Travelport and Etihad Airways renew full-content agreement

EtihadTravelport and Etihad Airways have extended their multi-year, full-content agreement. This means that Travelport-connected agents worldwide will have continued access to search, compare, and book Etihad Airways fares and offerings via Travelport’s travel commerce platform, as per a release.

As part of the agreement, Etihad Airways has also signed up to participate in Travelport Rich Content and Branding – one of the components of Travelport’s innovative merchandising solutions for airlines. Rich Content and Branding enables airlines to market and retail their offerings by controlling how their products are visually presented and described on travel agent screens. It is available on the latest version of the Travelport Smartpoint agency desktop.

James Muller, Senior Vice President – Global Sales, Etihad Airways, said, “As we continue to expand the Etihad Airways network globally, we are happy to work with Travelport to expand our distribution reach and showcase our world-class product and services.”

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ATM 2015 to focus on Family Travel & Technology


uaeAfter the success of the inaugural spotlight theme, Luxury Travel at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) last year, Reed Travel Exhibitions, organiser of the annual show has chosen ‘Family Travel’ as the focus for the 2015 edition. Additionally, the trade show will take a closer look at travel technology, business travel, and luxury and wellness tourism. Rashmi Pradhan presents a pre-event round up of the show to be held from May 4-7 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre

For 21 years, ATM has provided a platform to do business with companies from around the globe. The 22nd edition of ATM promises to be bigger and better. To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, the show has grown to become the largest showcase of its kind in the region, and one of the biggest in the world. Following the success of the 2014 edition’s inaugural spotlight theme, which was Luxury Travel, the attention this year will turn to Family Travel – a key area of opportunity for the industry, both in the region and globally. Further the show will focus on travel technology, business travel, luxury and wellness.

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US Airways taps Nobel-prize winner to testify against Sabre

US_AirwaysA US federal antitrust lawsuit brought by US Airways against Sabre is still on its path to a jury trial in New York.

An April meeting has been set to schedule dates for the trial. US Airways alleges that Sabre broke the law and attempted to have a monopolistic hold over travel agents.

In January the judge trimmed US Airways’s lawsuit. The airline appealed her decision. On Monday, documents were unsealed that showed that the airline’s appeals fell on deaf ears. Possible damages remain trimmed to between $45 million and $73 million — far less than what US Airways had sought. Yet those amounts could be tripled if a jury believes Sabre violated antitrust laws.

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Sabre Pacific channels GTA, HotelBeds, Expedia and more for the best net rates

sabreThe latest Red app available from Sabre Pacific has been launched region-wide. RoomDeal will give thousands of travel agents an expanded view of 350,000 pre-paid boutique and branded hotels.
Working with 25 top aggregators like GTA, HotelBeds and Expedia, the travel technology company has captured and qualified non-GDS options from all over the world for Australian agents to book, adding their own discretionary fee.

“We want our agents to be able to cater to even the most differentiated demand,” said

Jeremy van der Klundert, managing director of Sabre Pacific.

Based on location maps, real-time availability and important extras like inclusive WIFI, agents can instantly pick, confirm, modify and cancel their reservations subject to the hotels cancellation policy, even out of hours.
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Sabre launches three new, data-driven personalization solutions, including dynamic travel offers, to revitalize airline operations

SabreSabre Corporation, a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry, today announced the launch of three new, powerful data-driven, personalization solutions, further solidifying the company’s role as a leader in shaping the future of the airline industry.

The three new solutions, Sabre’s Customer Data Hub and Customer Experience Manager, and industry first, Dynamic Retailer, source insights on customers from multiple touch points and then use that data to create personalized, meaningful engagements with travelers.

Dynamic Retailer promotes ancillary growth by dynamically creating flight and ancillary offers using personalized customer insights to generate incremental revenue. It also enables an airline to identify and offer the most relevant services and product bundles to travelers.