Cross-border ticketing has elusive for travel companies, but US-based SilverRail is establishing industry standards for online B2B rail distribution globally — just like GDSs did in the air ticketing years ago.
The giant of corporate tools, which books $9 billion in travel a year, is supplementing its GDS content with additional regional suppliers via more user-friendly reservation tools.
The international metasearch site is trying to raise awareness among US consumers by meeting them in person, Starwood came out tops in a ranking of hotel brands by digital competence, and more travel tech news.
Some hard facts: around 800 million new air travellers are expected to be flying from 2009 to 2014, with at least a quarter coming from China.
More impact, higher margins — for top retailers, there’s method to their ancillary sales, says Amadeus and IdeaWorksCompany.
Many in the travel industry have heard about China travel deregulation, but not everyone understands what it actually means to them.
The Scan: KLM taps WorldPay, fingerprints and Facebook will mash up at WTM, and more travel tech trade news
American Airlines, Sabre, Uber, KLM, Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel, Flip.to, EarthCam, and NextGreatPlace all appear in our roundup of the stories making news and driving opinion on 25 October.
Starting in October, China will relax its regulations and allow foreign GDSs to serve Chinese travel agents for ticketing international flights.