Qatar Airways launches Augmented Reality football game ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019TM

Interactive game sees fans ‘blink to score’ as excitement builds ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019TM which kicks off today in Doha  Al Sadd SC coach and football legend Xavi features in game promotions DOHA, Qatar, 2019-Dec-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways has launched a new Augmented Reality (AR) experience that… Read the full press release

Viking announces four new ships custom built to navigate the Seine River in the heart of Paris

New Ship Design Coming to the Heart of Paris Next Year Los Angeles, CA, 2019-Dec-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Viking® (www.vikingcruises.com) today (December 9, 2019) announced new details about its 2020 river cruise season, which will see the addition of four new ships custom built to navigate the Seine River in the heart of Paris…. Read the full press release

British Airways explores the possibility of using 3D printers to create aircraft parts in the future

British Airways’ tech experts say the possibilities for 3D printing in aviation are limitless and share predictions of how 3D printers could transform the industry In the future machines could routinely be used to create aircraft parts, reducing delays for customers Initiative is part of airline’s flightpath to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 LONDON,… Read the full press release

The National Cold War Museum launches New website

Blytheville, AR, 2019-Dec-09 — /Travel PR News/ — A website to promote the forthcoming National Cold War Museum in Blytheville, Arkansas has been launched. It is www.thenationalcoldwarmuseum.org. The website tells the story of a community vision to convert several sections of the former Eaker Air Force Base into a national visitor attraction in Arkansas. The National Cold War… Read the full press release

IATA launches Accelerate@IATA to address innovation issues at the industry level

Geneva, Switzerland, 2019-Dec-05 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the creation of Accelerate@IATA, an industry level innovation platform designed to support airlines and their value chain partners by speeding up new technology implementation around IATA standards. The program brings together airlines, value chain partners, and startups to pinpoint problems, find solutions… Read the full press release

Changi Airport Group commits $10 million to upskill employees for digital transformation

SINGAPORE, 2019-Dec-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Changi Airport Group (CAG) will commit S$10 million over two years to upskill its 2,000 employees in adaptive, technological and technical skillsets to prepare them for new jobs and tasks to be created by the company’s digital transformation. It announced this today (2 December 2019) at the signing… Read the full press release

Agoda kicks off “Less Hassle, More Travel” brand campaign

SINGAPORE, 2019-Dec-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Agoda, one of the world’s fastest growing online digital  travel platforms, has launched its first multi-market TVC, out-of-home (OOH), digital and cross-channel advertising campaign leveraging its brand characters called “Agojis.” The campaign, built on the brand platform “Less Hassle, More Travel,” kicks off in four markets: Australia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia,… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport launches new automated pre-security gates

Auckland, New Zealand, 2019-Dec-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Auckland Airport is enhancing the experience for international travellers with the launch of new automated pre-security gates. From today (02 December 2019), travellers will pass through 12 new eGates that will scan boarding passes and grant them access to security areas. Developed in partnership with Vision-Box, the… Read the full press release

Border control renewed and extended at Helsinki Airport

Vantaa, Finland, 2019-Dec-02 — /Travel PR News/ — In 2018, more than six million passengers passed through border control at Helsinki Airport. It is estimated that the number will keep on growing and, therefore, border control is being renewed and extended. The replacement work of automated passport machines is causing temporary arrangements in January and February…. Read the full press release

Travelzoo named “Best Online Travel Deals Provider” by the British Travel Awards for the 8th year in a row

LONDON, UK, 2019-Nov-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Travelzoo® (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for members, is delighted to be named “Best Online Travel Deals Provider” by the prestigious British Travel Awards organisation for the 8th year in a row. The incredible win was announced at the prestigious British Travel Awards last night… Read the full press release

Japan Airlines and Switchfly launch a web-based Dynamic Package reservation system

Travel packages seamlessly bundle flights and ancillary products Tokyo, Japan, 2019-Nov-29 — /Travel PR News/ — JAL Group subsidiary, JALPAK Co., Ltd., and Switchfly, a leading travel technology platform from San Francisco, have jointly launched a web-based Dynamic Package reservation system for customers in USA and Canada in October 2019 to power its vacation package bundling… Read the full press release

SITA 2019 China IT Insights: Airlines and airports in China embrace artificial intelligence and automation to provide next level of passenger service

Investments in chatbots, biometrics and blockchain to boost passenger experience Nanning, China, 2019-Nov-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Airlines and airports in China are moving to another level of passenger service. They are embracing artificial intelligence and automation to provide the hyper-personalized self-service experience their passengers are demanding. According to the SITA 2019 China IT… Read the full press release

Manchester Airports Group becomes the first airport in the UK to be certified as offering safe, child-friendly WiFi

WiFi scheme will now ensure content is appropriate for all ages at the Group’s airports at Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands MAG is the first airport group to sign-up to the Government-backed scheme Manchester, UK, 2019-Nov-28 — /Travel PR News/ — MAG has become the first airport operator in the UK to be certified as… Read the full press release

CLEAR and United Airlines launch CLEAR lanes at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

CHICAGO, IL, 2019-Nov-28 — /Travel PR News/ — CLEAR and United Airlines launched CLEAR lanes at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to help make travel easier and more enjoyable ahead of the busy holiday travel season.  CLEAR, the secure identity company that uses biometrics to build a frictionless and secure world, which recently opened lanes in United’s hubs… Read the full press release

All Nippon Airways introduces Alipay compatibility in China

ANA is giving passengers flying to or from select Chinese airports the option to receive compensation in case of cancellation or delay caused by the bad weather through Alipay. TOKYO, JAPAN, 2019-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for seven consecutive years, is giving passengers flying to… Read the full press release

Arkansas Tourism now accepting applications for Ark Tank

Competition now open to new and existing tourism businesses LITTLE ROCK, Ark., 2019-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Arkansas Tourism in partnership with Innovate Arkansas is now accepting applications for Ark Tank, a business pitch competition to be held on Monday, March 2, 2020, at the Fort Smith Convention Center as a part of the 2020… Read the full press release

flydubai participates in the 16th edition of the “TransLogistica Uzbekistan” exhibition

flydubai is participating at the “TransLogistica Uzbekistan” Exhibition taking place in Tashkent from 20 to 22 November Dubai, UAE, 2019-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Dubai-based flydubai has marked the recent launch of its flights to Tashkent by participating in the 16th edition of the “TransLogistica Uzbekistan” exhibition which began in Tashkent on 20 November… Read the full press release

OpenTable and Capital One Financial Corporation to offer cardholders access to top dining destinations across the U.S.

Premium Access reservations open up prime time weekend dining times to Capital One credit cardholders SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2019-Nov-20 — /Travel PR News/ — OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), and Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) partnered to offer Capital One credit cardholders access to hard-to-get reservations at prime dining times… Read the full press release

British Airways introduces artificial intelligence to its airside operation at Heathrow Terminal 5

Customers flying from Heathrow Terminal 5 can expect a faster getaway as British Airways employs latest artificial intelligence and wearable tech for staff preparing aircraft to depart Intelligent software captures every moment from when aircraft arrive at the airport until they depart to help spot areas to improve punctuality British Airways remains at the forefront… Read the full press release

Marriott International to adopt FreedomPay’s award winning commerce platform

The award winning FreedomPay Commerce Platform™ has been widely recognized for driving innovation, transformation and growth across a wide range of industries PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2019-Nov-20 — /Travel PR News/ — FreedomPay, an innovative leader in commerce technologies, today (NOVEMBER 19, 2019) announced an agreement with Marriott International to adopt FreedomPay’s award winning commerce platform to… Read the full press release

Finavia to trial new generation of hand luggage technology at Helsinki Airport

Vantaa, Finland, 2019-Nov-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Next year, Finavia will test security check technology that enables liquids to be carried in hand luggage. Finavia is preparing to open the expanded Terminal 2. As part of its planning, a new generation of hand luggage technology is being piloted at Helsinki Airport. This is set to bring major changes to the security check process…. Read the full press release

OpenTable partners with Postmates to bring even more delivery and pick-up options to diners

More and more Americans are dining out and turning to delivery due to burn out and for convenience OpenTable expands on delivery with the addition of Postmates and estimated delivery times SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2019-Nov-15 — /Travel PR News/ — OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), today released new… Read the full press release

Emirates wins Best Wi-Fi and Best Food & Beverage awards at the APEX 2020 Regional Passenger Choice Awards™

Dubai, UAE, 2019-Nov-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates’ inflight comforts were lauded as it clinched awards for Best Wi-Fi and Best Food & Beverage in the Middle East at the APEX 2020 Regional Passenger Choice Awards™ held in Singapore today (13 Nov 2019). The Best Food & Beverage award recognised Emirates’ regionally inspired cuisine and extensive drinks… Read the full press release

Emirates launches new feature on its app called Airport maps

Dubai, UAE, 2019-Nov-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates has launched a new feature on its app called Airport maps which will allow customers to navigate seamlessly through the airport. The Airport maps can detect the user’s location (via Bluetooth and wifi) and provide point to point navigation through all touchpoints of the airport including… Read the full press release

Accor announces partnership with Alibaba Group

The two innovative companies join forces to foster digitalization of global tourism Paris, France, 2019-Nov-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Accor, a world-leading hospitality group, and Alibaba Group, the world’s largest retail commerce business, today (November 7, 2019) announced a strategic collaboration to develop a series of digital applications and loyalty programs to improve the consumer… Read the full press release

SITA acquires main IT service provider to Naples Airport

Italian company specializes in tailor-made software solutions for airports and is the main IT provider for Naples Airport Lisbon, Portugal, 2019-Nov-08 — /Travel PR News/ — SITA, the leading IT provider to the air transport industry, today (06 November 2019) announced that it had acquired 100% of Software Design, an Italian software and solution integrator tailored… Read the full press release

SITA: Investment made by airlines and airports significantly improved both satisfaction levels for passengers and average processing time

Investment has resulted in significantly higher passenger satisfaction and shorter queues. Lisbon, Portugal, 2019-Nov-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Airlines and airports spent a record US$50 billion in 2018 on IT to support improvements to the passenger journey and are now beginning to enjoy the benefit of that investment. Figures published by SITA for the first… Read the full press release

Alliance Reservations Network adds new feature enhancements to its popular group hotel booking platform

ARN’s hotel booking platform Group Productivity Solution adds new industry-leading features designed to simplify the group booking process ORLANDO, FL, 2019-Nov-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Alliance Reservations Network, which was recently acquired by RCI, the world’s largest vacation exchange network as part of Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND), has added four new feature enhancements to its popular group… Read the full press release

CAA launches a platform to help recover the thousands of drones lost in the UK

With over a quarter of drone owners admitting to having lost their drone, this service at dronesreunited.uk will be able to help reconnect owners with their lost devices thanks to the new UK drone registration system.  Drone registration also goes live today (5/11). LONDON, UK, 2019-Nov-07 — /Travel PR News/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority… Read the full press release

Austrian Airlines introduces new 3D Seatmap

VIENNA, Austria, 2019-Nov-07 — /Travel PR News/ — From now on, Austrian Airlines passengers on flights operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft can virtually discover their favorite seat and reserve it directly during the booking process via a new 3D Seatmap. Previously, this was only available in a two-dimensional version. For the implementation of the 3D… Read the full press release