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Dolphin Dynamics launches CRM tool, Alitalia gets Rapid, and more

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel systems in tourism and hospitality for February 2017.

Jumia Travel’s aim to become the one stop shop for Africa takes flight

Jumia Travel, one of Africa’s leading online hotel booking sites, is now selling domestic, intra-regional and international flights via partnerships with suppliers including Amadeus.

Are alternative payment methods mature enough for broad adoption?

A lot of water has passed under the Golden Gate bridge since the travel industry began to discuss the mobile wallet war.

Flight Centre commits to digital, growth and M&A

Flight Centre Travel Group‘s half-year results highlight a number of its recent investments, including a move into China and a stake in an artificial intelligence tool for unmanaged travel.

Lufthansa makes further video glasses trials at Frankfurt Airport

Lufthansa Airlines has brought Avegant Glyph video glasses to its Business Lounge in Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport, near Gate A26.

Navitaire deal helps take Amadeus to record annual revenue in 2016

Amadeus has credited its acquisition of Navitaire as contributing to a 14% upswing in revenue during 2016.

Well-backed homestay site Stayzilla shuts down after 12 years

Less than a year after trousering $13 million in investment, Stayzilla has closed the curtains on its platform for homestays in India.

Travelport and Otravo, Traveldoo does Uber, APAC airline win for CarTrawler, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel distribution in tourism and hospitality for February 2017.

Hostmaker raises $6.5 million for further growth in existing cities

Hostmaker, a business that helps Airbnb hosts manage their rentals, has raised Series A funding of $6.5 million.

Surf Air breaks into Europe

Private jet subscription service Surf Air will start operating in Europe this May and will use specialist technology from Zuora to optimise its operations and revenues.

Momondo was the first punch for new Priceline Group CEO – but what comes next?

The Priceline Group’s purchase of Momondo for $550 million represents the company’s first acquisition of scale since buying OpenTable for $2.6 billion in 2014.

TravelCar earmarks €15m raise to launch at LAX and SFO

French car-sharing service TravelCar has raised €15 million, with the funding coming from automotive giant PSA Group and insurance firm MAIF.

Ctrip expects bumper long-term growth from its international business

Ctrip‘s CEO Jane Sun has outlined the scale of its ambitions outside China following its purchase of Skyscanner and investment in MakeMyTrip.

Traveldoo does Uber, APAC airline win for CarTrawler, Amadeus and Totalstay, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel distribution in tourism and hospitality for February 2017.

BridgeStreet unveils OTA for business travel community

BridgeStreet Global Hospitality says its development of an online travel agency for corporate travellers aims to bridge the gap between extended stay and peer-to-peer accommodation.

Latest graduates of Travelport Labs Accelerator take to the stage for Demo Day

The Colorado startup community crowded into an upscale facility in downtown Denver this month, excited to witness four innovative startups make their final product pitches during the culminating Demo Day event.

Lessons from Sweden – destination marketing in the age of disinformation

The old expression ‘loose lips sink ships,’ has taken on new meaning as Sweden learned over the past weekend.

NIDA Rooms secures $5.6 million to grow branded hotel platform

NIDA Rooms has secured a $5.6 million capital-raise to bolster its growing budget hotel platform. Backing the company in the Series A round are the Shanda Group and other unnamed investors.

Concur opens up app centre to UK business travellers

Concur, the travel and expense system provider, has launched its App Centre in the UK. The App Centre was originally launched in the US back in 2013 as a means to open up the SAP-owned company’s “ecosystem” to third parties and hopefully, provide a better experience to travellers through access to additional services.

Travefy acquires travel agent platform TripScope

Travel agent lead-generation platform TripScope has sold to Travefy. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.