Ctrip signs TicketMates deal, TravelBank integrates flights, and more…

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

Wednesday 31 May 2017:

Ctrip signs TicketMates deal

  • The travel ticket and experience provider will supply content to Ctrip as part of the Chinese online travel agency’s push to highlight travel to Australia and New Zealand.

Tuesday 23 May 2017:

TravelBank integrates flights

  • The travel expense management service will now allow users to search and book flights through its mobile app. The service is launching with ten airline partners initially, including China Southern, Virgin Atlantic, JetBlue and Singapore Airlines.

Friday 19 May 2017:

Flynas selects Conxxe for ground transport services

  • The Saudi Arabia-based low-cost carrier will use Conxxe to power its airport transfers channel online, covering web and mobile outlets. The airline flies to 33 destinations in Saudi and elsewhere in the region.

Vacasa gets Booking.com distribution

  • More than 4,500 vacation rental properties under the management of Vacasa will now be available on the accommodation booking giant, covering nine countries. Vacasa estimates it will also double its inventory by the end of this year.

Tuesday 16 May 2017:

Travelport renews with Selectair

  • The Belgian consortium of travel agencies will use Travelport to access air, hotel and car rental content as part of the agreement. Selectair will also have use of the Travelport Smartpoint agent platform.

Monday 15 May 2017:

Eviivo properties added to Ryanair Rooms platform

  • The platform for independent hoteliers will connect with the accommodation service on the Ryanair website, bringing with it 6,200 properties. It joins the likes of Hotels.com, HRS and Hotelopia as providers of content on Ryanair Rooms.

Jumia launches Travel Smart

  • Africa’s Jumia Travel has launched a loyalty scheme, Travel Smart, offering members discounts and benefit on its entire product range. Jumia Travel, formerly Jovago, is mainly a hotel booking site, including 25,000 hotels in Africa, but has recently added flights and packages.

Thursday 11 May 2017:

GoEuro adds Swedish connections

  • The multi-modal travel search engine has signed content agreements with Sweden’s national rail operator as well as bus operators MTR Express, Nettbuss and Swebus. The partnerships mark the first part of a dedicated push into the Scandinavian region for GoEuro.

Wednesday 10 May 2017:

GetYourGuide powers EasyJet attractions

  • The European low-cost carrier has switched providers from Viator to GetYourGuide as the brand to run bookings for activities and things-to-do. Germany-based GetYourGuide will have 16,000 products in destinations on the EasyJet network available to buy within the booking process.

NextTrip gets RentalsCombined

  • The Monaker Group brand will include vacation rental accommodation from RentalsCombined in its portfolio of travel options for consumers. RentalsCombined claims to have 670,000 instantly bookable rental properties worldwide.

Tuesday 9 May 2017:

EAN lands Saudia white label package

  • The national carrier for Saudi Arabia will use Expedia Affiliate Network to power the airline’s Holidays online channel. Visitors will be able to book 260,000 hotels in 29,000 destinations worldwide.

HRS secures Altour deal

  • The US-based travel management company will get access to HRS’s portfolio of hotels as part of the deal, featuring some 350,000 properties worldwide. The agreement includes the ability to book HRS-negotiated rates with hotels.

Monday 8 May 2017:

TripAdvisor connects with Grubhub

  • TripAdvisor is integrating Grubhub’s restaurant network into its desktop website, mobile website and app. Consumers browsing TripAdvisor restaurant listings in the US will now have the option to order food from tens of thousands of Grubhub’s restaurant partners in 1,100 cities. The “Order Online” button on TripAdvisor will connect to the Grubhub platforms.

Friday 5 May 2017:

Sabre signs Scoot/Tiger deal

  • The offshoots of Singapore Airlines have both signed global distribution agreements with Sabre. The deals give Sabre-connected agencies around the world access to the pair’s fares and ancillary products.

Tuesday 2 May 2017:

HRS signs with Serko

  • The deal gives the business travel management service access to HRS’s portfolio of corporate hotels, including negotiated and discounted rates. The inventory includes 350,000 business travel-“relevant” hotels, including 210,000 independently-owned properties.

CM Airlines agrees TTI deal

  • The Honduran carrier will use TTI to manage its inventory, fares, sales channel and departure control platforms. The carrier serves destinations in Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America.

Monday 1 May 2017:

WestJet NDC thumbs-up

  • WestJet received IATA’s New Distribution Capability level 2 certification, confirming the carrier’s ability to send and receive NDC messages. It is the first Canadian airline to do so.

NB: Travel distribution image via Pixabay.

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