American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has agreed to join the Qantas Channel program that launches on August 1, 2019. As part of the program, GBT will provide its clients and travellers access to fares and new content sourced from the NDC-enabled Qantas Distribution Platform (QDP).
The China Visa Application Centre in Finland will start registering biometric identifiers on Tuesday, September 25th 2018. Every visa applicant must visit the China Visa Application Centre in Helsinki in person for fingerprinting. This requires a booked appointment. Fingerprinting is obligatory for every visa applicant between 14 to 70 years, and it will be valid for five years
The world is full of hotels, and different reservation channels offer the same hotels at different prices. For business travellers and companies, centralising reservations is the best way to ensure the maximum benefits from staying at hotels. The hotel selection we offer to our clients compiles over one million international alternatives from all major channels.
If the traditional, large hotel chains are a bit too cookie-cutter for you and you (or your company) are not digging the Airbnb experience, don’t worry. There are plenty of new boutique-style hotels out there that are from suppliers your travel program likely already has ties to. Here’s a guide to some of the so-called “lifestyle” hotels that have popped up in the last few years.
Are you already using the new SMT Online booking service which is based on the international KDS Neo tool? Did you know that the service provides you with various booking options and you can select the one that is best for your trip? Read more on the alternatives here.
Scandic Hotels Group has acquired Restel’s hotel operations in Finland. Today, Scandic has 230 hotels in operation and under development, 28 of which are in Finland. Restel’s portfolio includes 43 hotels in Finland. Following the acquisition, Scandic will have a nationwide hotel coverage in Finland. All the new hotels will be rebranded to Scandic feel and look by the end of June, 2018. The rebranding is already ongoing - read more about it here.
Finnish business travellers are often passionate engineers at heart. 94% of Finnish people under the age of 55 own a smartphone. Online shopping is among the most common use cases for smartphones. In business trips, the opposite is true. What happens to the bleeding-edge engineer’s heart when they need to use a travel agency reservation app?
Are you already using the new SMT Online which is based on the KDS Neo reservation service? The service is continuously being developed based on customer feedback, and January saw a number of anticipated improvements. Read more about them here.
We are all accustomed to booking our own trips online and surfing the different websites. Why does booking your own business trip seem so difficult? How can a company make travellers feel that making travel reservations is easy and quick even without a travel arranger’s assistance?
Do you know where traveller profile information is used or why flight fares may change? See here for frequently asked questions from travellers and travel arrangers, along with replies from SMT’s experts. We want to thank everyone who participated in the brainstorming.