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Travel Technology

Taking a break makes a team

It made perfect sense for Travelport's Hong Kong office to take time off to be spoiled a few weeks ago.

Saturday, 30 June, 2012, 12:00am

Travel IT firm offers choices

Sales and account management & business development Travelport

Marking 40 years in business, Travelport - the global travel distribution system and airline IT-solution provider - is adding to its 340 staff in Asia Pacific, with openings in sales and account management, hospitality business development, and media sales in Hong Kong.

7 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A bigger umbrella for Amadeus

With the arrival of the internet, when airlines set up their own websites and started selling tickets to their passengers directly, there was real fear in the travel industry. Everybody was talking about the end of business for travel agents and the global distribution systems (GDS) they relied on to book flight tickets.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Engaging people's minds may just be a matter of perception

Listening to Simon Nowroz talk about his personal life and professional predilections, one can be forgiven for assuming that his nickname is 'Change'.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Capturing the lion's share

Supporters of Singapore's claim to be Asia-Pacific's premier travel node have a good case. This might ruffle feathers in perennial competitor Hong Kong or in bold upstart Shanghai. Nevertheless, if you are going to choose a city for a global travel technology giant, like the UK-headquartered Travelport, Singapore is an obvious candidate.

24 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Not the ticket

Media consultant Wendy Chiang was checking the website of the Urbtix ticketing service a few months ago when she came across a listing titled 'Pop Concert'. It had all the basic details - time, date, venue and ticket price - except the most important piece of information: the name of the singer.

21 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Government to provide data for electronic road maps - at a price

An electronic service that may form the basis for a master road map with real-time traffic information available to drivers via devices in their cars will be launched this year - at a price.

A government source says a 'reasonable' fee will be charged for the data, which will list the restrictions and specifications of every road in the city.

18 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

A touch-screen revolution

Point-of-sale systems

A touch-screen revolution has been sweeping bars, restaurants, hotels, stadiums and casinos, with much of the hotel and catering sector coming to rely on point-of-sale (POS) technology.

Keeping tabs has never been so easy, with staff using POS devices to take orders, allocate rooms and maintain accounts.

10 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


Lynette Yeo

Director of BU corporates and capital markets - global origination


12 May 2007 - 12:00am

Agents in bid to block new fee

More than 100 travel agencies have applied for a temporary injunction against a new charge levied by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Under the charge, from April 1 passengers booking air tickets through a travel agency have to pay a HK$250 fee if any change of travel schedule or voiding of plane tickets is not made on the day the tickets are booked.

21 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Key facts

Date February 27 - March 25

Urbtix telephone bookings (with credit card) 2111 5999

Urbtix telephone reservations and ticketing inquiries 2734 9009

Online booking www.urbtix.hk

Bookings and reservations are accepted until seven days before each performance.

26 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Traditional air travel tickets on the way out

HK agents to switch fully to online issue by end of next year

Paper airline tickets will become a thing of the past by the end of next year when Hong Kong travel agents switch over fully to e-tickets.

Of the 4.8 million tickets issued last year, more than half were e-tickets. Up to 70 per cent of tickets issued so far this year were electronic.

24 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

TravelSky talks to foreign peers on venture

TravelSky Technology, the mainland's dominant airline reservation firm, is in talks with its largest overseas counterparts about starting a joint venture that would upgrade China's air ticketing system in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, people familiar with the situation said.

14 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

E-ticketing plan set for takeoff on the mainland

An electronic ticketing scheme for air travel is set to be launched on the mainland in the next few months.

The scheme would be set up by the mainland branch of the International Air Transport Association (Iata), major airlines and Travelsky, the nation's largest computer reservations system provider.

12 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Middlemen still have a role to play despite Internet revolution

The Internet revolution will cancel the role of the middleman and lower the costs of doing business. At least that is what we were told before the dotcom bubble burst. The only media attention the Internet now seems to get is derision.

14 Jan 2003 - 12:00am