In an era of the burgeoning holiday rental and a growing Airbnb market, two tech entrepreneurs from Lebanon are crowdfunding to unveil their new digital doorkey start-up, Smarke, to a global audience. Smarke is a hardware and software concept that allows users to close and open their door locks using an app on their smartphones instead of physical keys.
Travelport has appointed Jasmeen Kaur to the role of head of product and solutions, EMEA. Formerly director of regional product and strategy for northern Europe, Kaur is now responsible for providing product support and technical solutions and consultancy to the commercial teams across EMEA.
Low-cost airline Norwegian has launched a global partnership with Expedia Affiliate Network giving the carrier’s loyal customers access to exclusive rates at a broader range of hotels while earning cost savings on all Norwegian flights.
Emirates will introduce a new service to enable customers to use their laptops and tablet devices until just before they board their flights to the US. Emirates customers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai.
Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky has announced a series of plans to better serve Chinese travellers, particularly millennials. Airbnb’s new brand name in China, Aibiying - or 爱彼迎 - translates as ‘welcome each other with love’ and reflects Airbnb’s mission.
Skyscanner has launched a white paper setting out its vision for the future of airline distribution and the changing role of metasearch within this. The paper, authored by the metasearch engine’s chief executive Gareth Williams, sets out Skyscanner’s intention to transition towards becoming a marketplace.
Travelport has signed a new, multi-year agreement with Bin Ham Travel Group. Established in 1979, the group comprises three leading travel management companies: Al Amaan Travel & Holidays; Al Ain Express Travel; and Bin Ham Travel.
AirHelp has unveiled a breakthrough in legal technology with the launch of Herman, the world’s first artificial intelligence powered lawyer in the travel industry.
United Airlines is enabling customers to move through the screening process quicker at its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport with the opening of a fully redesigned and consolidated security checkpoint in Terminal C.
Ryanair has confirmed that its website and mobile app will close for eight hours for a systems upgrade. The facilities will go offline from 18:30 on Wednesday, March 22nd.
ABTA has revealed some 43,000 people could be affected by a cyber-attack on its website. An “external infiltrator” exploited a technological vulnerability, according to the organisation, accessing data provided by ABTA customers and ABTA members themselves via the website.
United Airlines corporate and agency customers entered the “jet stream” earlier, as the airline unveiled its new online portal – United Jetstream. The move represents an effort to simplify the travel management process and give customers an intuitive suite of self-service tools.