CWT Online is China's first online booking tool for international flights, and more items in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion on 5 September.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) launches an online booking tool in China
CWT's new product, CWT Online, makes booking international travel easier for China-based business travelers.
It's China's first online booking tool for international flights and it is powered by TravelSky, an IT provider to China’s air travel and hospitality sector. Says the news release:
Each quote generated includes lowest fare, corporate fare, itinerary and link to service team information. Available in Chinese and English, CWT Online also incorporates travel policy information.
Travelocity rolls out an app for the Kindle Fire
The OTA today announced its Travelocity app for the Kindle Fire in Amazon's app store.
The app gives consumers "Mobile Exclusive Deals," plus flight, hotel and rental car booking.
'Once Deemed Evil, Google Now Embraces "Paid Inclusion"
A few months old, but still worth your time, from MarketingLand.
"Unlike Google’s other vertical search engines, however, payment seems to have a role in being included in Google Hotel Finder and Google Flight Search.
Amit Singhal, the Google executive who oversees all of Google’s search products, explained that Google needed to have paid relationships to gain some data:
Fundamentally, time and time again, we started noticing that a class of queries could not be answered based upon just crawled data….
We realized that we will have to either license data or go out and establish relationships with data providers."
Dnata’s new B2C site taps Vibe Software technology
In April, Dnata World Travel, a Dubai-based subsidiary of the Emirates Group which specialises in cargo, catering, ground handling and agency services for airlines like Fly Dubai and Air Arabia, launched the B2C travel portal dnatatravel.com.
Today, Britain's Vibe Software said it will supply front- and mid-office technology to the portal, in its first deal in the Middle East.
American Express and Avios partner upAvios, the UK travel rewards program, and American Express's foreign exchange bureaus at UK airports and on its UK website, will cross-promote some of each other's products. For instance, travelers can earn points in Avios's rewards scheme when purchasing currency via AmEx's currency site Travel Money Now.
US restaurant prices can now vary by reservation time, thanks to apps and sitesAn intriguing story in yesterday's New York Times.
The Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs) and New Age Airlines North Asia 2012 conference happens today
At the event in Macau 5-6 September, NIIT Technologies launchedCrew Wings, a mobile application for airline cabin crew members.
"Beware fake Microsoft and Amazon emails exploiting Java security vulnerabilities in browsers"
Hackers keep hacking Java, and many companies may need to just block it and take it off their sites.
NB: Image courtesy of CWT.