The Week, That Was – May 2019 Week 4

In five minutes or less, keep track of the most important news of the week, curated just for you. We present to you hand – picked news on latest industry perspectives and some general updates. Read on!!

eRevMax completes integration with Mexican CRS – PMS provider

Hotel connectivity solution provider eRevMax has completed 2-way integration with Front2Go hotel management system. Mutual hotel customers can now leverage the interface to update rate and availability to third party online booking sites whenever they are updated in the hotel reservation system and receive reservations from OTAs.

Business travelers increasingly seek digital channels

Travel management company CWT has released research showing that travelers want to manage transactions via online channels and apps. The study reveals that 69% of business travelers prefer to book flights using online channels and 78% want to do the same when booking hotels. For ground transportation, 71% want to book using an app or web browser and 68% want to use these channels to check in for flights.

Winding Tree completes blockchain hotel booking

Open-source travel distribution platform Winding Tree claims to be the first to process a hotel booking on a public blockchain. The transaction was tested by Hobo Hotel Stockholm, a member of the Nordic Choice Hotels group. Winding Tree says the booking demonstrates a “real-world use case the space has not seen yet”.

GDPR one year later: What’s changed and what’s still to come for hotels

GDPR has prompted many hotels to re-examine their guest privacy practices, such as how they obtain and use guest data gathered through OTAs, or the impacts of sharing data among multiple properties within one management group.

How AI Is Transforming Business Travel

It’s no secret that the travel industry has become digital-first over the last several years. In fact, research shows that 60% of leisure and about 40% of business travel transactions are now completed online.

Airbnb launches Arabic website amid 63% growth in UAE visitors

Airbnb launched its Arabic website in a bit to grow its presence across the Middle East and North-Africa region, where it has over 70,000 listings.

Amadeus signs hotel distribution agreement with

As a result of this partnership, travel sellers will directly benefit from an increase of 30% in the accommodation options made available by Amadeus.

A new way of thinking about your PMS: the API first approach

Legacy PMSs make it difficult and costly to connect all systems. Even some modern, cloud-based PMSs aren’t developed in a way that makes connectivity as easy and painless as it should be.

TripAdvisor to woo advertisers outside travel and hospitality

TripAdvisor’s owl eyes see a lot. Travelers have been using the site, known for its googly-eyed owl mascot, to research trips and hotels since its 2000 founding.  Now, the Needham, Massachusetts-based company is planning to use the depth of information it has learned about its consumers to attract advertisers beyond travel and hospitality marketers. To that end, TripAdvisor is staffing up its advertising revenue team.

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