This is a roundup for product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for June 2016.
Wednesday 8 June 2016:
Cheapflights adds car rental search
- Ireland-based CarTrawler will provide the platform for metasearch site Cheapflights to begin offering car rental from 30,000 locations in 174 countries. Cheapflights sister site Momondo also has rental services powered by CarTrawler.
Tuesday 7 June:
- The new travel agency sales channel for hotels (TLabs here) will use DHISCO’s network to expand its portfolio of properties available to third parties for exclusive rates. The deal will bolster the existing FPH portfolio of 4,000 hotels in 21 countries.
- India’s Akbar Travels has renewed its multi-year content and technology agreement with Sabre, continuing a relationship which spans more than two decades. Akbar has nearly 100 shops in India, 15 in the Gulf region and a full-service OTA and plans to expand globally.
Monday 6 June 2016:
- The instant-pricing tool enables the airline’s website users to see the lowest airfares for their desired city pair with minimal search criteria. United.com’s new front page search feature works today for select US domestic city pairs in economy class, but will be expanded over time. Site users can see it by hovering their cursor over the return date calendar.
- The UAE-based airline will use the Priceline Group-owned car rental provider to give loyalty members access to discounted hire rates. Members of the Etihad Guest programme include those from its flagship Etihad brand alongside Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Etihad Regional.
- The Russian online travel agency will become a hotel supplier on the Travolutionary platform. Ostrovok has 500,000 hotels worldwide, including 20,000 which are directly contracted.
Friday 3 June 2016:
- The UK rail operator will use SilverRail’s platform to power the website for South West Trains. Customers can plan rail journeys based on route, price and availability. The website functionality will also be replicated on the operator’s mobile application.
Wednesday 1 June 2016:
- Musement will allow TrekkSoft customers to obtain exposure to consumers via its marketplace for tours and activities. Operators will be able to manage bookings, capacity and offer last-minute discounts through their existing TrekkSoft account, which will then be fed into the Musement platform.
- The Namibian flag carrier will distribute its ancillary services via the Rich Content and Branding element of Travelport’s Merchandising Platform. RC&B allows carriers to showcase products in the same format and functionality to agents as they would on their own websites.
- The African hotel booking website will be included within the existing Channel Manager service by SiteMinder, giving global hotels access to the website’s growing consumer base. Owners can update their inventory and rates within SiteMinder.
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