New York (AirGuideBusiness - Travel Business News Asia / Pacific) Jun 16, 2013
IATA Reconfirms Support for New Distribution Capability The International Air Transport AssociationOs (IATA) 69th Annual General Meeting has reaffirmed its support for the groupOs controversial New Distribution Capability (NDC) initiative. In a unanimously approved AGM Resolution (pdf), IATA members agreed that, Oconsumers will benefit from being able to make choices based on enriched content and the ability to compare and transact airline offers in a transparent fashion.O OConsumers want to be able to buy air travel products in the same way that they purchase other goods, with full access to product information, the ability to comparison-shop and to see the full value of the offer. And we want our travel agent partners to be able to offer it. NDC will enable this to happen,O said Tony Tyler, IATAOs director general and CEO. In his keynote State of the Industry address to the AGM, Tyler addressed the NDCOs vocal opponents. The Business Travel Coalition and others have stated that they believe the NDC flies in the face of Federal privacy laws. They also say that the new airline booking OlanguageO will ultimately be bad for consumers. OFrankly, some of our opponents are not telling the truth, O Tyler said. OLet me clear the air with some facts. NDC will not contravene privacy laws. Nothing in the NDC standard requires passengers to supply personal information to receive an offer. But it does provide the opportunity for customers to identify themselvesNif they so chooseNto have their loyalty recognized by the airlines. ONDC will not bypass travel agents. It will enable them to sell all of what airlines have on offer. And, NDC will not eliminate comparison shopping. It will give customers better information on which to make decisions. NDC will support photographic product descriptions so that people can see what they are buying. And it will enable passengers to compare the base fare as well as the cost of all the options that are available.O Jun 15, 2013
Tourism agency: Hawaii's tourist spending rose 1.8% in April Preliminary data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority show that tourist spending in Hawaii reached $1.1 billion in April, up 1.8% from figures last year. Arrivals rose 3.1% in April, to 666,959. Expenditures during the first four months of the year climbed 6.3% year over year as arrivals rose 6.1%. Jun 15, 2013
Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and Philippines agree to work on ASEAN common visa Ministers and tourism authorities of Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Secretary of Tourism of the Philippines have expressed their intention to collaborate with relevant government agencies and other stakeholders to facilitate travel in the region by developing a common smart visa system, and have signed the OStatement of Intent on SMART VisaO today at the 22nd World Economic Forum on East Asia. The meeting is taking place in Nay Pyi Taw from 5 to 7 June. OBy signing this letter of intent, ministers and tourism authorities agree to work hand-in-hand for the implementation of this system, whose objective will be that of eliminating those barriers to the movement of tourists which are currently creating disincentives to travel. Such objectives will be achieved in close coordination with the governmental entities in each of their respective countries,O said U Htay Aung, Union Minister of Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar. The statement of intent forms a part of joint efforts to improve growth of the national and regional travel and tourism sectors along with social integration. More specifically, ministers of tourism have agreed to collaborate on working towards the ASEAN Common Visa initiative as called upon by leaders at the ASEAN Summit, which took place in Jakarta in November 2011. It also builds on the single visa scheme for tourism travel between Cambodia and Thailand, which was implemented on 1 January 2013. Progressive relaxation and an ASEAN common visa would also benefit non-ASEAN nationals who intend to visit the ASEAN countries. According to Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, OConsidering that tourism is a priority sector under the ASEAN Economic Community and that it constitutes a significant contribution to the integration of ASEAN countries, it is important to be OsmartO about visa facilitation for travel.O Given the experience of other countries and regions, it is expected that ASEAN countries will also experience the positive impact of implementing a smart visa on the growth...