In Brief

Akram App promises geolocation targeting

JOSERV, the leading mobile application and web solution provider, recently launched Akram App, which allows residents and visitors to Dubai to search the best brands and names available within the area they are living in, and allows them to experience these various luxury services across the UAE. It is the only app that enables companies targeting potential customers according to their geographical locations and presence.

It is available on all smartphones and can be downloaded through the stores to provide an opportunity to enjoy various activities and high-end services, which has been gifted via virtual store to the users without effort and by just scanning the code to exchange gifts next to their location. Akram App would allow travellers and visitors to Dubai, to pay for their visa and tickets to come and avail these special opportunities and offers from hotels, restaurants, retail stores and many more.


SITA deploys Scan&Fly bag drop service

SITA is installing its Scan&Fly self-service bag drop for Latam Airlines Group at 18 airports in five countries in the Americas as part of its work to transform its airport experience. The first eight kiosks are up and running at Brasilia International Airport and the remaining 97 units will be gradually implemented at other airports over the coming months. The technology means passengers will be able to check in their bags in under 40 seconds.

Many airports are faced with capacity constraints, which in turn can lead to long queues. For airports that don’t have either the resources or the space to expand, SITA Scan&Fly can be installed onto existing check-in desks and conveyor belts offering up to 60 per cent increase in terminal capacity, a 40 per cent reduction in operational costs and an improved passenger experience. 


50 pc of direct traffic comes from mobile

THE tech company Roiback, has informed that more than 50 per cent of hotels direct traffic comes from the mobile phone channel. This and other revealing figures were presented at #MOBILEISNOW event, organised by APD (Association for the Management Progress, in Spanish) in collaboration with Roiback and Google.

In the tourism sector, the use of the mobile phone for basic processes has become essential. In fact, in Spain, mobile reservations have increased 82per cent, according to Rebeca González, managing director of Roiback, who considered the mobile phone as a key tool for last minute reservations.

During her speech about the mobile generation and the great opportunity that this represents for the tourism industry, González said that, in the case of Roiback, more than 30 per cent of sales come from the mobile phone, a channel that has increased its importance more than 40 per cent since last year.


Webjet launches Rezchain

WEBJET, launches Rezchain, a new technology that enables users to eliminate costly discrepancies that occur in up to 5 per cent of hotel booking transactions. The technology, pioneered in collaboration with Microsoft, makes use of blockchain, which also underpins crypto currencies. Rezchain is the first application of blockchain to verifying hotel reservations.

Rezchain receives a daily update of all bookings made or modified between two Rezchain connected parties. It then uses Smart Contracts and blockchain technology to highlight issues in data submitted, based on agreed matching criteria. When there is a discrepancy or mismatch, an email alert is triggered to tell both parties that they should take action to correct the records on one side or the other. If data is received for a new booking from only one party, Rezchain records that as an “incomplete” booking and notifies both sides that one party has the booking recorded and the other side doesn’t. A simple daily CSV file is all that is necessary to begin matching data and resolving booking issues.