Today the Digi.travel Cyprus Conference & Expo kicks off from the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia. Organized for the first time, in co-operation with the Association of Cyprus Travel Agents, this session puts technology providers alongside travel and hospitality professionals for networking, business intelligence, and problem-solving. Argophilia Travel News reports from Cyprus.
Good news for Amadeus global distribution comes via an Expedia announcement to offer air, car, rail, cruise and hotels through the Amadeus system as part of a new long-term global deal.
Today low cost airline champ Ryanair has paired with Amadeus via the latter’s light tickeing technology, to offer customers more choice and value.
Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, and the European Travel Commission (ETC) signed today a strategic partnership to promote Europe as a tourism destination.
In news from Amadeus, the company has now launched a new user interface (UI) for their mobile booking app. An online booking tool aimed at corporate travel, Amadeus e-Travel Management (AeTM) is supposed to help companies reduce gain control of costs.
An article just the other day at Travel Agent Central hints at just how deep the well of ancillary travel revenue may be. According to a cited Amadeus/IdeaWorks report, ancillary revenues could triple from $32 billion to over $100 billion on the heels of electronic miscellaneous documents (EMDs). But, the real story beneath transactions may be the […]
Private equity firm Permira, and France’s Axa, have received the “go” from EU regulators in their bid to buy online travel entity Opodo. The two investors intent to merge the Spanish Opodo company with Go Voyages and eDreams will create one of the digital world’s biggest online booking agencies.
United Airlines will make a one-time payment to Amadeus for $75 million, ending a contract that has been stalled for years. United originally contracted Amadeus to migrate its internal reservation system from Travelport’s Apollo to its own Altéa platform, but the migration never happened. When United Airlines merged with Continental Airlines, it decided to migrate […]
In airline travel news, US Airways just announced the signing of a multi year contract for full content distribution and merchandising with Sabre Travel Network. This latest news, pertinent to the ongoing wars between the various online agents and service providers, is at least a positive sign for global distribution players.
Just about every news outlet in Europe is all a buzz about private equity firm Axa, and Permira headed for a deal to buy Amadeus’ Opodo. The OTA started in Germany in 2001, if the deal goes through as suggested, will be worth between $500 and $700 million. An unnamed source at Amadeus IT Holding SA told Reuters the sketch details of the negotiations.
American Airlines started an online ticket war late last year they may not be able to finish. Now Amadeus is firing warning shots across the cockpits of airlines poised to go it via “direct connect” rather than relying on OTA’s to sell seats. In a bold but quiet move, one of the world’s biggest travel players takes sides with Expedia and Orbitz.
Rumors are about suggesting Google may be in the market for online travel portal Opodo. If the news that Amadeus is selling one of its travel units are true, a bidding war between some key financial and online travel players may ensue. Google’s ITA transaction has many people concerned that the Internet giant may dominate the online travel game.