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DISTRIBUTION – Product news, launches and more – July 2013

The latest distribution news, launches and more from around the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in July 2013.

Tuesday 30 July 2013:

  • Private equity company Battery Ventures has acquired 100% of Frankfurt-based IHS. Servicing 20,000 hotels, IHS is an umbrella group for global CRS provider, Trust International; one of the leading groups for independent hotels worldwide, Worldhotels; the global provider of training and benchmarking solutions, IFH® Institute For Hospitality Management; the provider of total sales management solutions for hotels, Nexus as well as the hotel search engine, Elite Hotel Booking. The buyout is the latest travel play by Battery, which has previously invested in

Monday 29 July 2013:

  • Travelport signs agreement with Contac Services to provide itinerary tools to agents in Canada. The deal via the Travelport Development Network gives Apollo-connected agents the ability to use the MyWurld platform, a tool which gives customers detailed information about a trip including reviews, weather and airport maps as well as the chance to book products such as hotels, cars, excursions and insurance.
  • Cleartrip has expanded its offering on the site with the ability to book buses online. Currently, Cleartrip’s bus section partners are India’s leading bus booking portals – redBus and Travelyaari. Users will be able to search, select a bus, enter passenger details in Cleartrip, however payment is processed in the partner site. Cleartrip’s partnership with redBus is particularly interesting, given the fact that Ibibo group acquired redBus recently. Ibibo group runs Goibibo.com, India-based OTA who is also the competitor of Cleartrip.
  • South Korea-based Asiana Airlines has integrated its internal fare authorisation system i-Auth with Abacus system using Abacus SmartPrice. Now, users of the Abacus system in Korea will be able to request for ad-hoc discount off-published FIT fares on Asiana Airlines, auto-price and ticket with the discount approval code from the airline.

Friday 26 July 2013:

  • Spain’s Marina d’Or hotel complex in Valencia has selected eRevMax to help it drive online revenue. All seven properties will use RateTiger Channel Manager for rate and inventory management. Meanwhile, Secret Retreats Hotels in Asia has selected SiteMinder’s RDX solution to boost its online presence.

Thursday 25 July 2013:

Wednesday 24 July 2013:

  • HRS says its Intelligent Sourcing programme, launched last year, is seeing good take up. The system uses booking data and benchmarks against other corporates to help travel managers optimise hotel programmes. HRS says 28 companies have partially or completely outsourced their hotel programmes to it  and are seeing cost reduction of up to 10%.
  • Travelport has relocated its Hong Kong operation to new offices with 30% more capacity. The new facility includes space for training travel agency customers.

Thursday 19 July 2013:

  • Travelport signs distribution partnership with El Al. The Israeli airline will push its full content to Travelport-connected agents as part of the multi-year deal, including making a number of ancillary services available via the Travelport Merchandising Platform. UK and Israel-based agents will be the first to get access to excess bag charges, unaccompanied minor logistics, pets and sports equipment services.
  • Sabre and Pegasus Airlines agree multi-year content programme. The Turkish low cost carrier will distribute all fares and seat classes to Sabre’s agents as part of the deal. Pegasus currently flies to over 70 destinations in 30 countries.
  • Azul Brazilian Airlines to provide content to Travelport agents outside of Brazil. The Brazilian low cost carrier carrier will open up booking services to Worldspan, Galileo and Apollo-connected agents around the world and follows an initial agreement between it and Travelport for distribution services to local agents.

Monday 15 July 2013:

  • Travelport brings Mobile Agent app to customers in the US and Canada. Agents using the Worldspan or Apollo GDS platforms can now access and modify a traveller’s bookings on any Apple or Android device. travelport claims the app has been downloaded around 21,000 times by agents in other markets since October 2011.
  • AirAsia India, the airline that’s planning to launch its service in India later this year is looking beyond its distribution partner Expedia for selling its tickets. MakeMyTrip has been selling AirAsia international tickets for past six months, and now another leading OTA Yatra has completed its integration with the airline to sell international flight tickets. Final details on various distribution partners for AirAsia India is still unknown at this time.
  • India-based OTA Yatra.com and hotel portal TravelGuru.com are powered with RezNext’s distribution solution. Now, hotel customers of both these portals will be able to access real-time room availability, book directly from the hotels ERP Software.
  • Russia-based Nevsky Hotels Group has selected RateGain’s price intelligence solution, PriceGain and distribution management solution, RezGain across its entire portfolio of properties.
  • In an effort to improve the distribution process, Spain-based Jumbo Tours (part of Alpitourworld) has implemented a two-way direct XML integration with eRevMax for its brands Jumbonline and Jumbobeds.

Monday 9 July 2013:

  • Travelport hires ex-TravelSupermarket commercial boss to oversee online travel agencies in Western Europe. Reporting to Damiano Sabatino, vice president and managing director for Western Europe, Duncan Barraclough joins from UK Fuels Group where was head of online. Barraclough has a varied history in the industry having worked at Equity Travel, Cresta Holidays, LateRooms, TravelSupermarket, MyDestination and briefly at the SimonSeeks project.

Friday July 5 2013:

  • AirAsia Expedia will be the exclusive online distribution partner of the new carrier AirAsia India, according to a report. The airline is expected to start service in India by the last quarter of this year. Several Indian OTAs including MakeMyTrip has expressed interest to get AirAsia India inventory in their system.

Monday July 1 2013:

  • Travelport today said that it has inked a long-term content agreement with Delta Air Lines, giving agents access to more ancillaries. It’s been a year since the companies agreed to an ancillary ticket deal for selected economy-class seats.
  • Fareportal has linked up with Sabre, to bring travelers additional features and choices when booking travel online. Together, the two companies recently launched US Airways ChoiceSeats on Fareportal’s CheapOair.com. Integrating airline ancillary products continues to be a priority for distribution partners.

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NB: World computers image via Shutterstock.

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