What else is going on in the world of travel tech? A round-up of other stories from across the industry…
- Big upgrade for the social travel planning service Gogobot¬†with a new iPhone application it is calling Gogobot 2.0. The new version lets users browse places nearby or in more than 60,000 destinations and finds list of the top restaurants, hotels and things to do based on what is popular in a user’s personal network. Geo-location tools and as well as sharing functions are bolstered by a direct booking service for hotels powered by Booking.com.¬†[NB: TLabs Showcase - Gogobot]
- More affiliate deals for Expedia with news that it has signed a partnership with Finnish online travel agency Kaleva Travel. EAN will power the hotel end of the Kaleva website, giving users access to more than 150,000 properties around the world. Kaleva will use the Chameleon white label platform for bookings and EAN’s Merchandising Central technology for marketing hotel deals.
- American Airlines¬†will work with Brazilian travel technology companies¬†Wooba¬†and ArgoIT for use of the carrier’s Direct Connect link to access ancillary products, services and personalisation capabilities. The agreements follows a similar between AA and¬†BookIt¬†signed last week.
- Travelocity Business says it has expanded its Business Express platform to provide online travel and expense management to customers, mostly small businesses looking to manage their travel programmes. The expansion has come about by way of two partnerships: Certify, a provider of expense management software, and nuTravel Technology Solutions, an online travel booking technology.
- Carsolize has a new strategic partnership, signing a deal with RoomsXML to provide existing Carsolize customers access to 80,000 additional properties.¬†As a preferred supplier, RoomsXML will be able to Carsolize users at no additional connection cost on top of existing service packages, the pair say.