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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.

AccorHotels acquires Gekko in €100 million deal

AccorHotels acquires Gekko in €100 million deal

AccorHotels has signed an agreement to acquire Gekko, a major player in the business travel hotel reservation segment. This transaction is in line with the strategy aimed at strengthening AccorHotels’ leadership across the entire customer experience by enhancing the range of services offered to business travellers, the group’s key customer segment.

Sabre to launch new lodging solution in 2018

Sabre to launch new lodging solution in 2018

Sabre Corporation has announced the development of the new Sabre Content Services for Lodging, a technology solution that will integrate multiple sources of content. These include the Sabre global distribution system and non-GDS sources such as aggregators, re-distributors, agency-sourced hotel content and other sources as identified.

Four new carriers join Worldwide by easyJet

Four new carriers join Worldwide by easyJet

easyJet has announced additional partners for its Worldwide by easyJet product, which launched this month. Stand-alone tickets on behalf of four new partner airlines will be on sale by the end of the year.

Ibis rolls-out new mobile check in procedures

Ibis rolls-out new mobile check in procedures

Ibis has announced the completion of the roll-out of its new guest welcome programme across all ibis, ibis styles and ibis budget hotels in the UK, aided my mobile technology. The new approach sees ibis employees using mobile devices to access the information they need for everything from check-in to housekeeping and breakfast within one app.