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News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.tnooz.com

This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel distribution in tourism and hospitality for February 2017. Tuesday 14 February 2017: Air Canada renews Travelport pact The new long-term agreement will give Travelport-connected agencies access to the airline’s fares and inventory. The deal includes the Travelport Rich Content and Branding platform and the Agencia service in Canada. Monday 13 February 2017: Travelport signs new Avis Budget agreement The multi-year partnership sees the car rental group distribute its inventory and ancillary products to Travelport-connected travel agencies. The agreement covers the Avis, Budget, Payless, Apex and Maggiore brands. Trailfinders renews Travelport deal The travel agency network will use Travelport to access air, hotel and other travel content, included branded fares and ancillaries. Trailfinders has 32 travel centres in the UK. Friday 10 February 2017: Rail Europe available through Alitrip Voyages SNCF is ramping up its presence in China with a deal to sell European rail tickets and packages through Alibaba’s travel marketplace Alitrip. Its year-old Rail Europe China subsidiary is hoping to sell one million tickets a year to Chinese travellers through the platform by 2020. Thursday 9 February 2017: SiteMinder partners Agilysys The property management system belonging to Agilysys, known as rGuest, will integrate with SiteMinder’s Channel Manager platform as part of the deal. Agilysys customers will be able to manage and distribution rates and availability to third parties on the CM platform. Tigerair Taiwan scores with Matchbyte Matchbyte will handle ecommerce duties for the low-cost carrier, allowing passengers to book tickets on both website and mobile platforms. The system sits on top of the existing Navitaire Passenger Service System used by Tigerair. Wednesday 8 February 2017: Travelport swims with Marine Travel The UK-based agency has renewed its agreement with Travelport so that it can access flight, hotel and other content through the GDS. The partnership includes use of the Smartpoint agency desktop platform. Fareportal renews Amadeus agreement Both Fareportal’s CheapOAir and OneTravel consumer-facing brands will continue to use Amadeus as its product provider for their respective websites. The deal has been extended and widened to include markets in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America – target areas for Fareportal’s growth strategy. Paxport agrees Cobalt deal The new Cypriot carrier will use Paxport to handle its distribution and merchandising strategy, as it looks to position itself as a Europe-to-Asia carrier. Cobalt currently operates leisure flights from the UK, Greece and France, with plans to expand the network – using Cyprus as hub – to the Middle East and Asia.. Tuesday 7 February 2017: Cathay Pacific launches NDC functionality IATA’s New Distribution Capability standards will be adopted by the Hong Kong-based airline, giving it additional tools to connect to intermediaries with full use of ancillary services and shopping tools. OpenJaw Technologies is handling the integration for Cathay. Sabre signs Global Hotel Alliance The independent hotel alliance will use SynXis for its central reservation system and distribution network. GHA represents some 35 small brands covering 550 hotels, resorts and spas around the world. Monday 6 February 2017: Sabre secures Omega Travel deal The UK-based agency group will use Sabre to help expand the business outside of its core Europe-Far East trip network. The multi-year agreement will include content and use of the Sabre Red Workspace. The company intends to increase its number of destinations served to markets in the US, Europe and Asia. Travelport gives Viva branded fares The Greek online travel agency, Viva Online Services, will be the first in the country to implement Travelport’s branded fares and ancillaries into its service, including content from 200 airlines. Thursday 2 February 2017: SiteMinder distributes TFE Hotels Toga Far East will use SiteMinder to power the distribution of its portfolio of properties to third parties around the world. The chain’s 70 hotels in Europe, Australia and New Zealand come under its Adina Apartment Hotels, Medina Serviced Apartments, Rendezvous Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and TFE Hotels Collection brands. NB: Travel distribution image via Shutterstock.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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GlaxoSmithKline to present case study at SMi Group's 11th Pharmaceutical Logistics event in London this Spring. London, United Kingdom, February 28, 2017 --( Having numerous suppliers, manufacturing units a number of specific routes to patients and consumers worldwide, the pharmaceutical giant is known for their sophisticated global end-to-end supply chain operations. As outsourcing logistical tasks continues to be an emerging lucrative trend within the pharmaceutical industry, Mark’s presentation at the conference will focus on how GSK ships high value discovery samples from Europe to the Americas and saving £250,000 on the way. He will also discuss the experience of damping the temperature fluctuation associated with the defrost cycle for the reefer, a tactic for cold chain management. He joins a speaker line-up comprised of other leading movers and shakers within the pharmaceutical supply chain industry including Sanofi Genzyme, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Johnson and Johnson, MSD, Seer Pharma, GS1, TAPA, IATA, GIRP, and more. The full roster of the speakers as well as their presentations can be found on www.pharmaceutical-logistics.com/prcom. SMi's 11th Pharmaceutical Logistics event will discuss significant themes within the evolving pharmaceutical logistics landscape including how to meet the demands of temperature regulation and warehousing, challenges within clinical trial logistics, strategies to maintain supply chain security, visibility and anti-counterfeiting, and regulatory considerations. For those who are interested in attending, there are currently Early Bird discounts available for online registrations. Pharmaceutical Logistics Conference 11th Annual Conference: 18th & 19th May Copthorne Tara Hotel, London, UK www.pharmaceutical-logistics.com/prcom Contact Information: For sponsorship and exhibition queries please contact Alia Malick at amalick@smi-online.co.uk. For delegate queries please contact Fateja Begum at fbegum@smi-online.co.uk. For media queries please contact Honey de Gracia at hdegracia@smi-online.co.uk. About SMi Group: Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk London, United Kingdom, February 28, 2017 --( PR.com )-- GlaxoSmithKline Logistics Supervisor, Mark Champ, joins the expert speaker line-up for SMi's 11th annual Pharmaceutical Logistics conference on the 18th and 19th of May in London.Having numerous suppliers, manufacturing units a number of specific routes to patients and consumers worldwide, the pharmaceutical giant is known for their sophisticated global end-to-end supply chain operations.As outsourcing logistical tasks continues to be an emerging lucrative trend within the pharmaceutical industry, Mark’s presentation at the conference will focus on how GSK ships high value discovery samples from Europe to the Americas and saving £250,000 on the way. He will also discuss the experience of damping the temperature fluctuation associated with the defrost cycle for the reefer, a tactic for cold chain management.He joins a speaker line-up comprised of other leading movers and shakers within the pharmaceutical supply chain industry including Sanofi Genzyme, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, Johnson and Johnson, MSD, Seer Pharma, GS1, TAPA, IATA, GIRP, and more.The full roster of the speakers as well as their presentations can be found on www.pharmaceutical-logistics.com/prcom.SMi's 11th Pharmaceutical Logistics event will discuss significant themes within the evolving pharmaceutical logistics landscape including how to meet the demands of temperature regulation and warehousing, challenges within clinical trial logistics, strategies to maintain supply chain security, visibility and anti-counterfeiting, and regulatory considerations.For those who are interested in attending, there are currently Early Bird discounts available for online registrations.Pharmaceutical Logistics Conference11th Annual Conference: 18th & 19th MayCopthorne Tara Hotel, London, UKwww.pharmaceutical-logistics.com/prcomContact Information:For sponsorship and exhibition queries please contact Alia Malick at amalick@smi-online.co.uk. For delegate queries please contact Fateja Begum at fbegum@smi-online.co.uk. For media queries please contact Honey de Gracia at hdegracia@smi-online.co.uk.About SMi Group:Established since 1993, the SMi Group is a global event-production company that specializes in Business-to-Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and online Communities. We create and deliver events in the Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical industries. We pride ourselves on having access to the world’s most forward thinking opinion leaders and visionaries, allowing us to bring our communities together to Learn, Engage, Share and Network. More information can be found at http://www.smi-online.co.uk Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from SMi Group


News Article | February 15, 2017
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JR Technologies has entered into an agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to design, develop, host, and operate the IATA Financial Gateway (IFG) payment solution - a turn-key information technology solution by IATA that will simplify the travel services suppliers shopping-to-cash process. IFG introduces a universal payment gateway allowing members to manage and optimize their diverse sales payment processes through a single global platform regardless of their network, business partners and distribution channels. The solution is fully integrated with the Weblink for agency sales reporting to the IATA Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP), further facilitating the early adoption by airlines, GDS, and travel agencies. JR Technologies was selected by IATA for its track record in innovation and continuous delivery of high quality services in a cost-effective manner. Through its strategic partnership with JR Technologies, IATA will have access to intellectual knowledge in line with leading best industry practices and benefit from continuous improvement in services and reduction of IATA's associated costs. JR Technologies specializes in NDC-enabled airline retailing solutions. The transition into a modern airline retailing model requires a solid payment gateway that expands the scope of airline transactions to include products and services from across the value chain. "This is a win-win situation for the entire industry," said George Khairallah, President of JR Technologies. "Our commitment to airlines and all travel suppliers is to continually offer innovative solutions at a speed to match the constantly evolving marketplace. Travel suppliers expect nothing less and that's what IFG and JR Technologies will deliver." "The IATA Financial Gateway will offer an innovative and cost efficient solution to address the airlines' payment challenges through their different distribution channels. It will help them optimize their payment processes and facilitate acceptance of different forms of payments including the BSP agency sales settlement through a single global platform," said Aleks Popovich, IATA Senior Vice President, Financial and Distribution Services. "IATA's objective, with the support of JR Technologies, is to go beyond the scope of airlines. This in turn will trigger cost efficiency, improve risk management and maximize resources to bring cost-saving benefits for the entire industry," added Aleks Popovich. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world's airlines, representing some 265 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. IATA supports many areas of aviation activity and helps to formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. JR Technologies is a thought leader in airline retailing and New Distribution Capabilities (NDC). Established in 2015 in Chania, on the Island of Crete, the JR Technologies Innovation Center is dedicated to supporting NDC adoption and boasts rapid prototyping and R&D capabilities unparalleled in the travel industry. With its locations in Athens (Greece), and Dublin (Ireland), JR Technologies offers end-to-end NDC enabled airline retailing solutions that support both direct and indirect distribution. For more information, please contact:


News Article | March 1, 2017
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This is a roundup of product news and announcements for distribution in tourism and hospitality for March 2017. Friday 3 March 2017: HRS adds Magnuson Hotels to network More than 1,000 properties from the chain will be placed on the HRS distribution platform, giving 3,000+ corporations access to rates and availability. The deal includes the Grand and M Star brands and covers properties in six countries. 12Go distributes via Liligo and Qunar The online travel agency will provide content to the two metasearch engines, covering products in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Singapore, Philippines and China. Alongside its rail speciality, 12Go works with ferry, van and bus operators. Thursday 2 March 2017: Peakwork smooches at the DHISCO The travel technology company will use DHISCO to offer real-time rates for hotels on tour operator, airline and other websites. DHISCO has some 110,000 hotel partners on its platform. Luxury Retreats inks Auto Europe deal The Airbnb-owned upmarket vacation rental platform will offer guests car rental services for those staying in US, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean. The deal will run for arrivals on the trips until the end of 2017. Wednesday 1 March 2017: Travelport gets NDC Aggregator nod IATA has given Travelport the thumbs-up for two elements of its New Distribution Capability: Aggregator Level One and IT Provider Level Two. Travelport will now be able to integrate NDC APIs should an airline choose to use NDC-XML messaging to distribution and deliver fares and products. CarTrawler signs JustFly The online travel agency will use CarTrawler to power its car rental, private transfer, shuttle, rail and pre-paid airport transfers channel. CarTrawler has access to 1,600 car rental agents and other operators in 195 countries.


News Article | February 17, 2017
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Receive press releases from Torch Marketing Co Ltd: By Email World Border Security Congress organised by Torch Marketing and KNM Media, will take place in Casablanca, Morocco on 21st-23rd March 2017. London, United Kingdom, February 17, 2017 --( “The ICAO TRIP strategy is designed to assist States in enhancing the fight against terrorism, reducing cross-border crime, and combating various threats to international civil aviation,” he highlighted. “It supports efforts relating to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2178 and 2309, as well as State capacities relating to the establishment, protection, and management of citizen identity to permit more dependably secure travel document production and border control systems.” As part of the "Identity and Biometrics at the Border – Compliance, Application and Implementation" session at this year’s World Border Security Congress in Morocco, 21-23 March, Florian Forster, Head, Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Department of Migration Management (DMM), International Organization for Migration (IOM) will discuss the ICAO TRIP strategy in detail. This session will see contributions from: - Don Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Ministry of Interior, Spain; and - Ben Ball, Government Market Director, Crossmatch This will discuss how ease of travel for bona fide travellers has not become less burdensome, it has become more complicated despite new technologies such as biometrics and e-visas. How can biometrics can be implemented in compliance within legal, privacy and data protection requirements. And be more effectively applied and integrated with trusted traveller programmes and other data sources to ensure the integrity of the traveller to speed up the travel process? Another related session includes discussions on: Standardization of Systems and Making Advanced Passenger Information (API) Work There are many trusted traveller programmes available, yet few integrate and communicate to create a more global benefit of passenger clearance and information sharing. Standardization of systems has not occurred despite lots of talk at ICAO, IATA. Is it possible for standardisation to occur and how can API and PNR sharing be made to work more effectively? Latest confirmed speakers at the World Border Security Congress include: - Abdellatif Amrani, Director of Prevention and Litigation, Customs Administration and Indirect Taxes, Morocco - Ulrik Ahnfeldt-Mollerup, Programme Officer, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) - Johann Wagner, UNCCT Senior Border Advisor, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre - Vice Admiral Ari Soedewo, Head of Maritime Security Board, Republic of Indonesia - Major General Abul Hossain, ndc, psc; Director General, Border Guard Bangladesh The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3 day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management. Supported by the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), European Association for Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP), International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals, the World Border Security Congress is the premier multi-jurisdictional transnational platform where the border protection, management and security industry policy-makers and practitioners convene annually to discuss the international challenges faced in protecting borders. For the full Congress programme, speakers and more details about the event visit World Border Security Congress. Tony Kingham Director KNM Media Tel: +44 (0) 208 144 5934 Email: tony.kingham@knmmedia.com London, United Kingdom, February 17, 2017 --( PR.com )-- ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu delivered the opening address to 180 government and industry seminar participants at the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy Seminar in Antigua and Barbuda last week, acknowledging that global implementation of ICAO’s related Security and Facilitation provisions must be augmented.“The ICAO TRIP strategy is designed to assist States in enhancing the fight against terrorism, reducing cross-border crime, and combating various threats to international civil aviation,” he highlighted. “It supports efforts relating to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2178 and 2309, as well as State capacities relating to the establishment, protection, and management of citizen identity to permit more dependably secure travel document production and border control systems.”As part of the "Identity and Biometrics at the Border – Compliance, Application and Implementation" session at this year’s World Border Security Congress in Morocco, 21-23 March, Florian Forster, Head, Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Department of Migration Management (DMM), International Organization for Migration (IOM) will discuss the ICAO TRIP strategy in detail.This session will see contributions from:- Don Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Ministry of Interior, Spain; and- Ben Ball, Government Market Director, CrossmatchThis will discuss how ease of travel for bona fide travellers has not become less burdensome, it has become more complicated despite new technologies such as biometrics and e-visas. How can biometrics can be implemented in compliance within legal, privacy and data protection requirements. And be more effectively applied and integrated with trusted traveller programmes and other data sources to ensure the integrity of the traveller to speed up the travel process?Another related session includes discussions on:Standardization of Systems and Making Advanced Passenger Information (API) WorkThere are many trusted traveller programmes available, yet few integrate and communicate to create a more global benefit of passenger clearance and information sharing. Standardization of systems has not occurred despite lots of talk at ICAO, IATA. Is it possible for standardisation to occur and how can API and PNR sharing be made to work more effectively?Latest confirmed speakers at the World Border Security Congress include:- Abdellatif Amrani, Director of Prevention and Litigation, Customs Administration and Indirect Taxes, Morocco- Ulrik Ahnfeldt-Mollerup, Programme Officer, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)- Johann Wagner, UNCCT Senior Border Advisor, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre- Vice Admiral Ari Soedewo, Head of Maritime Security Board, Republic of Indonesia- Major General Abul Hossain, ndc, psc; Director General, Border Guard BangladeshThe World Border Security Congress is a high level 3 day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.Supported by the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), European Association for Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP), International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals, the World Border Security Congress is the premier multi-jurisdictional transnational platform where the border protection, management and security industry policy-makers and practitioners convene annually to discuss the international challenges faced in protecting borders.For the full Congress programme, speakers and more details about the event visit World Border Security Congress.Tony KinghamDirectorKNM MediaTel: +44 (0) 208 144 5934Email: tony.kingham@knmmedia.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Torch Marketing Co Ltd


News Article | February 16, 2017
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Air France-KLM plans to invest more than €200 million on digital and data development by 2020 with a priority on better use of its data. The group says it has had an internal “Big Data Platform” since 2015 and last year connected to all of its customer data sources to get a rounded view of customers and develop personalised services. Speaking during the group’s full-year 2016 results presentation to analysts, CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac said Air France-KLM is now one of a few companies in the world which collect and use online and offline customer data to make personalised offers. The group says it has been increasing digital and big data investment by about 15% every year since 2013 with last year’s investment standing at €55 million. The airline group expects to reap €200 million in additional revenue over the same period. “It’s going to be our priority and and quite important in terms of revenues because we do think that this possibility to have a personal link with customers will enable us to get €200 million in additional revenue.” The latest ancillary revenue report from Ideaworks and Cartrawler estimated airlines would earn $67.6 billion in ancillary revenue in 2016. Responding to a question about adjusting distribution channels to continue digital growth, Janaillac says the airlines want to be able treat passengers in a different way as it currently does through the GDS and that it is working on IATA’s NDC standard. Air France-KLM reported €5 billion in online sales in 2016 and has been seeing an average annual increase of  7%. Further digital milestones for the group in 2016 include 56% of passengers now interacting via mobile and one-in-three tickets sold via its AF.com and klm.com websites. For the year, the group reported operating income of €1.049 billion million. The group carried 93.4 million passengers, a 4% increase on the previous year.


News Article | February 14, 2017
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Moscow, 14 February - Aeroflot has been named the world's strongest airline brand by Brand Finance, the world's leading independent branded business valuation and strategy consultancy. Vitaly Saveliev, CEO of Aeroflot, said: "Aeroflot is honoured to be named the world's strongest airline brand. This recognition reflects not just our 93-year legacy as the No.1 air carrier in the world's biggest country, but also our best-in-class service offering on domestic and international routes, the youngest fleet of any major carrier globally, and of course our marketing efforts. "Our current focus is on digitising Aeroflot - whether the customer experience or the behind-the-scenes management of logistics. As we continue to deliver on these goals and others, we are confident that the Aeroflot brand will grow ever stronger and both passengers and the industry will continue to recognise it as synonymous with excellence." Celebrating its 94th year of operations in 2017, Aeroflot is one of the oldest airlines globally and one of Russia's best-known and most-loved brands. Thanks to a relentless focus on customer service and efforts to leverage the latest technology, Aeroflot today ranks among the premium airlines in Europe according to a wide range of industry awards and passenger ratings. Aeroflot is continuing to strengthen its international offering to customers, with convenient service between destinations in Europe and Asia via its modern hub at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. Brand Finance's Brand Strength Index (BSI) measures the impact the brand has on the company's commercial and operating activities, thereby acting as a measure of the effectiveness of the company's marketing activities. It looks at marketing investment, brand equity (the goodwill accumulated with customers, staff and other stakeholders) and finally the impact of those on business performance based on about thirty factors including data points such as fleet size, average age of fleet, safety measures, number of employees, investments made by the company, financial and operating results, client loyalty as well as key industry ratings from Skytrax, IATA, Bloomberg, etc. Aeroflot is Russia's flagship carrier, a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot and its partners serve 1,062 destinations in 177 countries worldwide. In 2016, Aeroflot carried 29 million passengers (43.4 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries). In 2016 Aeroflot became the first Russian airline to be awarded Four Star Airline status by Skytrax in recognition of the high-quality of its customer service, and was also named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the fifth time at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. Aeroflot operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 190 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow, at Sheremetyevo International Airport. Aeroflot is among the global leaders in aviation safety, with a European Community Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) Index, the main globally recognized safety parameter, comparable to global peers. The first Russian carrier to enter the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register, renewing its registration for the sixth time in 2015, Aeroflot has successfully passed the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) and is fully ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 compliant. Find out more at www.aeroflot.com


SINGAPORE, Feb. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia's aviation industry is the fastest growing in the world, with big forecasts for the passenger numbers in the region. This presents big opportunities for the players in the aviation space, be it airlines, airports, technology and solution providers. The 13th annual Aviation Festival Asia 2017 focuses on creating new ideas and strategies for the industry to meet current challenges and future growth. On 21 February 2017 at Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore, Aviation Festival Asia 2017 opens with a series of Keynote Interviews by Bloomberg, followed by a boardroom level panel discussion on Asia Pacific aviation outlook. We welcome the following panelists for the morning session: Day one of the premium conference will close with 2 panel discussions. Firstly, we present some of the top Chinese airlines in a discussion -- "China's aviation: Shifting the centre of gravity". Moderated by Travel Daily China, he will be joined by: Secondly, we discuss one of the greatest changes facing Asia's aviation industry: "Embracing change: How can airlines thrive in the age of digital disruption?". Hosted by SimpliFlying, we will have the following experts speaking: On 22 February 2017, the focus is on Low-Cost Carriers which are gaining increasing attention globally. The morning keynote session will be moderated by IATA and some of Asia's top players: Across 2 days and 6 premium conferences, we will have over 120 speakers to discuss strategic issues on customer excellence, IT solutions, ancillary revenue, marketing and big data, human resource, full service airline profitability and low-cost airlines' business models. Besides the conference, the exhibition will see over 50 solution providers, 20 exhibiting airlines, an Airline University and Technology Showcase Sessions. Some of the exhibiting companies includes Rimowa, Heineken, Lufthansa Systems, JR Technologies, Fusion, Corgan, Fusion, RentalCars, OAG, Travelersbox, Conxxe, GoQuo, TravelPass, Philippines Department of Tourism and more. The exhibiting airlines include Air India, Lucky Air, Japan Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, West Air, Bangkok Airways, Spring Airlines and more. The two-day conference and exhibition is expected to gather over 1,500 aviation stakeholders from Asia-Pacific and beyond. About Terrapinn Terrapinn is a business media company. Its products are trade exhibitions, conferences, training solutions and electronic and print publications. For more information, please visit www.terrapinn.com. Note: Press registration for the conference is compulsory and advance scheduling for speaker/ sponsor interviews is recommended. Press passes are strictly reserved for reporters, journalists, editors only. Final issuance of press passes is subjected to Terrapinn's discretion. For your complimentary press pass, please contact the following:


News Article | February 21, 2017
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which sets global standards for the aviation industry, counted 856 cases worldwide between January 2013 and August 2015 of a drone getting too close to a plane for comfort. "The analysis showed a significant increase in the monthly number of reported drone encounters," Rob Eagles, IATA's director for air traffic management and infrastructure, told AFP. "Drones or unmanned vehicles provide endless innovative business opportunities," he said. "However, we do have concerns about the potential safety and security risks that could result from the irresponsible use of drones in close vicinity of airports and aircraft". There have been no collisions to date, according to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). "But we still have to take the risk of collision seriously," EASA consultant Yves Morier told AFP. According to IATA, 65 countries currently have rules for the use of small drones. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is trying to establish a global framework for the future use of drones. But for now, the body is simply helping out governments in countries where regulation is slow in coming. There is no Europe-wide legislation concerning drones. "All the countries have different approaches," said EASA's Morier. "Some are not very active, including some eastern European countries. Others are more pro-active, like Switzerland and France." However, for larger drones weighing more than 150 kilogrammes (330 pounds) EASA has the power to legislate, according to French aviation authority DGAC. Talks are ongoing within EU institutions to extend EASA's drone regulatory powers by the summer of this year, which would allow it also to set rules for drones weighing less than 150 kilos. Among EU countries, France is a pioneer. Government decrees already regulate drone use and parliament has voted in a law coming into force next year that will punish users of drones flying over airports and other sensitive areas with fines or prison. And the US? The United States has flagged new rules for commercial drones under 25 kilos (55 pounds) which will in future have to remain within sight of their operators at all times. Drones will not be authorised to fly above an altitude of 122 metres (400 feet) or go faster than 161 kilometres (100 miles) per hour. Night flights will be banned unless a drone is equipped with special lights. Rules governing deliveries by drone have yet to be worked out. The new American rules also do not deal with the impact of drones on privacy. A drone flies on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris during the 2016 Paris Drone Festival Explore further: Drones becoming 'real' threat to commercial aviation: IATA


News Article | February 17, 2017
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Dealchecker is one of those businesses that seems to get on with things under the radar. It garnered attention a few years back when the deals site, originally founded by Alex Saint and Troy Collins (Secret Escapes) was acquired by EasyVoyage in 2011 alongside TravelJungle and FSI Travel. Head of technology Nigel Shrieves has steered the company through the acquisition and since in his 10-year tenure at the company. Continuing our series of exclusive interviews with the people at the coalface of technology and distribution in travel brands, we talk to Shrieves about the nuts and bolts of his role. 1. Briefly, what do you do? I’m responsible for a development team of six – together we look after the entire tech environment at dealchecker. That’s everything from innovation and development to maintenance of our various web applications from server to client. 2. Where does your role sit within your corporate structure? How much C-Suite buy-in do you need to implement projects? Does your role give you autonomy? How do you work with other departments? I am responsible for all things tech, but the company operates a very flat structure where all departments will discuss ideas and requirements. As a team we are given complete freedom to use the technologies we see fit to meet the requirements we are given. Our responsibility is to make sure any new technologies we use are going to be of a commercial benefit. We work in a very fast and dynamic environment where priorities can and do change daily – it is our job to implement processes that best handle this. When a tech requirement has been identified tickets are created and prioritized for us to work through. Bigger projects will be broken down into subtasks. We do agile development here so the emphasis is always to get something delivered that can then be refactored when stats or AB testing determine what needs to be changed. 3. Briefly tell us how you got to where you are today, professionally. Late starter tech wise – left school at 16 and discovered computing in my mid-twenties and went back to college at 28 to do a computer science degree. Graduated when internet was taking off and worked through the early technologies like perl, php and then onto java. 4. What is the most difficult initiative or strategy you’ve had to implement, and why? Due, probably, to the huge amount of open source resources, articles on the web and the introduction of micro-services I can’t think of a particular implementation that has caused us a real problem. Without a doubt our biggest heartache is functional testing. We have integrations for hundreds of partners who are reliant on traffic from dealchecker. Functional testing is a must because if something goes live which breaks then we really need to know about it – and before our partners tell us the traffic isn’t coming through. We do continuous integration and release to live anywhere between two and 10 times a day and have a full set of unit and integration tests that run automatically on our build server and pass. However, before we do a full release for a major code change we still need to run our suite of functional tests manually as they never all pass first time due to the complexity of the client side which uses ajax, adverts served by ad servers, google ads, carousels, pop ups etc. We initially used Selenium but started to use Geb. That has improved things considerably but we have still not got them running automatically and all passing – this is an ongoing quest! 5. What are your top goals for your team? To do what we do well, for the people within the team to develop their skills and enjoy coming into work. 6. What’s your pitch for why top talent should work for your team instead of somewhere else? We offer a fun, challenging and dynamic environment using the latest technology and allow people as much responsibility as they want and can handle, not restricted by how long they have been here. All implementation and technology choices are open for discussion and if mistakes are made we don’t run around shouting at each other we learn from them and move on. We do full stack here so developers will get a full knowledge of web development from the server to the client. Every developer has a hack day every fortnight where they can spend the day exploring a new technology or implement a code fix of their choice. 7. What is your ultimate vision in terms of travel tech/distribution? Where does your company, or maybe the industry as a whole, need to go? As a company our aim is to provide best travel deals available to all devices. From a tech point of view the travel industry needs standards. We have them with IATA codes for airports but for destinations, hotels, ferries etc we don’t and a big part of our work is continually mapping our clients codes to ours. A universal set of codes adopted by all travel companies would be a big help. 8. What sector outside of travel do you think travel has the most to learn from, and why? (in types of technology used, priorities, best practices, etc.) I think we can all learn from each other. There is so much information out there all with differing opinions of how things should be done. The hard bit is filtering out the bits that best suit your environment and to then try them out. 9. Most under-appreciated function performed by you or your department? The need to keep up to date and understand the constant stream of new technologies and ideas. Not a week goes by without one of our tech team saying ‘we should really try out this new technology/idea/concept/process’. 10. Is there any tech product/trend/platform that you think you caught early? Apache Solr – started using this in 2008 having initially used raw lucene – super fast full text searching – we store millions of flight and holiday deals that can be searched and retrieved in milliseconds. Spring Boot – started using in 2014 – Great for quick development of web apps and micro services. Angular 2 – currently looking into using this for our client side – initial feedback is very encouraging. 11. Is there any tech product/trend/platform which you overlooked or underestimated? In the early days we underestimated the power of javascript and ended up with loads of functions all over the place – we have since tidied up into libraries and taken time to learn and understand what a powerful language it is. 12. When hiring, do you have a preference for people who have worked in travel before or who are new to the business? Don’t care – as long as they are passionate about what they do. 13. What single innovation/development/process has changed your business in the most in the past 10 years? Java/Spring/MVC – coming from PHP and perl and discovering a language, toolset and pattern that was actually built for the development of web sites. Automated testing – to be able to run a set of tests to confirm the functionality of your system – back in the day we used to test manually with test scripts. Convention over Configuration – brilliant! Just confused why it took us so long to get to such a simple concept. 14. What steps do you take to drive innovation in your group? We have a completely up-to-date stack using the latest versions of all technologies and are constantly introducing new tech ideas and concepts. This ensures the personal development of all team members and also makes us an attractive company to work for. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being “I dread getting out of bed every day”, 10 being “I wish there were 25 hours in the day because it’s so awesome and I love it”), how difficult is your day-to-day job? 9.5 – My jobs a touch – I work with really good people and the latest technology.

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