Round-up of digital travel and tourism news for the week of April 8-14, 2013
April 8, 2013
AXA unveils travel insurance website
AXA Direct & Partnerships unveiled a new travel insurance website for Lloyds TSB Added Value account holders. The unique website offers complete information about the selected travel insurance products and allows managing the insurance cover online.
Classic rolls out Classic Assist
Classic Vacations rolled out a new set of tools aimed at travel advisors: Classic Assist. The online tools include how-to marketing guides, seasonal holiday inventory lists and online live web chat to answer questions. The time saving tools are available at http://www.classicvacations.com/classicassist.
Vayama launches Go Somewhere Tour
Vayama launched the U.S. market campaign “Go Somewhere Tour.” The campaign would focus on twelve markets and encourage people to travel. The 18-foot custom-designed truck is the highlight of the campaign. The prospective travelers can experience the international destinations virtually within the truck. The truck also has a passport photo booth to motivate people to get a passport at the earliest. The truck would travel to a number of U.S. cities during April-August 2013. Get more information about this travel campaign.
April 9, 2013
Makemytrip selects Service Manager Enterprise Suite
Makemytrip selected Service Manager Enterprise Suite of HP for automating, standardizing and optimizing IT management that will speed up applications and implementation of new online travel products.
More new companies to enter into online travel segment
8 Hot Industries for Startups in 2013. Forbes
The online travel agencies ranked sixth in the Forbes list of hot industries for startups in 2013. Travel agencies recorded a compound annual growth rate of 4% in the last five years. The estimated growth rate is 6% for the current year. The online travel agencies are offering new avenues for selling complex holiday packages. As online travel business requires low investment, many new websites are likely to be launched. Check the full list.
TripAdvisor acquires Jetsetter.com
TripAdvisor®, Inc. acquired Jetsetter.com, a members-only hotel booking website based in New York. As a result, TripAdvisor owns two private sale travel websites: SniqueAway and Jetsetter.
April 10, 2013
Cleartrip allows rescheduling trips online
Cleartrip introduced a new online feature that allows rescheduling flights. With the first-of-its kind feature travelers can modify the itinerary. They can modify date of travel, flights, departure time, passengers and many other components of the itinerary online. You have to sign in your Cleartrip account to make the changes in your itinerary.
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April 11, 2013
WRI to acquire HostelBookers
Web Reservations International (WRI) agreed to acquire HostelBookers.com for one hundred million euros. The deal would enrich the accommodation inventory of WRI and help the company in competing with leading online travel agents (OTAs). WRI owns Hostels.com and Hostelworld.com.
Priceline and MapQuest form partnership
Priceline Partner Network, a part of priceline.com, and MapQuest, AOL, Inc’s subsidiary, formed a partnership. Priceline would power new travel booking feature of MapQuest. The deal would enable travelers to search flights, hotels and car rentals from the MapQuest inventory. They would also get access to MapQuest Discover and MapQuest Travel Blogs.
April 12, 2013
Rakuten plans to expand in Asian market
Rakuten Travel, Inc., the leading Japanese online travel agency, planned to expand into the Asian markets. Currently, the website content is available in four languages: Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. The new website would offer the content in more Asian languages including Thai. Browse through the Rakuten website.
Launch of VisitMM
VisitMM, a leading website focusing on Myanmar, was launched on April 12. The website offers flight tickets to travel within the country. The website, aiming to become one-stop Mynamar travel shop, would offer hotels, holiday packages and other travels services in future. Get more information about Myanmar travel.
LagiSatu introduces halal-friendly hotel meta search engine
LagiSatu.com introduced first halal-friendly hotel search engine. The meta search engine is aimed at Muslim tourists and travelers. LagiSatu teamed up with HalalStars.com to offer the new service. While searching for a halal-friendly accommodation, check the HalalStars box on the hotel search page.
Online travel events
Speak-out Asia Conference
June 11, 2013
Lebua Hotel at State Tower, Bangkok, Thailand