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Innovative Hotel Technologies Sought for Newest Version of GUESTROOM 20X

11 Feb

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals and the GUESTROOM 20X Task Force, a group of hospitality technology leaders and experts, are searching for the latest and near-future technologies for the newest version of GUESTROOM 20X. The 2012 version of GUESTROOM 20X, a special exhibit showcasing the most innovative technologies for the guestroom, debuts at the 2012 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) June 26-28 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Md. USA.

 

Source:- travelandtourworld.com

GuestLogix appoints New Board Member

10 Feb

GuestLogix Inc. announced the appointment of Leo Desrochers to the Company’s Board of Directors, effectively immediately.  Mr. Desrochers brings a wealth of experience to the GuestLogix’ Board as he has held numerous senior positions in both the airline and travel tour operations industries. His many years as a member of Air Canada’s executive team – as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer – showcase his proven track record of leadership, vision and ability to produce results.

“Leo’s appointment to the Board is a strategic move for GuestLogix,” said Mr. Tom Douramakos, Chair of the Board of Directors and President and CEO of GuestLogix. “His insights and strategic guidance will be a valuable asset particularly as we work to further expand our global footprint, enter new markets and leverage our proven strengths this year. In addition, Leo joining the Board coincides with a significant Company milestone as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary as an innovator of onboard retail technology solutions.”

 

Source:- travelandtourworld.com

BrightEdge and VIZERGY partner to offer the hotel industry’s leading SEO

10 Feb

VIZERGY has partnered with BrightEdge to offer advanced search engine optimization (SEO) services for the hospitality industry.  BrightEdge collects and analyzes competitor data allowing VIZERGY to develop a strategic on-site SEO offense and proprietary, hotel-specific link building, further enhancing the company’s award-winning marketing services.  The combination of VIZERGY’s professionally trained SEO team and BrightEdge’s technology will help hotels outdo their competition in search engines and drive direct bookings.

 

Source:- travelandtourworld.com

GetThere Mobile Lets Business Travelers Book Air Reservations within Company Policy and Preferences

10 Feb

GetThere has added new capabilities to its mobile offering, giving travelers the ability to conveniently book new air reservations within company policy and preferences for all carriers in the global distribution systems (GDS).

GetThere Mobile now allows travelers to make new hotel and air bookings via their mobile devices including iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

 

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Travelport signs full content deal with Bangkok Airways

9 Feb

Travelport announces a new content agreement with Bangkok Airways, a regional carrier which operates over 20 domestic and international routes.  The multi-year deal will provide Galileo and Worldspan-connected travel agents worldwide with full access to all Bangkok Airways fares and inventory, including fare content from the airline’s own website.

“Travelport is pleased to have secured a full content agreement with Bangkok Airways. The initiative continues our strategy of providing our travel agency customers access to the widest range of content via the GDS,” said Andrew Middleton, VP Supplier Services, Asia-Pacific for Travelport.

 

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easyJet first airline to trial electric green taxiing system by Safran and Honeywell

9 Feb

easyJet announced that it will be the first airline to support the development and trial of the innovative new electric green taxiing system (EGTS).

Due to the high frequency and short sector lengths of easyJet’s operations, around 4% of total fuel consumed annually is used when the airline’s aircraft are taxiing. easyJet’s aircraft average 20 minutes of taxi time per flight – the equivalent of 3.5 million miles a year.

The first operational trials are expected to start in 2013. Honeywell and Safran are targeting to offer the electric green taxiing system either on new aircraft or as a retrofit solution to in-service aircraft as early as 2016.

Source:- travelandtourworld.com

Singapore Airlines to Launch Boeing's Electronic Logbook Solution

9 Feb

Boeing has announced that Singapore Airlines will be the launch customer for Boeing’s new Electronic Logbook (ELB) software. The new version of ELB, developed in partnership with Ultramain Systems, Inc., enables unprecedented levels of communication between pilots, ground crews, maintenance crews and engineering.

 

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Santa Monica's Eco-Friendly Shore Hotel Opens with INNCOM in Every Guestroom

9 Feb

When the Shore Hotel opened its doors in Santa Monica in October, INNCOM International was there with its e4 Smart Digital Thermostat and Integrated Room Automation System (IRAS) an integral part of each guestroom and an instramental component to the property achieving Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) registration.

Independently owned and operated by the Farzam family, the 164-room hotel is one of California’s most eco-friendly properties today, and the hotel’s owners attribute its sustainability achievements in large part to INNCOM.

 

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Sabre Travel Network and Regus Ink Deal to Add World's Largest Network of Public Video Communication Suites

9 Feb

Sabre Travel Network announced a new strategic relationship with Regus, the world’s largest supplier of high definition public video communication rooms.

Through the Regus network, Sabre Virtual Meetings will offer real-time access to more than 1,200 public video communication rooms in more than 550 cities.

“The breadth and depth of Regus’ footprint is a great foundation to our global network of both public and private video conferencing rooms,” said Jeremy Stubbs, general manager for Sabre Virtual Meetings, a part of Sabre Travel Network. “By building upon the Regus network, we’ll be able to offer travel buyers the most comprehensive resource for booking and connecting video conferencing rooms around the world.”

 

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Odawa Casino Resort Installs InvoTech GIMS RFID Uniform Tracking System

9 Feb

InvoTech Systems, Inc. announced the Odawa Casino Resort (OCR) upgraded its GIMS Uniform System inventory software with UHF-RFID technology to automate the inventory tracking and control of thousands of valuable uniforms worn by Team Members at the property. GIMS was initially installed at OCR in 2007 with barcode labels attached to the uniforms which were manually scanned for real-time tracking of inventory. Uniforms now have UHF-RFID tags attached that automate the inventory process. Please click here for more information on InvoTech’s hotel systems for efficient operations.

The Odawa Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, realizes the cost saving benefits provided by GIMS™ with less labor required. GIMS™ interfaces with the White Conveyors U-Pick-It System to provide 24-hour automated uniform distribution to approximately 600 Team Members.

Upgrade to RFID tracking tightens loss control; reduces costs in non-revenue producing department “Odawa Casino Resort values the uniform product that we provide to our Team Members,” said Melissa Richards, Director of Human Resources for OCR. “Since our Wardrobe Department does not generate revenue and uniforms are often lost traveling to and from the laundry, tight inventory control is essential. The new InvoTech system is one of the tools that support our hard working Team Members who proudly represent our Enterprise.”

 

Source:- travelandtourworld.com