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A closer look at Sabre’s new SkyTeam RTW bookings

Sabre is the first global distribution system (GDS) to launch functionality aiming to streamline the booking of round-the-world airfares from any of the global airline alliances.

Delta to let Chinese buy tickets with Alibaba’s Alipay

Delta Air Lines is the first American carrier to offer Alipay payment as an option for Chinese plane ticket buyers.

Flyr nets $3.7M in funding, will add fare forecasting to CheapOair

Today, FLYR, a technology startup in San Francisco that predicts airfare and seat availability, said it had closed its seed financing round of $3.7 million.

Hotels need to get the (Facebook?) message

At the recent F8 (Facebook Developer Conference), a considerable amount of time (parts of the first and second day keynotes, at least three sessions) was spent on its efforts to improve the technology of messaging.

How to stop the bad bots taking your business for a ride

If you are in the online travel business, you’re a bot target. That’s pretty much a fact of life today – airlines, hotels, rental car companies, and online travel agencies are fair game.

HomeAway invests in CanadaStays, fighting Airbnb on northern front

HomeAway, the vacation rental giant, said that it had led a C$6 million round of fundraising for CanadaStays, a holiday home platform in Toronto.

Same-day booking scene loses momentum – IN2NITE a high profile victim

It was a never a “bubble”, as some like to call it, but the same-day travel booking sector certainly had started feeling like the the online trip planning market.

US Airways taps Nobel-prize winner to testify against Sabre

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

TrustYou’s new quartet, Virgin Holidays with Magnolia, Ice Portal gets Qunar, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for March 2015.

Staffing is a big issue for hotels and revenue management

It is impossible to talk about about growth in online travel, especially in Asia Pacific, without factoring in one of the world’s fastest growing hospitality markets – China.

Alibaba launches Alitrip into hotel IT solutions space

Alibaba Group has made the first big announcement regarding its standalone travel business, and it’s all about the “hotel of the future.” The initiative “aims to use network and Big Data technology to enhance customer service and improve innkeepers’ ability to attract travellers and retain them as loyal guests.” was launched last October as a standalone business unit within the giant Alibaba Group.

TripHobo raises $3 million for crowd-sourced travel planning

Still some life left it appears in the world of trip planning startups – TripHobo has taken a Series B injection of $3 million this week.

A data analyst at Skyscanner shares career advice

The global travel industry is being re-built from the inside thanks to thousands of data analysts, computer scientists, and product engineers who are in their twenties and thirties.

Sabre teases $500 million acquisition again (but don’t expect it when originally planned)

A deal for Sabre to spend $0.5 billion to acquire a fellow travel technology company appears to have been delayed for a few months.

PinMeTo secures second round to further its online presence management

PinMeTo has announced a second round of financing from D-Ax, a partnership between Nordic group Axel Johnson and RECAPEX.

Bag tech saves airlines $18 billion dollars a year — not including fees

We’re not talking chump change here: $18 billion. That’s how much airlines have saved on processing lost luggage thanks to new bag tech that streamline the entire process.

Hotelogix and AddMass, Intuitive gets two legs, GuestCentric joins forces with PriceMatch, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for March 2015.

Thailand attraction ignites social media storm with elephant picture on Facebook

UPDATE (Monday 30/3): Nikki Beach Resort has still not responded to requests for comment, but has released another statement from its Dubai HQ: “To elaborate on our last statement, we would like to make it clear that we do not, have no and will never own an elephant.

How to use technology to say goodbye to travel check-in queues

Airline and hotel check-ins and check-outs have undergone a massive shift. From kiosks to online to mobile, getting customers through the check-in queue is increasingly becoming more high-tech and less high-touch.

Bravo! back on centre stage as new owner switches brand name

Bravofly Rumbo has committed to making its recently-purchased name its primary pan-European consumer brand.