Voyages-sncf signs major partnership with Alitrip in China, a major player in European tourism, continues to expand its operations in China. Having opened a subsidiary in Shanghai last March, the group – operating under the Rail Europe banner outside Europe – has signed an agreement with Alitrip to promote and sell French and European rail travel packages. Alitrip is the e-tourism platform of Alibaba, China’s leading e-commerce business, and was launched at the end of 2014. “Less

TripAdvisor launches Storyboard for Restaurants

TripAdvisor has made it easier for owners and operators to help enhance their restaurant listings by telling their own story through the use of vivid imagery with Storyboard for TripAdvisor. Storyboard is a new feature that makes it easy for restaurants to combine images and reviews, creating a dynamic video which engages and entices potential customers on TripAdvisor.  Storyboard replaces a restaurant’s static primary photo with a dynamic attention-grabbing presentation

Priceline to acquire Momondo Group for US$550m

The Priceline Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Momondo Group in a cash transaction valued at $550 million. The Momondo Group, which operates momondo, a leading European travel meta engine that offers flights, hotels and car rentals, and Cheapflights, a leading global flight comparison and travel deals publishing platform, will roll under The Priceline Group’s leading travel meta brand, KAYAK. “Metasearch is appealing to consumers and we’re

CrossCountry goes round the clock on social media support

CrossCountry has enhanced its commitment to customer service by launching a 24-hour, seven day a week online customer contact service. The train company is now contactable 24/7 on the company’s Twitter and Facebook channels to aid passengers with their queries.  CrossCountry’s Twitter and Facebook account was previously monitored between 06:00 and 22:00 Monday to Saturday, and 08:00 and 22:00 on Sundays. The channels feature a mixture of travel information and

STR acquires UK-based hotel data specialist AM:PM

STR has acquired AM:PM, a hotel data and intelligence specialist. Through the acquisition, the analytics specialist will enhance its leading hotel data with AM:PM’s market intelligence and interactive online database and mapping tool. “Alan and Morag Gordon have created a real-time, online hotel supply and research tool that enables informed and efficient decision-making for the hotel industry,” said Robin Rossmann, STR international managing director. “We look forward to launching this

EVA Air partners with RIMOWA for new e-tags

EVA Air has partnered with RIMOWA to introduce cutting-edge electronic tags into the carrier’s check-in procedures. Becoming the first airline is Asia and the second worldwide to officially offer the new service, the independent Taiwanese airline’s passengers can now use a mobile app and RIMOWA’s electronic tag system for a seamless check-in experience. The RIMOWA electronic tag is a revolutionary, eco-friendly and time-saving travel concept, which allows EVA Air passengers

Travelport signs expanded contract with China Southern Airlines

Travelport has signed a new agreement with China Southern Airlines which will see the largest carrier in China utilise Travelport Digital Media Solutions for the fourth consecutive year, further building on the long-standing partnership between the two companies. China Southern Airlines already distributes its content via Travelport’s innovative travel commerce platform as well as leverages Travelport’s leading merchandising solution, Rich Content & Branding, to enhance how their product offering is

Qatar Airways to welcome UnionPay credit and debit cards

Qatar Airways will now accept UnionPay credit and debit cards through its website for ticket and other sales, expanding payment options for customers around the world. With more than 5.8 billion cards issued globally, UnionPay is an international bankcard network and is the preferred method of payment for the Chinese market. The option to pay with UnionPay cards provides Qatar Airways travellers with a high quality and secure payment service

VisitBritain signs Hainan Airlines partnership to boost Chinese visitor numbers

VisitBritain has celebrated its milestone partnerships with Hainan Airlines and Alitrip, Alibaba group’s tourism arm, in China. Both partnerships have been established to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain. UK secretary of state for culture, media and sport Karen Bradley and VisitBritain director Patricia Yates, who is leading a tourism delegation of companies from across Britain, met with senior executives from Hainan Airlines and Alitrip at an event at Madame

Wynn Las Vegas to roll out Amazon Echo

[embedded content] Wynn Las Vegas and Amazon have announced plans to equip all 4,748 hotel rooms at Wynn Las Vegas with Echo, Amazon’s hands-free voice-controlled speaker. The introduction of this technology into every guest room, beginning this month with installation in suites, will be an industry first in the world, allowing guests of Wynn Las Vegas to control various hotel room features with a series of voice commands via Alexa,