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Edward is a much-loved staff member at UK hotel chain Edwardian Hotels. The trouble is, he doesn’t have anywhere to spend his tips this Christmas season…because he is a chatbot.

Michael Mrini, director of information technology, told the EyeforTravel Amsterdam 2017 conference that their 18-month-old artificially intelligent valet has just started a new adventure, responding to voice commands and speaking to their guests.

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Author: Senay Boztas
Posted: December 18, 2017, 8:07 am

Airlines had ‘good times’ in 2017, with international passenger numbers up 7.5%, says their industry association, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in spite of the challenges caused by the likes of hurricanes and travel bans. Best news of all for the airlines is that while 2018 may not see quite such a big jump in numbers, ticket prices are forecast to rise.

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Author: Pamela Whitby
Posted: December 15, 2017, 11:20 am

There are seven core problems everyone faces when travelling by rail in Europe, according to train and coach booking and information site Trainline. One of them is finding a carriage with a seat. While some train companies invest in apps to weigh the physical carriages and find which is lightest, Trainline had a simpler solution: ask the travellers. 

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Author: Senay Boztas
Posted: December 13, 2017, 10:29 am

Getting data into an organised, clean, coherent and usable state is tricky, but it is something that data professionals are constantly striving for.

Speaking on a keynote panel at EyeforTravel’s recent Amsterdam show, Andrei Grintchenko, head of business intelligence at IATA, an association which supports global aviation standards, said: “Fragmented data, from multiple sources or the same data from multiple sources is your worst nightmare.”

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Author: Pamela Whitby
Posted: December 12, 2017, 1:41 pm

Out not with a bang, but a whimper has been the closing 2017 experience for the major online travel agents. Not even their now vast stock market values could save them from a fall from favour. Competition is soaring, marketing bills are rising, growth rates have slowed and margins are being pinched.

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Author: Sally White
Posted: December 11, 2017, 12:23 pm
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Posted: December 8, 2017, 12:36 pm

From chatbots to artificial intelligence, personalisation and virtual assistants, throughout 2017 the talk of the travel industry has centred quite heavily on travel technology. Indeed, new technology and how to leverage it dominated the agenda of many an EyeforTravel event.

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Author: Tom Bacon
Posted: December 7, 2017, 10:40 am

Not all that long ago, in fact just three years ago, the role of ‘data scientist’ did not exist. How things have changed! Today data science is at the heart of every travel tech business and people with the right skills are very much in demand.

This we heard in the morning keynotes on day 2 of EyeforTravel’s Data Summit in Amsterdam last week. Both Onno Zoeter and Mark Shilton, principal data scientists at Booking.com and Skyscanner respectively, were very clear: they are hiring, and at all levels.

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Author: Pamela Whitby
Posted: December 6, 2017, 11:53 am

May 25th next year is a momentous day for Europe. It’s not a royal wedding, but the day that a new piece of legislation comes into effect.

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Author: Senay Boztas
Posted: December 5, 2017, 9:06 am

Travel firms believe that more and more firms will face privacy infringement fines, after the announcement that Google faces a class action in the UK for allegedly snooping on iPhone users.

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Posted: December 4, 2017, 11:45 am

News from the World of Travel Affiliate Programs

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Posted: December 18, 2017, 8:02 pm

China Daily

Tourism hints at growth
China Daily
"In four years, Alitrip's revenue grew 15-fold to 100 billion yuan in 2016, the fourth largest in online traveling sector globally. We believe the Chinese online traveling market is big enough to have companies reaching the trillion yuan mark," said ...

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Posted: December 1, 2017, 10:52 pm

Travel Weekly

Agents report wariness about Barcelona, but not high anxiety
Travel Weekly
Allison Collier, an Andavo Travel affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., believes travel to Catalonia and Barcelona will be affected, especially among very cautious travelers. "It's all relative to the client and their comfort level with the unknown," she said ...

Posted: November 2, 2017, 12:43 am

Tnooz

A digital marketing primer: Travel affiliates 101
Tnooz
With $533.52 billion spent on online travel sites in 2015, there is a strong incentive for travel bloggers to become a travel affiliate. And these networks can be massive. For example, Kayak has built a massive business that does hundreds of millions ...

Posted: October 23, 2017, 1:05 pm

How to craft an intelligent affiliate program that enhances your travel business
Tnooz
Affiliates are a big part of the travel ecosystem. For those new to the concept, what are affiliates and how does it generally work in travel? Affiliate marketing rewards partners through revenue sharing or paying commission for referred business, but ...

Posted: September 12, 2017, 12:37 pm

Travel Weekly

Concern over Mexico bookings sparked by alcohol allegations
Travel Weekly
"Knock on wood, I've had no cancellations yet as far as this round of bad Mexican publicity goes," said Diane Bean, owner of Andavo Travel affiliate Off On Vacation in Bangor, Maine. "But it absolutely may affect bookings in the future, I don't doubt ...

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Posted: August 28, 2017, 8:46 pm

Travel Agent

AIG Adds Travel Insurance Benefit for High or Low Water on Cruise
Travel Agent
AIG has added new insurance benefits for travelers. Photo by scyther5/iStock/Getty Image Plus/Getty Images. Share Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print. AIG Travel has announced ability to request packages from an selection of individual products to ...

Posted: July 28, 2017, 4:11 pm

AIG Travel charts new course on product innovation
PR Newswire (press release)
The new products, filed by AIG Travel affiliate National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. ("AIG"), have been approved in 31 states. "We're thrilled that, in many states, we can now offer this new universe of options alongside our ...

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Posted: July 25, 2017, 7:08 pm

DigitalTown Acquires Comencia
Marketwired (press release)
SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - July 05, 2017) - DigitalTown, Inc. ( OTC PINK : DGTW) announced today the acquisition of Comencia Inc., a provider of global travel affiliate solutions. Effective July 1, 2017, DigitalTown has acquired a 100% interest in ...

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Posted: July 5, 2017, 10:05 am

26. Christopherson Andavo Travel
Travel Weekly
Company Facts. ARC sales of $354.3 million. $44.8 million in sales from hosted agents. Sells travel management services directly to corporate accounts for their commercial business travel needs. Additionally, 9% of business model includes independent ...

Posted: June 26, 2017, 5:11 pm

Reuters

Baidu posts bleak fourth quarter, but sees business reshuffle driving 2017 growth
Reuters
Net income slumped over 80 percent to 4.13 billion yuan, partly due to the closure of a deal in the same period a year earlier when Baidu received a 25 percent stake in Chinese travel company Ctrip.com International Ltd in return for a 45 percent stake ...

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Posted: February 24, 2017, 6:03 am

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Posted: December 18, 2017, 8:02 pm

NC: Local Aviation-Training Plan Taking Flight
AviationPros.com
Phillips explained that his concept first took flight as the county commissioners were proceeding to assume control over the airport group earlier this year, supplanting most of its existing members. A question popped in his mind then regarding the ...

Posted: December 18, 2017, 1:29 pm

“Olencoin” Readies For ICO Rollout – Created For The Purpose of Making Global Transactions That Are Private ...
Digital Journal
Olencoin is a decentralized peer to peer digital coin that is not controlled by any central institution or government. It is an open-source platform designed to provide multiple investment opportunities. Valle Verde, Dominican Republic - December 18 ...

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Posted: December 18, 2017, 1:13 pm

Business 2 Community

Your Guide to Finding a Suitable Affiliate Network
Business 2 Community
For the purpose of trust, the affiliate platform must be able to execute payments to their partners' affiliates instantly while ensuring that advertisers are selected in line with a uniquely developed vetting process. The platform should be responsible ...

Posted: December 15, 2017, 11:42 pm

MintBet launches affiliate program with Income Access
Casino City Times (press release)
(PRESS RELEASE) -- MintBet, the online sports betting and casino brand has launched their new affiliate program in partnership with Income Access, Paysafe's marketing technology and services provider. The program will drive affiliate partnerships by ...

Posted: December 14, 2017, 3:23 pm

NB Herard

Sweet Zzz Mattress Launches Their Affiliate Program on ShareASale
NB Herard
Known for their top-rated mattresses, the Los Angeles mattress company Sweet Zzz has now launched their online affiliate program on ShareASale. Affiliates looking for the best collection of mattresses to promote online should be aware that Sweet Zzz is ...

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Posted: December 14, 2017, 1:35 pm

Economics Wire

How to Choose the Best Affiliate Program
Economics Wire
If you are interested in promoting a product to generate revenue, then finding an affiliate program that pays well and fits your business needs is pertinent to generating revenue. Prior to evaluating affiliate programs, you need to determine both your ...

Posted: December 14, 2017, 12:59 am

LeapRate

Exclusive: Plus500 removes Revshare payments from its Affiliates program due to MiFID II regulations
LeapRate
LeapRate Exclusive… LeapRate has learned that leading online FX and CFD broker Plus500 Ltd (LON:PLUS) has decided to halt its Revshare payments with affiliates in its 500Affiliates.com program ahead of MiFID II regulations, moving instead to an all ...

Posted: December 7, 2017, 11:00 am

Join Bel Marra's Affiliate Program and Help Us Make It a Healthier World!
Bel Marra Health
Established in 2004, Bel Marra Nutritionals Inc. develops and markets doctor-formulated natural supplements to help and support a variety of health conditions. Our panel of doctors, who lend their expertise on natural health breakthroughs to our ...

Posted: December 6, 2017, 1:47 pm

Shareholder Update - Affiliate Program Launch
GlobeNewswire (press release)
Portlogic Systems, Inc. (OTC Pink: PGSY) - a technology company focused on providing mobile application solutions and telecommunications technology. Portlogic Systems, Inc. announced today that it will launch an Affiliate Program for the reselling of ...

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Posted: December 5, 2017, 2:30 pm

Affiliate Marketing Report Card: WP Engine
Practical Ecommerce
WP Engine is a leading WordPress hosting platform. Its affiliate marketing program has roughly 21,000 affiliates. This installment of “Affiliate Marketing Report Card” reviews WP Engine, a global WordPress hosting platform. WP Engine has a powerhouse ...

Posted: December 4, 2017, 3:49 pm