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.
Qatar Airways has launched its latest payment feature - Apple Pay - becoming the first Gulf carrier to offer the revolutionary ‘mobile wallet’ solution across all 12 countries where Apple Pay is available. Available on any iOS compatible device, Apple Pay allows travellers to conveniently and securely book their next journey on Qatar Airways across the airline’s global network with the touch of a finger.
South African low-cost carrier, kulula.com, is planning to increase revenue through a new retailing approach. Using Sabre Corporation’s newly-launched AirVision Revenue Optimiser platform, kulula will be able to price its services based on a customer’s willingness to buy different combinations of fares and ancillary services.
Qatar Airways has officially launched a digital membership card for its Privilege Club members, providing them with a more convenient option to redeem Qmiles when travelling across the airline’s global network. Available to all Privilege Club membership tiers – Burgundy, Silver, Gold and Platinum – the new digital membership card provides travellers with the same level of service as the physical card using their smart phones or tablets.
HRS has overhauled its booking system to offer customers better prices and room availability on every search. This news means that HRS now compares the rates and availability offered by hotel partners in its own database with those offered by selected affiliated sales partners, including Expedia Affiliate Network. HRS also showcased its new branding for the corporate travel sector for the first time at the GBTA Conference.
Ctrip.com International has signed a definitive agreement with the majority shareholders of Skyscanner under which the Chinese company will take control of the company. The terms of the acquisition value Skyscanner at approximately £1.4 billion. Skyscanner’s current management team will continue to manage Skyscanner’s operations independently as part of the Ctrip group.
Ryanair has revoked a licencing agreement with momondo following what the airline terms a “breach of contract”. Ryanair had granted a non-exclusive licence to momondo to display its fares for price comparison purposes, one of a number of travel websites including SkyScanner, Hipmunk and Dohop licenced to do so.
Leading holiday brand Thomson is offering its customers an innovative way to find inspiration for their holidays by trialling a travel search tool leveraging IBM’s Watson technology. In an industry first, customers will be able to interact via a simple chat interface to get responses in real-time, resulting in helpful suggestions of great holiday destinations or exciting holiday experiences.
FCM Travel Solutions has announced the appointment of Scott Reddie to the role of global director of account management. Reddie will be based in Philadelphia, United States of America. He has over 16 years in the travel industry and has worked across wholesale, reservations, travel media and adventure travel before moving into the corporate sector.
Airbnb has unveiled the most significant development in its eight year history as it moves beyond accommodation with the launch of Trips. Bringing together where you stay, what you do and the people you meet all in one place, Trips is a people-powered platform designed to make travel both easy and magical.