What else is going on in the world of travel tech? A round-up of other stories from across the industry...
- Travesse is ploughing £1.3 million into newly acquired booking engine Starfish over the next two-and-a-half years. The deal to acquire the booking engine, announced last month, also included a package of other brands such as Perfect Escapes, Travel Intelligence, Chic Retreats and Spire. The investment will result in a faster booking engine and additional product as well as editorial content.
- Ryanair says the maintenance of its website, which was carried out during what was originally planned to be a 24-hour+ closure, was a success. The site reopened seven hours earlier than planned and will supposedly allow faster response times for users and three time the amount of capacity. The maintenance came ahead of financial results announced by the airline today which saw the carrier increase net profit by 25% y/y to £406 million.
- Happy days for SiteMinder after securing a deal with Indian OTA giant MakeMyTrip. The partnership is being touted as one of the SiteMinder's most significant in its history and will see a "two-way" connection with the OTA, so real-time inventory can be listed on MMT and bookings from the site delivered automatically into a hotel's own reservation system.
- Big win for Triometric with news that is has secured tour operator Bonotel Exclusive Travel as a customer for its Web Services Analyzer product. The operator, which concentrates its operations on luxury products in the US, Canada and Mexico, will use the Triometric system to understand and react to inbound and outbound XML traffic patterns to improve its alert systems, business intelligence reports and look-to-book ratios.