This is the regular Tnooz roundup of product news from around the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, all with a technology, online and digital twist - Tuesday 4 October 2011.
- Travix's acquisition two months ago of EasyToBook is already paying off for now-sister company Vayama, an online travel agency specializing in international travel. Vayama says it partnered with EasyToBook and added 120,000 hotels in 8,000 cities to its hotel offering. The hotels can be found by clicking on the hotel tab on Vayama's homepage.
- Conferma has signed a partnership enabling its travel and expense settlement technology to be used by corporate customers of HSBC. Conferma's MiBooking technology will be added to the bank's corporate payment card offering so that customers have access to an automated settlement process via their hotel booking agents or travel management company.
- Tripwolf has been named top app for the youth travel industry following the first App Yap competition run by the World Youth & Student Travel Conference. The App Yap was to find the app that most helped youth travellers and tripwolf was chosen from 40 entries.
- Club Med has appointed marketing technology specialist Neolane to automate its customer relationship marketing strategy. Club Med is planning more personalised marketing as part of its repositioning as a high-end holiday provider. The operator chose Neolane for its experience with multi-channel strategies and the flexibility of its platform.
- Europcar has introduced an eReady online checkout process to speed up its rental service. Customers can activate their rental agreement online through eReady and only need to show drivers license and payment details when they pick up a vehicle. The service is now available across Europe as well as in New Zealand.