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Time on Cloud Nine

TIME Hotels Management (Time) is setting the information technology example in the Middle East hospitality industry, by launching a technology-lead initiative to streamline the company’s communications processes and improve their operational efficacy. The new Dubai-based hospitality company recently became the first Middle East-based hotel group to partner with Microsoft for the exclusive use of the Office 365 ‘cloud’ collaboration software across its IT-platforms, demonstrating the group’s forward-thinking approach to hospitality services.

‘Cloud computing’ refers to computing that is used as a service rather than a product. For businesses, this means that all company information – from databases to email and from monitoring to finances – can be accessed from any point at any time, negating the need to use local infrastructure and saving substantial quantities of time and money.

Sabre, Saudia extend pact

SABRE Travel Network Middle East has extended its fare-distribution agreement with Saudia Arabian Airlines’. The agreement means more than 350,000 travel agents connected to Sabre will be guaranteed access to Saudia’s seats and fare classes.

Saudia has also chosen to upgrade its level of connectivity with Sabre, giving traditional and online travel agencies improved access to fares and inventory, and helping drive its international expansion.

Daniel Naoumovitch, STNME’s chief executive, said: “Saudia joins the many global airlines in recognising Sabre as an important source of revenue and growth. This agreement, which includes the future use of EMD and improved connectivity, gives our agency customers greater choice and relevant content throughout the Kingdom and global regions.” 

Travelport and Egypt Air reach new content

TRAVELPORT has confirmed the signing of a new global full content airline agreement with Egypt Air that will give all of Travelport’s Galileo, Worldspan and Apollo-connected travel agents worldwide access to the carrier’s full range of published fares and inventory. Effective immediately, the new multi-year agreement marks the start of a new global distribution system (GDS) partnership between the leading GDS provider and Egypt’s flag carrier. 

Additionally, Egypt Air has enhanced its connectivity to the global distribution system, upgrading to the highest level of GDS functionality. As a result, bookings between Egypt Air and Travelport retailers are seamless and delivered in real-time.

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