Travelport and TTS have windows, GeoTale has history, Wego goes native, and more…
This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel DEVICES in tourism and hospitality for April 2016.
Friday 29 April 2016:
- The Travelport Mobile Agent platform will now be available for Windows-hosted smartphones, joining the existing versions for Android and iPhone. Portugal-based TTS built the service alongside Travelport, allowing agents to service customer bookings, including amendments for a trip.
GeoTale launches on Android and iPhone
- The mobile application lets users contribute to and discover historical information about sights or attractions in a destination. The app categorises services (and their stories) into different channels, so users can browse and interact with each when they are hiking, walking, driving or touring in a location.
Wednesday 27 April 2016:
Wego develops native ads for mobile
- The Asia-Pacific and Middle East-focused travel search engine has launched a platform for third party advertisers to feature on its mobile applications. Wego’s native ads will be embedded inside search results, personalised to the user.
OpenKey upgrades mobile locking tech
- The universal mobile access provider has launched an addition to its existing service so that hoteliers can use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology for their rooms. Properties will now be able to use either RFID locks or the new BLE system.
Monday 25 April 2016:
Etihad unveils iPhone app
- The new mobile application allows passengers to book tickets, check-in for a journey, view the status of a flight and view seat maps. Developed by Mobile Travel Technologies in Ireland, Abu Dhabi Airports has also allowed the carrier to include indoor terminal maps to help with navigation around the facility.
Thursday 21 April 2016:
HotelTonight moves Aces tool out of beta
- The service was initially tested in February last year and then piloted in five cities a few months later, giving HotelTonight users the chance to interact with a concierge via their mobile device ahead of and during a stay. The app feature will now be available to users in dozens of cities in which the last-minute hotel booking service operates, but only on rooms costing more than $200.
Monday 18 April 2016:
Wego lands mobile operator deal
- The Asia-Pacific focused metasearch brand’s application will be pre-installed on every new device distribution by Xiaomi. The Chinese phone company has earmarked half a million new devices will have the Android-hosted app, giving users the chance to search for travel products including air tickets, hotels and deals.
Whym launches on mobile devices
- The brand will be available for both Android and Apple platforms and is targeted at “procrastinators” looking for late deals and information about a destination. Products for London, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego will include last-minute attraction tickets, events and other discounted products for a destination.
Thursday 14 April 2016:
Ixigo creates app marketplace for third parties
- The India-based travel search company is allowing companies to target rail travellers with an “app discovery” programme on its own mobile service. The platform allows companies to hit Ixigo’s app users with contextual messages in a bid to raise awareness of their own mobile offering. Some of those featured include Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm, BlaBlaCar, Cleartrip, MakeMyTrip and Spicejet.
Musement opens an office in Barcelona
- The personal travel concierge app for in-destination bookings that was founded in Italy reports strong growth in Spain. So it has opened an office in Barcelona, its third-most popular destination for bookings in 2015. The mobile app offers “insider concierge knowledge for the best leisure activities, restaurants, bars, and hotel experiences in 350 cities across 50 countries worldwide.”
- The budget accommodation booking app will include content from Gogobot, in a new feature known as MyTrip. Information and recommendations from Gogobot will be fed into the HostelWorld app so that users can discover in-trip services such as things to do and places to eat.
Tuesday 12 April 2016:
CheapOAir on Apple TV
- The online travel agency has created an app for the Apple-operated TV, known as Explore. The app allows users to enter a budget and date parameters and then discover destination options around the world. Ideas can be saved and then accessed on the existing CheapOAir desktop or mobile services for bookings.
Monday 11 April 2016:
AccorHotels debuts an app for Apple TV, too
- Among the major global hotel groups, Accor is the first to release an app for Apple TV. Traditional travel suppliers have been slow to adopt the medium. Accor’s app starts with 10 hotels, showing photos and amenities and offering a way to get to the hotel’s reservation page.
Tuesday 5 April 2016:
- It’s the Indian tech company’s first major deal with a European airline group. Tata’s MPLS network will upgrade the wide area network (WAN) system for Air France-KLM’s passenger check-in, flight operations, and corporate program applications in the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Monday 4 April 2016:
WhereToVegas app gets social
- WhereToVegas, a mobile application for visitors to the destination, is showing the most talked about locations and events via a heatmap. The more something is mentioned on social media, the higher it ranks on the app’s home screen.
Air Malta gets responsive
- Air Malta has upgraded its booking engine to make it easier for bookings via mobile devices. The development comes on top of other enhancements to its online presence including a best fare calendar.
NB: Mobile devices image via Shutterstock.
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