To improve airport experience, Amadeus has worked with OACIS to provide mobile check-in service, and JetBlue has achieved biometric exit checks through SITA's biometric scanning technology.
TravelClick forecasts that travel agents will make 68 million hotel reservations in the Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport systems this year, surpassing 2016’s total by 2 million.
Airbnb said that users can book tables at about 650 restaurants across the US. The company plans to become a full-service travel-booking platform like Priceline and Expedia.
Air New Zealand has gone high-tech with the development of a digital human to support marketing compaigns, while Hawaiian Airlines has opted for two-way SMS to improve customer experience.
The latest Ancillary Revenue Yearbook by IdeaWorks and CarTrawler reveals that the top ten airlines has leapt to more than $28 billion, compared with only $2.1 billion in 2007.
Wego has picked up more funding from another Middle East venture firm after raising $12 million from MBC last month. The company looks to expand its metasearch model across the region.
Skift estimated Google’s travel business could be worth $100 billion, contributing about 15% to Google’s $650 billion market cap; Google travel revenue in 2016 was expected to be $11.2 billion.
Google shows the price comparison of packaged trips and individual components on a single screen with the offers of tour operators, hotels and airlines integrated.
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