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Helicopter ride-sharing pioneers Ascent Flights flying high

Web In Travel (WIT) 25 April 2019
Ride-sharing has gone up to the skies with newcomers Ascent Flights joining the fray with a pioneering concept – helicopter ride-sharing.

Spoiler alert. GOT Season 8: No one dies - yet, just like online travel

Web In Travel (WIT) 24 April 2019
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you will know the first two episodes have largely been helping us to catch up on the story, and none of the main characters has died yet. “I can’t wait for the killing to begin,” said a particularly blood-thirsty friend of mine.

Grab adds four new services in quest to become "everyday super app"

Web In Travel (WIT) 23 April 2019
In a bid to evolve from ride-hailing app to super app, Grab announced four new services to its platform – trip planning, hotel booking, on-demand video streaming and movie tickets.

How to thrive amid disruption in a globalised world: Lessons from tech and travel giants

Web In Travel (WIT) 18 April 2019
At the STB Tourism Industry Conference earlier this week, a cast of tech giants from Expedia, Alibaba and Google, moderated by WiT’s Yeoh Siew Hoon, discussed a burning topic in travel and beyond: how to thrive in the face of disruption.

STB joins forces with Traveloka, Alibaba in move to deepen its digital strategy

Web In Travel (WIT) 16 April 2019
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced two strategic partnerships with Alibaba Group and Traveloka in a move that signals its intent to develop a more comprehensive digital strategy as more travellers move online.

Online payment solutions crucial to travel, as Middle East travellers book later and more often

Web In Travel (WIT) 11 April 2019
At WiT Middle East this week, Checkout.com’s Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo (VP Business Development, MENA) presented a comprehensive report on the state of online payments in the Middle East travel industry.

The Wrap: Agoda gives Amadeus agents access to its pre-paid hotel content

Web In Travel (WIT) 10 April 2019
In the news: Amadeus and Agoda partner in sharing hotel content, Cloud solution for The Ascott in managing rapid growth, artificial intelligence to fight jet lag.

Lessons from Aliens on the Galactic Silk Road: Space tourism, creating experiences and dreaming of AI with empathy

Web In Travel (WIT) 3 April 2019
Science fiction has always informed the future and it was interesting to hear from speakers at Melon, the sci-fi and fantasy conference – from scientists searching for life out there to consumers now wanting experiences, versus static content, the rise of China, and the role of AI and machine learning to create stories and educate our children, trends that parallel what’s happening in travel.

Magpie launches CMS to address operators' content crunch

Web In Travel (WIT) 5 March 2019
A new content management system has been launched for the experiences sector, a sector that has been hoarding the headlines of late. San Francisco-based tour operator Magpie Travel launched Magpie and simultaneously announced that Viator founder Rod Cuthbert, and the founders of Tokyo-based Venture Republic, had participated in an initial round of funding.

Consumer trends that will impact the hospitality industry

Web In Travel (WIT) 24 January 2019
“The times they are a-changin” in the words of Bob Dylan best describe the changing needs and demands of travellers in today’s tech savvy world. Many companies are pivoting and adopting new technologies to keep in step with the ‘always on, always on demand’ consumers.

Letter from Las Vegas: Travel will soar and new tech will rule but keep love and instinct close

Web In Travel (WIT) 12 December 2018
“Want a night out with sluts?” solicited a tout on the strip, as agroup of men walked past. Getting no interest, he changed his tack. “We havebible studies too.”

The Wrap: China's airports and airlines are increasing investment in IT with cybersecurity the top priority

Web In Travel (WIT) 28 November 2018
China’s aviation industry is expanding very fast, and over the past year the number of airline passengers in the country went up by nearly 13% to more than one billion.

The Wrap: Longer trips and closer to home this December for travellers, study finds

Web In Travel (WIT) 7 November 2018
Christmas and New Year holidays fall mid-week this year, on a Tuesday, and this has influenced one third of travellers planning trips in December to go away for 12 days or more, with the majority vacationing within their region.

Guest Blog: The Success of Travel Tech Consolidation Relies on Integration

Web In Travel (WIT) 7 November 2018
The big are getting bigger. That sums up what’s been happening in Asia and looks all but certain to continue. Whether in the OTA space or in the hotels’ space, buying sprees, mergers and acquisitions are all the rage.

Travelport says it's first GDS to offer NDC flight booking

Web In Travel (WIT) 25 October 2018
Travelport seems to have taken a step ahead of its rival GDSs (global distribution system) by claiming to be the first to manage live flight bookings IATA New Distribution Capability (NDC) content.

WiT Singapore 2018: It's just a matter of time before drones take over commercial aircraft, says Bobby Healy

Web In Travel (WIT) 16 October 2018
Tech futurist and CTO of CarTrawler Bobby Healy gave the WiT Singapore 2018 audience a glimpse into where travel tech is headed and what the future of travel might look like in the next 10 to 20 years.

Top 3 WiT Startup Pitch finalists picked; all 12 semifinalists receive Amazon Web Services credits

Web In Travel (WIT) 15 October 2018
The WiT Startup Pitch 2018, in a first collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), has narrowed its search for the Startup of the Year to the last three.

WiT Bootcamp 2018: Culture Trip takes flight through travel content

Web In Travel (WIT) 15 October 2018
With a calm demeanor attesting to his background in academic psychiatry, and not a tie-dyed item in sight, Dr Kris Naudts may not at first glance seem the most obvious candidate for the next empire builder in travel content.

AirAsia to transform into a travel tech company, with help from Google

Web In Travel (WIT) 10 October 2018
From a low cost carrier to a digital airline, and now Malaysia-based AirAsia aims to become a travel tech company, teaming up with Google Cloud, the search giant’s cloud computing platform, to accomplish that.

Strong consumer support contributes US$47b in extra revenue for airlines

Web In Travel (WIT) 24 September 2018
An estimated 73 airlines made a whopping US$47.2 billion in extra revenue from a wide range of à la carte, commission-based, and frequent flyer related activities, representing 9.6% of total sales for these carriers.

LINE TRAVEL jp receives a record 20 million visitors

Web In Travel (WIT) 18 September 2018
Japan’s leading online travel metasearch and media, LINE TRAVEL jp, is seeing a rapid increase in visitors to its site, recording 20 million in August 2018.

Tripfez launches Umrah API to power Islamic app Raudhah

Web In Travel (WIT) 18 September 2018
Two Malaysian companies – Muslim-friendly hotel booking portal Tripfez and digital marketing specialist Media Prima Digital – have introduced a new *Umrah package booking feature on Raudhah, designed to cater to the religious needs of Muslims in Malaysia and globally.

TripAdvisor unveils the next big thing - the world's most "personalised and connected" travel community

Web In Travel (WIT) 17 September 2018
When Steve Kaufer was last in Singapore this time last year, he spoke to us about his vision for TripAdvisor to offer “the complete package to enable our 400 million users to experience much better vacations”.

Travelport and IBM introduce AI platform to manage corporate travel spend

Web In Travel (WIT) 16 August 2018
Corporate travel is on the rise, and with annual global business travel spend to reach a record US$1.2 trillion this year, as projected by the Global Business Travel Association, travel managers are continuously looking for new ways to reduce costs.

How an island boy and his team grew Klook into a 'fast fish' which now wants to swim in world's ocean

Web In Travel (WIT) 14 August 2018
Eric Gnock Fah still remembers the day he presented at the WiT Startup Pitch in Tokyo in June 2015. It was barely a year after he and co-founder Ethan Lin had started Klook, their “discover and book fun-things-to-do at exclusive prices” business, in Hong Kong.

The Wrap: Swissotel The Stamford gets 'smart' with new technology

Web In Travel (WIT) 8 August 2018
AccorHotel’s Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore is doing just that, as it is the first hotel to showcase a new management smart system – Interact Hospitality – which promises to “redefine the guest experience, simplifies hotel operations, saves energy, improves staff efficiency and satisfaction”.

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