Planning for a trip is getting better and better with many new innovative applications flowing in. Some applications target to inspire travellers, some offer reviews, Read More »
Today, Cleartrip launched Pricewatch, a new solution that will continuously monitor air fare (after booking) and when the fare falls by more than the associated Read More »
Expedia’s famous “FriendTrips” Facebook app/game was awarded Digital Marketing “Best of Show” at the 56th Annual Adrian Awards competition. The award was presented to Expedia Media Solutions, the Read More »
Cambridge Consultants, UK based technology enabled product development company has developed a patent-approved device called ‘DropTag’ that monitors and alerts the parcel/baggage handling at transit. Read More »
HolidayIQ, India’s leading travel review community secured its third round of funding from Tiger Global Management and Accel Partners. The total deal worth is not Read More »
I am excited to announce that Tnooz, world’s number one online media for travel industry has now acquired Travopia. All acquisition formalities have been completed and now brand Travopia along with all its assets belongs to Tnooz.
Effective today, I am joining Tnooz as General Manager of Asia. In this role, my responsibilities would include writing in Tnooz about travel tech developments in Asia, leading the operations and business development initiatives in Asia.
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Signing off as Chief-Editor, Travopia, one last time
Today’s Here & There covers updates from the airline industry, hospitality industry outlook for 2013, travel industry survey results, updates on travel mobile apps and thought provoking reads like – What does it take to fly for free? Increasing demand for self-service functionality at airports.
Planning for a trip is getting better and better with many new innovative applications flowing in. Some applications target to inspire travellers, some offer reviews, some offer things to do in a place, some offer budget / homestay accommodation etc. If you are looking for a pre-defined itinerary or create your own itinerary for your trip by looking at maps that have attractions / accommodations pinned in it, then you should be looking at Tripomatic, Czech Republic based startup.
Trouble for the Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines doesn’t seem to stop. Lenders of Kingfisher has decided to start the process of recovering Rs 7,500 crore (USD 1.5 Billion) outstanding loans from the airline. The decision was taken at a Tuesday meeting attended by the consortium of lenders and Kingfisher management, including CEO, Sanjay Agarwal, and UB Group president and CFO, Ravi Nedungadi.
A new website called VideoTravelers.com that focusses only on travel videos has been released by Nathan Schacherer and Sofia von Porat. Nathan and Sofia are also the founders of MySkiholiday and AsWeTravel. There are other travel video websites like TripFilms, CompulsiveTraveler, TravelChannel in the market, but there aren’t plenty of travel industry focussed sites.
Big Data, a term that has become a ‘yes-we-are-aware-of-it’ term among travel industry decision makers is going to become increasingly important in the years forward. The magic lies in data. Using data (in the right way) that a travel business collects and stores in database they can create magic. We will be writing a very detailed article in Travopia about “Big Data and Travel Industry” very soon.
Today, Cleartrip launched Pricewatch, a new solution that will continuously monitor air fare (after booking) and when the fare falls by more than the associated amendment chages, PriceWatch auto-refunds the difference amount. This is a much needed feature and Cleartrip is the first Indian OTA to implement this.
Toozla, a mobile audio tour/guide app has been selected by Samsung as “App of the year 2012″ in Samsung’s App Store. Samsung has summarized popularity of mobile apps in Samsung App Store (both mobile and tablet platforms put together) with Toozla in top with 5/5 ratings. Other popular apps in the top category includes Angry Birds and Opera Mini.
HipTravelMama.com, a website that provides inspiration, travel tips, holiday and destination reviews for family-travel has revamped its look and feel. The website was launched in 2008 by Anne Taylor Hartzell a.k.a Hip Travel Mama. The site is targeted towards parents (esp moms) to share with their kids the value of planning and enjoying a holiday trip.
Sabre Travel Network, a global technology company serving travel agencies and suppliers, has unveiled “Clipboard Red App” as a new app to its Sabre Red App Centre. Sabre launched Sabre Red App Centre in March 2012. Sabre Red is the desktop terminal that Sabre’s network of travel agents use. Sabre Red App Centre is a centralised repository of apps for Sabre Red desktop application.
Cambridge Consultants, UK based technology enabled product development company has developed a patent-approved device called ‘DropTag’ that monitors and alerts the parcel/baggage handling at transit. Baggage handling is a critical aspect in an airport, both for the airline company and the customer. Airlines levy a variety of fees centered around baggage. But, are the customers 100% satisfied in the way their baggages are handled?
Here & There: Etihad Sets New Record, IATA Passenger Demand Report, List of Travel Industry Survey Results
Today’s Here & There covers updates from airlines/airports, hospitality/restaurant, cruise line, some interesting and notable travel industry surveys, travel companies update, awards and recognitions and career changes in travel industry.
Google, once a search engine company has now transformed into many aspects of day-to-day use: Be it for file storage, managing to-do list, making a phone call, watching videos, learning new words, staying in touch with friends etc. There are travel companies that run entirely on Google services, best part is many services come free of cost.
Next time you are on a holiday in Egypt and irrespective of whether you are in a cruise ship or enjoying in beach, you shouldn’t be surprised if you are monitored continuously through a web camera. That’s where Egypt is heading to. Hisham Zazou, tourism minister of Egypt has announced plans to install live web camera in all tourist hotspots in Egypt.