The regular Tnooz roundup of product news from around the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, all with a technology, online and digital twist - Weds 6 April 2011.
- Fotopedia launches iPad app for visitors to Paris. Similar to other Fotopedia products, images and content have been collected from thousands of web users around the world. Full story.
- Review site Vinini unveils service specifically for UK travellers. The company, which also powers the Travelport Opinions agent review service, claims to have a verification system in place to prevent fraudulent reviews being posted on the site. It currently has around 41,000 properties worldwide listed on the system and also boasts around 100,000 user generated photos an 2,500 videos.
- UK-based car hire service USRentaCar has released its first mobile smartphone application. The app for the Apple iPhone is "not designed to make reservations and not designed to make money", but as a method to deliver booking confirmation vouchers to customers so that they can be used in-resort when collecting vehicles.
- Pegasus brand Utell joins forces with Egyptian marketing company Marketer. The agreement will see Marketer’s hotels connected to GDSs and other systems via the Pegasus Solutions switch. Full story.
- SITA commits to building a "community cloud dedicated to the air transport industry". The ATI Cloud, launching in June 2011, will be based on six large regional virtual data centres across five continents, allowing SITA's array of products to be accessed on-demand and managed anywhere. Full story.