comprehensive travel content on Thailand.

The Destination Thailand App was launched, Tuesday, in Bangkok, at an event attended by the joint venture’s three CEOs; Rane Grady of Capital TV, Stephen Morton of Destination Thailand News and Ananda Rao of Talisman Telecom.

The three CEOs described the project as a new  comprehensive digital and mobile App underwritten by an “ASEAN-based technology consortium to provide the latest information on Thailand for both expats and international tourists”. Read more

China car-hailing app cashed up

May 17, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 17 May 2016: Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing is mulling an initial public offering, a report said Monday, after US technology giant Apple invested USD1 billion.

A fierce rival of Uber, Didi is “targeting” a listing in New York next year, Bloomberg News said, citing unnamed people “familiar with the matter”.

The exact timing would depend on how its battle with US-based Uber goes in China, the sources were quoted as saying. Read more

MICE app for event organisers

April 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Events, MICE, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 April 2016: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau launched, earlier this week, a ‘Biz Thailand’ mobile application as an information channel for business event travellers.

TCEB’s Information Technology Department director, Sarita Chintakanond, said the new mobile application is part of the bureau digital marketing strategy to boost MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibition) business.

“The Biz Thailand mobile application, comes in two language versions Thai and English…it has been developed to provide easy access to Thai MICE industry via a smartphone.” Read more

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