What else is going on in the world of travel tech? A round-up of other stories from across the industry.
- Air France has developed free mobile flight alerts in eight languages as well as personalised accounts via its website. The 'My Account' service, which will also be made available on the airline's mobile app, enables travellers to store personal information such as seat and meal preferences in a secure area.
- Telecommunications specialist Syntec Telecom is offering travel companies a free trial of its MouseTracker technology which helps track the source of visitors to websites by providing different phone numbers for consumers to call as well as analysis of of the keywords and search terms they have used.
- The Egencia Business Traveller Survey reveals 59% of corporate travellers want hotels to offer MP3/mobile phone/computer chargers as standard amenities, 50% want toothpaste to be provided, 44% say voltage converters and 32% say slippers. Further findings of the survey, which was conducted on 900 European business travellers, are here.
- Business travel payment specialist AirPlus is to offer the OpenRail train booking platform, developed by Click Travel, following a partnership between the companies. The deal integrates the two systems so that users get a detailed breakdown of rail spend and simple payment capability.
- Travel search site Momondo has launched online city guides which are colour-coded according to the purpose of the travel. Once users have chosen their city they pick a colour which is most relevant to the trip including 'laid-back orange' for backpackers and 'hot pink' for urban decadence. Travellers are then provided with recommendations and maps based on the colour.
- In other rail news... UK train booking service RedSpottedHanky is the latest in the sector to throw its lot in with mobile ticketing services. Onceagain, Masabi is working behind the scenes to provide the technology to allow passengers to buy tickets, search train times and earn loyalty points. Apps developed so far include for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia smartphones, with Windows 7 expectedly shortly.