What else is going on in the world of travel tech? A round-up of other stories from across the industry?
- Alila Hotels & Resorts has unveiled a new website which features more images as well as video content and has been optimised for mobile and iPad devices. The site also includes a booking facility as well as functionality enabling users to compare price and package options.
- National Rail Enquiries has developed an android and iPhone application in conjunction with digital agency Fortune Cookie. The free app, which NRE says is its first 'owned' service, has already taken the top slot for free travel apps. The service provides push notifications and alerts of any delays or changes as well as a facility to plan the journey while on the move but without the need for an internet connection. The app can also personalise notifications to a traveller's chosen and regularly used journeys. The app is funded by small advertisements on the service as well as funds from the £4.99 in-app upgrade to the service with ads.
- PitchUp has boosted its team with online travel specialists Gemma Chase and Barbara Cummings as B2C and B2B marketing managers. Chase's experience covers large online retailers as well as start-ups including roles at Teletext and lastminute.com. Cummings, who has worked at HomeAway and has experience of online distribution for the SME market, will be responsible for increasing the number of bookable sites on PitchUp.
- Egencia has extended its mobile application to Android and mobile web services. The app, previously only available via iPhone, enables travellers to access flight and destination alerts, check-in online, interactive maps and a click to call customer support facility.
- MarryAbroad is dipping a toe in the deals arena with members-only offers service called Marry Abroad Exclusive. The free-to-join service features offers from resorts and wedding planners and providers worldwide.