Asia sustains Thai travel agency bookings

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 8 December 2017:  Thailand’s inbound tour companies are enjoying a 5.76% increase in clients using their ground services, January through to 30 November.

The latest data from the Association of Thai Travel agents shows member companies handled 5,330,881 clients at Bangkok’s two gateway airports.

ATTA does not provide figures for clients handled at airports elsewhere in the country. Read more

Traveltek upgrades cruise bookings

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under cruises, News, Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 1 December 2017: Traveltek Group Ltd, which recently opened offices in Singapore and Hong Kong, unveiled its next-generation cruise booking platform to the Asian market at this week’s CruiseWorld Asia.

Traveltek CruiseNX offers travel and cruise specialists a raft of improved features that promise to drive productivity for travel agency users.

The next-generation platform, available for desktop and as a new B2C website, has been developed in partnership with some of Traveltek’s major clients in key markets worldwide. Read more

IATA ready to roll out NewGen pay channel

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINAGAPORE, 30 November 2017: A core channel used by travel agents to transfer ticket sales payments to airlines since the 1970s is about to undergo a major remake.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), that represents the majority of airlines operating worldwide, manages what is known as the Bank Settlement Plan, but a recent resolution by member airlines will now herald the full adoption of the so-called New Generation of IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS).

Roll out of NewGen ISS will start in March 2018, although some of the core pillars are already functioning in specific markets. Read more

Vietnam sets up guide association

November 13, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 13 November 2017: Vietnam’s guides gain recognition as the country establishes the first Vietnam Association of Tour Guides (VATG).

During its official launch, last week, officials said it would protect tour guides’ rights and raise the reputation of guiding as an important career that presents the country positive image to foreign visitors.

Guide are the people who have the most contact with tourists, and this role means they are unofficial ambassadors of the country. Read more

Singapore whacks wily travel agents

November 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 9 November 2017:  Changes to Singapore’s already strict laws governing travel agencies were passed by parliament, earlier this week.

They are designed to rid the trade of rogue agents and protect travel consumers.

Amendments to the Travel Agents Act and Regulations were ratified, Tuesday, and will be effective from January 2018. Read more

Discover the World in Thailand

September 28, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour company

BANGKOK, 28 September 2017: Discover the World (Thailand) Co Ltd recently commenced trading from new premises in the Vorawat Building at 849 Silom Road, Bangkok.

Under new ownership and with a revitalized stable of travel brands, the global GSA (General Sales Agency) Company plans to grow its portfolio of sales and marketing representation in the Thai market.

New territory director, Brian Sinclair-Thompson, formerly a Swissair executive, based in Bangkok, commented:  “With our dedicated clusters of travel professionals across all brands we are here to assist travel agents, corporate travel bookers, PCO’s and MICE experts on how to improve their sales and deliver high levels of customer satisfaction.” Read more

Citilink takes shortcut to GDS sales

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 27 September 2017: Hahn Air Systems announced that it has signed a sales and distribution agreement with the Indonesian low-cost airline, Citilink Indonesia.

The agreement with the global consolidation service that connects air, rail and shuttle partners to all major global distribution systems (GDSs) enables Citilink Indonesia to offer its flights to travel agencies worldwide.

The flights will be available in all major GDSs under the reservation code H1 without the airline needing to have its own direct GDS interface. 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

Travel agents see market shrink

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 31 August 2017: Thailand’s inbound travel companies continue to face declines in tourists using their services, based on the latest data from the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

Based on a meet-and-greet tally at Bangkok’s two gateway airports, ATTA members provided services for 3,740,187 travellers, January to August 20, this year, down by 6%.

ATTA provides the most accurate barometer of the state of health of the inbound travel agency scene, but limited to guests met at Bangkok’s two gateway airports. Read more

Himalaya taps travel agency channel

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 13 July 2017: Sabre Corporation announced, Tuesday, a new global distribution partnership with Himalaya Airlines.

The partnership will support the airline’s long-term goal to connect Nepal to major cities in Asia and the Middle East.

Currently the airline’s homepage (Where we Fly) identifies daily services to Colombo, Sri Lanka and Doha, Qatar. http://www.himalaya-airlines.com/home. Read more

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