The rise of budget hotels, led by brands such as Oyo Rooms and RedDoorz, is a highlight, according to the report. Queries for selected budget hotel brands soared in 2019, up more than nine times compared to 2015, according to Google Trends. These companies offer reliable accommodation at a fraction of the price of international hotel brands, aimed at youth and cost conscious travelers from within and outside of Southeast Asia.
Now travel technology company Travelport has joined with IBM and travel management company BCD Travel in an effort to fix that. Together, Travelport and IBM developed a blockchain solution to streamline hotel commission payments between BCD Travel and three hotel chains, Travelport announced Tuesday.The solution tracks and accounts for commission payments owed by hotels for services booked through online travel agencies and stores it on a shared ledger. The goal is to provide an accurate and shared view of the booking status for all parties involved. The joint venture designed the blockchain technology to combat some of the challenges in the hotel reconciliation process, including the lack of audit trails driving escalations and manual data mapping.
McDonald s Corp. is working to make delivery more profitable for its franchisees and that means it could turn to providers other than Uber Eats.
Upside, which launched in beta in 2016 with big plans to reinvent how business travelers book their trips, has received an investment from Flight Centre Travel Group alongside a commercial agreement to cooperate on distribution matters.After acquiring a 25 percent stake in Upside, Flight Centre has become the largest individual shareholder of the company. The price Flight Centre paid for the stake was not disclosed.
For at least a week, according to the airline;s pilot union, American had been dealing with a technical problem with its pilot scheduling system. The airline;s computers had erroneously approved time off for just about any pilot who wanted it regardless of whether the pilot deserved it. American kept quiet, but Bloomberg reported it on Wednesday, and soon media worldwide chased the story, making passengers nervous.The union, the Allied Pilots Association, said Wednesday that American was at least one pilot short for as many as 15,000 flights in the second half of December. American disputed the number, but agreed it had a problem, and began offering pilots 150 percent of their usual pay to work on days on which they were mistakenly given time off.
Twizoo has raised $2.2 million ( 1.65 million) in four funding rounds, according to Crunchbase.Content is becoming increasingly important for price comparison sites like Skyscanner, which is owned by China 's Ctrip. Last year, Skyscanner introduced ratings for airlines to help customers judge an airline using more than just the quoted price. And just last week, Ctrip bought Trip.com, which generates in destination reviews. Skyscanner will use both the Trip.com and Twizoo reviews.
There is enormous potential for the brand that get it;s right as we;ll show in the data shared ahead.Two thirds, or 66 percent of consumers, have access to a digital assistant such as Siri on their smartphone, according to Euromonitor 's recent study Attitudes to AI and Automation in Travel.
American Airlines has abandoned plans to slash legroom to less than that of Ryanair, just six weeks after announcing them.In a memo to employees seen by Skift, the airline acknowledged that the move would have made a significant impact on the flying experience.
Travelers move through a security line at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Global Business Travel Association says the forecast for business travel growth has improved. David Goldman Associated Press
American Airlines, which started scheduled service to Cuba a few months ago, now has opened an office in the country. In this June 10, 2016 photo, Galo Beltran, Cuba country manager for American Airlines, stands at the check in facility of Terminal 2 at Havana s Jose Marti International Airport. Scott Mayerowitz Associated Press
Corporate travel executives say they hope 2017 will offer more stability than last year. In this photo, travelers are shown at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Rob Annis Flickr
The Adonia is shown in port in Santiago de Cuba. Fathom is adding more stops in Santiago during cruises that were originally scheduled to visit only the Dominican Republic. Hannah Sampson Skift
A Carnival Corp. ship, Adonia, arrives from Miami in Havana in this photo from May. Carnival's CEO said the company plans a "slow expansion" in Cuba. Ramon Espinosa Associated Press