This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DISTRIBUTION in tourism and hospitality for May 2015.
Wednesday 27 May 2015:
Amadeus secures Biman Bangladesh Airways
Monday 18 May 2015:
- The content deal will see national carrier for Bangladesh will distribute fares and inventory to all Amadeus-connected agencies around the world. Both domestic and international fares will be made available as part of the agreement.
Travelport gets Air Lituanica distribution deal
- The Lithuanian airline will share its content and fares to Travelport-connected agencies around the world as part of the multi-year agreement. The two-year-old Air Lituanica will also join Travelport's Merchandising Platform through the Rich Content and Branding service to give agencies the same tools and information as those available on the carrier's website.
integrates with Travelport
Rich Content and Branding service
Tuesday 12 May 2015:
- Following the Asia-Pacific airline's decision to join the GDS last year, connected agencies will now be able to view AirAsia information and services on their desktop platform's with the same format and functionality as on the carrier's consumer-facing website.
Gopili arrives in Spain with multimodal metasearch
renews Etihad Airways
- The multi-year, full content agreement will give Travelport-connected agencies access to the Middle East-based carrier's fares and inventory. Etihad will also join participate in Travelport's Rich Content and Branding initiative, part of the company Merchandising Platform.
to power LATAM Airlines Group
- The airline will use the SabreSonic passenger reservation system, with a full migration expected in the coming months. The agreement covers LAN Airlines in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Colonmbia and Ecuador, as well as the TAM Airlines in Brazil and its affiliates.
Tuesday 5 May 2015:
- The Egypt-based carrier will will join the Travelport network as part of the multi-year partnership. Nile Air, which will also use the Rich Content and Branding component of Travelport's Merchandising Platform, flies from Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor to destinations in the Middle East and other African cities.
Skyscanner joins the Travel Tech Association
- The Edinburgh-based, 600-employee metasearch site Skyscanner has joined the Washington-based lobbying firm for travel technology companies, led by the major OTAs, GDSs, and vacation rental property platforms.
- The new, multi-year contract extends a 40-year partnership between Travelport and the corporate travel management company. They claim to have increased their transaction volumes by 22% over the past 18 months, driven in part by HRG utilising the Smartpoint desktop technology during 2014.
powers Little Hotelier
- SiteMinder will help the reservation and front system provider's move into the US. Little Hotelier creates platforms for small and bed & breakfast properties and has offices in Bangkok, Dallas, London, Sydney and Cape Town.
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