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|October 27, 2015
Shijie99 Selects Sabre As Its Primary Technology Provider For International Growth
Sabre Corporation has announced an agreement with Shijie99, one of China's emerging and innovative travel e-ecommerce aggregators. The long-term technology and content agreement, which includes operational consulting, establishes Sabre as the company's primary technology and GDS partner for its international business. Shijie99 gains a customized version of Sabre's world-class travel shopping platform, providing a vital competitive advantage on sales conversion. Sabre is also installing th...
|October 08, 2015
Sabre Signs Distribution And Merchandising Agreement With Virgin Australia
Sabre Corporation today announced a new agreement to provide content, merchandising solutions and Sabre Marketplace Analytics to Virgin Australia. Using Sabre's industry-first data analytics technology, Virgin Australia will be able to view shopping activity made within the Sabre travel marketplace for their routes, and generate insights that drive incremental revenue and increased yield Additionally, Virgin Australia will be able to market and sell airfares as well as ancillary product...
|September 24, 2015
Travelport and AXESS International Network Launch New Travel Technology In Japan
AXESS International Network (AXESS), the leading Japanese global distribution system (GDS) owned by Japan Airlines (JAL), and Travelport, a global Travel Commerce Platform, providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the global travel industry, have today jointly announced they are on schedule to roll out a new, superior agency desktop in Japan. The upgraded agency desktop, which will be powered by Travelport, will be made available exclusively to AXESS-connected travel a...
|August 17, 2015
Air Seychelles Selects Sabre To Enhance Guest Experience And Drive Growth
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has selected global technology provider, Sabre Corporation, to provide a full suite of technology that will support the carrier's global business as well as enhance the Air Seychelles guest experience and revenue-generating capabilities. The agreement will see Air Seychelles move to SabreSonic, an integrated suite of applications that automates critical processes such as Reservations, Inventory, and Departure Control enablin...
|July 16, 2015
Virgin Australia and Sabre Expand Technology Agreement
Sabre Corporation today announced Virgin Australia has renewed its technology agreement and widened the scope of its relationship with Sabre. The renewal agreement expands the airlines' SabreSonic agreement. SabreSonic is an integrated suite of applications that optimizes and automates core processes such as Reservations, Inventory and Departure Control enabling airlines to offer a differentiating customer experience. This renewal enables Virgin Australia to progressively implement a wid...
|July 02, 2015
Amadeus To Acquire Navitaire; Amadeus and Accenture To Form Alliance
Amadeus has agreed to acquire Navitaire, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture that provides technology and business solutions to the airline industry, for US$830 million. Navitaire, which focuses on the low-cost and hybrid-carrier segments of the airline industry and has a global customer base of more than 50 operators, provides revenue-generation and cost-streamlining solutions in the areas of reservations, ancillary sales, loyalty, revenue management, revenue accounting and business inte...
|July 02, 2015
Travelport Announces New Agreement With Flight Centre Travel Group
Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $8 trillion global travel and tourism industry, today announced that it has signed a new multi-year agreement with Australia-based Flight Centre Travel Group as one of their global distribution system providers. The new deal represents a continuation of the relationship between the two organisations that spans more than two decades. ...
|July 01, 2015
Sabre Completes Acquisition of Abacus International; Leading GDS in Asia Pacific
Sabre Corporation has completed the acquisition of Abacus International, the leading global distribution system (GDS) in the Asia-Pacific region. "The addition of Abacus further strengthens Sabre's leading position in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region," said Sabre President & CEO Tom Klein. "Our ability to combine Sabre's strong global technology platform capabilities with Abacus' deep local market expertise will provide Asia-Pacific airline, hospitality and travel agency customers with u...
|May 27, 2015
Biman Bangladesh Airlines To Distribute Domestic And International Fares Via Amadeus
Amadeus and Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national carrier of Bangladesh, have signed a partnership that will enable the airline to distribute their fares via Amadeus' extensive global network of travel agencies. Biman Bangladesh Airlines joins more than 470 airlines globally whose content is available on the Amadeus system. Amadeus travel agents worldwide will now have guaranteed access to Biman Bangladesh Airlines' full range of domestic and international fares, as well as group bookings....
|May 14, 2015
Sabre To Acquire Abacus International -- The Leading GDS In Asia Pacific
Sabre Corporation has announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Abacus International, the leading global distribution system (GDS) in the Asia-Pacific region. Abacus is currently owned by a consortium of 11 Asian airlines along with Sabre, which has a 35% stake in the company. Sabre will purchase the remaining portion of Abacus for net cash consideration of $411 million. "The Asia-Pacific travel market is the largest and fastest growing in the world," said...
|April 29, 2015
Ctrip Completes 2- Way XML Integration With eRevMax
Ctrip.com International Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTRP), the largest online travel agency in China, has completed integration with eRevMax to offer XML connectivity to its growing base of hotel customers. Accommodation providers using RateTiger and Connect solutions as well as the recently announced LIVE platform will now be able to make real-time ARI (Availability, Rates & Inventory) updates and receive bookings generated on the channel through eRevMax solutions directly into their property management syst...
|April 27, 2015
Abacus To Launch Abacus ContentPlus
Abacus travel agents at over 20,000 locations around Asia Pacific will soon be offering front row seats of a different kind, now that the technology company is integrating the 8,000 concerts, cabarets, activities, attractions and tours of City Discovery into the launch release of Abacus ContentPlus. Rolling out across the region from May 2015, the unique B2B2C retail platform will give agents the means to provide instant confirmation for sporting or entertainment events, as well as priority ...
|March 05, 2015
Amadeus Strengthens Foothold In Taiwanese Market Through Landmark Deal With China Airlines
Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, today announced a landmark deal with China Airlines, the largest airline and flag carrier of the Republic of China (Taiwan), for the adoption of the full Amadeus Altéa suite of solutions. Importantly for the carrier's domestic business, the deal also marks Amadeus' first Chinese language IT offering to an airline. The extensive long-term agreement with China Airlines and its subsidiary, Mandarin Airlines, to implement the p...
|January 14, 2015
Ctrip.com International Partners With Amadeus To Power Its Global Expansion
Amadeus has today announced the signing of an agreement with China's Ctrip.com International to power its international expansion. The multi-year agreement with Ctrip, China's leading travel company in terms of market capitalisation, will include the provision of all air content for points of sale outside of mainland China. This initially includes Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and the USA, with future plans to move into Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Thailand, as well as additional mar...
|September 10, 2014
Sherwood Taipei Increases Revenue And Bookings With Sabre Hospitality Solutions
Sherwood Taipei, a luxury boutique hotel, has reported its revenues have increased by 21 percent following its leveraging Sabre Hospitality's SynXis Central Reservation System (CRS), as well as increased bookings by 42 percent. Sherwood Taipei's choice to adopt the SynXis CRS a year ago has led to sharp increases in revenue and room nights, due to unrivaled technology as well as the expertise provided by the Sabre Hospitality Solutions team. The team worked alongside Sherwood Taipei employee...
|August 27, 2014
Oakwood Managed Properties Selects eRevMax To Optimize Online Sales
Oakwood Managed Properties, one of the largest serviced apartment chains in South East Asia and India, has selected eRevMax to optimize online sales through efficient channel management. Twelve properties of the group will be using the RateTiger Channel Management solution to manage rates and availability across multiple sales channels from single platform. Asia accounts for 7.54% of the global serviced apartments market and in 4.76% of the world's serviced apartment locations. A division o...
|August 26, 2014
New Airline Distribution Channel Opens In China With First Abacus BSP Air Ticketing
Further to receiving Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) certification in June, Abacus today achieved the milestone of becoming the first foreign global distribution system to issue air tickets using its innovative technology, customized for China. With a network of mainland travel agents in place, Abacus has secured a new channel for airlines to access this vast and expanding outbound market. Flights from the capital with award-winning Etihad Airways were chosen from among four initial ca...
|August 14, 2014
Hainan Airlines Personalises Online Experience With Amadeus
Hainan Airlines, the largest private carrier in China, will continue to power its online 'looking and booking' experience with next generation e-Commerce solutions from Amadeus, the leading technology partner for the global travel industry. The contract renewal ensures Hainan Airlines will continue to benefit from Amadeus e-Retail, the world's most widely-used airline Internet booking engine. The airline offers customers across the globe the ability to book flights and travel products in the...
|August 12, 2014
Fiji Airways Gives Amadeus Full Content Fares
Amadeus, a leading technology provider for the global travel industry, and Fiji Airways, Fiji's National Airline, today announces a new contract that ensures travel agencies in the Pacific and around the world can search and book the full range of Fiji Airways fares via Amadeus. Amadeus-connected travel agents now have access to the same range of air fares that Fiji Airways offers through all its sales channels. Stefan Pichler, Managing Director & CEO, Fiji Airways said that Amadeus' exten...
|July 31, 2014
Amadeus Continues Growth In Asia Pacific As JAL Signs For Altéa As Part of IT Transformation
Amadeus and Japan Airlines (JAL) have today announced that an agreement has been reached for Amadeus to provide the airline with its full Altéa Suite of IT solutions. The agreement, which sees JAL become the latest oneworld airline to adopt Amadeus' Altéa, will allow the airline to replace its existing passenger service system, which was originally activated back in 1969. With this in mind JAL will migrate to Altéa in order to deliver a modern, customer-centric IT foundation across both...
|July 28, 2014
Solomon Airlines Online Bookings Powered By Amadeus Flex Pricer
Amadeus has announced Solomon Airlines' launch of Amadeus Flex Pricer. The new online booking solution offers travellers an unrivalled online shopping experience and will help grow the airline's revenue. Solomon Airlines can now offer greater personalisation of travel options, making sure customers can quickly find the flights and fares that best meet their needs. Travellers now have the ability to book multi-sector flights in a single ticket, allowing both international flights and domes...
|July 25, 2014
AirAsia - First Airline In Asia Pacific To Implement New Amadeus Technology For Travel Agencies
AirAsia is the first airline in Asia Pacific to implement light ticketing technology from Amadeus which gives travel agencies an even simpler way to book the airline's content. For the first time, traditional shopping, booking and back-office flows will be combined with real-time dynamic fares provided through AirAsia's XML connection with Amadeus. Amadeus connected travel agencies can view and compare AirAsia fares in the same screen as full-service carriers, something not previously possib...
|July 10, 2014
Sabre Signs Technology Agreement With HNA Hotels & Resorts
Sabre Corporation has signed a comprehensive technology agreement with China-based HNA Hotels & Resorts. Sabre Hospitality will serve as HNA's primary technology provider for its critical operations and marketing systems, including the Sabre SynXis central reservations system and Sabre Guest Connect Booking Engine. HNA also will leverage Sabre's full complement of distribution channels. HNA officials selected Sabre Hospitality Solutions because of its broad portfolio of seamlessly integra...
|July 02, 2014
Amadeus Gets Air New Zealand Fares
Amadeus, a leading technology provider for the global travel industry, and Air New Zealand, the national airline and flag carrier of New Zealand, today announced a contract renewal that ensures travel agencies around the world can search and book Air New Zealand fares via Amadeus. Amadeus-connected travel agents in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world can search and book the same range of air fares that Air New Zealand provides all its GDS (global distribution system) partners. ...
|May 30, 2014
Amadeus Global Report Highlights Twin Pillars of Business Success & Commitment To Sustainability
Amadeus has published its 2013 Global Report detailing a year of further growth in its business, a long term vision for innovation and a strong commitment to shape the future of travel in a sustainable manner. The report integrates the content of the former Annual Report and the Sustainability Report including a broad range of corporate data and information on the company's operations and activities during 2013. Amadeus' ambition is to shape the future of travel delivering technology sol...
|May 29, 2014
Sabre Renews Technology Agreement With Accor Hotels
Sabre Corporation has renewed its technology agreement with Accor Hotels to continue marketing and selling Accor's room inventory and rates in the Sabre global distribution system. Travel agents using the Sabre global travel marketplace will be able to access room rates and availability for all 13 Accor brands and 3,600 hotels in 92 countries. Based on Sabre's unparalleled access to more than 400,000 travel agents worldwide, Accor also will extend its advertising program within the Sabre ...
|May 19, 2014
Abacus First To Launch Emd With Air China In International Markets
Chinese national flag carrier, Air China is adopting the Abacus electronic miscellaneous document (EMD) technology to create a paperless ticketing environment, in another industry first for the region's leading travel solutions provider. The Star Alliance partner is taking the initiative with Abacus EMD outside China to combine compliance with IATA's mandate on miscellaneous documents becoming electronic, with other Abacus benefits of digitisation, including: - Improved tracking and attr...
|April 30, 2014
Abacus Breaks New Ground With Aic Conference In Abu Dhabi
Abacus is hosting the leaders of Asia Pacific's travel industry in the emirates this October, gathering together representatives of the trade's vast purchasing power for the biennial Abacus International Conference (AIC). Over 500 delegates will be flying into Abu Dhabi to evaluate and debate the latest technological innovations around travel, in the context of the trends now driving booking behaviour across the 31 regional markets that Abacus serves. Choosing Abu Dhabi for its emerging role...
|April 24, 2014
Enriched Amadeus Hotel Marketplace Drives Agencies' Profitability
Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, today announced a new-generation hotel distribution marketplace for the travel industry that will bring buyers and sellers of hotels together more efficiently. The marketplace can be accessed via Amadeus' travel agency retail platform (Amadeus Selling Platform), its corporate online booking tool (Amadeus e-Travel Management) and by any third party through our web services. The '...
|April 24, 2014
Air China Signs Up For Travelport Rich Content & Branding Technology
Travelport, a leading distribution services and e-commerce provider for the global travel industry, and Air China, the national carrier of the People's Republic of China, have today announced a new merchandising agreement which will see Air China participate in Travelport's Rich Content and Branding program, the newest airline merchandising technology under the Travelport Merchandising Platform umbrella. On track to be launched globally in the coming months, Rich Content and Branding enables ...
|April 17, 2014
Absolute Hotel Services Implements RateTiger Solutions For Its Hotels And Resorts
Absolute Hotel Services Group has selected eRevMax's RateTiger as its preferred intuitive price intelligence solution for use in its hotels and resorts in Thailand, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Middle East. Corp is a comprehensive yet easy to use hotel rate intelligence solution. This endorsement will enable all of Absolute Hotel Services Groups hotels and resorts to check room rates acros...
|April 16, 2014
Virgin Australia Launches Extra Legroom Seats, Pre-Paid Bags In Sabre
Sabre, a global technology company serving the travel industry, is now selling Virgin Australia's Extra Legroom Seats, pre-paid bags and unaccompanied traveler ancillaries in the Sabre global distribution system. Shelly Terry, vice president of Supplier Merchandising for Sabre Travel Network, said the sale of ancillaries, such as pre-reserved seats continue to be a valuable revenue stream for airlines and provides travelers with more choices for their flight experience. "Sabre has been in...
|April 10, 2014
Amadeus and Cathay Pacific Sign Extensive Content Agreement For Travel Agents
Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, today announces the renewal of a distribution agreement with Cathay Pacific, the international flag carrier of Hong Kong. Amadeus travel agents in Asia can continue to access the same level of Cathay Pacific and Dragonair fares, availability and functionality as per any other travel agency channel. Outside of Asia, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair's complete range of fares, availability and functionality is available to Amadeu...
|April 07, 2014
Malindo Air Sells Full Range of Fares Via Amadeus
Amadeus has announced a new distribution agreement with Malindo Air, one of the newest airlines in the Asia Pacific region. With this agreement, Amadeus travel agents in Asia Pacific will have immediate access to the same level of Malindo Air fares, availability and functionality as any other travel agency content channel. Malindo Air -- a joint venture between National Aerospace and Defence Industries of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia -- joins over 400 airlines, including over 70 low-co...
|March 24, 2014
AirAsia and Travelport Sign Breakthrough Distribution Agreement
Travelport, and AirAsia today jointly announced a ground-breaking new partnership which will see AirAsia distribute all of its fares and ancillary services through the Travelport GDS (global distribution channel) for the first time. As part of the agreement, AirAsia has also signed up for Travelport's industry-leading merchandising technology including its unique aggregated shopping functionality which will enable travel agents to shop, compare and book AirAsia and AirAsia X flights alongsid...
|March 24, 2014
Air New Zealand Renews Technology Agreement With Sabre
Sabre has signed a technology agreement with Air New Zealand to market and sell the airline's products and services in the Sabre global distribution system. The airline's Economy Skycouch seats and pre-paid bags are already available in Sabre in select markets. More than 400,000 travel agents worldwide will continue to have real-time access Air New Zealand's fares, schedules and inventory, in addition to ancillary products. Air New Zealand offers Economy Skycouch and pre-paid bags for boo...
|March 13, 2014
Qantas's Premium Seats Now Available In Sabre
Sabre is now selling Qantas's Advance Seat Selection. The airline is selling its ancillary product through the Sabre global distribution system using industry technology standards developed by ATPCo and IATA. The electronic miscellaneous document (EMD) standard allows an agent to efficiently purchase an airline's ancillary products on behalf of travelers in the same way they would a base airfare. This helps airlines generate revenue by making their ancillary products broadly available and eas...
|March 12, 2014
Singgasana Hotels & Resorts Partners With eRevMax; Chooses RateTiger Suite
Leading Indonesian chain, Singgasana Hotels and Resorts has partnered with online distribution specialist eRevMax to take benefit of the growth in the online travel booking space. With the rise in mobile penetration and the proliferation of new travel intermediaries in the region, travellers are bound to do more online research and reservations. Recent studies show that Indonesia will be the fastest growing online travel market in APAC by 2015, rising 268% over 2012. Singgasana Hotels and Res...
|February 20, 2014
Wego Extends Air Canada's Reach Into Asia
Wego, the metasearch site in Asia Pacific and Middle East has announced a partnership and integration with North America's only Skytrax 4-star airline, Air Canada. The partnership comes on the heels of Air Canada announcing expanded capacity to Asia as well the selection of Tokyo and Tel Aviv as the international launch routes of their Boeing 787 debuting in July 2014. "Partnering with Air Canada is something we are very excited about at Wego," said Dean Wicks, Chief Flights Officer for We...
|February 19, 2014
Abacus Partners Tigerair To Boost Retail Sales In Asia Pacific
Abacus, the leading travel technology provider in Asia Pacific, is integrating Tigerair fares and ancillary products in an agreement that gives the carrier a fresh platform to compete for travel agent bookings from within the largest portfolio of low cost and hybrid airlines in the region. Signed in January 2014, the integration makes the full range of competitive fares of the Tigerair Group of airlines including Tigerair Singapore and Tigerair Mandala available at over 20,000 Abacus agency ...
|February 12, 2014
SriLankan Airlines Sets Sights On Growth With New Technology From Amadeus
Amadeus and SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, today celebrate the airline's successful migration to the Amadeus Altéa Suite. Together with sister airline Mihin Lanka, Sri Lankan Airlines becomes the first airline group in the Indian subcontinent to adopt Amadeus's passenger service system. The first phase of SriLankan Airline's migration, covering the airline's mission-critical reservations, inventory and ticketing was completed in December 2013. The final stage of imple...
|February 11, 2014
GetThere Now Offers Airline Content From India
GetThere, a Sabre Travel Network brand, now has access to several low cost carriers in India, providing corporate customers even more options when booking flights. Travelers using GetThere can now book Indian airlines, Indigo, SpiceJet and GoAir. Each airline's content is available using GetThere's Air Connect with all the flight options integrated directly into the shopping and booking path. GetThere users can also select and purchase meals for their Indian flights on Indigo and SpiceJ...
|January 21, 2014
Spring Airlines Selects Abacus As Exclusive Distribution Partner
Spring Airlines has appointed Abacus as the exclusive distribution partner promoting its new international routes and fares. The 3-year agreement gives China's largest low cost carrier an unparalleled retail distribution grid outside the mainland, with Abacus travel agents at over 20,000 locations booking seats on its competitively priced flights. Expanding its fleet of A320s, Spring Airlines is looking to gain share on routes into Hong Kong, Kaosiung, Macau, Jeju, Bangkok and Phuket as well ...
|January 20, 2014
Scoot and Amadeus Sign Long-Term Content Agreement
Amadeus has signed an extensive long-term content agreement with Scoot (TZ), Singapore's newest no-frills, low-cost airline. The new agreement offers Amadeus travel agency customers immediate access to the same level of fares, availability and functionality as any other travel agency content channel. "Travel agencies connect with our customers in another important way beyond our website or call centres. As the largest global distribution system with the widest network of travel agents, it...
|January 15, 2014
EVA Air Selects Abacus For Its First Automated Chinese Language Fare Feeds
EVA Air has appointed Abacus, Asia Pacific's leading travel technology provider to act as the translation platform for Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO) fare data in Taiwan, supplying content to the carrier's retail distribution grid. Abacus is automating all fare sheets nationwide, presenting rules in native Mandarin. Eliminating the need for future manual fare maintenance, the technology delivers savings to EVA and its subsidiary UNI Air, as well as productivity gains to its powerf...
|January 09, 2014
Tigerair's Fares Now Available Via Amadeus Travel Agencies
Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, today announces a new distribution partnership with Tigerair to bring its full range of competitive fares and ancilliary sales content to Amadeus travel agencies in Asia Pacific. With Amadeus, Tigerair -- Singapore's largest no-frills airline -- now has a simple and seamless way to distribute its full range of attractive fares and content via an extensive network of travel agencies in Asia Pacific that can make bookings ea...
|January 03, 2014
Pinpoint Travel Group Chooses Travelport
Travelport has announced a new agreement with Pinpoint Travel Group, a business specialising in travel rewards and redemption programs for the customers of banks and other corporations, as well as operating vacation programs of leading international airlines in Australia, such as Singapore Airlines' SIA Holidays and United Airlines' United Vacations. Under the new agreement, Travelport will become Pinpoint Travel Group's preferred global distribution systems (GDS) provider in the Asia region,...
|December 03, 2013
Singgasana Hotels & Resorts Partners With Trust International For Worldwide Distribution
Singgasana Hotels and Resorts today announced a partnership with Trust International to use a wide array of Trust's hotel distribution services, including CRS, GDS, IDS (direct connect), IBE, Mobilebooker, and PMS Interface. Singgasana Hotels and Resorts, a premier hospitality management company, will use Trust's distribution services for its deluxe and first class hotels, residences, a golf course and an international convention centre in key destinations in Indonesia, such as its flagship prop...
|December 02, 2013
Amadeus and Asiana Airlines Celebrate Success With Altéa Suite
Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry and Asiana Airlines, a global airline with the management ideology, maximum safety and customer satisfaction through service, today celebrates the airline's successful migration to the Amadeus Altéa Suite. The new system will now manage its domestic and international reservations, inventory operations and power its website. The new system marks an important step forward for the airline's growth strategy as it plans to overc...
|November 21, 2013
AirAsia Zest Now Bookable Via Amadeus
Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, and AirAsia Zest, a Philippine-based Low Cost Carrier (LCC), today announced that travel agencies in Asia Pacific can book AirAsia Zest through Amadeus. AirAsia Zest serves domestic destinations of Kalibo (Boracay), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Cebu, Davao, Tagbilaran, and Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines and international points in Asia including China and South Korea. AirAsia Zest joins the rest of the AirAsia group w...
|October 22, 2013
Indian OTA, Cleartrip, Partners With eRevMax For Deeper Integration
India-based OTA, Cleartrip, has completed integration with eRevMax to offer XML connectivity to eRevMax's growing base of hotel customers. Hotel companies partnering with Cleartrip will now be able to make real-time ARI (Availability, Rate & Inventory) updates and receive bookings generated on these channels through eRevMax solutions directly into their property management system. Following a two-way XML interface certification with eRevMax to leverage its RateTiger and Connect enterprise d...
|October 17, 2013
Abacus Central Asia Forms Strategic Partnership With ACTE To Boost Education & Technology
Abacus International, Asia Pacific's leading provider of travel services and solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), the global organisation pioneering educational and technological advances in business travel. The two organisations, collaborating on initiatives to develop corporate travel in the Central Asian Republics are starting by co-hosting the third Abacus Corporate Travel Executive Forum in Almaty at the end of Octo...
|October 07, 2013
Abacus Signs Malindo Air As Low Cost Bookings Soar
Adding to the fastest growing low cost carrier (LCC) portfolio in Asia Pacific, Abacus International has announced a distribution partnership with Malaysia's Malindo Air, the new budget airline jointly owned by National Aerospace and Defence Industries together with Indonesia's Lion Air. The partnership is another milestone for Abacus in delivering fresh LCC content to travel agents using the company's innovative technology. "Travel agents now have a more flexible channel to seek out the...
|October 02, 2013
Travelport Universal API Launches In Asia
Travelport, a leading distribution services and e-commerce provider for the global travel industry, has announced the launch of its ground-breaking Travelport Universal API (Application Programming Interface) to developers in Asia. Now available in over 90 countries, Travelport Universal API is the first API that aggregates content from the GDS (air, car and hotel), accommodation providers, low cost carriers, high speed rail suppliers, and merchandising and ancillary services through a single...
|September 13, 2013
AXESS and Travelport Deliver New Japanese GDS
AXESS International Network (AXESS), the leading Japanese global distribution system (GDS) owned by Japan Airlines (JAL), and Travelport, a leading distribution services and e-commerce provider for the global travel industry, have jointly announced they are on schedule to roll out a new, superior Japanese GDS in early October. Now in its final stages of user testing, the new upgraded travel booking platform powered by Travelport, will be made available exclusively to AXESS-connected travel agent...
|September 12, 2013
Jet Airways and Travelport Renew Content Agreement
Travelport has announced the multi-year renewal of its content agreement with Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Jet Lite. The renewal allows continued access to Jet Airways' and Jet Lite's most up-to-date route information and published fares for Travelport-connected travel agents globally. Jet Airways and Jet Lite together operate nearly 550 daily flights to 72 destinations, within India and overseas. Damian Hickey, Travelport's Vice Pr...
|September 04, 2013
Amadeus: Technology Is Key To Unlocking The Enormous Potential Of The Chinese Travel Industry
TravelDaily, China's leading online publisher and event organiser focusing on distribution, marketing and technology trends in the travel and tourism industries, welcomes Amadeus as the platinum sponsor at the 2013 China Travel Distribution Summit in Guangzhou on September 11 & 12. Over 750 C-level executives and senior leaders from travel and tourism will take centre stage at the China Travel Distribution Summit to address the core issues affecting the heart of their industry. Amadeus, a...
|July 19, 2013
Travelport Lifts Hong Kong Presence With New Headquarters
Travelport, a leading distribution services and e-commerce provider for the global travel industry, celebrated the successful relocation of its new Hong Kong headquarters last night, hosting a grand opening party with approximately 100 VIPs, partners and customers in attendance. The new office is located in the Kwun Tung, one of the largest administrative districts in Hong Kong, and sits above the famous APM shopping centre covering 8 retail levels with direct, air-conditioned pedestrian acc...
|July 03, 2013
Chinese Hotel Chain Signs eRevMax For Market Expansion And Revenue Growth
Rosedale Hotel Group has recently partnered with eRevMax to expand its online visibility to further improve market share. All five Rosedale properties have subscribed to RateTiger's integrated channel management platform to update room rates and availability and benchmark competitor prices to enhance online revenue opportunities. The intense competition in the Chinese hospitality sector has made it important for accommodation providers to optimize all demand sources. Online travel booking is ...
|May 29, 2013
Amadeus Unveils Its Corporate Sustainability Report
Amadeus has 'published its 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report reviewing the company's business and performance in 2012 from a sustainability perspective. The document, which has been granted the Application level A+ by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), analyses the economic, environmental and social impacts of Amadeus' business, as well as its contribution to help meeting sustainability objectives. "We keep sustainability at the forefront of our thinking in every aspect of our activ...
|April 19, 2013
Amadeus Announces The Findings Of Its Second Asia Pacific Hotel Distribution Survey
Amadeus has announced the findings of its second Asia Pacific hotel distribution survey that highlights how cross-selling add-on services are key to ensuring travel agents attract and retain customers who are pre-booking hotel rooms. The survey found that airport transfers and sightseeing tours represent the biggest cross-selling opportunities, with travel agents increasingly offering to help travellers rent cars, purchase concert tickets, make dinner reservations, and even buy metro passes. ...
|April 18, 2013
Premier Inn India Increases Online Bookings To Over 20% With Ratetiger
Leading mid-market hotel group Premier Inn India has found the ideal way to manage its online room distribution. The group has been making big gains in the online travel space in the past 24 months by using the popular RateTiger hotel channel manager. With the growth in online bookings, Premier Inn India felt the need to upgrade from the web-based SimpleDistribution channel manager to the more sophisticated RateTiger RTSuite to better manage different aspects of distribution to maximize onli...
|April 04, 2013
UNICEF, Amadeus Partner To Improve Children's Lives Together With The Travel Industry & Travellers
Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, and UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, have come together to help shape a better future for the world's most vulnerable children. The partnership will enable travel providers and sellers to raise funds for UNICEF by giving their customers the opportunity to make a micro donation when paying for travel online. "This joint initiative represents an innovative model to drive donations. The technology solution that Amad...
|March 12, 2013
Hotels.com Launches Dedicated Windows 8 app
Hotels.com has launched two new apps for Windows 8, an iteration of its highly successful app specifically designed for mobile and another built specifically for Windows 8 tablet. The new apps enable customers using Windows 8 on-the-go to easily and quickly research, search and book hotel accommodation, as well as review reservations, read customer reviews and search for specific mobile only deals. Alongside this, Hotels.com customers can also: • Pin a page to their homepage at any point ...
|February 26, 2013
Abacus Delivers Solution To Help Agencies And Airlines
Abacus International, Asia Pacific's leading provider of travel solutions and services, today announced the launch of the first and only automated exchange solution for net fares. Net fares are an increasing component of Asian airlines distribution strategies with key Asian travel markets now issuing between 40 and 60 per cent of all tickets via net (non-published via ATPCO) fares. Currently, all Abacus-connected travel agents benefit from access to the most extensive net fare content in ...
|February 20, 2013
eRevMax Adds Sales Managers For RateTiger In Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Thailand
eRevMax has recruited additional sales managers worldwide to support the growing demand for RateTiger products in the Middle East, South Africa, Latin America and Thailand while also developing existing marketplaces for greater market penetration. Following a year of significant growth for the company, eRevMax is expanding its consultative sales team to meet the diverse requirements of hotels in each region. This expansion will also support the company's service delivery to its growing base ...
|February 06, 2013
Abacus International Partners With Firefly, A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines
Abacus International, Asia Pacific's leading revenue partner for airlines today announced a new partnership with Firefly, a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. This partnership will bring more content to all Abacus-connected travel agents in February as they will have real-time access to all of Firefly's flight schedules and fares, while allowing Firefly to leverage Abacus' extensive network to reach out to their consumers and boost their presence throughout the region. Firefly i...
|January 29, 2013
Amadeus-Commissioned Study Unveils Travel Effects To Shape The Future Of Travel In Asia Pacific
A major new pan Asia Pacific study released today, 'Shaping the future of travel in Asia Pacific: The big FOUR travel effects' outlines four key themes that will drive significant change in the Asia Pacific travel ecosystem over the period to 2030. Commissioned by Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, the report points to the geopolitical, social and technological changes that will have a fundamental effect on Asia Pacific, and details the implications for travell...
|January 28, 2013
Travelport Signs New Agreement With Scoot, Singapore Airlines' Budget Arm
Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces a new agreement with Scoot, Singapore Airlines' budget arm that offers low-cost, no frills airfares from Singapore to eight cities in China, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand. Both companies have undertaken a seamless integration of Scoot's content onto Travelport's GDS platform. Effective immediately, this agreement enables Travelport-connected agents worldwide access to Scoot's inventories on Gal...
|January 03, 2013
Abacus Seals Exclusive Partnership With Regent Airways
Abacus International has announced an exclusive two-year partnership with Regent Airways, the second largest airline in Bangladesh, which will see their content being distributed to Abacus-connected agents across all markets under the terms of the agreement. Abacus is the first distribution partner to work with Regent Airways, and the exclusive agreement will enable the airline to leverage Abacus' extensive network in order to reach out effectively to their consumers and boost their presence ...
|December 11, 2012
Korean Air and Amadeus Sign Full Content Global Agreement
Korean Air, South Korea's flagship airline and Amadeus have signed a full content agreement providing travel agencies worldwide guaranteed access to the full range of fares and inventory through the Amadeus system. The agreement ensures that Korean Air's schedules, fares and inventory content is available through all Amadeus points of sale worldwide, including travel agencies and travel management companies. Kee Hong Woo, Senior Vice President, Passenger Business at Korean Air, said: "Wi...
|December 06, 2012
Amadeus Makes Inroads With Ground Handling Companies With 20 Signed Contracts In Just Over A Year
Amadeus has secured 20 long-term IT agreements with Ground Handling companies in just 1.5 years since the launch of the Amadeus Altéa Departure Control System (DCS) for Ground Handlers. Once these 20 customers are fully migrated to the new platform by 2015, Amadeus will be processing 85+ million passengers boarded per year through this solution. Swissport International, the world's leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, and SATS, a leading provider of gateway services a...
|December 05, 2012
Amadeus Signs Global Full Content Agreement With Virgin Australia
Amadeus has announced a multi-year full content agreement with Australian airline, Virgin Australia, to guarantee Amadeus subscribers worldwide access to the carrier's full range of fares, inventory and schedules. The global agreement with Amadeus will support the airline's evolution into a full service offering and grow its corporate and International business. With this agreement, Virgin Australia's domestic and long haul schedules, fares, last seat availability and associated inventor...
|November 14, 2012
Abacus Commentary: China Travel Deregulation & The Potential For Airlines
800 million new air travellers are expected to be flying from 2009 to 2014, with at least a quarter coming from China (1). During this same period, airline passenger revenues are expected to double, reaching US$53 billion (2). As of November 2012, there are 120 registered commercial airlines (97 international carriers) in China (3), carrying more than 270 million passengers on domestic flights and greater than 21 million on international flights. Growth is prevalent everywhere in the fastest gro...
|November 07, 2012
Amadeus Mobile Access Gives Travel Agents Easy, Secure 24x7 Customer Service
Amadeus has announced the launch of Mobile Access, a browser-based mobile device reservation solution to help travel agents in Asia Pacific address the needs of travellers 24x7. Powered by Resbird Technologies, India, a member of the Amadeus Partner Network, Mobile Access is the smartphone and tablet version of Amadeus Selling Platform, the travel industry's most used retailing application. Amadeus Mobile Access helps travel agents address the immediate needs of travellers remotely via a...
|November 07, 2012
Abacus Signs Landmark Partnership With Vietnam Airlines
Abacus International has signed a new multi-year partnership with Vietnam Airlines, the flag carrier of Vietnam. Through the agreement, Vietnam Airlines will continue to provide all Abacus-connected travel agents with access to all fares, seat availability, fare families and optional services offered by Vietnam Airlines. "It is an important time now in our growth strategy, and we look to Abacus' leadership in Asia Pacific through its relationships, experience, expertise and presence to seaml...
|November 06, 2012
Hahn Air and Deer Jet Explore Bizjet Distribution Opportunities In Asia
Hahn Air and Deer Jet, a leading business jet operator and service provider of business aviation in Asia, are jointly announcing their new cooperation supported by Cessna Aircraft Company. Hahn Air and Deer Jet are signing a Memorandum of Understanding to explore future directions and opportunities in bizjet distribution and sales in the Asian Pacific realm. Among the objectives of the collaboration is the research of innovative means of bizjet distribution using GDS, combining premium long-h...
|November 05, 2012
Emirates Adopts Abacus Groups - First In Asia
Abacus International has announced today that Emirates has implemented the Abacus Groups suite of solutions. Abacus Group is the first Group Management Solution adopted by Emirates in Asia. Emirates joins a host of airlines across the region as well those specifically in the Middle East looking to drive higher efficiency in group booking management and greater sales revenue by leveraging the Abacus Group solution in South Korea and Malaysia initially. Abacus Groups, designed to help airlines ...
|October 22, 2012
Amadeus and Jetstar Japan Sign New Global Distribution Agreement
Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, and newly launched Jetstar Japan (GK), a leading Japanese LCC, have announced a global distribution agreement that will provide travel agents with worldwide access to the new airline's range of fares, domestic schedules and inventories. The landmark agreement makes Amadeus the first global distribution system to offer Jetstar Japan's content to travel agencies worldwide since th...
|October 22, 2012
Abacus Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement With Far Eastern Air Transport
Abacus International has announced an exclusive content agreement with Taiwanese carrier Far Eastern Air Transport (FE). Under the agreement, Far Eastern Air Transport will provide Abacus connected travel agents with full access to fares and inventory, and only Abacus agents will be able to book directly for the airline. Established in 1957, focusing on chartered flights early in its history, Far Eastern Air Transport started scheduled flights in 1965 and soon became the top brand in Taiwanes...
|October 16, 2012
Abacus International and BCD Travel Sign New Long-Term Technology Agreement
Abacus Distribution Systems, Hong Kong's leading provider of travel solutions and services, has signed a new long-term technology agreement with BCD Travel, a leader in corporate travel management. "Abacus is a trusted and valued partner of our business," said Alvin Miu, Director for BCD Travel Hong Kong. "Abacus' sound infrastructure, expertise and superior technology capabilities were all key factors in the decision to extend and grow our partnership further. I am confident that the partner...
|October 15, 2012
Amadeus Launches Mobile Booking App; New UI For Its Online Corporate Travel Booking Tool
Amadeus has launched its new User Interface (UI) and presents its mobile booking application. The online corporate travel booking tool, Amadeus e-Travel Management (AeTM), used by over 6,000 corporations in 59 markets, helps corporations reduce costs and gain total control of every aspect of the corporate travel process. Olive Kavanagh, Travel Category Manager, Strategy & Technology, Microsoft commented, "We welcomed the introduction of the new AeTM user interface, which provides an updated ...
|October 11, 2012
Abacus Integrates With PayPal Making Online Travel Transactions Easier
Abacus International has announced a new collaboration with PayPal, a world leading online payment provider, to equip travel companies with the solutions needed to stay ahead in the fast-changing online travel industry. Abacus will integrate PayPal as a payment option in their ready-to-go online booking engines, Abacus WebStart and Abacus WebConnect. These integrated solutions will enable more than 20,000 travel agencies located across Asia Pacific to have an online presence and transaction capa...
|October 10, 2012
Abacus Shares Insights; New Product Showcase At Abacus International Conference 2012
Asia Pacific travel solutions and services leader Abacus International kicked off its Abacus International Conference 2012 to share latest industry trends and Abacus solutions. "Abacus International Conference 2012 is focused on helping our agents to discover and use new technology and solutions to transform the way they do business in delivering a positively differentiated end traveller experience," said Mr Robert Bailey, President and CEO of Abacus International at the biennial conference h...
|October 10, 2012
Abacus Unveils Innovation Automation Solution
Abacus International has unveiled its newest solution Abacus AutomationHub at the Abacus International Conference 2012. Designed for automating business process and eliminating time-consuming manual tasks, this solution comes with a set of ready modules that will further help agency improve their operational efficiency. Recent studies indicate that travel consultants can spend as much as 72 per cent of their daily hours on various routine tasks such as finishing PNRs and checking queues. Apar...
|September 26, 2012
Qantas Renews Global Full Content Agreement With Amadeus
Amadeus and Qantas have announced the extension of a long-term, full content agreement that guarantees Amadeus users worldwide access to the carrier's full range of fares, inventory and schedules. Travel professionals using the Amadeus system will continue to have access to the airline's domestic and international schedules, fares, and last seat availability through the Amadeus system under the same conditions as that offered through the airline's website qantas.com and other distribution cha...
|September 24, 2012
Amadeus and EVA Airways Enter Long Term IT Partnership As EVA Prepares To Join Star Alliance
At a signing ceremony in Taipei, Amadeus and EVA Airways announced that EVA Airways has selected the full Amadeus Altéa suite to manage its international passenger loads. The airline signed this latest agreement in the wake of its acceptance onto the Star Alliance, for which Amadeus is the preferred IT platform provider. The long-term agreement with Amadeus will bring EVA Airways and its subsidiary, UNI Airways, onto a Common IT Platform already used by 64% of the Star Alliance members which ...
|September 19, 2012
Travelport Signs Multi-Year Agreement With Qantas Airways
Travelport has announced a new long term agreement with Qantas Airways. Effective immediately, the new agreement ensures Galileo, Worldspan and Apollo-connected travel agents worldwide have access to Qantas' full published inventory including ancillary content such as paid seating, consistent with the airline's website. "We are delighted to sign this long-term agreement with Qantas and secure this important content for our travel agency customers worldwide," said Andrew Middleton, Travelpo...
|September 13, 2012
HotelTravel.com Teams Up With AxisRooms To Enhance Hotel Connectivity
HotelTravel.com and AxisRooms have successfully launched AxisRooms Channel Manager to enhance hotel connectivity options. HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer, Olivier Dombey, said: "Many of our hotel partners are using AxisRooms to maintain their rates and availability on HotelTravel.com. "We clearly see the advantage for hotels being empowered to control their distribution choices and AxisRooms expands on HotelTravel.com's policy to offer as many channels as possible. At the end of...
|September 10, 2012
Amadeus Sets Sights On China As Market Opens To Global Distribution Systems (GDS)
Amadeus has applauded the publication of the new Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Computerised Reservation System (CRS) regulations which will bring enhanced global distribution technologies to the Chinese market that will significantly benefit the travel industry and consumers in China. The new CAAC regulations will take effect from 1 October 2012. For the first time, from 1 October 2012, foreign airlines will have the option of using global distribution systems to distribute th...
|September 03, 2012
Cleartrip Selects Amadeus As Its Long-Term Technology Partner
Amadeus and Cleartrip, one of India's leading online travel companies, have announced a multi-year technology agreement which will see Amadeus provide the company with fare search technologies and access to global travel content through the Amadeus system. Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Cleartrip's multi-modal offering includes air, hotel, and rail for leisure and corporate travellers. Under the new long-term partnership, Cleartrip will use Amadeus as its primary technology provider for its ...
|August 29, 2012
Royal Orchid Hotels Utilizes RateTiger For Double Figure Growth
Premium hospitality company, Royal Orchid Hotels has leveraged new cloud technology and channel management solutions to secure double-figure profit increases. The hotel group, which has expanded from 12 to 35 properties in three years, has harnessed the power of connected online solutions to support occupancy and room revenue for all its properties. Royal Orchid Hotels optimized its control over inventory and rates to increase revenue using RateTiger's RTSuite channel manager throughout its ...
|August 22, 2012
Jet Airways Implements Amadeus Ticket Changer
Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, announced that Jet Airways, the largest Indian airline connecting 22 international destinations and operating flights to and from 52 destinations in India, will implement the Amadeus Ticket Changer solution, allowing travel agencies in India to change and modify flight bookings in just seconds. Amadeus Ticket Changer is designed to automatically manage the necessary calculations to ...
|August 07, 2012
Travelport Signs Full Content Agreement With Air China
Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced a new multi-year global full content agreement with Air China. The agreement commences this month and ensures Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan travel agency customers worldwide will continue to have full access to the airlines' fares and inventories. As part of the agreement, Air China has enhanced its connectivity with Travelport to the highest level of GDS functionality providing Travelport- conne...
|August 01, 2012
Travelport Signs New Agreement With China Southern Airlines
Travelport has announced a new multi-year global content agreement with China Southern Airlines. Effective immediately, the new agreement ensures Galileo and Worldspan travel agency customers worldwide will continue to have full access to the airline's fares and inventories. China Southern Airlines operates the largest fleet in The People's Republic of China and is ranked among the world's top six airlines (in terms of fleet size). Its network includes 150 destinations in China and more ...
|July 10, 2012
Amadeus Announces Five-Year Global Agreement With CCRA Travel Solutions
Amadeus has signed a five-year agreement with CCRA Travel Solutions, a global company specialising in travel services integration and distribution, to provide worldwide distribution services and technology to assist CCRA in their expansion plans worldwide to build an international consortia of travel agencies. Agreements have already been reached with partners in Poland, Ireland, Portugal, Benelux, Singapore, India, Thailand, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, South Africa and Egypt. Richard Marxen, ...
|June 27, 2012
Travelport Launches Travelport ViewTrip Mobile app For Asia Pacific
Travelport has announced the launch of a new travel application for users of smartphones in the Asia-Pacific region. Following a successful launch in the UK earlier this year, Travelport ViewTrip Mobile is one of the first, fully integrated GDS powered travel itinerary apps available. ViewTrip Mobile delivers time critical information and other valuable tools to enable travellers to be fully aware and in control of their travel arrangements at any time. Among the useful features are: • S...
|June 26, 2012
Trust Helps Hoteliers Maximize Call Center Reservation Share and Revenue
Trust International data shows hotel reservations through call centers have the highest Average Daily Rate (ADR) - up to 82% higher than that of online reservations. Taking this into consideration, Trust International is introducing a new web-based Centralized Reservation Office (CRO) module Trust|CRO - for its yourVoyager Centralized Reservation System (CRS). Trust|CRO links hotel call centers to the same real-time rate and availability information used by the global distribution systems (GDS)...
|June 14, 2012
Amadeus Signs Global Partnership Agreement With Akamai
Amadeus has signed a global partnership agreement with Akamai, the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere, to improve the performance of all web-based services and applications used by Amadeus and its customers, including airline e-Commerce websites and Amadeus' own suite of booking tools. Under the terms of the agreement, Amadeus customers across all segments will be able to leverage the benefits of the Akamai ...
|June 13, 2012
Sabre forms alliance with China's TravelSky
Sabre Holdings, a global travel technology company, has announced two new hotel agreements with TravelSky, China's Global Distribution System (GDS) and leading provider of information technology solutions for China's air travel and tourism industries. The new agreements will see Sabre and TravelSky make their hotel content available to each other's agency customers and consumer travelers. "China's rapidly growing tourism industry, and strong inbound and outbound travel has made it the third...
|June 07, 2012
CheapTickets.sg Signs Agreement With Agoda.com
CheapTickets.sg has signed an agreement with Agoda.com in Singapore, providing travellers with a wide set of hotel options at the most competitive prices. Agoda.com is a leading Asia-based, online hotel reservations company, which specializes in securing the lowest hotel prices in the region. With this agreement, CheapTickets.sg is seeking to better serve its customers by expanding its range of products and services. CheapTickets.sg has created a solid reputation in the online travel indust...
|June 07, 2012
Amadeus Underpins Air China's Growth Strategy With Advanced Technology Solutions
Amadeus has announced that Air China has implemented three additional advanced technology solutions from the Amadeus e-Commerce portfolio to help drive its growth and sales in international markets. The Amadeus Mobile Solution and German Rail Booking will give Air China a competitive edge in the growing online marketplace, help access new sales opportunities and deliver enhanced service to the airline's customers. Recognising the growing significance of mobile in the travel life cycle, Ai...
|June 05, 2012
Amadeus Releases Its Latest Corporate Responsibility Report
Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, has published its Corporate Responsibility Report highlighting the company's performance on Corporate Responsibility issues across the Amadeus Group in 195 countries over the past year. The company's commitment to sustained investment in innovation and the value placed on Amadeus' staff is reflected in this extensive document --as is Amadeus' strategy to proactively promote proj...
|June 01, 2012
AirAsia and Amadeus Extend Partnership; Launch Booking Solution 'Amadeus LCC Smart'
Amadeus together with AirAsia Inc., a Filipino Low Cost Carrier (LCC), have announced the launch of a revolutionary new travel booking tool, Amadeus LCC Smart. An innovative solution, Amadeus LCC Smart will allow travel agencies to easily book AirAsia content using a web-like interface in the Amadeus global distribution system (GDS). The launch of Amadeus LCC Smart follows the commencement of Philippines' AirAsia's domestic services earlier this year and addresses the increasing demands of ...
|May 28, 2012
Mongolian Airlines Group Implements Amadeus' Industry Leading Technology
Newly launched Mongolian Airlines Group, a full service domestic and regional carrier, has signed a major technology agreement with Amadeus, a leading travel technology provider and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, which will see Amadeus provide a suite of advanced technology solutions to power the airline's passenger operations and help elevate its competitive advantage. Mongolian Airlines Group has selected the Amadeus Altéa Customer Management Solution to a...
|May 21, 2012
Lao Central Airlines and Amadeus Sign Global Agreement
Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, and newly launched Lao Central Airlines (LCA), Laos' first independent airline, have announced a global distribution agreement which will provide travel agents worldwide complete access to the new airline's entire range of fares, domestic and international schedules and inventories. The landmark agreement makes Amadeus the first global distribution system to offer Lao Central Ai...
|May 17, 2012
Amadeus and OAG Launch Market-Leading Daily Airline Schedule Updates For Travel Agencies
OAG, the global leader in aviation intelligence, and Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, have announced a new enhancement to provide best-in-class airline schedule information. Under the agreement, OAG now provides to Amadeus a daily transmission of schedule data files. OAG's data is used globally by Amadeus-served travel management companies, travel websites, and agencies. "Amadeus is the first global distributio...
|May 15, 2012
HotelTravel.com Partners Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts
HotelTravel.com has signed a partnership agreement with Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts that will add a growing network of hotels in one of HotelTravel.com's top selling countries in Southeast Asia. Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts currently operates 43 hotels around Indonesia, including seven on Bali, in four brand categories. The group also plans to open an additional 22 hotels before the end of 2012 including the Amaris Hotel Singapore, Santika Indonesia's first overseas property. ...
|May 14, 2012
Amadeus Reveals Travel Agent's 'Top 3' Technology Wish List For 2012
Amadeus has revealed the 'Top 3' technology demands from Asia Pacific travel agents in 2012, following its annual Asia Pacific Customer ThinkTank held in Hong Kong this year. Over 40 C-level travel agency customers from across Asia Pacific joined the event to discuss key issues that the travel industry is facing in 2012, share opinions and ideas, and discuss their top technology demands to meet their evolving business needs. Amadeus's ThinkTank revealed that the 'Top 3' technology demands ...
|May 11, 2012
TOPAS and Amadeus Host Korean Travel Leaders' Forum In Bangkok
TOPAS, the leading CRS (Computerised Reservation System) company in Korea, and Amadeus, a leading transaction processer and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, recently hosted the first Korean Travel Leaders' Forum 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. The forum was attended by a group of 30 travel professionals including many of Korea's top travel agencies as well as representatives from the senior management of TOPAS, Korean Air and Amadeus. TOPAS CEO...
|May 04, 2012
Kuoni Renews and Extends Multi-National Agreement With Travelport
Kuoni, the leading leisure travel organisation, and Travelport have renewed their long-term agreement, continuing Travelport's position as Kuoni's approved GDS provider. As part of the agreement, Kuoni will be integrating the Travelport Universal API into specific areas of their business as well as adopting Travelport Smartpoint App, the powerful upgrade to the Galileo Desktop. The deal covers a number of countries in Europe and Asia, and as part of the agreement, technology provision will be...
|April 24, 2012
eRevMax Expands Its India Presence With New Office In Bengaluru
eRevMax International, a global software and services house, has announced the opening of their new Development Centre in Bengaluru, India to meet the growing demand of its hospitality technology solutions and increase service delivery capabilities to existing clients. With over 5000 clients and 750+ channel connections, the new office will enable eRevMax to better serve its local partners and global customers. eRevMax's expansion into Bengaluru has strengthened its footprint in the region. T...
|April 23, 2012
AXESS International Network To Adopt Travelport Technology
Travelport has announced a long-term agreement with AXESS International Network, the leading Japanese GDS owned by Japan Airlines (JAL). Under the new agreement, AXESS will be hosted by Travelport in its Atlanta data center as a partition of the Travelport global distribution system. The new upgraded AXESS GDS system, which will provide enhanced functionality to connected travel agency users, will be implemented by 2013. By adopting Travelport's technology infrastructure, the AXESS GDS syst...
|April 23, 2012
Garuda Indonesia Continues Transformation With Amadeus Altéa Suite
Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, and Amadeus have announced that Garuda will transform its passenger service processes with the introduction of the Amadeus Altéa Customer Management Solution to manage its domestic and international reservations, inventory and departure control processes. Director of Marketing and Sales Garuda Indonesia, M. Arif Wibowo, said choosing Amadeus as a key technology partner is part of the Garuda Indonesia Quantum Leap programme, which has seen ...
|April 11, 2012
Amadeus and TravelEdge Announce New Partnership
Amadeus and TravelEdge, a leading Australian Travel Management company, have announced the signing of a long term agreement and successful implementation of the Amadeus Selling Platform. TravelEdge, one of the largest independent Travel Management companies in Australia, successfully completed the implementation of Amadeus Selling Platform, the world's most used retailing application for travel professionals, last month together with a mobile tool for itinerary management, Amadeus' CheckMyTr...
|April 11, 2012
Amadeus and Accor Extend Their 10-Year Collaboration With Revenue Management Agreement
Amadeus and Accor have announced an extension of its revenue management partnership. Under this new agreement, both companies will work on achieving higher adoption of Amadeus Revenue Management that will permit Accor to make more informed decisions, optimise the room capacity and drive revenue growth by selling the right product to the right customer at the right time for the right price. With the extension of this partnership, which is built upon more than 10 years cooperation between the ...
|April 09, 2012
Trust International Connects With Room Key As CRS Direct Connect
Trust International, one of the world's leading centralized reservation system (CRS) providers, has partnered with Room Key, the new online hotel search engine owned by six of the world's leading hotel companies. The partnership creates a direct connect between the two organizations and enables Trust International's hotel group clients, representing more than 6,300 hotel properties all over the world, to have their hotels displayed via this new industry initiative that drives business directly t...
|April 02, 2012
Trust International Extends Distribution Portfolio Via RateGain Partnership
Every bit of information helps in hoteliers' quests for a competitive edge and additional bookings, and Trust International's new partnership with RateGain provides hoteliers with more of the best technology interfaces available to help in those quests. Trust International (Trust) has integrated RateGain's intelligent online channel and inventory management with Trust's centralized reservation system (CRS) for hotel distribution to empower hoteliers’ pricing strategies. "No hotelier want...
|March 29, 2012
TravelSky and Travelport Announce Ground-Breaking Partnership
Travelport and TravelSky Technology Limited, the leading provider of information technology and commercial service for China's travel and tourism industry, have announced a ground-breaking partnership to dramatically boost hotel content available to travel agents in China and around the world. Under the new agreement, TravelSky will receive access to Travelport's GDS and non-GDS hotel content, providing TravelSky's 7,000 ticketing agents with real-time pricing and availability from over 250,0...
|March 15, 2012
Expedia Partners Up With Travel Agents In Thailand
Expedia, the world's leading online travel company, has announced the launch of its Travel Agent Affiliate Program (TAAP) in Thailand. Through this new service, travel agents will now have access to Expedia's extensive global inventory and can earn commissions on hotels, dynamic packages and activities. As the world's largest online travel provider, Expedia provides travel agents with highly competitive services and access to a top quality travel supply for their customer bookings. Agents who...
|March 13, 2012
Hotels.com Hotel Price Index; Global Hotel Recovery In 2011 Signals Growing Market Confidence
The relative strength of the global hotel sector can be seen as an indicator of a potential turnaround in the economic outlook with the average price of a room around the world rising 4 percent in 2011, according to the latest Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI). The continuing strength in corporate travel, in particular, helped to push up demand and room rates, although prices were still generally lower than in 2005. The HPI looks at prices that people actually paid for their hotel room arou...
|March 12, 2012
Hotels.com Launches Global Brand In Hong Kong
Hotels.com has announced the launch of its new, globally unified brand in Hong Kong. Hotels.com operates 15 local language sites in Asia Pacific and from (March 12) all these sites, which include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and Malaysia, will display the new branding. "Over the past twenty years, Hotels.com has evolved to become a global, fully integrated web, social and mobile-booking company, with the expertise to find our customers the pe...
|March 08, 2012
Constance Hotels Chooses Trust International As CRS Distribution Partner
Constance Hotels Experience has officially signed on as Trust International's newest hotel distribution customer in a ceremony at the ITB Berlin conference on March 8th, at ITB Berlin. Constance Hotels, renowned for its elegant resort destinations in the most prestigious corners of the world, is now using Trust International's global distribution services (GDS code YH) direct connects to online travel agencies (OTAs), internet booking engine (IBE) as well as commission payment services. "Cons...
|February 16, 2012
Soluxe Hospitality Group and Trust International's Distribution
As Soluxe Hospitality Group, with more than 60 hotels in the Asia/Pacific region, focuses on building its presence in the international market, Soluxe has turned to Trust International's (Trust) centralized reservation system (CRS) for hotel distribution that is reliable, responsive and fast, with immediate availability of new rates in all distribution channels worldwide. The addition of Soluxe Hospitality Group as Trust's first new customer in 2012 further cements Trust's CRS leadership in Asi...
|February 14, 2012
Trust International Launches Chinese Language Central Reservation System For Hotels
Trust International's popular yourVoyager Central Reservation System (CRS) for hotels is now available in Chinese, making it the only Chinese language CRS available for both domestic and international reservations that offers full end-to-end capabilities and the ability to handle multi-byte characters throughout the entire workflow - from rate entry into the CRS to Chinese bookings flowing to the PMS. With the new Chinese language version, Trust has adapted its systems to reflect the needs an...
|February 09, 2012
Bangkok Airways Signs Full Content Deal With Travelport
Travelport has announced a new content agreement with Bangkok Airways, a regional carrier which operates over 20 domestic and international routes. The multi-year deal will provide Galileo and Worldspan-connected travel agents worldwide with full access to all Bangkok Airways fares and inventory, including fare content from the airline's own website. "Travelport is pleased to have secured a full content agreement with Bangkok Airways. The initiative continues our strategy of providing our ...
|December 08, 2011
Sabre Employees Raise More Than $1 Million For Local Charities
As part of Sabre's 11th annual Give Together Campaign, Sabre global employees raised more than $1 million to benefit more than 700 charities in more than 30 countries. This year, thousands of Sabre employees organized and participated in hundreds of local events to raise money benefiting charities in their local communities. "Our annual giving campaign is just one of the many ways Sabre employees demonstrate their commitment to our mission of Better Travel, Better World," said Jennifer Barkl...
|November 24, 2011
HotelTravel.com Adds Thai For Second New Language In November
HotelTravel.com, online travel information and hotel reservations, added a Thai language section to its website this month. The announcement comes just after HotelTravel.com launched its Russian language section and marks the first time the company has added two new languages in the same month. HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer, Olivier Dombey, the company was poised to increase its Thai customer base that until recently made hotel reservations in English. "We are delighted to ...
|November 14, 2011
Regent Hotels & Resorts Selects Sabre Hospitality Solutions For Its Expertise In Distribution
Regent Hotels & Resorts has selected Sabre Hospitality Solutions for its distribution needs. This decision was fuelled by the 2010 acquisition of the Regent brand by Formosa International Hotels Corporation (FIHC), the largest and most profitable hotel company listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Formosa has seen Sabre deliver successful results to their other hotel brands and decided to leverage that experience with Regent. Regent switches its global distribution system (GDS) chain code...
|November 10, 2011
Our Airline Signs Multi-Year Contract With Travel Technology Interactive For Aeropack NG
Our Airline, the national carrier of Nauru, and Travel Technology Interactive (TTI) have entered into a multi-year contract to provide the airline with Aeropack NG; a hosted web-based airline inventory, reservations and booking system. "TTI successfully completed the migration to Aeropack NG and have proven to be a reliable partner whom we can depend on" said Karam Chand, CEO of Our Airline. "We have chosen TTI as we needed a partner that could support our future plans to be connected to the ...
|November 10, 2011
GTA Signs Enhanced Distribution Agreement With Japan's Solare Hotels & Resorts
GTA, a global travel wholesaler and Tokyo based Solare Hotels & Resorts, who offer a nationwide line-up of inns, hotels and resorts in Japan, announced a new and enhanced multi-year distribution agreement. The new deal aims to support the growth in the important Asian market and will see the distribution of properties and room types through GTA's connectivity engine across the Solare Hotels & Resorts portfolio of hotels and resorts. Brands include CHISUN INNs, HOTELs, GRANDs and RESORTs, root...
|November 08, 2011
HotelTravel.com and Worldhotels Sign Distribution Agreement
HotelTravel.com, a leading global online travel information and hotel reservations website, and Worldhotels have signed a distribution agreement that will add up to 450 independent hotels to HotelTravel.com's growing hotel portfolio via Trust International's Trust|IDS connect interface. Worldhotels properties will in turn enjoy the benefits of a well established, performing and reliable online sales channel, and the enlargement of worldwide marketing opportunities to new consumer market segm...
|October 19, 2011
Travelport and TravelSky Sign Unprecedented Joint Development Agreement
Travelport and TravelSky Technology Limited, the leading provider of information technology solutions for China's air travel and tourism industries, have announced an unprecedented joint product development agreement focused on advanced Passenger Service Systems technology for airlines worldwide. The first project under this agreement is a collaboration on a new and innovative Master Seat Maps module -- which applies marketing and customer value to the physical seat characteristics of a given ai...
|October 18, 2011
Asia-Pacific Agencies Sign Up For Travelport Universal Desktop
Travelport has signed agreements with six travel agencies in the Asia-Pacific region to participate in the regional testing and development of its Travelport Universal Desktop. The new contracts follow successful agency trials and positive feedback from global launch partner, Flight Centre Ltd and UK beta test customer Global Travel Management in the UK. The new Travelport Universal Desktop test partners in the Asia-Pacific region are: MP Travel and Orba Travel Brokers in Australia, Quotient...
|October 03, 2011
Flight Centre Limited Launches Travelport Universal Desktop
Travelport has announced that Flight Centre Limited ("FLT"), Australasia's best known travel agency group with more than 2,000 shops and businesses in 11 countries, has commenced updating the desktop tools available to Flight Centre's travel consultants with the launch of Travelport Universal Desktop in Queensland in August, following successful pilot programs in key markets around the world. A broader rollout will include the rest of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, ...
|October 03, 2011
Expedia, Inc. Launches Full-Service Site In Singapore
Expedia, Inc. today announced the launch of its full-service site in Singapore, Expedia.com.sg, offering travellers flight and dynamic holiday packages at unbeatable value. The site now offers Singapore travellers a one-stop shop for all their travel needs with a 'Best Price Guarantee'. The Expedia Best Price Guarantee is the most comprehensive customer guarantee in online travel and covers everything from packages to standalone hotel deals booked on Expedia.com.sg. If customers find a better...
|September 29, 2011
Virgin Australia Partners With Abacus
Virgin Australia has inked a landmark partnership with Abacus International, Asia's leading provider of travel solutions and services as its preferred distribution partner. This will allow Virgin Australia to leverage and promote Abacus as its preferred global distribution system (GDS) through joint sales and marketing activities throughout Asia. As part of the agreement, Virgin Australia has also upgraded its connectivity with Abacus, thus tapping into Abacus' highly productive network of tr...
|September 27, 2011
Abacus Empowers Corporate Travellers With Launch of Abacus TripPlan
Abacus International has launched Abacus TripPlan, an integrated travel approval and management solution for the Asian enterprise. Abacus TripPlan is designed specifically for business travel within Asia Pacific and offers several unique features. It is integrated with Abacus FareX and Abacus SmartPrice, Abacus TripPlan, through which it can offer the best competitive and corporate-negotiated available fares. Simultaneously, these fares are filtered and highlighted based on the corporation an...
|September 26, 2011
Thai Airways Partners With Abacus
Thai Airways has signed onto Abacus' reservation inventory participation through Abacus Direct Connect Availability (DCA). Abacus, Asia's leading provider of travel solutions and services, is the first Global Distribution System (GDS) to provide revenue management tools like Journey Data, Married Segment and PNR Synchronisation, and this "seamless connectivity" will boost Thai Airways' reach to their international market. With Abacus DCA, Thai Airways' own central reservation system will be c...
|September 22, 2011
Abacus Conference Alerts Central Asia To Business Opportunities
Business leaders from around Central Asia met to exchange notes on travel industry developments and to explore new business opportunities at the 1st Abacus Corporate Conference held today in Almaty. More than 200 participants were updated on latest hot topics such as the evolution and predictions of the corporate travel landscape, as well as lessons in travel procurement. Mr Pavel Spitsyn, General Manager of Abacus Central Asia, said, "The conference serves as an excellent forum for the co...
|September 20, 2011
Abacus and Transaero Sign Agreement To Increase Footprint In Central Asia
Abacus International and Transaero Airlines, Russia's second largest air carrier, have signed a marketing agreement that will allow for further growth by Transaero across the region. Under the document, Abacus and Transaero agree to work more closely together in order to increase volume of bookings on Transaero Airlines flights via the cost-effective Abacus system in expansion efforts within Central Asia, amplifying its marketing and sales reach through Abacus' extensive network. This will allow...
|August 15, 2011
Expedia's Travel Agent Affiliate Program Gains Momentum In Singapore
Expedia has received highly positive response from travel agents for its recently launched Travel Agent Affiliate Program (TAAP) in Singapore. Over 400 agents have signed up for TAAP since its launch in June, exceeding Expedia's expectations for the programme. As the largest online travel provider in the world, Expedia offers travel agents highly competitive services and access to the best possible travel supply for their customer bookings. TAAP members will have direct access to Expedia's e...
|August 09, 2011
Expedia Takes Off In Malaysia With Launch of AirAsia Flights and Packages
Expedia, Inc., the world's leading online travel company, has announced the introduction of AirAsia flights and packages on its Malaysian website - Expedia.com.my. Travellers from Malaysia will now be able get the best of both worlds and book hotels, flights and holiday packages all on one platform and enjoy unbeatable deals and offers. AirAsia has recently been awarded 'The World's Best Low Cost Airline' by Skytrax for the 3rd year running. "As the world's largest online travel company, w...
|August 04, 2011
Hahn Air Expands Its Global Presence With Chinese TravelSky GDS
Hahn Air signed a cooperation agreement with TravelSky Technology Limited, the main provider of IT solutions to China's air travel and tourism industry. This new bilateral cooperation enables IATA travel agents in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao to issue Hahn Air e-tickets (HR-169) for more than 240 airlines through TravelSky global distribution system (GDS). Simon Riha, Hahn Air's Chief Business Development Officer comments: "Launching Hahn Air e-tickets in TravelSky is an important milestone of...
|August 04, 2011
eRevMax Expands Its Global Footprint In Asia, America & Africa
eRevMax International, a global software and services house, has announced further expansion of its brands RateTiger and SimpleDistribution. The company has opened sales offices and representations in Australia, South Africa, South America and China. The new offices will strengthen eRevMax International's global market leadership in the hospitality and travel industries while enabling the company to enter new markets in Asia Pacific and South America. This will help keeping up with the growi...
|July 28, 2011
Sabre Launches Seamless Merchandising Solution With Air New Zealand
Sabre has launched its seamless merchandising solution with Air New Zealand, leveraging industry technology standards, including Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD), so travel agents can shop, book and fulfill the carrier's ancillaries in the Sabre global distribution system (GDS). The first ancillary fare Air New Zealand will make available to Sabre Connected travel agents is pre-paid bags. Over time, the carrier expects to add other ancillaries into the Sabre GDS and Air Ne...
|June 29, 2011
Travelport Unveils Ground Breaking New Hotel Booking Engine
Travelport has outlined details of the new, ground breaking Travelport Rooms and More hotel booking engine. Over the coming months, the new offering, which is designed to be a one-stop hotel shop for travel agents, will be made available to all agencies worldwide, even those who do not use the Travelport GDS platform. The development of Travelport Rooms and More, a key part of Travelport's ongoing drive to enhance its hospitality offering, allows travel agents to book a greater choice of com...
|June 22, 2011
Travelport and Dragonair Sign Multi-Year Agreement
Travelport has renewed its marketing agreement with Hong Kong-based carrier Dragonair. Effective immediately, the agreement will deliver all Apollo, Galileo and Worldspan-connected agents worldwide with comprehensive access to Dragonair's inventory of flights, fares and seat availability. The new agreement also enables Dragonair to further promote its flights and fares through Travelport's dedicated suite of marketing solutions. This includes Travelport Sponsored Flights, an innovative point-...
|May 12, 2011
Hotels.com Boosts Mobile Strategy with Two New Smart Phone Apps
Hotels.com has launched two new smart phone applications for iPhone and Android phones. The two new applications, available in over 30 languages, allow travellers to search and book more than 20,000 accommodation deals from over 135,000 hotels around the world. The apps act as an extension of the Hotels.com website, allowing travellers to log in as either a guest or they can create a Hotels.com account from inside the app to begin researching accommodation options, browsing two million user...
|April 13, 2011
Travelport Enables Qantas Advance Seat Selection On The GDS
Travelport has announced that all Galileo, Worldspan and Apollo-connected travel agents worldwide will have full GDS access to Qantas' new Advance Seat Selection product, which comes into effect from April 13. Under the new arrangement, all Travelport subscribers will be able to book and pay for preferred seats on Qantas flights via their desktop. By booking through the GDS, agents are ensured that their standard workflows are uninterrupted, allowing them to provide better service to their c...
|March 24, 2011
Amadeus Report 'Navigating the Airport of Tomorrow'
A new industry report, Navigating the Airport of Tomorrow, identifies changing attitudes to the modern airport and charts the technologies that over the next ten years will attempt to solve passenger frustrations whilst also delivering the much anticipated 'total travel experience'. Authored by Norm Rose of Travel Tech Consulting Inc, the report reveals that passengers across the world are regularly still suffering significant problems whilst at the airport including when checking-in, collec...
|March 22, 2011
Amadeus and Singapore Airlines Sign Worldwide Content Agreement
Amadeus has signed a worldwide content and third party channel parity agreement with Singapore Airlines, providing Amadeus subscribers access to the airline's flight schedules, fares and other service information for up to five years. Under the agreement, Amadeus travel agencies will have access to all content that Singapore Airlines distributes to travel agencies and third party channels. David Brett, President, Amadeus Asia Pacific, said, "Singapore Airlines is one of the world's most ...
|March 14, 2011
Air China Selects The Datalex Travel Distribution Platform
Air China has formally selected the award-winning Datalex Travel Distribution Platform (TDP) for all domestic and international shopping and reservations online and in call centre. Air China will leverage the comprehensive TDP application portfolio to tailor and optimize its air and ancillary product offerings to customers. "Becoming the solution of choice for such a major Chinese carrier is an honour and further validation of our industry leading pricing and merchandizing solutions. In coop...
|March 14, 2011
Agoda and Toga Hospitality Form Partnership
Agoda.com, Asia's global hotel booking site, has announced a partnership with Australian hotel group, Toga Hospitality. Under the partnership, Toga Hospitality's four brands -- Adina, Medina, Vibe and Travelodge -- will join Agoda.com's inventory of more than 160,000 hotels, distributed worldwide to a loyal member base of more than 2.5 million. Toga Hospitality has properties in major cities across Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Via Agoda.com, customers can book these properties in thei...
|March 14, 2011
Air Astana and Amadeus Sign Long-Term Content Agreement
Air Astana and Amadeus have reached a long-term content agreement. The agreement guarantees agents access to the full range of Air Astana's content through Amadeus with no commission reduction. The new contract will be in place until the end of 2014. www.amadeus.com
|February 24, 2011
China Southern Signs Full Content Deal With Sabre
China Southern Airlines has committed to a full content distribution deal with Sabre as it prepares for a rapid expansion in the region. The distribution agreement with Sabre Travel Network means Sabre Connected travel agencies worldwide now are guaranteed access to China Southern Airline's full range of fares, including published fares that the airline sells through its own website, or any other third-party website and its own reservation offices. "Airlines in Asia are experiencing stro...
|February 22, 2011
Agoda.com and Russia's SAT Airlines Form Partnership
Agoda.com has announced a partnership with Russia's SAT Airlines. As a result of the partnership, SAT air travelers will have immediate access to Agoda.com's global inventory of more than 155,000 hotels. The SAT network covers domestic and international routes across Russia and North Asia, with hubs in Harbin, Sapporo and Seoul. Simply by visiting the SAT website, customers can book a hotel in one of these key destinations through Agoda.com and enjoy up-to-the-minute rates and promotions and ...
|February 02, 2011
Webjet Deletes Delta From Its Australian and New Zealand Website
Webjet has taken the unprecedented step of disconnecting and deleting Delta from its Australian and New Zealand web site. Commenting Webjet's Managing Director, David Clarke, said: Over the last decade Webjet has found appropriate commercial accommodations with all airlines as distribution philosophies, economics and structural requirements have changed. Our North American operation however received without any sensible reason or appropriate notice, along with, as we understand many other ...
|January 19, 2011
Amadues Global Study: Cross-Sell Your Way To Profit
A new industry study, Cross-Sell Your Way to Profit, charts the untapped revenue potential of third-party ancillary services* to the travel industry, with analysis providing a wake-up call to travel suppliers as it identifies growth of 30% in revenues from third-party sales by 2015. The study, conducted by Forrester Consulting, identifies the growth of new 'extreme' services such as virtual reality tours and digital concierges set to transform the customer experience in the next ten years; highl...
|January 17, 2011
Webjet Announces Global Plan
Webjet today announced a series of developments designed to propel a number of significant strategic initiatives, specifically: • Webjet has entered in to a 50% joint venture with World Aviation Services Limited Malta (1) to facilitate the entry into certain emerging European markets in 2011. • Webjet Singapore is scheduled to commence at the end of the month following the launch of Hong Kong as part of our partnership operations with Westminster Travel. • Webjet in America expects its ...
|January 13, 2011
Amadeus Power Breakfast To Be Held In Hong Kong Next Week
Amadeus will share the key findings of a recent study titled "The Travel Gold Rush 2020" at a free Power Breakfast event for travel managers in Hong Kong on Tuesday 18 January, 2011. Travel managers can gain insights into how Asian travel is evolving and the associated demands of today's travellers. Amadeus will also present the latest enhancements in its technology and demonstrate how these solutions help corporate travel managers to overcome their daily challenges. Special guest spea...
|January 10, 2011
Agoda.com Partners With Leading South African Chain Protea
Agoda.com, Asia's global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline.com Inc., today announced a partnership with the Protea hotel chain, South Africa's largest hotel group. Protea now has access to Agoda.com's YCS (Yield Control System) -- proprietary software through which hoteliers can dynamically control room inventory, prices, content and promotions. Protea will offer its properties through Agoda.com in key locations across South Africa. Protea properties range from luxurious...
|December 23, 2010
Travelport First Foreign GDS To Partner With A University In China
Travelport has signed a groundbreaking training partnership agreement with Shanghai DongHua University. This is the first time a Chinese university has partnered with a foreign GDS for training and is in line with Travelport's wider plans to increase training initiatives across the Asia-Pacific region. Established in 1951, Shanghai DongHua University is one of the major universities supported by the local government for future development. Under the new agreement, Travelport will provide all ...
|December 15, 2010
New Features On Amadeus Master Pricer Technology In Taiwan
Amadeus has introduced new and improved features for travel bookings on Amadeus Master Pricer technology in Taiwan. Customised specially for the Taiwan market, it is the industry's first innovative online travel solution to help sellers, such as travel agencies, to consolidate fare content online and on mobile for travel consumers to search and book their flights. For travel agents looking to increase sales by reaching out to their customers through the mobile and the internet, Amadeus Maste...
|December 09, 2010
Agoda.com Announces Partnership With Hong Kong Airlines
Agoda.com, Asia's global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed priceline.com Inc., has announced a partnership with major Asian air carrier, Hong Kong Airlines. Agoda.com lists more than 150,000 hotels worldwide, working closely with hoteliers to secure the best online hotel promotions available. As one of Asia's leading online hotel booking sites, Agoda.com is known for its excellent coverage of major Asian travel hubs, such as Hong Kong, Thailand, China and Singapore, providing instant ...
|December 09, 2010
GTA by Travelport and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts New Agreement
GTA by Travelport and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts have announced a new and enhanced multi-year distribution agreement. The new deal builds on a long-standing relationship and will see the dynamic distribution of properties and room types across Shangri-La and Trader's portfolio of 68 luxury hotels and resorts throughout Asia-Pacific, North America and the Middle East. GTA's travel agency and tour operator customers can now access Shangri-La's inventory of over 30 000 rooms in real time. The ...
|December 08, 2010
Air New Zealand Launches New Sabre Branded Fares Option
Air New Zealand and Sabre Travel Network have introduced Sabre Branded Fares to Sabre Connected travel agents who can now shop and book the airline's branded fares. This enables the airline to market its products consistently with its own website, while ensuring Sabre Connected customers have efficient access to the airline's branded fare information and can ensure clarity with the travelling public. The airline's new branded fares will be available for its Tasman and Pacific Island Fares, f...
|December 06, 2010
Amadeus and the Wotif Group Extend Relationship
Amadeus and the Wotif Group, operator of the leading online travel brands in Asia Pacific including lastminute.com.au, travel.com.au and wotflight.com, have extended their long term relationship with the online travel group selecting Amadeus Master Pricer Agent Fare Families to power wotflight.com, its new website dedicated to booking flights online. Amadeus and the Wotif Group have enjoyed a mutually successful partnership over nine years, with Amadeus providing the technology behind lastmin...
|November 24, 2010
Amadeus and Garuda Indonesia Partnership
Amadeus and Garuda Indonesia (GA), the national airline of Indonesia, have announced a new partnership that has created a user-friendly booking system for customers globally on the Garuda Indonesia website. The implementation of the Amadeus online booking engine was timed to coincide with Garuda Indonesia's re-introduction of services to Europe with the launch of a new daily service from Jakarta to Amsterdam via Dubai, operated by the airline's new Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which features th...
|November 24, 2010
Abacus Mobile From Dublin-Based Mobile Travel Technologies
Travel agencies have been slow to adopt the mobile web, but Abacus International has put the power of mobile directly into travel agents' hands. The Asia-Pacific GDS partnered with Dublin-based Mobile Travel Technologies Ltd. (MTT) to develop new solution Abacus Mobile to allow travel agents to provide professional service to their customers even when they are out of the agency office. Travel agencies compete on service and while some of the largest agencies have 24 hour call centres, most do...
|November 09, 2010
Amadeus Partners With Forward Data To Provide Business Critical Data
Amadeus has partnered with innovative start-up Forward Data to launch 'Forward Keys', a business intelligence tool for hotels and Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs), based on data supplied by Amadeus. "When it comes to demand forecasting and market performance monitoring, hotels and destination marketers are still working in the dark with little reliable data to support business decisions and limited 'live' benchmarking," says Olivier Jager, CEO of Forward Data S.L. "For example, r...
|November 04, 2010
Amadeus Unveils Amadeus OneClick Specifically For Asia Pacific
Amadeus has introduced Amadeus OneClick, an online application that enables corporate users to quickly locate and contact travelling employees in the event of an emergency, travel disruption or for an important corporate message. Amadeus OneClick was developed specifically for travel management companies (TMCs) and corporate travel managers in the Asia Pacific region and aims to simplify the increasingly complex nature of corporate travel with an integrated technology solution. Lisa Akero...
|October 28, 2010
New Zealand's Scenic Hotel Group Sees Growth After Switching To Sabre
The 100 percent New Zealand owned and operated Scenic Hotel Group (which includes Scenic Hotels and Suites, Heartland Hotels and Te Waonui brands nationally) recently switched 14 of its 17 properties to Sabre Hospitality Solutions' SynXis Central Reservation System (CRS) for marketing and distribution to the global distribution systems (GDS) and online travel agents (OTA). By using Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Scenic Hotel Group will now have exposure to hundreds of thousands of travel agents an...
|October 19, 2010
Inaugural Amadeus Survey On Asia Pacific Hotel Distribution Trends
The inaugural Amadeus survey on Asia Pacific hotel distribution trends shows that travel agents believe the ease of booking hotel inventory is on a near par with hotel price, when it comes to selecting accommodation for clients. Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, revealed the research findings at the Web in Travel Conference, in Singapore. The survey examines travel agents' and travellers' perspectives on the ho...
|September 30, 2010
Amadeus & Cathay Pacific Sign Content Agreement
Amadeus has signed an extensive long-term Content Agreement with the Cathay Pacific Group, which offers Amadeus agents access to a comprehensive range of Cathay Pacific and Dragonair fares, schedules and availability."Travel agencies remain a key sales channel for Cathay Pacific," said Clarence Tai, General Manager Sales & Distribution for the airline. "It is critical that our travel agency partners have access to a broad range of fare products of Cathay Pacific and Dragonair. Amadeus is an ...
|September 13, 2010
Amadeus Launches Customizable Online Car Rental Booking Engine
Amadeus has launched a new booking solution for online players, using Amadeus Cars Plus XML technology. Cars Plus XML business logic streamlines the messages from Amadeus Web Services, making it easier for online players to offer a comprehensive range of functionalities to their customers including: map display, matrix view and point of reference searches. Launch partner Transhotel, a global consolidator of hotels and services for the travel agency community, chose Amadeus Cars to integrat...
|September 13, 2010
Three Airlines Select Amadeus To Distribute Travel Guard Products
Amadeus and Travel Guard have been selected to supply real-time travel insurance content, product availability and booking functionality through the direct booking channels of Etihad Airways, Hong Kong Airlines and Kenya Airways. The combination of Amadeus' technological expertise and extensive airline and agency distribution network and Travel Guard's comprehensive portfolio of travel insurance products and wide array of emergency medical, travel and personal assistance services, presents a ...
|August 25, 2010
Trust International Launches yourVoyager In Japanese
Trust International's popular yourVoyager Central Reservation System (CRS) for hotels is now available in Japanese, making it the first comprehensive Japanese language CRS available for both domestic and international reservations. The new Japanese language version is the first of several Asian language versions being developed by Trust, and marks a substantial investment in the rapidly expanding Asian travel industry for the company. "Japan is a very important market for Trust Internation...
|August 24, 2010
Amadeus and Deutsche Bahn Open First Agency In China
Amadeus and Deutsche Bahn, the German national railway company, have announced the opening of Deutsche Bahn's first agency in China, using booking technology from Amadeus to sell tickets for both Deutsche Bahn and other European railway providers. The agency, which is called Bizhub International Travel, is based in the capital Beijing and will offer the same ticket and service options for private and business customers as any Deutsche Bahn travel centre in Germany, including access to the ful...
|August 13, 2010
Abacus Named Competitive Booking Source For Air Astana
Abacus International has signed an agreement qualifying Abacus as a Competitive Booking Source for Air Astana. This enhanced partnership brings Abacus-connected travel agents a host of benefits, which includes complete access to Air Astana's full flight information and fares as part of its Competitive Booking Source (CBS) programme, without being subject to the Commission Booking Deductible (CBD) that will accompany non-qualified GDS bookings beyond 1 January 2011. Speaking at the official...
|July 29, 2010
Kuoni Connect Extends Portfolio To Australia
Kuoni Connect, the unit of Kuoni Destination Management specialising in online distribution, has extended its destination portfolio to Australia. Kuoni Connect is an online provider of global hotel and destination services in the B2B segment. Its clients benefit from the industry's fast growing global inventory of hotel and destination services with the possibility to book all requirements online and receiving immediate confirmations. Kuoni Connect constantly improves its product developme...
|July 13, 2010
Abacus Provides End-To-End Technology Platform For AirAsia
Abacus International is the first travel provider in Asia to implement its advanced, end-to-end technology platform for the AirAsia group of carriers, providing the airlines additional revenue streams through ancillary services and mechanising growth. AirAsia, Asia's largest low-cost carrier (LCC) recently migrated to the enhanced Abacus proprietary system, which allows the LCC to achieve optimal operational efficiency and cost effectiveness across its regional business. In turn, the upgrade ...
|July 13, 2010
MSN-Abacus "Travel Channel" Debuts
Abacus and MSN have announced a new hub of travel information and products to be made available to customers via a 'MSN-Abacus Travel Channel'. The site, available at http://travel.tw.msn.com, introduces a number of leading travel agencies such as Lion Travel and Set Tour to provide a product-searching and price-comparing function through the online travel platform innovated in Taiwan. Further, the alliance will enable consumers to compare various prices offerings by various travel agencies and ...
|July 13, 2010
Shangri-La Hotels Renews Agreement With Sabre
Since choosing Sabre Hospitality Solutions as its distribution partner, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has enjoyed significant growth in revenue and bookings coming through Sabre Hospitality Solutions' SynXis Central Reservation System. The leading hotel group, whose revenue from the Global Distribution Systems has increased by more than 35 percent year-on-year for the first half of 2010, has signed an early multi-year renewal agreement with Sabre Hospitality Solutions as their distribution provi...
|July 12, 2010
Abacus Partners With Malaysia Airlines On Third eTAT Platform
Abacus International partnered with Malaysia Airlines to launch its third eTAT platform in Vietnam, further reinforcing their strong 20-year relationship. This also marks an important growth milestone for Malaysia Airlines, as they have recently increased their flight services to Saigon from 14 flights weekly to 19 flights weekly effective 19th Apr 2010. Abacus-appointed travel agents in Vietnam will be the first to issue electronic TAT tickets on behalf of Malaysia Airlines, reaping signific...
|July 09, 2010
Amadeus Making A Mark In India
Amadeus has announced a series of successes in India, a market which has played a pivotal role in its sustained market leadership in Asia Pacific as a travel technology leader. Amadeus India maintained positive results even throughout 2009, a tough year for the travel market. This was thanks largely to the consistent support of local travel partners. The company has focused on providing innovative and flexible business solutions, global reach and local expertise - an approach which has resona...
|July 07, 2010
Rail Europe & Amadeus Offer Rail Content To Asian Travel Agents
Amadeus and Rail Europe 4A, the leading distributor of European Rail worldwide, have extended their partnership into the Asian market with the rollout of the Rail Europe Smart Tab on the Amadeus Selling Platform in India and Japan. The partnership increases the reach of Rail Europe's European railway products and offers Amadeus travel agencies in India and Japan unparalleled access to pan-European rail content. Amadeus will connect to Rail Europe's content through the Amadeus Selling Platform...
|June 23, 2010
Amadeus-Taj Hotel Partnership Yields Increase In Bookings
Amadeus detailed the results of a partnership program with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. The Programme has helped Taj Hotels to generate a 30% increase in hotel bookings by travel agents within India, and a 12% increase by travel agents from five markets across Asia Pacific. This is despite the challenging operating environment in 2009, with a decline in travel as a result of the global economic crisis. Taj recognizes that travel agencies play a critical role in the traveller's hotel sel...
|June 15, 2010
Abacus Releases Automated Pricing & Ticketing Solution
Abacus has released the enhanced Abacus TicketingExpress, an automated pricing and ticketing solution that allows travel agencies to manage pricing and ticket issuance more efficiently. Abacus TicketingExpress saves travel agents up to 70% in fulfilment operational costs by simplifying ticketing processes, minimising processing time and inaccuracies due to manual entry. Abacus TicketingExpress automates pricing through Auto Pricing, which is a part of the fulfillment process that supports bot...
|June 14, 2010
Abacus Forms Strategic Partnership With Circos Brand Karma
Abacus has formed a strategic partnership with Circos Brand Karma, the brand analytics and management company for the hospitality industry. Under the partnership, Brand Karma will integrate real time Abacus Hotel bookings data with brand insight information culled from social media tools to provide an up-to-date analysis on sentiment, influencers and hotel performance. Leveraging the Brand Karma tool, Abacus' top hotel customers will have access to deep analysis and interpretations of onli...
|June 09, 2010
Amadeus Introduces Car Booking Tool
Amadeus is launching a new car booking tool which uses cutting-edge technology to power a user-friendly interface. Travel agents using the Amadeus Selling Platform (version 4.2 and above) will be able to access Cars Plus in any one of the 10 languages supported by our global booking solution. Marion Fuhrmann, Office Manager Pforzheimer Reisebuero, Lufthansa City Center observed: "Making car bookings is now so simple, we can always find a product to match our client's specific criteria, and t...
|May 27, 2010
Travelport CEO Presents 'Tourism For Tomorrow' Award
Jeff Clarke, CEO and President, Travelport Ltd., the parent company of the Travelport group of companies and a sponsor of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, presented the destination stewardship award to The Honourable Onkokame Kitso Mokaila, Minister for Wildlife & Tourism of Botswana at a gala dinner at the National Centre of the Performing Arts in Beijing on May 26. "We are in a time when economic and environmental sustainability are inextricably ...
|May 19, 2010
Amadeus Launches LinkHotel
Amadeus has launched Amadeus LinkHotel, a new distribution and marketing service aimed at independent hotels and groups. Amadeus LinkHotel provides reservation tools, marketing services, and commission handling to hotels, in addition to offering advanced global and internet distribution systems (GDS and IDS). These services are offered through an open standards platform, which allows for a scalable service and enables easy integration with other hotel systems, such as revenue and property man...
|May 12, 2010
Air China Adopts Amadeus e-Retail Solution
Amadeus has deployed its online booking engine to Air China's Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) Programme, Air China Rewards. The online booking engine will power reservations and ticketing by SMEs based in China, Australia, Canada, Singapore and the United Kingdom and allow real-time bookings and an upfront discount of 3-5 percent on air fares upon enrolment to the Programme. The booking engine incorporates Amadeus' e-Retail, Web e-Ticketing and Payment Gateway solutions. Air Chin...
|April 27, 2010
Hotel H2O Selects Amadeus Property Management System
Hotel H2O and Amadeus have partnered to put into operation the Amadeus Property Management System (PMS), a hotel IT solution designed to account for hotel guests at every touch point. Implementing the Amadeus PMS is Courtesy Point Technologies, Inc., a local partner that specialises in providing IT solutions and services to the growing leisure industry. The Amadeus PMS was developed to administer the seamless management of hotels' room inventory, and audit, , customer relations as well as in...
|April 09, 2010
Amadeus Reports Growth In Asia Pacific, The Middle East and Africa
Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, today highlighted its growth and sustained leadership across key markets. As one of the fastest growing distribution systems provider, Amadeus achieved a strong level of performance in 2009 in Asia Pacific and the Middle East and Africa, despite the slump in regional travel due to the global economic recession. In Asia Pacific, Amadeus grew its market share of travel agency air b...
|April 08, 2010
Amadeus Automates Ticket Re-Issuing Process
Amadeus announced the launch of the Amadeus Ticket Changer in Asia Pacific. This solution will automate the cumbersome process of re-issuing a ticket and eliminates the need for travel agents to make manual calculations, thus improving productivity and customer service. "The ability to quickly change a travel itinerary is increasingly important to both business and leisure travellers," said Peter Smith, Vice President, Business Solutions Group, Amadeus Asia Pacific. "Previously, travel agents...
|March 30, 2010
Travelport Builds eCommerce Portfolio In Asia Pacific
Travelport, one of the world's leading global distribution system (GDS) providers, has enhanced its eCommerce portfolio of products and grown its roster of leading online travel agent (OTA) clients in the Asia Pacific region. Mumbai-based Cleartrip is the latest OTA to sign a multi-year agreement selecting Travelport's Galileo platform as its preferred GDS. Cleartrip selected the Galileo Web Services 2.0 solution, part of a suite of professional services that are easy to use and cost effect...
|March 23, 2010
Malaysia Wins Tourism Awards At ITB In Berlin
Malaysia received several recognitions at the ITB Berlin 2010, a leading international tourism trade event held annually. Westin Langkawi won the gold award at ITB's Golden City Gate awards, dubbed the travel industry's Oscars, for its online website www.westin.com/langkawi. The Sarawak Convention Bureau was also recognized for its MICE promotional video, "Recharge in a New World -- Changing Perspectives," which won the silver prize in the regional category, while Tourism Malaysia received t...
|March 23, 2010
Amadeus Launches Online Booking Engine For Myanmar Airways
Amadeus has announced the launch of an online booking engine for Myanmar Airways International Co. Ltd's international and domestic customers. The Amadeus e-Retail solution was customised and implemented for Myanmar's original and only national carrier within just months of contract signing. Utilising Amadeus' e-Retail, Web e-Ticketing and Payment Gateway solutions, the new online booking system will enable more convenient access to flights within, to and from Myanmar. The goal of the sit...
|March 22, 2010
Trailfinders Signs Long Term Deal With Travelport
Travelport has signed a new, multi-year agreement with Trailfinders for its use of the Galileo platform. Trailfinders specialises in customised travel packages to worldwide destinations and through the agreement, customers in the UK, Ireland and Australia will continue to benefit from a wide range of flight and other travel content provided by Travelport. Commenting on the deal, Jérôme Moisan, Travelport UK and Ireland general manager said, "We have an impressive working relationship with Tra...
|March 19, 2010
Amadeus and Tell Me More-Auralog To Collaborate On CSR Projects
Amadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, and Auralog, a multinational company specialising in e-learning materials and solutions for language training, have signed a framework cooperation agreement to set up Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects based on the travel and tourism sector. Amadeus CEO David V. Jones and Tell Me More-Auralog CEO Nagi Sioufi signed the agreement, which aims to promote joint projects ...
|March 18, 2010
Amadeus Enriches CheckMyTrip
Amadeus has launched the mobile version of CheckMyTrip and is further developing a set of free applications designed to enable travellers to easily access and share travel plans on the move, via their mobile phone. The launch of CheckMyTrip for Mobile comes as part of the ongoing development of the CheckMyTrip web-based platform which enables business and leisure travellers to check the most up-to-date travel itineraries plans via the internet, including amended or cancelled flights. Chec...
|March 15, 2010
Delta Implements Abacus GroupClaim Solution
Abacus International, Asia's leading revenue partner for airlines, announced today that the world's largest airline, Delta Air Lines, has recently implemented the Abacus GroupClaim solution across seven key markets in Asia. Abacus GroupClaim is part of the leading Abacus Group Solutions Suite adopted by over 21 airlines in Asia to drive higher efficiency in group booking management and generate higher sales revenue through Abacus' productive agency network. "We are extremely pleased to have e...
|March 05, 2010
Asiana Airlines Signs MOU For Amadeus' Altéa Solution
Asiana Airlines and Amadeus have announced the signing of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to commence detailed evaluation of the Amadeus Altéa Customer Management System (CMS). Under this MOU, Asiana will set the timelines for their assessment and planning for the future implementation of Altéa. Once implemented, the Altéa solution will manage all reservation, inventory and departure control processes for Asiana, delivering a fully integrated Customer Management System. With Altéa Re...
|February 26, 2010
Amadeus Hosts Seminars for Travel Managers in Hong Kong and Singapore
Amadeus will host two Power Breakfast events in Hong Kong and Singapore next week, to give corporate travel managers an opportunity to network and share experiences on changes to travel processes in a modern organisation. Guest speakers representing a number of organisations will cover topics including: - Why should an organisation move its travel management system online in Asia Pacific? - Supplier sourcing in Asia Pacific - How can technology make travel processes more transparent and d...
|February 24, 2010
New Version of Abacus Webstart Announced
Abacus International today launches the newest version of Abacus WebStart - the leading white label internet booking engine (IBE) tailored specifically for the Asian region. This release further extends the customers' advantage in the online marketplace adding new fare search and payment capabilities. "Abacus is focused on delivering solutions designed to meet the complex needs of Asian markets. Abacus WebStart is already the most broadly deployed IBE in the region. It is a low cost, highly...
|February 18, 2010
Amadeus Japan and Etihad Airways Commemorate Etihad Services To Narita
Etihad Airways and Amadeus Japan K.K, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, hosted a joint seminar and cocktail reception at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo on 17 February 2010, to celebrate the launch of Etihad's flights to Narita airport in Tokyo, and share current industry views. More than 130 travel agency guests attended the event to learn more about Etihad's plans for its Narita -- Abu Dhabi direct service, with the first flight se...
|February 10, 2010
Carlson Wagonlit Travel Selects Travelport As Its New GDS Partner In India
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) and Travelport have confirmed that they are on track to completing a large-scale migration of all of CWT India's GDS business to the Galileo platform. The conversion from CWT India's current GDS provider to Travelport's Galileo system marks an extension of the long standing relationship between the two international organisations who already work closely together in numerous other business travel markets across the globe. The Galileo platform was selected as the...
|February 04, 2010
TravelSky Extends Commitment To Travelport's E-Ticket Technology
Travelport Airline IT Solutions, a division of Travelport serving the IT needs of airlines and travel suppliers worldwide, has announced that TravelSky, the leading provider of information technology solutions for the People's Republic of China's (PRC) air travel and tourism industry, and the only GDS licensed in mainland China to make reservations for all airlines, has renewed its commitment to Travelport, extending an agreement for the Travelport E-Ticket Interchange system and its interline e...
|February 04, 2010
Sabre Pilots New Travel Agent Workflow Solution
Sabre Travel Network has announced a global pilot of a new travel agent workflow solution. The solution facilitates simplified agency operations, enabling new and experienced agents to serve a diverse set of customers while selling and servicing a wide range of travel supplier products. A new graphical interface helps minimize training for new agents and enables agency management to maximize labor resources across the agency. The pilot includes a customer profile system that intelligently...
|January 27, 2010
evolution Opens Asian Office In Kuala Lumpur
evolution, the new multi-channel rate distribution platform has announced the expansion of their global reach with the opening of an Asian office headed by David Chai. David, who will be based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will oversee the growth of the evolution brand in the Asia Pacific region. He will take control of new business development and the management of clients consisting of individual hotels and hotel groups wanting to take advantage of evolution's portfolio of e-commerce products and...
|January 19, 2010
RIHGA Royal Hotels Shifts To Trust International's yourVoyager CRS
Royal Hotels signed with the Private Label Company (PLC) recently, becoming the latest addition to Trust International's Voyager|CRS (Central Reservation Service) customer list after successfully implementing the yourVoyager portal at the end of last year. Mr. Yohei Chishaki, RIHGA Royal Hotels Executive Officer, Director of Sales & Marketing, said, "Within days of selecting yourVoyager due to its flexibility and customization capabilities and Trust's solid reputation for consultative analys...
|January 07, 2010
Flight Centre Renews Global Agreement With Travelport
Travelport, one of the world's leading global distribution system (GDS) providers, has been re-appointed as preferred GDS provider to Flight Centre Limited ("Flight Centre"), Australasia's best known travel agency group with more than 2,000 shops. The new contract covers nine countries and territories including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, UAE and South Africa. The new five-year agreement will see Travelport, operator of the Galileo and Worldspa...
|January 05, 2010
Amadeus Asia Pacific Travel Agents' Power Breakfast Survey
According to recent surveys conducted at Amadeus' Power Breakfast events held across Asia Pacific, the key concerns faced by travel agents are the competition from online travel agents, the general travel downturn, and ways to generate more revenue in 2010. The majority of respondents from Hong Kong and the Philippines felt that the competition from online travel agents was the most pressing issue, while respondents from Japan see the general downturn in travel as their key challenge. T...
|December 18, 2009
Travelport GDS Selects OAG As Its Long Term Partner For Airline Data Supply
OAG, the industry's most accurate single source of airline information, has signed a long term contract to provide its consolidated global airline schedule and minimum connect time (MCT) data to Travelport, one of the world's leading providers of global distribution systems (GDS). This extends and enhances the established partnership between OAG and Travelport. Travelport's Galileo and Worldspan GDS platforms will continue to have full access to OAG data under the terms of the licensing agre...
|December 10, 2009
Abacus Continues To Launch New Travel Solutions
Abacus International has announced the introductions of four innovative solutions - ButterFly, Web Office, Bargain Finder Max and eServices in Taiwan to give Abacus-connected agencies a head start in the recovering travel industry. With the recent economic downturn, Abacus looks to provide its customers with tailored solutions to help boost productivity; manage costs and offer ease of use as well as handle complex travel bookings. Two of the newly introduced solutions, ButterFly and Web Offic...
|December 01, 2009
Amadeus Expands Rail Business In Asia Pacific With KLIA Ekspres
Amadeus, a global provider of technology and distribution solutions to the travel and tourism industry, has announced a partnership with KLIA Ekspres - a non-stop, high speed train service that connects the Kuala Lumpur International Airport with the Kuala Lumpur city centre - that will enable travel agencies to book the train service via Amadeus. KLIA Ekspres will now be available to more than 102,000 travel agents in 219 markets through Amadeus Airport Express, Amadeus' solution which allo...
|December 01, 2009
Malaysia Airlines E-Ticketing Rollout In Myanmar Via Abacus eTAT
Abacus International will be the first GDS to exclusively launch electronic ticketing with Malaysia Airlines in Myanmar through its unique Abacus electronic transitional automated ticketing platform (eTAT). This means that as of December 1, authorised travel agents in Myanmar will be able to issue electronic tickets on behalf of Malaysia Airlines, hence enabling tremendous improvements in the efficiency of their sales and ticketing process. This highly anticipated initiative comes hot on the ...
|November 23, 2009
India's Aman Travels Has Pegasus Solutions Power lasthotelroom.com
Aman Travels Limited, a New Delhi-based travel company, has tapped Pegasus Solutions to power its online hotel booking site www.lasthotelroom.com. Through Pegasus' UltraDirect connection, lasthotelroom.com will now offer India's $8.2 billion travel market direct, real-time access to more than 90,000 hotels worldwide. Housing the largest collection of electronically bookable hotels, Pegasus offers Aman a distinct advantage in establishing lasthotelroom.com as the go-to site for online shopper...
|November 23, 2009
Asiana Airlines And Abacus International Sign Third Joint Venture
Abacus International has signed their third joint venture with one of Korea's leading airlines - Asiana Airlines. The two organisations have a long standing relationship, and first signed a joint venture together in 1991 when Abacus established their National Marketing Company in Korea. A further joint venture was signed in1999 taking the partnership through to today's announcement. The new third joint venture will see Abacus and Asiana partnering for a further10 years through to December 20...
|November 17, 2009
Sabre Global Mobile Trends Survey: Appetite Grows For Travel Services
Travellers both young and old are increasingly using mobile devices for flight notification, check in, and seat selection, and are also willing to accept advertising with free travel applications. These findings and more were revealed in a global mobile survey of travelers, conducted by Sabre Travel Network, the world's leading provider of high-performance solutions for the travel industry. The survey of 800 corporate and leisure travellers from Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North Amer...
|November 12, 2009
Amadeus Asia Pacific Reports Strong Momentum In 2009
Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, has maintained a strong level of performance in Asia Pacific (APAC) in 2009. The company increased its market share by nearly 2 percentage points, confirming Amadeus' leadership position in the region. The company achieved this growth despite the 2009 slump in regional travel due to the depressed global economy. Amadeus grew its market share of travel agency air bookings in APAC to 33% for Y...
|November 10, 2009
Ratetiger Tops 500 Channels And Adds GDS Connectivity
eRevMax, the holding company for RateTiger, will announce the launch of direct GDS connectivity at WTM. This development allows RateTiger products to deliver hotel inventory to over 480,000 travel agents worldwide through Amadeus, Galileo, Sabre and Worldspan. Together with ReservHOTEL based in Miami, Florida, RateTiger will provide hotels with the ability to automatically update hotel descriptions, rates and availability to increase exposure and revenue opportunities across multiple GDS's....
|November 05, 2009
Amadeus And THAI Airways Team Up In Indonesia
Amadeus has launched a new collaboration with THAI Airways on Amadeus' PRICE IT Right booking and ticketing promotion programme. This programme rewards travel agents who make THAI Airways bookings through Amadeus' system, giving them the chance to win some great prizes. Running from October 2009 - January 2010, the promotion is a result of Amadeus and THAI Airways' strong partnership and their commitment to support travel agents as key business partners. "We are delighted to participate in th...
|October 29, 2009
Amadeus And Rail Europe Join Forces For International Rail Sales
Amadeus and Rail Europe 4A, the leading distributor of European Rail worldwide, have partnered to increase the reach of Rail Europe's European railway products and offer Amadeus travel agencies unparalleled pan-European rail content. Amadeus will connect Rail Europe's content through the Amadeus Selling Platform - the company's travel agency point of sale. Travel agents will be able to book European rail segments productively and as a complement to the travellers' journey using a merge of the...
|October 28, 2009
Guestlogix Selected By Macau's Low-Fare International Airline, Viva Macau
GuestLogix, Inc., a leading provider of onboard retail solutions to the airline industry, has announced that Viva Macau Airlines, Macau's award-winning, low-fare international airline, has selected its popular point-of-sale handhelds and retail transaction platform to accept credit card purchases on all its flights. Dr. Reginald Macdonald, CEO Viva Macau Airlines said: "GuestLogix onboard retail technology will make it secure, swift and convenient for our passengers to purchase beverages, me...
|October 27, 2009
Korean Air Register 30% Growth In Bookings Following Adoption of Abacus Farex
Abacus International has announced that Korean Air bookings on the Abacus channel have grown by over 30% year-on-year across the five key markets of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. This impressive result comes further to the highly successful adoption of the Abacus FareX platform, supported by a massive joint tactical promotion across the aforementioned markets. Specifically, the airline managed to register growth in ranging from a remarkable 110 percent in The Phil...
|October 23, 2009
Sabre Takes Jetstar Carriers To Wider Distribution Reach
The Jetstar group of airlines, including Singapore-based Jetstar Asia and Valuair, and Vietnam-based Jetstar Pacific, has signed a new distribution agreement with Sabre Travel Network, widening its global distribution reach and providing more opportunities to generate revenue. For the first time, Sabre Connected travel agents can now access published fares content and booking capabilities for all Jetstar airlines. Through the Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS), travel agents will have ac...
|October 20, 2009
evolution A New CRS Technology
evolution a brand new reservation technology company that brings together a range of e-commerce products and services will launch at ITB Asia and World Travel Market 2009. The new technology will enable hoteliers to effectively manage and exploit the multi-channel world of e-distribution and will allow customers to increase bookings, optimise revenue and keep complete control over their online profile. Born out of Great Hotels Organisation, the fourth-largest hotel sales and marketing cons...
|October 12, 2009
Amadeus Updates Agency Internet Engine Solution (Asia)
Amadeus has announced the release of the latest version of the Amadeus Agency Internet Engine (AAIE) (Asia) solution that is customised for the Asian region. AAIE (Asia) offers many new features that make it easier for travel agencies to build more effective websites and increase online revenues. One of the highlights of the latest version of AAIE (Asia) is a wider range of service fee options. This allows travel agencies to pick and choose from an enhanced "menu" of service fees to suit thei...
|October 01, 2009
Amadeus Forms Partnership With Zest Air In The Philippines
Amadeus has announced a deal with Zest Air, a leading domestic carrier in the Philippines, to distribute its flights on Amadeus' world-leading Global Distribution System (GDS). Travellers will now be able to pre-book flights to destinations across the Philippines from more than 100,000 travel agencies worldwide. This will save them the inconvenience of having to book domestic flight tickets after arrival in the country. The broadened distribution will also help support Zest Air as the carrier...
|September 28, 2009
THAI Signs MOU To Assess Amadeus Altéa Customer Management System
Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, and Amadeus have announced the signing of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) for the airline to assess the first phase of rolling out the Amadeus Altéa Customer Management System (CMS). Although THAI has used the Amadeus Reservations System for the past 19 years, the MOU lays out plans for the carrier to begin a thorough evaluation of the implementation of the Amadeus Altéa Ticketing, Inventory and Departure Control modules. These would rep...
|September 24, 2009
Bangkok Airways Has Implemented Amadeus Direct Access
Amadeus has announced that Bangkok Airways has implemented Amadeus Direct Access across all its destination markets, and Amadeus e-Ticket Direct in Myanmar. The implementation of these Amadeus solutions will make it easier for travel agencies around the world to access Bangkok Airways' real-time seats and book their flights. Amadeus Direct Access allows Amadeus' travel agents to connect directly to Bangkok Airways' reservation system to check the exact availability of its flights in real tim...
|September 17, 2009
Webjet To Open In North America
Webjet has entered into a series of agreements which will lead to the commencement of Operations in North America in early 2010. Commenting, Webjet MD David Clarke said "We are excited to advise, that after an extensive analysis of off shore regions as foreshadowed in our ASX announcement of 06 August 2009, we have completed agreements which will see WEBJET commence operations on WEBJET.COM early next year. The key components of this are: • The operation will take the form of a 50% join...
|September 14, 2009
Travel Agencies Remain Vital To The Travel Experience, Says Amadeus
Travel agents are an essential link in the distribution of travel and tourism products, viewed as trusted experts who deliver consumers a great travel experience and peace of mind, according to Peter Smith, Vice President of Amadeus Asia Pacific's Business Solutions Group. During a recent speaking tour to Osaka and Tokyo, Smith said that brick and mortar travel agencies form an essential part of the distribution chain, as do online travel sellers. Travel agents are particularly relevant in ...
|September 10, 2009
Amadeus Boosts AirAsia's Global Expansion
Amadeus has formed a groundbreaking partnership with AirAsia, the World's Best Low Cost Airline*, which for the first time will enable Amadeus-subscribing travel agencies worldwide to book AirAsia flights in the same way they would for a full-service carrier. More than 102,200 travel agencies worldwide using the Amadeus Global Distribution System (GDS) for reservations will now be able to book flights for travellers on AirAsia and all its subsidiaries -- Indonesia AirAsia, Thai AirAsia and i...
|August 27, 2009
Travelport Opens Solutions Labs For Travel Partners In Asia
Travelport GDS has opened six Solutions Labs across Asia to better showcase its end to end product offering to travel agents, as well as provide customers with a facility to test their own solutions and software. The Labs have been set up within Travelport offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Manila, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur and replicate a virtual agency, whereby travel agents can experience real time demonstrations of Travelport's end to end solutions including online booking engines ...
|August 26, 2009
TAM signs 10 year IT partnership with Amadeus
TAM, the largest airline in the southern hemisphere, and Amadeus, a leading global IT provider for the travel and tourism industry, announce a 10 year technology partnership, to equip TAM with a new generation passenger service system. Amadeus will replace multiple legacy applications currently used by TAM, with a single integrated platform based on the Amadeus Altéa Customer Management Solution. "TAM has grown rapidly in the past few years, especially in our international business," says TAM...
|July 31, 2009
Abacus Upgrade For Asia's Leading Travel Agency Point-Of-Sale Solution
The booking tool used by travel agents to make 1 in every 2 airline bookings in the region has been upgraded to boost ancillary revenues for travel agents and increase productivity, said Abacus International, Asia's leading travel distributor. The new features incorporated in the Abacus Whiz booking solution will be available from today to over15,000 agency locations across Asia. Agents rely on the solution to gain access to over 1 million records of negotiated market and agency fares, source...
|July 29, 2009
Travelport Asia Pacific Retail Travel Benchmarking Survey
Travelport, one of the world's leading global distribution system (GDS) providers operating both the Galileo and Worldspan platforms, has revealed findings from its annual Asia Pacific Retail Travel Benchmarking Survey. Now in its third year, the survey takes a comprehensive look at day-to-day business and issues affecting travel agents in 10 Asia Pacific countries. One significant finding revealed that the majority of retail agents were yet to take full advantage of an online presence, with ...
|July 22, 2009
Travelport's Asia Pacific Retail Travel Benchmarking Survey
Travelport, one of the world's largest travel conglomerates providing business and distribution services to global travel firms, has revealed findings from its third Asia Pacific Retail Travel Benchmarking Survey that offers some interesting insights into consumer travel patterns and attitudes. The survey found that while sustainability and carbon footprint reduction may have become buzz words in other parts of the world, it is just beginning to take hold in the Asia Pacific region. Australi...
|July 13, 2009
Evergreen Laurel Hotel Bangkok Switches To Utell
The five-star Evergreen Laurel Hotel Bangkok has chosen Utell Hotels & Resorts for dedicated international sales, marketing and distribution. In addition, its sister property, the five-star Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang in Malaysia has extended its decade-long relationship with Utell for another two years. "Utell enables us to compete on an international level positioning our hotels at the forefront of the industry making them easily accessible, visible and constantly available for booking w...
|July 01, 2009
Japan Ryokan Association Selects Utell Connect and NetbookerNG
The premier Japan Ryokan Association has teamed up with Utell Hotels & Resorts as its partner of choice to offer selected member properties throughout Japan worldwide distribution via Utell Connect and NetBooker NG, services powered by Pegasus Solutions. By choosing Utell Connect, the Japan Ryokan Association properties will be connected to the four Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) via the Pegasus Switch over the next few months. Additionally, the ryokans will offer rate and availability in...
|June 30, 2009
New Abacus Solution Helps Small And Medium-Sized Travel Agencies
Abacus International has launched a new solution -- Abacus PowerConnect - specially designed for small and medium-sized agencies seeking to improve their operations. With Abacus PowerConnect, these agencies can streamline and automate their mid- and back- office functions such as making bookings, issuing documents, settling transactions, payment, inventory management and real-time reporting. Travel agency owners can choose to enhance this solution with a General Ledger module. Designed t...
|June 24, 2009
Abacus Extends Its Distribution of Korean Air's Fares To 5 New Markets
Abacus International will distribute fares for Korean Air to five new markets in Asia on the Abacus FareX system. This brings the total number of markets to nine. Abacus FareX is the leading net fares management and distribution solution in Asia Pacific, adopted by over 59 airlines across more than 86 cities, with more than 521 fare sources. Abacus-connected agencies in Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam now have access to Korean Air's content, in addition to the existing ...
|June 15, 2009
Travelport Introduces e-Vouchers On Europcar Bookings
One of the world's premier car rental companies, Europcar, has teamed up with leading global distribution system (GDS) provider, Travelport, to introduce paperless car hire bookings on the Galileo system. Galileo's e-Voucher programme, which is available in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, was developed to make car hire bookings and confirmation easier for travel agents and more user-friendly for the end traveller. In essence, it makes the electronic, ticketless confirmation ...
|June 11, 2009
10,000 Hotels Now Benefitting From SynXis' Distribution Solutions
SynXis, the Sabre Holdings business that provides hotel distribution and Internet marketing services globally, continues to be the provider of choice for hotel groups around the world and recently surpassed 10,000 properties using its RedX Distribution Management System. The SynXis team added over 1,600 new properties in just the last six months, a clear indication that its "custom" approach to distribution marketing is filling a true need in the industry. As SynXis continues to establish it...
|June 10, 2009
Abacus Brings The First Branded Fares To Asia's Travel Industry
Abacus International has announced the launch of Abacus Branded Fares with Malaysia Airlines. In this first phase of the launch, travel agents in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei will have access to the brand of fare families for Malaysia Airlines on the Abacus GDS system for the routes within and between these markets. This programme will allow Abacus-connected travel agencies in these markets to have clearly differentiated airline seats and services to fit the specific needs and prefere...
|May 26, 2009
Abacus and Visa To Launch Revenue Assurance Programme For Travel Agents
Abacus International is working with Visa to enable Abacus-connected travel agents to develop new corporate client relationships and a more efficient method of managing their cash flow. Through a centrally-billed 'virtual account' called Visa Central Travel Account, companies enjoy greater billing flexibility, and spend visibility through Visa reports that feature enhanced data which is provided by Abacus-connected travel agencies. The Visa Central Travel Account will give Abacus-connected tr...
|May 21, 2009
Philippine Airlines and Travelport Sign Global Marketing Agreement
Philippine Airlines and Travelport have signed a three year global marketing agreement that enables Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan connected travel agents to access automated market fares and take advantage of additional functionality until the end of 2011. The Travelport deal includes two strategic solutions for Philippine Airlines' customers with the implementation of Octopus Travel hotel content on the airline's website and the deployment of Travelport Rapid Reprice, an automated ticket repric...
|May 08, 2009
Travelport GDS At The FCm Focus Conference In Sydney
Travelport GDS' Chief Commercial Officer, Armin Meier, who presented to more than 100 Flight Centre and FCm network affiliate colleagues at the FCm Focus conference in Sydney on May 7th. Meier updated delegates on the latest developments at Travelport GDS, which operates both the Galileo and Worldspan platforms, and discussed the key issues confronting the travel industry as a whole. He also shared with delegates the "step change" that is taking place in the industry where constant re-invention ...
|April 14, 2009
HBSi Debuts In Europe And Asia
HBSi, an IBS Group company, has announced Trust International as the latest participant in the iDemand Gateway platform to further enhance its distribution reach as well as provide valuable automation to key tour operators and other leisure travel channels. "In our ongoing effort to automate processes and reduce costs for our hotel partners, we're continually seeking best of breed solutions, such as HBSi's iDemand Gateway, to integrate with our service offering," said Richard Wiegmann, COO & ...
|April 05, 2009
Mandarin Oriental Switches To RedX Distribution Management System
SynXis, the Sabre Holdings business that provides hotel distribution and Internet marketing services globally, has announced that Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has switched their current hotel portfolio to the RedX Distribution Management System for distribution across all channels. Since 2000, SynXis has provided Mandarin Oriental hotels with a customized booking engine service, which includes a wide range of merchandising features to ensure high conversion rates. Using SynXis' RedX for dis...
|March 16, 2009
Abacus eServices Comes To Fore In Challenging Market
Abacus eServices, Asia's only GDS' online customer service self-help portal has received growing interest from travel agencies across Asia Pacific over the past one year and even more so in the current tight economic environment. Abacus eServices provides agencies 24/7 access to the GDS' full range of business services and market information. "The prevailing tight market conditions mean that agencies need to choose and use selectivechannels that provide the greatest value to their business...
|March 04, 2009
Travelport GDS Announces ITQ Appointment In Sri Lanka
Travelport GDS has extended its successful Galileo distribution agreement with InterGlobe Technology Quotient (ITQ), its established distributor in India, to also distribute the Galileo GDS in Sri Lanka. The new agreement came into effect on 1 March 2009. ITQ has represented Galileo in India since 1994, supporting more than 4,000 travel subscribers, with 11,900 touch points spread into 333 cities in India. It has extensive associations with airlines across the region and has pioneered a range...
|March 03, 2009
Travelport GDS Expands Its Galileo Best Available Rates Programme
Travelport GDS, one of the world's largest global distribution system (GDS) providers, has expanded its Galileo Best Available Rates (BAR) programme to include three Japanese luxury hotel brands: Okura Hotels & Resorts, The Hotel New Otani Group and Rihga Royal Hotels. This development will provide Galileo connected travel agents with access to the lowest public rates on 231 major hotel brands representing over 41,000 properties worldwide. In 2004, Galileo was the first GDS to introduce the ...
|February 19, 2009
Topaz Study: Sabre Finds Lowest Fares, Saving An Average 10% Per Ticket
A recent study conducted by independent research group Topaz International has once again proven that Sabre is the industry leader in finding the lowest available airfares globally, compared to its three GDS rivals. Recognized as the travel industry's leading provider of airfare analysis and benchmarking data, Topaz International conducted sample airfare searches for the top 350 origin and destination markets across North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Latin Ameri...
|February 09, 2009
China Airlines Extends Content Agreement With Travelport GDS
Travelport GDS has renewed its content distribution agreement with Taiwan-based carrier, China Airlines. This development extends the current agreement Travelport has with the airline and will provide agents with greater ease in booking content along with improved service delivery for their customers. As part of the agreement, China Airlines will implement automated market fares on the Galileo system in Taiwan, allowing agents to access the most up-to-date fares on the carrier. The new agree...
|February 02, 2009
Travelport GDS Signs Key Airline Content Agreements In China
Travelport GDS recently signed content agreements with three key carriers in China -- Xiamen Airlines, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. The agreements will provide Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan subscribers with access to international fares and inventory from the three airlines via the GDS. Together with Air China, which signed a content agreement with Travelport GDS in October, these three carriers collectively account for over 60 percent of all domestic air traffic and appro...
|January 07, 2009
Abacus Helps Regional Airlines Bolster Passenger Loads
Abacus International, Asia's leading travel facilitator, is helping its airline partners boost passenger loads by pushing their seat inventories to its extensive network of travel agents using its proprietary technology solution. Abacus International recently launched successful promotions in Thailand with AirAsia, Asia's largest low-cost carrier (LCC). Abacus International Vice-President for North Asia and Content Marketing, Patrick Lai said that in such a challenging market, it is cruc...
|December 16, 2008
Amadeus Now Allows Travel Agencies To Book 80,000 Hotels
Amadeus, a global leader in technology and distribution solutions for the travel and tourism industry, has announced that the number of properties in its Global Distribution System (GDS) has reached 80,000, providing a vast choice for travel agents and greater visibility for the participating hotels. Overall hotel bookings made through the Amadeus GDS during the first nine months of 2008 rose by 7.4% compared to the same period in 2007, generating close to 1.7 bn Euros for hotels using the syste...
|December 15, 2008
Amadeus e-Support Centre Offers Online Support For Travel Agencies
Amadeus is rolling out the Amadeus e-Support Centre, an online support tool for travel agents to browse support information, resolve problems and log a case to the Amadeus Help Desk. The online resource is currently in use in France, Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Hong Kong, and will shortly be launched in North America, Brazil, Scandinavia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal and Latin America. Amadeus e-Support Centre already contains over one thousand knowledge solu...
|December 10, 2008
Travelport GDS Partners With The Hotel Carbon Index
Leading global distribution system (GDS) provider Travelport GDS has announced a global marketing alliance with The Hotel Carbon Index Company Limited, creator of CarePar. CarePar is the industry standard system for measuring carbon emissions within the hotel and lodging industry. Through the agreement, Travelport leads the way in the hotel industry by helping to answer the demand, particularly among corporate travellers, for a means to calculate the carbon cost of hotel stays. As part of th...
|November 20, 2008
Bharat Hotels' The Grand Group/Lalit Hotels Selects Trust International
Trust International announces that Bharat Hotels is its newest central reservation system (CRS) hotel client. Bharat Hotels has operated well-known luxury properties throughout India under "The Grand" banner and is currently rebranding them as "The Lalit". Under the newly established contract, Bharat will use the Voyager|CRS, Trust's central reservation system, - one of the industry's most reliable and comprehensive web-based CRSs - as its enterprise CRS to power all channels of distributio...
|November 13, 2008
Latest Abacus SmartPrice Upgrade
From this November, Abacus-connected travel agents will have even greater access to the most up-to-date airfare content available with a further upgrade to Abacus SmartPrice, the major airfare pricing system from Abacus International. Taking effect from November 13, the updated Abacus SmartPrice will enhance the workflow experience of Abacus-connected agents with improved functionality for non-PNR pricing and more accurate and robust fare and tax information. The changes will also provid...
|November 12, 2008
Sabre Travel Network Signs Chinese Airlines
Sabre Travel Network has recently secured distribution agreements with four major Chinese carriers, providing Sabre Connected travel agents access to full content for all major airlines in China. This year, China Eastern, Xiamen Airlines and Shandong Airlines signed multi-year agreements with Sabre providing all their schedule, fare and inventory information to the Sabre global distribution system (GDS). Air China also recently signed a renewal of their distribution agreement with Sabre...
|November 04, 2008
Travelport GDS Signs New Agreement With SilkAir
Travelport GDS has signed a new agreement with Singapore Airlines' regional carrier, SilkAir. The new agreement will extend Travelport's current commitment with SilkAir to five years. The deal offers new market growth opportunities for the airline, which operates scheduled services from Singapore to 29 destinations across 11 countries in Asia. The initial agreement was signed in April 2007 and saw Galileo provide its automated fare filing solution, Agency Private Fares to SilkAir's market pr...
|October 29, 2008
Travelport GDS and Pegasus Announce Exclusive Agreement
Travelport GDS, one of the world's leading providers of global distribution systems (GDS) and Pegasus Solutions, Inc. have announced an exclusive agreement to offer its Apollo and Galileo-connected travel agencies a reduced price on its commission processing services. This agreement will enable Apollo and Galileo agents in APAC and EMEA to more easily reconcile hotel bookings and significantly improve tracking and collection of hotel commissions. The agreement was reached to help agents boos...
|October 27, 2008
Galileo GDS To Offer Multi Languages Within Its Self Booking Solution
Travelport GDS has added a Chinese language capability to Galileo Online Travel, its sophisticated, web-based booking engine, developed specifically for travel agents and their customers. The language capability enhancement is just one of a number of enhancements to this booking engine. Galileo Online Travel allows agents to provide customers with a self booking tool which has access to a wide variety of full service carriers, low cost carriers and land content via the Internet. The customer...
|October 24, 2008
Travelport GDS Signs Content Agreement With Air China
Travelport GDS has signed a two-year content agreement with Air China. The partnership will give Galileo, Apollo and Worldspan connected agents worldwide access to Air China's international fares, schedules, inventory and functionalities. It is the first major GDS agreement signed by the Chinese flag carrier in the Asia Pacific region. As a result of this agreement, Galileo and Apollo subscribers will have access to Air China's automated market fares, allowing agents immediate access the mos...
|October 22, 2008
Abacus: Mobile Phones And The Travel Industry
Mobile phones are now the most pervasive form of technology and harnessing the new technology available for the mobile platform must be a central part of travel agents' strategy for growth, says Abacus International. President and CEO of Abacus International, Mr Robert Bailey says with some 1.5 billion mobile subscribers in Asia Pacific the sheer penetration makes mobiles a powerful tool for interacting with consumers. This figure is projected to grow at a rate of 15.4% CAGR according to...
|October 09, 2008
Abacus International Launches New Edition of Abacus Whiz
Abacus International has announced the launch of a new edition of its popular solution, Abacus Whiz. The enhanced version contains many intelligent features to help the more than15,000 Abacus-connected travel agency locations provide quality customer service and increase business efficiencies. Abacus Whiz enables travel consultants to access Abacus International's Central Reservation System and travel contents. Abacus International Vice-President Mr Brett Henry said, "This new edition w...
|September 09, 2008
Splendia.com Expands Ultra Luxe Offering with Pegasus' UltraDirect
Luxury hotel brand Splendia.com has tapped Pegasus Solutions' UltraDirect to complement its offering of 2,500 hand-picked luxury and character hotels with luxury chain hotels. The move, which will better position Splendia.com to compete in the U.S. and Asian markets, is expected to boost visits and bookings to the already popular site. Receiving one million unique visitors a month, Splendia.com provides the ultimate online reservation service for the discerning leisure and business traveler i...
|September 04, 2008
Travelport GDS Signs Global Agreement With FCm Travel Solutions
Travelport GDS, one of the world's leading global distribution system (GDS) providers, has announced a global dual preferred GDS agreement with FCm Travel Solutions' Network Partners worldwide. The new agreement complements Travelport GDS's existing agreement and will be reviewed annually. Anthony Grigson, FCm's Global Executive General Manager, commented, "many of our Network Partners use one of the three Travelport GDS Cores, which are Galileo and Worldspan (used globally) and Apollo (u...
|July 23, 2008
Travelport GDS Announces New Agreement With TravelSky
Travelport GDS has announced the signing of a new agreement with TravelSky, the only GDS licensed in China to make reservations for Chinese domiciled airlines, to provide its 6,500 travel agents in China with greater global connectivity. Under the terms of the agreement, TravelSky will implement Travelport's Reservation Sales Solution (RSS) allowing its travel agents to seamlessly access, make reservations and issue e-tickets on a wide range of global airlines in real-time via Travelport's Galil...
|July 18, 2008
Abacus SmartPrice Upgrade
From this July, Abacus-connected travel agents will have access to the most up-to-date airfare content available with an upgrade to Abacus SmartPrice, the major airfare pricing system from Abacus International. The upgrade, which will take effect from 20 July, 2008, takes advantage of a new fares updating schedule from airline fare vendor ATPCO that includes three additional updates of airfare and rule data per day. Mr Brett Henry, Vice President of Agency Marketing, Abacus International...
|July 09, 2008
Pegasus and Travelport GDS To Help Boost Hotel Commissions
Pegasus Solutions, Inc. has announced an exclusive agreement with Travelport GDS, one of the world's leading providers of global distribution systems (GDSs), to offer Galileo-connected travel agencies a reduced price on its commission processing services. Initially planned for the EMEA and ASPAC regions, the agreement will enable Galileo agents to more easily reconcile hotel bookings and significantly improve tracking and collection of hotel commissions. The agreement was reached to help ag...
|June 03, 2008
Abacus Reports Smooth Transition To 100% E-Ticketing
Abacus International has reported that the switch on June 1 to issuing all air tickets electronically went without a hitch for Abacus and Abacus-connected travel agents. The goal for effective100% e-ticketing and the target date was set by travel industry organisation IATA, with strong support from the airline industry and it is believed the move could save the travel industry US$3 billion each year. President and CEO of Abacus, Robert Bailey, said the feedback from partner agencies and ...
|May 14, 2008
Trust International Contract With The Oberoi Group Adds Trident Hotels
Trust International, the leading provider of reservation services and distribution technology, announced today that the service contract with The Oberoi Group, a leading hospitality chain, has been expanded to include the representation of Trident Hotels in all global distribution services (GDS). Trident Hotels will have the private label code "TH" in all GDS. The Oberoi Group, which operates hotels under the luxury 'Oberoi' and five-star 'Trident' brands, has been a customer with Trust Inte...
|May 12, 2008
Abacus Boosts Travel Agency Productivity With Agency Management Suite
Abacus International today announced the release of new travel agency management and productivity tools promising large efficiency gains in the way travel agency operations are managed. The new solution will be released in Brunei, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, and made available to other market s served by Abacus throughout 2008. Mr Brett Henry, Vice President of Agency Marketing, Abacus International said Abacus PowerSuite, a powerful mid-back office solution that helps travel agencies...
|May 07, 2008
Travelport GDS Extends Its Relationship With Hogg Robinson Group
Travelport GDS has announced details of a new, long-term, global agreement between its Galileo GDS and Hogg Robinson Group (HRG). The new agreement will, for the first time, extend Galileo's current international GDS contract with HRG to include the USA -- the world's largest GDS region in terms of segment volume. Galileo has been working with HRG for a number of years across multiple regions and the two businesses are currently developing a number of new market initiatives including the laun...
|May 06, 2008
Travelport GDS and the Oberoi Group Announce Joint Reward Program
Travelport GDS and The Oberoi Group have announced an exclusive rewards program offering a host of benefits to Galileo-connected travel agents in Singapore and Hong Kong. The rewards program includes hotels and cruises operated by The Oberoi Group under the luxury 'Oberoi' and five-star 'Trident' brands. From 1 May through 31 July 2008, travel agents in Singapore and Hong Kong booking an Oberoi or a Trident hotel on the Galileo system will earn points for shopping vouchers which can then b...
|April 22, 2008
Travelport Debuts Advanced "Carbon Tracker" Emissions Reporting Tool
Travelport has announced the introduction of the Travelport Carbon Tracker, a new and advanced post-booking reporting tool designed for travel agencies and corporations to address the growing demand to measure and report carbon emissions as part of a sustainable travel program. The Travelport Carbon Tracker takes advantage of the latest developments in emissions calculation. It is one of the first corporate tools to combine industry-standard compliance reporting with an advanced calculator t...
|April 02, 2008
Orbitz Worldwide Signs New Distribution Partnership With Carlson Hotels
Orbitz Worldwide, a leading global online travel company, has announced a new distribution agreement with Carlson Hotels Worldwide, one of the world's largest hotel companies operating in more than 970 locations in 71 countries. The agreement brings additional Carlson Hotels Worldwide inventory and services to Orbitz Worldwide's global portfolio of brands, including Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com) and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) in the America...
|March 19, 2008
Agents Benefit From Using Travelport's ASK Galileo
Travelport GDS has launched its ASK Galileo Incentive campaign which offers Galileo-connected travel agents in Asia Pacific the chance to win five spectacular hotel packages sponsored by WORLDHOTELS. ASK Galileo is an online, self-help service available free of charge to Galileo-connected agents and is currently accessed by more than 12,000 agents across the globe. Available in several languages and seventeen countries, Ask Galileo's content has doubled since the service was launched. The AS...
|March 17, 2008
Pegasus Drives Nikko Hotels' Online Bookings
Following an aggressive online marketing campaign with Pegasus Solutions, Nikko Hotels has announced significant growth to the hotel group's Web site. In a three-month period, the Japanese hotel chain has grown site visits from 57,339 to 83,112, crediting the increase to a comprehensive Web services program implemented by Pegasus. The online campaign, launched to target Asian outbound traffic for Nikko, included a Pegasus provided Internet booking engine with NetBooker Web Analytics package ...
|March 10, 2008
Travelport GDS: New Customisable Version of ViewTrip in Asia Pacific
Travelport GDS has enhanced its online itinerary tool ViewTrip and announced the launch of a new customisable version (white label) which will enable agents in the Asia Pacific region to earn new revenue streams. The enhanced, generic version of Travelport ViewTrip replaces the former Galileo ViewTrip and Worldspan My Trip and More products, combining the best of both solutions. It allows travellers to view, print and email itineraries, expense receipts and electronic receipts via a websi...
|March 07, 2008
Abacus Partners With Firefly; Increases LCC Content On Abacus Whiz
Abacus International, Asia's leading travel facilitator has announced the further expansion of its Low Cost Carrier (LCC) airfare content with the first GDS partnership with Malaysian low cost carrier, Firefly. From 7 March 2008, all 15,000 Abacus-connected travel agency locations will be able to access Firefly's content through the Abacus Whiz system. Abacus International's Vice President for North Asia and Content Marketing, Mr Patrick Lai, said the company was pleased to be the first ...
|January 16, 2008
Abacus International Survey Points To Supplier Relationships
Supplier relationships -- the ability of Asia's travel agents to secure access to an assured supply of quality travel content such as airfares, hotel rooms and rental cars -- have emerged as the most critical business issue facing the region's travel agency businesses today according to a new survey commissioned by Abacus International. Abacus commissioned an independent research company to carry out the survey, with a total of 1,629 travel agents from 13 countries interviewed over the perio...
|January 16, 2008
SynXis Adds Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to Global Customer Base
SynXis, the Sabre Holdings business that provides hotel distribution and Internet marketing services globally, has announced that Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has chosen SynXis as its long-term distribution partner. Shangri-La is Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel group; its 54 properties include 24 leading hotels in mainland China. Shangri-La's rapid expansion plans include properties throughout Europe and North America. Shangri-La properties will use the RedX Distribution Management Syst...
|January 09, 2008
Carlson Hotels Worldwide Signs With Pegasus
Pegasus Solutions, Inc., which introduced streamlined commission processing 15 years ago, has signed a contract with Carlson Hotels Worldwide to provide payment processing services to the global group's five major hotel brands, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Country Inn & Suites By Carlson and Park Inn. The services to Carlson, which will include Pegasus' Rules Engine and TravelCom, consolidate commission payment and collection for travel age...
|January 07, 2008
CNI Hosts 'Thought Leaders In Interactive Distribution Roundtable' 2008
The Cornell Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management (CNI) is hosting the first 'Thought Leaders in Interactive Distribution' Roundtable on the 10th and 11th of January 2008 in Singapore. The roundtable, sponsored by Amadeus and TravelClick, features a unique agenda comprised of three breakout sessions in the morning, with the group coming together in the afternoon to hear summary presentations from each of the breakout session leaders. This will be followed by a presentation on research area...
|December 17, 2007
Virgin Blue and V Australia Choose Amadeus
Virgin Blue and Amadeus today announced a technology partnership which will see Amadeus equip the airline with leading-edge technology solutions to support its continued growth. As the multi-award winning airline further establishes itself as a "New World Carrier", combining low prices with an enhanced range of competitive services for its Guests, it has worked with Amadeus to implement a new distribution, e-ticketing and interline solution to enhance the competitiveness of its short haul o...
|December 13, 2007
Galileo Implements 200th e-Ticketing Participant
Travelport GDS, one of the world's largest global distribution system (GDS) providers, has announced that China Southern Airlines has become the 200th airline to implement e-ticketing via its Galileo GDS. With this development, Galileo has implemented e-ticketing on almost 60 carriers this year alone. China Southern Airlines operates domestic, regional and international flights and is Asia's largest airline in terms of fleet and the largest in China in terms of number of passengers carried. ...
|December 13, 2007
Abacus Whiz Upgrade Gives AirAsia Access To Travel Agents Across Asia
Abacus International has announced an upgrade to its popular Abacus Whiz solution that will allow its entire network of 15,000 travel agency locations to access international flights offered by Asia's leading, largest and award winning low cost carrier AirAsia. Mr. Patrick Lai, Abacus Vice President, North Asia and Content Marketing said the upgrade met an important need for Abacus-connected travel agents to access more content from low-cost carriers. "By providing Abacus connected trave...
|December 13, 2007
Abacus And Deccan Sign First GDS Partnership For A LCC In India
Abacus International has announced the first GDS partnership to take place in India's low cost carrier (LCC) market with the launch of its distribution of fares for Deccan, India's largest and fastest growing LCC. Effective December 13, passengers will be able to book their travel on Deccan through Abacus-connected travel agents. Mr. Kenneth Low, Vice President, South Asia, Abacus International said Abacus was excited to be the first GDS (global distribution system) to move into the thriving...
|November 29, 2007
Okura Hotels & Resorts On Trust|Voyager CRS
Trust International, a Travelport brand and a global provider of technology and distribution solutions for the hospitality industry, has announced the successful implementation of Okura Hotels & Resorts on the Trust|Voyager central reservation system (CRS). Headquartered in Japan, Okura is one of the premier luxury brands in Asia with 24 properties and more than 7,300 guest rooms. As part of the service offering of The Private Label Company (The PLC), the TRUST|Voyager CRS distribution techn...
|November 16, 2007
Banyan Tree Joins Galileo's Best Available Rate Programme
Travelport GDS has announced that Asian based luxury hotel chain, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has joined Galileo's Best Available Rate (BAR) programme. This development adds all Banyan Tree properties to the GDS' industry leading BAR programme. Listed on the Singapore Exchange, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited is a leading manager and developer of premium resorts, hotels and spas in the Asia Pacific. As of 31 October 2007, the group managed and/or had ownership interests in 23 resorts and hotel...
|November 06, 2007
Travelport GDS and Flight Centre Extend Exclusive Partnership Agreement
Travelport GDS has announced an extension of its Global GDS arrangement with Flight Centre Limited (FCL) through to 2010. As a result of this agreement, Travelport GDS (which comprises Galileo and the newly acquired Worldspan), will continue to be the GDS provider to FCL's businesses globally through its Galileo brand. The extension cements the long-term partnership between Galileo and Flight Centre which has been in place since the fledgling Flight Centre business first automated its shops in A...
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