In Brief

Travelport: free Covid-19 Smartpoint Plugin

Travelport, a leading technology company serving the global travel industry, recently launched the Travelport Covid-19 Smartpoint Plugin. The plugin provides travel agencies with the latest information on government restrictions, lockdowns and safety measures across the globe – all within the agent workflow. It is available free-of-charge to all Travelport customers globally, using Travelport Smartpoint 8.2 or above, and can be downloaded directly from Travelport Marketplace.

The new tool provides detailed information on a range of topics, including: lockdown rules, entry requirements and quarantine measures for travellers. Country-level information can be displayed at the click of a button, allowing agents to advise their customers easily and instantly.

Kyle Moore, Global Head of Customer Strategy and Marketing, Travelport, said: "The travel ecosystem today is probably the most complex it has ever been, with government, airline, and hotel policies in every country constantly-changing. We’re making sure our agent partners no longer need to constantly leave their workflow to search for accurate and up-to-date information – greatly improving their efficiency in servicing their traveller customers."


Akbar Travels uses Sabre’s Content Services

Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, announced an enhanced partnership with one of India’s largest travel companies, Akbar Travels of India.

Akbar Travels is already a long-time user of Sabre solutions, having implemented Sabre’s APIs to drive operational efficiencies and the Sabre Automated Exchange solution to save costs and improve customer service. Now, Akbar Travels, which has 150 branches across India, 36 offices in the Middle East, Malaysia, UK, Italy and the US, has selected Sabre’s Content Services for Lodging APIs to enable its agents to more easily shop, compare and book more than a million lodging options for clients.


Usher in the new guest experience

VDA Group, a specialist in the development and realisation of advanced solutions for integrated Room Management and Interactive Television systems, announced the integration of its proprietary guest room management system, the Micromaster system with the Hudini Guest Experience platform from Singapore-based Mankara.

The Micromaster system is a versatile tool which provides interfacing with Building Management Systems without taking excessive additional costs in its implementation and technology.

Hudini is a middleware technology platform for quick, low cost digital transformation of hotels, hospitals, senior care facilities. Bringing all of a property’s technology assets into its pre-integrated middleware platform for real-time data sharing and collaboration, Hudini provides a rich mobile and device-based guest engagement.

Within the guest room, the control of lights, curtains, temperature, room service, and entertainment will all take place through a single and intuitive graphic interface. The Hudini application can be installed on a device in the room or downloaded directly to a mobile. This allows the guest to access the services offered by the hotel and to control the automation of their room seamlessly and efficiently.


Tiqets offers upgraded booking engine

Museums and attractions that have been closed for months are facing a new challenge: how to comply with new government safety and hygiene measures and how to implement new timeslot-based, online reservations. To help venues recover as quickly and with as little investment as possible, Tiqets is offering their newly improved Booking Engine without any commission fees.

The Tiqets Booking Engine is a full, white-label ticketing solution that can easily be embedded on a venue’s website. It has recently been updated with new options including time slot based-ticketing, dynamic pricing for off-peak days, and free reservations for members. These new features are designed based on feedback from museums and attractions on how to help visitors feel comfortable and confident when returning to culture.