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

Singapore Airlines further enhances its digital capabilities with the acquisition of minority stake in Australia-founded Data Republic

Singapore, 2018-Dec-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Singapore Airlines (SIA) has acquired a minority stake in Australia-founded Data Republic, in a move to further enhance its digital capabilities. The stake in Data Republic was acquired through a placement of new shares. A statement of no objection was received recently from the Australian Foreign Investment Review… Read the full press release

Agoda selected to provide best-in-class technology and travel expertise by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

SINGAPORE, 2018-Dec-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Agoda, one of the world’s fastest growing online travel agents (OTA), and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) supporting the Kingdom’s vision of 2030 goal to increase its capacity to over 30 million pilgrims by utilizing Agoda’s technology and travel expertise,… 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

BOMBARDIER TALENT 3 battery electric multiple unit awarded with the Berlin Brandenburg innovation award

Emission-free, energy-efficient and low-noise: Jury applauds Bombardier’s new battery-powered train as a pioneering contribution to clean rail mobility Berlin, Germany, 2018-Dec-04 — /Travel PR News/ —The BOMBARDIER TALENT 3 battery electric multiple unit was awarded the renowned Berlin Brandenburg innovation award on November 30, 2018. The train operates emission-free, thereby making a significant contribution towards environmentally-friendly mobility. It… Read the full press release

Aberdeen International Airport installs electric car charging points at the Short Stay or Priority car parks

Aberdeen, UK, 2018-Dec-03 — /Travel PR News/ — The new service will be free for customers using the car parks, with four units located on the first floor of the Short Stay zone and two further points in the Priority area. Podpoint, a market leading and award-winning provider of electric charging points, has installed the points… 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

Airport Authority Hong Kong kicks off annual Smart Airport Technovation Conference and Exhibition

HONG KONG, 2018-Nov-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) today (28 November 2018) launched its annual Smart Airport Technovation Conference and Exhibition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The opening ceremony was officiated by Jack So, Chairman of the AA, Nicholas Yang, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Fred Lam,… Read the full press release

dnata acquires majority stake in award-winning tech company, which provides AI-driven IT solutions to online travel agencies

Dubai, U.A.E., 2018-Nov-29 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, announced that it acquired a majority stake in bd4travel (Big Data for Travel), an award-winning tech company, which provides artificial intelligence(AI)-driven IT solutions to online travel agencies. Based in Germany and the UK, bd4travel’s services were designed specifically… Read the full press release

Emirates introduces new high tech buses for airside passenger operations

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — To provide passengers with even more comfortable transfers when they arrive, depart or transit at Dubai international Airport, Emirates has taken the initiative to bring in a fleet of new high tech buses for airside passenger operations. These new dedicated buses will ferry Emirates’ passengers between the… Read the full press release

SITA selected to transform the management of Heathrow’s vast communication network

New outsourcing agreement leverages innovative technologies and a strong support service  LONDON, UK, 2018-Nov-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Heathrow has signed an innovative outsourcing agreement with SITA, the global IT company, to transform the management of the airport’s vast communication network into a smarter, automated service. Heathrow’s Network Tower supports every aspect of the network,… Read the full press release

PHILIPPINES: Cebu Pacific updates its NAIA Ticket Office with a cloud-based Queue Management System

Pasay City, Philippines, 2018-Nov-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific has re-opened its organic Ticket Office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, installing an automated customer flow management system to create more customer-centric business processes and operations. The new ticket office also incorporates self-booking kiosks and express counters… 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

VisitBritain partners with Tencent on a new 3D racing game ‘QQ Speed’ to inspire more Chinese visitors to Britain

LONDON, UK, 2018-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — National tourism agency VisitBritain has collaborated with leading China-based internet technology and cultural enterprise Tencent on a new 3D racing game ‘QQ Speed’ to inspire more Chinese visitors to book a trip to Britain. Online gamers in China can now tour Britain virtually on two new tracks, exploring… Read the full press release

SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights for China: Airports in China are increasingly investing in technology

Survey shows increased investment in IT to manage China’s fast-growing industry Beijing, China, 2018-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports in China are increasingly investing in technology to equip new airports and terminals and manage rising passenger numbers. The SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights for China show that as airline passenger numbers in China rose nearly 13%… Read the full press release

Boeing and SparkCognition to launch a new company that will enable the future of urban aerial mobility

New company will build AI- and blockchain-powered airspace management software platform AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and SparkCognition today (Nov. 20, 2018) announced plans to launch SkyGrid, a new company that will enable the future of urban aerial mobility. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid will develop a software platform to ensure… 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

SITA’s Automated Border Control Gates make airport journey smooth at Punta Cana International Airport

SITA’s automated immigration technology processes passengers in seconds Punta Cana, 2018-Nov-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic, is using SITA’s Automated Border Control Gates to automate the border process for passengers from the US and Canada, as well as Spain, UK, and France, as they leave… Read the full press release

SFO, TSA and United Airlines introduce new Automated Screening Lanes ahead of the busy holiday travel season

Advanced screening system offers enhanced security, more efficiency at checkpoint SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2018-Nov-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) jointly with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and United Airlines today (November 14, 2018) unveiled new state-of-the-art checkpoint technology ahead of the busy holiday travel season.  Located in SFO’s Terminal… Read the full press release

TravelClick welcomes NH Hotel Group in its Demand360® program

Continued Rapid Expansion of Demand360® International Data Providers Helps Hotels Gain Their Fair Share of Bookings NEW YORK, NY, 2018-Nov-15 — /Travel PR News/ — TravelClick, an Amadeus company, today (11/14/2018) announced NH Hotel Group, a world-leading urban hotel operator with close to 400 hotels and nearly 60,000 rooms in 30 markets, joined TravelClick’s Demand360® program, a Hotelligence360®… Read the full press release

Aeroflot wins “Transport Industry IT-project of the year” Award at the CNews AWARDS 2018

Moscow, Russia, 2018-Nov-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Aeroflot has received a prestigious award at the CNews AWARDS 2018.  The “Transport Industry IT-project of the year” Award was given to Aeroflot for the successful implementation of the new air service distribution standard NDC developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The NDC (New Distribution Capability)… Read the full press release

Shannon Airport to host the 3rd ITLG Young Innovators Challenge on November 15, 2018

Winning Young Innovators Fly to Silicon Valley for ITLG Internship Programme Shannon, Ireland, 2018-Nov-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Shannon Airport, a hub of aviation innovation for 80 years, will on Thursday next become an ideas center for 1,000 students from across Ireland as they envisage solutions that will shape the country up to 2050…. Read the full press release

Emirates SkyCargo announces milestone of 823,000 shipments monitored and 100+ stations brought under Cargo iQ framework

Over 800,000 shipments monitored and 100+ stations brought under Cargo iQ framework Dubai, UAE, 2018-Nov-14 — /Travel PR News/ — In keeping with its commitment to ‘deliver as promised’ to customers, Emirates SkyCargo has reinforced its service standards using the Cargo iQ framework and achieved a number of significant milestones in the process. The air… Read the full press release

SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights: airports are investing in technology to banish waiting in lines and better manage rising passenger numbers

Miami, Florida, 2018-Nov-14 — /Travel PR News/ —As more than 350 airport leaders gather in Miami for the annual ACI-LAC Annual Assembly Conference and Exhibition, global IT provider SITA revealed that airports are investing in technology to banish waiting in lines and better manage rising passenger numbers. Passenger flow management, self-service at every step, and… Read the full press release

SITA enhances its airport operations and passenger flow management solutions with the acquisition of MEXIA Interactive

Acquisition will enhance SITA’s passenger flow and queue management capabilities Geneva, Switzerland, 2018-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions, today (06 November 2018) announced the acquisition of private company MEXIA Interactive (“MEXIA”), a leading global provider of curb-to-gate passenger analytics for the air transport industry. The… Read the full press release

Air France inaugurates its Digital Factory at its Head Office in Paris

PARIS, France, 2018-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — On November 8, 2018, Air France inaugurated its Digital Factory, located at the heart of the company’s Head Office at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The Digital Factory is a project launched in December 2017 to accelerate innovation projects, and now has 700 sq. m. of office space with tools,… Read the full press release

UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit highlights on investment in tourism technology

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — The UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit, held yesterday by World Travel Market and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), was well received by participants from government and the private sector for its more dynamic new format leading to more concrete takeaways around this year’s theme: Investment in Tourism Technology. This year,… 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