Asian stopover campaign

Through the Stopover Finland effort, Visit Finland is intending to attract more Asian tourists to remain in the country while travelling to and from Europe with Finnair

Economy Spur US travel to Asia

SINGAPORE invited a record 500,000 US visitors in 2015 and the US market grew 3 percent in 2014, according to the New York office of the Singapore Tourism Board's (STB)

Convention Bureau (SECB).

Kershing Goh, regional director, Americas, worldwide group, of STB and SECB, stated there was a 50-50 split between BTmice and leisure tourists. Kershing Goh, regional director, Americas,

Travelport expands Asia operations with Galileo Japan acquisition

Travelport has revealed additional expansion of its interests in Japan with the purchase of its distribution company - Galileo Japan. Galileo Japan was formerly owned by a consortium of airline company owners.

Japan is one of the world’s biggest travel markets, and, in regards to flight seats offered for sale, is just smaller than the USA and China due to its huge volume of domestic air travel bookings, along with the worldwide connectivity provided to Japanese companies and tourists.

It is likewise the world’s fourth largest economy in terms of GDP. The Galileo Japan acquisition suggests that Travelport can now develop a brand-new, consolidated Travelport Japan entity in the nation.

While still offering its customers a choice of the Apollo or Worldspan platforms, the prolonged operation will develop on the effective operations Travelport has been offering in Japan over the past 30 years and permit much tighter alignment in regards to products and services provided.

All previous Galileo Japan staff members, including handling director, Yoshinobu Aoyama, will transition to the brand-new Travelport entity which will be headquartered in Tokyo and supported by 2 satellite offices in Nagoya and Osaka.

The news of the acquisition comes as Travelport continues to invest and improve its worldwide Travel Commerce Platform through which it has actually developed management positions in air retailing, hotel distribution, B2B payments and mobile commerce.

Gordon Wilson, president, Travelport, commented: This is a tuck in acquisition of a company we understand well and have actually dealt with for three years.

The decision to change from a distribution franchise to a wholly owned operation is commensurate with our objectives to additional expand our successful company across Asia. Japan is a significant travel market and owning our operation here, whilst continuing our other successful tactical collaborations in Japan, will boost our growth prospects in the country. We compute that we now process almost half of all international air bookings made by Japanese travel bureau and lead the marketplace.