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WebBeds inks tech deal

WEBJET’S accommodation division WebBeds has entered into a new inventory partnership with cloud-based B2B travel transaction business Aeronology.

The deal will allow travel agents using the Aeronology platform to access and book live accommodation inventory from WebBeds’ suite of more than 350,000 properties into existing air bookings.

Aeronology Chief Executive Russell Carstensen said the new partnership would ultimately make life easier for agents, combining a one-stop-shop style booking experience.

“What Aeronology is creating is the ability for our travel agent customers to easily add hotels to their flight itineraries, all on one screen,” he said.

Agents will not be required to hold flights to make a WebBeds hotel booking on the platform, and room bookings able to be made as standalone transactions as well, or as a package, all of which can be have the price adjusted as part of the final itinerary.

Carstensen also noted the deal would provide much-needed transparency for agents.

“Unlike other trade online systems, one that doesn’t hold funds, Aeronology will never hold the consumers funds, it has no interest in that business model,” he said.

“This approach will see commercial agreements remain between WebBeds and the travel agent, providing complete transparency and ensuring profitability for the travel agent”.

WebBeds Head of Commercial, Pacific Grant Sumich hailed the new collaboration as one that would increase agent flexibility.

“Travel agents more than ever before are looking for aggregation solutions that provide an improved user experience and deliver efficiencies and control,” he said.

“The Aeronology suite of applications provides this.”

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Aussies wary of 2nd wave

THE majority of Australian travellers say they would cancel their domestic travel plans if the country was struck by a second wave of COVID-19, according to new research compiled by tech business Toluna.

The study suggests that 70% of prospective travellers currently take this view, with 56% also indicating they would cancel travel to a destination reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases.

Forced quarantine was also noted as a major turnoff for domestic travel, with 56% stating they would cancel travel plans if their arrival destination imposed a 14-day quarantine, while 44% also said they would cancel holidays if they were forced to quarantine upon returning to home to their own state.

The data also found that hygiene in the air was high on the list of concerns for travellers, with 65% stating face masks should be mandatory on flights, while 73% also wanted temperature checks to be mandatory prior to boarding, and 68% of Australians stated a desire for spaced seating in the air.

When it came to motivations for taking a domestic trip, 79% said they wanted to support the local tourism sector, while 59% indicated they wanted to take advantage of anticipated travel promotions.

Despite the obvious trepidation caused by the pandemic, encouragingly more than half of respondents also noted they planned on taking a domestic holiday at some stage this year.

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GBT lends assistance

AMERICAN Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has launched a COVID-19 information and advisory platform called Travel Vitals.

The briefing platform aggregates data from hundreds of sources to provide travel managers and travellers with important information they need before, during and after a business trip.

It is free and available to all travel managers, travel management companies (TMCs) and travellers, allowing for users to search travel guidelines by destination, airline, airport, hotel chain, train operator and ground transportation provider.

Travel Vitals powers itinerary-specific information in digital channels, including the Amex GBT mobile app, chat and online booking tools.

“We’re doing this because for the foreseeable future, we have to manage every trip as if we were planning an event,” GBT VP of Product Strategy & Experience Mark McSpadden said.

“Door-to-door travel management has long been an aspiration for our industry, but that isn’t enough in these circumstances.

“The role of the TMC now begins as soon as the need to travel is first identified and ends long after the traveller has returned home,” he explained.

Travel Vitals is integrated into the trip audit process and can trigger alerts when journeys are booked to high-risk destinations.

Reporting capabilities monitor future bookings and help drive policy compliance, while historical bookings are tracked which allows for movements to be traced because of an infection rate spike at a specific location.

GBT is pursuing a mobile-first strategy to make the content easy for travellers to access while they’re on the move, with features including chatting with a travel counsellor on the mobile app, or receiving notifications while on a trip.

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Oita enters Oz

JAPAN’S Oita Prefecture has entered the Australian market, appointing Kate Sorenson at SLC Representation to lead a representation program in Australia.

This entry will also be backed by Barking Owl Communications, which will provide support with a media program.

SLC has been tasked with driving trade initiatives, which incorporates an education and trade training program which kicked off this week with a webinar – CLICK HERE to watch.

SLC will also be organising a series of trade familiarisations when the international borders re-open and manage Oita’s representation at trade and media events.

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HAL names new Prez

CARNIVAL Corporation has named former COO Gus Antorcha as its new Holland America Line (HAL) President.

He will report directly to Carnival UK and Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse, while Costa Cruises President Neil Palomba will take over as Carnival Cruise Line COO, reporting to the brand’s President Christine Duffy.

During Palomba’s transition, the Costa leadership team will report to Carnival Asia and Costa Group Chief Exec Michael Thamm.

“We are using this pause in guest operations to evaluate every aspect of our business, including our leadership structures, and make changes where appropriate,” said Carnival Corporation Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald.

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Vail suspends lifts

VAIL Resorts yesterday suspended ski-lifting operations at Falls Creek and Hotham Ski Resorts, through to at least 19 Aug in line with new restrictions in Victoria due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

Guests who purchased a 2020 Epic Australia Pass, have not used the pass, and who will not proceed with their purchase, must request a refund by Sun 12 Jul HERE.

All reservations for lift tickets, ski and ride lessons and rental bookings will be fully refunded.

Perisher will remain open and operate in line with NSW rules.

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UK says no to cruise

THE UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised British nationals against cruise ship travel, “due to the ongoing pandemic and medical advice from Public Health England”.

Previously, the FCO only advised over 70s and those with underlying chronic health conditions against cruising.

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Episode 15: New AFTA CEO’s strategy, cruise giants unite, Rex v. Qantas, and TD turns 26

Don’t miss the latest episode of News on the Fly. This week hear about new AFTA CEO, Darren Rudd’s strategy to advocate for the travel industry. Plus cruise giants uniting for health and safety in the cruise industry, and the ongoing domestic travel spat between Rex and Qantas. All this and more, in this week’s episode!

Travel Daily – News on the Fly is your weekly run through of all the latest travel industry news.

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