The AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia launches new platform for booking group hotels

Bellevue, WA, 2019-Feb-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The AARP Travel Center Powered by Expedia is proud to announce the launch of a new platform for booking group hotels.  AARP Members now have the ability to book and manage group hotel reservations of nine or more hotel rooms at groups.expedia-aarp.com. This new feature provides fast quotes… Read the full press release

Avis Budget Group provides corporate travel managers insight into their program’s performance thru new online portal Business Intelligence

New customer portal provides corporate travel managers with full transparency to rental behavior to save costs and better manage the rental program PARSIPPANY, N.J., 2019-Feb-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) today (Feb. 19, 2019 ) announced Business Intelligence (BI), an online portal complete with rental summary dashboards, rich visualizations and detailed reports… Read the full press release

Star Alliance announces partnership with Skyscanner

Refresh of staralliance.com features new look and improved functionality for customers Frankfurt, Germany, 2019-Feb-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, has partnered with Skyscanner, the world’s travel search engine, to allow travellers visiting the Star Alliance website to search for flights, view airfares and book them directly with its member… Read the full press release

oneworld to roll out new app capabilities and alliance-branded and managed airport lounges this year

NEW YORK, NY, 2019-Feb-06 — /Travel PR News/ — oneworld® is making it even easier for travellers to fly across its 1,100-destination global network by harnessing the power and convenience of digital technology and rolling out alliance-branded and managed airport lounges later this year. The alliance’s member airlines will progressively from this year offer the ability,… Read the full press release

Qantas Wellbeing app introduces new feature ‘Sleep Health Challenge’ that rewards Frequent Flyer members with Qantas Points for developing healthy lifestyle habits

The new way to earn points: so easy, you can do it with your eyes closed. SYDNEY, Australia, 2019-Feb-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn Qantas Points while they sleep using the Qantas Wellbeing app. Designed to encourage healthy sleep habits, the app, developed by Qantas Health Insurance, incentivises Frequent… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport launches Trip Finder feature on their website

Bristol Airport has become the first airport to launch a Trip Finder feature on their website. Bristol, UK, 2019-Jan-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The innovative feature allows passengers to search for flights using the month or day they want to fly and to filter results by types of holidays – including winter sports and city… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group announces research collaboration with Hopper on the application of machine learning algorithms and AI to predict flight demand

Research alliance with Hopper, the specialist in price forecasting  The aim is a systematic collaboration on the application of machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence to predict flight demand Lufthansa Innovation Hub supports with the Canadian startup’s entry into the European market COLOGNE, Germany, 2019-Jan-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The Lufthansa Group and the… Read the full press release

Emirates enhances its app with a new function to allow customers create personalised entertainment playlists and sync selection to seat once on board

DUBAI, UAE, 2019-Jan-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates has introduced an innovative new function on its app to allow customers to create bespoke playlists ahead of their flight and sync it to their seats once on board. Customers can plan their trip more effectively, and maximise their onboard experience by using the Emirates app to browse the… Read the full press release

S7 Airlines announces release of an updated version of its mobile app

Novosibirsk, Russia, 2019-Jan-17 — /Travel PR News/ — S7 Airlines, a member of the oneworld® global aviation alliance, is offering its passengers an opportunity to appreciate the convenience of an updated version of its mobile app — all the necessary information about your upcoming flight is now available on the flight card on the first screen. In addition, the app now includes airport maps, the possibility to scan documents and other… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels International moves its infrastructure to AWS

Leading hospitality company migrates to AWS to enhance company’s leadership in innovation using the broadest and deepest portfolio of cloud services SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2019-Jan-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Today (January 14, 2019), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is moving its infrastructure to… Read the full press release

The Port Authority of NY and NJ: “AtYourGate” app for direct food delivery launches in Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and JFK

Airports first on East Coast to offer “AtYourGate” app for direct food delivery to gates for originating passengers and those between flights Pilot project makes service available at two EWR terminals, one terminal each at LGA and JFK; expansion to follow if pilot is successful Part of comprehensive Port Authority effort to improve airport customer… Read the full press release

Hyatt invites ethical hackers to test Hyatt websites and mobile apps for potential vulnerabilities through its public bug bounty program with HackerOne

Adds an additional layer to Hyatt’s cyber security strategy CHICAGO, IL, 2019-Jan-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today (January 9, 2019) announced the launch of a public bug bounty program with HackerOne in which ethical hackers are invited to test Hyatt websites and mobile apps for potential vulnerabilities and securely disclose them to Hyatt…. Read the full press release

Emirates introduces Hub Monitor application to significantly reduce delays at its Dubai hub

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Dec-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates passengers travelling from or transiting through Dubai International Airport (DXB) can expect fewer instances of delays associated with aircraft turnaround thanks to a new innovative application built in-house by Emirates called the Hub Monitor. Hub Monitor is being used by Emirates’ operational staff in Dubai to… Read the full press release

All Nippon Airways expands online booking options by adding PayPal as a new payment method

Extended flexibility offers travelers another way to purchase their tickets. ANA joins the growing list of airlines incorporating PayPal as a method of digital payment at a time when PayPal is gaining more popularity in Asia. TOKYO, JAPAN, 2018-Dec-14 — /Travel PR News/ — All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six… Read the full press release

Preferred Hotels & Resorts announces the launch of its new brand website, PreferredHotels.com

Newport Beach, California, 2018-Dec-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest global provider of sales, marketing, and distribution services to independent luxury hotels, is pleased to announce the launch of its new brand website, PreferredHotels.com. With careful consideration to the balance of form and function, the new visual forward, fully-responsive website… Read the full press release

Deutsche Hospitality partners with supply chain specialists Kloepfel Group to launch Sourcify.net procurement platform

Hotel experts from Deutsche Hospitality have set up a joint venture with supply chain specialists from the Kloepfel Group Piloting ongoing at 350 hotels Digitalisation of purchasing processes in accordance with requirements Collaborative sourcing generates direct cost reductions 100% performance-related payment eliminates risk Refinancing takes place via savings made Ongoing improvement of procurement terms and… Read the full press release

Firmdale employs Duetto’s Open Pricing application, GameChanger, and its solution for intelligent reporting, ScoreBoard, across all its Hotels

San Francisco, CA, 2018-Dec-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Boutique hotel group Firmdale Hotels has partnered with Duetto, hospitality’s only Revenue Strategy Platform, to drive revenue and growth across its exclusive Kit Kemp-designed portfolio of 10 properties in London and New York, including the Ham Yard Hotel in London and The Whitby Hotel in New York. Firmdale is employing… Read the full press release

Tourism Vancouver partners with Airbnb to boost Vancouver’s reputation as a premier destination

VANCOUVER, Canada, 2018-Dec-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism Vancouver has signed a first-of-its-kind agreement in Canada with Airbnb to promote the city to travellers on its platform. The agreement will see Airbnb leverage its global reach through digital channels such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as well as its magazine Airbnbmag, to boost Vancouver’s reputation… Read the full press release

Whistle Messaging to be fully integrated with SkyTouch/CONNECT integration platform

Leading hotel technology providers in property management operations and guest communications leverage SkyTouch’s next generation integration platform /CONNECT and Whistle’s Customer Engagement platform to further heighten company’s leadership in innovation PHOENIX, AZ, 2018-Dec-05 — /Travel PR News/ — The hospitality industry demands access to real time data to address business and customer needs. Since 2015 Whistle’s… Read the full press release

Stagecoach trials world’s first retrospective pricing app to give better value to rail commuters

Hindsight aims to stop people wasting money on train tickets they don’t need Free app developed by British tech start up Global Travel Ventures Limited Technology automatically swaps commuters to available lower-priced tickets, after they’ve travelled Passengers effortlessly get the lowest-priced set of tickets across the week – even if their plans change Perth, Scotland, 2018-Dec-05… Read the full press release

Heathrow launches on-demand, personalised assistance to visually impaired passengers via the Aira app

Aira app to benefit the 6,000 visually impaired passengers that travel through Heathrow each year Passengers can access on demand assistance on their mobile phones App follows a year of rapid changes in special assistance at Heathrow following a £23 million investment LONDON, UK, 2018-Nov-30 — /Travel PR News/ — From Monday December 3rd, visually impaired… Read the full press release

OpenTable continues support to No Kid Hungry, a national campaign aimed at ending childhood hunger in the U.S.

Kicking Off on Giving Tuesday, the Campaign Will Allow OpenTable Diners to Donate Points to No Kid Hungry, a Campaign Aimed at Ending Childhood Hunger in the United States SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2018-Nov-29 — /Travel PR News/ — In advance of the holiday season, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings,… Read the full press release

UNWTO partners with Niantic to enhance global tourism through mobile augmented reality games

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Nov-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with one of its newest Affiliate Members, real-world games developer Niantic, to enhance global tourism through the use of mobile augmented reality game experiences. UNWTO will collaborate with Niantic, creators of Pokémon GO and Ingress Prime, to curate unique campaigns around… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group and the Lufthansa Innovation Hub launch startup Yilu an end-to-end platform for travel providers

Yilu, founded by the Lufthansa Group and Lufthansa Innovation Hub, is developing an intelligent end-to-end travel platform The aim is to consolidate the fragmented landscape of travel and mobility providers into one smart platform With Yilu, travel companies can offer new additional product recommen-dations to their end customers COLOGNE, Germany, 2018-Nov-20 — /Travel PR News/… Read the full press release

Norwegian gives customers easier access to cheapest Premium fares on long-haul flights with the launch of Premium Fare Calendar

LONDON, UK, 2018-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Norwegian today (Nov 06, 2018) launches a brand-new feature on its website that gives customers easier access to its cheapest Premium fares on long-haul flights. The new Premium Fare Calendar gives holidaymakers and business travellers an easier way to choose the most affordable dates to travel in Norwegian’s comfortable and… Read the full press release

Classic Vacations introduces private, customizable websites for groups traveling together

TRAVEL ADVISORS CAN NOW OFFER PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE EVENT WEBSITES TO THEIR CLIENTS WHEN BOOKING GROUP VACATIONS San Jose, CA, 2018-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Luxury travel wholesaler Classic Vacations recently introduced another element to their online services catalogue, Travel Together: private, customizable websites for groups traveling together. Travel Advisors can easily enable Custom Group Websites… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways introduces GlobalBeacon; further enhances passenger safety with real-time tracking

All Qatar Airways flights will now benefit from real-time tracking, further enhancing passenger safety The introduction of GlobalBeacon ahead of the ICAO 2018 flight tracking recommended timeline DOHA, Qatar, 2018-Nov-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways is proud to be the launch customer of GlobalBeacon, a key product solution created by FlightAware®and Aireon that… Read the full press release

Colorado Tourism Office: Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) app now available for free download in the Apple and Google Play stores

CTO’s Conference in Vail first in the nation to be zero-waste; Denver named as 2019 site DENVER, CO, 2018-Nov-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the launch of a new state app with guidance to more than 39,000 miles of trails as nearly 550 tourism industry stakeholders gathered this week in Vail for… Read the full press release

Emirates Skywards members can now book private taxis, executive cars and minibuses in 27 countries and 117 cities through new ground transportation booking app

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Nov-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates Skywards has launched an on-demand ground transportation booking app called Emirates Skywards Cabforce in partnership with CarTrawler – the first of its kind in the world. The app is a mobile travel companion that will offer its loyalty members an affordable and efficient transportation service in… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Cargo the first in the industry to introduce a fully automated mail management system

The cargo carrier is the first in the industry to fully automate its mail management system Descartes Velocity Mail (vMail™) has been fully integrated within the cargo carrier’s management information system CROAMIS DOHA, Qatar, 2018-Oct-31 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways Cargo has rolled out an automated mail management system at more than 50… Read the full press release