Drone operators can now operate in certain areas within five miles of CVG

Hebron, KY, 2018-Feb-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Drone operators are now able to operate in certain areas within five miles of CVG, thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration’s new Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability program. Prior to LAANC and other recent technology enhancements, drones were prohibited within five miles of any airport. In conjunction… Read the full press release

Munich Airport and Lufthansa rollout humanoid robot Josie Pepper to welcome travelers in Terminal 2

Munich Airport and Lufthansa rollout humanoid robot Josie Pepper to welcome travelers in Terminal 2   COLOGNE, Germany, 2018-Feb-21 — /Travel PR News/ — She is 120 centimeters tall, with sparkling, round eyes and a pleasant voice: Starting today, “Josie Pepper” the robot will be answering questions for passengers in Terminal 2. Whether they need directions… Read the full press release

Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport enhances customer experience with expanded TSA Security Screening Checkpoint and fully-automated exit lane

Mesa, Arizona, 2018-Feb-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Anticipating continued commercial passenger growth, Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport (Gateway Airport) recently completed two passenger terminal projects designed to increase capacity in an efficient and secure manner.  The expanded TSA Security Screening Checkpoint provides a larger, more efficient passenger queuing system, while adding a fifth security checkpoint… Read the full press release

Dolphin Dynamics sponsors the Dolphin Dynamics Café at the Travel Technology Show 2018, 21-22 February 2018 in London

LONDON, UK, 2018-Feb-20 — /Travel PR News/ — For the third year running Dolphin Dynamics will be sponsoring the Dolphin Dynamics Café located next to their stand at the Travel Technology Show 2018 taking place at Olympia exhibition centre in London. The Dolphin Sales Team will be available for meetings at stand TT89 to talk through… Read the full press release

Star Alliance enhances its digital and mobile services with the launch of Digital Services Platform

Lufthansa and United first two carriers using platform to enhance customer experience STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Feb-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Star Alliance has launched a Digital Services Platform (DSP) as a first step to an overall enhancement of digital and mobile services offered to customers travelling across the 28 airline member Star Alliance network. The platform… Read the full press release

SkyTouch Technology named a Leader in the Gartner Quadrant for hotel management software

SkyTouch Highlighted for Highest Value and Capability Among Property Management Systems ROCKVILLE, Md., 2018-Feb-15 — /Travel PR News/ — SkyTouch Technology has been named a Leader in the latest Gartner Quadrant for hotel management software. The FrontRunners quadrant evaluated verified product data and end-user reviews for 185 hotel property management systems (PMS). Only the products with the top scores were… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels promotes Brian Kirkland to the position of Chief Technology Officer

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2018-Feb-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies, announced the promotion of Brian Kirkland to the position of Chief Technology Officer. In this new leadership role, Kirkland will oversee the company’s overall information technology strategy, development and operations. He will report directly to John Bonds,… Read the full press release

Dubai Airports installs new and enhanced smart gates at Dubai International (DXB) Terminal 1

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Feb-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Dubai Airports, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) and Emaratech marked the completion of the installation of new and enhanced smart gates at Dubai International (DXB) Terminal 1. An array of 20 of the new smart gates is now fully operational in the arrivals… Read the full press release

SITA AirportHub™ to boost connectivity at Port Moresby Jackson’s International Airport

SINGAPORE, 2018-Feb-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Papua New Guinea’s National Airport Corporation has selected SITA AirportHub™ to boost connectivity at Port Moresby Jackson’s International Airport. SITA AirportHub is an airport-wide shared connectivity platform that enables Port Moresby airport to provide airlines, ground handlers and other tenants with secure and reliable bandwidth, including wireless connectivity to access off-airport… Read the full press release

Kansai International Airport trials SITA’s intelligent check-in kiosk KATE

GENEVA, Switzerland, 2018-Feb-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Kansai Airports, the operator of Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Osaka International Airport (ITAMI), is working with SITA on a trial of KATE – SITA’s intelligent check-in kiosk. KATE will autonomously move to congested areas in the airport with the aim to reduce check-in queues, promising to relegate check-in queues… Read the full press release

SITA provides wireless connectivity on the ground to Air Mauritius’ new fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft

Wireless connectivity at the gate will allow the aircraft to connect to vital aircraft, airline systems GENEVA, Switzerland, 2018-Feb-09 — /Travel PR News/ — SITA is providing wireless connectivity on the ground to Air Mauritius’ new fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft, keeping the new-generation aircraft connected to the vital back-end systems no matter where they… Read the full press release

AccorHotels partners with Rythm to pilot the first-ever active sleep solution Dreem

AccorHotels partners with Rythm to pilot the first-ever active sleep solution Dreem   At the cutting edge of wellness, Pullman pilots Dreem, an innovative, award winning technology, scientifically proven to promote a superior sleep, in two key properties. Paris, France, 2018-Feb-08 — /Travel PR News/ — AccorHotels is proud to announce its partnership with Rythm,… Read the full press release

S7 Airlines the first company in Russia to use the face recognition technology

Novosibirsk, Russia, 2018-Feb-03 — /Travel PR News/ — S7 Airlines, a oneworld® global airline alliance member, is the first company in Russia that plans to use the face recognition technology in the everyday operation of the business lounges at Moscow Domodedovo Airport. The software based on trained neural networks will allow to identify S7 Airlines passengers and personalise services for visitors of the business lounges. The plan is that… Read the full press release

MeetingPackage.com’s new Booking Engine increases exponentially confirmation ratio from RFP to confirmed booking

HELSINKI, Finland, 2018-Jan-31 — /Travel PR News/ — MeetingPackage.com announced the launch of their unique Booking Engine for Meetings & Events. The Booking Engine makes selling meeting rooms and services online a reality and has already proven to increase exponentially confirmation ratio from RFP to confirmed booking. Through the Booking Engine, meeting venues and hoteliers will be able… Read the full press release

Singapore Airlines launches its Digital Innovation Blueprint through bilateral partnerships with A*STAR, CAAS, EDB and NUS

Bilateral partnerships with A*STAR, CAAS, EDB and NUS to establish SIA as a digital aviation and travel experience leader Digital Innovation Blueprint to contribute towards development and nurturing of digital aviation and travel technology community in Singapore SINGAPORE, 2018-Jan-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Singapore Airlines (SIA) today (29 January 2018) announced the launch of its… Read the full press release

Choice Hotel announces the integration of choiceADVANTAGE with choiceEDGE, its new cloud-based global reservation system

choiceADVANTAGE powered by SkyTouch integrates with new choiceEDGE GRS ROCKVILLE, Md., 2018-Jan-30 — /Travel PR News/ — SkyTouch Technology, the company that powers choiceADVANTAGE®, the property management system (PMS) used by more than 6,000 Choice Hotels properties, announces an integration with choiceEDGE – Choice Hotels’ new cloud-based global reservation system (GRS). choiceEDGE is a state-of-the-art global distribution platform… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels transitions to the first new global reservation system (GRS) from a hotel company in over 30 years

New global reservation system – choiceEDGE – is landmark innovation built for today’s digital volume and technology advancements ROCKVILLE, Md., 2018-Jan-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Building on a legacy of innovations, Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), announced today (Jan. 23, 2018) the transition to choiceEDGE, the first new global reservation system (GRS) from a hotel… Read the full press release

easyJet and Founders Factory announce new start-ups to join its travel tech accelerator programme

easyJet and Founders Factory announce new start-ups to join its travel tech accelerator programme   LUTON, UK, 2018-Jan-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Three more travel tech companies have been selected to join the start-up accelerator programme following the success of launch start-ups Flio and LuckyTrip Each business will receive hands on support from Founders … Read the full press release

World’s leading independent advertising technology company AppNexus becomes a PATA Preferred Partner

BANGKOK, 2018-Jan-26 — /Travel PR News/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and AppNexus, the world’s leading independent advertising technology company, today (January 22, 2018) announced a new Preferred Partnership agreement. The agreement will allow PATA members to better understand the new landscape of programmatic advertising and how best to utilise it for their respective organisations. As a… Read the full press release

HMSHost brings Pepper the robot to North American airport restaurants

HMSHost brings robot to greet airport diners and offer menu recommendations BETHESDA, MD, 2018-Jan-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Pepper the robot is coming to an airport near you. Travelers can expect to see more of the 4-foot tall humanoid robot at select HMSHost North American airport restaurants. Pepper greets and engages traveling guests, provides menu details, and… Read the full press release

Oman Air recognised by GE Aviation for its record breaking Boeing 787 engine change in just 20 hours

MUSCAT, Oman, 2018-Jan-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, was recently praised by GE Aviation, for its record breaking Boeing 787 engine change. The procedure was completed in just 20 hours, earning Oman Air world-wide recognition for its remarkable engineering feat. The record breaking achievement was acknowledged… Read the full press release

Prototype test in Lufthansa FlyingLab

More individualized flight experience and increased passenger comfort Lufthansa and Deutsche Telekom extend collaboration with finalists Cologne, Germany, 2018-Jan-09 — /Travel PR News/ — The future of flying starts now: over a period of several months, the finalists of the “Telekom Fashion Fusion & Lufthansa FlyingLab” fashion and technology competition worked at Fab Lab Berlin on… Read the full press release

Dolphin Dynamics welcomes Ivor Hughes as Sales Manager

LONDON, UK, 2018-Jan-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Ivor Hughes has joined travel technology provider Dolphin Dynamics in the new position of Sales Manager. Having held previous sales positions at Comtec, Traveltek and recently SABS Travel Technologies, Hughes has years of experience developing relationships with and selling reservations and mid/back office systems to travel agencies and… Read the full press release

Lufthansa enhances lounge guests experience with LoungeNet Interactive portal

LoungeNet: Interactive portal for mobile devices Yoga@Lounge: Digital Yoga Exercises Print@Lounge: Print option in the lounges Spa@Lounge: Spa service in the Senator- and First-Class-Lounge in Frankfurt Cologne, Germany, 2018-Jan-05 — /Travel PR News/ — With a large number of new and improved service offerings, Lufthansa wants to make the stay in the lounges as pleasant and… Read the full press release

EASA publishes Safety Information Bulletin on how to fly safely carrying Portable Electronic Devices (PED)

Cologne, Germany, 2017-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — As some of us prepare to travel for the end of year holidays, the European Aviation Safety Agency publishes a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) to inform airlines and passengers on how to fly safely carrying Portable Electronic Devices (PED). PED containing lithium batteries such as laptops, mobile phones,… Read the full press release

British Airways trials self-service biometric boarding gates

LONDON, UK, 2017-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — British Airways has become the first airline to trial self-service biometric boarding gates on international flights out of the USA, working in partnership with Los Angeles Airport. As part of the airline’s commitment to invest in innovation and new technology, British Airways has begun an exclusive trial that will transform… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon to introduce new policy for ‘smart bags’ with non-removable lithium batteries

Effective 1 January 2018, smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries will not be accepted as cabin or checked baggage HONG KONG, 2017-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will be introducing new policies surrounding the carriage of ‘smart bags’, which are a new type of innovative luggage featuring integrated lithium batteries for… Read the full press release

Expedia Affiliate Network and Hotels.com™ announce top five finalists for Hotel Jumpstart mentorship-driven accelerator programme

Expedia® Affiliate Network (EAN) and Hotels.com® today announced the top five finalists for Hotel Jumpstart, a mentorship-driven accelerator programme aimed at supporting the most innovative travel-tech start-ups of the future.  Bellevue, WA, 2017-Dec-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Following a rigorous selection process from more than 230 applications, a panel of expert judges from EAN and Hotels.com heard… Read the full press release

Scottish Citylink installs contactless payments across its entire fleet

• Coach company becomes the first national operator to roll out contactless technology across Scotland • Four million passengers a year set to benefit from contactless along with Apple Pay and Android Pay • A further 1,500 buses operating local Stagecoach services across Scotland to offer payment method by late Summer 2018 • Minister for… Read the full press release

CVBs, DMCs, Travel Agents, professional event organisers can get money back from their own events with MeetingPackage.com’s new affiliate program

HELSINKI, Finland, 2017-Dec-12 — /Travel PR News/ — MeetingPackage.com, the global marketplace for booking meeting rooms and meeting packages, recently launched its exclusive affiliate partner program. The program allows partners to implement a booking engine to their website and any other online channel, giving access to more than 250.000 meeting rooms worldwide. As one of the… Read the full press release