Star Alliance will showcase its conventions and meetings travel products at booth F485 during the IMEX trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany, during May 19-21.
Star Alliance was the first airline alliance to launch a dedicated conventions product — Conventions Plus — some 17 years ago. It offers simplified travel solutions to major event organizers by providing access to the entire Alliance network through one of its member airlines. With the addition of Air India in 2014, this network now covers 27 member airlines, offering more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries.
Delegates and one companion are entitled to fare discounts, depending on the type of fare, class of travel and airline used. The overall product was revamped last year, with delegates being able to choose from a wider range of fares.
Star Alliance was also the first alliance to offer an online booking and ticketing service for convention delegates. Complementing traditional fulfillment channels, the tool was launched in 2012 and allows the convention organizers to direct delegates to a dedicated online booking and ticketing site for all air travel contracted under Star Alliance Conventions Plus.
In addition to Conventions Plus, Star Alliance offers Meetings Plus as a further global product for the meetings market. Companies and meeting planners needing to organize gatherings with participants from different countries, have access to the entire Star Alliance network and discounted fares, by contracting their travel needs through just one Star Alliance member airline. Meetings Plus can be used for most meetings of 50 people or more, with attendees originating in at least three different countries.