Travelport Unveils Travelport Leisure

Posted: Tue 21 Jun, 2011 12:03 PM

Travelport Unveils Travelport Leisure

Travelport has introduced their new online portal Travelport Leisure that enables agents in the Middle East to book international rail travel.

The new rail offering was made possible by Travelport’s agreement with Rail Europe 4A, which offers products from high profile rail operators across Europe and beyond. The new online portal Travelport Leisure is available to travel agents in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and will also be made available to other countries in the region later this year. Travel agents can use Travelport Leisure to book point-to-point journeys in Europe, as well as for rail passes throughout Europe, the United States, the Far East and Australia, including Eurail, Amtrak, VIA Rail, Korail and Japan Rail Pass. Rail Europe CEO Pierre-Stéphane Austi was quoted in Travel Daily Middle East as having said that upgrades and developments from Rail Europe’s system are reflected on Travelport Leisure instantly, making it the ideal channel for them to distribute their content to travel agents in real-time

Volcanic Ash Cloud Halts Flights in Australia

Posted: Tue 21 Jun, 2011 10:43 AM

Volcanic Ash Cloud Halts Flights in Australia

Volcanic ash from South America was detected in Australian airspace, causing flight cancellations for flights to and from Melbourne, Tasmania, and New Zealand.


Chile’s Puyehue volcano began erupting on June 4 with an initial ash plume reaching 15,240-metres into the atmosphere. The volcanic ash cloud reached trans-Tasman airspace on the night of June 18 and is expected to remain for the next few days. According to a report in World News Australia, Qantas grounded all 14 flights in and out of Tasmania, while eight flights between Australia and Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown were abandoned, leaving 8000 passengers stranded. Jetstar cancelled 92 flights all up, including 12 between Australia and New Zealand, 24 between Tasmania and the mainland, and 30 domestic New Zealand flights affecting 12,000 passengers. An estimated 30,000 passengers around Australia and New Zealand have been affected by the flight cancellations.


Airservices Australia anticipates the volcanic ash cloud to affect travel in the next few days. The Bureau of Meteorology has reported that the ash is starting to fade from satellite view.

Expedia Launches European Brand Identity

Posted: Tue 21 Jun, 2011 9:22 AM

Expedia Launches European Brand Identity

Expedia has unveiled a new European brand identity in line with its ‘Expedia Everywhere’ strategy.


The new European brand identity aims to redefine Expedia as a trusted travel partner as opposed to just a booking engine. After a series of consumer workshops, Expedia found that some people viewed the site as a faceless computer and lacked a sense of humanity.  Expedia Senior Marketing Director for EMEA Andrew Warner was quoted in Travel Daily UK as having said that they believe that co-creation of new services with consumers is key to the future of travel so this campaign aims to reduce the barriers to engaging with Expedia by creating a more personal relationship with the company and the people who will be making your holiday happen.


The campaign was launched in the UK on June 20 and will be rolled out across European markets in the coming weeks.

Accor Appoints GSA in India

Accor Appoints GSA in India

Posted: Tue 21 Jun, 2011 8:56 AM

Accor Appoints GSA in India

Accor has assigned Arizona-based Connect-Worldwide to be its General Sales Agent (GSA) in India.


Connect-Worldwide has regional headquarters in New Delhi and an office in Bengaluru. It has been tasked to boost sales among retail travel agents, and small and medium enterprises. To do this, they plan to organize road shows and participate in trade fairs in India. Accor Executive Vice President for Hotel Marketing and Distribution Jean-Luc Chretien was quoted in TTG Asia as having said that Accor has ambitious targets for growth in sales from India and they are constantly working towards improving the reach of their distribution system in the country. Chretien added that he is confident that Connect-Worldwide will help them significantly increase Accor’s market share.

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