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Travelport Evolves ‘Smartpoint’ Product to Level Six for Travel Agents

Travel agents can now gain a new level of airline fares information with the recently released Travelport Smartpoint 6.0, Travelport has announced.

HATTA: Greece is Not Facing Problems With Foreign Tour Operator Payments

Greece is not experiencing problems with payments from foreign tour operators, the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) said in an announcement on Wednesday, responding to the Greek media that reported otherwise.

IATA: July 2 Deadline for Payments to ‘BSP’ Remains Unchanged for Greek Travel Agents

The deadline for payments to IATA's electronic billing system BSP (billing and settlement plan) for Greek travel agencies, remains unchanged and is set for Thursday, July 2.

Hotline Opened for Greek Tourism Professionals

A hotline has been set up for Greek tourism professionals that may need assistance with operational and functional issues that have arisen due to the recent developments in Greece.

Travel Agents: Tourists Are Not Facing Any Problems in Greece

"The reality is that tourists are not facing any problems in Greece" and the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) has advised its members to pass this information on to their partners and customers in Greece and abroad.

TUI: Greece at the Center of Our Attention

Greece may be a leading choice among TUI’s clients but the international tour operator stressed that stability and modern infrastructure must be in place if Greece wants to experience growth in the tourism sector.

Tour Operators, Airlines Advised to ‘Not Panic’ Over Greece EU Crisis

The tourism industry has been advised to not "overreact" to the financial crisis in Greece as a crisis of a much bigger magnitude would be created.

ABTA Urges Travel Professionals to Attend its Convention in Greece

The chairman of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), Noel Josephides, on Wednesday urged travel professionals to book to attend its next travel convention which will be hosted in Greece.

‘Grexit’ Scare Sends Greece Holiday Rates Plunging by 50%

Preferring to be safe rather than sorry, tour operators worldwide are cutting rates for package deals to Greece by up to 50 percent for fear of a potential Greek default.

Travelport Wins ‘Best Air Rail Distribution Solution’ at GARA Awards

Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform has won the "Best Air Rail Distribution Solution" title, alongside Heathrow Express, at the recent Global AirRail Alliance (GARA) Awards.

ECTAA: Tourism Industry Needs Certainty About Upcoming VAT Reform in Greece

European tour operators and travel agents have called on the negotiating parties for the Greek bailout program to make a decision, without further delay, on the future VAT rates for tourism services in Greece.

IATA: Nine Airlines Added to New Distribution Pilot Programs

More airlines have joined pilots and live deployments to test and evaluate the New Distribution Capability (NDC) schemas, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Lufthansa Not Backing Down on GDS Fee But Willing to Discuss

Lufthansa said there will “not be any further negotiation” on the 16-euro GDS charge but is ready to cooperate with distribution partners to find new solutions.

Greece’s Airline Representatives Host Summer Trade Party with Travelport

The Hellenic Association of Airline Representatives (SAAE) and travel commerce platform Travelport recently held a party for Greek travel professionals to welcome the summer season.

Transavia Briefs Thessaloniki Travel Agents on New Flights

Thessaloniki-based travel agents and tourism professionals were briefed last week on new flights by Transavia that cover travel between the Northern Greek city and Paris, France.

Greek Travel Agencies See Boost in Turnover for Q1 2015

Travel agencies, tour operators, reservation services and related activities in Greece recorded a major increase in turnover during the first three months of the year, according to figures released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

Travelport Hatches Incubation Program to Accelerate Travel Startups

Travelport has announced the development of a seed stage investment and mentorship program to accelerate the growth of innovative startup companies focused on travel commerce.

EU Tourism Strategy Set Out by Commissioner Bienkowska

European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska set out her eight priorities for the future European tourism strategy, during ECTAA’s 111th General Assembly held recently in Montenegro.

Ryanair Fares Now Available on Sabre GDS

Ryanair announced that its low fares are now available to Sabre-connected travel agencies and corporations across Europe via the Sabre global distribution system (GDS), following its agreement with Sabre Corporation, a global technology provider to the travel and tourism industry.

Lufthansa’s Decision to Charge for GDS Bookings Sparks Reaction from Amadeus

The Lufthansa Group airlines announced on Tuesday that as of September 1 it will include a 16-euro surcharge - the Distribution Cost Charge (DCC) - for every ticket issued by a booking channel using GDS for flights with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss.