In Brief

SpiceJet and Amadeus solidify partnership

SPICEJET, India’s second biggest budget carrier and Amadeus, recently organised a series of empowerment sessions for the region’s travel community in Dubai, UAE.

More than 100 travel consultants participated in the sessions, which focused on how the Gulf’s travel industry can collaborate to better define and deliver offers to travel agents, corporates, and individual travellers.  A number of success cases were also presented during the sessions, including SpiceJet’s MoU with Gulf Air and codeshare agreement with Emirates.

Ernesto Sanchez Beaumont, managing director of Amadeus Gulf, briefed audiences on how the travel tech company is working with ecosystem partners to create fully-open systems, to better harness the intelligent use of data, and to integrate new interfaces and architectures that connect travellers to the journeys they want.

The sessions follow an agreement signed between SpiceJet and Amadeus earlier this year for a new distribution agreement that gives Amadeus’ global network of travelsellers access to unique content from the airline including a range of fares and prices through the Amadeus Travel Platform. The agreement marks the first time that SpiceJet is working with a distribution partner.


Sabre collaborates with Accor

SABRE Corporation and Accor announced that they intend to create the first unified central reservation (CR) and property management (PM) platform for the global hospitality industry.

In collaboration with Accor, Sabre intends to develop a new full-service property management capability and enrich its existing central reservation and limited service property management systems. These capabilities will combine within a new unified cloud-native, highly flexible platform that will be built for and available to hoteliers across all property classes and geographic regions.

In this context, Accor would be Sabre’s newest enterprise hospitality customer, adopting Sabre’s industry-leading SynXis Central Reservation system and, ultimately, the new global technology platform for all its hospitality brands and geographies.

This initiative underscores Accor’s long-term strategy and global ambition to invest in technological innovations to assure operational excellence, efficiency, savings and agility to their owners.


TTME 4th Edition to be held in Riyadh

THE 4th Edition Travel Tech Middle East (TTME) on March 23 to 24, 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will emphasise on the implementation of the technologies in the travel industry and discusses the key insights in Travel & Tourism sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The TTME Saudi is going to be attended by leading airlines, travel agencies, developers, hoteliers and online travel agencies from across the globe.

They will discuss Saudi Vision 2030 – launch initiatives to promote travel technology, how companies in travel and tourism ecosystem can generate revenue by expanding payment options, understanding the modern travellers’ mindset and the use of digital technology to capture Saudi travel industry, the future of air travel industry, the secrets behind a winning OTA strategy, corporate booking tool, building on-demand booking systems for an on-demand society and how can travel companies keep pace to become real time.

3rd Edition Travel Tech Middle East Awards will also take place during the congress.


Rihaala puts Tunisia back on tourism map and sister company Serendipity Tailormade are playing a major role in putting Tunisia back on the tourism map in 2020 as the first Muslim travel specialists to feature holiday packages to the North African destination.

The halal-friendly online travel agency and tour operator have teamed up One Resort Aquapark in Monastir; The Orangers Villas and Bungalows and The Orangers Beach Club in Hammamet; and The Marhaba Club Resort and The Pearl Resort & Spa in Sousse. These hotels will reinvent their guest offering to cater to Muslim travellers. Muslim friendly facilities include a modest swimwear beach, alcohol-free outlets, an indoor pool for family use and more.