STR acquires UK-based hotel data specialist AM:PM

STR has acquired AM:PM, a hotel data and intelligence specialist. Through the acquisition, the analytics specialist will enhance its leading hotel data with AM:PM’s market intelligence and interactive online database and mapping tool. “Alan and Morag Gordon have created a real-time, online hotel supply and research tool that enables informed and efficient decision-making for the hotel industry,” said Robin Rossmann, STR international managing director. “We look forward to launching this

EVA Air partners with RIMOWA for new e-tags

EVA Air has partnered with RIMOWA to introduce cutting-edge electronic tags into the carrier’s check-in procedures. Becoming the first airline is Asia and the second worldwide to officially offer the new service, the independent Taiwanese airline’s passengers can now use a mobile app and RIMOWA’s electronic tag system for a seamless check-in experience. The RIMOWA electronic tag is a revolutionary, eco-friendly and time-saving travel concept, which allows EVA Air passengers

Travelport signs expanded contract with China Southern Airlines

Travelport has signed a new agreement with China Southern Airlines which will see the largest carrier in China utilise Travelport Digital Media Solutions for the fourth consecutive year, further building on the long-standing partnership between the two companies. China Southern Airlines already distributes its content via Travelport’s innovative travel commerce platform as well as leverages Travelport’s leading merchandising solution, Rich Content & Branding, to enhance how their product offering is

Qatar Airways to welcome UnionPay credit and debit cards

Qatar Airways will now accept UnionPay credit and debit cards through its website for ticket and other sales, expanding payment options for customers around the world. With more than 5.8 billion cards issued globally, UnionPay is an international bankcard network and is the preferred method of payment for the Chinese market. The option to pay with UnionPay cards provides Qatar Airways travellers with a high quality and secure payment service

VisitBritain signs Hainan Airlines partnership to boost Chinese visitor numbers

VisitBritain has celebrated its milestone partnerships with Hainan Airlines and Alitrip, Alibaba group’s tourism arm, in China. Both partnerships have been established to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain. UK secretary of state for culture, media and sport Karen Bradley and VisitBritain director Patricia Yates, who is leading a tourism delegation of companies from across Britain, met with senior executives from Hainan Airlines and Alitrip at an event at Madame

Wynn Las Vegas to roll out Amazon Echo

[embedded content] Wynn Las Vegas and Amazon have announced plans to equip all 4,748 hotel rooms at Wynn Las Vegas with Echo, Amazon’s hands-free voice-controlled speaker. The introduction of this technology into every guest room, beginning this month with installation in suites, will be an industry first in the world, allowing guests of Wynn Las Vegas to control various hotel room features with a series of voice commands via Alexa,

Sabre names Menke president as Klein steps down

Sabre Corporation has appointed Sean Menke as president, chief executive and a member of the company’s board. Taking up the role on December 31st, Menke will succeed Tom Klein, who has served as president, chief executive and board member since 2013. “After an extensive search of qualified candidates, the board unanimously concluded that Sean is the right choice to lead Sabre. “Since his arrival last year, Sean has demonstrated that

Priceline Group names Fogel as new chief executive

Priceline Group has named Glenn Fogel, currently head of strategy and executive vice president of corporate development at the company, to the role of chief executive. He will step up to the role on January 1st. Current interim chief executive Board Jeff Boyd, who served as the company’s chief executive from 2002-2013, chairman of the board since 2013 and interim chief since April of 2016, will assume the role of

Jamaica Tourist Board signs Airbnb partnership

The Jamaica Tourist Board and Airbnb have signed a major agreement to promote tourism to the island, highlight the country’s unique history and culture, and position Airbnb for continued growth in this world class tourist destination. This is Airbnb’s second major partnership agreement in the Caribbean. “Jamaica has so much to offer travellers seeking authentic experiences due to the diversity of our tourism product. “With this partnership with Airbnb, we

Trainline expands offering in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxemburg

Trainline has announced it is now offering tickets to destinations across the whole of Benelux via its website and mobile applications.  The expansion of the Trainline offering in these countries is a clear demonstration of the company’s continued commitment to grow its network across Europe. “Trainline’s goal has always been to be the independent leader in European train ticket sales,” comments Daniel Beutler, general manager of Trainline International.  “Benelux occupies