This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for September 2015.

Friday 18 September 2015:

Sabre and Infiniti group together

  • The pair to jointly develop and push a group revenue management software package for airline, travel agency and corporate users. India-based Infiniti’s system allows users to fulfil and manage booking requests, as well as handle fares, ancillaries and partnerships.

Trump Hotel Collection picks Serenata for guest CRM

  • The hotel chain will use the Germany and US-based company’s NetHotel system to handle guest profiling and other customer relationship management services. The company has a string of hotel customers including Shangri-La, Movenpick, Four Seasons and WorldHotels.

Wednesday 9 September 2015:

Marriott introduces Alipay options

  • The payment system from Chinese web giant Alibaba will now be available to all bookers of Marriott branded properties. Guests at hotels can pay for rooms, food and other services using the Alipay option on their smartphones, initially at ten properties in greater China and then across Asia by the middle of next year.

Tourico Holidays connects cruise to distributors

  • The XML technology will allow Tourico customers to book cruises at the same point as other travel products, essentially bundling the two into a single package. In addition, the first cruise operator as part of a brokering tool for intermediaries will be Viking Cruises.

Friday 4 September 2015:

Razoom launches an exclusive platform for hotels and hostels at the Rio Travel Market

  • During the Rio Travel Market, travel agencies, hotel concierges, and hostels saw a new platform that provides B2B access to Razoom’s full inventory of 1,500 tours and attractions in Rio de Janeiro and other cities of Brazil. With such benefits, hotels and hostels will have access to updated information and the possibility to offer instant advance booking, ensuring even more convenience to their guests.

Thursday 3 September 2015:

MakeItSocial gets friendly with version two

  • The group booking service has created an API for third parties to integrate its technology into their existing websites. The move follows a capital raise of £215,000 this summer from US and UK-based private investors including tour operating veteran Steve Endacott.

Sabre releases Cuba travel tool for agents

  • The Cuba Traveler Certification service plugs in to the existing agency desktops in the US, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands and automatically accesses the required documentation for travellers. It then passes on the data to relevant airlines on the trip.

Tuesday 1 September, 2015

Amadeus unveils Automation Suite platform

  • Barrhead Travel is the launch customer for the new service from Amadeus, giving agents and tour operators access to a series of tools to help boost productivity and handle administrative tasks. The suite includes ticket and scheduling tools.

Hainan Airlines agrees Digital Media deal with Travelport

  • The agreement will see the Chinese carrier will use the Travelport platform to push particular fares and services to the desktop consoles used by agents. In particular, Hainan wants to push its new services between Beijing and Shanghai to San Jose, Seattle and Boston.

Triptease integrates with Sabre

  • The partnership will mean hotels connected to the SynXis platform from Sabre will be given access to the Triptease Price Check widget. The tool allows hotels to display rates for the property from across multiple channels in real time.

NB: Travel systems image via Shutterstock.

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This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel SYSTEMS in tourism and hospitality for September 2015. Friday 18 September 2015: Sabre and Infiniti group together The pair to jointly develop and push a group revenue management software package for airline, travel agency and corporate users. India-based Infiniti’s...