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Norwegian Reward partners with Groupon in UK

Norwegian Reward partners with Groupon in UK

Norwegian Reward has added Groupon UK to its growing list of partners where members can earn points toward discounted and free Norwegian flights. The award-winning loyalty programme is fast approaching one million UK members who benefit from exclusive bonuses and discounts.

Virgin Australia launches Sabre Branded Fares

Virgin Australia launches Sabre Branded Fares

Virgin Australia has implemented Sabre Branded Fares, joining a growing list of airlines globally. The solution allows travel agents and online travel agents using the Sabre global distribution system to access enhanced branded fare functionality that simplifies the retailing of Virgin Australia’s full-service benefits.

Flight Centre Travel Group reaches distribution deal with IAG

Flight Centre Travel Group reaches distribution deal with IAG

Flight Centre Travel Group, including its flagship global corporate travel division FCM Travel Solutions, has reached a multi-year agreement with British Airways and Iberia meaning customers in the UK and Ireland will be exempt from the airlines’ new £8 surcharge per fare component on GDS bookings.

Airbnb joins Pacific Asia Travel Association

Airbnb joins Pacific Asia Travel Association

Airbnb has become the latest hospitality sector organisation to join the Pacific Asia Travel Association. PATA chief executive Mario Hardy said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Airbnb to the PATA family."

Latest funding round sees Secret Escapes raise $111m

Latest funding round sees Secret Escapes raise $111m

Secret Escapes has closed a $111m Series D investment and debt facility. This significant equity round was led by Singapore-headquartered Temasek, with participation from existing investors Idinvest Partners, and a debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank.

WeSki launches to UK holidaymakers

WeSki launches to UK holidaymakers

WeSki launches this ski season to banish the difficulties which groups experience when booking a ski holiday, and to offer more choice to a market saturated with weeklong trips. The new site turns the booking process on its head by splitting the responsibility to book between the group.

NH Hotel Group launches instant booking service for MICE travellers

NH Hotel Group launches instant booking service for MICE travellers

NH Hotel Group has unveiled its global Instant Booking Tool, the first tool that allows booking and paying for meeting and event facilities and rooms online and on the spot. Based on a market-leading bookings technology solution, this is the first tool to offer this functionality in the hotel sector in Europe.