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.
TTN is the most established trade publication in the Middle East distributed on a controlled circulation basis to members of the travel and tourism industry.
Published monthly by Al Hilal Publishing and Marketing Group, the region’s foremost trade publisher, TTN is aimed at professionals in the industry, from travel agents to airline and hotel personnel.
TTN provides in-depth and extensive coverage of relevant issues in the Middle East and North Africa as well as in other parts of the world. Travel related news, analysis, and new appointments together with information on up-coming exhibitions, marketing and promotional campaigns are presented in an innovative and striking colour tabloid.
Every issue also contains a collation of international and regional news and topical features of interest to readers.