In Brief


Bahrain Airport Services enlists SITA

BAHRAIN Airport Services (BAS) has signed a contract with SITA to deploy SITA Airport Management, enabling BAS to manage its ground handler operations as cost effectively as possible and ensure the services are delivered in a timely manner, avoiding flight delays. 

A key component of the technology upgrade is SITA Mobile Resource Manager which calculates optimal staffing levels, creates optimized rosters, and gives a real time view of task allocations and activities at Bahrain International Airport (BIA).

Through the new system, agents will be offered mobile access to enable data entry at the time and place of their operations. The system can also be used by all BAS staff working on shift rosters.

SITA Mobile Resource Manager provides an innovative way to connect mobile wireless devices in the hands of employees with the back-office systems and people needed to make things happen.


Wego and Egypt Tourism partner for promotion

WEGO, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Egypt Tourism Authority launch a campaign to get travellers to visit Egypt during all the seasons.

The campaign will focus on promoting Egypt as the most preferred destination of choice for Middle Eastern travellers showcasing the various elements of Egypt including warm weather, scenery, and a wide array of activities.

The country will be marketed and retargeted on all Wego platforms through both the website and application, including online promotions, and other additional contributions.

Mamoun Hmedan, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director, MENA, and India at Wego, said: “Over 2.43 million flight and hotel searches from MENA to Egypt were performed on Wego in March, where the country ranked the second most searched destination.”


Sabre celebrates new offices in Riyadh

SABRE Corporation, a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, hosted a series of technology sessions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The events offered a unique view into the industry’s recovery and rising trends and expectations, celebrated resilience and growth and marked the opening of its new offices in Riyadh.

To celebrate the opening, Sabre brought together representatives of travel companies and partners.  “At this pivotal time in travel, we are proud to mark the opening of our new offices in Riyadh,” said Salman Syed, Vice President, Sabre Travel Solutions.  “Sabre has shown resilience during the pandemic, and today we confirm our commitment to this region. Saudi Arabia is a key growth region for Sabre, and we continue to expand our operations and team there. We have invested in building a knowledgeable and diverse team of the best talent in the industry, to give our customers the support they require.”


Tek Travels acquires 51pc stake in BookaBed

TEK TRAVELS DMCC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TBO Tek Limited (TBO), has acquired 51 per cent stake in BookaBed AG to scale up its business’s services and offerings. 

TBO is one of the leading global travel distribution platforms connecting over 100,000 travel buyers across more than 110 countries with millions of travel suppliers, as of October 31, 2021.

Headquartered in Switzerland, BookaBed is a trade only company with a strong focus on consistently delivering high-quality customer service while offering great deals in Europe, US, Asia, and Australia. It is also a B2B accommodation provider to the Irish and UK travel industries.

Karl Tyrrell, CEO of BookaBed, said: “As the world returns to travel, we look forward to leveraging TBO's technology and content. This combined with BookaBed’s deep distribution reach and market position in Ireland and UK creates an even more compelling value for BookaBed customer partners.”

He added: “We will continue to service our customers as we currently do and promote and operate the BookaBed brand that is so well known in these markets. There will be no change to our management, sales, or support teams.”