Sabre Corporation has appointed Traci Mercer as senior vice president of hotel, car, cruise and rail, to lead commercial efforts and supplier relationships for the company’s growing land and sea customer portfolio worldwide.
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 effectively displayed to travel agents.
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.
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 earlier met with senior executives from Hainan Airlines and Alitrip as part of the fourth UK-China People to People Dialogue.
The Travel Corporation has confirmed the appointment of Andy Barker as chief executive at Tracoin. Tracoin provides services to TTC subsidiaries including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Grand European Travel, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, and Travel Corporation Asia. A travel industry stalwart with more than three decades of experience.
Mystifly has been awarded the title of World’s Leading Airline Consolidator by the prestigious World Travel Awards, taking the title for the second time in a row. With a comprehensive network of airfares consolidated from 900-plus airlines, multi-GDS and 70 or more point of sale countries, Mystifly has held this title since 2015.
Buying and selling of alliance multi-airline, multi-sector fares offered by oneworld has been made significantly simpler with the launch of automated pricing for its round-the-world and multi-continent tickets. Now, travel agents the world over connected to the Sabre Global Distribution System and its Abacus and INFINI associated systems can book and automatically calculate the fare for these tickets.
Sabre Corporation has appointed Traci Mercer as senior vice president of hotel, car, cruise and rail, to lead commercial efforts and supplier relationships for the company’s growing land and sea customer portfolio worldwide. In this position, Mercer will focus on defining a strategic direction and commercial initiatives to cater to the needs of lodging, hospitality, ground and sea transportation providers, ensuring Sabre is developing industry leading technology that meets distribution and e-commerce needs of this customer segment.
Travelport has signed a new agreement with Vueling, which sees the Spanish low-cost airline sign up for Travelport’s industry leading airline merchandising solution, Travelport Rich Content & Branding. The agreement continues Travelport’s long standing relationship with Vueling, and parent company International Airlines Group, and demonstrates the value the airline sees in Travelport’s innovative merchandising and retailing technology.
Amsterdam has announced a new partnership with Airbnb to tackle illegal hotels and promote responsible home sharing. The city was one of the first in the world to introduce a progressive and innovative policy towards home sharing while ensuring that homes remain homes.
Under the stewardship of chief executive Rasha Al Roumi, the Middle East’s first female airline leader, Kuwait Airways has undertaken to implement a bold new strategy designed to revive the airline’s once pioneering legacy in regional aviation. A transformative plan with clear infrastructural changes and new technologies will be implemented that will see it become the preferred airline linking Kuwait to the world, by 2021.
Nintendo-themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. These will be expansive, immersive and interactive and will be highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and restaurants. The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo – two icons of the entertainment world.