What else is going on in the world of travel tech? A round-up of other stories from across the industry?
- Alila Hotels & Resorts¬†has unveiled a new website which features more images as well as video content and has been optimised for mobile and iPad devices. The site also includes a booking facility as well as functionality enabling users to compare price and package options.
- National Rail Enquiries has developed an android and iPhone application in conjunction with digital agency Fortune Cookie. The free app, which NRE says is its first ‘owned’ service, ¬†has already taken the top slot for free travel apps. The service provides push notifications and alerts of any delays or changes as well as a facility to plan the journey while on the move but without the need for an internet connection. The app can also personalise notifications to a traveller’s chosen and regularly used journeys. The app is funded by small advertisements on the service as well as funds from the ¬£4.99 in-app upgrade to the service with ads.
- PitchUp¬†has boosted its team with online travel specialists Gemma Chase and Barbara Cummings as B2C and B2B marketing managers. Chase’s experience covers large online retailers as well as start-ups including roles at¬†Teletext¬†and¬†lastminute.com. Cummings, who has worked at¬†HomeAway¬†and has experience of online distribution for the SME market, will be responsible for increasing the number of bookable sites on PitchUp.
- Egencia has extended its mobile application to Android and mobile web services. The app, previously only available via iPhone, enables travellers to access flight and destination alerts, check-in online, interactive maps and a click to call customer support facility.
- MarryAbroad is dipping a toe in the deals arena with members-only offers service called Marry Abroad Exclusive. The free-to-join service features offers from resorts and wedding planners and providers worldwide.