In online travel news today, Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking web portal, announced a partnership with Jetstar Asia Ariways. Now Agoda’s inventory of thousands of hotels will be accessible through Jetstar’S digital storefronts, and co-op deals will be offered through the airlines holiday network.
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.
Hotels.com has been named the Best Overall Customer Experience in a study by Keynote Competitive Research. In an examination of nine of the top online travel websites in the US, Keynote selected Hotels in several categories where actual customer responses were used.
And in case you thought your nightmare vacation was the worst you ever heard of, when Selsdon Travel, aka Dreamticket, shut its doors the other day, and hundreds of UK travelers found themselves stranded at destinations across the Middle, East, Africa, and on Islands in the Indian Ocean.
Travel Republic, one of the top online travel sites in the UK and around the world, has announced their expansion into the Spain market. Our friends at Travel Daily News reported on this last week, outlining Travel Republic’s strong ties with Spanish hotels, and the obvious benefits of engaging that space.
Okay, I have finally had enough. Looking into the travel tech footlocker of startups out there, potential is about all there is out there at the moment. And for Best Western and a company called TopGuest, a bit of scornful ranting due from a Web 2.0 evangelist from the early days. The reason, someone out there in PR land still thinks everything needs to be “seamless” in its integration. BS
In news from Poland’s Blue Sky Travel, the company and Travelport have just penned a deal for supporting Blue Sky’s offerings with Travelport’s global flight inventory.
Just a few days ago, we covered a story about Lonely Planet’s lovely new E-book, and today the news from the travel guide company is that a good portion of its web staff has been given pink slips. The majority of Lonely Planet’s web team is moving to London, while 17 percent will be looking […]
Between 12 and 13 million tourists are expected to visit the city-state this year, bringing with them tourism receipts of around 23 billion SGD (Singapore dollars), according to the Trade, Industry and Education minister S Iswaran.
Figures released by the IPK International Consulting Group showed that the number of outbound trips reached record levels in what was a fantastic year for global tourism. With the world looking for good economic news, JPK’s date is certainly a welcome surprise for many.
The still raging war for online travel supremacy continues with news from Microsoft and Kayak. The pending sale of ITA to Google has spurred some fairly ridiculous allegiances and deals, not the least of which is the latest Bing “slash” Kayak pairing. Let’s face it, Microsoft has already spent two king’s ransoms trying to beat Google, and now this?
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.
Norwegian travel startup Stay.com release their version 2.3. As a mid-term development release, what Stay offered up was fairly significant. Stay.com affords users unparalelled tools for building, sharing, and printing their own personal travel literature, and great hotel deals as well.
Journeys of Distinction, the provider of worldwide luxury escorted tours, just announced that it has selected Lakestar Media has been given the task to improving its digital marketing and search engine optimization.
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.