May 25, 2024

News in brief: TapTrip, ibis, and more

An ibis budget hotel has opened at London Heathrow T5 following an exchange of contracts with Accor and UK hotel management company, RBH. The 297-bedroom hotel features free Wi-Fi as standard with rates starting from £39 per room. The hotel also offers guests daily breakfast from 4am to 10am with an all-you-can-eat buffet or a grab and go option for those in a hurry.

TapTrip has launched Vessul, a new product designed to support the flow of goods and people within the marine and energy industry. It comes after it raised £1.7 million investment during the pandemic. The online business travel company says the tool allows users to see availability of seats on chartered flights and offer spaces out to other companies within the industry “which ensures flights are at 100% capacity, crews get to vessels on-time and reduces carbon footprint simultaneously”.

American Airlines and Amadeus have renewed their content distribution agreement, including NDC-enabled content that will go live globally in the coming months. This new content will allow the purchase of a Main Plus offer, which includes a Main Cabin Extra or Preferred Seat along with an additional free checked bag and Group 5 boarding privileges. This new feature will be for all NDC-enabled agencies booking travel on any American-operated flight.

ITP, International Travel Partnership, and ABC Global Services, specialists in global hotel programmes, have signed a new strategic partnership. Richard Lovelock, CEO at ITP, said for some time it had been looking for a partner to provide access to a wider range of accommodation services and technology for its network of independent TMCs.

App in the Air (AITA) has announced the addition of new NDC partners Southwest Airlines, Lufthansa Group airlines (Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines), plus the scheduled flights of regional carrier Hahn Air to its rapidly expanding airline and hotel booking tool. These join existing NDC partners United Airlines, American Airlines, and others.