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Sep 13, 2009

TRAVDEX, a travel technology trade show, has announced a partnership with the OpenTravel Alliance to promote a groundbreaking summit of leading travel industry trade organizations at the inaugural TRAVDEX in May 2010. "OpenTravel's mission is to provide robust XML-based connectivity solutions and specifications to the entire travel industry," said Valyn Perini, executive director of OpenTravel. "By partnering with TRAVDEX, we can bring more attention to the need for e-distribution standards and engage directly with leading technology providers, integrators and buyers from across every industry segment." TRAVDEX brings together travel technology sellers and travel industry suppliers, intermediaries and other technology purchasers in a global trade show. TRAVDEX debuts May 5 to 7, 2010, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. TRAVDEX is produced by PhoCusWright Inc., the leading authority on how travelers, suppliers and intermediaries connect. The OpenTravel Alliance is the first travel, tourism and hospitality industry association to announce its support of the TRAVDEX industry summit, which will bring together executives from the travel industry for business networking and deal-making sessions beyond the buyer-seller interactions of the TRAVDEX trade show. For more information, visit or Sep 10, 2009


Amadeus will present OFive Ways to Generate Revenue in Any Economic EnvironmentO on Monday, Sept. 14, at THETRADESHOW, to be held Sept. 13 to 15 in Las Vegas. Travel agents have been hit hard this recession. But with many economists seeing Ogreen shootsO emerging at the macro-level, now is the time for agents to prepare for the upswing. Drawing on lessons from the nationOs top retailers, Joff Romoff, vice president, Amadeus North America, will share with agents at THETRADESHOW conference five ways generate revenue in any environment and how to fully capitalize on an economic upturn. For more information, visit or Sep 8, 2009

Amadeus, LAHotels

Amadeus said that LAHotels, S.A. have selected Amadeus as their technology partner to deliver a Property Management System (PMS) tailored for multiproperties to maximize its room inventory and offer a personalized service across all of its properties. Established in 2007, LAHotels is the third-largest hotel company in Brazil, with 27 hotels in operation to date -- most of them branded as Tulip Inn and Golden Tulip Hotels. The rollout to the initial set of hotels is set to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2009. The multiproperty installation will be hosted through LAHotelsO data center in Sao Paulo and will include a bundle of features available through Amadeus Hotel PMS, including front office, conference management, sales & marketing, and interfaces for local third-party systems. The solution will be available in Brazilian Portuguese. For more information, visit Sep 10, 2009

Commonwealth Summit

In what now appears to have been hasty arrangements to enter into a partnership between government and a privately owned hotel company ahead of the Commonwealth Summit in late 2007, problems have of late emerged when government wanted to divest of its shareholding in the Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo. Open questions of access by the governmentOs own auditor general department to the books of the resort remain unanswered, and extra construction work added to the initial scope, like more parking, an access road and a marina facility, have been criticized by parliamentarians and the media, sections of which have developed a hype and frenzy over the contracts. Whichever the case, the OnormalO Company Act now applies, and the relations between the shareholders, i.e. government and the individual, are governed by the companyOs Memorandum and Articles of Association, which prescribe specifically how disposing or selling of shares has to proceed. Sep 11, 2009

Cruise Shipping Miami

Cruise Shipping Miami, the international exhibition and conference for the cruise industry, launched a revamped website at The website was designed to serve as the year-round online destination for 2010 events, including Cruise Shipping Miami 2010 taking place March 15 to 18, virtual tradeshows and webinars. The interactive site will feature a virtual floor plan and searchable product database that will allow visitors to source products before the live event, plan their visit, and create a personal profile. The site also allows visitors to register for the conference program, view streaming videos, download speech transcripts, and make hotel reservations. Social media links are also embedded throughout the site so that visitors can share Cruise Shipping Miami news and information with others on sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Cruise Shipping Miami is the cruise industryOs most important event and includes a four-day conference and three-day tradeshow. Cruise Shipping Miami will be held March 15 to 18 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Fla. For more information, visit Sep 8, 2009


The largest independent hotel chain in Japan, Prince Hotels and Resorts, signed a global partnership agreement today with Expedia. Under the agreement, Expedia will add Prince Hotels properties to the selection on its more than 70 and web sites in 55 countries worldwide. "The partnership with Expedia gives us the opportunity to promote Prince Hotels & Resorts as a well-known brand throughout the world," said Mr. Yamazoe, general manager of worldwide sales for Prince Hotels. "We expect increased exposure and resultant sales." Headquartered in Tokyo, Prince Hotels operates a variety of properties throughout Japan and Hawaii, including The Prince Park Tower Tokyo, rated the second best hotel in the world on the prestigious Expedia Insiders' Select list. This partnership will provide Expedia customers greater access to Prince Hotels properties, while giving these properties greater exposure to inbound travelers and providing an important supplement to domestic travel revenue. Sep 9, 2009


Expedia, Inc. has announced a global partnership agreement with Prince Hotels & Resorts, the largest independent hotel chain in Japan. Under the agreement, Expedia will add Prince Hotels properties to the selection on its more than 70 Expedia- and sites in 55 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Prince Hotels operates a variety of properties throughout Japan and Hawaii, including The Prince Park Tower Tokyo, rated the second-best hotel in the world on the prestigious Expedia Insiders' Select list. This partnership will provide Expedia customers greater access to Prince Hotels properties, while giving these properties greater exposure to inbound travelers and providing an important supplement to domestic travel revenue. Expedia will also launch a new branded landing page that features all Prince Hotels properties. The page will give travelers a central resource for locating Prince properties, and represents the marketing value and support Expedia offers its strategic hotel partners to help them enhance their brand exposure in addition to the global distribution. For more information, visit Sep 8, 2009

OpenTravel Alliance

The OpenTravel Alliance (OpenTravel), the travel industry's distribution specification/standards development organization, is turning its attention to several emerging travel segments, including destination management organizations (DMOs), tours and activities, and vacation rental, and will discuss this topic at its upcoming OpenTravel Chicago Seminar on Sept. 15. Some of the most exciting distribution strategies are coming out of the emerging travel segments -- tour operators, activities, vacation rentals, time share and destination management organizations. A panel of experts from some of these areas will discuss how standards can support the efforts of these segments. Two leading travel companies, Hotel Booking Solutions, Inc. and SynXis, which use OpenTravel schemas to connect to their trading partners, will discuss their implementations. These brief case studies will cover business and technical drivers, messages used, production environment details and outcomes. In a down economy when money is tight and projects are curtailed, how can travel companies continue to innovate in their distribution strategy? A panel of airline, hotel and rental car distribution executives will share how their companies manage, and the role standards play in their strategy. For more information, visit Sep 9, 2009


Transat reported a third-quarter profit on Thursday compared with a year-earlier loss as the Canadian travel company recorded a big fuel hedge gain, cut operating costs and paid lower fuel prices. The Air Transat parent posted net earnings of CAD$31 million (USD$28.7 million), for the period ended July 31. That compares with a net loss of CAD$900,000 for the same period last year. Revenue declined to CAD$819.4 million from CAD$859.4 million on lower volumes and prices. The results include a non-cash, non-operating gain of CAD$44.4 million, compared with a loss of CAD$4.7 million for the third quarter of 2008, on the change in fair value of forward contracts for fuel. Transat reported a margin of CAD$27.2 million, up 86 percent from CAD$14.6 million in the year-earlier quarter. Chief Executive Jean-Marc Eustache said the tourism market is proving to be "relatively resilient" and quarterly results were satisfactory given abundant supply, the recession, and H1N1 flu outbreak. Transat increased its provisions for write downs on its asset-backed commercial paper by CAD$6.9 million in the quarter, to a total provision to CAD$64.3 million. Sep 10, 2009


The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is reporting remarkable success as a result of its collaborative efforts with Travelocity. The JTB points out that at the end of July 2009, Travelocity has seen an increase of 23 percent in room night sales for Jamaica over last year, adding that its overall Jamaica sales at the end of July surpassed the total consumed room nights for all of 2008. According to statistics released by Travelocity, the online travel company is pacing 28 percent ahead of last year and should this continue, will exceed projections for Jamaica sales for 2010. Travelocity has also reported that it has sold 40 percent more Jamaica room nights in July over the corresponding period last year. JamaicaOs Director of Tourism John Lynch believes this underscores the popularity of Jamaica as a great vacation option. OWe are excited that our relationship with Travelocity has resulted in such significant benefits for Jamaica and look forward to strengthening the bonds of cooperation. We hope that more people will utilize TravelocityOs shopping engine to book their vacation,O Lynch said. For more information, visit Sep 10, 2009

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