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Travelport air appointment, Sabre Hospitality new boss, Travelzoo changes and more…

This is a roundup of announcements related to people moves and business expansions in July 2017. Wednesday 26 July 2017: Travelport taps Sabre air vet Mike Douglass will become its vice president of air commerce and is tasked with overseeing its relationships with airlines in North, South and Central America.He joins from inflight entertainment and connectivity business Global Eagle Entertainment.

Wholesaler launches inventory control platform for distribution clients

Tourico Holidays, a wholesale travel company, launched a “first of its kind” platform designed to help travel distribution clients improve inventory accuracy and identify hotel deals with the highest profit margins.

Overcoming the challenge of monitoring thousands of competitor hotel rates

trivago Business Intelligence data has revealed that independent hotels visible on trivago have on average 8,000 rates online a year.

Didi and Softbank lead $2.5 billion round for Grab

The taxi-app goldrush continues apace, with southeast Asia’s Grab in line for a $2.5 billion injection, the largest ever financing round seen in the region.

Wifi now in top three factors making passengers switch airline

Global mobile satellite communications firm, Inmarsat, has published the result of its annual inflight wifi survey showing that nearly half (44%) of all respondents would switch airlines if wifi was not available onboard.

SnapTravel raises $8 million Series A

Toronto-based SnapTravel, which allows users to search and book hotels via Facebook Messenger and SMS, has secured a Series A funding round worth $8 million, led by iNovia.

As tours and activities industry matures, Rezdy wants to function as its GDS

A few years ago, most travelers could name one, maybe two, companies that were in the tours and activities business.

Beyond Pricing acquires Smart Host

Vacation rental tech specialist Beyond Pricing has acquired Smart Host, which provides pricing intelligence to rental home owners.

Hoteliers need to think wifi not Weibo to satisfy Chinese outbound

The sixth edition of’s annual Chinese International Travel Monitor identifies a disconnect between what hoteliers are doing for their Chinese travellers and what the travellers actually want.

Amadeus launches platform for ground transfers

Amadeus has announced the launch of a new pre-bookable ground transfer solution available on desktop, mobile and web service applications The distribution giant cites the Phocuswright ‘Hail This!

Trivago improves rates and demand feature in HotelPro

Hotel meta Trivago has upgraded its Rates Insight tool to give hoteliers access to not only competitors’ pricing information, sourced from some 250 sites, but also demand patterns.

Sharing economy could be worth $40 billion by 2022

Juniper Research‘s latest attempt to quantify the so-called sharing economy sees it place a value on the sector of $40.2 billion by 2022, compared with this year’s $18.6 billion.

Yatra makes big corporate travel statement with Air Travel Bureau takeover

India’s Nasdaq-listed OTA has agreed to acquire Air Travel Bureau (ATB) for an undisclosed sum.

Sabre files appeal seeking to overturn verdict in US Airways case

Sabre Corp. filed its opening appeal brief seeking to reverse the December 2016 verdict and damages award in a lawsuit brought by US Airways.

Data and design can keep mobile travellers engaged

Our lives have become increasingly mobile, with research showing that US consumers spend more than five hours each day interacting with on-the-go devices.

Mobile app startups – Gyde & Seek, Wander, Proximity Grid

This is a regular roundup of some of the latest mobile application startup launches in travel covering everything from trip inspiration and planning to virtual assistants.

IATA moves forward with next gen payment plan

The International Air Transport Association has announced progress of its New Generation IATA Settlement Systems (NewGen ISS) with the selection of Edenred and Multiservice Technology Solutions to implement the EasyPay payment solution for travel agents in more than 100 markets.

Hilton matches Marriott’s 48-hour cancellation policy in US and Canada

Hilton will follow Marriott’s lead in imposing a 48-hour requirement on cancellations. Guests who cancel their reservations within 48 hours of check-in will be subject to a penalty that is the equivalent of one night’s stay.

Imagine the seamless travel experience

Travel providers are continuing to amaze when it comes to UX and making their customers’ journey as easy as possible.

Time for travel companies to wake up over data threat?

Technology giant Thales has published its 2017 Data Threat Report with a warning to retailers of rising risk levels for data breaches.