TravelStart partners with Uber, TripAdvisor upgrades iOS app, and more…

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel devices in May 2017.

Thursday 25 May 2017:

TravelStart partners with Uber

  • The South Africa-based online travel agency has a deal with Uber so that flight bookers can get a 50% discount on their ground transport on arrival at an airport. Passengers can enter the code for rides at a number of SA airports, including Cape Town, Tambo and Port Elizabeth.

Wednesday 24 May 2017:

TripAdvisor upgrades iOS app

  • The new version of the mobile app has what is being billed as a streamlined design with it being easier for users to find and compare prices for hotels, rentals and attractions. Other features include 360-degree photos, new hotel rankings based on “value” and itinerary collaboration between fellow users.

Friday 19 May 2017:

Hostelworld broadcasts to the globe

  • The budget accommodation service has updated its mobile app so that users can get instant translations between 43 languages. The Speak The World feature, available on both Android and iOS-powered devices, includes Bengali, English, French, Hindi and Japanese.

Tours4Mobile focuses on location

  • Los Angeles and San Francisco are two of the first cities to feature a location-awareness service within the city tours mobile application. The tool from the ten-year-old company allows the user to see the correct content during their guided tour depending on their precise location in the cities.

Thursday 11 May 2017:

Skyscanner on Cortana

  • The Microsoft-led personal assistant is using Skyscanner to power one of the “skills” included on the service. Available on Windows 10, iOS and Android, users will be able to get flight information, prices of routes, best times to book flights and status updates.

XL app for agencies

  • The Travelport-powered mobile app, known as XLGO, will be deployed within XL Travel Group’s network of agencies to give travellers access to their itineraries, real-time communications with reps, travel assistance and duty of care information.

Friday 5 May 2017:

Emirates becomes on-board teacher

  • The carrier’s in-flight entertainment service is featuring guides to languages around the world, covering beginner sessions to tackle food, drink, getting around and popular phrases. Created by uTalk, languages covered in the six-month programme include Arabic, German, French, Spanish and Italian.

Wednesday 3 May 2017:

Lufthansa expands wifi capability

  • The Germany-based carrier and sister brand Austrian Airlines will have web access on nearly 80 aircraft, with packages at €3, €7 and €12. The fleet’s aircraft included in the service are 19 A320 belonging to Lufthansa, 31 for Austrian Airlines and 29 for Eurowings.

NB: Travel devices image via Pixabay.

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