What else is going on in the world of travel tech? A round-up of other stories from across the industry.
- Flybe is on track to help provide more accurate weather forecasting for Europe following a partnership with US-based weather forecaster AirDat. The airline’s 83 aircraft will carry AirDat’s Tropospheric Airborne Meteorogical Data Reporting sensor which collects more than 1,000 weather observations each day as well as providing benefits to Flybe including satellite voice and data capabilities and flight status information.
- How do hotels make better of use of the reviews they get from guests? Social media management service TrustYou reckons it has the answer, launching a free service for hotel customers to capture, analyse, respond and integrate reviews into their own websites. The TrustYou ReviewAnalyst Survey also incorporates guest surveys into the system, unlocking - it claims - the "potential of unlimited, reliable, up-to-date guest reviews that until now were hidden behind logins and not accessible by end users". The TrustYou Survey allows hotels and hotel chains to easily integrate an online guest satisfaction survey, and within the same application, monitor the entire social web.
- Australian consumer portal NineMSN is heading down the travel search route, inking a deal with metasearch engine Wego to white label the platform into its travel channel. Included in the service will be the ability to search 300,000 accommodation providers and over 500 airlines worldwide, including the Australia low cost carriers. Daily deals, a service apparently being embraced by Aussies, are also included in the agreement.
- More moves in the peer-to-peer destination service sector with LocalGuiding introducing Tour Request. The tool allows travellers to design a tour and itinerary on the LocalGuiding website, while local tour representatives can send the user a personalised offer. The traveller then decides which one to pick. Easy. Apparently. [NB:TLabs Showcase - LocalGuiding]