Inside Travel: Understanding the latest technology and industry trend insights

Find it hard to keep track with all the latest insights into business trends, new products and technology advancements in the travel sector? The Blue Swan Daily provides you with an update on some of the key stories from the past week.

  • EBRD continues to support Greece’s economic recovery with investments in further sustainable tourism projects
  • Online Travel Agency Travelcheck.co.za launches in South Africa
  • dcs plus broadens its inventory through deployment of Expedia Partner Solutions’ Rapid hotel API
  • Travelstart acquires Club Travel Group, but it will retain its own brand in completed deal

EBRD continues to support Greece’s economic recovery with investments in further sustainable tourism projects

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is teaming up with the authorities in Greece to roll out a programme to promote sustainable tourism in two of the country’s most popular holiday islands – Rhodes and Santorini. The European-Union-funded destination management planning initiative aims to help the island’s businesses and local communities develop responses to the challenges of tourism, including diversifying destinations, reducing the dependence on “Sun and Beach” model and combatting the threat of “over-tourism”. The initial focus is on Rhodes and Santorini where the programme is supported by the Chambers of Commerce of Dodecanese and Cyclades. The programme is broadened by the development of a destination management guide for the preparation of similar plans in other destinations around Greece. The aim is to ensure that the destinations are developed, managed and promoted successfully, in a sustainable, long term, integrated way, with a clear focus on the needs not only of tourists but of businesses and residents as well. The EBRD has been investing in Greece since 2015 to support the country’s economic recovery. Since the beginning of its operations, the Bank has invested over EUR2.7 billion in the country.


Online Travel Agency Travelcheck.co.za launches in South Africa

Online travel agency Travelcheck has launched in South Africa. The new company is a privately funded venture and offers flight and hotel bundles, online booking for all major airlines, and more than 300,000 hotels around the world. It differentiates from other online booking websites with a dynamic packages feature which enables travellers to custom create holidays. The flight search engine features ‘Quick Share’ to facilitate seamless itinerary and price sharing to third-party messaging apps such as WhatsApp directly from the search results page.


dcs plus broadens its inventory through deployment of Expedia Partner Solutions’ Rapid hotel API

Travel technology specialist dcs plus has deepened an existing partnership with Expedia Group to make use of the newest hotel API, Rapid from its Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS) B2B brand. The arrangement will broaden the dcs plus inventory offering, particularly in emerging markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. With this implementation, dcs plus will now be able to offer its partners access to 35 different accommodation types including hotels, resorts, treehouses and houseboats, across more than 25,000 global destinations. The API’s modular architecture also allows for versatility to meet partners’ varying needs.


Travelstart acquires Club Travel Group, but it will retain its own brand in completed deal

Consumer and corporate travellers are increasingly favouring technology-driven solutions and that is thought to have driven a deal in Southern Africa that has seen Amadeus Capital Partners-backed Travelstart agree to acquire outright control of Club Travel Group. The deal, which remains subject to competition commission approval will see Club Travel Group’s majority shareholder, Thebe Tourism Holdings (Thebe), invest alongside Travelstart in a new corporate arm of the business. The agreement will enable Travelstart to expand its business and reach new customers, and Club Travel Group to gain the expertise to deliver digital product innovation and remain competitive.