Expedia just agreed to buy its fellow travel booking site Travelocity for $280 million in cash, nearly two years after the two forged a marketing and technology partnership. Expedia will acquire Travelocity from the company’s current parent, the Sabre Corporation. The acquisition will furnish Expedia with another well-known name in the travel industry. Expedia already(…)
No more gambling with black cars or limousines at Las Vegas McCarran airport, but a safe bet: Integrity Vehicle Solutions Company (IVSC), the developers of the Ride Genie e-hailing mobile app, reached an agreement with McCarran International Airport to allow passengers to use their app to hail rides once they reach baggage claim. Ride Genie(…)
The Alibaba Group announced that its online travel business, Taobao Travel (trip.taobao.com) will become an independent business and brand named ‘Alitrip’. Like Taobao Marketplace, Tmall.com and Juhuasuan, ‘Alitrip’ will be another marketplace platform under the Alibaba Group umbrella with a new independent web domain www.alitrip.com. Alitrip will also include booking taxis.
Uber, which had, by opening its booking site to third parties, already partnered with several partners in the US (including Starbucks, the Hyatt hotel group and United Airlines), now offers a link with KLM for KLM’s CityTrips. ‘Ubers’ kan be ordered through the KLM-website. The traveller can choose a start location and a destination (there(…)
The Swedish Svea Taxi Alliance – a network of 80 companies built around Taxi Stockholm and Taxi Göteborg, has given its booking site www.sveataxi.se a facelift. Users now directly enter the booking portal from which they can organize and pre-book their taxis throughout Sweden on the web and by app. All SVEA’s affiliated taxi company(…)
On November 2, SuperShuttle will begin limited residential service in Las Vegas. Residents in Sun City, Summerlin and Red Rock communities will be able to use SuperShuttle’s shared-ride service to and from the Las Vegas International airport.
Just a day before the inauguration of the Tesla Model S at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the Chinese car and battery manufacturer BYD (Build Your Dreams) presented 35 of the in total 50 e-taxi models for the Brussels market. Lined up with one of Brussels famous landmarks, the Cinquantenaire archway, as a backdrop, the operators and(…)
Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Europe’s fifth airport in passenger numbers and world-wide the one with the smallest impact on the environment, will soon have a fleet of a 167 Tesla Model S-taxis. At the end of October, the first 50 were presented at the airport, supplied by 2 different taxi companies, BIOS Group (which will eventually(…)
Creative Mobile Technologies LLC (CMT), announced the compatibility of its in-vehicle payment platforms with Apple’s Apple Pay Near Field Communications (NFC) wireless payment technology. Based upon the same NFC infrastructure popularized by Visa payWave and Mastercard PayPass, Apple Pay allows passengers with credit cards registered with Apple Pay on their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6(…)
Curb (formerly Taxi Magic) is rolling out Connect, a national platform to empower taxi companies and deliver the best ride experience in town. It is now operational in select cities and will be available in additional cities in the USA. Fleet customers can gain access to Curb’s new service by transitioning to Curb’s upgraded service(…)